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Colorado Springs Travel Guide

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It's easy to see why Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write the lyrics to the famous patriotic ballad "America the Beautiful" from Colorado Springs. Look in one direction and you'll see the majestic "purple mountains:" the Colorado Rockies. Shift your eyes in the other direction to find yourself gazing out at "amber waves of grain:" the Great Plains. The beautiful scenery isn't the only reason to head to this former mining ... continue»

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When to Visit Colorado Springs

The best times to visit Colorado Springs are from March to May and from September to November. That's when you'll find slightly cooler (yet still comfortable) temperatures as well as fewer crowds and many bargain rates. Another perk for fall visitors: the foliage. Expect to see the surrounding mountains speckled with bright reds, oranges and yellows. Warm summer weather draws visitors in droves, leading to price hikes at hotels and congested attractions. Winter visits can also be pleasant, but cold-weather travelers should note that some of Colorado Springs' hotels close during this season.

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Getting Around Colorado Springs

The best way to get around Colorado Springs is by car, since some of the city's most popular things to do — including the famous Pikes Peak — cannot be reached on foot from the city center. However, if you plan on spending the day in downtown Colorado Springs or nearby Manitou Springs, your own two feet and a comfy pair of shoes should suffice. You can rent a vehicle in town or at the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS), which is located about 11 miles east of central Colorado Springs. The city also features an affordable public bus system with 18 routes, many of which start or end in the downtown area. But bus services here better serve commuters than they do tourists, offering reliable, yet limited, weekend service. Another option is to swap four wheels for two: Many Colorado Springs streets boast bike lanes and the area also shelters nearly 200 miles of paved and unpaved trails.

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