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Direct Destinations from Colorado Springs

San Francisco, CA: The Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, CA: The Golden Gate Bridge

Time was, you could fly to a dozen or more cities directly from Colorado Springs. No Denver bypass. No changing planes or lost luggage (well, seldom). But the list began to shrink in recent years, and pretty soon it seemed like you had to fly to all but a handful of cities via Denver. It can be a hassle. But things are looking up for travelers who want to use the Colorado Springs Airport. You now can fly directly from here to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. This fall, Tampa and Fort Myers, Fla., will be added to the list. And, of course, you can still use DIA to get to other destinations.

Many of these flights were added in the past year, mostly by Frontier, says Adam Mayberry, marketing and communications manager for the Colorado Springs Airport. “The sky’s the limit,” he says. “Look before you book. In many cases, you will save money, and time, by not having to drive two hours north.”

If you decide to take advantage of some of these direct flights, here are some things you might see or do in each of those cities.

ATLANTA: Top attractions include the Georgia Aquarium and Atlanta Botanical Garden, but if you’re into history, try the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site and the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

CHICAGO: Everywhere you look, there’s great architecture, but for our money, we’d spend a good day at the Field Museum, one of the best science venues in the country. Can’t miss the largest T-rex ever found.

DALLAS: Revisit an American tragedy at Dealey Plaza and the Texas Schoolbook Repository, affiliated with the assassination of President John Kennedy, or take in some world-class shopping at the Galleria.

HOUSTON: You must visit the Johnson Space Center and if you have time, do some more shopping.

LAS VEGAS: Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding. Need we say more?

LOS ANGELES: Well, if you haven’t been to Disneyland, it’s a must for all ages. And Universal Studios Hollywood isn’t too shabby, either. More upscale? Try the Getty Center, which includes the Getty Museum for fabulous art exhibits, not to mention the architecture, gardens and views of LA.

ORLANDO: It’s all about theme parks here. Disney World is quite different from Disneyland (especially the Epcot Center), so it’s worth a day or so, as are Universal Studios Florida and Sea World Orlando.

FORT MYERS: You can tour the Edison and Ford winter estates, but we love the big, huggable critters at Manatee World. 

TAMPA: Busch Gardens is the big attraction here, but don’t overlook the Big Cat Rescue, popular with those who prefer animals to rollercoasters. 

PHOENIX: The Heard Museum is world-famous for its Southwestern art, but don’t miss the less-known, massive Musical Instrument Museum for a mind-blowing look at how music is made in nearly every nation of the world.

SALT LAKE CITY: Besides the lake itself, most folks want to visit Temple Square and the architecturally grand Mormon Temple. 

SAN DIEGO: There are too many things to choose just a few, so hop on the trolley and make the rounds of Balboa Park (with a zoo and many terrific museums), Old Town and Coronado Island, among other stops.

SAN FRANCISCO: You immediately think of the Golden Gate Bridge, but don’t stop there. Golden Gate Park is a treasure chest of wonderful attractions. Its 1,000-plus acres are home to several major museums and botanical gardens. 

SEATTLE: The Seattle Aquarium is amazing and you’ll drool over the fresh fish and produce for sale at Pike Place Market. Top it all off with a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel, where you’ll get grand views of the famous Space Needle.

WASHINGTON D.C.: The possibilities are endless, from the White House to the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, but if you have a week, visit the Smithsonian Institution. We’re talking endless entertainment.

For more information, visit www.flycos.com. You can find out what’s available and actually book a flight. There’s also a cost comparison calculator so you know what it really costs to fly from Colorado Springs as opposed to DIA.