Colorado Springs Overview
Located less than an hour’s drive south of Denver, the contented residents of Colorado Springs believe they live in an ideal location, and it’s hard to argue with them. To the west the Rockies form a majestic backdrop. To the east the plains stretch for miles. Taken together, the setting ensures a mild, sunny climate year-round, and makes skiing and golfing on the same day feasible with no more than a two- or three-hour drive. You don’t have to choose between adventures here: you can climb the Collegiate Peaks one day and go white-water rafting on the Arkansas River the next.
Colorado Springs is intimate and sophisticated, with the ornate Broadmoor Hotel the ultimate in historic elegance, and Pikes Peak Mountain looming over everything. Smart restaurants and stylish cafes abound. Nearby Manitou Springs, a spa and artists colony, with its galleries and traffic-free streets, is also a delight.
Visit the 18,000 acre campus of the US Air Force Academy and the US Olympic Complex-both are free. Discover wilder places: Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the jagged rocks of Garden of the Gods and the huge Cave of Winds.