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  • Grand Junction

    Just a few hours west of Denver, Grand Junction offers awe-inspiring natural beauty and the dramatic red rock landscape of the Colorado National Monument, and is also Colorado’s Wine Country.

    • Grand Junction at Sunset

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    • Biking in the Wine Region

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    • Holy Cross Trailhead

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    • Hiking

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    • Rafting the Colorado River

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    Discover the wealth of activities and adventures available around the Grand Junction area. Outdoor activities like hiking, biking, rafting, and fishing are popular pastimes at spots like the Colorado National Monument, which celebrates its centennial in 2016 but starts aleady in summer 2015. The monument boasts canyons as deep as 500 feet and rock monoliths as tall as 450 feet. Rim Rock Drive is a popular and challenging road-biking route, and the longest tunnel is 530 feet long.

    Shaded by the majestic beauty of the red rock cliffs and mesas that surround Grand Junction and Palisade, the Grand Valley is home to more than 20 wineries and vineyards that serve up some of Colorado’s best wines. You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy a summer afternoon wine tasting.

    Grand Junction’s Main Street has thrived for decades, bringing together art-lovers, adventure-seekers and foodies to enjoy a beautiful oasis in the mountain desert. It is the perfect place for shopping, dining or enjoying a drink between days spent exploring the Grand Mesa National Forest and the Colorado National Monument.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Even if you're not a skier, take a gondola ride to the top of Beaver Creek Mountain at any time of year. The views will take your breath away.

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      Take the Durango - Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, but just do it one way (and take the motorcoach back the other way). The train journey takes around four hours and the coach journey back is just over an hour.

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      Another one for train buffs is the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad which travels between Antonito in southern Colorado and Chama in northern New Mexico.

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      Visit the Four Corners, where you can have a foot and hand in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona - all at the same time.

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      If you're in western Colorado make sure you visit Black Canyon at the Gunnison National Monument. It’s a hidden gem and well worth a visit.

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      Looking for somewhere to have lunch in Denver? Check out Marlowe's Restaurant; it’s a deservedly popular spot with the locals for both lunch and dinner.

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      Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, just 15 miles west of Denver, is a world famous outdoor venue, with excellent hiking and biking trails as well as the only naturally-occurring, acoustically-perfect amphitheatre in the world.

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      Visit Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, voted one of the ten best places for solitude in the US. Include the 23-mile scenic Rim Rock Drive in your itinerary. If you're going to hike in the area, be aware that midges can be a nuisance from mid May to mid July, so take some repellent. Click here to view a live webcam from the Colorado National Monument's Visitor Centre

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  • Rocky Mountain Discovery

    Begins in and ends in Denver, Colorado

    14 Days / 13 Nights

    Departures: April to September

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • A wildflower hike near Vail

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    • A resident herd of elk in Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park

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    • Denver Skyline

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    • Vail

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    • Estes Park

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    • Mountain Biking

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    • Denver-Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

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    • Denver Art Museum

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    • Speciality shops in downtown Aspen

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    • Explore the Denver Beer Trail

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    Arrive Denver

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Denver. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel, ideally located for sightseeing and shopping in downtown Denver.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

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    Denver

    Enjoy a whole day exploring the delights of Denver. Experience this walkable city with spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains, outdoor cafes, farm-to-table cuisine, local breweries serving craft beer and plenty of shopping. Explore Denver's creative side at the Denver Art Museum, with its famous American Indian art collection or see a concert under the stars at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

    70Mi/113Km

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    Estes Park

    Today leave the bright lights of Denver behind and make a stop at the colourful city of Boulder, before arriving in Estes Park. Sitting on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park you will find yourself surrounded by breath-taking views of colourful wildflowers, clear lakes and abundant wildlife.

    Hotel: Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park

    139Mi/224Km

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    Steamboat Springs

    It's just a short but wonderfully scenic drive through Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, it offers awe-inspiring views across towering mountain peaks and deep forest floors, tempting you to hike or bike the rugged terrain. The less energetic may choose to simply relax in the town's natural mineral hot springs.

    Hotel: Sheraton Steamboat Resort

    92Mi/148Km

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    Vail

    It's a short journey today to the attractive alpine village of Vail. Famous for its world-class skiing, Vail is an area of numerous possibilities. There's plenty of outdoor adventures to keep you busy, from hiking and biking to white water rafting, climbing and jeep adventures. We suggest a visit to Beaver Creek which is just ten miles away.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Vail

    146Mi/235Km

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    Grand Junction

    Venturing towards the far east of the state, today's destination is Grand Junction; Colorado's wine country. Enjoy the charming downtown with great shops and restaurants and more than 20 wineries. Visit the Colorado National Monument, where towering monoliths and fascinating sculptures dot the vast red-rock canyon landscape. Watch for the bobcats and mountain lions which prowl the area! Ride the range at Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area; 36,000 acres of rugged canyons and plateaus located just eight miles from Grand Junction. If you have a fascination for dinosaurs, this is the place for you. Hundreds of species have been unearthed here and there are many museums and attractions dedicated to the magnificent creatures.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Junction

    130Mi/210Km

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    Aspen

    Your journey today takes you through the San Juan National Forest to the chic town of Aspen, renowned for its relaxed pace life and upscale shopping and restaurants. Enjoy the mountain lifestyle whilst keeping a watch for the occasional celebrity! If you have additional time to spend in Colorado, you may wish to extend your trip to include Durango, an old Wild West and silver mining town 170 miles to the south. Renowned for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which was constructed in 1882 to haul silver and gold from the San Juan Mountains, you can journey the same lines today, experiencing the spectacular canyons.

    Hotel: Limelight Hotel

    157Mi/253Km

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    Colorado Springs

    Leaving Aspen behind, today you weave through the Rockies, along Independence Pass and alongside Mount Elbut, Colorado’s highest point, to Colorado Springs. The Broadmoor, where you spend the next two nights, offers a wide range of outdoor pursuits to keep you entertained. Make sure you include a visit to the United States Air Force Academy during your stay, in addition to spending time at the Garden of the Gods, where towering sandstone rock formations contrast against the snow-capped mountains at Pikes Peak.

    Hotel: Cheyenne Mountain Resort

    89Mi/143Km

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    Journey home

    From Colorado Springs, it's a short drive north back to Denver, where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2495 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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  • Colorado Wine Tour

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    • Wine Tour

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    • Barrel Room

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    Yes, Colorado has a delightful wine country! Join a fun, comprehensive tour as you learn how the local boutique wineries hand-craft the Colorado grapes and other valley-grown fruits into award-winning wines.

    Pass by orchards,vineyards and outdoor art studios on the way to visit some of the Valley’s charming, friendly, small scale wineries producing big flavor wines. On the tour you will learn about wine making from the vine to the bottle - often from the owner or wine maker. Your driver will be familiar the lesser-known wineries, which ones make the style of wines you prefer, and how to customize the tour for you.

    Duration: 4 Hours

    Prices

    From £58 per person.

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