Experience the grandeur of the American West as you explore six fantastic National Parks on this exciting journey. Relish overnight stays in a lodge nestled in the heart of Yellowstone and in a National Historic Landmark inside the Grand Canyon. Enjoy a breakfast cruise on Lake Powell. Marvel at the magnitude and color of Zion’s cliffs. Enjoy 2-night stays in Salt Lake City and Jackson Hole. Drive through the incredible Bighorn Mountains and the great Sioux Nations Territory before seeing Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monument. Meet a local Lakota Native American at dinner and learn about their fascinating way of life, past and present. Complete your adventure with a stay in Denver and a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park. Gain new appreciation of the great outdoors on this journey that takes you from the Grand Canyon to Rocky Mountain National Park and everywhere in between.
- Itinerary Type : Alternative
- Activity Level : 2
- Number of Days:14
- Number of Meals:21
- Hotels:Lake Powell Resort (Page, AZ), Grand Canyon Lodges* North Rim or South Rim (Grand Canyon, AZ), Snow King Resort (Jackson Hole, WY), Holiday Inn (Sheridan, WY), Alex Johnson Hotel (Rapid City, SD), Courtyard by Marriott (Scottsdale, AZ), Yellowstone Lodges**** (Yellowstone National Park), Radisson Hotel Salt Lake Downtown (Salt Lake City, UT), Majestic View Lodge (Springdale, UT), Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel (Denver, CO)
- Experiences:Explore the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a tribute to Buffalo Bill Cody.
Meet Native Americans and discuss their unique and colorful culture.
Make yourself at home with a 2-night stay in Denver, the "Mile High City."
- Must Sees:Spend a night at the spectacular Grand Canyon.
Visit Yellowstone National Park, home to the famous Old Faithful Geyser.
See one of the country's most famous landmarks, Mount Rushmore.
- Culinaries:Experience a chuck wagon dinner and cowboy entertainment.
Discover a world of color and light on a breakfast cruise on Lake Powell.
Itinerary (14 days)
Scottsdale, Arizona - Tour Begins
Join us on a journey through six of America’s most incredible national parks. Your tour opens in Arizona where you will enjoy a stay in the world-famous resort town of Scottsdale. This evening, join your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.
Scottsdale - Sedona - Lake Powell
Begin the day with a visit to the artists' colony of Sedona and see the amazing rock formations that change hue with each turn in the road. Later today, arrive at Lake Powell for dinner and sunset views of the lake.
Lake Powell - Grand Canyon
Embark on a delightful breakfast cruise on scenic Lake Powell. Next, travel to Carl Hayden Visitors Center and look out over Glen Canyon Dam and see to the end of Lake Powell. Afterward, travel through the beautiful scenery before arriving at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the spectacular Grand Canyon.* Upon arrival, relax at one of the many public seating areas overlooking the immense and colorful canyon. Take a moment to reflect as you stand in awe of this iconic natural treasure. Before dinner you may wish to take a short hike to explore the area.
Grand Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah
Today’s destination is the red and white sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park.** Zion is very likely one of the most awe-inspiring national parks in the world, just in sheer magnitude and color. You’ll have time for a leisurely hike on the Lower Emerald Pool Trail to see the lower pool and waterfalls. Then, enjoy the view from the floor of the canyon as you ride along on the Zion tram.
Zion National Park - Bryce Canyon - Salt Lake City
En route to Salt Lake City, we will stop at Bryce Canyon National Park,** truly one of the most spectacular scenic wonders of the world. The formations within the park, called Hoodoos, are the creation of wind and water erosion over eons of time. Iron oxidizing within the rock causes the natural orange and red hues that color these formations. A drive north takes you to Salt Lake City, the “City of the Saints,” for a 2-night stay.
Salt Lake City
Enjoy a tour of Salt Lake City featuring the Great Salt Lake, the State Capitol and the residential district. Then, take the rest of the day to relax or independently explore. Perhaps you will choose to explore Temple Square: this beautifully landscaped 10-acre plot of ground in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City is one of Utah's most visited attractions. The square’s centerpiece is the 6-spired granite Salt Lake Temple, and adjacent to this imposing edifice is the domed Tabernacle, home of the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the great Tabernacle organ.
Salt Lake City - Jackson Hole, Wyoming
En route to Wyoming you will see the majestic Bear Lake Summit. Later, arrive in the cowboy town of Jackson and experience a fun-filled evening of cowboy entertainment and a traditional chuck wagon*** dinner.
The day is yours to enjoy Jackson Hole. From hiking and river-rafting to shopping and sampling the local cuisine, there are endless activities to make the most of your day.
Jackson Hole - Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks
From Jackson Hole, pass through Grand Teton National Park. Towering more than a mile above the valley of Jackson Hole, the Grand Teton rises to 13,770 feet. Twelve Teton peaks reach above 12,000 feet and support a dozen mountain glaciers. The Teton Range is the youngest range in the Rockies and displays some of North America's oldest rocks. Later, arrive at the amazing Yellowstone National Park**** and explore the incredible sights of this magnificent park. One of the many highlights is the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser, a fountain of steam that rises more than 130 feet in the air.
Yellowstone - Cody - Sheridan
A delightful day of sightseeing begins with a trip along Yellowstone Lake and over Sylvan Pass. From the mountains to the prairies, the scenery is simply amazing. As you pass through Cody, a stop will be made at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a tribute to one of the most colorful figures of the Old West, Buffalo Bill Cody. Before turning in for the night in Sheridan, drive through the incredible Bighorn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Great Sioux Nation.
Sheridan - Rapid City, South Dakota
Visit Crazy Horse Memorial, a monument dedicated to the Native Americans of this great land. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Native American Cultural Center to learn about their culture and customs. Here, Native Americans discuss the movements of their dances and the significance of wearing different feathers and clothes. Later, see one of the country’s most famous landmarks, Mount Rushmore, whose four figures carved in stone represent the first 150 years of American history. At tonight’s dinner you will meet a local Lakota Native American and learn all about their fascinating way of life, past and present.
Rapid City - Denver, Colorado
Today's adventure takes you south into Wyoming and through Cheyenne, the state capital. Later, arrive in Denver, Colorado — the “Mile High City.” Relax and make yourself at home for the next two nights.
Denver - Rocky Mountain National Park - Denver
Set out for spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park. Here, the beauty of the West is preserved and the term “sweeping vistas” takes on a whole new meaning. Return to Denver and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.
Denver - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today.
Nicknamed "The West's most Western Town," Scottsdale, Arizona, is a bustling city of just over 220,000 people. Bordering the city of Phoenix, Scottsdale is known for its golfing and spa resorts and its beautiful desert landscape. Besides the world-class resorts, downtown Scottsdale has numerous buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of its Old Town where the Old West meets the New West.
Created in 1963 when the Glen Canyon Dam was built on the Canyon River, sits the second-largest man-made lake in America: Lake Powell. With depths of 3700', it is a playground for house-boating activities and water sports. Set against a backdrop of red rocks, Lake Powell offers landmarks such as Rainbow Bridge, Cathedral Canyon and Hole in the Rock.
Discover one of the world's natural wonders, the iconic Grand Canyon. Behold its amazing, colorful and ever-changing views. The canyon’s towering cliffs plunge an average of 5,249 feet to the turbulent Colorado River below. The beautiful layers of colorful rock reveal the earth’s history spanning a stunning 1.75 billion years. Scientists studied the canyon’s layers, along with fossils and sediment, to map the world’s evolution. The U.S. government began to explore and chart the area in the early 1800s and it was officially named a national park in 1919.
Zion is a National Park located in the southwestern U.S. near Springdale, Utah. The park was established on November 19th, 1919. A main feature of the 229 square mile park is Zion Canyon which is 15 miles long and half a mile deep. Hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding and nature walks are all popular activities in the park.
A small national park in southwestern Utah, Bryce Canyon is named after the Mormon Pioneer Ebenezer Bryce, and became a national park in 1928. Known for its unique geology, consisting of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters, slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called "hoodoos", Bryce is a virtual stone forest tinted with colors too numerous and subtle to name.
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City is the capital and most populous city in the state of Utah. Salt Lake was settled in 1847 by Brigham Young and his followers of the Mormon Church. The city is known as the center for the LDS or Mormon Church. The city has a strong outdoor recreation tourist industry, mostly focused on skiing, and was the host of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Jackson Hole, originally called Jackson’s Hole, is a valley located in Wyoming. The word “Hole” derives from language used by early trappers or mountain men who primarily entered the valley from the north and east and had to descend along relatively steep slopes, giving the sensation of entering a hole. These low-lying valleys are surrounded by mountains and contain rivers and streams which were good habitat for beaver and other fur-bearing animals.
Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks
Grand Teton National Park is a U.S. national park in the Rocky Mountains in northwestern Wyoming. Grand Teton was established on February 26th, 1919. The park is approximately 310,000 acres in size. The park is named for Grand Teton, the tallest mountain in the Teton Range at 13,775 feet high. Primarily located in the state of Wyoming, the park also extends into Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone is said to be the first national park in the world. The park is famous for its wildlife and geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, which is one of the most popular features of the park. Yellowstone comprises an area of 3,468.4 square miles featuring lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges.
Old Faithful is a geyser located in Yellowstone National Park in the state of Wyoming. It is one of the most predicable geographical features on Earth, erupting almost every 63 minutes. When the geyser erupts it can shoot anywhere from 3,700 to 8,400 gallons of boiling water to a height of 106 to 185 feet lasting from 1.5 to 5 minutes.
Sheridan is a city in Sheridan County, Wyoming. Sheridan is a boom or bust town, having been supported by the oil, gas and coal exploration of the surrounding area. Sheridan now markets itself as a tourist destination where people can come to experience the ‘old’ West and the ‘new’ West. The town is a popular destination for people visiting the Black Hills or Yellowstone National Park.
The Bighorn Mountains are a mountain range in northern Wyoming and southern Montana. They form a northwest trending spur stretching from the Rocky Mountains extending approximately 200 miles northward on the Great Plains. The highest peaks within the Bighorns are located in Wyoming in Bighorn National Forest. The two tallest peaks in the forest, Cloud Peak and Black Tooth Mountain, rise over 13,000 feet in height.
Crazy Horse Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain sculpture now in progress, is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The nine-story-high face of Crazy Horse, a visionary leader committed to preserving the traditions and values of the Lakota way of life, was completed in 1998 when work shifted to the 22-story-high massive horse’s head. The work was begun in 1948 by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski at the request of Native Americans. Korczak determined that the memorial would be more than just a sculpture…it would be a humanitarian project telling present and future generations the story of Native American peoples by collecting and preserving outstanding examples of Indian culture and heritage. Visitors to the memorial can view the progress of the sculpture as well as tour an Indian museum, cultural center, the sculptor’s studio and orientation center. Although Korczak died in 1982, his wife, Ruth, and their family continue the project working with the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.
Mount Rushmore is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota. Mt. Rushmore features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of four U.S. Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The faces were sculpted between 1934 and 1939. Mt. Rushmore attracts more than 2 million people annually.
Denver, the capital of Colorado, was founded on November 22, 1858, as a mining town. It is nicknamed the Mile-High City because of its official elevation of exactly one mile. Although developed into an urban area, much of Denver still remains green for outdoor adventures.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Established in 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park is located in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and features mountain views, mountain lakes and a variety of wildlife. The park is dominated by Longs Peak. Each year thousands of people attempt to scale this 14,259-foot peak, one of Colorado's "fourteeners." The park is also visited hikers and rock climbers.