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For more than a century, Colorado Springs has been famous for its proximity to Pikes Peak, the 14,110-foot mountain that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write "America the Beautiful" in 1893. (And yes, you can hike, drive and bike it.) More recently, given the Air Force Academy and Focus on the Family headquarters in the same town, Colorado Springs has become better known as the state's conservative counterweight to Boulder. The city itself is somewhat plain, with a generic downtown area and restaurants of varying quality, but the Broadmoor is one of the state's best hotels, and tourist attractions such as the red-rock Garden of the Gods, ...

For more than a century, Colorado Springs has been famous for its proximity to Pikes Peak, the 14,110-foot mountain that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write "America the Beautiful" in 1893. (And yes, you can hike, drive and bike it.) More recently, given the Air Force Academy and Focus on the Family headquarters in the same town, Colorado Springs has become better known as the state's conservative counterweight to Boulder. The city itself is somewhat plain, with a generic downtown area and restaurants of varying quality, but the Broadmoor is one of the state's best hotels, and tourist attractions such as the red-rock Garden of the Gods, the Cheyenne Zoo and the U.S. Olympic Training Center more than redeem travelers' itineraries. Also notable is the area's history — in 1858, prospectors responded to sketchy reports of nuggets in gold mines by chanting "Pikes Peak or bust!" and flooding the area between what is now Denver and Colorado Springs. Thus began the gold rush that established Colorado as a state.

Steve Knopper
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Steve Knopper is the Denver-based author of Moon Handbooks Colorado as well as a contributor to numerous Fodor's city guides.

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  • Location: is located 61 miles (98 km) south of Denver. At 6,035 feet (1839 m) the city stands over one mile (1.6 km) above sea level, near the base of one of the most famous American mountains, Pikes Peak, at the eastern edge of the Southern Rocky Mountains.
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring, fall; winter if you can handle the congestion and traffic along I-25