Colorado Itinerary: Rail Fun and Geological Wonders
The Itinerary at a Glance
Travel along Scenic and Historic Byways on a very special tour of the Colorado experience.
5 Unique Experiences on This Trip
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- Georgetown Loop Railroad
- National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
- Maroon Bells
- Western Colorado Botanical Gardens
- Colorado National Monument
Duration: 4 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: All
Arrive in Georgetown, a Victorian-style mining community in Clear Creek Canyon. Hop on the Georgetown Loop Railroad and step back to the time when railroads were a way of life. The train stops for the Lebanon Silver Mine tour and Everett Gold Panning & Silver Mine.
Travel to Leadville, the state’s highest city at more than 10,000 feet in elevation. Visit the city’s historic district and National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum commemorates the miners and people who attained importance in mining our natural resources. Take time for lunch at one of Leadville’s sandwich shops. Pass through Twin Lakes to Aspen.
Delve into Aspen’s history, from the Utes to present day, with a visit to the Wheeler/Stallard Museum. The nearby Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum tells the story of Aspen’s mining era in an 1890s barn.
Check in to a group-friendly Aspen hotel, lodge or resort. With more than 20 options, you’ll find the perfect accommodations. For dinner tonight, choose from more than 100 Aspen restaurants.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before checking out to explore Aspen.
Begin your day at Maroon Bells, the most photographed peaks in North America. Towering over the vibrant meadows of Maroon Valley is a series of bell-shaped, wine-colored peaks where you’ll witness a variety of nature. Return to Aspen’s downtown mall for lunch and free time for shopping and gallery visits. Don’t miss the Hyman Avenue Dancing Fountain.
Travel to Glenwood Springs and experience Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Choose the rides or go underground into Glenwood Caverns.
Check in to Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, home of the world’s largest hot springs pool. Soothe your soul and soak away some aches and pains. Glenwood has more than two dozen additional properties that welcome groups. Enjoy dinner tonight at one of Glenwood Springs’ many dining options.
Depart after breakfast and checkout.
Arrive in Grand Junction’s historic downtown. First stop, Museum of the West and an exciting array of exhibits that share a thousand years of history. The stage-coach is a great photo opportunity. A guided tour awaits your visit to Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. Over 600 exotic tropical plants are featured along with outdoor Rose, Herb, Native and Western Heritage gardens. Enjoy lunch and Art on the Corner, a diverse display of 100 sculptures found on Main Street.
Begin your afternoon with a visit to Colorado National Monument. From the visitor center, a windshield tour along Rim Rock Drive climbs from Grand Valley to the Uncompahgre Plateau, offering numerous overlooks ideal for photo opportu-nities. In late afternoon, relax and enjoy a tasting at a winery in Colorado’s Wine Country. There are dozens of wineries in the Grand Junction and Palisade area.
Settle into your Grand Junction hotel before departing for dinner. Tonight enjoy a delicious culinary discovery with fare from around the world and plenty of local, fresh Colorado flavors, too. What’s playing at the Avalon Theatre? Built in 1932 and gleaming from a recent $9.6-million restoration, the Avalon offers a delightful mix of major acts and films.
Following breakfast at your hotel, depart for home with great memories and photographs of Colorado.