Trains and Parks of Colorado Tour
8 Nights / 9 Days
Summer 2017 & 7 Summer 2018
Warther Train Museum and Ohio Travel Treasures presents our FIFTH annual Signature Tour Eight nights/Nine days—Summer 2017 and 2018 This journey, escorted by Mark Warther, is full of one of a kind marvels and experiences. We will traverse the San Juan Mountains by steam train with views that ranks as the “top 10 trains to ride in the world”. This custom designed tour will be unforgettable
Embassy Suites Denver
This tour will start by gathering at an Embassy Suites in Denver. Meet your fellow travelers at a get-acquainted dinner hosted by tour guide Mark Warther.
Wine Country Inn
For two evenings you'll experience the romance of the vineyards at Colorado's first wine-themed hotel. Stroll through the working vineyards that surround the inn, an 80-room Victorian style hotel, which sits in the middle of 21 acres of vines. One dinner is a special one, as we pair wine with food - a "Wine Makers Dinner".
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
This railroad has been voted one of the “Top Ten Most Exciting Train Journeys in the World” by the Society of American Travel Writers. This amazing train winds through spectacular and breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest for an UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURE.
Historic Strater Hotel
You'll spend two-nights at the Historic Strater Hotel, filled with grandeur and the largest collection of American Victorian era furniture IN THE WORLD. You'll have dinner one night at the hotel.
Cumbres & Toltec
You'll enjoy lunch on the mountain as we chug along Americas highest and longest narrow gauge railroad the Cumbres & Toltec. The scenic journey unfolds as soon as the train, pulled by its powerful locomotive, leaves the Chama, New Mexico station. In just moments, the gradual climb into the mountains begins and another day of memories is born.
Manitou Springs, Colorado is a quaint mountain town. The Historic Downtown Manitou Springs is an artist’s enclave featuring time-honored art galleries, street performers, creek-side restaurants and boutique stores. The afternoon is yours to enjoy and also shop.
The final evening we assemble for a farewell dinner at an old fashioned railroad depot, sharing memories of this unforgettable journey of Colorado. As a parting gift each couple or guest will receive a 10x10 bound picture book of their tour with all photos taken throughout our journey together.
Georgetown Loop Railroad
The first train ride is on the Georgetown Loop Railroad. The thriving mining towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume lie two miles apart in a steep, narrow mountain canyon. To connect them, the railroad's builders designed a "corkscrewe" route that traveled twice the distance, slowly gaining more than 600 feet in elevation. It included horseshoe curves, grades of up to 4%, and four bridges across Clear Creek, including the massive Devil's Gate High Bridge.
Colorado National Monument
One of the grand landscapes of the American West! This morning we will take in breath taking views of deep, sheer-sided canyons and high rock towers as we enjoy a day of touring. Culminate our visit to this National Monument with a sunset dinner served on the canyon rim.
From local history to railroad museums, historic downtown Durango has it all. This will be you home for two-nights.
Mesa Verde National Park
See the ancient cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park, where you may even climb into the dwellings.
Garden of the Gods
A 1300 acre park where flora and fauna reflect the rich diversity of the terrain, and red sandstone formations tell a unique geological story.
Pikes Peak Cog Railway
"Ride to the Clouds!" aboard the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest cog railroad in the U.S. which stretches nine miles long as it vertically climbs to almost 8,000 feet.
Historic Downtown Georgetown
Nestled in the rugged and spectacular Clear Creek Canyon, Georgetown’s historic business district is a walkable and will be the stop for you to have lunch, on your own.
San Juan Mountains
This is a rugged mountain range in southwestern Colorado, and to get there we will traverse the famous million dollar highway, which Charles Kuralt called, "The most Beautiful in all of the United States."
A Durango landmark and tradition, having functioned as a restaurant under its current name for at least forty years. Located in the original historic Palace Hotel, built between 1890 and 1893, the restaurant retains the elegant character of late 19th century Western architecture and design. You'll dine here your first night in Durango.
"Durango Melodrama and Vaudeville" Show
After dining at the Strater Hotel we will see the “Durango Melodrama and Vaudeville” show, in the Henry Strater Theatre, which National Geographic calls one of the top places to experience in the USA!!
The Cliff House
A Four Diamonds Historic Country Inn at the base of Pikes Peak. Travel and Leisure Magazine ranked #80 on the Top 100 list of Worldwide places to stay and you'll experience it for one night.
U.S Air Force Academy
Via motorcoach we will travel to the U.S. Air Force Academy and its famous Cadet Chapel (when available).