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“The Chapel is the Highlight”

United States Air Force Academy
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Owner description: Visitors can tour this modern sprawling campus that includes the Academy, Falcon Stadium, a chapel and Arnold Hall, a museum honoring Air Force personnel.
Reviewed March 9, 2013

The Academy is open to the public because it belongs to the American people. You have to enter at the north entryway just north of Colorado Springs. The south entry is for military personnel only. At security, you will show your ID (Driver's License, etc.) and you might be asked if you have any weapons in your car. You can't take guns or knives on the base even if you have a concealed carry permit. While security (run by a private company) has the right to search you, they rarely do.

The spirit is rather welcoming, in fact. They will direct you to the center where there are a few displays, a 15min movie introducing you to the Academy, and a shop for souvenirs. You are given a map of the places you can go and you need to stick to those areas. The most popular place to go is the chapel and once you are there you know why.

The chapel is a work of art inside and out. Inside, the stained glass and shape of the sanctuary make it look like the vestibule of heaven. The front two pews are reserved in honor of the missing airmen and POWs over the years. Christians use the main sanctuary. Jews and other faiths have sections dedicated for their use downstairs.

There are many walks and views that are open to visitors. You can often see cadets training and there are almost always pilots training in small planes all around the airspace above you. Gliders and parachutists are also frequently just above you.

Thank PatrickMead
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

The AFA is a must visit while in Colorado Springs. Not only is it the place where our cadets are trained, but it is an iconic landmark in Colorado!
My favorite place to visit is the Cathedral/Worship Center. It has 4 (or 5) different religious parts to their building where people are welcome to worship and/or just poke their heads in and check it out.
While driving around, if you keep your eyes open, you should be able to see wildlife of all sorts on the grounds. If you are lucky enough to be around in the fall, on a Saturday, catch an AFA Football game, they are awesome! Go Falcons!

Thank GooseBell
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

It is a wonderful dive that takes all of 20 minutes out of the day. It houses to many activities to write about and they are all entertaining! Overall a wonderful location to go to. Needed a military i.d. and a few bucks. Also follow the speed limits, the cops don't have much to do on base.

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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Very cool to see how our Air Force works and the history behind it. You actually walk the grounds with or without a tour. The only place you arent allowed to go is the barracks. The tour has so much information, just stay close so you can hear it all.

Thank piccrazy30
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

One of the most impressive places to visit in Colorado Springs is the United States Air Force Academy. 28 square miles in area, the campus spans several exits on the highway. During the summer the skies are dotted with parachutes and airplanes.

The entrance to the Academy is on the northern most exit. You will have to go past the security on the main gate, so you need to have registration and ids. As a visitor you are only allowed up to the visitor area which includes the portion of the campus where the chapel is. The Chapel is spectacular and it one of the most visited landmarks in Colorado. Not to be missed.

Thank Karnak58
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