Stunning Views, Winetasting, Old West Cowboy Adventure
August 11–19, 2017
Westward Ho! Gone are the days of covered wagons and “gold in them thar hills,” but the gorgeous scenery that surrounded settlers as they followed the promise of riches west across the country is still a great reason to make the journey to the Colorado Rockies.
Our tour begins in Denver, Colorado, the “Mile High City,” where we’ll gather to meet our fellow adventurers for a welcome dinner in a town that is exactly one mile above sea level.
The next day, we’ll get our first glimpse of the stunning views we traveled to see as we head to the Rocky Mountain National Park in Grand Junction. Towering mountain peaks and deep canyons make up one of the largest national parks in the United States. Keep your eyes out for famous local ski areas, including Vail and Breckenridge, on our way to Grand Junction.
At the Arches National Park, we’ll feast our eyes on astounding geological formations, including the highest concentration of sandstone arches in the world. More than 2,000 of these amazing structures grace the park. Later in the day, we’ll arrive at Canyonlands National Park and the Island in the Sky mesa to view the world from atop sheer sandstone cliffs standing 1,000 feet tall. Now that’s a view!
The next day begins with a visit to the Colorado National Monument, where we’ll see more canyons and rocky monoliths. Keep your eyes peeled for eagles and bighorn sheep, too! Later in the day, we’ll travel to Colorado’s wine country and visit an up-and-coming, family-owned vineyard, where we’ll embark on a private tour to learn about making wine in this terrain. Then, we’ll sit down to a winemaker’s dinner for stories of life in a vineyard and tastes of their delicious product. Salut!
Silverton, a small mining town left over from the days of the gold rush, is the next stop on our grand tour. This National Historic Landmark sits high in the San Juan mountains and offers historic architecture, small-town charm, and spectacular scenery. Breathe in the scent of history in this quaint town nestled in the mountains.
Then, it’s all aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad from 1881. This engine was built to haul silver and gold ore from the San Juan Mountains and now it delivers spectacular views. In the evening, we’ll be treated to classic Old West cowboy adventure!
Mesa Verde National Park awaits with more astounding views, and here we’ll visit the fascinating Spruce Tree Cliff Dwelling, one of the largest and best-preserved cliff dwellings, built by Native Americans between 1211 and 1278. Can you imagine living in these mysterious caverns in the side of a cliff?
Back aboard the Durango, we’ll spend the next day traveling from the San Juan National Forest across Wolf Creek, over the Continental Divide, and through the Rio Grande National Forest, a vast and beautiful expanse of wilderness, before arriving in Colorado Springs.
From Colorado Springs, we’ll head to Manitou Springs, where we’ll climb aboard the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the world’s highest cog railroad, for a trip to the top of Pikes Peak! Later in the day, we’ll travel to the Garden of the Gods to take in towering sandstone formations and to gaze back on the majesty of Pikes Peak from a different vantage point. Truly a transformative experience.
We’ll have one last dinner together to say farewell and relive memories of our favorite vistas before departing from Colorado Springs. Join us to see the natural beauty of this amazing region!
Fee (per person): $3,299 double • $3,999 single • $3,269 triple
Includes: round-trip airfare from Boston, hotel transfers, air taxes and fees/surcharges, cancellation waiver, insurance of $240 per person
To book your trip, contact Doreen McKinney, Platinum Passport Club Director, at (603) 443-8685 or e-mail Doreen.McKinney@mascomabank.com.
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