The Top 10 U.S. Air Force Academy Attractions

Set at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, the U.S. Air Force Academy is so much more than an undergraduate institution and military base.

The U.S. Air Force Academy is a collection of awe-inspiring attractions open to the public. In addition to state-of-the-art technology and modern architecture, this campus offers ten different sites for civilians to explore. Don't miss these ten sights while you're here. 

1. Cadet Chapel

Perhaps the most notable structure on campus, the Cadet Chapel encompasses the beauty of midcentury-modern architecture with inspiration from Air Force vessels. With stained glass symbols and historical accents, each congregation center has its own beauty.  (Please note the chapel will close for repairs beginning on January 1, 2019 and remain closed until further notice).

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2. Chapel Overlook

The outside of the chapel is just as magnificent as the inside. With a clear view of the main center of campus, the chapel overlook offers visitors great view of the Cadet Area. For a special treat, arrive just before noon and watch the orchestrated cadet lunch formation. 

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3. The B-52 Display

Because all visitors must access the base through the north gate, this display will be hard to miss. This authentic B-52 bomber is truly awe inspiring. The large plane was the backbone of America’s manned bomber force for more than half of the 20th century. 

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4. Cadet Field House & Falcon Athletic Center

This mega-sized sports arena is home to Clune Arena (basketball), ice rink and indoor track. Check out the Falcon Athletic Center for the Academy Sports Hall of Fame and see the first soccer ball to ever be in space. 

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5. Academic Overlook

Drive up North Gate Boulevard (which becomes Academy Drive) and pull over at this overlook to get a scenic view of the Academy’s various campus buildings. Being one of the country’s best higher education institutions, the U.S. Air Force Academy’s mission is to provide a well-rounded education for cadets to use throughout their Air Force career and their individual lives. 

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6. Athletic Overlook

Just a few hundred yards to the west of the Academic Overlook, the Athletic Overlook provides guests a bigger picture to see just how massive the sports facilities at the U.S. Air Force Academy are. There are 150 acres of playing and practice fields that can be viewed from here. The public can attend games at the track and field, soccer, baseball and softball stadiums.

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7. Barry Goldwater Visitor Center

A must for those who have never been to the campus before, the visitor center has a large gift shop to purchase goodies and AFA apparel to show some Falcon pride. The visitor center hosts exhibits of the campus and a mock cadet dorm room. The visitor center also has a short movie showing everyday cadet life, complete with a snippet of the graduation hat toss and Thunderbird flyover.

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8. Arnold Hall

A student union and ballroom all-in-one location, this large hall hosts a 2,900 seat theater for cadets and food court that is open to the public. Stop by here to view displays featuring the Tuskegee Airmen, Women in Leadership and cadets who have become astronauts. 

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9. Doolittle Hall

This building is hard to miss, with a large Pegasus statue out front. The building’s significance starts on the first day of a cadet’s journey when they cross the Challenge Bridge. Crossing this bridge symbolizes the challenges ahead that cadets will face. Following the Heritage Trail, you’ll see the Southeast Asia Pavilion and memorial wall. It is an indoor and outdoor exhibit that was expanded recently and is a stunning reminder of our role during the Vietnam era.

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10. Falcon Stadium

The site of home football games and graduation, this large stadium was built in the fall of 1962 and has a spectator capacity of 46,692. In addition to Falcon Football, the stadium hosts a variety of sports and special events.

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Visit The Chapel Soon!

It's your last chance to visit this architectural wonder before it closes for restoration on January 1, 2019.

Don't wait! Come and see The U.S. Air Force Academy Chapel before it closes for restoration. The chapel will close for repairs beginning on January 1, 2019 and remain closed for several years while restoration takes place. When the chapel does close, visitors will be able to view an immersive video tour of the chapel in the visitor center. Learn more and start planning your visit today.

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