DAY 1 Wednesday 3 July, 2024 Departure/San Diego
This morning we depart on our flight to Los Angeles. As we cross the International Date Line we arrive on the same day. Upon arrival we transfer to San Diego for a sightseeing tour. We will see Balboa Park, the cultural heart of the city and the Gaslamp Quarter, the centre of downtown. We also visit the Old Town, site of the original Spanish settlement near the San Diego River. More than twenty buildings have been restored to form the interesting Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. We check into our hotel late afternoon.
DAY 2 Thursday 4 July, 2024 San Diego
This morning we visit the USS Midway Museum. Aboard this enormous aircraft carrier we will see 29 restored aircraft and over sixty exhibits. The self-guided audio tour narrated by Midway sailors brings the aircraft carriers history to life. This afternoon we visit the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in La Mensa. The La Mesa Depot Museum is La Mesa’s oldest building in its original form and is the sole surviving San Diego and Cuyamaca Railway Station in existence. We will see the steam locomotive and a string of freight cars on the nearby track and pass through the ticket/waiting area and view the telegrapher’s station and a small exhibit area in the baggage room. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner to meet the group.
DAY 3 Friday 5 July, 2024 Los Angeles
Today we board the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and travel along the Californian coast to Los Angeles. The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner travels 351 miles through a six-county coastal region in Southern California. The route offers breathtaking views of the ocean, beaches, rolling hills and canyons. We overnight in LA.
DAY 4 Saturday 6 July, 2024 San Francisco
We start a new journey today on the famous Amtrak Coast Starlight. A grand west coast train adventure travelling daily between Los Angeles and Seattle, the Coast Starlight train passes through Santa Barbara towards the San Francisco Bay Area and onwards. Widely regarded as one of the most spectacular of all train routes, the Coast Starlight links the greatest cities on the West Coast. The scenery along the Coast Starlight route is unsurpassed. The dramatic mountain ranges, lush forests, fertile valleys and long stretches of Pacific Ocean shoreline provide a stunning backdrop for your journey. We arrive into San Francisco late evening.
DAY 5 Sunday 7 July, 2024 San Francisco
This morning we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of San Francisco, including key sights such as Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge and a ride on a cable car. This afternoon visit the Niles Canyon Railway, a heritage railway running on the first transcontinental railroad alignment through Niles Canyon, between Sunol and the Niles district of Fremont across the bay from San Francisco.
DAY 6 Monday 8 July, 2024 San Francisco
A full day of rail travel as we visit Roaring Camp railroad. In the morning enjoy the Santa Cruz Beach train. Departing from the Santa Cruz Mountains, travel through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, down the scenic San Lorenzo River Gorge, across a 1909 steel truss bridge and through an 1875 tunnel before arriving at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. In the afternoon we board the Redwood Forest Steam Train. Travel over trestles, through towering redwood groves and up a winding narrowgauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain as conductors narrate the history of Roaring Camp, the railroad and the forest. In the 1880s, narrowgauge steam locomotives were used to haul giant redwood logs out of the mountains. Roaring Camp’s steam engines date from 1890 and are among the oldest and most authentically preserved narrow-gauge steam engines providing regularly scheduled passenger service in America.
DAY 7 Tuesday 9 July, 2024 Sacramento
We transfer to Sacramento today. Along the way we will enjoy a spectacular lunch and rail experience on the Napa Valley Wine Train. A decadent journey aboard an elegant vintage train through the Napa Valley and back to another time with an included gourmet lunch. After our rail experience we continue onto Sacramento.
DAY 8 Wednesday 10 July, 2024 Sacramento
This morning we enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of Sacramento including a visit to the California State Railroad Museum, home to rail exhibits and beautifully restored railroad cars and locomotives which illustrate railroad history in California and the West. This afternoon we visit River Fox Train Line for a Railbike experience (subject to availability). Pedal your way down the tracks on a journey unlike any other! We cruise along the Sacramento River and the Yolo Countryside.
DAY 9 Thursday 11 July, 2024 Denver
There is free time this morning in Sacramento before we fly from Sacramento to Denver, the capital of Colorado. We enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of Denver upon arrival before transferring to our hotel.
DAY 10 Friday 12 July, 2024 Silverthorne
This morning we transfer to Golden, CO, by coach to explore the Colorado Rail Museum. A tour through its featured exhibits, extensive collection of rolling stock and Roundhouse restoration facility offers an insider’s perspective of this fascinating site. Departing the museum, we immerse ourselves in the mining history of the Rocky Mountains aboard the Georgetown Loop Railroad. This narrow-gauge, two coil loop railway was completed in 1884 and takes us on the original 4 1/2-mile loop between Georgetown and Silver Plume. An included lunch is served in Georgetown before a scenic drive through the rugged landscape to the resort town of Silverthorne.
DAY 11 Saturday 13 July, 2024 Silverthorne
Step back in time and discover the mining and railroad past of Leadville, CO, today as we join the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad. We follow a course through San Isabel National Forest, traveling into thick groves of alpine trees as we follow alongside the Arkansas River. Views of Colorado’s tallest peaks, Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert, come into view as the train continues through the lush valley, and we even cross the Continental Divide during the 2 1/2-hour tour. Photo opportunities abound along the scenic route - as do the conductor’s ghost stories and lore that highlight the colorful history of the region. Upon return to Silverthorne, take the remainder of the day to enjoy the wild surroundings of the town. There are endless hiking trails to embark upon, including some that feature waterfalls.
DAY 12 Sunday 14 July, 2024 Durango
We depart Silverthorne this morning and enjoy a leisurely day of travel by deluxe motorcoach bound for Durango near the Colorado/New Mexico border. Our route includes inspiring vistas of the Rockies, lush National Forests and protected Grasslands. We pass through quaint mining towns and make several stops to stretch our legs and to admire the scenery on foot. First stop is South Park City in Fairplay to see an amazing authentic restoration of a Colorado boomtown. Our route continues south, passing through the Rio Grande National Forest before we arrive in Durango late this afternoon. The evening is yours to explore Historic Downtown Durango, which is brimming with Wild West history, restaurants and unique shops to explore.
DAY 13 Monday 15 July, 2024 Durango
This morning, we board one of the most scenic railroads in the Southwest, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This journey takes us on a route along the Animas River from Durango to Silverton. Sights of canyon country, San Juan National Forest, protected wildlife areas and beautiful mountain vistas overtake the landscape during the ride, and it is not uncommon to see wildlife. Bring your camera! A true highlight of this journey is the ride through the Animas River Gorge. The train travels above the gorge on a manmade ledge on the side of a canyon, offering spectacular views of the gorge down below. Silverton, CO, an 1874 mining town located high in the San Juan Mountains, is our destination. While this locale is now a hotspot for tourists and winter sports, its gritty past is still visible in its historic buildings and adventurous atmosphere. After returning to Durango, the remainder of the day is at leisure.
DAY 14 Tuesday 16 July, 2024 Alamosa
An unforgettable journey lies ahead today as we set out on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the longest and highest narrow-gauge steam railroad in North America and voted the #1 Top Attraction in Colorado and New Mexico by USA Today. The Southwest’s scenes are on full display on this 64-mile ride, including glimpses at steep canyons, colorful meadows, ranches, grassy hills, beautiful mountain ranges, rushing waterways and brilliant blue skies. We cross over Cascade Creek Trestle and pass through charming mountain towns and abandoned villages. This route crosses the Colorado/New Mexico border 13 times and allows passengers to get a feel for what a daily train ride would have been like in the heyday of steam train travel. As the tour concludes, we continue our heritage rail voyage through Colorado into the San Luis Valley, the oldest settled area in Colorado, en route to Alamosa. We enjoy an included lunch and dinner today.
DAY 15 Wednesday 17 July, 2024 Colorado Springs
Find yourself surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Royal Gorge on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. We board our coach this morning and travel to the station in Canon City - a route that offers another look at the stunning forests and mountains that make Colorado so beloved. We get a unique perspective of the stunning scenery from our seats in the train’s first-class vista-dome car. Travel along the Arkansas River and see the Hanging Bridge at the narrowest point in the chasm. We enjoy lunch in the train’s dining car. The excursion concludes with a stop underneath the soaring Suspension Bridge from the rim to the river’s edge. After our journey, we continue by coach to Colorado Springs, a hub for culture and adventure. Spend the rest of the day exploring the offerings of this lively city, perhaps checking out the exciting dining options or visiting one of the local museums.
DAY 16 Thursday 18 July, 2024 Colorado Springs
Take in incredible 360-degree vistas from 14,115 feet above sea level today as we travel to the summit of Pikes Peak, the mountain that inspired the song “America the Beautiful.” Our rail excursion is aboard the newly re-opened Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway. The nine-mile journey to the top passes Ruxton Creek in Englemann Canyon, Minnehaha Falls, Deer Park and a wide range of wildlife. At the summit there will be time to take in views from every angle, visiting the gift shop and sampling worldfamous doughnuts. Just as with the trip up the mountain, the ride down is also narrated by a knowledgeable Conductor who is chock-full of facts about Pikes Peak, the Rockies and Colorado as a whole. Before returning to Colorado Springs, we visit Garden of the Gods – a National Natural Landmark site - for a drive through the dramatic red rock formations that reach up to 300 feet tall. The remainder of the day is at leisure
DAY 17 Friday 19 July, 2024 Departure
After breakfast we are transferred to Denver Airport for our return flight to Australia.
DAY 18 Saturday 20 July, 2024 Arrival
We arrive back in Australia and the tour concludes.
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International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair-climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.
Tour Operator: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. The rail component in Colorado is organised by Vacations by Rail.
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