Breathtaking scenery, spectacular wildlife, and incomparable photo opportunities await you on this national parks tour through the West’s best-known national and state parks. Tour highlights include your overnight stay inside Grand Canyon National Park, where you can witness the stunning scenery at sunset and sunrise. In Yellowstone National Park, stand in awe as you hear the roar of the water and view the glorious falls at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Witness Old Faithful as it erupts and admire the herds of bison, elk, and other wildlife as you explore the park. Mount Rushmore offers the astounding monument of four U.S. presidents as well as spectacular scenery and wildlife, including mule deer and mountain goats. Also visit Crazy Horse Memorial, carved out of the mountain in honor of the Sioux Indian chief, and enjoy a scenic ride in Custer State Park, with its spectacular landscape and abundant wildlife. Have your camera ready for the bright red, yellow, and pink pillars called "hoodoos" in Bryce Canyon National Park, and marvel at the sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs in Zion National Park. But that’s not all…visit Monument Valley, one of the world’s most photographed places with its red-rock canyons, mesas, iconic buttes, and windblown sand. See the massive formations during your 4-wheel-drive tour with a knowledgeable Navajo guide. All of this—and much more—are included on this national parks tour designed for savvy, value-minded travelers.
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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARKStay overnight inside the park; sightseeingMONUMENT VALLEY4-wheel-drive excursion with Navajo guideMOABArches National Park sightseeingGRAND JUNCTIONVisit Colorado National MonumentBLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTAScenic driveCUSTERScenic drive along Wildlife Loop Road in Custer State ParkMOUNT RUSHMOREVisit Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse MemorialDEVILS TOWER NATIONAL MONUMENTPhoto opportunityYELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARKStay overnight inside the park or in West Yellowstone; sightseeingJACKSONVisit the Wild West townSALT LAKE CITYOrientation tourBRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARKSightseeingZION NATIONAL PARKSightseeingGuides:
Local Guide for sightseeing in Monument Valley; Services of a professional Tour Director.Scenic Highlights:
Grand Canyon National Park, historic Route 66, Kaibab National Forest, Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Colorado National Monument, Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Devils Tower, Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful Geyser, Grand Teton National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park.Notes:
On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.
2 breakfasts, 2 continental breakfasts, 2 continental breakfasts in West Yellowstone only
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 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 6,093 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 the 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–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 the Black Hills National Forest, and 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 roam freely throughout the park. Afterward, visit MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, which stands as a shrine to 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 to honor the great Native American hero, Chief Crazy Horse.
CUSTER–DEVILS TOWER–CODY. This morning, head through high country, where open-range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890s. Next, make a photo stop at Devils Tower National Monument, established as America’s first national monument by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. Overnight in Buffalo Bill’s Western town of Cody.
CODY–YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. 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. Enjoy a stroll down Cody’s main street with its unique shops and restaurants making sure to visit the historic Irma Hotel. Overnight in Yellowstone National Park.NOTES: Accommodations used by Cosmos in Yellowstone National Park are typically open from late May through late September. Departures before or after these opening dates will stay in West Yellowstone. Routing and areas visited in Yellowstone National Park are always subject to favorable weather, gate access, and road conditions; therefore, routings may be adjusted.
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 - in West Yellowstone)
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK–JACKSON–ALPINE. Head south to the Wild West town of Jackson with its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons. Explore the shops and museums of historic downtown. Maybe join a scenic trip down the Snake River? Enjoy an 8-mile float trip that begins at Pritchard Creek and passes nesting areas of bald eagles and ospreys. Overnight in Alpine located on the banks of the Snake River. (CB - in West Yellowstone)
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 orientation tour offers a glimpse of Temple Square, the Capitol Building, and the 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.”
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 your downtown hotel.
LAS VEGAS. Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Las Vegas further.
With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.
Escorting tours for more than 20 years
"My interest in the national parks began as a child on summer vacations in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. In college, I studied Botany, Ichthyology, Mammology, and Ornithology, and I began working in Yellowstone as a summer seasonal guide 25 years ago. I have also worked in Sequoia, the Everglades, and Alaska as a naturalist guide. Whether it's beachcombing in Florida, birding in the Everglades, or hiking in the Tetons, as long as I'm in nature, I'm where I want to be."
Escorting tours for more than 5 years
"As a young girl, I dreamed of traveling to faraway places. When I was 12, my mother took me to Europe. What an adventure we had! As the years passed I continued to travel to new places. I crossed paths with extraordinary people from all walks of life. Those we meet along the way can change our path or help us view things from a different perspective. It was that unusual twist in the road that led me to becoming a Tour Director. The journey is still new and exciting with every tour I take, and I love not knowing what is around the next corner. Sometimes the unexpected is the best gift of all."
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