Colorado Springs, also known as Olympic City USA, is one mile above sea level, although it varies depending where you are in the city. It has a semi-arid climate with warming chinook winds as well as significant daily temperature variability. Luckily, Colorado Springs has mostly sunny days. It was a prime area for Nikola Tesla to study electricity, given the amount of lightning that strikes there. It is near the base of Pikes Peak, which is one of the most famous mountains in the United States. Colorado Springs is the second largest city in the state of Colorado and is endowed with over 500 acres of open space. Athletics is very prominent in the city and it is home to 24 national governing bodies of sport. The city has over 2 400 available parking meter spaces every day. On Holidays parking is free downtown.
If you are visiting Colorado Springs you can tour all of the Olympic buildings. Start off with United States Olympic Training Centre, US Olympic Training Centre Velodrome, US Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame, World Figure Skating Museum, and the World Arena Ice Hall Olympic Training Site. Then, visit the natural training grounds of the Garden of the God’s Park and the Manitou Incline. Climb the Manitou Incline which is a phenomenal cardio workout. It is a mile long and you will ascend 2 000 feet, which is higher than the Empire State Building. If you attempt this Extreme level trail, be sure to pace yourself, take breaks and bring water. Of course, be sure to enjoy the view from the top when you get there. You can park at Iron Springs Melodrama for just $5. Garden of the Gods has 300 foot rock formations. The park holds a recreational bike ride called Starlight Spectacular and it is rated five out of five on trip advisor. Come try the water from Mineral Springs. The water is 20 000 years old and has a distinctive, carbonated-like taste. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only mountain side zoo in the U.S. It has more than 30 endangered species. Be sure to ride the open-air ski lift-like ride overlooking the mountain goats, grizzly bear and Amur tigers.
The US Air Force Academy is a four year college and graduates become second lieutenants. It is a highly selective college that requires academics, fitness and a nomination usually from a member of Congress. It is home to the Air Force Academy Chapel which is open to cadets of all faiths. There is a separate chapel for four major religions, as well as an all faiths room. You can visit the Air Force Academy and chapel and go on a tour. You can access it through the North Gate by exiting on Exit 156 on interstate 25.
Sports are very important in Colorado Springs. Not only is it a fantastic place to be a sport enthusiast, with all the hiking and biking trails, mountains and natural beauty, but also to be a professional athlete. It is home to the United States Olympic Training Centre and the United States Anti-Doping Agency. As well, national federations for 24 Olympic sports are in the city as well as over 50 national non-Olympic sports federations.
There are several professional sports teams. There is the Colorado Springs Sky Sox which is a minor league baseball team that plays at Security Service Field. There is the Colorado Springs Switchback with the United Soccer Leagues and the Colorado Rush Men’s Premier team who play soccer at the Security Service Field. There is the Colorado Springs Rugby Football Club who plays at Bear Creek Regional Park and the Colorado Springs Cricket Club who plays at Rose Bowl Memorial Park.
What a beautiful place to pursue higher education. Whether you want to pursue a 4 year or a 2 year program, or a career college Colorado Springs offers it all. There is Colorado College, College America, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado Technical University, Remington College, Devry University, the University of the Rockies and the United States Air Force Academy.
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