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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

  • Garden of the Gods is a free public park that is a collection stunning rock formation, some over 5 stories high, with great hikes and rock climbing.
  • Professional Rodeo Hall Of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy is located right off of I-25.
  • Pikes Peak (West about 10 miles on Cimarron St./Rt 24), toll-free: +1-800-318-9505. May-Sept 7AM-7PM. The most famous peak in Colorado, inspiring the song "America the Beautiful", dominates over the city to the west. Drive to the top, or ascend by Cog Rail. Feeling fit? Hike up Barr Trail to the summit, especially beautiful in the summer with all the wild flowers. Feeling really fit? Run up during the Pikes Peak Ascent or run up and down in the Pikes Peak Marathon. $10 per person/$35 per car.
  • Rock Ledge Ranch (across 30th St from the Garden of the Gods visitor center, left at the main entrance to Garden of the Gods), ☎ +1 719 578-6777. June–August and special events. A seasonal living history museum ranging across four time periods encompassing authentic American Indian, early settler, Victorian and Edwardian eras. $4-8.
  • Cave of the Winds (West about 6 miles on Cimarron St./Rt 24), ☎ +1 719 685-5444. 9AM-9PM. A series of caves near Manitou Springs, offering tours. ~$20.
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd (I-25 Exit 138, west to the Broadmoor Hotel, then right and follow signs), ☎ +1 719 633-9925. 9AM-6PM. A small, scenic mountain zoo with many exotic animals. $12.
  • Seven Falls (West on West Cheyenne Blvd), ☎ +1 719 632-0765. A privately owned series of falls and nature trails. Fills up quickly on weekends, but you can instead visit neighboring Helen Hunt Falls. $9 Adult, $5.50 child.
  • Helen Hunt Falls (West on West Cheyenne Blvd, right at sign). A short hike to some great views, within North Cheyenne Cañon City Park. free. edit
  • United States Olympic Training Center, 1 Olympic Plaza, ☎ +1 719 632-5551. Major U.S. Olympic training facility, with an aquatic center, gymnasiums, shooting center, and velodrome. Senior, group and military discounts are available. $12 adult, $10 seniors and military, $8 children 5-12.
  • United States Air Force Academy (I-25 Exit 156B), ☎ +1 719 333-2025. 8AM-6PM. Academy nestled in the foothills of the Rampart range at the north end of town, you can tour the famous Chapel and other sights. free.
  • Air Force Falcons (Air Force Academy), ☎ +1 719 472-1895, toll-free: +1-800-666-USAF (8723). The Academy's athletic program offers college sports action throughout the school year. The best-known program is the football team, long a solidly competitive program. Football games especially offer a unique combination of military pageantry and traditional college sports atmosphere. Ticket prices vary by sport.
  • May Natural History Museum (I-25 Exit 140, South 8 miles on Rt 115, right at huge beetle), ☎ +1 719 576-0450. May-Sept 9AM-5PM. An eclectic but unique museum south of town, with thousands of large insects collected by John May from around the tropics. $6.
  • Ghost Town Museum, 400 S. 21st St, ☎ +1 719 634-0696. Step back in time to Colorado's gold-rush days and experience an 1800's old west town frozen in time. Pan for real gold! $6.50 adults, $4 children, under 6-free.
  • Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., ☎ +1 719 488-0880. Featuring hands-on exhibits, gold panning, a working steam engine and Oro and Nugget, mascot burros!
  • Rocky Mountain Vibes, 4385 Tutt Blvd, ☎ +1 719 591-7699. The local rookie-level Pioneer League Minor League Baseball team will begin play at 1 Security Service Field in 2019.
  • Penny Arcade Manitou Springs, 930 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, ☎ +1 719-685-9815. A historic location in Manitou Springs just outside of Colorado Springs where you can play old and new arcade games.
  • Cheyenne Mountain State Park, ☎ +1 719 576-2016.

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Events and Festivals

Holidays

  • New Year’s Eve - The US celebrates the outgoing of the old year and incoming of the New Year quite dramatically. Every state boasts its own parties to ring in the New Year, but none is more extravagant than New York’s Time Square, which sees people overflowing into the neighboring restaurants, bars, parks, beaches, and neighborhoods.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
  • St Patrick’s Day - March 17 celebrates the US’s large Irish population. Many cities around the country boast boisterous parades and Irish-themed parties, especially New York and Chicago, where the river is dyed green. Be wary of the drunkenness that dominates as this is definitely a party-day.
  • Memorial Day - Memorial Day is an important holiday throughout the United States, but not for crazy festivities. Parades commemorating wartime heroes are often held and the day is also the ‘unofficial’ start of summer. Most visitors follow the crowds to parks and beaches, which are capped off with informal BBQs.
  • Independence Day - Also known as the Fourth of July, Independence Day celebrates the US’s break from the British during the 18th century. Barbecues, street parties, beach trips, and weekend getaways are commonplace to appreciate freedom.
  • Labor Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor.
  • Halloween - Halloween is a fun holiday on October 31 for all generations to dress up in costumes and relive their youth. Children walk around the neighborhood trick-or-treating for candy, while adults attend parties. Other seasonal events include haunted houses, pumpkin farms and carving, and corn mazes.
  • Thanksgiving - On the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is held in almost every home in the US. Tourists will have a hard time finding anything to do as the country essentially shuts down in observation. A typical Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie commemorating the original Pilgrim’s feast at Plymouth Rock.
  • Christmas - On December 25, Christians celebrate Christmas as the pinnacle of their calendar by attending church and opening gifts from Santa Claus. Almost everything shuts down to promote family togetherness. The northern regions hope to experience a “white Christmas,” with trees and festive lights blanketed by snow.

Sport

  • Super Bowl Sunday - the world’s most watched sporting event and one of the highest grossing TV days of the year, Superbowl Sunday is a spectacular extravaganza. Held the first Sunday in February, the Superbowl is the final playoff game between the NFL’s top two teams. The venue rotates every year around America, yet the local parties seem to remain. Pubs, bars and restaurants are great places to enjoy the Superbowl or locals throw their own parties with different variations of betting.
  • The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.

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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

Interstate 25 is the only Interstate, running north-south through the city. Colorado Highway 83 provides a secondary route between East Denver and The Springs. US Highway 24 connects the city with mountain communities to the West and Limon, Colorado on the Eastern Plains.

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.
  • O'sae Sushi Ramen Bistro, 1825 Peterson Rd, ☎ +1 719 570-0543. 11:00AM–2:00PM; 4:30PM–9:00PM (Closed Tuesdays). O’sae offers authentic and delicious tasting Japanese cuisine and bistro in Colorado Springs, CO. O’sae's convenient location makes this restaurant a natural choice for dine-in or take-out meals in the Colorado Spring community. The restaurant is known for its variety in taste and choice of meals. Customers can state their personal taste preferences upon arrival and then take delight in the individualized maki, sushi, salad, and ramen creations. A true new way to do your traditional O’sae style meal.

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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.
  • Bristol Brewing Company, 1604 S Cascade Ave, ☎ +1 719 633-2555.
  • Phantom Canyon Brewing Co, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., ☎ +1 719 635-2800. M-Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 10AM-2AM. Wide variety of excellent brews made on premises. Also serves high quality food for lunch and dinner daily. Brunch is available Sunday only.
  • Trinity Brewing Co, 1466 W Garden off Gods Road (Mile or so west of I 25 on Garden off Gods Road), ☎ +1 719 634-0029. Great micro brewery! Has 4-6 of their own beers on tap as well as an ever changing selection of 28 Plus other micro beers. Great food. Great crowd. Easy to find, close to Garden of the Park, Manitou Springs, Old Colorado city and the Air Force Academy. Free Wi-Fi.

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Sleep

  • Cheyenne Canon Inn is a nice bed and breakfast with rooms ranging from $125 to $200 a night.
  • The Cliff House - A nice hotel located in Manitou Springs
  • The Lennox House Bed and Breakfast is located near downtown Colorado Springs and serves a great breakfast. Rooms range from $130 to $200 a night.
  • 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.
  • Elegante Hotel and Conference Center, 2886 South Circle Dr., ☎ +1 719 576-5900.
  • Colorado Springs Marriott, 5580 Tech Center Dr, ☎ +1 719-260-1800. Luxury hotel near the Air Force Academy with mountain vistas and Southwestern dining.
  • Crowne Plaza Colorado Springs, 2886 South Circle Dr, toll-free: +1-800-981-4012, fax: +1 719-576-7695. A nice, moderately expensive hotel with rooms and suites and high-speed wireless Internet access.
  • Silverwood Hotel and Conference Center, 505 Popes Bluff Trail, toll-free: +1-866-602-8120. Remodeled facilities off I-25 in the Rocky Mountain foothills.
  • Sundance Mountain Lodge (Lodging in Monument, CO - Near Colorado Springs), 1865 Woodmoor Dr, ☎ +1 719-481-6000. Modern, eco-friendly Colorado mountain lodge and hotel. Beautiful views of Pikes Peak. Between Denver & Colorado Springs, CO. Spacious rooms and suites.
  • Rodeway Inn and Suites, 1623 S. Nevada Ave (Exit 140 and three blocks south of I-25 on Nevada), ☎ +1 719 623-2300. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Large outdoor heated pool, pet friendly, in room coffee, daily continental breakfast. economy.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs, 1775 East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., ☎ +1 719 576-8900.

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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.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 38.833882
  • Longitude: -104.821363

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