National Parks & Canyon Country

  • 16 Days

  • Western USA

  • On the go pace

Cross Sioux Indian territory to see great granite tributes to US presidents and a fallen tribal leader; journey through a surreal landscape of regal peaks and soundless canyons; and experience the smouldering eruptions of Yellowstone.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

of 16 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 23rd May 2018

Meals included: 3 breakfasts,

Overview

Cross Sioux Indian territory to see great granite tributes to US presidents and a fallen tribal leader; journey through a surreal landscape of regal peaks and soundless canyons; and experience the smouldering eruptions of Yellowstone.

Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,033 ft.

At a glance

  • Mount Rushmore See this magnificent granite monument to America's greatest presidents.
  • Old Faithful Geyser Witness the eruptions of Yellowstone’s famous geyser.
  • Grand Tetons Rugged and regal peaks standing nearly 13,770 feet tall.
  • Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon Marvel at these intriguing rock formations.
  • Zion National Park A striking landscape of steep canyons and stone towers. 

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Las Vegas
  • 3 nights hotel stay in Las Vegas

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - Denver

Fly to Denver where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Denver

'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 also some fine museums and galleries to explore.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Denver - Cheyenne - Black Hills of South Dakota - Keystone

This morning, travel through Cheyenne, the state capital of Wyoming, 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Keystone - Crazy Horse - Mount Rushmore - Deadwood

See Crazy Horse Memorial, a monument being 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Deadwood - Cody

This morning, head through the rich high country where open-range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890's. Driving past Sheridan in the Bighorn Mountains, the scene of many fierce battles between the US Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians, arrive in Buffalo Bill's frontier town Cody, for the night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Cody - Yellowstone National Park

Travel to incomparable Yellowstone National Park, America's largest nature reserve, which contains more than 10,000 geysers and hot springs. Drive along the Grand Loop Road to Artist Point with magnificent views of 'The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park' and the stupendous Lower Falls, nearly twice the height of Niagara Falls.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Yellowstone National Park

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 Upper 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Yellowstone - Grand Teton National Park - Jackson

Head to the 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's an optional barbecue cookout and Wild West show.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Jackson - Alpine

Time to relax in Jackson or how about joining an optional scenic raft trip down the Snake River? Overnight in Alpine located on the banks of the Snake River.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Alpine - Salt Lake City

Continue 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Salt Lake City - Bryce Canyon National Park

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'.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Page

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Page - Painted Desert - Grand Canyon

How about starting your 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 and experience the most breathtaking views. There will be plenty of time to do some viewing before dusk as your accommodation is inside Grand Canyon National Park.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Grand Canyon - Las Vegas

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, 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Las Vegas - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Las Vegas.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Denver: Holiday Inn Cherry Creek
  • Keystone: Mt Rushmore White House Resort
  • Deadwood: Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort
  • Cody: Buffalo Bill Village
  • Yellowstone National Park: National Park Lodges
  • Jackson: Mountain Modern Hotel
  • Alpine: Flying Saddle Resort
  • Salt Lake City: Crystal Inn & Suites Downtown
  • Bryce Canyon: Best Western Ruby's Inn
  • Page: Quality Inn Lake Powell
  • Grand Canyon: Yavapai Lodge West
  • Las Vegas: SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Notes

Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,033 ft

Special Departures: National Parks & Canyon Country Little Bighorn. Join us on our special departures to visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield that commemorates one of America's most significant and famous battles. A special 17 day itinerary on selected departure dates. Please see our website for details

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. Routing and areas visited are subject to favourable weather, gate access and road conditions and thus routes may be adjusted.

 

2017 - 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:

West Yellowstone -  Brandin’ Iron Inn, West Yellowstone, MT: 06 Sep, 20 Sep, 21 Sep, 27 Sep, 28 Sep 

Three Bear Lodge, MT: 13 Sep

 

Yellowstone National Park - Grant Village: 24 Aug, 31 Aug, 07 Sep, 14 Sep

2017 - Grand Canyon National Park Lodges: Yavapai West:  23 Aug, 24 Aug, 30 Aug, 31 Aug, 06 Sep, 07 Sep, 13 Sep, 14 Sep, 20 Sep, 21 Sep, 27 Sep, 28 Sep

2018 - National Park Lodges for Yellowstone National Park and Grand Canyon National Park will be confirmed as soon as possible

Accommodation as stated or similar

Latest customer reviews

11th October 2017

Trip of a lifetime, magnificent scenery, interesting history, great company

3rd October 2017

Great tour of exciting places, outstanding geology and landscapes. Great animal experiences - partic. Yellowstone Great entertainment - eg chuck wagon BBQ at Jackson, visit to Las Vegas.

11th September 2017

Reasonable accommodation in 3 star hotels. Lots of coach travel around states of approximately 3-4000 miles. Wonderful sights including Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon. Good trip to museum in Cody. Director of tour was satisfactory with planning of trip but poor with often repetitive and confusing instructions for times of meet. A full on sightseeing tour!

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