Founded in 1871, Colorado Springs, Colorado's second-largest city, has evolved from a quaint, Victorian spa resort to a sophisticated city, with a charming "small town" ambiance. With over 50 attractions, Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region are 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 is a vacation Mecca, drawing over 6 million visitors annually.
It seems appropriate that Colorado Springs, which annually draws nearly 5 million visitors, was itself founded by a visitor. In 1870, General William Jackson Palmer, on first seeing the region, wrote to his wife: Could one live in constant view of these grand mountains without being elevated by them into a lofty plane of thought and purpose? Almost immediately, Palmer began planning the city of his dreams, one that would become a major resort community. Today, more than 130 years later, people by the millions continue to come from all over the world, drawn by the same beauty that forever changed Palmer.