You Can’t Beat Summer in the Mountains

June 18, 2007 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

Looking for an ideal summer getaway spot? Try Colorado — especially the Colorado Springs area. It wraps up all the best of mountain scenery, outdoor opportunities, Wild West and Native American culture and outstanding local arts into one terrific locale. If you want mountain biking, hiking or river rafting, it’s there. If you want elegant accommodations, art galleries and unique shopping, it’s all there. And if you really want some breathtaking views of a classic American landscape, it’s there all around you.

What to See and Do.
The first place we U.S. Olympic Training Centerstopped was the U.S. Olympic Training Center on the outskirts of town. Sandy and I, like so many folks, do love to watch the Olympics. And here you can see the top Olympic competitors and hopefuls go through Gymnast at U.S. Olympic Training Centertheir training paces. The Welcome Center offers some interesting history about the games and the tour takes you to various gyms and the aquatic center on the campus. We saw gymnasts working the pommel horse and parallel bars. Several pairs of boxers were sparring under coach guidance. We watched sharpshooters practicing. Wrestlers practice at USOTCAnd we saw a number of women working out in the weight-lifting area. The tour was well worth the hour or so we spent. The campus is beautiful and inspirational as well.

U.S. Air Force Academy
Our time did not permit us to visit the Air Force Academy, also on the outskirts of Colorado Springs. But we passed it a couple of time and it is a very large facility that is open to the public for tours. The day we might have visited was also graduation day for th cadets and we thought we’d avoid the thousands of people who come in for the event.

NEXT: Manitou Springs

Tips:
1) Easy to Get Around Town. Wherever you stay, in town, at the edge of town or out a bit in Manitou Springs or even Divide (where we stayed), you can easily get in, out and around town. Of course, I’d recommend a rental car.
2) Check the Web sites. Before you go, check out the Academy and Olympic Training Center Web sites for visitor hours.
3) Midwest Airlines begins service to Colorado Springs on July 1. (2 roundtrips each weekday and a total of 3 on weekends) It’s an easy airport to get into and out of. Very convenient to all the great stuff you’ll want to see around the area.
4) More to See and Do. Visit PeakRadar.com to find out activity, event and entertainment options in the area. It’s a new site filled with entertainment choices.

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