Climb aboard Mikado Steam Locomotive #488 for a historic ride on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, the longest narrow-gauge railway in the U.S. Built in 1925, this coal-burning workhorse pulls turn-of-the-century stock and box cars over the dramatic landscape of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The fire-breathing engine does not flinch at even the most challenging terrain as it crosses from high mountains to high desert. Switchback curves lined with aspen and pine give way to white-knuckle rides high above granite-hewn gorges, only to be followed by straightaways through the desert. Cling to the sides of Cumbres Pass at 10,000 feet, and ghost along Phantom Curve. Cross the Cascade Trestle, and plunge into the darkness of Mud Tunnel. Follow the Calico Cut to Whiplash Curve, and past the ghost town of Sublette on the way. Hold your breath as the Mikado does a narrow-gauge high-wire act over Toltec Tunnel Gorge before settling in for the horseshoe curves of Lava Loop. See why the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad has long been considered one of America’s most popular train rides.
Mark Twain made this Gold Rush town famous with his 1865 short story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” but the county’s treasures were discovered long before that. Join Simon as he seeks out this region’s “perfect places,” and basks in its awesome scenery. Marvel at Big Trees State Park, experience the thrills, chills,Watch Now >>
Explore a region affectionately known as “The American Riviera.” Filmed here, the Oscar-nominated film “Sideways” has invigorated interest in this thriving wine region. Host Simon Kane savors all the flavors of Santa Barbara, with its vibrant art scene, farmers markets, and specialty shops. A highlight of your visit here is meeting the legendary Fess ParkerWatch Now >>
There is the San Francisco that the tourists flock to, and there is the San Francisco that only the locals know. See it all with host Simon Kane. Beginning with a unique sightseeing expedition aboard the Urban Safari, Simon serves up a tantalizing sampling of the City by the Bay’s diverse attractions, from its roller-coasterWatch Now >>