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Looking for someplace to visit in the Colorado Springs area? Here's a good starting point for you. If you're local and haven't visited these, you really need to do so ASAP.
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9. United States Air Force Academy The academy’s signature structure, the Cadet Chapel, is just part of there is to see. Start your tour at the visitor center. See static displays including a B-52 bomber, F-4, F-105, F-15, F-16 and more. If you’re there at the right time, you might see the cadet lunch formation and make sure to see the honor court. Also there: Visitor center, Division I athletics events. Location: Exit 156 off of I-25.
8. Cave of the Winds This subterranean geologic wonderland has been open to visitors since 1881. Take your choice of tours to view spectacular formations with names like “Silent Splendor,” “Colorado Rose” and “Spider Web Valley.” Also there: Terror-Dactyl ride, Bat-a-Pult ride, Wind Walker obstacle course, visitor center Location: Just off Highway 24 at Cave of the Winds Road. Photo by Junfu Han. The Gazette.
7. Seven Falls One of the Pikes Peak Region’s most popular attractions from the time it opened in the early 1880s until it was badly damaged by flooding in September, 2013. The famous winding staircase up the falls has been restored. The 224-step climb to the top gives an overview of what has been called “the grandest mile of scenery.” Also there: Hiking trails, Broadmoor Soaring Adventures (zip lines, rope bridges and a rappel), restaurant. Location: Park at The Broadmoor East lot (6 Lake Ave.) and take the free shuttle. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE
Dalton Walker, The Gazette