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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
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|Double||$ 1395||$ 1495||$ 1595|
Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $259; Triple $239; Single $319
Caravan’s tours sell out fast! Please call 1-800-CARAVAN or 312-321-9800 before confirming other travel arrangements to verify availability of your preferred departure date. You can reserve space free for up to 3 days, then a $300 deposit per person is due. Full payment is 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 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 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.
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).
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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.