Colorado Springs Attractions

Colorado Springs Attractions

Colorado Springs is a picture of opposites. Warm and dry in the summer and snowy and cold in the winter, nestled against the Rocky Mountains within the shadow of Pike’s Peak to the west, and the beginning of the endless Mid-West plains to the east. With a population of 416,427, it is the second largest city in Colorado yet it is surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty. These opposites make Colorado Springs an exciting place to live or visit.

History

Founded in 1871, Medal of Honor winner William Palmer thought the site ideal for a hub of the Kansas Pacific Railroad. In addition he planned on the area becoming a high-end resort town. Indeed Colorado Springs was referred to as “Little London” early in its history due to the many English tourists lured over by tales of the area’s natural beauty - a beauty which still brings tourists in to this day.

After the heady days of the gold and silver rushes, Colorado Springs economy stalled until World War II when the city’s attempts at attracting a military base paid off handsomely. While the Springs’ economy today is built around tourism and high-tech companies, the area also sports Fort Carson, home of the 4th Infantry Division, the United States Air Force Academy, the famous North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), as well as the newer, post 9-11 NORTHCOM on Peterson Air Force Base which overseas homeland defense for all of North America.

Although Denver is the place known as the Mile High City, Colorado Springs is similar, being 6,035 feet above sea level. This altitude was used to train the specialized 10th Alpine Division troops during World War II as well as Olympic athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center which boasts over 140,000 visitors a year! While the air may be thin, the majestic panorama of the Rocky Mountains more than makes up for it.

Living in the Springs

As the second largest city in Colorado, residents of Colorado Springs have access to almost everything the state has to offer. On top of that, Denver is a mere hour away, with Boulder a little under 2 hours. Thanks to a wide range of colleges and a city geared toward tourism, there is a lot to like about the Springs, and certainly a lot to do.

With the many military bases in the city, it should come as no surprise that many of the jobs are in support of those bases, with Fort Carson employing 10.2% of workers in the Springs. Many of the high-tech companies have a military focus especially towards the aerospace industry, however, there are plenty of civilian jobs at companies such as Verizon, Hewlett Packard, LSI, and the Storage Networking Industry Association.

Travel is easy whether it is via the north/south I-25 or flying into Colorado Springs Airport. The city is rated as the 34th most walkable city in the nation and bike commuting is growing as a transit alternative. The city is served by Mountain Metropolitan Transit bus system.

Shopping & Dining

Like all major U.S. cities, Colorado Springs has plenty of malls but it is in areas like its historic downtown area that the city shines. Filled with boutiques, art galleries, and fine dining, downtown also features such things as the Bristol Brewing Company which offers up tours to walk you through how beer is made. For a truly unique shopping trip, the picaresque town of Manitou Springs is a just up the hill for locally-made gifts, galleries, artist colonies and upscale boutiques filled with bohemian charm.

Dining in Colorado Springs might include fine dining at the Pepper Tree Restaurant and MacKenzie's Chop House Restaurant, or more casual fare at Marigold Café and Bakery and Pueblo Viejo Mexican Restaurant. More recent restaurant openings have brought a proliferation of Thai and Pho restaurants.

Recreation & Parks

The Garden of the Gods in Manitou Springs is the big daddy of regional parks. Nationally known for its beauty, it attracts thousands of visitors every year. This is complemented by Ute Valley Park with hiking and biking trails and Pulpit Rock Park for spectacular views and pictures at the monument.

While the larger Colorado Springs area is made for hiking, it also is home to many races including the world famous Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb for cars, and multiple bike races. Both marathons and whimsical runs like the 5K Glow Run are fun for competitors and supporters alike.

Not into hiking or skiing? Take the family to the Glen Eyrie Castle for afternoon tea and a guided tour or enjoy the plays and exhibits at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts. Want to take in a round of golf? The Kissing Camels Golf Course at the Garden of the Gods is a 27-hole course with beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains.

Contact Information

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Lynn, Sandy, Tanya, Jenafer
Park Avenue Properties of Colorado Springs
2316 N. Wahsatch Ave. #116
Colorado Springs CO 80907
Office: (719) 548-9900
Toll Free: (866) 548-9996
Fax: (719) 623-1900

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