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Colorado Springs OVERVIEW
Colorado Springs is a city of sunshine, diverse outdoor activities, cultural pleasures, sophisticated restaurants and dramatic geological landmarks—how can you beat Pikes Peak and the Colorado Rockies for a backdrop? In this metro area of half a million residents, people walk, run, bike, hike, climb rocks, explore caves, ride horses and sometimes ride ATVs—and for good reason. The city receives more than 300 sunny days a year, and has a mild, dry climate. The Springs, as locals call it, actively embraces the arts, with an acoustically exceptional performing arts center, an arena suitable for hockey games or high-end concerts, and a fine-arts center that exhibits works by international artists. Once known as “Little London” for its English cultural bent, that element has never disappeared in this town. However, even for “formal” events you’ll find a decidedly casual style of dress. The Springs is a fairly conservative town, with a heavy military population and an enclave of Christian organizations ...See More such as Focus on the Family, but there are pockets of distinctly liberal thinkers. It’s home, after all, to Colorado College—an old, private liberal-arts school—and the growing University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The large military influence comes from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Schriever Air Force Base, Peterson Air Force Base, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the Cheyenne Mountain Air Station. The military has a major economic impact on the area. This is a fiscally conservative city: In 2009, voters refused to increase taxes. As a result, bus schedules have been curtailed, street lights turned out in some areas and parks left unwatered in some areas—at least for now. If you're coming from sea level, make sure you give your body time to adjust to our altitude. That same altitude that provides such a healthful climate can take your breath away—literally. There’s just less oxygen here. Take it easy the first few days and drink lots of water. If time permits, visit the adjacent Manitou Springs, Canon City to the south, and the historic gold camp of Cripple Creek. See Less
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