US National Parks Wonders
- Depart From
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Departure Date
- Regular departures throughout the year.
- 9 Days
- Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska & South Dakota, USA
- From €2595pp
Tap into your inner adventurer and follow America's great Western migration, past the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons, bubbling mudpots of Yellowstone and the lawless backwater town of Deadwood, where the larger-than-life legends of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Crazy Horse once ruled.
This trip blends old west towns like Jackson, Cody, Sheridan and Montpelier, national parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton, and historic monuments like Devil's Tower.
Visit Mount Rushmore, designed by sculptor Gutzon Borglum to celebrate the "founding, expansion, preservation and unification of the United States" through enormous carvings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
In Idaho, enjoy lunch in a covered wagon themed restaurant before crossing into Wyoming.
You'll enjoy Insider moments like…joining the owner of Sheridan's PO News and Flagstaff Café, an old world eatery in this historic western town. With its store established in 1910, the café's mix of home-style American fare, downtown setting and welcoming atmosphere is the perfect backdrop to your host's stories of the town's colourful past as the capital of the Bighorn region.
Day 1: ARRIVE SALT LAKE CITY
Welcome to Salt Lake City. Check into your hotel and relax or take a walk around the hotel grounds to get acquainted. At 6 pm, gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.
Hotel-Sheraton Salt Lake City
Day 2: SALT LAKE CITY – MONTPELIER - JACKSON (2 NIGHTS)
Travelling north into Idaho, trace the footsteps of the pioneers at the Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier. Through interactive exhibits, travel vicariously with a covered wagon train in America's great western migration and experience the thrills and challenges of the old Oregon Trail.
Enjoy lunch in a covered wagon themed restaurant before crossing into Wyoming on your way to scenic Jackson, which stands in the shadows of the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons. Get spectacular 360-degree views of the Snake River Valley and Grand Teton National Park on an exciting aerial tram ride (seasonal) to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain.
Hotel-The Lodge at Jackson Hole
Day 3: GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING
If you like, hit the water this morning on an optional guided float trip down the Snake River (seasonal) where you'll float with amazing views of the magnificent Grand Tetons.
Keep your eyes open for some of the area's abundant wildlife, including moose and elk drinking from the rivers, bison munching on grass and beavers putting the finishing touches on their elaborate dams.
Overhead, watch for majestic bald eagles, graceful blue herons and the dozens of species of songbird that call the park home. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Chuckwagon Regional Meal.
Meal(s)- Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
Day 4: JACKSON – YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)
Spend the morning discovering the natural glories of Grand Teton National Park with its snowcapped mountains, pristine alpine lakes and evergreen forests. From Jenny Lake to the jagged peaks of the Teton Range, you'll find exhilarating vistas everywhere you look. Then it's onward to Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world's first National Park.
Watch in awe as Old Faithful's waters arc nearly 100 feet (30 metres) into the air-as it has done approximately every 90 minutes since the Washburn Expedition discovered it in 1870. Take a guided walk with a Local Specialist among the spouting geysers, bubbling mudpots and turquoise hot springs and learn about the geothermal dynamics of this amazing wonderland.
Tonight, dine in the park. Before retiring for the night, be sure to step out and take in the great panorama of stars. Enjoy a two night stay inside Yellowstone National Park, where each lodge has its own unique setting and atmosphere. Lodges featured are the Old Faithful Inn, Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Grant Village, and the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Specific lodges will be confirmed in your documents.
Meal(s)- Full Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel- National Park Lodges
Day 5: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING
Begin today by looking for wildlife in Hayden Valley en route to the impressive Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its stunning waterfalls. Continue on the upper loop to Dunraven Pass and the Lamar Valley, some of the less travelled, but ruggedly beautiful regions of the park.
At Mammoth Hot Springs, take a stroll and admire the mineral terraces that resemble frozen waterfalls cascading down into the valley.
Meal(s)- Full Breakfast
Day 6: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – CODY – SHERIDAN
Head east to the town of Cody, named for its most famous native son, Buffalo Bill. Get a glimpse into the fascinating history of the American West at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West where you'll meet a Local Specialist and delve into the history of the cowboy, the role of the firearm in the early days, and the culture and art of the Plains Indians.
Join your fellow travellers for a Be My Guest dinner in true Western style at a historic café complete with an old-time tobacco shop.
Meal(s)- Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining Experience
Hotel- Holiday Inn Sheridan
Day 7: SHERIDAN – DEADWOOD – RAPID CITY (2 NIGHTS)
Proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt as America's first national monument, the majestic Devils Tower rises nearly 1,300 feet (396 metres) above the Belle Fourche River. After exploring the area, head into the Black Hills of South Dakota and the boomtown of Deadwood, which arose after the discovery of gold in the 1870s.
In Deadwood, join Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour and explore this once lawless town. Join a Local Specialist to hear about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this town famous. Journey on to Rapid City, where you have the option of visiting Mount Rushmore this evening to see the magical illumination ceremony.
Meal(s)- Full Breakfast
Hotel- T he Rushmore
Day 8: BLACK HILLS EXCURSION AND FREE TIME
This morning discover more of the natural and man-made wonders of the Black Hills with a drive through stunning scenery as you go to the base of Crazy Horse Memorial, a massive mountain carving of the famed war chief of the Lakota people.
Next is a visit to Mount Rushmore, designed by sculptor Gutzon Borglum to celebrate the "founding, expansion, preservation and unification of the United States" through enormous carvings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
This afternoon, return to Rapid City before gathering with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a festive Farewell Dinner featuring Stephen Yellowhawk who shares his tribe's history through dance and song.
Meal(s)- Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 9: DEPART RAPID CITY
Bid farewell to your travelling companions and take a transfer to Rapid City Airport or extend your stay in Rapid City at The Rushmore Hotel.
Meal(s)- Full Breakfast
Price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes the following:
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- Porterage and local charges included
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
- VIP entry to many sights
- 8 full breakfasts
- 4 dinners (including Be My Guest experience)
- 1 lunch
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