The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado is one of the most exclusive universities in the country, accepting only about 1,400 new cadets each year, who become part of an elite group of Air Force officers.
With more than 1 million visitors a year, the U.S. Air Force Academy is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state, and many visitors come simply to see the academy’s stunning chapel. The all-faiths chapel stands 150 feet tall, with 17 sail-like spires constructed form aluminum, glass and steel. Visitors who arrange a self-guided tour of the academy can explore various sections of the campus, including the Honor Court, the Cadet Field House and the Association of Graduates building. An on-site Visitor’s Center offers a movie and exhibits that show the history of the academy and offer a glimpse into cadets’ lives on campus.
The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is open to visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Visitor's Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors must arrive through the North Gate. Get there by taking Exit 156 from I-25, 14 miles north of downtown Colorado Springs.