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Begins: Rapid City, Ends: Salt Lake City
Relive part of our early American history on Colorado's famous and scenic Durango Silverton narrow gauge railroad, in operation for over 125 years!
The Durango Silverton Railroad is part of Caravan Tours fully escorted Mount Rushmore & Yellowstone adventure sightseeing tour which also includes Grand Tetons National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Crazy Horse National Monument.
The railroad arrived in Durango in 1881 and by the summer of 1882 the narrow gauge railway to Silverton had also been completed.
From the very beginning the Durango Silverton railway was promoted as a scenic route for passenger service even though it was initially constructed to haul gold, silver and other mine ores. By 1906, tourism potential had dramatically increased with the creation of nearby Mesa Verde National Park.
For over 125 years this historic, vintage coal-fired, steam powered train has been in continuous operation. This early American narrow gauge railroad from a bygone era are the same railway tracks taken by old west miners, cowboys and early settlers dating back to the 1800's.
It is also estimated that over $300 million in precious metals have been transported over the Durango Silverton railway.
Durango Silverton railway winds through spectacular, virtually untouched wilderness canyons in the remote area of the two million acre San Juan National Forest.
Owned and operated by American Heritage Railways, the locomotives used to pull today's train are 1923-25 vintage and remain 100% coal-fired and steam operated, providing year-round passenger rail service.
The Durango Silverton narrow gauge railroad is just one of the many historical attractions included in Caravan's Mount Rushmore & Yellowstone park adventure vacation tour. Other stops include Wild Bill Hickcock's early frontier town of Deadwood plus Custer's last stand at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and a Snake River escorted float trip through Grand Tetons Park.
Caravan Tours has been a family owned and operated tour company since 1952, offering affordable, fully escorted, all-inclusive tours throughout North and Central America.
For more information about the Durango Silverton narrow gauge railroad or about our escorted Mount Rushmore & Yellowstone Park adventure vacation tour or to make Reservations, please call Caravan Tours Toll Free at 1 800 227-2826 or 312-321-9800.
Day 1 – Rapid City, South Dakota - See some of America's grandest sights! Your western adventure begins in Rapid City, South Dakota. Transfer from the Rapid City Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle to your centrally located hotel for a two night stay. Rooms are available for check in after 3:00 p.m. Join Caravan for a 7:00 p.m. welcome briefing.
Day 2 – Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse - Enjoy a morning visit to Mt. Rushmore National Monument and the sculpted faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln. Next, drive to Crazy Horse Memorial. Started over 50 years ago, and still under construction, the memorial is the world's largest sculpture in progress. Chief Standing Bear told the sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski, "My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, too." The monument is a tribute to the Sioux Lakota Indian leader known as Crazy Horse. Here, Indian artisans showcase their arts and crafts and visit with guests. Visit the Indian Museum of North America. Return through the Black Hills to Rapid City. Free time to explore the historic district and stroll the Presidential Walk with life-size statues of American Presidents. B.
Day 3 – Little Big Horn, Montana - Enter the range lands and oil fields of Wyoming and head west across the high plains. Visit the old western cowboy town of Sheridan. Enjoy lunch. Next, enter Montana, "Big Sky Country." Enjoy a brief visit to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in the Crow Nation. Here, in 1876, in the Valley of Little Big Horn, combined Sioux and Northern Cheyenne forces led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse overwhelmed General Custer and his cavalry. Continue to Billings, nestled between the Yellowstone River and the Rimrocks. Explorers Lewis & Clark camped near here in 1806. Visit a wild west museum. BL
Day 6 – Grand Tetons, Jackson - This morning enter Grand Teton National Park. See the jagged, soaring Teton Range with peaks over 12,000 feet. Scenes from the movie "Shane" were filmed here. Stop at pristine Jenny Lake. Then, enjoy a picnic lunch near the banks of the Snake River. Weather and river conditions permitting, an unforgettable float trip awaits you on the majestic Snake River. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound as you float through the park. Watch for waterfowl, beaver, osprey and eagles. Then, to Jackson. Free time to explore the charming downtown. Stroll the art galleries and western shops. See the Antler Arch at the entrance to historic Jackson town square. You may wish to visit the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, with bar stools made from horse saddles. Elevation in Jackson is approximately 6,300 feet. BL
Day 7 – Tetons, Oregon Trail, Idaho - Drive south through the Bridger-Teton National Forest this morning. Enter Idaho and travel along the route of the original "Oregon Trail." Visit the National Oregon Trail Center. Drive by Soda Springs and visit the resort town of Lava Hot Springs. Continue to Salt Lake City, Utah, the state capital. Afternoon visit to Temple Square with its spacious gardens and fountains. See the Mormon Tabernacle, home to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (unless closed to the public due to a religious ceremony). Enjoy a farewell dinner. BD
Day 8 – Salt Lake City, Utah - Your tour ends after breakfast at your hotel in Salt Lake City. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. B
|May||22**, 23**, 24**, 25**, 26**, 27**, 28**, 29**, 30**, 31**|
|Jun||1*, 2*, 3*, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 11*, 12*, 13*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*, 25*, 26*, 27*, 28*, 29*, 30*|
|Jul||1*, 2*, 3*, 4*, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31|
|Aug||1, 2, 3, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31|
|Sep||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27*, 28*|
**indicates Super Value date
*indicates Great Value date
|Room Type||Super Value||Great Value||Special Value|
|Double||$ 1,195||$ 1,295||$ 1,395|
Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $189; Triple $175; Single $237
Call 1-800-Caravan. You can reserve space free for up to 3 days, then a $300 deposit per person is due. Full payment due 60 days prior to departure.
$99 Travel Protection Plan
Caravan’s $99 travel protection plan offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation and medical coverage.
Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan. Here is a list of some of the airlines that service this tour.
Meals included are shown by:
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Rapid City, South Dakota
Hilton Garden Inn
Yellowstone Park, Wyoming
Old Faithful Inn
The Virginian Lodge
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.
The Rushmore Hotel (formerly known as the Adoba Eco Hotel) is an elegant and artistic hotel located in the heart of Rapid City. The lobby has a marble floor design intricately pieced together with 75 different exotic stones from all over the world. All guest rooms at the Rushmore Hotel have coffeemakers and high speed internet. In Rapid City, “The City of Presidents,” there are now 43 life size bronze statues of former U.S. presidents on city street corners. A statue of President John F. Kennedy and his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. stands outside the hotel.
Hilton Garden Inn
Billings, Montana's largest city, is located in the south-central portion of the state. The Hilton Garden Inn is a modern mid-rise hotel located in the newer retail area of Billings, approximately 1/4 mile from Rimrock Mall. Each of the rooms has complimentary wired and wireless internet access, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, iron & ironing board, and hairdryer. The Hilton Garden Inn's fitness center includes a heated indoor pool and whirlpool. The hotel has a restaurant and lobby bar and is within easy walking distance of several restaurants.
Old Faithful Inn
Old Faithful Inn is a National Park Lodge located inside Yelowstone National Park and within easy viewing and walking distance of Old Faithful Geyser. Staying within Yellowstone enhances your wildlife viewing and sightseeing opportunities. Yellowstone National Park is a visual playground with bubbling hot springs, thunderous waterfalls, fascinating wildlife and steaming geysers. Internet service is available on an hourly or daily basis for a fee. Elevation at Old Faithful is approximately 7,300 feet.
The Virginian Lodge
The Virginian is located in Jackson, Wyoming. Enjoy views of the surrounding mountains from the swimming pool and hot tub. The hotel also is home to a Jackson Hole favorite, The Virginian Saloon, featuring butting ram mounts and packed with artifacts reflecting the regional culture. Elevation at Jackson is approximately 6,300 feet.
The Hilton Salt Lake City is located in the heart of Salt Lake City, two blocks from Temple Square and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The rooms have all the modern amenities, including television, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, phone, voice mail, data port.
Caravan's Rapid City, South Dakota hotel, the Rushmore Hotel (formerly known as the Adoba Eco Hotel) provides a courtesy shuttle from the Rapid City Airport (RAP). Upon arrival, request by calling the Rushmore Hotel at 1-605-348-8300 or 1-855-732-3622. The shuttle operates daily from 5:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. Taxis cost $25.00 to $30.00 and take 20 minutes.
Caravan provides departure transfers from the Hilton in Salt Lake City, Utah to the Salt Lake City Airport (SLC). Taxis cost approximately $25.00. Please allow 20 minutes for the drive.
Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan Tours. Here are lists of airlines that service this tour:
||There are about two dozen flights into Rapid City daily. Delta and United (operating as United Express) have the most flights. American has one or two flights a day. Allegiant offers service from Phoenix and Las Vegas.|
||Air Canada, America West, American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Jetblue, Salmon Air, Southwest, Sun Country, United Airlines|
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This is a predominantly casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for most evenings is smart casual.
Virtually everything! Hotels, most meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers in select cities, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation.
Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porter fees, visas, phones, valet, all items of a personal nature, food and beverages not on the regular menu and tips to the Caravan Tour Director and Driver. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.
From cosmopolitan French Canada to the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, Caravan has a tour for every one. Passengers requiring special assistance must be accompanied by an able companion.
A well paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation.
Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and lodges and the capacity of the transportation and motorcoaches used. Usually, the maximum size will range from 36 to 44 passengers.
Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). All meals in Latin America are included. Most meals are included in the USA and Canada. Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Coffee and tea are provided at all meals. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.
Out of courtesy to your fellow tour members, please restrict the use of cell phones to emergency use only when you are on the motorcoach. Please also remember to turn off ringers; cell phone conversations and ringers are intrusive and can spoil other passengers' enjoyment of the tour. Please contact your service provider for information regarding cell phone reception areas: many rural areas do not have cell phone network coverage
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“If I ever take another tour, I sure would like to take it with Caravan. I enjoyed everything we did on this tour. Thanks so much for a nice time.”Mrs. P.A., Yucaipa, California
“This was an excellent trip all around. Our tour director was the best weve ever had and we would definitely go on another trip with Caravan. As a matter of fact, we are already booked for another trip in March.”Mr. & Mrs. E.S., Albuquerque, New Mexico
“This was a trip we always wanted to take. Your Caravan tour made it a dream come true. We hope some day to take another tour with Caravan. This was a dream come true trip for me as well. Have always wanted to see the West. Caravan made it possible and enjoyable!”Mr. & Mrs. P.R., Fort Worth, Texas
“Looking forward to my next Caravan tour.”Mr. & Mrs. B.W., Edmond, Oklahoma
“This was a great tour. I’m recommending it!”Ms. L.F., Granbury, Texas
“The trip for both Josh and I was very nice and enjoyable. I had never been on a tour before, but I would go again! THANK YOU! I will tell my friends.”Mrs. J.L., Falmouth, Maryland
“I thought the entire trip was well planned. No complaints. This was a very nice tour. Our first with Caravan but not our last, very good value for your travel dollar. Very good trip, very congenial fellow travelers. Our tour guide was very caring. There was beautiful scenery. I appreciated the fact that additional activities were not pushed at us. Dont know when we would have had the time to do them anyway! Will plan to go next year with Caravan.”Mr. & Mrs. S.A., Richmond, Indiana
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“I would go on Caravan again.”Ms. I.J., St. Petersburg, Florida
“Really enjoyed the raft trip down the river! Hope to take another Caravan tour in the not too distant future. I had a wonderful time on this tour. Caravan should be praised on this tour. If all your tours are like this one, I would never hesitate to go again.”Mr. & Mrs. J.S., Centereach, New York
“Wonderful group, great trip. We would definitely take another Caravan tour.”Mr. & Mrs. J.P., Martinsville, Virginia
“This is a trip that you dont want to miss.”Mr. & Mrs. D.M., Satellite Beach, Florida
“This was a great trip and I hope I can take another Caravan tour sometime in the future. All of the meals on the tour were wonderful. The sheer number and selection of the places visited were WELL worth the money. Very illuminating, myth bustin’ and educational. Our tour director was highly motivated and excited about the tour. He was very professional and always on top of departure schedules, luggage handling, meal tickets, etc... He always tried to keep a running commentary on the sights, history, footnotes, etc..., while on the bus. I can wholeheartedly recommend this tour to anyone who has never visited that part of the country, and would like to see as many national treasures in the shortest amount of time.”Mr. & Mrs. M.F., Staten Island, New York
“A great tour, many of the sites only visited through pictures are brought to life.”Mr. & Mrs. G.C., Hollywood, Maryland
“This is an outstanding tour of the vast West. It really makes one appreciate the early pioneer history of this country. Our tour guide made this area and its history ‘come alive’ He was an outstanding guide!”Mr. & Mrs. B.H., Blythewood, South Carolina
“This was a great tour. I marvel at how you can offer so much for the price.”Ms. G.G., Fort Smith, Arkansas
“We were lucky to have a good cross section of people on the tour. You can choose to sightsee by yourself or stay within a small group of people. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and am considering the Grand Canyon tour on my next vacation.”Mr. J.H., Larchmont, New York
“The Caravan tour guide, the driver, the scenery, and the stops were fantastic. We will travel with Caravan again in the near future and encourage others to do so too.”Mr.& Mrs. S.T., Citronelle, Alabama
“Would recommend and use Caravan again. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip.”Mr. & Mrs. T.T., Lancaster, Kentucky
“Our country is beautiful. We strongly recommend Caravan Tours for sightseeing. It is fun meeting new people and not having to watch the road or locate hotels. Thank you again for a very enjoyable trip.”Mr. & Mrs. S.L., Poinciana, Florida
“Thank you for showing us an excellent time. I must again commend your tour director and the driver. They were both exceptional.”Mr. & Mrs. R.G., Manasquan, New Jersey
“My family enjoyed all that we did in such a short period of time. We would have never been able to do it all on our own. Would definitely do another Caravan tour! ”Ms. M.T., Freehold, New Jersey These are only the first 25 reviews of this tour... Read all 100 Reviews »
Caravan Tours began selling fully escorted tours in 1952. We have been under the same management and ownership ever since. In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel.
Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. Last year many of our tours sold out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.
Caravan Tours is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), NTA (National Tour Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and an allied member of ACTA (Alliance of Canadian Travel Agencies).
Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices, we in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.
The short answer is “very.” Our surveys are uniformly very positive. However we continually strive to improve our tours, (they are often updated several times in the course of one year), we study all client surveys and suggestions for improvement very carefully.
Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.