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First time visitors need to know how big and wide spread Colorado Springs is. Many people have an obsolete idea about this town being small and walkable, but that is far in the past. You will need a car or other transportation service or tour guide if you want to visit pretty much anything. There's no way you can walk from downtown to the Garden of the Gods or US Air Force Academy.
Unfortunately, public transportation is very limited in Colorado Springs, and buses run more between colleges and malls, not so much between tourist attractions and hotels.
Colorado Springs is pretty much connected with Manitou Springs, and the whole area is called Pike Peak region. So, when you come to this area for business trip or vacation, you get an opportunity to visit and enjoy both towns.