Nestled between Garden of the Gods Park and majestic Pikes Peak, visitors quickly learn why Manitou Springs was voted one of "America's Top 10 Coolest Small Towns" by Budget Travel magazine. Home to upscale restaurants, al fresco dining experiences and home-style eateries, Manitou Springs also offers a wide selection of wonderful accommodations from historic hotels, Victorian bed and breakfast inns, cozy motels and wooded campgrounds. Art galleries, shops and boutiques line the quaint streets and give the town a distinctive flair. The town's mineral springs established it as a health resort in the late 1880s. Their healing qualities attract people from all over the world and give Manitou Springs an added flavor as a favorite destination.