Pikes Peak Summit By Car (November 2017)

Colorado is a state overlooked by most Australian tourists – we tend to head to west coast destinations primarily in California and Nevada or large east coast cities like New York and Washington – but when I was sorting out an itinerary for the trip I did with my parents and best mate in late 2017, the Centennial State was definitely on my list.

Why? Simply put, Denver is great, the Garden of the Gods spectacular…and then there’s the Pikes Peak summit. The inspiration for the iconic ‘America the Beautiful’ is like nothing else I’ve ever seen before. The views almost defy belief. It feels like you’re on top of the world, especially on a day when visibility is even half-decent.

November 2017 was my second time to the summit at 14,115f above sea level, but my first time driving up – I took the now-closed (unfortunately!) Pikes Peak Cog Railway to the top eight years ago.

If you can possibly find your way to Colorado and particularly Colorado Springs, the summit trip is a must-do. Because when the weather is good (as it was on this trip, albeit brutally cold!) America probably doesn’t get a whole lot better than it is at the top. See what I mean…


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