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Colorado Springs Introduction


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Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been a popular resort town since the 1870s. It is the second largest city in Colorado and is the seat of El Paso County. Located only an hour south of Denver near the base of Pikes Peak—a soaring mountain whose summit is famous for inspiring Katharine Lee Bates to write "America the Beautiful" in 1893—Colorado Springs is much more than a mere mountain escape.   Click here to see the full Colorado Springs travel guide on Travel42 »

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Colorado Springs Geography


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At 6,035 ft/1,840 m above sea level, Colorado Springs resides at the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains just as they meet the plains, at the base of 14,115-ft/4,302-m Pikes Peak—one of 54 mountains in the state higher than 14,000 ft/4,267 m. The weather is generally dry, sunny and mild. The mountains to the west often absorb storms and moisture before they reach the Front Range, and the plains to the east sometimes generate warming winds in the winter.   Click here to see the full Colorado Springs travel guide on Travel42 »

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Colorado Springs History


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The first human visitors to the Pikes Peak region were hunter-gatherer nomads on the trail of buffalo and wooly mammoths. The first farming-based cultures to settle the area were the Ute, Comanche and Arapaho. The Native Americans' way of life ended in the mid-19th century when the white man discovered gold in the mountains and began settling in large numbers.  Click here to see the full Colorado Springs travel guide on Travel42 »

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Colorado Springs Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Colorado Springs has many varied attractions. They include vast, natural must-sees such as Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, and gritty historical sights where you can pan for gold and eat supper from a cowboy chuck wagon.   Click here to see the full Colorado Springs travel guide on Travel42 »

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Colorado Springs Nightlife


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Although Colorado Springs is not necessarily known for its raging nightlife (serious clubbers travel to Denver for a good time), there are enough university students and martini sippers in town to suit your late-night needs. From brewpubs to cowboy bars to froufrou lounge scenes, you'll definitely be able to find a drink and a greasy snack after most restaurants have closed their kitchens. Most bars close by 2 am.  Click here to see the full Colorado Springs travel guide on Travel42 »

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Colorado Springs Restaurants & Dining


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Restaurants in Colorado Springs are mostly casual affairs, many specializing in the comfort-food trend that has swept through Denver and Boulder in recent years. But if you're in town to celebrate a special occasion, there are certainly some upscale fine-dining restaurants to fit that need, as well.  Click here to see the full Colorado Springs travel guide on Travel42 »

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