We had a great time traveling to the summit of Pike's Peak in the Cog Railway. (We didn't want to drive up ourselves anyway, plus we heard parts of the road were closed (?) when we went) The tour is safe & informative with spectacular views all along the way. The conductor was a wellspring of knowledge & entertaining. Yes you do sit close to those around you but it was fine w/ us. And there's no bathroom but they give everyone ample warning of that before you go up. Be sure you bring/wear cold weather clothing-it was 60 degrees at the base but 14 at the summit, -30 with the wind chill! Wear appropriate footwear as there are icy patches too-I was wearing sneakers, had difficulty navigating over the ice (others in sneakers were fine. I need boots in such slippery conditions). The initial headrush of being at 14,000+ feet is dizzying but you settle in eventually. Words can't describe the views up there, the scenery at the summit inspired "America The Beautiful." You don't have tons of time at the summit, but enough time to go to the bathroom, check out the gift shop, have a snack (better to buy one at the station before you go than wait in lines at the summit) and walk around a bit (if you can get past those ice pathces!) A great family tourist activity.
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