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RIch Grant is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the North American Travel Journalists Association and the co-author of 100 Things to Denver in Denver Before You Die, by Reedy Press, April 2016.

His blog is: www.WalkingAndDrinkingBeer.com, something he enjoys doing frequently from his home in West Washington Park in Denver, Colorado.

Entries by Rich Grant

Riding the Rail Runner Express to Santa Fe

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 5:08 PM

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There are few sounds more romantic than a train whistle as it pulls out of the station starting off on a journey. Unless, of course, you're riding the Rail Runner Express. This unusual 96-mile- long railroad runs between Albuquerque and Santa...

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There's Only One Time to See Two "Big Boy" Locomotives at Cheyenne's Depot Days

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 12:47 PM

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For railroad buffs, it doesn't get much better than seeing a Big Boy - the world's largest steam locomotive. These 132-foot long behemoths weighted more than 1,250,000 pounds and were designed to pull massive freight trains over the Wasatch Mountains between Wyoming and...

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Gambling, Gators and Gumbo -- Traveling Along the Boudin Trail in Lake Charles, Louisiana

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 1:45 PM

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There are no hard and fast rules about boudin. People don't even agree on how to pronounce it. Some people say this tasty, sausage-like, south Louisiana finger food should be called "boo-dan." Others add a little French flourish on the end and say...

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Dream Images of Egypt Easier to See than Ever

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 12:54 PM

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Few places conjure up such iconic and romantic images as Egypt. The pyramids, camels crossing the desert, felucca sailboats with their triangular sails gliding up the Nile, the ruins of Luxor and the haunting sound of the evening call to prayer as it...

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Cumbres & Toltec Railroad to Steam Up for 46th Season in May

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 12:01 AM

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The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the highest, longest and most authentic steam railroad in America, will begin its 46th season on May 28, 2016, with steam locomotives departing daily from Antonito, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico. It is the...
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Keep San Luis Looney

(3) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 5:12 PM

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The San Luis Valley of southern Colorado is the largest alpine valley in the world. Covering an area the size of Massachusetts, this flat, sandy valley floor receives less rainfall than the Sahara. There are only 40,000 humans living here, making it one...

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St. Augustine: The Town Built to Fight Pirates

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 3:52 PM

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In 2015, St. Augustine, Florida, did something that no other town in North America has ever done. They celebrated their 450th birthday. But surviving as America's oldest city hasn't been easy. St. Augustine has been sacked and burned to the ground. Three times!...

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Washington's Crossing -- A Glorious Day for Our Country

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 6:04 PM

It is forever Christmas at McKonkey's Ferry Inn. The dining room in this lovely tavern, located on the banks of the Delaware River, 42 miles upstream from Philadelphia, is always decorated as it would have been on Christmas night, 1776, when George Washington had his dinner here.

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Rocky Mountain Turns 100

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 4:01 PM

The Rocky Mountains of North America are the second longest mountain range in the world, running in a ragged line for 3,000 miles from British Columbia in Canada all the way southeast to the north of Mexico.

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So if you're going to...

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A Wild West Weekend in Cheyenne, Wyoming

(5) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 5:51 PM

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Now that Cheyenne Frontier Days 2015 is over, it's a wonderful time to spend a weekend in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Not that there's anything wrong with Frontier Days, of course. This 119-year-old rodeo, the "Daddy of 'em All," as they like to say, is...

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A Ramble in the English Countryside

(3) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 12:13 PM

How to Escape London and See
the Cotswolds - the England of Calendars and Picture Books

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London is magnificent, but it can also be big, noisy and crowded with swarms of international tourists following guides holding up umbrellas....

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Walking on the Street of Dreams -- Hollywood Boulevard

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 5:00 PM

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Marilyn Monroe was on her cell phone, as she brushed past me, nearly knocking over Darth Vader and Elvis as she hurried to claim her spot. It was 7:00 p.m. on a Saturday night and the look-a-likes were gathering on Hollywood Boulevard....
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San Francisco -- A City in a Park

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 7:28 PM

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Most cities have parks inside them. But San Francisco is a city inside a park. And an 80,000-acre national park at that. Along the coast, in the bay, on the other side of the bay, and even right through the heart of the...

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The Spirit of Old Vallarta Still Lives on in this "Accidental" International Resort

(4) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 11:33 AM

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"When I first came here, almost 30 years ago, Vallarta was a fishing village of some 2000 souls. There was one road to the outside world - and it was impassable during the rainy season." So wrote American film director John Huston about...

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Around Northern Italy by Train

(3) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 11:21 AM

The Italians are many wonderful things - but slow, safe and sane drivers, they are not. Italian highways resemble race tracks more than roads, and cars can be expensive and a hassle in the country's ancient, pedestrian-oriented cities.

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The solution is to tour...

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Dresden Is the "New" Prague

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 5:46 PM

They say that no one is building a city like Prague anymore, but that's not quite true. Most of the gorgeous Baroque, "Old Europe" city you see in the heart of Dresden today is brand new, even though it appears to look centuries old.

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The Great Adobe Castle of the Santa Fe Trail

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 6:34 PM

Few roads have conjured up romantic images like the Santa Fe Trail. It lasted only 60 years. But from 1821 to 1880, it was America's first international highway. And certainly the most colorful.

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Across 900 miles of open prairie, from Missouri to...

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Unlocking the Mystery of Custer's Last Stand

(7) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 4:52 PM

On the afternoon of June 25, 1876, on high bluffs above the Little Big Horn River, Col. George Armstrong Custer halted the 7th Cavalry and dictated an order. "Benteen. Come On. Big Village. Be Quick. Bring Packs. P.S. Bring Packs."

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A European Weekend in the Desert of Las Vegas

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 12:27 PM

It was winter and I'd had enough of it. I needed a summer in Europe. I needed to walk in twilight past splashing fountains, to linger over a good meal at an outdoor cafe, to see flowers and statuary and experience the joy de vie and the wines of the...

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Yosemite and the First National Park

(10) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 2:44 PM

On March 27, 1851, a gold miner named James Savage, led a group of militia into the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains of central California in search of Tenaya, chief of the Ahwahneeche people. The tribes people had burned Savage's trading post, so in revenge, Savage formed the Mariposa Battalion and...

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