COLORADO SPRINGS — Between the Labor Day Lift-Off, the return of Air Force football to Falcon Stadium and more, there's plenty to do this weekend in the Colorado Springs area.
Visit Colorado Springs Chief Innovation Officer Amy Long said she expects a large number of visitors drawn in by the events this holiday weekend.
"This time of year, we really have the best weather. The sun is shining. It's not quite as hot. It's just a great time to be outside at all these events," Long said. "We're expecting a great holiday weekend for Labor Day."
While southern Colorado will be a popular place to be, Labor Day weekend will make for a busy time on roads throughout the area, as people celebrate the unofficial end of summer.
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials expect vehicles to travel the state's highways by the thousands, so if your Labor Day plans include travel, their advice is to leave early.
"Lots of folks are out on the roadways, and the last thing we want to see is short tempers. Know that your trips may take a little bit longer because there's more folks out on the road. So, plan ahead for that," said CDOT Communications Manager Michelle Peulen.
Peulen said CDOT anticipates heavier traffic during day-time hours to accommodate there-and-back trips popular on Labor Day. As for the entire weekend, Labor Day is expect to be the busiest.
"We have several people that will travel today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) and a little bit on Sunday, but everyone's on the road returning to their destination on Monday," Peulen said.
CDOT also advises drivers check their website, cotrip.org, before leaving to get the latest information on traffic, accidents and weather conditions.