Pike's Peak, Royal Gorge
Are these areas just tourist traps or what? When I was a kid, my family visited both places and all I remember about Pike's Peak was the drive and the view. Royal Gorge was a bridge and the inclined railway that we rode to the bottom and that was pretty much it.
Today I looked at both places on the web and it appears to me that it will cost a pretty bundle to visit and neither is very clear about what items are a fee and which are not.
I was under the impression that you could simply drive across the bridge or up the peak, enjoy the view and move on for no charge.
I understand that the inclined railway would be a fee activity but I figured the road across the bridge was public property with perhaps a vehicle toll per axle or whatever just like the Mackinac Bridge.
So, just to make it clear, I realize that to ride a carousel, sky-coaster, cable car or the like would incur a fee, but I'm not going to pony up $115 for the Pikes Peak dry tour.
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