City Orientation Walk, Colorado Springs (Self Guided)

Colorado Springs is a city with a fascinating history and a vibrant cultural scene. It boasts a number of great museums and art galleries, beautiful cathedrals, churches and temples, antique shops and boutiques. This self-guided tour will lead you to the top attractions in Colorado Springs.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Colorado Springs (See other walking tours in Colorado Springs)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: Caroline
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Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

1) Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (must see)

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is situated on South Tejon Street in the former El Paso County Courthouse, which was built in 1903. It is an elegant, historic building that is surrounded by a park with sculptures and a granite fountain. The mission of the museum is to preserve local history and culture, collect artifacts, and interpret their meaning to visitors. The museum currently has about 60,000 objects in its collection, which includes quilts, Van Briggle art pottery, American Indian artifacts, jukeboxes, motorcycles, and baseball memorabilia. 75,000 people visit the museum annually.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm;
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City Hall

2) City Hall

The local Government is housed in the New City Hall. The older City Hall now is a Pioneer’s Museum. The building was constructed in 1904 by Thomas MacLaren and was made of granite and brick in Classical Revival style. The building of the City Hall appeared along with post office and former Courthouse on the territory that was ones donated by Stratton, a famous developer of the gold strike who bought the land from General William Palmer, the founder of the Colorado Spring city and the most popular mountain resort near the city.
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Acacia Park

3) Acacia Park

Acacia Park, the city's first park, is located at Bijou and Tejon Streets, adjacent to the Palmer High School. The park is enjoyed by high school students at lunchtime and in the summer children enjoy the Uncle Wilber Fountain. Visitors also include people who work downtown, shoppers and other visitors. The park has a band shell.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Boulder Street Gallery

4) Boulder Street Gallery

Boulder Street Gallery is situated in the former Novice Gallery on North Tejon Street. It displays and sells paintings, pottery, silver and gold jewelry, and decorative glass. It has a 1,200 square foot area, which it uses to host exhibitions. Local and national artists, such as Jennifer Hanson, Deb Komitor and Andy Cook, have had their work featured here. Boulder Street Gallery also offers art restoration services.

Opening Hours: Sunday and Monday: Closed; Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm.
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St Mary's Cathedral

5) St Mary's Cathedral (must see)

St. Mary’s Cathedral, is a Catholic cathedral located in Colorado Springs. It is the seat of the Diocese of Colorado Springs and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Pease and Barber designed the present church in the Gothic Revival style. The lower level of the church was completed in 1891 and the upper church was completed seven years later. The church was dedicated on December 19, 1998. The bell towers on the front of the church were added in 1902 and the spires were completed in 1907. A major redecorating project took place from 1902-1904 when the Gothic arched ceilings, six side-aisle windows and electric lights were added. A new pipe organ was placed in the church in 1916. The clerestory and apse windows were added during a renovation project from 1923-1924. The rose window on the main façade was given its current configuration in 1930.

Blessed John Paul II established the Diocese of Colorado Springs on November 10, 1983. St. Mary’s was chosen to be the cathedral of the new diocese. Bishop Richard Hanifen was installed as the diocese’s first bishop on January 30, 1984.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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McAllister House Museum

6) McAllister House Museum (must see)

Major Henry McAllister was an important figure in the establishment of Colorado Springs. In 1961 the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Colorado, in cooperation with the El Pomar Foundation and Shepard’s Citations, bought McAllister's home and transformed it into a museum. This small Victorian-era cottage is decorated inside with period furniture and decor. There is even a children's room full of dolls and toys from the 1800s. The museum has a gift shop where you can buy books, jewelry, postcards, and other memorabilia.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm;
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Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

7) Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church is a church in Colorado Springs and was founded in 1872. The current building complex was built in several stages. The original building on the site was completed in 1895 and serves as parish hall today. The tower building, which is a copy of Magdalen College at Oxford University, England, was designed by architects Frohman, Robb and Little, who also designed St. Thomas Church in New York City and of Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The building was completed in 1926.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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American Numismatic Association Money Museum

8) American Numismatic Association Money Museum (must see)

The American Numismatic Association was founded in 1891 by Dr. George F. Heath in Chicago, Illinois. The ANA was formed to advance the knowledge of numismatics along educational, historical and scientific lines, as well as enhance interest in the hobby. The ANA national headquarters and museum is located in Colorado Springs. It claims a membership of over 32,000. In 1912 the association received a Federal Charter by the United States Congress for its work in the field of numismatics. The association's official monthly journal is the Numismatist and its editor-in-chief is Barbara J. Gregory. Many articles are contributed by members of the Association.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Fine Arts Center

9) Fine Arts Center (must see)

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (FAC) is an arts center located just north of downtown Colorado Springs. It was founded in 1936 by Alice Bemis Taylor, Elizabeth Sage Hare, and Julie Penrose, with the intention of creating a center for a museum, art school and performing arts venue for the growing city. The building was designed by New Mexico architect John Gaw Meem who combined Pueblo Revival Style and Art Deco style in many of his designs, but not in this one. In 1940, Meem's design earned a Silver Medal at the Fifth Quadrennial Pan American Congress of Architecture. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The murals on the exterior of the building were produced by Boardman Robinson and Eric Bransby.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 7:30 pm; Sunday 10 am- 5 pm.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Create Your Own Walk in Colorado Springs

Create Your Own Walk in Colorado Springs

Creating your own self-guided walk in Colorado Springs is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Colorado Springs Museums and Galleries Tour

Colorado Springs Museums and Galleries Tour

Colorado Springs is a city with a fascinating history and a vibrant cultural scene. It boasts a number of great museums and art galleries. Take this tour to visit some of Colorado Springs' most popular cultural attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Colorado Springs Religious Buildings Tour

Colorado Springs Religious Buildings Tour

Colorado Springs has a rich religious heritage. There are numerous places of worship in the city that represent a variety of faiths, including Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, Unitarian and more. Take this tour to explore the beautiful cathedrals, churches and temples in Colorado Springs.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Colorado Springs Nightlife Tour

Colorado Springs Nightlife Tour

Colorado Springs has an active and crazy nightlife. The downtown area is packed with clubs, bars and discos. Music choices range from jazz and rock'n'roll to pop and country. Some of the most popular nightspots include Mansion, Sodo and the Thirsty Parrot. Take the following tour to visit these places and other hot venues in Colorado Springs.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Colorado Springs for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Colorado Springs has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Colorado Springs, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.