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America's Mountain-Pikes Peak Highway and the Cog Railway Is one of the earliest tourist attractions. The original road was built in the 1880's by the Cascade Town Company. The toll road is 26 miles long and about half paved. In June, the "Race to the Clouds" is held. We recommend our guests take a more leisurely approach to the drive or consider the Cog Railway to the top and leaving the driving to someone else!
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Colorado Springs Airport
Colorado Springs Airport boasts the longest runway in the state. Airlines including Allegiant, America West, American, Continental, Delta, Northwest and  United service the airport. Major car rental agencies include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise and Hertz. If you don't plan to rent a car, Peak Transit (888-687-3566) has a shuttle service for for up to 4 people. The airport is just 15 miles south of downtown Colorado Springs. The Inns vary from only 16-27 miles from the airport. Once you arrive at the Inn of your choice, you'll find most are very close to public transportation. Free Manitou Trolley runs from Colorado Springs to Manitou Springs. Trolley Stop located at Colorado Avenue and 24th Street at Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City.Renting a car couldn't be easier and less expensive as our airport taxes are very low compared to Denver International.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - America's only Mountain Zoo. The state of the art Primate World Exhibit has become a model for zoos around the world. Open all year, special exhibits change with the seasons. Admission is $10 and includes the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Downtown Colorado Springs near Colorado College
Colorado College - Founded in 1874, the Colorado College is a private liberal arts and sciences college. Located on a 90 acre campus near downtown Colorado Springs, CO, CC is popular with guests who want to meander along beautiful pathways to the Monument Valley Park or walk southwest to "pedestrian friendly" downtown Colorado Springs. The Authentic Inns are favorites for parents coming for graduation, parent's weekends or "missing your student" weekends. One of the Inns is just two blocks from the campus.
The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Fallen Firefighter Memorial is just one mile from downtown Colorado Springs. The Inns offer close-by accommodations for families and visitors. The Memorial honors the families, friends and colleagues of career fire fighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The Authentic Inns offer special rates to firefighters and /or their families during the annual observance held the third Saturday of September each year.
Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial  
Focus on the Family - The Focus Welcome Center offers year round free tours of Dr. James Dobson's radio studio & resource facility. The Authentic Inns provide the perfect opportunity for couples or families to enjoy a tour of Focus and return to a comfortable Inn. Since 1994, over 1 million people have visited the 170 seat theatre, a kid's play area with three story slide, the G. Harvey Art Gallery, a gift shop, bookstore and the Discovery Emporium with a puppet stage, reading area and kid's radio studio.
Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods - The Garden is a unique, free city park. An abundance of plant and animal life can be found throughout its 1350 acres of magnificent red sandstone rock formations. Some of these formations are 300 million years old. The Garden offers some of the best hiking, wildlife lectures, exhibits, and photography in the Pikes Peak region. Witness an ever changing spectacle of nature at her best. The Garden is open year round, disabled friendly, and within minutes of all of the properties in this group.
Norris-Penrose Events Center the Authentic Inns love the Wild West History of Colorado Springs. We happily host many horse trainers, judges and contestants as well as spectators who come for the events at the Center and Stadium. The facility is just a few blocks from several of the Inns. It is also the site of the nationally known Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo held each July.
Norris Penrose Events Center home of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo!
Pikes Peak Center Is a 2000 seat performing arts theatre with outstanding acoustical qualities. The facility hosts symphony, opera, drama, rock, country and variety concerts. Six of the Inns are just moments from this Center.
Pikes Peak Marathon - Experience the Triple Crown of Running finale as runners ascend Pike Peak in a grueling marathon in August.
Pikes Peak Cog Railway - Take a ride on the world's highest Cog Railroad, and Colorado's highest Railroad, to the top of Pikes Peak, an elevation of 14,110 feet, where the song America the Beautiful, by Katherine Lee Bates, was inspired.

Here are a few more of our wonderful area sights and attractions where you'll find plenty to keep you entertained as you explore the Pikes Peak Region and return home to a great B&B or cottage!


Parks, Open Space and Adventure

Garden of the Gods and City Park System

Paint Mines Park and El Paso County Regional Park System

Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Cave of the Winds

Manitou Cliff Dwelling Museum

Seven Falls

Pikes Peak by Bike


Attractions and Activities

United States Air Force Academy

Ghost Town Wild West Museum

Royal Gorge Route Train

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Dinosaur Resource Center

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and SkyRide

Academy Riding Stables

Dr. Lester Williams Fire Museum

United States Olympic Training Center

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

The Money Museum

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame

Western Museum of Mining and Industry

Pikes Peak Heritage Center

More Attractions at Pikes Peak Country!


Shopping, Dining and more!

Old Colorado City Historic District and History Center

Historic Manitou Springs

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts

Flying W Ranch Chuckwagon Suppers and Western Show

The Shops at Briargate


Annual Area Events

Great Fruitcake Toss in Manitou Springs-January

Canon City Music and Blossom Festival-May

Territory Days in Old Colorado City-May

Colorado College Graduation-May

United States Air Force Academy Graduation-June

Colorado Renaiisance Festival in Larkspur-June through August

Spring Spree in Colorado Springs-June

Donkey Derby Days in Cripple Creek-June

Fabulous Fourth in Colorado Springs-July 4

PIkes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs-July

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb-July

El Paso County Fair

Colorado Balloon Classic

International Association of Fire Fighters Fire Fighter Memorial -September

Emma Crawford Coffin Races-October

Festival of Lights in Colorado Springs-December


Getting to the Pikes Peak Region 

Colorado Springs Airport (in Colorado Springs-just 10 miles from Downtown)

Denver International Airport (83 miles North of Colorado Springs)




The Colorado College

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS)

Colorado Technical University

Pikes Peak Community College

United States Air Force Academy


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