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Colorado Springs named one of world’s top emerging destinations





The home of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum earned another top ranking, as TripAdvisor ranked Colorado Springs No. 7 on its list of the world’s top 25 emerging destinations, part of the travel website’s 2021 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best awards.

“A crossroads for historians, sportsmen, architects, artists and gourmands, Colorado Springs offers a delightful mix of Western charms,” TripAdvisor wrote. “Sunny skies and crisp mountain air make it a perfect place for a golf outing, extreme sports or a picnic in one of the many, many well-maintained parks.”

“Consistently seeing Colorado Springs recognized in national – and international – rankings not only speaks to the magnificent beauty of our City, but also to our welcoming nature and our adventurous spirit,” Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said. “Colorado Springs has always been a wonderful place to visit, but with the return of tourism in 2021, we have more to offer than ever before. We look forward to the grand opening of the new Visitor Center on the summit of Pikes Peak and the return of the Cog Railway this spring, plus the award-winning U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum.”

“Prior to the pandemic, Colorado Springs kicked off 2020 on a high note with inclusion as No. 13 on New York Times’ 52 Places to Go list among a vast range of global destinations,” said Doug Price, President and CEO of Visit Colorado Springs. “We’re excited to see our destination continue to grow on an international scale and can’t wait to welcome more visitors again this year.”

Colorado Springs’ inclusion on this list added to a recent run of superlatives for Olympic City USA:

  • No. 1 (tie), Most Desirable City in America, U.S. News & World Report (October 2020)
  • No. 1, Place to visit for fall colors and COVID-19 safety for tourists by Lawn Love (October 2020)
  • No. 1, Housing market by (March 2020)
  • No. 2, Best U.S. vacation destinations for remote work by Rent Café (July 2020)
  • No. 4, Best Places to Live, U.S. News & World Report (October 2020)
  • No. 13, New York Times 52 Places to Go (January 2020)

The 60,000-square foot Museum has received plenty of its own accolades, including being named by USA Today as the nation’s Best New Attraction in 2020. The Museum is considered one of the top places to visit in Colorado and an excellent family destination.

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To maximize accessibility for all guests, the Museum features universal and inclusive design and includes accessible media, audio descriptions, wheelchair accessibility, tactility, open captioning and American Sign Language across all video content as well as other accessibility services.

The Museum has taken extensive measures to provide a safe and contactless environment so that guests can visit with confidence.

About the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum offers an immersive and universally accessible look into the journey of Team USA’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Through interactive exhibits, innovative displays, and a comprehensive artifact collection, the Museum instills the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, and respect, as well as the Paralympic values of determination, equality, inspiration, and courage in every visitor. It honors yesterday’s legends with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame while inspiring tomorrow’s legends through entertaining activities and events. The USOPM is more than a museum but a life-changing experience that will continue to educate and inspire the public to take part for generations to come.

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