Why It's Worth It

Sprawling across the sandstone fractured, juniper dotted Rocky Mountain foothills at 6,035 feet, Colorado Springs is as eclectic as the people who live there. Pike's Peak, the mountain that inspired "America the Beautiful," towers over historic mining communities, an Olympic Training Center, and a community with a penchant for celebrating local creativity in art and dining. Outdoor lovers, Wild West enthusiasts, and urban aficionados will find plenty of entertainment in Colorado's second largest city. —Stacey McKenna