Up you go, winding around and around. Just don't look down if you are afraid of heights! This winding, part dirt, part paved road will take you from the base of Pike's Peak all the way up to its 14,000 summit. You won't see better views anywhere. Be prepared for a temperature drop when you arrive at the top. I was there in a snowstorm last July. The views from the top are jaw-dropping, and well worth the trip. Make sure you have enough gas in your tank, for their is no place to stop and fuel up along the route.
At the top is a gift shop complete with the prerequisite sweatshirts and tee shirts and a surprisingly good cafe. get a cup of hot chocolate for the walk outside. On the way down, prepare to stop and have your brakes checked by the crew there. They will do a quick check and tell you if your car is safe to make the rest of the trip down the mountain. (as an alternative to driving, you can also take the railway up--or HIKE)