Take a scenic drive to Pikes Peak along a highway that affords spectacular views and a destination with elevation.
I have to say - I like that I can say I've been to the top of Pike's Peak, and there's a stop along the way - I think it was called Emerald Lake or something...that was really pretty. However, actually being at the top was kind of disappointing. We went in June, and it was so cold and windy at the top that it wasn't enjoyable at all to be outside checking out the views. The road up can be a little scary at times, so there are not always guard rails, and there are some pretty intense turns. There is a neat little shop and cafe at the top, and it's fun to get the token picture at the top saying that you've been to the top of Pike's Peak. When we went (2009) the cost was $20 per vehicle to drive up Pike's Peak Hwy.
This is a beautiful drive! It can be a dangerous one, so make sure that you know the road conditions, and how to safely drive your vehicle up and DOWN the mountain! Be careful, but enjoy! Take a lot of pictures! It is well worth the trip. Anyone that comes to CO should go to Pikes Peak!!
When visiting Colorado Springs, be sure to visit one of the top sites in the area--Pikes Peak--via the Pikes Peak Highway. After paying a nominal entrance, wind your way up the mountain through multiple eco-zones, stopping at one of the many pull-offs to sight-see, if you like. It's fun to quiz kids about what differences they notice as they traverse up the mountain. At the top, the gift shop--though pricey--is a must for the mountain top donuts! Kids will enjoy watching the cog railway climb up and down the mountain and the amazing vista of the Rocky Mountains and Colorado Springs.
We drove up Pikes Peak Hwy to the tippy top & it was just relaxing. We took the dog along on this trip & he enjoyed the cooler air. I think I took over 200 pictures on just this one trip up & down. Each twist & turn leads to something more & more amazing down below you. It is definitely all worth it when you get up to the top. Bring jackets of course because it is about 30-40 degrees different than where you start at. All worth it in the end.
Pikes Peak Highway is a 19 mile highway leading to Pike Peak mountain, and the drive up is not for the faint hearted! There are plenty places to stop on the way up and the way down. The views are just breathtaking, and you'll even spot some wildlife along the way. Remember to drive slowly!