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Day 1: DEPART CHARLOTTE or GREENVILLE - DENVER  (Includes Roundtrip Motorcoach Transport from Greenville, SC to Charlotte, NC)

Depart today via air in route to Denver, Colorado. Airline transportation will be either from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport or Charlotte Douglas International Airport, in which case you will have an airport transfer from Greenville, SC.  Meet your Good News Travels Tour Manager this morning.  After your flight to Denver, board your deluxe motorcoach and travel South to Colorado Springs. Enjoy touring the US Air Force Academy. Situated in the shadow of the mountains and overlooking the open spaces of the western plains, the Academy is famous for its architecturally unique chapel. Next, check into your hotel for a two-night stay.

Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2: PIKES PEAK COUNTRY

Today is filled with sightseeing around Colorado Springs. First, you will ride on the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway that climbs to the top of Pikes Peak. Looking at this famous peak, rising 12,110 feet above sea level, you will understand the meaning of "Rocky Mountain High!" Next, continue to the Garden of the Gods Trading Post and enjoy a sumptuous lunch (on your own) and some time to shop. This afternoon, continue sightseeing and tour Garden of the Gods. An abundance of plant and animal life can be found throughout its 1,340 acres, as well as the magnificent red sandstone rock formations, for which theGarden is best known. Return to your hotel with some time to freshen up and relax.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 3: ROYAL GORGE - ALAMOSA

Today you're off for more Western rail adventures. This morning board the Royal Gorge Route Railroad for a vintage train ride along the legendary Arkansas River deep within the Gorge. Upon arrival at Royal Gorge Park & Bridge, where the world's highest suspension bridge towers 1,053 feet above the Arkansas River, leave the train behind and ride the country’s steepest incline railway 1,500 feet up to the canyon rim. Here you will have time to walk out on the bridge and explore other sights in the Park.

Lunch on your own in the Park followed by an afternoon visit Great Sand Dunes National Park for sightseeing, then arrive in Alamosa for a one night stay and dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 4: CUMBRES & TOLTEC SCENIC RAILWAY

This morning, "all aboard" the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, considered the finest remaining example of a once vast network of narrow gauge lines linking together the Rocky Mountain Mining Camps. This unique railroad has been called by author Lucius Beebe, "the most awesomely spectacular example of mountain railroading in North America." Leave Antonito, Colorado and travel to Osier where you’ll disembark and enjoy an included lunch; then re-board the train for Cumbres Pass. There you will re-board the motorcoach and travel to the old West mining town of Durango for a two night stay.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5: MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK and DURANGO, CO

Today, travel to nearby Mesa Verde National Park for a day of exploration. Here you will enjoy a guided tour through the cliff dwellings of the mysterious Anasazi. Known as the "Ancient Ones" to the Navajo, the Anasazi lived in the Four Corners area almost a thousand years ago, then suddenly disappeared - leaving their incredibly well-preserved dwellings to intrigue and challenge modern man. This is the nation’s largest archeological preserve with 4,000 sights including 600 cliff dwellings. Spend some time in the Visitors Center with its large collection of ancient artifacts for an introduction to the ancient culture.

A local expert will guide you through the most famous ruin sites with a stop at the Spruce Tree House Restaurant for lunch on own. After a fascinating tour of the park, return to Durango with the rest of the day on your own to explore this fun Western town.

Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6: DURANGO & SILVERTON RAILROAD

This morning, ride the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, one of the last such railroads operating in the United States. "All aboard!" for a delightful trip through the Colorado Rockies between Durango and Silverton. The rugged peaks, alpine meadows, and crystal lakes take you back to the early days of the West when mountain men searched this untouched land for traces of bear and mountain lion. Upon arrival in Silverton, enjoy some free time to explore the many shops and have lunch on your own. Meet your motorcoach for a scenic drive north to Grand Junction. This evening see the fantastic monoliths of Colorado National Monument. Over the centuries, wind and water have carved sheer, walled canyons, spires, and gorges from the brilliant orange and red sandstone. Overnight in Grand Junction.  

Included Meals:  Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 7: GRAND JUNCTION TO DENVER By AMTRAK TRAIN

Depart and travel east for a ride through the Heart of the Rockies via modern AMTRAK California Zephyr, enjoying vistas of rugged canyons, pristine wilderness, and deep gorges. Cross the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass as you travel east descending once again into the "Mile High City" of Denver. Lunch on your own while aboard AMTRAK. This afternoon, check into your hotel and freshen up - but don't wander too far because tonight you will rejoin your fellow passengers for a farewell dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

DAY 8: HOME

It is time to say goodbye to Denver and the Rocky Mountains. After your morning transfer to the airport, begin your journey home.  [Denver pre and post trip extensions are Optional]

Return to either Greenville Spartanburg International Airport or Charlotte Douglas International Airport (in which case you will transfer by motorcoach to Greenville, SC.

Included Meals: Breakfast

*Pricing assumes gateway airport ATL, CLT   All trips are subject to minimum enrollment of 30 passengers.

 
Garden of the gods, colorado springs, co

Garden of the gods, colorado springs, co

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway

ANASAZI CLIFF DWELLINGS, MVNP

ANASAZI CLIFF DWELLINGS, MVNP

DURANGO SILVERTON NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD

DURANGO SILVERTON NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD

GRAND JUNCTION, CO

GRAND JUNCTION, CO