Highlights: Denver - Rocky Mountain - Cheyenne - Mount Rushmore - Rapid City - Bighorn Mountains - Cody - Yellowstone - Grand Taton – Jackson Hole - Salt Lake City - Arches N.P. - Moab - Arches N.P. - Moab - Canyon de Chelly – Chinle - Gallup – Albuquerque - Santa Fe – Taos – Garden of the Gods – Colorado Springs
Other departures: Manchester - £2859, Birmingham - £2859, Bristol - £2959, Norwich - £3009, Newcastle - £2909, Edinburgh - £2909, Glasgow - £2859
Other departure dates:
- 17 Aug 19 (£2759)
- 7 Sept 19 (£2639)
- 14 Sept 19 (£2639) Introduction:
Explore the history and natural wonders of the Rocky Mountains and America's west on this escorted tour. Highlights include: the man-made wonder of Mt. Rushmore; erupting geysers and majestic countryside in Yellowstone National Park; Buffalo Bill Historic Center; Temple Square in Salt Lake City; Canyonlands and Arches National Parks; and much more. Tour Highlights Include:
• Welcome reception to meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers
• Visit to historic Fort Laramie, a military outpost from the days of the Oregon Trail Migration
• Visit Buffalo Bill Historic Center; 5 museums dedicated to the life of the American West & Plains Indians
• Tour Yellowstone National Park and witness the eruptions of geysers
• Tour of Temple Square in Salt Lake City
• Marvel at the majestic beauty of Mt. Rushmore
• See the world’s largest steam locomotive (weather permitting)
Day 1: Denver arrival
Upon arrival at Denver International Airport, transfer independently to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Denver - Rocky Mountains - Cheyenne
After a morning city tour we continue to the Rocky Mountain National Park, experiencing Trail Ridge Road, known as the “Highway to the Sky”, and offering incomparable views in every direction. Continue to Cheyenne.
Overnight in Cheyenne.
Day 3: Cheyenne – Mount Rushmore – Rapid City
Our journey begins this morning with a visit to Fort Laramie National Historic Site. Continue through South Dakota’s Black Hills to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and onto Rapid City.
Overnight in Rapid City.
Day 4: Rapid City - Bighorn Mountains - Cody
Today we travel through Bighorn National Forest to Cody where we’ll visit the Buffalo Bill Museum. In the evening enjoy attractions that include rodeos, gun fight re-enactments and cowboy music.
Overnight in Cody.
Day 5: Cody – Yellowstone
Today, we visit Yellowstone National Park viewing the iconic spots of Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs and Yellowstone Canyon.
Overnight in Yellowstone.
Day 6: Yellowstone – Grand Teton – Jackson Hole
Visit Grand Teton National Park, located just south of Yellowstone. Continue to Jackson Hole.
Overnight in Jackson Hole.
Day 7: Jackson Hole – Salt Lake City
Today’s journey takes us through scenic Southern Idaho to Salt Lake City. Upon arrival, enjoy views of the State Capitol Building & downtown’s historic Temple Square.
Overnight in Salt Lake City.
Day 8: Salt Lake City - Arches N.P. - Moab
Today we head for Arches National Park. With over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles and giant balanced rocks, this red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations and inspire you with its unique scenery.
Overnight in Moab.
Day 9: Moab – Canyonlands National Park – Moab
Today visit Canyonlands National Park, a wilderness of countless canyons & fantastically formed
buttes carved by the Colorado River & its tributaries. Return to the hotel in late afternoon.
Overnight in Moab.
Day 10: Moab – Canyon de Chelly – Chinle
Crossing into Arizona we’ll make our way to Chinle, gateway to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Located entirely on Navajo tribal lands and known for its steep canyon walls dotted with hundreds of ancient pueblo ruins.
Overnight in Chinle.
Day 11: Chinle – Gallup – Albuquerque
Today’s journey takes you through the Navajo Reservation to Gallup, which serves up a slice of Americana rarely seen nowadays along with one of the best strips of neon signs you’ll see anywhere on the old route 66’
Overnight in Albuquerque.
Day 12: Albuquerque – Santa Fe
This morning, we venture onto the Turquoise Trail, the National Scenic Byway linking Albuquerque & Santa Fe.
Overnight in Santa Fe.
Day 13: Santa Fe – Taos – Garden of the Gods – Colorado Springs
Travel from Santa Fe to Taos travelling alongside the Rio Grande, heading back into Colorado with a, stop at Garden of the Gods, where you’ll delight in one of the most photographed landscapes.
Overnight in Colorado Springs.
Day 14: Colorado Springs – Denver
Returning to Denver you will have ample free time to explore more of the city. Tour ends upon arrival at Denver International Airport.