Arts and views in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs has an average of 300 sunny days per year. The climate is an alpine desert and has warm summers with moderate weather the rest of the year. You'll love the temperature and enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding area when you visit these attractions:
The U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons call this Colorado Springs stadium home. The Air Force Academy was established on April 1, 1954 and its location was chosen over 579 other proposed sites. Falcon stadium is situated on the Rampart Range at 6,621 feet above sea level.
The first game ever played in the Falcon’s Stadium was in 1962 when the Falcons beat Colorado State 24-0. Fans can enter the facility four hours before a game for tailgating activities in the Falcon Fan Fest area. Alumni, Falcon fans and families of Air Force cadets are invited to enter the tailgating tent to enjoy fare from local Colorado Springs restaurants, games, face painting and more.
The Cadet Wing can be seen as they march onto the field and over to the cadet seating area 20 minutes before game time. Some games have fly-overs by Air Force aircraft and the Wings of Blue parachute team jumps and lands in the stadium before kickoff. Drive your Denver rental car here to cheer on the Falcons and enjoy a beautiful day of football at this stadium.
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
This Denver attraction was created by Helen G. Bonfils and Donald R. Seawell. The two had major roles in creating the arts scene in the city, starting during the 1950s when they decided to bring a Broadway-quality theater to their beloved Denver. Minneapolis' Tyrone Guthrie was a main factor of the initial planning phase for the DCPA until he died unexpectedly.
In 1972, Bonfils had passed away and Seawell had the idea for where the center sits today, at 14th and Curtis. Many changes and improvements have been made since the initial creation of the theater. The complex has earned many awards and achievements over the years. The in-house theater company received a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 1998.
In 2000, "The Laramie Project" was shown here and later went on to become an HBO Special Presentation and was named one of Time's 10 best plays of the year. Other famous plays here included "The Lion King," "The Little Mermaid," "The Book of Mormon" and more. Visit this theater to see traveling Broadway productions and local plays alike.
For incredible views of the surrounding countryside drive your Denver rental car up the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. This 14-mile road was created after the Cascade and Pikes Peak Toll Road Company made a road up Pikes Peak.
The mayor of Denver proposed the byway to bring tourists to Colorado Springs. The road was finished in 1927, and locals and tourists both started flocking to the beautiful drive. If you'd rather take a more active approach you can hike or bike at the top as well as fish in Echo Lake.