This escorted tour takes in some of the most remarkable national parks and iconic sites along the West Coast of America. Marvel at the Natural Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Grand Canyon, gaze over Lake Powell, the second largest man-made lake in the US and visit Yellowstone, the first National Park in the country.
Along the way there never ending highlights for nature lovers. Visit the multi-coloured hooodoos in the spectacular natural amphitheatre that is Bryce Canyon National Park. Explore Grand Teton National Park, a popular destination for mountaineering, hiking, backcountry camping and fishing. Gape in awe at this massive sculpture depicting the faces of four U.S. presidents at Mount Rushmore. Have a look at some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States Dining in Zion National Park.
The Exciting Parts
- Crazy Horse Memorial - Marvel at the world's largest mountain carving, a memorial for all Native American tribes
- Grand Canyon - Experience one of the great Natural Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Grand Teton National Park - Explore this popular destination for mountaineering, hiking, backcountry camping and fishing
- Monument Valley - Explore the treasures of this area sacred to the Navajo people
- Mount Rushmore - Gape in awe at this massive sculpture depicting the faces of four U.S. presidents
- Yellowstone National Park - Visit the first National Park in the country
Arrival Las Vegas
Las Vegas - Grand Canyon National Park - Flagstaff
Flagstaff - Monument Valley - Page
Page - Zion National Park - Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park - Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City - Jackson (2 nights)
Grand Teton National Park & Jackson Free Time
Jackson - Yellowstone National Park - 320 Guest Ranch
320 Guest Ranch - Yellowstone National Park - Cody
Cody - Little Bighorn Battlefield - Sheridan
Sheridan - Crazy Horse - Keystone (2 nights)
Mount Rushmore & Keystone Free Time
Keystone - Depart Rapid City or Denver
Day 1 Arrival Las Vegas
Welcome to Las Vegas. Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
Hotel: Gold Coast Hotel & Casino
Day 2 Las Vegas - Grand Canyon National Park - Flagstaff
This morning, head east, travelling along parts of Old Route 66. Arrive at the Grand Canyon, one of the Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the remnants of ancient volcanoes as you drive to Grand Canyon Village, a National Historic District. Enjoy the small town feel, complete with restaurants and shops. Perhaps, take an optional plane or helicopter flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon. Pass through Williams, a charming town nestled at the base of Bill Williams Mountain in one of the largest Ponderosa Pine Forests in the world, before arriving in Flagstaff.
Hotel: Ramada Flagstaff East
Day 3 Flagstaff - Monument Valley - Page
This morning, sample the flavour of Flagstaff's pioneer beginnings at an Iconic Breakfast served up at the historic Hotel Weatherford, built in 1900. After, head out to explore the treasures of Monument Valley as you step aboard an all-terrain vehicle with your private Navajo guide and marvel at the immense monolithic rock formations jutting hundreds of feet from the valley floor. Stop and walk in the footsteps of John Ford, John Wayne and countless other historic figures of the Southwest. Arrive in Page, home to stunning Lake Powell where the evening is yours to relax. Consider joining in an optional Native American Dance Performance with dinner.
Hotel: Quality Inn Lake Powell
Day 4 Page - Zion National Park - Bryce Canyon
Head northwest toward Zion National Park where you get to explore the bottom of the main canyon which showcases a completely different perspective of sheer colourful sandstone walls rising thousands of feet above the lush greenery of the canyon floor. Continue onto Bryce Canyon National Park, where your first views of the mesmorising, red sandstone awaits.
Hotel: Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
Day 5 Bryce Canyon National Park - Salt Lake City
Explore Bryce Canyon National Park, a wondrous land of pines, pinnacles and oddly sculpted formations. These hoodoos, created by wind and water erosions, come in all shades of reds, oranges and pinks. Head north to Salt Lake where you'll stop at historic Temple Square, home to the six-spired Salt Lake City Temple and the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The evening is at leisure.
Hotel: Comfort Inn Downtown Salt Lake City
Day 6 Salt Lake City - Jackson (2 nights)
Today, head for rugged Wyoming and travel alongside some of the most beautiful mountain ranges before arriving in Jackson. On arrival, stop at Town Square, famous for its four iconic antler arches guarding the corners of George Washington Memorial Park. Wander around the square, lined with restaurants, bars and stores selling genuine cowboy gear before perhaps trying one of the homey restaurants with country cooking.
Hotel: 49er Inn and Suites
Day 7 Grand Teton National Park & Jackson Free Time
This morning, there is an optional gentle float trip along Wyoming's Snake River with spectacular mountain scenery. Later this morning, head north for magnificent Grand Teton National Park with stops at the Moran Lookout and along the scenic Jenny Lake Loop. Later, in Jackson, you have free time to relax. This evening, perhaps partake in an optional cowboy cookout complete with horsedrawn covered wagons and Wild West music.
Hotel: 49er Inn and Suites
Day 8 Jackson - Yellowstone National Park - 320 Guest Ranch
Enjoy the magnificence of the Teton Range again as you follow the Snake River to Yellowstone National Park. The world's greatest concentration of geysers and mountain wilderness, this park is home to grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk. Yellowstone's geothermal wonders are the focus of your sightseeing tour as you view Fountain Paint Pots, Lower, Middle and Upper Geyser Basins and, of course, Old Faithful with its roaring plume of boiling water and steam.
Hotel: 320 Ranch
Day 9 320 Guest Ranch - Yellowstone National Park - Cody
Explore more of America's first national park today with a visit to Mammoth Hot Springs, a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine, created thousands of years ago. See the dramatic Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its turbulent river and 20 miles (32 km) of twisted pink and yellow sheer rock cliffs carved 1,200 feet (365 m) deep and up to 4,000 feet (1,220 m) wide.
Hotel: Buffalo Bill Village
Day 10 Cody - Little Bighorn Battlefield - Sheridan
Travel north through Montana's stunning Big Sky Country. Stop at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, memorialising the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Native Americans' last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Continue on to Sheridan, situated in the Bighorn Mountains.
Hotel: Best Western Sheridan
Day 11 Sheridan - Crazy Horse - Keystone (2 nights)
Head through high country where open range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890s. On arrival to beautiful Black Hills, visit Crazy Horse Memorial, commissioned over 50 years ago by Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear to honour the culture, tradition and living heritage of all North American Indians. This evening, perhaps head to Mount Rushmore National Monument for an optional lighting ceremony.
Hotel: Ramada Keystone
Day 12 Mount Rushmore & Keystone Free Time
Visit magnificent Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the largest statue-monument in the world. The faces of four American presidents-George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln-are carved into the granite mountainside as a priceless shrine to democracy. This afternoon is free in Keystone; perhaps join an excursion to the rugged Badlands National Park.
Hotel: Ramada Keystone
Day 13 Keystone - Depart Rapid City or Denver
Depart independently to the Rapid City Airport at anytime or take a complimentary transfer to Denver International Airport. For guests extending their stay, optional overnight accommodation will be available at Best Western Plus Denver Airport.