United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs

As you're driving toward this museum and military campus, the iconic accordion-shaped chapel will help you spot United States Air Force Academy. The campus, in a scenic area filled with Rocky Mountain fresh air, covers 7,500 hectares (18,500 acres) and is the place U.S. Air Force cadets start out. In addition to the museum and chapel, you can visit the athletic center, stadium, cadet field house, and more. All tours are self-guided. Plan to see United States Air Force Academy and other attractions that appeal to you using our Colorado Springs trip site .
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  • I had never expected that the campus would have been so large and beautiful. It took at least several full minutes of drive from the North entrance before I could get a glimpse of the sprawling 18,500...  more »
  • Attended Catholic Mass on 1/7/2018. A wonderful experience with the cadet choir in a beautiful chapel. The distance from the visitor handicapped parking to the chapel for a handicapped elderly person ...  more »
  • The visit requires a bit of walking to get to the awesome building but it is worth the effort to see the Protestant, Catholi, Jewish and Buddhist worship areas  more »
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  • I lived at the Academy before the roads were even paved! My Father, Col.G.C.Clementson, was one of the Founding Fathers, he set up the Aero&ThermoDynamics Dept. Which included a Wind Tunnel Lab (used to be called Clem's Foley). When designing the first wind tunnel, he unfavorably crossed the path of the Architect. If you're not familiar with Wind Tunnels, they have very tall Stacks, to release the noise high in the atmosphere. The problem was, "nothing was going to be higher than the Architect's Chapel..." and I mean NOTHING! So my Father had to visit with the Architect to explain the situation. As required, he figured out how to snake the first part of the stack underground. Then the last of the stack became much shorter when coming outside. One of the little known facts, is that the design of the Chapel, the spires represented Hands in Prayer. Since there are several religions represented in this Chapel, and they all pray, this was the perfect design for ALL religions. Beautiful, isn't it? Inside & out! Another little known fact is that a Representative from the Air Force had to gain permission from the Pope to house the Catholic Chapel amongst the other religions. Especially since the Catholic Chapel was smaller than the Protestant Chapel and it was to be situated below! Can you imagine! The Chapel is truly magnificent, and a must-see. Enjoy!
  • Wish that the front desk people have been more truthful about the time we have to leave the ground. They should follow the military standard. Otherwise, the place is wonderful.
  • What an absolutely stunning building! (Yeah, I'll confess, I only came here after seeing it in the new PS4 game Horizon: Zero Dawn). Made the experience even more special, seeing it in real-life. The place is immaculate, and people are very helpful. Take the tour, you won't regret it.
  • So amazing and beautiful! Wow simply a great place to be spiritual!
  • Truly a beautiful place to worship the Lord. The chapel has separate chapels for Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Buddhists. Definitely a very reverant atmosphere.

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