Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
LAS VEGAS. Welcome to exciting Las Vegas, also known as “Sin City!” Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
LAS VEGAS–WILLIAMS–GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Depart the glittering lights and glamour of Las Vegas for one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Journey across the old Mojave gold-strike country, passing through Williams on historic Route 66, and Kaibab National Forest. Arrive at the Grand Canyon by mid-afternoon and marvel at the breathtaking views. Accommodations this evening are inside the national park.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK–MONUMENT VALLEY–KAYENTA. If you miss the sunset over the canyon, sunrise is just as impressive! You may want to join an exciting helicopter flight over the canyon for incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 7,000 feet into the Colorado River. Continue across Arizona and into the Navajo Nation. Situated on the Arizona/Utah border, MONUMENT VALLEY’S scenic desert vistas and iconic buttes have appeared in countless classic Western films. See the massive formations on a memorable 4-WHEEL-DRIVE tour. Your knowledgeable Navajo guide will show you some of the valley’s most incredible scenery and share with you local legends and lore. This evening, join the optional Navajo cookout for dinner, surrounded by the red-rock canyons of Monument Valley.
KAYENTA–MOAB–ARCHES NATIONAL PARK–GRAND JUNCTION. We head north for Moab. Visit magnificent ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, where you’ll discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms, and textures unlike anything else in the world. This red-rock wonderland will amaze you. A late arrival into Grand Junction, surrounded by awe-inspiring natural beauty and the dramatic red-rock landscape of the Colorado National Monument.
GRAND JUNCTION–COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT–DENVER. This morning, visit COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. Experience sheer-walled, red-rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles. We then journey east across the Rocky Mountains to the “Mile High City” of Denver.
DENVER–BLACK HILLS–CUSTER. Today, travel across the windswept landscape of Wyoming and into the Black Hills of South Dakota. Spend the next two nights in Custer in the heart of Black Hills National Forest, gateway to Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Mount Rushmore.
CUSTER. EXCURSION TO CUSTER STATE PARK, MOUNT RUSHMORE & CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL. At CUSTER STATE PARK, enjoy a scenic drive along Wildlife Loop Road with spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife, like the herd of 1,300 bison that roams freely throughout the park. Afterward, visit MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, which stands as a shrine of democracy. See the stunning granite faces of Mount Rushmore, a giant monument to four great American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Then, visit the CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, a monument carved out of a mountain that pays respect to the great Native American hero, Chief Crazy Horse. Learn about the sculpture, his family, and the future of the project. Late- afternoon return to Custer. (CB)
CUSTER–DEVILS TOWER–CODY. This morning, head through high country, where open-range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890s. Next, a photo stop at Devils Tower National Monument, established as America’s first national monument by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. The spectacular rock formation and the surrounding countryside are home to a myriad of plant and animal life, and Native Americans consider the area a place for renewal. Overnight in Buffalo Bill’s Western town of Cody.
CODY–WEST YELLOWSTONE. This morning, enjoy free time. We suggest an independent visit to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which celebrates the spirit of the American West by sharing stories of the Western experience. Enjoy a stroll down Cody’s main street with its unique shops and restaurants making sure to visit the historic Irma Hotel for a cold drink in the saloon. Overnight in West Yellowstone, gateway to Yellowstone National Park.
WEST YELLOWSTONE. EXCURSION TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. Spend the day exploring all the wonders of YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, established in 1872 as the world’s first national park. See world-famous Old Faithful Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Fountain Paint Pots. Keep a lookout for some of the park’s wildlife that can include moose, bison, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, wolves, bear, fox, coyote, and beaver. (CB)
WEST YELLOWSTONE–GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK–JACKSON–ALPINE. Head south into magnificent GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, one of America’s last preserves of wild solitude. Its 13,770-foot-high ridges are crested with snow most of the year. Stroll along the shores of beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake before arriving in the Wild West town of Jackson with its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons. Overnight in Alpine, located on the banks of the Snake River. (CB)
ALPINE–SALT LAKE CITY. Travel to Salt Lake City, Utah’s vibrant capital. Set on the edge of Great Salt Lake Desert, this center of the Mormon religion is where Brigham Young declared to his followers, “This is the place.” An included orientation tour offers a glimpse of Temple Square, the Capitol Building, and the beautiful downtown area.
SALT LAKE CITY–BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Today’s highlight is a visit to unique BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK with its 20 miles of sandstone cliffs and ever-changing colors. See some of Earth’s most brilliant shades of rock, sculpted by nature into pillars called “hoodoos.” (B)
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK–ZION NATIONAL PARK–LAS VEGAS. First stop today is ZION NATIONAL PARK with its landscape carved over millions of years by rushing streams. Steep canyons, stone towers, and verdant vegetation form the scenery of Zion. See fantastic rock structures and some unbelievable scenic beauty. We then return to Las Vegas and overnight in the heart of the famous Las Vegas “Strip.”
LAS VEGAS. The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Las Vegas and the “Strip” further with a variety of exciting optional activities.