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The Broadmoor
The Broadmoor

The Broadmoor

Located on the southern edge of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, CO, The Broadmoor is the longest consecutive winner of both the AAA 5-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards. The luxury resort has a day spa, restaurants, a 54-hole championship golf course, 6 tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools and several retail shops. 960 1280

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Golf at The Broadmoor

Golf at The Broadmoor

Legendary golf course architect Donald Ross designed both the East and West Golf Courses at The Broadmoor. The Mountain Course, the 3rd course, features wide, forgiving fairways and large greens with beautiful mountain vistas, ideal for a range of skill levels and handicaps. 960 1280

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Broadmoor Bowling

Broadmoor Bowling

You won’t strike out on fun when you visit Play at The Broadmoor. This family-friendly venue has several engaging activities to keep the kids busy, including 6 bowling lanes. 960 1280

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Ranch at Emerald Valley

Ranch at Emerald Valley

The Ranch at Emerald Valley is just a short drive from The Broadmoor and is nestled within 100,000 acres of the Pike National Forest. Go on a retreat and stay at one of 10 cabins equipped with wood-burning fireplaces, rustic furniture and modern amenities. Guests can go fly fishing in the nearby lakes, hike and bike scenic trails, sip on wine while watching the sun set, unwind in an outdoor hot tub and much more. 960 1280

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Play Restaurant

Play Restaurant

Play is also an ideal dining venue for families. Here, guests can enjoy globally-inspired food. 960 1280

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Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Take a quick day trip to Pikes Peak Cog Railway to experience one of the best ways to explore the area’s amazing scenery. A 3-hour train ride provides passengers with the opportunity to see Englemann Canyon, Minnehaha Falls, Pikes Peak, Ruxton Park, yellow-bellied marmots and rocky mountain bighorn sheep. The 8.9-mile trip runs from Manitou Depot to the summit of Pikes Peak. 960 1280

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Broadmoor Theater

Broadmoor Theater

Guests at The Broadmoor can explore the area by taking a hot-air balloon ride, going rock climbing, whitewater rafting, or by booking a jeep tour. For those who’d rather relax indoors, the hotel has a theater that’s free and open to its guests, with showings every night at 7 p.m., plus plenty of weekend matinees. 960 1280

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Paddle Boating on Lake Cheyenne

Paddle Boating on Lake Cheyenne

Spend some quality time with a friend and rent a 2-person paddleboat at the Lakeside Boat Dock. Enjoy picturesque views of the mountains surrounding The Broadmoor while paddling around pristine Lake Cheyenne. 960 1280

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Spa at The Broadmoor

Spa at The Broadmoor

It’s all about wellness and renewal at the 5-star Spa at The Broadmoor, where guests can get an array of customized spa treatments, including a chardonnay sugar scrub, rosemary-almond body polish, gentlemen’s facial or a pre-natal message. The Spa’s salon also has a bridal package -- offered to the bride and 3 of her closest friends -- that will have the ladies sipping on mimosas while expert stylists prepare them for the big day. 960 1280

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Seven Falls

Seven Falls

Seven Falls is the only waterfall in Colorado to make National Geographic’s list of International Falls. Feeling adventurous? Climb the 224 steps by the side of the falls and pick one of 2 trails to hike along the stream that feeds this natural beauty. 960 1280

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Ghost Town Museum

Ghost Town Museum

Visit the Ghost Town Museum for a historic look back at a piece of Colorado’s Wild West heritage, when prospectors converged on the Colorado territory to pan for gold in the mid-1800s. Sip an old-time sarsaparilla, churn butter and go panning for gold. We recommend taking a tour of Cycle Mill, where more than 13 million tons of gold ore was treated -- as early as 1885. 960 1280

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ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy

ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy

You can’t visit Colorado without visiting the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy, a museum to educate the public about rodeo, its history and its impact on Western culture. Find out more about the noteworthy people who have inspired today’s cowboys. 960 1280

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Cave of the Winds

Cave of the Winds

Experience family fun and adventure at the Cave of the Winds. For beginning cavers, we recommend taking the 45-minute Discovery Tour. Visitors will walk through nearly a mile of caverns, including Majestic Hall, the Bridal Chamber, Temple of Silence, Fat Man’s Misery and Giant’s Bleeding Heart. 960 1280

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has over 200 species of wild animals. Hop on the Mountaineer Sky Ride to watch the sunset at the top of the mountain. Take the kids to My Big Backyard, an oversized garden and petting zoo. Plus, see giraffes and meerkats in the African Rift Valley, grizzlies in the Rocky Mountain Wild area and Amur tigers in Asian Highlands exhibit. 960 1280

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Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Need a little culture? Visit the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (FAC), located north of downtown Colorado Springs, CO. Opened in 1936, FAC includes a performing arts venue, the Bemis School of Art, and a museum that features a permanent collection of Spanish Colonial and Native American art pieces of the Southwest. 960 1280

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Tavern Restaurant

Tavern Restaurant

Tavern at The Broadmoor serves up the best steaks and seafood in Colorado Springs. Plus, they have live music from the Tavern Orchestra and dancing in the main Tavern room in the evenings Thursdays-Sundays. 960 1280

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Old Colorado City

Old Colorado City

Take a short road trip to Old Colorado City, a national historic district in Colorado Springs that offers more than 100 stores, restaurants and attractions. 960 1280

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Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Explore almost 300 million years of geological history. Visitors from all around the world visit the 1,367-acre Garden of the Gods each year. This park is where the grasslands of the Great Plains meet the pinon-juniper woodlands of the American Southwest and merge with the forest of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak mountain. 960 1280

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ANA Money Museum

ANA Money Museum

ANA Money Museum is one of the largest museums dedicated to the culture, art, science and history of money, and includes a Money of the Civil War exhibit. 960 1280

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Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Manitou Cliff Dwellings

For architecture buffs, we recommend a trip to Manitou Cliff Dwellings to explore the ancient Anasazi cliff dwellings. Scientists believe the Native American tribe was starved out due to a drought from 1275-1300 A.D., leaving behind their stone pueblos as well as pictographs and petroglyphs on walls. Visitors can browse through 2 museums that feature unique cultural exhibits that showcase the tribe’s tools, weapons and pottery. 960 1280

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US Olympic Training Center

US Olympic Training Center

Go for the gold … and we don’t mean panning for gold. Visit the flagship training center for the US Olympic Committee, located in the US Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs. USA Swimming and USA Shooting also have their national headquarters in this 35-acre complex. There are sports venues for fencing, gymnastics, judo, shooting, swimming, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling. 960 1280

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Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

Located in a tomb at the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun are the ashes of Spencer Penrose, a philanthropist who contributed many of the most prominent landmarks in Colorado Springs, including the Broadmoor Hotel and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. 960 1280

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Pioneers Museum

Pioneers Museum

Located in the restored El Paso County Courthouse, Colorado Springs’ Pioneers Museum features exhibits on the history of the Pikes Peak region, including a significant collection of quilts, Van Briggle pottery and collections that showcase the Native American influence on the region. 960 1280

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Alaska Backcountry
Alaska Backcountry

Alaska Backcountry

An Alaska Backcountry Adventure ATV tour group crosses a stream on the trail to Knik Glacier. 960 1280

  

Crew Members

Crew Members

Crew members make their way up to a new position on Matanuska Glacier with the aid of the MICA guide. 960 1280

  

Snowcapped Mountain

Snowcapped Mountain

A view of a snow-capped mountain in Girdwood, AK. 960 1280

  

Matanuska Glacier

Matanuska Glacier

Kevin O'Grattan, Kristine Janda, and Ellie Southworth (left to right) take in the spectacular view while climbing Matanuska Glacier. 960 1280

  

Knik Glacier

Knik Glacier

The cameraman films the guide driving his ATV next to Knik Glacier. 960 1280

  

Backcountry Adventures

Backcountry Adventures

The Alaska Backcountry Adventures tour group enjoys a hot lunch next to Knik Glacier. 960 1280

  

Camera and Sound

Camera and Sound

Camera and soundmen are rigged to film ice climbers on Matanuska Glacier. 960 1280

  

Machine Guns

Machine Guns

A Browning 50-caliber machine gun is loaded and ready to be fired at a shooting event held by the Alaska Machine Gun Assoc. at the Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park in Chugiak, AK. 960 1280

  

Talkeetna River

Talkeetna River

Jetboat driver, Isreal Mahay, steers his way through Class VI rapids in Devil's Canyon on the Talkeetna River. 960 1280

  

Floatplane flying

Floatplane flying

A floatplane flies over Knik Glacier. 960 1280

  

Shooting Event

Shooting Event

Multiple bullet cases fly as a competitor fires at various targets during the shooting event. 960 1280

  

Mahay's Jetboat Adventures

Mahay's Jetboat Adventures

A view of the Class VI rapids in Devil's Canyon from the bow of one of Mahay's Jetboat Adventures tours. 960 1280

  

Panning for Gold

Panning for Gold

Crew members pan for gold at Crow Creek Mine in Girdwood, AK. 960 1280

  

ATV Tours

ATV Tours

Alaska Backcountry Adventures guide, Kevin Kidder, leads an ATV tour to Knik Glacier. 960 1280

  

A Beautiful View

A Beautiful View

A beautiful view of Knik Glacier. 960 1280

  

A Gold Nugget

A Gold Nugget

A crew member shows off a gold nugget he found at Crow Creek Mine in Girdwood, AK. 960 1280

  

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Tanzania, Africa
Tanzania, Africa

Tanzania, Africa

One of the things I like most about hosting the Amazing Race is that we get to share new places with our audience. The Ngorongoro Crater is an awe-inspiring sight. This extinct volcano caldera is about 12 miles wide and descends 2,000 feet from the edge of the crater. This has created a unique ecosystem where you will see an abundance of wildlife making it one of the world’s 7 natural wonders of Africa. 960 1280

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Lalibela, Ethiopia

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Our visit to Ethiopia was a surprise for many of us. I had no idea how lush the mountain regions were. Lalibela felt like a set from Indiana Jones. This holy city is famous for its underground church which dates back to the 12th century. 960 1280

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Seychelles

Seychelles

The fact that the Seychelles was a hideaway for pirates tells you that it is a remote destination. I grew up on the Tropical Island of Antigua; so, I have a real love for beaches, and Seychelles has some of the best. With more than 115 Islands to choose from, travelers have no problem getting away from everyone and everything. 960 1280

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Jaipur, India

Jaipur, India

This is a great place. We first visited India in Season 1, and there is a reason we keep going back. It’s so exotic and different from anything in America. We have had some of our best moments there. A personal favorite for me is the city of Jaipur which is the capital of Rajasthan. Also, it’s known as the “Pink City” for obvious reasons. India says century overload to me and the people are so inviting. 960 1280

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Coober Pedy, Australia

Coober Pedy, Australia

I first visited Coober Pedy about 20 years ago and it has remained etched in my mind ever since. I took the show here in Season 2, and got the teams to play speed golf as they ran in the extreme heat and on the barren landscape. There is no grass at the course so players had to carry their own patch of artificial grass. Trust me - you will never forget a visit to the “Opal Capital of the World.” 960 1280

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Punta Arenas, Argentina

Punta Arenas, Argentina

I first heard about Argentina from my dad who did a lot of agricultural consulting work in this country. He often talked about the southern city of Punta Arenas, which is located between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans -- right at the bottom of the world. This place has amazing, picturesque views. It’s almost like you’re flicking through a pictorial travel book. 960 1280

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Mongolia

Mongolia

I spent my 40th birthday standing on top of a hill looking out over the vast expansive Mongolia waiting for teams to arrive at the pit stop. This is a country where sheep outnumber people 35 to 1, and there are less than 2 people per square mile. Nomadic people move from place-to-place and live in yurts. If you visit, expect to be invited in. The people are very warm and friendly. 960 1280

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Lofoten Islands, Norway

Lofoten Islands, Norway

I found out recently that I am a descendant of the Vikings. This of course has made it all the more interesting for me to visit a traditional long house where Viking enthusiasts bring history back to life. The people there are filled with passion and you can’t help to be blown away by the breathtaking fjords. 960 1280

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Oman

Oman

The great thing about having Amazing Race entertain so many people around the world is that we can show the good things that are happening in different countries, rather than what is going wrong when there is terrible news. Visiting a Middle Eastern country like Oman provides unique insight to a culture that most people never get to see in a positive light. 960 1280

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Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, AK, is a gateway to America’s last frontier. After a short float plane ride you can find yourself completely immersed in pristine wilderness. Whether you’re interested in hunting, photography, bird watching or simply relaxing, this is America’s best nature getaway. 960 1280

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