Country Travel Discoveries 2017 Discovery Tours Catalog (Final Edition) : Page 36

Stunning Mountain Views Colorado’s Vintage Railways Scenic Adventure from an Era When the Iron Horse Ruled the Frontier All aboard! Travel back to the Old West and the days of the “Iron Horse” set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. You’ll journey on five vintage trains over high mountain passages and through breathtaking gorges. Along the way, see history come to life with stops at an old stagecoach town (where you’ll explore the last coal tipple in the country), a mining camp, and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum. Plus, spend free time exploring the renowned Vail Mountain Resort. A “must-do” epic adventure for nostalgia and train buffs alike! Garden of the Gods DAY 1 –“ALL ABOARD” THE RAIL ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME! It was the Iron Horse that helped tame the Old West, bringing an entire continent together and leading to the historic expansion of the United States. Relive the thrill and excitement of that historic era starting today, when you meet your fellow rail travelers for a welcome reception. DAY 2–AIR FORCE ACADEMY/GARDEN OF THE GODS Today starts at the Air Force Academy where you’ll see its iconic chapel and terrazzo, and learn about the cadet experience. Then visit the stunning Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. This 1,367-acre park at the base of Pikes Peak is where the Great Plains meet the Rockies—and is like a little piece of heaven! You’ll be amazed by the abundance of plant and animal life here, as well as the magnificent red sandstone formations. You’ll also enjoy the magical town of Manitou Springs, home to nine mineral springs fed by the snows of Pikes Peak. Many native Americans considered this area sacred—and you’ll see why. B, L Op Option—Pikes Peak Cog Railway If you’re feeling extra adventurous, sign up for a thrilling 8,000-foot ascent to the top of majestic Pikes Peak (14,110 ft.), taking in miles of mountainous scenery along the way. Pr Price: $38 per person. DAY 3–ROYAL GORGE RAILROAD/GREAT SAND DUNES N.P. Today, ride “North America’s most scenic railroad”—the world-famous Royal Gorge Route! From the comfort of your enclosed coach seat or open-air observation car, enjoy fabulous scenery and wildlife. This classic, old-time diesel engine chugs along the Arkansas River and winds its way through the steep granite cliffs of the gorge, passing under the Royal Gorge Bridge, suspended more than 1,000 feet above the tracks. Marvel at N. America’s tallest dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. B, L DAY 4–CUMBRES & TOLTEC RAILROAD Return to the exciting days of the Frontier West aboard this stately steam engine the moment it blows its horn! Relax in your comfortable coach or open-air observation car during an unforgettable journey from Antonito to the old Elevations reach from 5,000 to 1 4,1 00 feet at Pike’s Peak on this tour COLORADO Denv e er r Ge or o r g ge e t to o w wn n Di D i ll lo on n Gra G and a Va ail l J u n ncti on o V S l Si lverto o n Durango D M e es s a Ve e rde NP C ol Co lor ra ad do Sp S pr rin ng gs Ca an no o n C i it ty Al a am mo os sa A nto n An ni ito Ch ham ma NEW MEXICO 36 TRAVEL EXPERIENCES: Personalized, Different, Real |

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