A member of Team Rwanda Cycling makes his way through the Garden of the Gods during stage one of the inaugural Colorado Classic bike race on Aug. 10, 2017, in Colorado Springs. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

Toyko, Sicily, Greenland are all high on The New York Times’ 52 Places To Go in 2020. And right up there with them? Colorado Springs, which came in at No. 13.

“A gateway to alpine vacationlands since trains first arrived in 1871, Colorado Springs springs anew in 2020,” The New York Times writes, somehow not groaning at its own bad dad joke.

So what puts our southern neighbor so high on the list? The openings of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and Pikes Peak Summit Complex, to start. The former shows off great architectural design while the latter boasts a breathtaking panorama.

Another prevailing factor? The Spring’s “emergent locavore food scene,” writes the Times, praising the Lincoln Center market hall (built in a former elementary school), Four by Brother Luck’s menu inspired by indigenous food and fresh trout at the Broadmoor.

Although all very worthy places, the Times piece comes out the same week that Colorado Springs-based OutThere bemoaned the local food culture in an article titled “8 reasons no one should want to move to Colorado.”

Surprisingly, not highlighted in the piece was the area’s many hiking trails — although, to be fair, the Manitou Incline may be intimidating for most tourists.

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