Driving south from Denver to New Mexico I stopped at an impressive tourist trap: the Garden of the Gods. If you look at the website, you’ll know why I call it a tourist trap. Since I passed through Colorado Springs at sunrise, the giftshop was still closed (pity…), but the morning light was exactly the right way to see the formidable rock formations.
With a permit, you can climb the formations. Somehow, even I think that would be fun.