Departures April - October
Experience the grandeur of the American West as you explore five fantastic national parks on this exciting journey. In Yellowstone, relish iconic sights like Old Faithful and Yellowstone Lake, and in Arizona, contemplate the vast beauty of the Grand Canyon. Enjoy 2-night stays in Springdale, Utah (Zion) and Jackson Hole. Marvel at the magnitude and color of Zion’s cliffs and the hoodoos and spires at Bryce Canyon. 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. Gain new appreciation of the great outdoors on this journey that takes you from the Grand Canyon to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and everywhere in between.
This 12 day, 11 night tour includes 10 Breakfasts and 6 Dinners all Hotels and Bus Transportation between Phoenix and Rapid City. This tour is arranged and escorted by Collette Vacations.
Day 1 Scottsdale, Arizona - Tour Begins
Journey through five 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.
Day 2 Scottsdale - Sedona - Grand Canyon
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. 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.
Day 3 Grand Canyon - Lake Powell
Today, head to the Carl Hayden Visitors Center and look out over Glen Canyon Dam to see the end of Lake Powell. Later today, arrive at Lake Powell for dinner and sunset views of the lake.
Day 4 Lake Powell - Zion National Park, Utah - Springdale
Today’s destination is Zion National Park, very likely one of the most awe-inspiring national parks in the world, just in sheer magnitude and color. Climb aboard Zion’s open-air tram and wind your way alongside the Virgin River and through the 2,400-foot deep, half-mile wide Zion Canyon. End your day in Springdale, the gateway to Zion National Park and your home for two nights.
Day 5 Springdale - Bryce Canyon National Park - Springdale
Today, we’ll travel to Bryce Canyon National Park. 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. Enjoy a hike along the Rim Trail looking into the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, from overlooks at Sunrise and Sunset Points.
Day 6 Springdale - Salt Lake City
Enjoy a tour of Salt Lake City featuring the Great Salt Lake and the Utah State Capitol building. Then, take the rest of the day and evening to relax or explore more on your own. Perhaps you will choose to explore Temple Square – a beautifully landscaped area set in the heart of downtown. The square’s centerpiece is the 6-spired granite Salt Lake Temple, and adjacent to this imposing structure is the domed Tabernacle, home of the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the great Tabernacle organ.
Day 7 Salt Lake City - Jackson Hole, Wyoming
En route to Wyoming, 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.
Day 8 Jackson Hole - Grand Teton National Park - Jackson Hole
The morning 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 morning. This afternoon, visit 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.
Day 9 Jackson Hole - Yellowstone National Park - Cody
Visit Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park. Famous for its geysers, hot springs and incredible wildlife - including free-ranging herds of buffalo - Yellowstone lives up to its reputation. No visit to the park would be complete without seeing its most renowned attraction: Old Faithful. Watch in awe as the geyser sends a fountain of steam more than 130 feet in the air. Travel over the Sylvan Pass and see Yellowstone Lake on the way to Cody,** your home for the evening.
Day 10 Cody - Sheridan
This morning, visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a tribute to one of the most well-known figures of the Old West. Before turning in for the night in Sheridan, drive through the incredible Bighorn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Great Sioux Nation.
Day 11 Sheridan - Rapid City, South Dakota
Visit Crazy Horse Memorial, a monument dedicated to Native Americans. Visit the Native American Cultural Center to learn more about local customs, when Native Americans discuss the movements of their dances and the significance of different 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 farewell dinner you will meet a local Lakota Native American and learn all about their fascinating way of life, past and present.
Day 12 Rapid City - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close, leaving you with many wonderful memories.
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