Spirit of the American Wild West


  • 10 days

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

Tour : AU

From

£1,911 pp

Tour only

Based on 20th Sep 2019

From

£2,463 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

Overview

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Follow in the pioneer spirit of the wild frontier with a guided tour of the American West. Your escorted tour through Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming’s American West starts in the “Mile High City” of Denver to see its historic sites at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, including Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Buffalo Bill’s Grave & Museum. Head north to spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park to explore the alpine vistas from Trail Ridge Road over the Continental Divide. Stay overnight in the old-world charm of Estes Park’s Stanley Hotel—inspiration for Stephen King’s thriller, The Shining. Continue to the black hills of South Dakota to see the spectacular monument to four U.S. presidents, carved into historic Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

You’ll be introduced to the rich history of Native American tribes, including the Lakota people, as you travel through the Badlands of South Dakota to Custer State Park and the Chief Crazy Horse Memorial. Visit the Wild West town of Deadwood—known as a lawless frontier town of the legendary Gold Rush days. Your escorted vacation through the American West explores South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado—where legends were made in fur trading, cattle ranching, cowboys, rodeos, railroads, and magnificent wildlife of the western plains and mountain peaks of the United States.

Highlights

Denver Sightseeing including Red Rocks Amphitheatre; Buffalo Bill Grave & Museum; dinner at the historic Buckhorn Exchange

Rocky Mountain National Park Sightseeing

Estes Park Orientation tour

Mount Rushmore Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Sightseeing with Local Guide; visit the Red Cloud Indian School & Heritage Centre

Badlands National Park Sightseeing

Custer State Park Buffalo safari

Crazy Horse Memorial Sightseeing

Deadwood Sightseeing with a Local Guide

Fort Laramie National Historic Site Sightseeing

Medicine Bow National Forest Scenic drive

Steamboat Springs Sightseeing; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Denver

Day
1

Welcome to colourful Colorado! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Denver

Day
2

After breakfast, a sightseeing tour of the “Mile High City,” includes Union Station, historic neighborhoods, and RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATER to view the naturally formed acoustic stage. Here, visit the Colorado Music Hall of Fame to learn of the legendary music acts that played here, from Johnny Cash to the Beatles. Then, visit BUFFALO BILL’S GRAVE & MUSEUM to learn about the life of William F. Cody who brought the Wild West alive through his travelling show in the late 1800s. This evening, dine at the BUCKHORN EXCHANGE, Denver’s original steakhouse serving Old West fare since 1893.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Denver - Rocky Mountain National Park - Estes Park

Day
3

Leave Denver for Grand Lake and the western entrance of ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK. Take scenic Trail Ridge Road, once known as the “Dog Trail” by the Arapaho people, and travel over the Continental Divide through high alpine fields. As you travel along the national scenic byway, watch for the regal elk that call this region home.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Tonight, stay at the Stanley Hotel, known for its old-world charm, modern accommodations, and as the inspiration for American horror novelist, Stephen King’s, The Shining. Enjoy panoramic views of Estes Lake and the Colorado Rocky Mountains while exploring the hotel’s iconic past guest list. Another special feature by Globus.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Estes Park - Mount Rushmore National Memorial - Keystone

Day
4

Today, travel north through the grasslands of Wyoming and into the majestic black hills of South Dakota. Visit MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, a giant monument to four great American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Keystone. Excursion to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Badlands National Park

Day
5

After breakfast, visit PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION where a local Lakota guide will discuss the history of these great historic people. Visit the Red Cloud Indian School and Heritage Center to learn more about the school’s purpose, the reservation, and challenges faced by the Lakota people. Afterward, continue to BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK to see spectacular scenery in the region.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Keystone - Custer State Park - Crazy Horse Memorial - Deadwood

Day
6

This morning, visit CUSTER STATE PARK and enjoy a BUFFALO SAFARI. Along the way, watch for free-roaming bison, elk, or charismatic burros. Next, visit CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, a monument carved out of a mountain paying respect to the great Lakota leader, Chief Crazy Horse. Then, off to Deadwood, a lawless frontier town during the 1876 Gold Rush for a guided tour highlighting the towns colourful past and characters. Overnight, discover Deadwood’s Wild West ways as you walk in the footsteps of legends like Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Deadwood - Fort Laramie NHS - Laramie

Day
7

Today, return to Wyoming for a visit to the FORT LARAMIE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE. Originally established as a fur-trading fort where caravans of Lakota would trade buffalo robes each spring, it eventually became known as a military post playing a key role in the Indian Wars. Later, continue south to Laramie where the Wild West culture still lives.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Laramie - Medicine Bow National Forest - Steamboat Springs

Day
8

After breakfast, travel along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway through MEDICINE BOW NATIONAL FOREST and enter northern Colorado. Along the way, look for moose, pronghorn sheep, bears, and even wolverines that call this region home. Later, arrive in Steamboat Springs, once the summertime hunting ground for the Native American Ute and more recently settled by generations of cattle ranchers creating today’s well-known authentic cowboy culture. This evening, you may wish to attend the weekly famous Jackpot Pro Rodeo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Steamboat Springs

Day
9

Today is at leisure. Perhaps, take a stroll around town to learn about Steamboat’s remarkable Olympic heritage. Visit the many quaint shops on Lincoln Avenue, soak in the hot springs, or take the Steamboat Gondola for endless hikes and chances to spot Rocky Mountain wildlife. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Steamboat Springs - Denver

Day
10

This morning, travel to Denver International Airport for guests who have homebound flights. The tour ends at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center hotel in the late afternoon for those guests with extra nights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Notes: Enjoy spectacular fall colours on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 20 & September 27 (if Mother Nature permits)

The drive through Rocky Mountain National Park is subject to favourable road and weather conditions.

The Snowy Range Scenic Byway route is subject to favourable road and weather conditions.

The Jackpot Pro Rodeo operates Friday and Saturdays from mid-June through mid-August.

Maximum elevation on tour: 12,183 ft.

What's included

Tour only

From

£1,911 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach

Tour with flights

From

£2,463 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes

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