Get ready for a fun-filled four days of excitement and exploration with your elementary school group in Canon City and Colorado Springs! With historical sights and activities that everyone can enjoy, this personalized itinerary is sure to be a unique experience you and your students will love!
Day 1 You’ll See:
- National Museum of WWII Aviation
- US Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame
- Garden of the Gods
- Downtown Colorado Springs
Day 2 You’ll See:
Day 3 You’ll See:
- Royal Gorge Railroad
- Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center
- Museum of Colorado Prison
Day 4 You’ll See:
- Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
- Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience
National Museum of WWII Aviation- The National Museum of WWII Aviation offers a unique educational experience for any tour group. Step inside iconic aircraft from the famous war and discover the courage, heroism and technology associated with them. See artifacts such as uniforms, awards and historic photos, or explore interactive exhibits featuring personal stories from the soldiers who served during World War II. It's sure to be an inspiring day out that will leave a lasting impression on all visitors.
US Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame- The US Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame offers a unique experience in the heart of Colorado Springs, perfect for any tour group. Discover engaging exhibits featuring iconic athletes and stories from Team USA’s Olympic-winning past. Explore interactive displays showcasing an array of Olympic sports and activities or learn about the culture surrounding the games. End your visit with a trip to the Hall of Fame to pay tribute to some of America's most elite Olympians who have made their mark on Olympic history.
Garden of the Gods- The Garden of the Gods in Canon Colorado is a must-see destination on any tour itinerary. With outstanding views and an unforgettable landscape, this National Natural Landmark is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip! You will have the chance to enjoy breathtaking views from towering sandstone formations and see iconic landmarks like Mummy Range, Pike's Peak, and the famous Balanced Rock. The park also offers plenty of activities like hiking trails, bike paths, and rock climbing. There's something for everyone in this spectacular natural wonderland!
Downtown Colorado Springs- Come explore and experience the vibrant city of Downtown Colorado Springs! Located in the heart of this vibrant city, downtown offers a great mix of culture and activities with attractions like the Pioneers Museum, which celebrates the history of Colorado Springs, and the adjacent Penrose House. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy as well; take a stroll along the Riverwalk or take a leisurely bike ride through America's Mountain. With its unique blend of education and entertainment, Downtown Colorado Springs is an experience you won't forget!
Manitou Cliff Dwellings- The Garden of the Manitou Cliff Dwellings is a unique outdoor experience that offers visitors a chance to step back in time and explore ancient Native American culture. Built in 1904, it includes stone structures that mimic those of the Ancestral Puebloan people who lived here hundreds of years ago. The Cliff Dwellings feature archaeological artifacts from the area, as well as educational displays and interpretive signs. Visitors can explore the grounds, learn about local history, admire the spectacular views of Ute Mountain and the surrounding area, and even take a guided tour around the ruins.
Cave of the Winds- The Cave of the Winds offers a unique opportunity to explore an underground wonderland. Take in stunning geologic formations, including various stalagmites and stalactites, formed over millions of years. Enjoy breathtaking views from the Hurricane Deck overlooking Williams Canyon. Embark on an adventure through the suspended walkway leading into the depths of the cave. Learn about its history and discover the mysterious tales surrounding this natural attraction.
Royal Gorge Railroad (breakfast, lunch, or dinner train) (2hr)- Embark on a journey through time and experience the beauty of Royal Gorge Railroad, which has been running its narrow-gauge track for over a century and a half. Admire the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Rocky Piedmont regions from your seat as you journey and take in stunning views of Colorado’s picturesque landscape.
Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center (2.5hr)- Head to the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center to uncover insights into Canon City's remarkable chronicle. Learn all about Ute Indians and intrepid miners who sought out ore in this area hundreds of years ago by visiting interactive exhibitions or taking part in educational activities that bring its past to life.
Museum of Colorado Prison (1.5-2hr)- Get a rare look inside life behind bars with a visit to the Museum of Colorado Prisons. Peek inside 19th century prison cells, discover the past of prisons in Colorado and across America, and join in on interactive activities like the prison break game. An unforgettable experience awaits any group of visitors.
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park-Explore Canon City's incredible Royal Gorge Bridge and Park from a different perspective. Take in the sheer magnitude of this 1,260-foot-long suspension bridge 1253 feet above ground level or take a scenic gondola ride for unparalleled sights. But there is also plenty more to do here besides - zip-lining, rock climbing, paintballing, white water rafting tours are just some of your options!
Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience- The Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience is the perfect destination for any dinosaur lover! Get up close with life-size reconstructions of these prehistoric creatures as well as their habitats, and immerse yourself with interactive audio and visual elements that transport you back in time. You can take part in activities like a fossil dig, dinosaur race, and a dino-movie theater. Plus, learn more about the Mesozoic Era through educational programs tailored for kids.