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Itinerary

DAY 1 | August 21 | Marshall, MN to North Platte, Ne

You’ll travel today, making your way to Colorado and your historic rail adventures. Fairfield Inn & Suites

DAY 2 | August 22 | North Platte, NE to Colorado Springs, CO

You arrive in Colorado this morning! A stop at Hammond’s Candies, where they have been making candy by hand since 1920, for a guided tour and an opportunity to buy some treats. Following lunch, there is a guided tour of the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver. Located on what used to be Lowry Air Force base, the museum features iconic aircraft, space vehicles, artifacts, military uniforms, and much more. This evening you will arrive in Colorado Springs in time to enjoy the 5:30 Kickback at the Drury featuring complimentary beverages and food. Drury Inn & Suites Colorado Springs Near the Air Force Academy * Breakfast Included

DAY 3 | August 23 | Colorado Springs, CO

Today begins with a jeep tour at Garden of The Gods. The jeep tour allows you to visit the popular landmarks as well as more secluded area via dirt roads that are often untouched by visitors. Your guide will also share with you the history and geology of the area. Following the jeep tour, you will have time to visit and shop at the Garden of The Gods Visitor and Nature Center. The afternoon begins with a guided tour of the Penrose Heritage Museum. Your guide will provide information and stories about the exhibits consisting of 30 carriages, western cultural artifacts, race cars, and more. Your day concludes with a self-guided tour of the United States Air Force Academy Visitor’s Center. A must-see highlight of the Academy is to visit the Cadet Chapel. Drury Inn & Suites Colorado Springs Near the Air Force Academy * Breakfast & Lunch Included

DAY 4 | August 24 |  Colorado Springs, CO to Salida, CO

Your first train adventure is today! You’ll experience America’s most spectacular rail journey aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. In 1905, President Teddy Roosevelt described it best as “the trip that bankrupts the English language!” Your rail journey brings you to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, home of America’s Highest Suspension Bridge & Zip Line! Your visit includes the bridge, unlimited gondola rides, the theatre, and food vouchers to be used at any of the park restaurants. Gateway Inn & Suites*Breakfast,Lunch Dinner Included

DAY 5 | August 25 |  Salida, CO to Durango, CO

Another rail journey begins your day with a ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Hidden away in a little-known corner of the southern Rocky Mountains is a precious historical artifact of the American West. Built in 1880 the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the most spectacular example of steam era mountain railroading in North America. You’ll disembark the train for lunch and re-board to conclude the ride. Best Western Plus Rio Grand Inn * Breakfast & Lunch Included

DAY 6 | August 26 | Durango, CO

This morning explore at your leisure the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum located in the original 1882 depot. The museum provides a look into the fascinating history of railroading, transportation, and mining. You will have free time for lunch and exploring on your own in historic downtown Durango which is a Nationally Registered Historic District. This evening enjoy the Old West Cowboy Music Show and Chuckwagon Supper at the Bar D Chuckwagon. Best Western Plus Rio Grand Inn * Breakfast & Dinner Included

DAY 7 | August 27 |  Durango, CO to Grand Junction, CO

Your final rail journey is today as you take the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This historic train has been in continuous operation for 127 years, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line. Re-live the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Following the train ride, you will have lunch in Silverton and then move on to Grand Junction for an evening stay. LaQuinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Grand Junction * Breakfast Included

DAY 8 | August 28 |   Grand Junction, CO to Westminster, CO

This afternoon arriving in Golden Colorado, you’ll enjoy a self- guided tour of the Colorado Railroad Museum. This indoor- outdoor history museum features 100-plus vintage trains as well as a miniature railroad exhibit. This evening you will arrive in Westminster in time to enjoy the 5:30 Kick- back at the Drury featuring complimentary beverages and food. Drury Inn & Suites Denver Westminster * Breakfast Included

DAY 9 | August 29 |  Westminster, CO to North Platte, NE

Today is a travel day as you begin your journey home. Fairfield Inn & Suites * Breakfast Included

DAY 10 | August 30 |  North Platte, NE to Home

Arriving in Kearney, you’ll visit The Archway, an unique architectural landmark above I-80 containing a museum on 19th-century Western migration. Your train adventure ends as you arrive home this evening. Breakfast Included

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Pricing Per Person Cash Or Check

  • $2,145 – Double
  • $1,900 – Triple
  • $1,780 – Quad
  • $2,910 – Single

Pricing Per Person Credit Card

  • $2,230 – Double
  • $1,975 – Triple
  • $1,850 – Quad
  • $3,025 – Single

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Itinerary, Pricing and Availability are subject to change without notice. Tours are subject to energy surcharges and other factors beyond our control.

Departure Date

08/21/2020

Return Date

08/30/2020

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Highlights:

  • Hammond’s Candies
  • Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
  • Garden of The Gods Jeep Tour and Visitor’s Center
  • Penrose Heritage Museum
  • United States Air Force Academy Visitor Center
  • Royal Gorge Route Railroad
  • Royal Gorge Bridge & Park with Gondola Ride
  • Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Ride
  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • Historic Downtown Durango
  • Old West Cowboy Music Show & Chuckwagon Supper
  • Colorado Railroad Museum
  • The Archway
  • 9 Breakfasts / 3 Lunches / 2 Dinners
Hosted by Southwest Tour and Travel Tour Director (Activity Level: Moderate) Guests should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing, or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening.