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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.
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.
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.
The drive through Rocky Mountain National Park is subject to favorable road and weather conditions.
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.
. 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Jackpot Pro Rodeo operates Fridays and Saturdays from mid-June through mid-August.
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.
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.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Located in the historic Colorado National Bank building in downtown Denver, the hotel's gorgeous hotel lobby features sixteen original murals created by famous Colorado artist Allen Tupper True, installed in 1925. Just steps away from everything Denver has to offer, the hotel is within walking distance of vibrant shopping, dining, and nightlife.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, The Stanley Hotel is famous for its old world charm. Built in 1909 by inventor F.O. Stanley, the stately Georgian-revival hotel famously inspired Stephen King's bestseller The Shining. Today, the hotel celebrates its historic past with daily ghost and history tours.
Nestled in the Black Hills just minutes from Mount Rushmore, K Bar S Lodge features spectacular mountain views and cozy rooms making the perfect base for exploring the Black Hills.
Located steps away from historic Main Street, Tru by Hilton features intuitive, smartly designed rooms with platform beds, open closets, a mini-fridge, and hardwood-like floors. The hotel offers complimentary wireless internet, 24 hour Pavilion Pantry Market, fitness room, and gift shop.
Little America Hotels & Resort features 188 spacious guestrooms, a full service restaurant and lounge, heated outdoor pool, nine-hole golf course, fitness center, and high speed internet.
Located at the base of Steamboat Ski Resort, Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas features spectacular views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. Guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, Rocky Mountain Day Spa, fitness center, multiple restaurants, bar, and cafe.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.