(Colorado Springs, Colorado) Colorado Springs is a popular travel destination with many world-renowned attractions such as the Garden of the Gods Park, Pikes Peak, Broadmoor Hotel, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the US Olympic Museum, and the Paralympic Museum.
These are all great places to visit, but if you want a unique Colorado Springs experience, add these stops to your itinerary.
1. TB Hut at Penrose Hospital
In the late 1800s, people flocked to Colorado Springs for health reasons. The city’s dry climate, sunlight, and fresh air were beneficial for those suffering from tuberculosis. according to Center for Disease Controlin the late nineteenth century, “tuberculosis killed one in seven people living in the United States and Europe.”
Tuberculosis huts surrounded Colorado Springs hospitals, or sanatoriums as they were called at the time. Small wooden buildings kept patients isolated from others to help reduce the spread of infection. Each hut had a bed, a cupboard, a cupboard, a sink, and windows for sunlight and ventilation.
A few tuberculosis huts still survive in Colorado Springs, including one at Penrose Hospital (formerly Glockner Tuberculosis Sanitorium) on the corner of Cascade and Jackson in Margery Reed Memorial Park. Although you cannot enter the cottage, you can look through the windows to see the traditional fixtures and furnishings.
Site: Penrose Hospital campus on the corner of Cascade and Jackson
2. Bancroft Park’s famous self-cleaning toilet
The self-cleaning bathrooms in Bancroft Park in Old Town Colorado won the Centas Foundation The best toilet in America 2020 competition.
There are three bathrooms with hand-activated toilet paper, soapy water and hand dryers. The facility self-cleans after 30 uses with full indoor spraying – a great concept for a public restroom.
This unique bathroom has nearly three million views tik tok. As an added bonus, the bathroom’s exterior has historical photos to enjoy while you wait for your turn at the facility.
In addition to the famous baths, Bancroft Park also has the cabin of Dr. James Garvin. It was built in 1859 and is one of the oldest buildings in the (old) city of Colorado. The cabin was once a pioneering county office building, a Chinese laundry with an opium den in the basement, and an antiques shop.
Site: 2408 W Colorado Avenue (Bancroft Park)
3. Rabbit hole
There are plenty of great restaurants in downtown Colorado Springs, but Rabbit Hole has more than just good food. Its a scary story! The Rabbit Hole occupies a space that was once City morgue. When you walk down the stairs to the restaurant, it’s like you’re entering another time.
The former mortuary has been transformed into a softly lit space with exposed brick walls and one-of-a-kind “Alice in Wonderland” art. The upscale restaurant has a full bar and menu that changes seasonally, so there’s always something new to try.
The Rabbit Hole is a popular venue and often gets fully booked weeks in advance, so book early.
- Tabuk: 101 North Tejon Street. The entrance to the restaurant is on Kiowa Street – go up the stairs to Rabbit Hole.
4. Herkimer the giant beetle
Herkimer A statue of one of the largest beetles in the world, Dynastas Hercules. It is located on a small hill off Interstate 115 (visible from the road) on the southwest side of Colorado Springs.
Giant Insect Statue is an off sign John May Museum Centeran impressive entomological museum featuring 7,000 specimens of insects including butterflies, moths, spiders, giant tropical insects, and scorpions.
This unique museum is home to beautiful and exotic creatures and is a must for insect lovers. The place is seasonal, so check the hours before visiting.
Site: 710 Rock Creek Canyon Road
There is so much to experience in Colorado Springs, and sometimes the real gems are a little off the beaten track.
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