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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 near the Air Force Academy

1170 InterQuest Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 UCHealth Memorial Hospital North are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs $109
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    The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs

    8110 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Briargate, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Chapel Hills Mall and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Adventure Golf and Batting Cages. US Air Force Academy and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Colorado Springs North $93
      La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Colorado Springs North

      La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Colorado Springs North

      8155 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Briargate, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Chapel Hills Mall and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Adventure Golf and Batting Cages. US Air Force Academy and Pine Creek Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Embassy Suites Colorado Springs $127
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        Embassy Suites Colorado Springs

        7290 Commerce Center Drive, Colorado Springs, CO
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Briargate, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Adventure Golf and Batting Cages and within 9 mi (15 km) of US Air Force Academy and United States Olympic Complex. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is 13.4 mi (21.6 km) away.

          Best Western Plus Peak Vista Inn & Suites $129
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          7265 Commerce Center Dr, Colorado Springs, CO
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Briargate, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Adventure Golf and Batting Cages and within 3 mi (5 km) of Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Chapel Hills Mall. Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum and Ent Center for the Arts are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            SpringHill Suites by Marriot Colorado Springs North/Air Force Academy $134
            SpringHill Suites by Marriot Colorado Springs North/Air Force Academy

            SpringHill Suites by Marriot Colorado Springs North/Air Force Academy

            1320 REPUBLIC DRIVE, Colorado Springs, CO
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Pine Creek Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Western Museum of Mining and Industry and Chapel Hills Mall. UCHealth Memorial Hospital North and UCHealth Memorial Hospital North are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Holiday Inn Express & Suites Colorado Springs AFA Northgate $104
              Holiday Inn Express & Suites Colorado Springs AFA Northgate

              Holiday Inn Express & Suites Colorado Springs AFA Northgate

              9856 Federal Drive, Colorado Springs, CO
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Pine Creek Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Western Museum of Mining and Industry and Chapel Hills Mall. UCHealth Memorial Hospital North and Adventure Golf and Batting Cages are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Motel 6 Colorado Springs, CO - Air Force Academy $58
                Motel 6 Colorado Springs, CO - Air Force Academy

                Motel 6 Colorado Springs, CO - Air Force Academy

                8280 Voyager Pkwy at Razorback Road, Colorado Springs, CO
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Briargate, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Chapel Hills Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Pine Creek Golf Club and Adventure Golf and Batting Cages. US Air Force Academy and Colorado Springs House of Bounce are also within 6 mi (10 km).