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Colorado Springs is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and most populous city of El Paso County, Colorado, United States. Colorado Springs is located in South-Central Colorado, in the southern portion of the state. It is situated on Fountain Creek and is located 61 miles (98 km) south of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. At 6,035 feet (1839 m) the city stands over one mile (1.6 km) above sea level, though some areas of the city are significantly higher. Colorado Springs is situated near the base of one of the most famous American mountains, Pikes Peak, at the eastern edge of the Southern Rocky Mountains.

With the city located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, and its many trails and parks, Colorado Springs is a popular destination for tourists seeking scenery, rock formations and other unique geological features, like Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods park, Seven Falls, and Cave Of The Winds.

Colorado Springs is also home to a variety of cultural, educational, and historical attractions including the Cheyenne Mountain Heritage Center, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, the American Numismatic Association Money Museum, Peterson Air and Space Museum, and the United States Air Force Academy.

Tourist-oriented districts

Colorado Springs Downtown, the oldest part of the original city, planned by founder General William Palmer, has many shops and interesting buildings, including the city's earliest high rises. The Lon Chaney Theater, housed in the Colorado Springs City Auditorium and numerous civic and private buildings in the area are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Pioneers Museum, originally the county courthouse, houses an extensive collection of early city history. Giuseppe's Depot Restaurant is built in and maintaining the downtown 1880s railroad depot. The Pikes Peak Center houses traveling and local musical and theatrical performances. Just South of Downtown is the Bristol Brewing Company, an award-winning microbrewery which offers tours and tastings.

Old Colorado City is a National Historic District with many art galleries and boutiques. It is the home to the Michael Garman Museum which has housed Magic Town, a 3,000-square-foot (280 m2) sculptural theater paying homage to America's story-teller sculptor, Michael Garman, since 1975. One of the country's many Carnegie Libraries is located here. Tourist attractions north of Old Colorado City include Flying W Ranch a cowboy ranch , Garden of the Gods a park of large red sandstone formations, and Glen Eyrie home to William Jackson Palmer the founder of Colorado Springs now owned by The Navigators.

The Old North End, home to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the American Numismatic Association, and Colorado College. The district has some of the finest examples of Queen Anne (Victorian) Architecture in the city and was the home to some of the original city's most well-to-do citizens. Dozens of mansions in the area, along with many buildings on the Colorado College campus are National Historic Buildings. The Van Briggle Pottery kiln works, founded in 1899 and specializing in art nouveau vases and decorative tiles, were originally housed in a building now owned by Colorado College.

Memorial Park and its adjacent areas are home to the Printer's Home, the Firefighter's Museum, the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, the United States Olympic Training Center, and the two oldest hospitals in the city (Beth-el Nursing School was once located here as well). The area consists mainly of houses constructed directly after World War II for young families eager to move to the suburbs.

The Broadmoor neighborhood, incorporated into the city in the 1980s, is home to the Broadmoor Hotel (a five-star hotel conference center and resort), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (one of only two mountain zoos in the nation), the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun (final resting place of Spencer and Julie Penrose), and nearby Seven Falls, as well as access to Cheyenne Canyon and Helen Hunt Falls. The World Arena, used for large scale performances and hockey games, is East of the Broadmoor.

The North End, primarily consisting of newer suburbs, is home to the sprawling campus of the United States Air Force Academy famous for its unique architecture, particularly its 17-steepled cadet chapel. The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy is just South of the Academy and houses exhibits on Rodeo and the American West. The Focus on the Family visitor center, children's center, and head offices are located on the North End, with tours available of facilities. The Western Museum of Mining & Industry has exhibits on the mining history and industrial technology of the western US.

Although a separate municipality, Manitou Springs, Colorado is generally included in Tourism of Colorado Springs, and includes the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Cave of the Winds, and Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway, which ascends to the summit of 14,115-foot (4,302 m) tall Pikes Peak as well many historic buildings and tourist-based shopping.

Events

Colorado Springs and nearby Manitou Springs host dozens of festivals and competitions each year, including:

The Western State Games of America
The Pikes Peak Marathon and Pikes Peak Ascent, an annual run to the top of the mountain, the marathon completes the entire ascent and descent back into Manitou.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, an annual automobile race with multiple car classes over several days. One of the oldest and most dangerous races in the world.
The Colorado Balloon Classic, the largest hot air balloon event in the area.
Parades and festivities for most major holidays, including the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, St Patrick's Day and Mardi Gras.

Non-recurring special events

In 1960, the city was the site of the National Scout Jamboree.
Host of the 2008 National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association National Championship Tournament.
Host of the 2008 Senior PGA Tour

Famous hotels

The Antlers Hilton Hotel, one of the first buildings to be erected in the city-the original hotel no longer stands. A complex of modern towers now occupy the block, one still a hotel bearing the name.
The Broadmoor Hotel and Resort, a luxury resort and conference center rated Five-Star by Mobil and Five-Diamond by AAA, since the beginning of both.
The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, a luxury hotel located 10 minutes west of downtown in Manitou Springs, on the National Register of Historic Places

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