17740
Colorado
The Best of Colorado Springs
From descending into a working gold mine to standing on the summit of Pikes Peak, from exploring historic towns to learning about the Garden of the Gods, this adventure has it all.
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Program No. 17740RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Hotel Check-in, Orientation and dinner 5:00 pm.
Colorado Springs, CO
D
Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Airport

Activity note: Altitude: We will be traveling from Colorado Springs with an altitude of 6,400 feet to the top of Pikes Peak 14,110 feet with other elevation stops in between. It will be important that you be aware of the possible effects of high altitude (information included). The trip up Pikes Peak will be by cog railway. Persons need to be able to walk unassisted up to 1 mile, climb steps.

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be a catered buffet in our hotel.

Evening: Following orientation and introductions, evening at leisure to prepare for tomorrow's adventures.

DAY
2
Air Force Academy and U.S. Olympic Training Center
Colorado Springs, CO
B,D
Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Airport

Activity note: Daily walking up to 1 miles total; standing at field trip locations, steps on and off motorcoach, steps in visitor center, buildings visited, museums.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel featuring hot and cold items, coffee, tea, assorted juices plus cooked to order eggs.

Morning: A local historian joins us today. Following Breakfast, we travel to the United States Air Force Academy the youngest of all the military academies. In a dramatic setting against the foothills of the Rockies, we spend the morning learning about and visiting the Academy.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own to enjoy the cuisine and ambience of Old Colorado City.

Afternoon: Our afternoon will be spent at the United State Olympic Training Center. We will have a docent led exploration of this center where our future Olympians live and train.

Dinner: Dinner tonight is in the hotel restaurant where we order off the menu, coffee, tea, water included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Free to relax after a busy day!

DAY
3
Royal Gorge Train, Pioneer Museum, Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs, CO
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Airport

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel featuring hot and cold items, coffee, tea, assorted juices plus cooked to order eggs.

Morning: We travel by coach 40 minutes south of Colorado Springs to the Royal Gorge Train. We are joined today by a local expert who will interpret the landscape and other historical facts. We climb aboard Colorado's most scenic train for a journey through the spectacular Royal Gorge. Since 1879, these tracks have followed the winding, tumbling Arkansas River deep within the soaring, 1,000-foot granite cliffs of Colorado's Royal Gorge.

Lunch: We will enjoy a picnic box lunch at a Canon City park.

Afternoon: After lunch we return to Colorado Springs where we stop at the Pioneer History Museum for a self guided exploration of the rich history of the Pikes Peak area. We then ride by coach through the red rock wonder of Garden of the Gods with stops for photos.

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant with full buffet.

Evening: Free for reflection and relaxation

DAY
4
Cripple Creek Mining Heritage, Fossil Beds National Monument
Colorado Springs, CO
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Airport

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel featuring hot and cold items, coffee, tea, assorted juices plus cooked to order eggs.

Morning: Today we experience the “Old West” as it was for hard rock gold miners of “The World’s Greatest Gold Camp”, Cripple Creek, Colorado. We are joined again by a local expert for the day. We begin our day with our guides descending underground via the 1,000 foot vertical shaft gold mine at t he Molly Kathleen Mine.

Lunch: We dine for lunch in a local Cripple Creek restaurant with several menu choices.

Afternoon: After lunch, we travel to Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument. Explore with a National Park Ranger the fossilized red wood stumps and also other prehistoric trees, plants and amber encrusted insects.

Dinner: Tonight we explore the village of Manitou Springs, the original and historic part of Colorado Springs. Dinner is at a popular local restaurants where you may order off the menu, coffee, tea, water included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure

DAY
5
Pikes Peak by train, historic Broadmoor, Glen, Eyrie Castle
Colorado Springs, CO
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Airport

Activity note: Pikes Peak summit is 14,110 feet

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel featuring hot and cold items, coffee, tea, assorted juices plus cooked to order eggs.

Morning: We’ll board our motorcoach and head to Manitou Springs to ride the Cog Railway to the summit of Pikes Peak, where Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write her famous poem, “America the Beautiful.” The Pikes Peak Cog railroad uses a “cog wheel” gear meshing into a special rack rail mounted between the outer rails, which allow climbing much steeper grades than a standard adhesion railroad. We then travel to the world famous Broadmoor Hotel. The Broadmoor is a member of Historic Hotels of America of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Lunch: Lunch is at the popular Golden Bee English restaurant on the Broadmoor Grounds. We enjoy a plated lunch, lemonade, iced tea, coffee water included.

Afternoon: After lunch we’ll enjoy a stroll around the historic structure and beautiful grounds of the Hotel. Our afternoon coach trip will travel with viewing stops through the Garden of the Gods, so named by a surveyor in 1859 who said it was a fit place for the Gods to assemble. Our next stop is the Glen Eyrie estate, popularly known as the Castle. It began as the estate of Civil War veteran General William Jackson Palmer, founder of several railroads and the city of Colorado Springs. With our resident expert we’ll explore the beautiful castle and grounds.

Dinner: Our dinner will be a buffet in the Glen Eyrie Castle Dining Room. Non-alcoholic beverages included.

Evening: Free for farewells and packing

DAY
6
Program ends after Breakfast, Check-out by 11 am.
Colorado Springs, CO
B

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel featuring hot and cold items, coffee, tea, assorted juices plus cooked to order eggs.






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