TownAdvisor TownStory℠ of Colorado Springs, CO
With its breath-taking beauty and sunny, dry, mild climate, Colorado Springs quickly grew very popular, especially when one of the richest gold strikes in American history happened here in the 1890’s. By the 19th century it was referred to as “the city of millionaires.” At this same time Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write America the Beautiful after reaching the summit of Pikes Peak. Then, in the 1940’s, the U.S. Army opened up Camp Carson here, followed by the Air Force creating the United States Air Force Academy in the 1950’s. The military presence of both branches is still strong today, including Fort Carson, Schriever Air Force Base, Peterson Air Force Base, the U.S. Space Command, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). To this day the military drives the area’s overall economy, followed by an impressively growing high-tech industry sector as well as tourism. The jobs in tourism serve 6 million visitors who are drawn to this magnificent region each year.
National historic landmarks in Colorado Springs include the U.S. Air Force Academy and Pikes Peak. National natural landmarks include the Garden of the Gods, a 300 foot sandstone rock formation set against the background of Pikes Peak, and Seven Falls, a series of seven cascading waterfalls along the South Cheyenne Creek that’s called the “grandest mile of scenery” in Colorado. Other points of interest are The Broadmoor Hotel and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. There are seven regional parks and five sports complexes in the city’s parks, recreation, and cultural services. People here also enjoy the historic trains, fantastic shopping district, superb dining options, engaging “old west” museums, and the inspiring arts and cultural opportunities available at the Colorado Fine Arts Center, the Pikes Peak Center for the performing arts, and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
There are seemingly endless things to do in Colorado Springs for anyone who enjoys being outdoors. Rock climbing, hiking, biking, hot-air ballooning, white-water rafting, horseback riding, fishing, golf, tennis, and ice skating are all favorite pastimes. Especially ice skating, for Colorado Springs is home to the World Arena. It’s also home to one of the nation’s three U.S. Olympic Training Centers and is the headquarters of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
With so much to offer in wondrous natural beauty, endless fun activities, and sophisticated culture, Colorado Springs is the perfect place to call home for truly adventurous souls.