Immerse yourself in America’s Western Frontier! Visit National Parks like Yellowstone and National Monuments like Mt. Rushmore, surrounded by the towering mountains and natural wonders that formed the backdrop for the characters and events that defined the West.
This escorted tour begins from Denver, travelling to Cheyenne, home to the annual Frontier Days. It is the rodeo and railroad capital of the Old West where the westward expansion of the railway started during the Gold rush era. Continue onto South Dakota and enjoy a scenic drive through the Black Hills with included sightseeing at the Mount Rushmore National Monument as well as Crazy Horse Memorial.
Immerse yourself in Wild West history with a stop in the frontier town of Deadwood, where “Wild Bill Hickok” and “Calamity Jane” once resided. From here it is a short distance to Cody where you can visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center to learn more about this American icon.
Continue on to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton & Jackson Hole all featuring spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and wildlife. Visit the exhibits at the Dinosaur National Monument with its famous wall of 1500 fossils in Colorado before returning to Denver through the breath-taking Rocky Mountains.
The Exciting Parts
- City tour of Denver
- Explore the frontier territory of the Oregon Trail
- Marvel at the stone carvings of Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial
- Learn about the history of the Prairie Indian tribes, the Battle of Little Big Horn and Buffalo Bill in their homelands
- Explore spouting geysers and beautiful mountain ranges in Yellowstone
- Learn about fascinating fossil finds at Dinosaur National Monument and Hot Springs, SD
- Enjoy breath taking views as you travel through the Colorado Rocky Mountains
Arrive in Denver
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Teton & Jackson Hole
Salt Lake City
Dinosaur National Monument and Steamboat Springs
Rocky Mountain National Park and Denver
Day 1 Arrive in Denver
Arrive in the Mile High City. Guests will be met and transferred to their hotel. The evening is at leisure.
Hotel: Aurora Park Hotel
Day 2 Cheyenne
In the morning enjoy a city tour of Denver before you head to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Home to the annual Frontier Days, it is the rodeo and railroad capital of the Old West where the westward expansion of the railway started during the Gold rush era. The evening is at leisure. Perhaps you will enjoy a visit to the Depot Plaza and museum here.
Hotel: Historic Plains Hotel
Day 3 & 4 Rapid City
Your first stop en route to South Dakota will be the Fort Laramie Historic Site. This “grand old post” witnessed the entire sweeping saga of America’s western expansion as a main stopping point on the Oregon Trail. On Saturday, enjoy a scenic drive through the Black Hills with included sightseeing at the Mount Rushmore National Monument as well as Crazy Horse Memorial, to see the incredible stone carvings in the rock formations of the Dakotas.
Hotel: Howard Johnson Rapid City
Day 5 Billings
Today immerse yourself in Wild West history; begin with a morning stop in the frontier town of Deadwood, where “Wild Bill Hickok” and “Calamity Jane” once resided. Then stop at the nearby “Tatanka – The Story of the Bison” interpretive center built by Kevin Costner. Pass through the reservation of the Crow Indians before arriving at the “Little Big Horn National Monument” where the Native American tribes fought with General Custer’s Army. The day ends in Billings, Montana.
Hotel: Best Western Plus Clocktower Inn
Day 6 Cody
The short distance to Cody, WY this morning offers you ample time to visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center to learn more about this American icon. The Center is not only dedicated to the life and work of William F. Cody, aka Buffalo Bill, but also to the art and history of the Plains Indians — this visit is a must when in Wyoming! Enjoy this quaint Western town tonight on your own where you will overnight in rustic cabins that have been lovingly restored
Hotel: Buffalo Bill Village Cabins
Day 7 Yellowstone National Park
This morning continue early on to nearby Yellowstone, first National Park. See spectacular geysers, lakes and mountains during your visits here today and tomorrow morning! Have your camera ready for likely sightings of buffalo, elk, moose, gray wolves or bears. Take in the tranquility of Hayden Valley and the vibrant colors of the geysers – Yellowstone is a feast for the eyes!
Hotel: Gray Wolf Inn, West Yellowstone
Day 8 Grand Teton & Jackson Hole
Pay a morning visit to “Old Faithful” by the vast Yellowstone Lake before continuing south to Grand Teton, sister park to Yellowstone. The Tetons feature a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and wildlife. Overnight in Jackson Hole.
Hotel: Antler Inn
Day 9 & 10 Salt Lake City
After a leisurely morning in Jackson Hole, travel to Utah and its capital. On day 9 you may have the opportunity to witness a rehearsal of the famous Tabernacle Choir (subject to availability and choir travel schedule) and afterwards join your fellow travellers for an optional night tour of this beautifully lit city. On day 10 explore the Great Salt Lake area.
Hotel: Sheraton Downtown Salt Lake City
Day 11 Vernal
Today you will enter one of the world’s most predominant areas of prehistoric excavations. Located in northeastern Utah, scientists continue to find thousands of rare fossils and bones that help mankind understand what happened in prehistoric times.
Hotel: Springhill Suites Vernal
Day 12 Dinosaur National Monument and Steamboat Springs
Dinosaurs once roamed here and their fantastic remains are still visibly embedded in the rocks! You will visit the exhibits at the Dinosaur National Monument with its famous wall of 1500 fossils. Walk the ½-mile-long Fossil Discovery Trail and explore the vast variety of fossils on your own. An astounding experience for laymen and experts alike! As you leave Utah you will approach the Rocky Mountains from the west and will stop for an overnight in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Hotel: Steamboat Springs
Day 13 Rocky Mountain National Park and Denver
Your last day on this tour concludes with beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. We will drive through the park on Trail Ridge Road, also known as “Highway to the Sky.” After stops at the most exhilarating vistas, you will have the opportunity for lunch on your own in beautiful Estes Park before your tour descends again to the Mile High City for your last night.
Hotel: Aurora Park Hotel
Day 14 Denver
It is time to bid farewell to newfound friends, as your tour ends today and you return home.