Spirit of the American Wild West


  • 10 days

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

tour : AU

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 Amphitheater; Buffalo Bill Grave & Museum; LF 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; LF visit the Red Cloud Indian School & Heritage Center
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK Sightseeing
CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL Sightseeing
CUSTER STATE PARKBuffalo safari
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

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2020 Tour itinerary

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

ARRIVE IN DENVER.

Day
1

Welcome to the "Gateway to the Rockies". At 6 pm, meet your traveling 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 RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATER, Union Station, and Denver’s most historic neighborhoods. At Red Rocks, visit the Colorado Music Hall of Fame to learn of the legendary music acts that played here. Then, visit BUFFALO BILL’S GRAVE & MUSEUM to learn about the life of William F. Cody who brought the Wild West alive through his traveling show in the late 1800s. This evening, dine at LF 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.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Tonight, stay at the LF 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.
NOTE:
The drive through Rocky Mountain National Park is subject to favorable road and weather conditions.

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 & 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 LF RED CLOUD INDIAN SCHOOL AND HERITAGE CENTER to learn more about the school’s purpose, their culture, 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–CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL–CUSTER STATE PARK–DEADWOOD

Day
6

This morning, visit CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, a monument carved out of a mountain paying respect to the great Lakota leader, Chief Crazy Horse. Next, visit CUSTER STATE PARK and enjoy a BUFFALO SAFARI. Along the way, watch for free roaming bison, elk, or charismatic burros. Then, off to DEADWOOD, a lawless frontier town during the 1876 Gold Rush, for a guided tour highlighting the town’s colorful past and characters. Your evening is free to explore Deadwood.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DEADWOOD–FORT LARAMIE NHS–CHEYENNE

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 a military post playing a key role in the Indian Wars. Continue south to Cheyenne.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CHEYENNE–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, 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.
NOTE: The Snowy Range Scenic Byway route is subject to favorable road and weather conditions.

NOTE:
The Jackpot Pro Rodeo operates Fridays and Saturdays from mid-June through mid-August.

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. 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. Please schedule flights after 3 pm. 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

  • Enjoy spectacular fall colors on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 11 & September 25 (if Mother Nature permits).
  • The Snowy Range Scenic Byway route is subject to favorable road and weather conditions.
  • The Jackpot Pro Rodeo operates Fridays and Saturdays from mid-June through mid-August.

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