Colorado Springs isn’t just a dream getaway; it’s where dreams become a reality. Achievement is so woven into the fabric of this Rocky Mountain city, that it’s called Olympic City USA—and for good reason. Colorado Springs is home to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center, 24 National Governing Bodies of Sport and now, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum opening soon in summer 2020.
And while endless outdoor recreational opportunities for all levels of athletic pursuits are waiting at the bend of every trail, what might be just as goosebumps-inducing as the stunning landscapes and picturesque mountain views is a day spent learning about and exploring where athletes train day in and day out to fulfill their dreams.
While the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center is currently not offering tours, the facility is where many athletes live and train in preparation for the next Olympic and Paralympic Games. A trip to Garden of the Gods Park on the west side of Colorado Springs and Palmer Park in the city’s center each offer stunning terrain and views for an invigorating workout. And while the future athletes train, Colorado Springs is commemorating the accomplishments of past generations of athletes.
The country’s biggest celebration of athletic achievements past and present is the new U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. Located in the heart of Downtown Colorado Springs, this world-class new attraction is designed to resemble the flowing movement of an athlete in motion and gives life to the story of Team USA athletes. The stories of unbelievable victories, incredible comebacks, and moments of trials and growth are showcased to share with your family; it’s sure to delight and inspire. Check their website to verify the opening date once it’s announced.
Slated to be one of the most accessible museums in the world, no two trips exploring the museum will be the same. Walk through a tunnel as simulated opening ceremonies play, transporting you to the Olympic and Paralympic games as the athletes prepare for the moment they’ve been waiting for to reach their dreams. High-tech, tailored exhibits will leave you spell-bound. Race against digital renderings of top track stars. Explore the most expansive Olympic medal and torch collection in the world, with torches from the 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2014 Sochi games, and more. Take in the stories of athletes past and present in the Hall of Fame, featuring volleyball legend Misty May-Treanor, the 1998 Women’s Hockey Team, famed short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno, and so many more remarkable stories worth highlighting. There’s so much to explore, enjoy, and celebrate.
Look to Colorado Springs to find inspiration in the great outdoors, train like an athlete by hiking Barr Trail to the summit of Pikes Peak and biking through Garden of the Gods Park, and relive the achievements of athletes past and present. It’s all waiting for you in Olympic City USA.
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