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.
Monterey, California is quite possibly the greatest meeting of land, sea, and sky on the entire planet. This visual feast encompasses breathtaking Pacific coastline, dramatic Big Sur, romantic Carmel, Pacific Grove, the world-famous 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, and Monterey’s very own wine country. Simon visits historic Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, and tastes wine atWatch Now >>
From rugged Wheeler Peak to the peaceful foothills, Great Basin National Park is a place where you can rest your spirit in the solitude of the wilderness while strolling through forests of ancient pines, relaxing under star-glinted night skies, or exploring mysterious subterranean passages.Watch Now >>
As far back as 1795, Paso Robles has been spoken of, and written about, as California’s oldest place to go for springs and mud baths. Simon visits a number of its downtown establishments, including the Vinoteca wine bar with its weekly winemaker gatherings and tastings. Overall, Paso Robles boasts more than 100 wineries. E.O.S., whoseWatch Now >>
Simon goes beyond San Diego’s most obvious tourist stops to explore the city’s historical, cultural, and culinary attractions. Simon brushes up on area history at the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, then proceeds onward to Hillebrecht Avocado Farm, and Chino Farms where he finds the freshest market produce. Simon explores the bustling GaslampWatch Now >>