- Van Briggle Building Tour: The original Van Briggle Pottery sits on the campus of Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Van Briggle is the oldest continuously operating art pottery in the United States. The College site is now offices for one of the departments on campus but has been beautifully preserved and restored. (The present day working pottery is located elsewhere in the city in a smaller space). A tour of the original Van Briggle kilns on the college campus and a visit with experts on how they once functioned, is a must. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, this Colorado Springs treasure was designed over 100 years ago by Dutch architect Nicolas Van den Arend, displaying Flemish farmhouse and Arts and Crafts influences. Learn about artists Artus and Anne Van Briggle and their unique process in producing pottery pieces that are displayed in major museums around the world.
- Will Rogers Shrine: The historic monument is only 1.4 miles up the Russell Tutt Scenic Highway from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo entrance. Built by Spencer Penrose (founder of the Broadmoor Hotel) between 1934 and 1937. It stands dedicated to Will Rogers who died in a plane crash in 1935.The elevation of the shrine is 8,136 feet on the top deck and provides breathtaking views of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. There are beautiful murals depicting the founding of the area, mining, ranching, etc. and many photos of Will Rogers. Contact the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (entrance to the Shrine is accessed at the Zoo and Zoo entrance fee includes the Shrine.)
- Michael Garman’s Magic Town and Production Gallery:Located in the heart of Old Colorado City (Historic District), The Michael Garman Museum exhibits and sells affordable, hand-made reproductions of sculptures created by Michael Garman through out his 50-year career. Magic Town is located in the gallery and is a 3,2000 square-foot sculptural theater. Guests are invited to wander through this painstakingly detailed city built at 1/6th scale. Admission includes complimentary popcorn, and scavenger hunts. Group rates. Gallery personnel are always helpful with questions about Michael’s work.
- Manitou Springs Heritage Center: Located in the heart of Manitou Springs (Historic District), the center is the perfect place to learn about the unique history of the region. Guides will also take the group on a walking tour of the mineral water springs which is a great way to taste the healing waters and learn about the “Saratoga of the West” which Manitou Springs was known as in the early daysColorado Springs Food Tours: Experience culinary delights in several downtown Colorado Springs restaurants. The tour guide will lead the group on a 3 hour walking tour that will include stops at several diverse restaurants where the group will be treated to unique food and drink and gain historical and cultural insights into the area.