A very memorable combination of Yellowstone and three more spectacular National Parks; Mount Rushmore and several more world famous icons; Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane and the Deadwood Stage; Old Faithful, geysers and massive waterfalls and Indians, cowboys and other men from Laramie. Oh, and the colossal Rocky Mountains too!
Travelling by motorhome is the perfect choice if you want to explore at your own pace, staying overnight at sites where the nearest hotel is literally miles away. A motorhome is also very good value for money, particularly for families or a group of friends. Each motorhome is fully equipped and designed to provide the optimum in comfort and practicality.
Hiring a motorhome to see America truly is an exceptional experience. The great outdoors is just waiting to be explored. Wake up to the sound of birds and a view of a vast mountain range. Step outside and take a deep breath of mountain or sea air. Relax and eat breakfast in the sunshine. Then head out to your chosen destination for a full day of fun. There is never any rush…and it doesn’t get better than that.
What's Not Included
- Security deposit of CAD$500 is payable on pick up with valid credit card
- Camping chairs
- Campground fees
*Motorhome rental prices are subject to change on a constant basis due to inventory fluctuations. Early booking ensures lower rates and availability, particularly for one-way rentals.
Wind Cave National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Depart from Denver
Day 1 Denver Arrival
Collect your motorhome and make for Cheyenne, Wyoming – the capital city and gateway to Cowboy Country. Try to be there for Frontier Days (www.cfdrodeo.com), though you must book well in advance as the event attracts visitors from very far afield.
110 miles to Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Visit the Capitol Building and the State Museum.
Day 2 Wind Cave National Park
A long drive across featureless, tumbleweed strewn country. But have faith, it really is worth it once you cross into South Dakota. Our recommended campground has no hookups, showers or amenities but deer and buffalo roam to the fence. Coyotes howl but otherwise the silence is deafening and the stars are never brighter. There are other full facility campgrounds to choose from if you prefer.
270 miles to Wind Cave National Park.
Visit the Mammoth Site and Evans Plunge pool in Hot Springs.
Day 3 Mount Rushmore
Everyone knows of Mount Rushmore, one of America’s icons. Fewer know the Crazy Horse Memorial, a giant mountain carving of the famous Indian Chief. Please don’t miss visiting either of them!
40 miles to Mount Rushmore KOA (via Custer State Park)
Visit dramatic Badlands National Park and, time-permitting, the site of the massacre at Wounded Knee.
Day 4 Deadwood
“The Deadwood Stage was comin’ on over the hill” probably carrying Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane! Don’t miss it; and enjoy a pint at the Old Franklin Hotel or even Kevin Costner’s bar…he fell in love with Deadwood when making ‘Dances with Wolves”. Close encounters of a third kind? You remember the movie? Well the location was Devils Tower.
120 miles to Devils Tower stopping at Deadwood along the way.
Visit Spearfish Canyon. It’s an easy loop from Deadwood on the way to Wyoming.
Day 5&6 Cody
This sounds like a long drive but it is mostly on the Interstate so you should be at the Buffalo Bill Historical Society in Cody shortly after lunch. It may sound boring – but please don’t miss it! You are at the gateway to Yellowstone National Park.
315 miles to Cody
Visit the Medicine Wheel off the more scenic Alt14 on the way to Cody. Once there, don’t miss the Remingtons and Russells in the Whitney Gallery of Western Art.
Day 7&8 Yellowstone National Park
A stunning drive through Shoshone Canyon to the eastern entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It’s then a gentle forty miles to Grant Village and your campground. Expect occasional traffic jams. That’s when the folk ahead stop to view the wildlife. It could be a moose with its young, a bear or a group of deer. People just stop and look at interesting wildlife. Just before Grant Village, turn right to Old Faithful – so named because this geyser faithfully shoots thousands of gallons of boiling water around 150 feet into the air at predictably regular intervals through the day.
100 miles to Grant Village Campground in Yellowstone National Park which is normally open from the third weekend in June to the third weekend in September
Visit the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its twin falls, one twice the height of Niagara, the Fountain Paintpot and many more geothermal pools and geysers.
Day 9 Grand Teton National Park
22 miles further on brings you out of the South Entrance of YNP and into Grand Teton National Park. You only have to look at the Colter Bay website to see the majesty of the Grand Teton Mountains. Open June to Sept , this is not a cheap campground; but the location makes it worth it.
40 miles to Colter Bay Village in Jackson Lake.
Visit the Flagg Ranch Resort, between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
Day 10 Lander
Drive away from the Grand Tetons through the Great Divide Basin to the town of Lander. On your journey you will pass through The Wind River Indian Reservation, home of the Shoshone and Arapahoe Indian Tribes.
140 miles to Lander
Visit Fort Washakie and the grave site of Sacajawea and Chief Washakie, the last Chief of the Shoshone Tribe.
Day 11 Laramie
The name Laramie conjures up pictures of the wild-west doesn’t it? With good reason. In its early days, Laramie was such a rip-roaring railroad town that it made good sense to build the territorial prison here. At the Wyoming Territorial Park, you can still peek into cells where desperadoes such as Butch Cassidy once did their time.
235 miles to Laramie
Visit Saratoga Hot Springs’ Hobo Pool on a loop off the freeway through the spectacular Medicine Bow National Forest.
Day 12 Fort Collins
For your last night on tour, you’ll be staying in Fort Collins: the town that Money Magazine once designated as the best place in the United States to live. Located in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains this is somewhere to relax after all the spectacular sites and sights of the last few days. ✪ 75 miles to Fort Collins Lakeside ★ Visit the Anheuser-Busch brewery to see their wonderful horses and sample Budweiser and you might enjoy visiting one of the several micro-breweries.
Day 13 Depart from Denver
60 miles to drop off your motorhome back at the Cruise America depot in Denver.
What is touring in a Motorhome really like?
Freedom…Stay in one place as little or as long as you want. No set times for breakfast or dinner. No unpacking and repacking every day.
Flexibility…Chose either to follow one of our suggested itineraries or design your own. Not so keen on a place when you get there? No problem…all aboard and on to the next location.
Access…When visiting places such as the Grand Canyon or Zion National Park, you are able to overnight within the grounds of the parks and usually at a minimal cost. Aside from the National or State Parks, practically all of the tourist sites and sights that have drawn you here have welcoming Motorhome Parks right there.
Nature…Wake up to the sound of birds and a view of a vast mountain range. Step outside and take a deep breath of mountain or sea air. Relax with the family and eat breakfast in the sunshine. Then head out to your chosen destination for a full day of family fun. There is never any rush…and it doesn’t get better than that.
Cruise America offer four different types of motorhome:
T17 Truck Camper: Sleeps 3 people, length 6.15 metres
C19 Compact Motorhome: Sleeps family up to 3 people, length 6.15 metres
C25 Standard Motorhome: Sleeps family up to 5, length 7.3-7.6 metres
C30 Large Motorhome: Sleeps family up to 7 people, lenght 8.8-9.1 metres
All Cruise America’s motorhomes have a refrigerator and freezer. They all have a hob and a microwave and cupboards for food storage in the kitchen area. All have a shower, basin and flush toilet. Waste water from the bathroom and kitchen goes into two on-board holding tanks when you are not hooked up to mains drainage at a campground.
Cruise America also provides a Personal Kit with personal bedding and towels and a Kitchen Kit of pots and pans and crockery.
All Cruise America vehicles come with power steering, power brakes and automatic transmission. If you drive a manual vehicle at home, it will take you seconds to get the hang of forgetting your left foot and just using the on/off pedals – the power and the brake.
From our own experience, the vehicle length has never been a problem – it just seems to follow
you! Just be sure to make your turns wide. The vehicle width takes a little while to get used to,
but by day two you will be driving your motorhome like a professional! You don’t need a special license – all you need is to be 25 years of age or older and possess a valid driver’s license and a major credit card.
Campground rates vary based on time of year and what facilities they offer. Generally you can expect to pay between $10 and $50 per night.
A partial list of commonly found facilities would include: electric, water, sewer hook-ups, washer, dryer, swimming pool, playground, BBQ pits, on-site convenience store.
If wanting to stay near big attractions – Disney, Universal Studios, Niagara Falls – or close to popular cities or in the National Parks, we would always recommend advance booking for campgrounds. Otherwise, if travelling in July and August booking ahead is a very good idea also.