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Welcome to Denver, the “Mile High City,” capital of Colorado and gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Depart Denver and travel north to Cheyenne, capital of Wyoming. Then, on through the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, immortalized in a famous song from the musical Calamity Jane, to the historic frontier town of Custer. Overnight in 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 Sioux Indian territory, to see the stunning granite faces of MOUNT RUSHMORE, a giant monument to four great American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. On to Deadwood, a lawless frontier town during the 1876 Gold Rush, where Jack McCall murdered Wild Bill Hickok during a poker game. Overnight here, and discover Deadwood’s Wild West ways as you walk in the footsteps of legends like Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock.
This morning, head through high country, where open-range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890s. Drive past Sheridan and then ascend into the alpine region of the Bighorn Mountains, and site of the Battle of Tongue River. Overnight in Buffalo Bill’s frontier town of Cody.
Proceed through Shoshone National Forest to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. Travel along Grand Loop Road to Artist Point for views of the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Overnight in Yellowstone National Park.
NOTES: Accommodations used by Cosmos in Yellowstone National Park are typically open from late May through late September. Departures before or after these opening dates will stay in West Yellowstone.
Routing and areas visited in Yellowstone National Park are always subject to favorable weather, gate access, and road conditions; therefore, routings may be adjusted.
Today, explore more of America’s first national park by returning to visit the geyser basins with bubbling mud paint pots and the reliable “blow” of Old Faithful. In addition to superb mountain scenery, the park is one of the world’s principal wildlife preserves and a photographer’s paradise.
Head south into magnificent GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, one of America’s last preserves of wild solitude. Its 13,770-foot-high ridges are crested with snow most of the year. Stroll along the shores of beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake before ending the day in the Wild West town of Jackson. This evening, join an optional barbecue cookout and Wild West show.
The day is free in Jackson to explore the shops and museums of historic downtown. Overnight in Alpine located on the banks of the Snake River.
Today, travel to Salt Lake City, Utah’s vibrant capital. Set on the edge of Great Salt Lake Desert, this center of the Mormon religion is where Brigham Young declared to his followers, “This is the place.” An included sightseeing tour offers a glimpse of Temple Square, the Capitol Building, and the downtown area.
Journey through sagebrush landscape to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK with its 20 miles of sandstone cliffs and ever-changing colors. See some of Earth’s most brilliant shades of rock, sculpted by nature into pillars called “hoodoos.”
First stop today is ZION NATIONAL PARK with its landscape carved over millions of years by rushing streams. Steep canyons, stone towers, and verdant vegetation form the scenery of Zion. Then, head east into Page on the shores of Lake Powell, 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.
Enjoy an optional flight over scenic Monument Valley. Then, cross the Painted Desert and head through Kaibab National Forest before arriving at GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK in the early afternoon. Marvel at one of the Natural Wonders of the World as you experience amazing views. You’ll have plenty of time to do some viewing before dusk, as your accommodation is inside the National Park.
For a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon, with incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 6,093 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. Arrive in downtown Las Vegas—a neon desert oasis with spectacular hotels and casinos and the popular Fremont Street Expereince.
Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend vacation with extra nights and explore “Sin City” further.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Holiday Inn Denver-Cherry Creek is just minutes away from all of Denver's major attractions, landmarks, outdoor activities, world class shopping, museums, and events. Travelers can enjoy our newly renovated guest rooms that are spaciously appointed and include modern amenities, plush furnishings, rich color schemes and stylish architectural features that reflect the lifestyle of historic Denver while offering sweeping skyline views and inspiring vistas of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Located at the base of Mt. Rushmore, the Mt. Rushmore White House Resort is only minutes from Black Hills' major attractions. The hotel has an indoor pool, hot tub, and guest laundry. Guestrooms have cable TV, Internet access and a hairdryer.
With comfortable amenities, close proximity to downtown Deadwood, this hotel is Tucked along the Mickelson Trail, guests love the peaceful views of historic Deadwood
Located in downtown Cody at the historic Buffalo Bill Village, this hotel features 83 log cabins with a cowboy allure. The amenities include an outdoor pool, an on-site restaurant, and nearby shops.
Located inside Yellowstone National Park, this rustic-style lodge name after President Grant, and is within walking distance to a variety of natural wonders and activities. Grant Village is part of a collection of lodges operated by the National Parks; space fills up quickly at these lodges and is therefore based on availability. In the event that space is not available at this hotel, an alternate lodge of similar category will be secured.
The Painted Buffalo Inn stands out among Jackson for its first class service and ideal location. The hotel has an indoor pool, sauna, restaurant, and gift shop. Accommodations are spacious and relaxing and feature cable TV, a coffeemaker and Internet access.
Located on the banks of the Snake River, the Flying Saddle Resort features seven landscaped acres, outdoor patio, Western Bar, and Steakhouse, as well as hot tub, horseshoe pits and tennis courts and more to help enjoy this Wyoming Resort.
We offer the finest in Accommodations and amenities in the Bryce Canyon region. Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon is also a destination in and of itself. We offer business center, fitness center, indoor pool and hot tub, large general store, currency exchange, and laundromat. Rooms include cable TV with movie channels, Ac, In-room coffee/tea maker, microwave, fridge, hair dryer, iron and board.
The Quality Inn® at Lake Powell in Page overlooks Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell, in the heart of Indian Country. This Page, AZ hotel provides business travelers with conveniences like computer hook-ups, high-speed Internet access and access to copy and fax services. The Quality Inn at Lake Powell invites you to experience our great location, superior guest accommodations and affordable rates.
Yavapai Lodge is the largest facility in the National Park, and is a convenient choice for families. There is a cafe on property as well as activities desk. The Lodge is located next to the Market Plaza, which includes a general store, bank, and US Post Office. This lodge is part of a collection of lodges operated by the National Park; space fills up quickly at these lodges and is therefore based on availability. In the event that space is not available at this hotel, an alternate lodge of similar category will be secured.
Looking for iconic Vegas ambience with a luxurious, modern feel? This is your place. Located in the heart of Fremont Street's never-ending party, Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino offers a hip vintage vibe you just won't find on the Strip.
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