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Colorado Springs is the Colorado's second-largest city and one of its many faces. Its natural appeal and pleasing climate attract visitors from around the world, who come to ascend Pikes Peak and admire the sandstone towers within the Garden of the Gods.
Although not as diverse as Denver or Boulder, a handful of sights, from the fine-arts museum to the National Air Force Academy, add to the draw of the Front Range. The town's resilience in overcoming the devastating wildfires in 2012 and 2013 is to be admired.
Visitors can acquaint themselves with the area by dividing it into three neighborhoods, connected by Colorado Ave and Hwy 24. Most travelers will naturally gravitate toward Manitou Springs, just beneath Pikes Peak and navigable on foot. To the east lies the Old City, the original town founded in 1860, whose Wild West hovels of vice (21 saloons in four blocks!) now host restaurants and souvenir shops; the Garden of the Gods lies to the north. East across I-25 is the the main city, whose sights are more spread out.