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Introduction

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Although a sprawling urban area Colorado Springs is located right at the base of the beautiful Pikes Peak making for great hikes. Temperate weather year round and clean air makes this city an excellent place to visit. If you're looking for religion Focus on the Family might be the place for you. Wanting something a little more new age and exciting go to Manitou Springs for a visit.

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Sights and Activities

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Weather

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max5.2 °C7 °C10 °C15.4 °C20.4 °C26.1 °C29.1 °C27.4 °C23.1 °C17.5 °C10.4 °C5.7 °C
Avg Min-8.8 °C-7.1 °C-4.1 °C0.6 °C5.6 °C10.6 °C13.9 °C12.9 °C8.4 °C2.4 °C-3.9 °C-8.1 °C
Rainfall7.4 mm10.2 mm23.9 mm30.2 mm54.6 mm57.2 mm73.7 mm76.7 mm33.8 mm21.3 mm11.9 mm11.7 mm
Rain Days2.72.75.54.99.46.57.89.54.73.22.13.8

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Getting There

By Plane

Colorado Springs has an airport (COS) at the southeast end of the city. Although this airport has connections to some major American cities and small cities in the American west no discount airlines are flying in at this time. Destinations include Las Vegas, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C..

By Car

Driving into Colorado Springs can easily be done on I-25, Highway 24 or highway 115.

By Bus

Colorado Springs has a Greyhound bus station and daily commuter buses to Denver.

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Getting Around

By Car

Colorado Springs is prairie on the east side and mountains on the west side. Public transportation is extremely basic so the only way to really get around town, other then inside downtown, is by having a car. I-25 runs north south down the city and Academy Blvd. does a loop out into the East suburbs. Highway 24 heads north west towards Manitou Springs, Colorado. While highway 115 heads south west around Fort Carson Military Base towards Florence, Colorado.

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

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Eat

  • Adam's Mountain Cafe is an excellent restaurant located in Manitou Springs.
  • King Chef Diner is the classic American breakfast diner, eat there and join the clean plate club! Located in a purple castle just south of downtown only eat the green chili if you want something that burns.
  • The Omelette Parlor is a nice breakfast place just off of south Nevada.

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Drink

  • The Golden Bee is a relocated British pub near the Broad Moor.
  • Jack Quinns Pub an Irish theme bar located downtown with Irish sing along on thursday nights and occasional live music on the weekends.
  • Navajo Hogan Road House is a bar on south Nevada with live music every weekend.

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Sleep

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Upscale

  • The Broad Moor is a resort built in the beginning of the 20th century is everything someone would want from luxury in the Rocky Mountains.

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Learn

  • Air Force Academy is a USA military academy and a very good school. Catching a football game here is always a good time
  • Colorado College is a small private liberal arts school and is ranked very highly every year. It is on a unique education system called the Block Plan during which a student takes one class for 3 and half weeks then finishes it and then takes the next class.
  • Pikes Peak Community College is a local school that is good for getting quick credits or a certification.
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is the local branch of the University of Colorado system and has several good degree programs.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 38.833882
  • Longitude: -104.821363

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