Book a 2018 holiday before 31 July and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Combine five of the USA's most impressive National Parks on this fascinating tour, which includes a visit to the famous Little Bighorn Battlefield, the location of one of America's most significant battles.
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Fly to Denver where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.
'The Mile High City' of Denver is the capital of Colorado and the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. An attractive city with broad streets, a tree-lined pedestrian mall leading to the gold-domed State Capitol and Larimer Square in the city's historic heart. There are some fine museums and galleries to explore.
Travel first through Cheyenne, the state capital of Wyoming, then on through the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, immortalised in a famous song from the musical 'Calamity Jane', to the historic frontier town of Custer. Continue to Keystone.
Visit Crazy Horse Memorial, a monument carved out of a mountain that pays respect to the great Native American hero, Chief Crazy Horse. Drive deep into the Black Hills, through what was once Sioux Indian territory, to see the magnificent granite face of Mount Rushmore, a giant monument to four great American presidents - Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Afterwards visit Tatanka, 'The Story of the Bison', and experience the richness of the Lakota Indian life as it was around the 1840's. Next it's on to Deadwood, a lawless frontier town during the 1876 Gold Rush, where Wild Bill Hickok was murdered. Stay overnight in this historic town.
This morning, head through the rich high country where open-range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890's. There is a stop en route at Devil's Tower 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 the town of Sheridan located in the Bighorn Mountains.
This morning visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument which commemorates one of America's most significant and famous battles. It was here on 25,26 June 1876, that two divergent cultures clashed in a life or death struggle. During the visit at the Battlefield, hear the story of the great-war leader of the Sioux, Crazy Horse, and about the defeat of the US 7th Cavalry by Lakota (Sioux), Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors. Afterwards, arrive in Buffalo Bill's frontier town of Cody. There is time at leisure but be sure to make time to visit the Buffalo Bill Historic Centre, home to five unique museums including the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Plains Indians Museum, Cody Firearms Museum and the Buffalo Bill Museum telling the life and legend of this bigger-than-life character. 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.
Travel to magnificent Yellowstone National Park, America's largest nature reserve, which contains more than 3,000 geysers and hot springs. Drive along the Grand Loop Road to Artist Point with magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon and the stupendous Lower Falls, twice the height of Niagara Falls.
Today, explore America's first National Park further by returning to the geyser basins with bubbling mud pots and the regular "blow" of Old Faithful at the West Thumb geyser basin. In addition to the superb mountain scenery, the park is one of the world's principle wildlife preserves and a photographer's paradise.
Head to the magnificent Grand Tetons. With saw-toothed, 13,770 feet high ridges crested with snow most of the year, it's one of America's last preserves of wild solitude. Arrive in the Wild West town of Jackson which with its wooden sidewalks and saloons with bat-wing doors, is just like a living film set! In the evening there is an optional barbecue cookout and Wild West show.
Time to relax in Jackson or how about joining a scenic raft trip down the snake river?
Leave Jackson and drive to Salt Lake City, Utah's vibrant capital. Magnificently set on the edge of a salt desert and surrounded by mountains and forests, this is the centre of the Mormon religion where Brigham Young declared to his followers "This is the place". Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Salt Lake City including the Capital Building and the beautiful downtown area of the city.
Journey through sagebrush landscape to Bryce Canyon National Park, with its 20 miles of breathtaking sandstone cliffs and ever-changing colours. Marvel at some of the earth's most brilliant shades of rock, which have been sculpted by erosion into pillars called 'hoodoos'.
First stop today is Zion National Park, its striking landscape of steep canyons and stone towers carved out by rushing streams over a period of millions of years. Then head to Page, originally built to house workers during the construction of the massive Glen Canyon Dam, which holds back the waters of 186 mile long Lake Powell.
How about starting the day with an optional scenic flight over stunning Monument Valley? Then take a scenic drive through the Painted Desert and across the Kaibab National Forest, before arriving at the Grand Canyon in the early afternoon. Marvel at one of the Natural Wonders of the World as you experience breathtaking views. There is plenty of time to do some viewing before dusk as your accommodation is inside Grand Canyon National Park.
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take an optional 'flightseeing' excursion: a helicopter flight over the heart of the canyon with incomparable views of flame-coloured walls plunging 4,800 feet into the Colorado River. Leaving the high country of Arizona, we pass through Williams on famous Route 66, and then the old Mojave gold strike country, which still has traces of century-old ghost towns, to Las Vegas - a neon desert oasis, packed with spectacular hotels and casinos.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Las Vegas.
Accommodation as stated or similar
Accommodation in the National Parks will be advised as soon as possible for 2018
2017: Accommodations in Yellowstone National Park are typically open from late May to late September. Departures before or after this period will stay in West Yellowstone. The following departures will be accommodated in West Yellowstone just outside the West Gate: 1,3,29 May; 12,26 Jun; 14 Aug; 18 Sep.
Routing and areas visited are subject to favourable weather, gate access and road conditions and thus routings may be adjusted.
Great tour saw many things that i wouldnt have driving a car.when a couple of hotels have been sorted out painted buffalo inn jacksonhole.very good tour operator mary dowling and greg our driver cant be many better.
A super way of seeing a lot of magnificent sites. Build up gradually from very interesting to amazing to totally wow (then Vegas to bring you back to reality with a bump!)
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