Wednesday June 20, 2018
Rocky Mountain Foothills and The Clive Cussler Museum
This unforgettable tour displays Colorado’s variety of natural treasures. This tour departs Lone Tree and heads west.
Travel through the preserved wilderness of the splendid Rocky Mountain Foothills. First stop is Red Rocks Park, the 250-million-year-old geological creation names after the red sandstone monoliths. Enjoy a beautiful walk while witnessing the majesty of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater.
Travel 2000 feet (610m) to the top of Lookout Mountain while viewing a breathtaking 200-mile (320 km) panorama. See American Bison (buffalo) along the way. Visit the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum and grave.
Tour the Cussler Museum with its fabulous collection of fine automobiles owned by best-selling author Clive Cussler.
Thursday June 21, 2018
Air Force Academy and Garden of the Gods
Air Force Academy
All aboard for a pleasure-filled, unforgettable day! As the tour leaves Lone Tree heading south on Interstate 25 watch for the town of Castle Rock to the east pinpointed by the huge rock from which it gets its name.
Visit the United States Air Force Academy, with impressive mountain views, well-manicured athletic fields, and fine architecture, while learning about the history of the Academy, the daily routines of Cadets, and specially designed exhibits that explain the Academy’s four “pillars of excellence”.
Tour the majestic Cadet Chapel with its Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and All Faiths Chapels.
Garden of the Gods
Next, drive through beautiful Colorado Springs, the state’s second largest city and on to Garden of the Gods.
Walk through majestic Garden of the Gods while surrounded by towering red sandstone formations and grand views of Pikes Peak.
Learn how the amazing red rocks got there in the nature center and museum. Enjoy a bite to eat while captivated by one of Colorado’s most photographed views.
Denver, The Mile High City
Experience two sides of Denver – a historic western town and thriving modern city – all in the same trip. Travel through the quiet tree-lined streets of Denver’s residential neighborhoods and journey back to the 19th century. Witness the elegance of historic Larimer Square and the Victorian mansions of “Unsinkable Molly Brown” and others.
Along the way, you will pass a variety of cultural attractions, such as beautiful City Park, Civic Center Park, the gold-domed State Capitol, the United States Mint and the Denver Art Museum, to name a few. Another highlight is bustling 17th Street, Denver’s financial nerve center with its towering skyscrapers set against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. The 16th Street Mall, a multi-million dollar pedestrian mall, is located just a block away and features a variety of restaurants, specialty shops and seasonal activities of all kinds.
At the end of this journey, you will no longer be a stranger to the Mile High City!
The Rambler Ranch
Rambler Ranch “Cruise in”
Rambler Ranch is a 165-acre estate owned by Terry Gale and Greg Kissinger. As a boy Terry’s favorite toys were cars and trucks. In 1988, he got his first full size car, his dads 1954 Nash Ambassador. During restoration efforts, finding parts to restore the Nash was not easy so Terry’s desire to save a part of family history changed to saving the history of Nash Motors.
Rambler Ranch is now a museum dedicated to preserving the of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and American Motors Corporation (AMC).
You will find Nash, Rambler, AMC, and other manufacturer vehicles from 1919-1988. There are also other brands of specialty cars in multiple buildings including Desoto Dodge, Chrysler, Imperial, Plymouth, Edsel, Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Chevrolet, Corvair, GMC, Cadillac, Pontiac, Geo, Opal, International, Studebaker, Kaiser, Packard, Allstate, Checker, Yugo, Rolls Royce, Porsche, Wolsley, Fiat, Mercedes, BMW, Vauxhall, Jeep, Bricklin, Funwagon, Citroen, Mitsubishi, Acura and Honda.
Rambler Ranch has a large library of old car magazines, thousands of memorabilia items, a recreated Sinclair gas station and a hall of appliances. All of this is on beautiful park like grounds and picnic area where the BBQ buffet will be served.
Friday June 22, 2018
Forney Auto & Transportation Museum
The Forney Museum of Transportation is a one-of a kind collection of over 600 artifacts relating to historical transportation. It began 60 years ago with a single 1921 Kissel, but soon expanded to include vehicles of all kinds. Today it includes not just vehicles, but also buggies, motorcycles, steam locomotives, aircraft, carriage, rail equipment, fire apparatus, public transportation, sleighs, bicycles, toys and diecast models, vintage apparel and much, much more.
The collection highlights include: Union Pacific “Big Boy” Steam Locomotive, Amelia Earhart’s 1923 Kissel “Gold Bug”, Forney Locomotive, Colorado & Southern Caboose, 1923 Hispano-Suiza, 1913-1953 Indian Motorcycle Collection, Denver & Rio Grande Dining Car, Stutz Fire Engine, 1888 Denver Cable Car, 1923 Case Steam Tractor, and a 1817 Draisenne Bicycle.
The Forney Museum of Transportation is a non-profit organization which exists to collect, preserve, and exhibit items of artistic, historical and technological interest relating to transportation for the purposes of education and personal enrichment.
Mount Evans, Echo Lake and Georgetown Loop Railroad
Thrills, chills and a photographer’s dream come true! Drive into the mountains via Bear Creek Canyon and its multitude of Denver mountain parks. Browse the quaint town of Evergreen. Witness stands of aspen and beautiful mountain vistas while climbing over Squaw Pass, where you will see beautiful flora and fauna, to Echo Lake. At Echo Lake, take a walk, browse the shop, and enjoy the unforgettable mountain scenery. Enjoy some tasty food for lunch while taking in the views from the Echo Lake Lodge Restaurant.
After lunch, head to Silver Plume to board the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Leap back in time while riding this 19th century narrow gauge railway at over 9,000 ft. above sea level. Make a breathtaking descent down an ancient canyon and equally exciting return trip. Drive through the historic silver mining mecca of Georgetown where impressive Victorian homes, buildings, and unique shops still exits. Continue on through the beautiful Rocky Mountains back to Lone Tree.
Saturday June 23, 2018
Denver Botanic Gardens
Experience the varied ecosystems of Colorado at the Denver Botanic Gardens, an oasis in the center of the Mile-High City and one of the first botanical gardens in the United States to focus on native plants. The 23-acre park, located in the Cheesman Park neighborhood, contains a conservatory, a variety of theme gardens and a sunken amphitheater, which hosts various concerts in the summer.
Denver Botanic Gardens features North America's largest collection of plants from cold temperate climates around the world, as well as seven diverse gardens that mostly include plants from Colorado and neighboring states.
The world's first Xeriscape Demonstration Garden was created at the gardens in 1986, and two years later its name was changed to Dryland Mesa. It was based on the "7 Principles" of Xeriscape, and includes drought-tolerant plants from the arid West and Mediterranean areas.