Colorado & New Mexico. 15 days/14 nights. Start: Denver - End: Denver.
Aftel arrival, pick up the rental car and drive to the city. You can start with exploring the city by foot and spending the first night in Colorado.
Denver is one of the yougest and most picturesque capitals in the United States, build on the plaines of 1600 meters altitude. The most important attractions are: The Golden Dome Capitol, Lamrimer Square - the heart of the city, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Aquarium, the commercial center Cerry Creek, about 5 km from the city center, the stadiums and sport fiels of the Coors Baseball Field and many more.
Leaving town north to visit the Rocky Mountains National Park and cross the Continental Divide, along the panoramic route 'Trail Ridge', to observe the wonderful nature and wildlife. Lodgings in Estes Park, a litte charming town. A tramway brings you to an observation platforw, which gives you a stunning view over the parks mountains.
While passing through the park, you will notice a rough scenery and red cedars along a twisting road. The highlight is the Milner Pass, driving down via Winterpark to the highway. Continue east and the day ends in Glenwood Spinge. The village got his name thanks to the hot water springs and you will find one of the biggest mineral water pools in the world here. Other attractions are: the attracion park Glenwood Caverns, the steam baths of Yampah Spa and the Whitewater Park, an absolute must do for a kayak tour.
You will not be driving a lot of kilometers today, so there will be pleny og time for visits. Drive to the west in the direction of Grand Junction. This dynamic city is the heart of the wine region in Colorado and has several wineries. Along side, it is also the entrance of the Colorado National Monument, wonderful rock formations and a smaller, less visited, park. Lodgings.
Start driving to the south to Montose and follow the secondary route to Gunnison. You can visit the Pionner Museum and it is also the entrance to het National Park Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Isolated on a plateau, this canyon is, without a doubt, one of the most rudimental of the United States. Continue driving to the south to Telluride, one of the most beautiful victorian miners towns of the state. Lodgings in Ouray.
Continue driving south, to Durango, a little historic town, founded in 1880 to serve the miners village Silverton. Today, it is a nice place to stay with bars, restaurants, art galleries, and much more. Coninue the drive to Mesa Verde National Park or visit the Native American village of the Anasazi to see the Cliff Palace, Sunset House, Balcony House, Spruce Tree House,.. Most of the domain is only visitable accompanied with a ranger. Lodgings in Durango.
Leave Durango in the direction of Aztec and Farmington, where the Navajo and Apaches live and along the road, you will pass important ruins. Afterwards, more to the south, you will arrive in Chaco Canyon. It is one af the biggest archeological sites of the Pueblo population. You will find the typical black and whîte pottery. Drive further to Albuquerque, a city that attract lots of artists.
Albuquerque is one of the biggest cities in the state and situated along the Rio Grande River. Visit the Old Town Plaza, the Indian Puebla Cultural Center, the Sandia Peak Tramway,... Continue driving to Santa Fe, passing several famous "Pueblos". The city offers and interessing mix between Indian Culture, Hispanics and Americans. Visit the Palace of the Governors, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the little art galleries and the Pecos National Historical Park.
One of the first stops of the day will be the Bandalier National Monument to admire the Pueblo houses in typical claystones. In the Second World War, it was in this place where the first nuclear bomb was developed, in secret of course. Continue to Taos. This town is one of the favorite places of todays artists.
Toas is known for its typical architecture, build by the Pueblo. They are very well kept and follow the ancient traditions. If you are lucky, you might dance along in one of the traditional dances. Continue to the border with Colorado and travel to Alamosa. Driving through a dry scenery, you will relive the Gold Rush times.
Het first visit of the day will be the Great Sand Dunes National Park, to check out the immense sand dunes. Hike to the top and slide down on a surf board. Continue to Salida and Canon City. The biggest highlight here is the bridge over the Arkansas River and the diniosaurs fossils they found in Garden Park, just north of town. Travel to Colorado Springs for lodgings.
The second biggest city of the state welcomes you in a wonderful decor. The US Air Force Acadmey is located here, as well as the well known historic hotel "The Broodmoor". In the surroundings, the Park Garden of Gods, a impressive geological finding can be visited. The train pn the Pikes Peak Cog Railway brings you to the top of Pikes Peak at 4301 meter height to give you a wonderful and stunning panorama.
|Rooms||01.01.22 - 30.06.22||01.07.22 - 31.08.22||01.09.22 - 31.12.22|
|DOUBLE ROOM 1 BED (K21)||2358||2574||2358|
|QUADRUPLE ROOM 2 BEDS (K42)||1340||1470||1340|
|TRIPLE ROOM 2 BEDS (K32)||1690||1854||1690|
|SINGLE ROOM (K11)||4581||4856||4581|
|per child in parents room 2 - 12 (DACHD12)||43||128||43|
|per childr in parents room 13 - 18 (DACHD18)||342||482||342|
|Alamo Suppl. Gold - per car (DALGOLD)||122||122||122|
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