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The Airplane Restaurant

The Airplane Restaurant centerpiece is a fully intact Boeing KC-97 tanker. Built in 1953, this magnificent airplane refueled aircraft throughout the world. Then, in May 2002, it began its second mission -- to be the preeminent aviation restaurant in the United States. Forty-two passengers can actually eat in the plane of the 275-seat restaurant. Rich in aviation history, displaying 100's of pictures, memorabilia and rare artifacts, Solo's offers much more than great food, it offers a flight through aviation history.

Gold Mine Tour in Cripple Creek

Descend 1000 feet in America's Only Vertical Shaft Gold Mine Tour

Experience the "Old West" as it was for hard rock gold miners of "The World’s Greatest Gold Camp," Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Explore America’s favorite gold mine tour!

·    Vertically descend 100 stories into the earth.  

·    Witness the evolution of underground mining.

·     View gold veins in their natural state.

·    Ride an underground tram air locomotive.

·    Experience the sights and sounds of mining equipment.  


Great Sand Dunes National Park

The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience this diversity through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek, wildlife watching, and more!

Bishop Castle in Rye

At the age of 15, Jim Bishop dropped out of high school after being told he would “never amount to anything.”

With the help of his parents Jim saved up and bought himself a two and a half acre plot of land in rural Colorado, planning to hunt and live on it. A frontier spirit, when Jim decided it was time for him and his wife to get a house, he figured he would build it himself. What started as a one room stone cottage would soon grow to astounding proportions: it may be the largest one-man architecture project in the world.

Today the frontier fortress reaches over 16 stories high, has three large cathedral windows, wrought iron walkways and a steel fire-breathing dragon. Today Jim Bishop is 63 and is still building. It is unlikely he will stop anytime soon.

In his own words: “Everything just seems to work, What’s real neat about not having blueprints is that if you make a mistake, you call it art.”


Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Colorado. The views from the summit inspired the words to America the Beautiful. Now that's high praise!

In fact, Pikes Peak with an altitude of 14,115 feet is the most visited mountain summit in North America. All these people can't be wrong!

See the map above: Red route (19 miles long) is for people who want to drive around and blue route (8.9 miles long and 1.5 hours) for cog railway route.  Instead of driving, we took the cog railway ride.

Miramont Castle Museum

Cliff Dwellings Museum in Manitou Springs

Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs




Cave of the Winds

Leadville, Colorado: National Mining Museum

The National Mining Hall of Fame is a museum located in Leadville, Colorado, United States, dedicated to commemorating the work of miners and people who work with natural resources. The museum also participates in efforts to inform the public about the mining industry.

Leadville, Colorado: Matchless Mine

Elizabeth McCourt Tabor
"Baby Doe"

Elizabeth McCourt Tabor (1854 – March 7, 1935), better known as Baby Doe, was the second wife of pioneer Colorado businessman Horace Tabor. Her rags-to-riches and back to rags again story made her a well-known figure in her own day, and inspired an opera and a Hollywood movie based on her life.

Born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, she moved to Colorado in the mid-1870s with her first husband, Harvey Doe, whom she divorced for drinking, gambling, frequenting brothels, and being unable to provide a living.

She then moved to Leadville, Colorado, where she met Tabor, a wealthy silver magnate almost twice her age. In 1883 he divorced his first wife, to whom he had been married for 25 years, and married Baby Doe in Washington, D.C. during his brief stint as a US senator, after which they took up residence in Denver. His divorce and remarriage to the young and beautiful Baby Doe caused a scandal in 1880s Colorado. Although Tabor was one of the wealthiest men in Colorado, supporting his wife in a lavish style, he lost his fortune when the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act caused the Panic of 1893 with widespread bankruptcies in silver-producing regions such as Colorado. He died destitute, and she returned to Leadville with her two daughters, living out the rest of her life there.

At one time the "best dressed woman in the West", for the final three decades of her life, she lived in a shack on the site of the Matchless Mine, enduring great poverty, solitude, and repentance. After a snowstorm in March 1935, she was found frozen in her cabin, aged about 81 years.  During her lifetime she became the subject of malicious gossip and scandal, defied Victorian gender values, and gained a "reputation of one of the most beautiful, flamboyant, and alluring women in the mining West".  Her story inspired the opera The Ballad of Baby Doe.

  Independence Pass (on the way to Aspen from Leadville)

Royal Gorge Bridge


Royal Gorge Railroad

Estes Park & Rocky Mountains Drive/Hiking

The Stanley Hotel is a 420-room Colonial Revivalhotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Approximately five miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley offers panoramic views of Lake Estes, the Rockies and especially Long's Peak. It was built by Freelan Oscar Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame and opened on July 4, 1909, catering to the American upper class at the turn of the century.  The hotel and its surrounding structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Stanley Hotel also hosted the horror novelist Stephen King, serving as inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in his 1977 bestseller The Shining and its 1980 film adaption of the same name, as well as the location for the 1997 miniseries. Today, it includes a restaurant, spa, and bed-and-breakfast and provides guided tours which feature the history and alleged paranormal activity of the site.

Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Enjoy Trail Ridge Road – which crests at over 12,000 feet including many overlooks to experience the subalpine and alpine worlds – along with over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, starry nights, and fun times. In a world of superlatives, Rocky is on top!

We hiked to Nymph Lake.

Nymph Lake

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