If you are ever in the Colorado Springs area I highly recommend checking out the Garden of the Gods! I was referred to this National Park by a variety of passengers on one of my flights. If multiple people are telling me to check it out, I figured it had to be worth my time. Oh, it did not disappoint.
What’s not to love about a free park? The rock formations are just beautiful. Certain places can be a bit crowded but it’s still worth it. You can either drive through the park or hike through it. I recommend hiking through. Be sure to pack some water and snacks but if you forget you can pick some up at the trading post. During the summer it can get hot so staying hydrated is very important and there are no water fountains throughout the park. I would definitely recommend checking it out and I’ll be back again the next time I’m in the area.