Residents of Colorado Springs have a lot to brag about these days. For one, U.S. News & World Report named the city the 11th most-desirable place to live in the United States in 2017, second only to Des Moines, Iowa, in the medium-size city category. But Colorado Springs isn’t only cultivating a high quality of life for citizens; it’s good for business too. In fact, Colorado Springs is home to about a dozen religious organizations, which add to the appeal for faith-based groups to meet there.
“When psychologist Dr. James Dobson founded Focus on the Family here in 1977, other religious organizations followed suit,” says Kathy Reak, senior director of convention sales for the city’s CVB, Visit Colorado Springs. “The city soon became a hotbed, with National Day of Prayer, Community Bible Study, The Christian and Missionary Alliance, Christian Booksellers Association, Compassion International and David C Cook each establishing a significant presence here.”
Today, Focus on the Family draws faith-based groups and leisure travelers alike. About 225,000 guests visit its welcome center, children’s area and bookstore annually, says Reak. Besides a lengthy list of religious organizations, the city has points of interests aplenty for visitors, with more than 50 attractions within a half-hour drive. Here are our top picks to consider the next time you bring a group to this centennial state gem.
This is one of Colorado’s 53 14ers (mountains more than 14,000 feet above sea level). It’s the only 14er whose peak is accessible by car via Pikes Peak Highway and by train via Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Adventurous teams can hike to the peak and bicycle down.
U.S. Olympic Training Center
Inspire your team to go for the gold by taking a guided tour of the complex that provides housing, dining and training facilities for more than 500 U.S. Olympic athletes and coaches at a time.
Air Force Academy and Cadet Chapel
Talk strategy or motivate a group to greatness after joining the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit this beautiful and historic campus each year to take in academy history and cadet life. This tour is closing down in 2018 for two years of renovations, so take advantage while you can.