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The people of Canon City, Florence and the Royal Gorge Surrounding Communities invite you to explore downtown, chat with the locals and get acquainted with the community.

Discover Downtown Canon City and Florence
Located just eight miles east of the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park on Highway 50 (also known as Royal Gorge Boulevard), Main Street Cañon City offers a diverse, historic downtown commercial district. Downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the largest intact historical districts in Colorado. The 80 buildings comprising the district form a cohesive grouping that reflects Cañon City's development as a regional commercial center.

The authentic small-town Main Street atmosphere is evident in many well-preserved buildings, including "Old Max" (the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility) at First and Main Street. A stroll down historic Main Street will introduce you to the city's cultural and social center.

Flavorful Options
Coffee shops and restaurants featuring Mexican, Italian, Chinese and down-home cuisine, as well as a variety of watering holes, are abundant along Main Street. Families can enjoy a handcrafted pizza while being entertained by a magician; visitors and locals sit side by side on bar stools devouring burgers and ice cold microbrews after a game of pool; while others people-watch and savor homemade pastries and desserts.

Boutiques, Galleries & More
Shoppers will find small business owners offering books, musical instruments, clothing, shoes, furniture, groceries, fresh flowers, electronics, art, jewelry and so much more. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up that perfect souvenir to commemorate your visit. A handful of secondhand stores will satisfy the bargain hunters in your group and the many local art galleries and museums will keep everyone busy for hours.

Antiques & Art Abound
Today, the town of Florence still maintains a small-town, down-to-earth family feel. Head to historic downtown Florence for an afternoon of browsing, shopping and dining. Boasting numerous antique stores and art galleries and several restaurants and specialty shops, modern-day treasure hunters will love this oasis of antiques and art. Almost every nook and cranny of these antique stores is filled with treasures. From vintage postcards and toys to collectable dishes and books, each store has its own unique personality. Downtown Florence has also enjoyed a revival of art and music. Shoppers can view and purchase artwork in medias including oil paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery and more.

Stop into one of the downtown galleries to view displays and works by local artists and, if you're lucky, catch an artist in action creating their next masterpiece.

Classic Dining to Cafés
After an afternoon of browsing and exploring all that downtown Florence has to offer, settle in for a delicious evening meal at one ofa the many restaurants. Select from elegant dinner options such as prime rib and eggplant parmesan or opt for a classic, juicy cheeseburger and fries. Top off any meal with a slice of homemade pie. In fact, any time of day is a great time to try a locally made pie, muffin or cinnamon roll.

While most of the state is covered in snow, the Royal Gorge Region is enjoying warmer temps and sunny days. In fact, the average high December through February hovers around 50 degrees, with temperatures reaching 70 in April and May. Thanks to the mild weather, you can enjoy the following activities year-round.

  • Colorado Springs: 45 miles, 1 hour
  • Denver: 116 miles, 2 hours
  • Breckenridge: 98 miles, 2 hours
  • Grand Junction: 248 miles, 5 hours
  • Wichita, KS: 464 miles, 8 1/2 hours
  • Tulsa, OK: 636 miles, 11 hours
  • Albuquerque, NM: 374 miles, 6 hours
  • Omaha, NE: 656 miles, 10 1/2 hours
  • Dallas, TX: 722 miles, 12 1/2 hours
  • Salt Lake City, UT: 530 miles, 9 1/2 hours

See more on how to get to Colorado in our online guide Colorado, Get Here.

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