Founded in 1871, this once quaint Victorian spa town earned the nickname "Little London" because of the many English tourists who visited the area. Now Colorado's second-largest city, Colorado Springs has evolved to a sophisticated destination while still retaining a charming small town ambiance.
Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, visitors to Colorado Springs enjoy commanding views of Pikes Peak from just about any part of town. The multiple recreational opportunities afforded by the nearby mountains include everything from hiking to taking in the breathtaking geological wonders at Garden of the Gods Park, Cave of the Winds and the Paint Mines Interpretive Park. With 300 days per year sunshine Colorado Springs is known as the gateway to Southern Colorado's "Outdoor Adventure Play Land."
Located 80 miles south of Denver's International Airport and 1½ hours east of world-class skiing, Colorado Springs has a thriving arts and cultural scene - including the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, which interprets the early history of the area. While there, check out a live performance at one of the city's many venues, including The Black Sheep, Arnold Hall, Pikes Peak Center and World Arena.
Visitors looking to spend the night in Colorado Springs have several top-notch options available, from the historic Broadmoor Hotel to the Cliff House at nearby Pike's Peak.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Colorado Springs, one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Colorado Springs was selected for its walkable historic areas, its commitment to sustainability and its natural attractions and ample recreational opportunities in the nearby Rocky Mountains.