Colorado Trains Amid Fall Color

September 17, 2019 - September 26, 2019
10 days / 18 meals
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Explore Colorado’s majestic mountains, natural beauty and friendly people during peak fall color, including scenic train rides on the Royal Gorge Train, the vintage Durango & Silverton steam train and the historic Cumbres and Toltec line.

Day 1: Hays, KS
All aboard! Our journey west begins with an overnight in Hays, KS. D

Day 2: Colorado Springs, CO
Get your first glimpse of the Rocky Mountains as we arrive in Colorado Springs. Experience the rich heritage and enduring legacies of the U.S. Olympics and Paralympics during a guided tour of the Olympic Training Center led by an Olympic athlete. Experience an authentic German dinner at a local favorite, Edelweiss German Restaurant, before we unpack for a two-night stay. B, D

Day 3: Garden of the Gods
Experience the National Museum of World War II Aviation which documents the historical importance that military aviation played in our emergence as a world power during the Second World War. After lunch at the foot of Pikes Peak in historic Manitou Springs, head to the Garden of the Gods for a guided tour of one of the most photographed natural wonders in the United State. B, L

Day 4: Canon City, CO
Travel to Canon City and board the Royal Gorge Train for a 24-mile journey into the canyon and beneath the infamous Royal Gorge Bridge. Continue to Pueblo, home to 4 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and the most visits by sitting U.S. Presidents that any other city in the U.S. for free time to explore the Union Avenue Historic District and stroll along the historic Riverwalk. Overnight in Alamosa, CO. B, D

Day 5: Cumbres and Toltec Railroad
Next stop – 1880! The historic, coal-fired steam locomotives of the Cumbres and Toltec scenic railroad will take us on a memorable journey over high trestles and above yawning gorges adorned with brilliant gold foliage as we ride from Antonito to Chama, NM. Continue to Durango for a two-night stay. B, L

Day 6: Mesa Verde National Park
Join a local guide for a fantastic adventure exploring Mesa Verde National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to over 4,000 known archeological sites and cliff dwellings. Return to Durango for free time to explore the charming downtown area before dinner in the Historic Hotel of the Rockies, the Strater Hotel, built in 1887 and adorned with a tremendous collection of walnut antiques. B, D.

Day 7: Durango-Silverton Railroad
Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear aboard the Durango-Silverton narrow-gauge train and enjoy views of Colorado’s colorful mountain splendor inaccessible by highway. The line was originally constructed to haul silver and gold ore from the San Juan Mountains, but passengers soon realized it was the VIEW that was truly precious! Drive the “Million Dollar Highway” for free time in the little mountain town of Ouray, known as “Switzerland of the Rockies.” Stop for an eagle’s eye view of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park before an overnight stay in Grand Junction. B, D

Day 8: Colorado National Monument
Experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive during a visit to Colorado National Monument – keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and soaring eagles! Travel east through scenic Glenwood Canyon, with walls climbing as high as 1,300 feet above the Colorado River, before arriving for lunch in Glenwood Springs. Overnight in Denver. B, L

Day 9: Mid-Kansas
Bid adieu to the mountains and elevations to travel east into Kansas. B, D

Day 10: Return Home
Learn about the last substantial contiguous stand of tallgrass prairie in North American during a morning visit to the Flint Hills Discovery Center before arriving home early evening. B

Per person rates
double $2399
triple/quad $2134
single $3069

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