South Central Colorado Travel Guide

South Central Colorado Sights

U.S. Air Force Academy

  • N. Gate Blvd. Map It
  • Colorado Springs
  • Educational Institution
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's Review

The academy, which set up camp in 1954, is one of the most popular attractions in Colorado. Highlights include the futuristic design, 18,000 beautiful acres of land, and antique and historic aircraft displays. At the visitor center you'll find photo exhibits, a model of a cadet's room, a gift shop, a snack bar, and a 21-minute film designed to make you want to enlist on the spot. Other stops on the tour include a B-52 display, sports facilities, a parade ground, and the chapel. Some days you can catch the impressive cadet lunch formation that begins at 11:45. The Air Force chapel, which can accommodate simultaneous Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant services, is easily recognized by its unconventional design, which features 17 spires that resemble airplane wings. Don't miss the smaller chapels, including the downstairs Buddhist room. Visitors can enter only through the North Gate.

Sight Information


N. Gate Blvd., off I–25, Exit 156, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80840, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 9–5

Published 11/18/2015


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