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Colorado National Parks

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DAY 1: Greeley

Arrive at the Denver Airport to begin your Colorado experiences as you travel north to Greeley for touring of the fun Colorado Model Railroad Museum. Check into your hotel, then join the group for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

 

DAY 2: Rocky Mountain – Glenwood Springs

It is a short drive this morning to Rocky Mountain National Park for sightseeing along the famed Trail Ridge Road which crests at over 12,000 feet including many overlooks. It will be a day of mountain roads, wildlife and breathtaking views, a true Colorado Rocky Mountain High! A picnic lunch is included today. Arrive Grand Lake for a rest stop, then enjoy a scenic drive through the heart of the Colorado Rockies passing through Silverthorne and Vail on your way to Glenwood Springs. The evening is free to visit the town’s namesake, Glenwood Hot Springs for a soak in the mineral springs, as well as to explore and have dinner on your own. (B, L)

 

DAY 3: Glenwood Springs – Grand Junction

Visit Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park for a scenic gondola ride up the mountain with incredible views of the Roaring Fork Valley, Mt. Sopris and Colorado River. Enjoy a guided tour of historic Fairy Cave, then descend back down the mountain with free time for lunch on own. This afternoon, join the group for some thrilling whitewater rafting if you are interested! You will be rafting through spectacular Glenwood Canyon, a beautiful, pristine stretch of water with unbelievable Rocky Mountain scenery and a perfect mix of calm water and whitewater. This trip includes Class II-IV whitewater and the Shoshone Class III-IV rapids offer the whitewater enthusiast a two-mile stretch of exciting but not intimidating rapids. A guide favorite with interesting geology, gorgeous scenery, and some fun whitewater! Travel west to Grand Junction for sightseeing of Colorado National Monument. Over the centuries, the elements have created beautiful steep canyons, monolithic spires and gorges all carved from the colorful sandstone. Overnight in Grand Junction and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

 

DAY 4: Durango & Silverton Railroad

This morning, take a scenic drive on the Million Dollar Highway traveling south through historic towns including Ouray before winding your way up the mountainside and over the peak. Arrive in Silverton with free time to explore the many shops and have lunch on your own. Then ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, one of the last such railroads operating in the United States. The high peaks of the Rockies, alpine meadows and the beautiful Animas River make of the wonderful scenery you will experience along the way. After a wonderful ride, arrive in Durango with the evening free to explore on your own. (B)

 

DAY 5: Mesa Verde

After breakfast, travel to nearby Mesa Verde National Park for a day of exploration. Visit cliff dwellings built by the Ancestral Puebloan culture that once thrived in the Four Corners region but suddenly disappeared leaving a mystery of what happened to this ancient culture. Their dwellings and artifacts have been well preserved in the desert climate, all for the people of our day to try and interpret. This is the nation’s largest archeological preserve with 4,000 sights including 600 cliff dwellings. Start with the Visitors Center which contains a large collection of ancient artifacts. Then a local expert will guide you through the most famous ruin sites including a stop for lunch on your own. After a wonderful tour of Mesa Verde, return to Durango with the rest of the day free to explore this fun western town on your own. (B)

 

DAY 6: Scenic Railroad and Sand Dunes

The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, considered the finest remaining example of a once vast network of narrow-gauge rail lines in Colorado, is your destination this morning. This well preserved railroad has been called by author Lucius Beebe, “the most awesomely spectacular example of mountain railroading in North America.” Board the train in Chama, then climb from the valley with ever changing landscapes as you make your way into the mountain peaks. Arrive at Osier where you will disembark the train and enjoy lunch. Then travel to Cumbres Pass and return to a modern form of transport as you drive to Great Sand Dunes National Park for sightseeing of the tallest dunes in North America which are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. After a wonderful day in Colorado, arrive in Alamosa for dinner and a one-night stay. (B, D)

 

 

DAY 7: Colorado Springs

Start your morning off with Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, where the world’s highest suspension bridge towers 1,053 feet above the Arkansas River. Here you will have time to walk out on the bridge, and explore the park. Next board the Royal Gorge Route Railroad for a vintage train ride along the beautiful Arkansas River deep within Royal Gorge, lunch included. After a great ride, travel south to Colorado Springs for a view of Garden of the Gods. The park contains wonderful red sandstone rock formations, for which the Garden is best known. Check into your hotel and join the group for a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

 

Day 8: Home

  • Limited availability
  • Airfare not included
  • Guaranteed Departure
  • Some optional activites at additional cost.

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Akron/Fairlawn, OH Holiday Inn - 4073 Medina Rd, Akron, OH 44333
Park in back near dumpsters/do not block dumpsters
Boardman, OH Tiffany-Marcs 7121Tiffany Blvd Boardman, OH 44514
Park between K & L lamp post
Brooklyn, OH Walmart 10000 Brookpark Rd Brooklyn, OH 44130
Walmart lot West corner closest to Sam's Club
Conneaut Lake, PA Zatsick's Golden Dawn, 450 State ST Conneaut Lake,
Park on north side of building along High St
Cortland, OH WalMart 2016 Millennium Dr, Cortland, OH 44410
Left at the truck entrance park left facing north
Edinboro, PA WalMart 108Washington Towne Blvd N Edinboro16412
Park in the lot near the liquor store
Erie, PA Cracker Barrel 7810 Interstate Dr Erie, PA 16509
Park far NW corner of Cracker Barrel parking lot
Greenville, PA Anderson Coach and Travel - One Anderson Plaza
Please park in lot to the right as you pull in
Meadville, PA Home Depot 18541 Smock Highway Meadville PA
Park along RT322 facing Giant Eagle
New Castle, PA Walmart 2501 West State St New Castle, PA 16101
Park in lot closest to McDonalds
Ravenna/Rootstown, OH McDonalds 4190 Lynn Rd Ravenna, OH 44266
Park in car area in truck parking lot
Richfield, OH Quality Inn 4742 Brecksville Rd Richfield,OH 44286
I-77 & RT 21 Park in South Parking Lot
Sharon, PA Reyers Shoe Store: Sharon City Center Sharon, Pa
Park away from store close to S Water ST
Youngstown, OH WalMart 200 Goldie Rd, Youngstown OH 44505
Park in southwest corner park by the fence

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