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Colorado Springs

It's the home of America's fabulous mountain, Pikes Peak, one of Colorado's highest mountains at 14,110 feet. This "purple mountain majesty" inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write "America the Beautiful" a century ago, and it still excites the 6 million travelers who visit Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region each year. General William Jackson Palmer founded Colorado Springs, and the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in 1871. As a testament to his vision, Colorado Springs has prospered as a visitor destination. Known in the early days as "Little London," Colorado Springs enjoyed a rich cultural history which provided an interesting contrast to the nearby mining towns of Cripple Creek and Victor. His castle home, "Glen Eyrie," which means "Eagles Nest," still stands today as a memorial to this brilliant man of civic vision.

The Pikes Peak region is home to many "must-see" attractions such as the amazing Garden of the Gods Park with its massive red sandstone formations and the Royal Gorge is home to the world's highest suspension bridge. If that isn’t enough, come to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy, the World Arena, the Olympic Training Complex and the Air Force Academy, which is the most visited man-made attraction in Colorado.

Venture off to the Flying "W" Ranch for an authentic chuckwagon supper and original western music show performed by the nationally-famous Flying "W" Wranglers. The Pikes Peak region has more than 50 attractions, so there is sure to be something for everyone! And thelandscape, with its unlimited spaciousness, serves as a stage for many outdoor recreational opportunities, ranging from river rafting, hiking, golf, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, skiing and even hot air ballooning. With the sun shining 300 days of the year, and amild and dry climate. Colorado Springs is host to such events as the Balloon Classic.
Pilots from throughout the United States and Canada will bring their balloons to Colorado Springs to participate in the "Balloon Classic." This event is rated as one of the five largest balloon rallies in the country, as well as the "most prestigious" in the United States.

The Colorado Springs Airport state-of-the-art facility serves 10 airlines with over 80 flights daily, offering non-stop service to 17 U.S. cities and easy connections to almost any city in the world.

Events
The Western Museum of Mining and Industry coordinates an event annually in June called the Pikes Peak Antique Machinery Days, displaying over 200 items that are approximately 100 years old. The Western Museum also coordinates Tea in the Garden, a traditional, turn-of-the-century tea with presentations on Iris gardening. The Penrose Equestrian Center, (719) 520-6711, hosts many different events annually, including a benefit called the Old West Festival and Rocky Mountain Shootout, (719) 477-1802, featuring re-enactments, mountain men, Indian village, fast draw contests, live cowboy music and more. Ph.719- 488-0800

In Manitou Springs there are many unique events held annually, such as the Great Fruitcake Toss, held in January, where anyone not sure what to do with their uneaten fruitcake from the holidays can participate in a competition for the furthest-thrown fruitcake! Ph.719- 685-5089

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