As far as inspirational, unavoidably beautiful outdoor adventures spots go, Colorado Springs has to be pretty hard to match.
Watch the US Olympic team train, spend an afternoon at the bottom of a 1000ft gold mine or explore the incredible trails of Pike’s Peak.
It sits on highway 101 and the highway is one big long strip of tourist activity with motels, gas stations, fast food, grocery stores, tourist trinket stores, and a casino.
A victory for urban planning that hides countless green spaces and easy access to the country amongst a heavy populated center, Oregon’s capital is also known as the ‘City of Roses’, and was – astonishingly – named after developers tossed a coin.
The town boasts many tours, wine tasting rooms and even a museum of nutcrackers from the ancient to the quirky.