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US Air Force Academy

Enjoy a free tour of the military campus where young men and women are trained to be officers in the United States Air Force.

Step onto the campus of the US Air Force Academy to discover what goes into the training of the country's elite air force personnel. Every year, the military institution puts hundreds of cadets through a rigorous 4-year academic program.

Start your self-guided tour of the academy at the visitor center. There you will learn about the intense cadet selection procedure which is based on academic performance and physical fitness.

Go to the center's 250-seater theater to watch the short movie about life as an academy cadet. See videos and static displays that detail the academy experience for recruits. Then take the paved nature trail from the center to one of the academy's highlights, the Cadet Chapel. 

The aluminum, glass and steel structure is a futuristic-looking building with 17 spires that soar 150 feet (46 meters) into the sky. The building is an all faiths chapel with separate chapels for Buddhists, Catholics, Jews, Protestants and a prayer room for Muslim cadets.

Continue your tour with a visit to Arnold Hall where cadets hold their formal dances. The large room contains a display of cadet uniforms, a sports trophy case and an exhibit about women in the Air Force. Inside Honor Court, find bronze statues of military figures and sculptures of numerous aircraft including a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-24 Liberator and a B-29 Superfortress. 

At the Falcon Athletic Center, you may be able to see sports teams in competition against other colleges. The academy’s football team plays out of the Falcon Stadium.

Complete your tour with a walk along the Falcon hiking trail. Non-military personnel can walk the northern 12 miles (19 kilometers) of this gravel route.

The Academy is open for tours every day except some major holidays, and admission is free. Drive or take a taxi from downtown Colorado Springs, a distance of 14 miles (23 kilometers). Public transport doesn’t travel out to the academy. 


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Drury Inn & Suites Colorado Springs

Drury Inn & Suites Colorado Springs

1170 InterQuest Parkway, Colorado Springs
4.8
of 5, from 640 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Colorado Springs, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Western Museum of Mining and Industry, Chapel Hills Mall, and Pine Creek Golf Club. Adventure Golf and Batting Cages and Eisenhower Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$89
The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs

The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs

8110 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs
4.3
of 5, from 4,744 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in northern Colorado Springs next to the US Air Force Academy, this hotel is close to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, and Pikes Peak are nearby.

$79
La Quinta Inn & Suites Colorado Springs North

La Quinta Inn & Suites Colorado Springs North

8155 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs
4.0
of 5, from 1,263 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Colorado Springs, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Chapel Hills Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Adventure Golf and Batting Cages and Pine Creek Golf Club. Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Colorado Springs House of Bounce are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$91
Best Western Plus Peak Vista Inn & Suites

Best Western Plus Peak Vista Inn & Suites

7265 Commerce Center Dr, Colorado Springs
4.4
of 5, from 1,064 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Adventure Golf and Batting Cages and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum and Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Chapel Hills Mall is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

$64
Baymont Inn & Suites Colorado Springs

Baymont Inn & Suites Colorado Springs

1055 Kelly Johnson Blvd, Colorado Springs
3.7
of 5, from 782 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Chapel Hills Mall and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Adventure Golf and Batting Cages. US Air Force Academy and Pine Creek Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$89
Residence Inn by Marriott Colorado Springs North

Residence Inn by Marriott Colorado Springs North

9805 Federal Drive, Colorado Springs
4.5
of 5, from 262 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Colorado Springs, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Pine Creek Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Western Museum of Mining and Industry and Chapel Hills Mall. US Air Force Academy and Adventure Golf and Batting Cages are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$84
Hampton Inn & Suites Colorado Springs/Air Force Academy

Hampton Inn & Suites Colorado Springs/Air Force Academy

1307 Republic Dr, Colorado Springs
4.6
of 5, from 458 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Colorado Springs, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Pine Creek Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Western Museum of Mining and Industry and Chapel Hills Mall. US Air Force Academy and Adventure Golf and Batting Cages are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$37
Econo Lodge North Academy

Econo Lodge North Academy

1075 Kelly Johnson Blvd, Colorado Springs
3.4
of 5, from 1,043 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Chapel Hills Mall and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Adventure Golf and Batting Cages. US Air Force Academy and Pine Creek Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).