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EXPLORING AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS

overall experience

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Breathtaking scenery, spectacular wildlife, and incomparable photo opportunities await you on this national parks tour through the West’s best-known national and state parks. Tour highlights include your overnight stay inside Grand Canyon National Park, where you can witness the stunning scenery at sunset and sunrise. In Yellowstone National Park, stand in awe as you hear the roar of the water and view the glorious falls at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Witness Old Faithful as it erupts and admire the herds of bison, elk, and other wildlife as you explore the park. In Grand Teton National Park, stroll along the shores of beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake and marvel at the rugged mountains. 

Mount Rushmore offers the astounding monument of four U.S. presidents as well as spectacular scenery and wildlife, including mule deer and mountain goats. Also visit Crazy Horse Memorial, carved out of the mountain in honor of the Sioux Indian chief, and enjoy a scenic ride in Custer State Park, with its spectacular landscape and abundant wildlife. Have your camera ready for the bright red, yellow, and pink pillars called "hoodoos" in Bryce Canyon National Park, and marvel at the sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs in Zion National Park. But that’s not all…visit Monument Valley, one of the world’s most photographed places with its red-rock canyons, mesas, iconic buttes, and windblown sand. See the massive formations during your 4-wheel-drive tour with a knowledgeable Navajo guide. 

All of this—and much more—are included on this national parks tour designed for savvy, value-minded travelers.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

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Sightseeing

Orientation tour in Salt Lake City and 4-wheel-drive tour in Monument Valley.

Guides

Local Guide for sightseeing in Monument Valley; Services of a professional Tour Director.

Scenic Highlights

Grand Canyon National Park, historic Route 66, Kaibab National Forest, Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Colorado National Monument, Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Devils Tower, Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful Geyser, Grand Teton National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park.

Notes

On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park

Transportation
Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 

 

ITINERARY

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Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

DAY 1 - LAS VEGAS

Welcome to exciting Las Vegas, also known as “sin city!” your tour director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.


 DAY 2 - LAS VEGAS Ι WILLIAMS Ι GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Depart the glittering lights and glamour of Las Vegas for one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Journey across the old Mojave gold-strike country, passing through Williams on historic Route 66, and Kaibab National Forest. Arrive at the Grand Canyon by mid-afternoon and marvel at the breathtaking views. Accommodations this evening are inside the national park.


 DAY 3 - GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK Ι MONUMENT VALLEY Ι KAYENTA

If you miss the sunset over the canyon, sunrise is just as impressive! You may want to join an exciting helicopter flight over the canyon for incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 7,000 feet into the Colorado River. Continue across Arizona and into the Navajo Nation. Situated on the Arizona/Utah border, MONUMENT VALLEY’S scenic desert vistas and iconic buttes have appeared in countless classic Western films. See the massive formations on a memorable 4-WHEEL-DRIVE tour. Your knowledgeable Navajo guide will show you some of the valley’s most incredible scenery and share with you local legends and lore. This evening, join the optional Navajo cookout for dinner, surrounded by the red-rock canyons of Monument Valley.


 DAY 4 – KAYENTA I MOAB I ARCHES NATIONAL PARK I GRAND JUNCTION

We head north for Moab. Visit magnificent ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, where you’ll discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms, and textures unlike anything else in the world. This red-rock wonderland will amaze you. A late arrival into Grand Junction, surrounded by awe-inspiring natural beauty and the dramatic red-rock landscape of the Colorado National Monument.


 DAY 5 - GRAND JUNCTION I COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT I DENVER

This morning, visit COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. Experience sheer-walled, red-rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles. We then journey east across the Rocky Mountains to the “Mile High City” of Denver.


 DAY 6 – DENVER I BLACK HILLS I CUSTER

Today, travel across the windswept landscape of Wyoming and into the Black Hills of South Dakota. Spend the next two nights in Custer in the heart of Black Hills National Forest, gateway to Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Mount Rushmore.


 DAY 7 - CUSTER. EXCURSION TO CUSTER STATE PARK I MOUNT RUSHMORE & CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL

At CUSTER STATE PARK, enjoy a scenic drive along Wildlife Loop Road with spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife, like the herd of 1,300 bison that roams freely throughout the park. Afterward, visit MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, which stands as a shrine of democracy. See the stunning granite faces of Mount Rushmore, a giant monument to four great American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Then, visit the CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, a monument carved out of a mountain that pays respect to the great Native American hero, Chief Crazy Horse. Learn about the sculpture, his family, and the future of the project. Late- afternoon return to Custer.

Continental Breakfast


 DAY 8 – CUSTER I DEVILS TOWER I CODY

This morning, head through high country, where open-range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890s. Next, a photo stop at Devils Tower National Monument, established as America’s first national monument by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. The spectacular rock formation and the surrounding countryside are home to a myriad of plant and animal life, and Native Americans consider the area a place for renewal. Overnight in Buffalo Bill’s Western town of Cody.


 DAY 9 – CODY I WEST YELLOWSTONE

This morning, enjoy free time. We suggest an independent visit to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which celebrates the spirit of the American West by sharing stories of the Western experience. Enjoy a stroll down Cody’s main street with its unique shops and restaurants making sure to visit the historic Irma Hotel for a cold drink in the saloon. Overnight in West Yellowstone, gateway to Yellowstone National Park.


 DAY 10 - WEST YELLOWSTONE. EXCURSION TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Spend the day exploring all the wonders of YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, established in 1872 as the world’s first national park. See world-famous Old Faithful Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Fountain Paint Pots. Keep a lookout for some of the park’s wildlife that can include moose, bison, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, wolves, bear, fox, coyote, and beaver.

Continental Breakfast


 DAY 11 - WEST YELLOWSTONE I GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK I JACKSON I ALPINE

Head south into magnificent GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, one of America’s last preserves of wild solitude. Its 13,770-foot-high ridges are crested with snow most of the year. Stroll along the shores of beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake before arriving in the Wild West town of Jackson with its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons. Overnight in Alpine, located on the banks of the Snake River.

Continental Breakfast


 DAY 12 – ALPINE I SALT LAKE CITY

Travel to Salt Lake City, Utah’s vibrant capital. Set on the edge of Great Salt Lake Desert, this center of the Mormon religion is where Brigham Young declared to his followers, “This is the place.” An included orientation tour offers a glimpse of Temple Square, the Capitol Building, and the beautiful downtown area.


 DAY 13 - SALT LAKE CITY I BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Today’s highlight is a visit to unique BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK with its 20 miles of sandstone cliffs and ever-changing colors. See some of Earth’s most brilliant shades of rock, sculpted by nature into pillars called “hoodoos.”

 Breakfast


 DAY 14 - BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK I ZION NATIONAL PARK I LAS VEGAS

First stop today is ZION NATIONAL PARK with its landscape carved over millions of years by rushing streams. Steep canyons, stone towers, and verdant vegetation form the scenery of Zion. See fantastic rock structures and some unbelievable scenic beauty. We then return to Las Vegas and overnight in the heart of the famous Las Vegas “Strip.”


 DAY 15 - LAS VEGAS

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Las Vegas and the “Strip” further with a variety of exciting optional activities.


 

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