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Lake and Mountains in Colorado
Million Dollar Highway
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Gondola
Colorado National Monument,
Silverton to Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad
Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
Colorado National Monument
Garden of the Gods
Departs: September 22nd, 2020 Tour Dates & Pricing
Experience the majestic scenery of the Rocky Mountains as we explore the Centennial State. Colorado is simply a treasure trove of natural wonders! Witness Mesa Verde’s marvelous cliff dwellings, ascend Pikes Peak by Jeep with a professional guide, experience the thrill of the Million Dollar Highway, cross Royal Gorge by pedestrian bridge and gondola, and immerse yourself in surreal beauty at the Garden of the Gods. When we are not feasting our eyes on beautiful scenery, we will explore Vail, the famous resort town nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Grand Junction, celebrated as Colorado’s wine country, and historic Durango, where the spirit of the Old West is alive and well.
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Day 1 : Fly to Colorado
We fly to The Centennial State and enjoy overnight accommodations in Denver.
Day 2 : Rocky Mountain National Park
This morning we depart Denver and head into Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy the sweeping overlooks of Trail Ridge Road as we wind across the highest paved highway in the country. Gaze in wonder at the over 12,000-foot high views of the scenic alpine tundra below, and along the way make informative stops at the visitor centers.
Tonight we check-in to our accommodations at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa near the alpine village of Vail.
Get to know your fellow travelers at an included Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner this evening.
Day 3 : Vail
Travel west to the "Grand Valley," home to Colorado's wine country and surrounded by marvelous red cliffs. Visit Varaison Vineyard & Winery in Grand Junction with an included lunch before enjoying a scenic drive through Colorado National Monument.
Great landscapes of the American West surround us along Rim Rock Drive with views of towering monoliths, red rock canyons, and wildlife such as bighorn sheep and eagles.
Tonight, our accommodations are in downtown Grand Junction at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, ideally located on a quaint, tree-lined road just a short stroll away from dozens of restaurants, shops, and galleries.
Day 4 : Silverton Train Ride
After an included breakfast this morning we head south towards Silverton, taking in spectacular views of the Million Dollar Highway en route.
Located in the heart of the breathtaking San Juan Mountains, the Silverton area was packed with mining camps in the late 1800s in search of silver and gold. During free time to explore the historic downtown district you are welcome to visit the Mining Heritage Center, the restored 1902 County Jail Museum, or take an optional carriage ride along the main drag. Next, board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This classic steam-powered locomotive follows the same tracks the settlers once took through the area. Marvel at stunning canyons and the San Juan National Forest as we travel along the Animas River.
Day 5 : Mesa Verde National Park
Today we receive a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Pueblo people during a driving tour of Mesa Verde National Park. Featuring nearly five thousand archaeological sites and six hundred cave dwellings, including some of the best preserved in the country, our knowledgeable guide teaches us about the history and culture of the fascinating people who inhabited this area from 600 - 1300 AD.
This afternoon we return to Durango and enjoy leisure time to relax or explore all that the town has to offer.
Day 6 : Royal Gorge Gondola
We continue through the majestic terrain of the Rocky Mountains today and make our way through Wolf Creek Pass. You will experience stunning views of the sweeping landscapes below at an elevation of 10,875 feet.
This afternoon we arrive at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Canon City. Offering 360-degree views of the surrounding scenery, board a gondola and glide 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River. Traveling over 2,200 feet across the gorge, marvel at unparalleled views of completely unspoiled vistas.
Day 7 : Jeep Adventure & Garden of the Gods
This morning takes us on a 4 x 4 jeep adventure to the summit of Pikes Peak and back with authentic Western guides. Enjoy a little time at the summit of Pikes Peak to marvel at the scenery from over 14,000 feet before returning to the base.
We then depart for the surreal beauty of the Garden of the Gods. This National Natural Landmark offers towering sandstone rock formations set against the snow-covered beauty of the mountains. A docent will board the motorcoach to provide interesting commentary and great photo stops during a tour of this majestic area.
Tonight we gather for our Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.
Day 8 : Fly Home
We fly home from Denver with wonderful memories of our time together in Colorado.
September 22nd, 2020 - September 29th, 2020
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 07/09/2020
WBAL Radio Pickup Locations:
Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Washington International Airport
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Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.