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Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the second largest population center in this southwestern state of the US. Roughly 600,000 people inhabit the greater metropolitan area. It is at the base of the southern part of the Rocky Mountains. The first European community was founded here in 1871 as a resort town.
In the late 1800s, it grew rapidly with the Gold Rush. The richest mine on Earth was found near here at Cripple Creek. From the latter half of the 20th Century on, much of the economy is generated by the several military bases in the vicinity.
In the winter, low temperatures here average -10 degrees Celsius. The high temperature rarely passes 30 degrees Celsius. The population is approximately 80% white and 12% Latin American; the remaining 8% is widely mixed. There is a very limited public bus system.
There are urban and rural bike lanes here, a spray play ground and 4 outdoor pools operated by the city. An ice skating rink is also under municipal jurisdiction along with numerous parks. The city runs 2 golf courses.
This is a great jumping off location to explore the expansive natural areas of the south western United States. However, there are also a number of historic areas located in the downtown.
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holidays - Top Events
Since 1977, Colorado Springs has hosted the state’s largest air show. The Colorado Balloon Classic is a free event held every Labour Day Weekend (at the start of September). This 3-day festival is attended by more than 100 hot air balloons. Balloon rides, concessions and performances are all part of the annual spectacle. (http://www.balloonclassic.com/)
Each July, the annual Pike’s Peak or Bust Rodeo competition is held here. This event dates back to 1938. It is held at the Penrose Event Center. 5,700 people fit in the stadium for this event. Proceeds go to military-related charity groups. (http://www.coloradospringsrodeo.com/)
The Garden of the Gods Park hosts its annual 10 Mile Run as part of the Triple Crown of Running event which is spread over the summer. This event, the first leg, occurs in June. It is an annual tradition since 1977. (http://www.gardentenmile.com/)
holidays - How to Get There
The shortest flight here from Sydney (SYD) on Delta is 21 hours and 54 minutes. It has a lengthy layover at its first stop, which is in Los Angeles (LAX). The shortest Northwest Airlines flight is in partnership with Delta and United and lasts 25.5 hours before reaching this destination (COS).
United Airlines plans the shortest flight time with one flight estimated to arrive in 21 hours and 7 minutes. It has one connection at LAX.
The nearest Australian consular facilities operate out of Los Angeles, California. (http://www.losangeles.consulate.gov.au/)