13 Day Best Value Tour Canyons and National Parks
This trip takes in the mighty Grand Canyon, the mesmerising Monument Valley before venturing deep into Yellowstone National Park: look out for wildlife then cross into the Black Hills. The crimson-coloured rocks of Bryce and Zion National Parks will take your breath away. Visit Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt Rushmore and discover this area's important place in history.
Our adventure map
Day by day
First Day Welcome to Las Vegas
Welcome to Las Vegas. Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
Hotel: Gold Coast Hotel and Casino
Second Day visit the Grand Canyon and its National park then onto Flagstaff
This morning, head east travelling along parts of Old Route 66. Arrive at the Grand Canyon, one of the Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive along Desert View Drive on the South Rim, covering 25 miles between Grand Canyon Village and the Desert View overlook on the park's southeastern edge. End at Grand Canyon Village, a National Historic District, with a small town feel and complete with restaurants and shops. Perhaps, take an optional plane or helicopter flight-seeing trip over the Grand Canyon. Pass through Williams, a charming town nestled at the base of Bill Williams Mountain in one of the largest Ponderosa Pine Forests in the world, before arriving in Flagstaff.
Hotel: Days Hotel Flagstaff
Third Day sample Flagstaff and see Monument Valley then onto Page
This morning, sample the flavour of Flagstaff's pioneer beginnings at an Iconic Breakfast served up at the historic Hotel Weatherford, built in 1900. After, head out to explore the treasures of Monument Valley as you step aboard an all-terrain vehicle with your private Navajo guide and marvel at the immense monolithic rock formations jutting hundreds of feet from the valley floor. Stop and walk in the footprints of John Ford, John Wayne, and countless other historical figures of the Southwest. Arrive in Page, home to stunning Lake Powell where the evening is yours to relax; perhaps join in a Native American Dance Performance with dinner.
Fourth Day we journey to Zion National Park then head to Bryce Canyon
Head northwest toward Zion National Park where you get to explore the bottom of the main canyon showcasing a completely different perspective of sheer colourful sandstone walls rising thousands of feet above the lush greenery of the canyon floor. Continue onto Bryce Canyon National Park, where the first view of red standstone rock formations is barely enough to prepare you for the dazzling view which awaits.
Hotel: Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
Fifth day we explore Bryce National Park then its Salt Lake City
Explore Bryce Canyon National Park, a wondrous land of pines, pinnacles and oddly sculpted formations created by wind and water erosion, known as hoodoos, in all shades of reds, oranges and pinks. Head north to Salt Lake where you'll stop at historic Temple Square, home to the six-spired Salt Lake City Temple and the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The evening is at leisure.
Hotel: Sheraton Salt Lake City
Sixth Day travel along the Mountains to Jackson
Today, head for rugged Wyoming and travel alongside some of the most beautiful mountain ranges before arriving in Jackson. On arrival, stop at Town Square, famous for its four iconic antler arches guarding the corners of George Washington Memorial Park. Wander around the square lined with restaurants, bars and stores selling genuine cowboy gear before perhaps trying one of the homey restaurants with country cooking.
Hotel: 49'er Inn and Suites
Seventh Day its Grand Teton National Park then Free Time in Jackson
This morning, there is an optional gentle float trip along Wyoming's Snake River with spectacular mountain scenery. Later this morning, head north for magnificent Grand Teton National Park with stops at the Moran Lookout and along the scenic Jenny Lake Loop. Later, in Jackson, you have free time to relax. This evening, perhaps partake in an optional cowboy cookout complete with horse-drawn covered wagons and Wild West music.
Hotel: 49'er Inn and Suites
Eighth Day we see Yellowstone National Park then head for Gallatin Gateway
Cross the state border into Idaho and head north across the Targhee National Forest and enter Yellowstone National Park. The world's greatest concentration of geysers and a mountain wilderness, this park is home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk. Yellowstone's geothermal wonders are the focus of your sightseeing tour as you view Fountain Paint Pots, Lower, Middle and Upper Geyser Basins and, of course, Old Faithful with its roaring plume of boiling water and steam.
Hotel: 320 Guest Ranch
Ninth Day its Yellowstone National Park then onto Cody
Begin the day with a visit to the dramatic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its turbulent river; 20 miles of twisted pink and yellow sheer rock cliffs carved 1,200 feet (365 metres) deep and up to 4,000 feet (1,220 metres) wide. View Lower Falls, plunging steeply into the canyon below. Then it's on to Mammoth Hot Springs, a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine, created thousands of years ago.
Hotel: Buffalo Bill Village
Tenth Day we explore Little Bighorn Battlefield then stay in Sheridan
Travel north through Montana's stunning Big Sky Country. Stop at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, memorialising the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Native Americans' last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Continue on to Sheridan, in the Bighorn Mountains.
Hotel: Best Western Sheridan
Eleventh Day we visit Crazy Horse then head for Keystone
Head through high country where open range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890s. On arrival in the beautiful Black Hills, visit Crazy Horse Memorial, commissioned over 50 years ago by Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear to honour the culture, tradition and living heritage of all North American Indians. This evening, perhaps head to Mount Rushmore National Monument for an optional lighting ceremony.
Twelfth Day experience Mount Rushmore then its Free Time in Keystone
Visit magnificent Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the largest statue-monument in the world. The faces of four American presidents-George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln-are carved into the granite mountainside as a priceless shrine to democracy. This afternoon is free in Keystone; perhaps join an excursion to the rugged Badlands National Park.
Thirteenth Day we bid Farewell to Keystone
Bid farewell to your Travel Director and fellow travellers as your tour comes to an end where a complimentary transfer to Denver International Airport is available.
4 Continental Breakfasts (CB)
1 Iconic Breakfast (IB)
- Jackson: See the giant elk antler arches.
- Crazy Horse Memorial: See the world's largest mountain carving, a memorial for all Native American tribes.
- Bryce Canyon National Park: Stare in awe at the multi-coloured hoodoos in a spectacular natural amphitheatre.
- Yellowstone National Park: Visit the first National Park in the country.
- Little Bighorn Battlefield: See the site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
- Flagstaff: Iconic Breakfast at Charley's Pub and Grill at the historic Hotel Weatherford-which welcomed presidents and gunslingers to a civilised oasis in the wild, dusty West.
- Grand Canyon: Experience one of the great Natural Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Grand Teton National Park: See this popular destination for mountaineering, hiking, back-country camping and fishing.
- Lake Powell: See the second largest man-made lake in the US.
- Salt Lake City: Visit Utah's high-elevation capital.
- Monument Valley: Explore the treasures of this area sacred to Navajo people.
- Zion National Park: Have a look at some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States.
- Mount Rushmore: See the massive sculpture depicting the faces of four U.S. presidents.
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