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Old 09-03-2011, 04:48 PM
 
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Our family is considering a move to the area. We currently live in phoenix.

Looking for suggestions on things to do/places to drive to in order to get a
feel for the Colorado Springs and surrounding areas (within 10 miles or so). If we move, we will rent first to see where we want to buy but we'd like to visit to see if it's somewhere we are interested in.

And also, what's a nice time to visit? I'd rather not be tromping around in snow with my toddler on a "scouting out the area" trip.

Tourist suggestions are great but if there's somewhere an ignorant tourist might miss that you know about...please let me know.

Thanks so much.
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Old 09-03-2011, 05:03 PM
 
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Here's a list of the basics, to which I'd add:

Pioneer Museum

Garden of the Gods PARK

USAF Academy and its visitors center

Good times to visit would be Sept and Oct. Peak season for viewing fall colors is about 20 Sept to 10 Oct, depending on elevation.

Nov isn't bad either. If sunny, it feels mild. Could get an odd snow storm at any time but it melts out in a hurry when the sun comes back out.
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Old 09-03-2011, 06:05 PM
 
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Thanks mike, by the way, your posts are extremely helpful. I am also from back east (New England)and the fact that you like it there makes me think I might too. I realize it's a different beauty than the East but that's ok. I've been wandering the desert (Arizona) for 11 years now and we need a change.
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:46 PM
 
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I'm from New England as well and just love it here! We still have four seasons even though they don't come in the same order sometimes, there isn't much gradual change from season to season, but having a number of 60 degree days in the middle of winter isn't bad at all.
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:10 AM
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I moved from Divide (west of the Springs) to Tucson a year ago. I still visit Woodland Park and Denver every year to see family. One thing you won't have is heat. September and October are beautiful, usually. Brilliant blue skies, crisp air and golden leaves. Cool mornings and evenings, but warm days. It can snow in late October, but it's not too likely.

Since you have a toddler, I'd suggest the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Also Seven Falls, the North Pole (lots of kiddy rides and a year round Santa), the Cog Railway up Pikes Peak, and if you feel like driving up to Woodland Park, the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Museum.

Welcome to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Website!

Seven Falls | Home

North Pole Santa's Workshop in Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center | dinosaur museum (Dinosaur Museum)

Pike's Peak Cog Railway - The world's highest cog railroad, the highest Colorado railroad AND highest train in the United States.
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