Colorado Springs | World’s Best Cities

Colorado Springs

Situated at the base of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs is a wonderland for those who love adventure, unsurprisingly ranking #5 in our Parks and Outdoors subcategory. But after you’ve burned off calories hiking the Garden of the Gods or biking Cheyenne Mountain State Park, there are plenty of opportunities to refuel. What used to be a chain-dominated restaurant-scape has pivoted dramatically with new arrivals and old networks. Today, the fare is increasingly raised and grown locally, and the long-standing brewing tradition adopted by start-ups is thriving. Even the springs in Colorado Springs are being marketed for their terroir. It all comes together—or will come back together, fully, once the effects of social distancing have passed—during mornings at Ivywild School, a local community marketplace for groceries or coffee to go, and during evenings at new spots that seem to open monthly. The city is also getting the word out about its rise, moving up to the third spot in our Promotion category for midsize cities in the country, including piquing plenty of interest with the second-most Instagram Hashtags (just behind Honolulu) and #3 ranking for Facebook Check-ins.