Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
314 West Bijou St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Phone: (719) 471-8680
Fax: (719) 471-0894
Crafted with beautiful and captivating ancient Romanesque architecture and designed by Henry Rutgers Marshall, the First Congregational Church of Colorado is immensely artistic and at the same time immersed in history. As the name rightly suggests, the church was built by the Congregationalists who'd entered England back in the 1600's and played a very important role in establishing some of the most famous educational institutions of those times, including Harvard and Yale. Today, the church is well known in Colorado for everything from holding musical extravaganzas to memorial services.
Founded in 1871, the First United Methodist Church is the city's largest and most active church. The main focus is on practicing and following the teachings of Jesus Christ. The church is available for weddings, for both members as well as non-members. There are regular choir recitals and concerts like the Chancel Choir Spring Concert taking place in the church and also classes for learning the spiritual path of life and the teachings of Jesus, for adults as well as youth. Sunday classes are specially conducted for children.
Often dwarfed by the US Air Force Academy, this private college has been a part of Colorado Springs since 1874. The campus sports a classic college setting, accented by a Rocky Mountains backdrop. Cutler Hall, the school's original building, still stands as the landmark structure of the campus, and Bemis Hall resembles something from the Swiss Alps and will make you wish your school had offered such dorms. The hockey program enjoys a huge local following and ranks as one of the top collegiate teams in the nation.
The Frederick H. Cossitt Memorial Hall is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is also known as Cossitt Hall and was designed by Maurice B. Biscoe. It was built in 1914 and is part of the Colorado College. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 28, 1997.
Named after Kathryn Lee Bates' poem, the park is a sprawling property with trails, manicured lawns, 40-foot tall obelisks and other installations. America the Beautiful Park overlooks Pikes Peak and at night the obelisks glow. The park is also popular for those interested in UFO sightings. Scores of visitors come with transmitters, trying to contact the other world; it's like a party out there. Opens everyday at 5a.
This 193-acre park offers more recreation and entertainment options than most cruise ships. Besides the usual park offerings of tennis courts, ball fields, jogging paths and picnic shelters, it also offers swimming, fishing and sailing on Prospect Lake, as well as year round ice skating and hockey in the Sertich Ice Center. The park also plays host to the Colorado Balloon Classic and the annual 4th of July Celebration. Picnic shelters can be reserved in advance for family picnics and such.
It's as if George's Union Station pumps zest into the life of people in the city—the place is that zippy! The stage and acoustics at this music club is just too good. Every single person in the crowd is bound to get swayed with the music that the band plays here every time. You are in for a great treat at Union Station after a tiring day; fun, fashion and spirit define this place well.
Established in 1962, The Colorado Springs School, popularly called either Claremont or CSS, is located on the Broadmoor Avenue. Catering to educational needs of students from preschool to the 12th grade, the school is known for its preference towards experiential learning, which highlights the need of “real world encounters” to educate the youth. Spread over 32-acres (13 hectares) of beautifully landscaped area, the Colorado Springs School is one of the most popular college-preparatory schools in the city.
A heavy indicator that this historical center offers an authentic experience can be gauged by the simple fact that it offers sarsaparilla as a beverage. While most such attractions focus on Colorado's "Wild West" days, this center, which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places, underscores the state's homesteading past with renovated buildings, including a Blacksmith shop, and characters in period clothing. Lectures, military re-enactments and a live 1880s baseball game are some of its educational features.
Garden of the Gods is sprawled over 1360 acres (550 hectares). Its unique geological landscape consists of protruding rocks of deep red sandstone. These structures strike a startling contrast against the green swathes of this park. Before embarking on an exploration, a film educates visitors on the geological upheaval of this area, as well as the park's history. One can discover the hidden flora and fauna of this region through nature walks, on a bike or horseback, or by following pathways like the Siamese Twins Trail. Other activities include bird-watching and rock-climbing. One can also engage in interactive exhibits and enjoy refreshments at a café on-site. This pet-friendly venue is also a dog owner's delight.
North Cheyenne Cañon Park is located at the western outskirts of Colorado Springs and is well known for its evergreen expanse of forests, amazing rock formations, waterfalls and wildflowers. The park occupies a total land mass of 1,626 acres which includes the Stratton Open Space. It is a great habitat for wildlife that includes Mountain Lion and Mule Deer. Among the most visited attractions inside the park are the Helen Hunt Falls - a favored camping site and the Starsmore Discovery Center. The center hosts numerous exhibits related to nature and also conducts educational and adventure programs. The North Cheyenne Cañon Park is a perfect place to indulge in nature walks, hiking and other adventurous activities.
The Colorado Springs World Arena is the premier sports and entertainment venue in the Pikes Peak region. Locally owned and managed, the non-profit CSWA and the attached ice hall regularly host sporting events, concerts, family shows, banquets, trade shows, graduations, religious rallies and civic events. With 8000 seats, the CSWA is large enough to host world-class events in an intimate setting.