Are you starting to plan your 2017 vacations? I know I am. If you’re traveling across the United States don’t forget to stop and visit our wonderful National Parks. From Maine to Alaska you will see the best this country has to offer by adding a National Park or two to your travel plans.

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The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was established in 1879 and completed by 1882. Originally used to haul gold and silver, now serves as a scenic ride on coal-fired, steam-powered trains that run from Durango, Colorado to the historic mining town of Silverton, Colorado, 45 miles one way.

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The Plaza is the heart and center of Sante Fe. Known for great shopping, dining and many historical sites, be prepared to spend more than one day in this area.

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  Sante Fe, New Mexico is the oldest capital city in the United States, wonderful old west charm with a special uniqueness all its own. I think what makes it so special is that it has something to attract everyone. But Sante Fe is not just any city, it has centuries of native history and culture that continues to the present.

After I shop and dine my way through the downtown Plaza (which we will divulge in a future post), it’s time to head to the mountains.

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The Cumbres-Toltec Scenic Railroad is approximately 64 miles of one of the most enthralling train rides you will ever experience in the U.S.  This ride has it all from narrow ledges, deep canyons, stunning scenery of aspen groves, rolling hills and an abundance of wildlife.

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