Colorado Springs & Area
This trip was a combined "business & pleasure" trip as Celeste had to attend several business meetings in Denver and so we had decided to visit Celeste's sister-in-law in Colorado Springs after the work stuff was completed. We had not spent any quality time in that part of Colorado previously, as all of our previous trips to Colorado had been all about getting to the ski areas !
The business portion of this trip took place at my wife's place of employment in Littleton, CO. As several other co-workers joined her for various meetings, we decided to rent a house in the Arapahoe area of Denver. This allowed us to not only have more space, but to also have our own kitchen.
Colorado Springs is a home rule municipality that is the largest city by area in Colorado as well as the county seat and the most populous municipality of El Paso County, Colorado, United States. It is in east central Colorado, on Fountain Creek, 60 miles (97 km) south of Denver. At 6,035 feet (1,839 m) the city stands over 1 mile (1.6 km) above sea level, though some areas are significantly higher and lower. Colorado Springs is near the base of Pikes Peak, which rises 14,115 feet (4,302 m) above sea level on the eastern edge of the Southern Rocky Mountains.
The United States Air Force Academy occupies an area just north of Colorado Springs, opening in 1958. The city is home to 24 national sports governing bodies, including the United States Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Training Center, and USA Hockey.
The city had an estimated population of 478,221 in 2019, and a metro population of approximately 738,939, making it Colorado's second most populous city, behind Denver, and the 39th most populous city in the United States. The Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area had an estimated population of 712,327 in 2016. The city is in the Front Range Urban Corridor, an oblong region of urban population along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Wyoming, generally following Interstate 25.
Colorado Springs Interesting Facts
- Nikola Tesla’s Experimental Laboratory Was located near Memorial Park.
- Among the more interesting legends about Colorado Springs’ beginnings is that it became a haven for those recovering from tuberculosis.
- The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, held each year in Colorado Springs since 1987, has celebrated over three decades of supporting and uplifting women’s film in the Pikes Peak region.
- The founder of Colorado Springs, General Palmer, was a Quaker who served in the Union Army.
- The Cotton Club was Colorado’s first integrated Jazz Club.
- The Garden of the Gods is a popular natural landmark nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak on the west side of Colorado Springs.
Colorado is an interesting place to visit, however it is important to plan your trip there in order to make the trip as enjoyable as possible. Here are some informative links for you to utilize;
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