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Length:  14 days from Rapid City to Las Vegas

2017 Season Departs From:  Rapid City


Overview

Marvel at the Wests premier natural wonders on this multi-state vacation. Your National Parks tour starts in Rapid City, South Dakota, and ends in Las Vegas with overnights along the way in Sheridan, Cody, Yellowstone National Park, Jackson, Salt Lake City, Bryce Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, and Grand Canyon National Park.

In South Dakota, visit Crazy Horse Memorial, built to honor the famous Sioux Indian leader; the incomparable Mount Rushmore National Memorial; and Deadwood, once a wild gold-mining town. Visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana and tour the battlegrounds where Custer was defeated. In Wyoming, stay two nights inside Yellowstone National Park and see magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon, Lower Falls, and world-famous Old Faithful Geyser. Journey into breathtaking Grand Teton National Park for a delightful walk along glacier-fed Jenny Lake.

Get ready for stunning scenery in Utah, where you ll visit Bryce Canyon National Park. You ll be amazed at the bright red, yellow, and pink pillars called "hoodoos." Have your camera ready in Zion National Park, with its sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs resembling temples and cathedrals. In Arizona, enjoy an overnight near the rim of the Grand Canyon, giving you an amazing opportunity to see great views and to take an evening stroll to marvel at the dramatic sunset. Its spectacular!

On this National Parks tour, TravelToe has also arranged special experiences for you. In the all-Western town of Jackson, travel via a horse-drawn covered wagon to a chuckwagon cookout and Wild West show. In Deadwood, visit Tatanka to learn about the bison and the richness of the Lakota people.

This vacation through some of the West’s premier national parks offers all of this and more. Wait until you see the breathtaking scenery that cannot be found anywhere else!

Duration:  14 Days

Schedule:   

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Start Date End Date


City Highlights

RAPID CITY
Orientation

MOUNT RUSHMORE
Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial

BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST
Scenic drive

DEADWOOD
Sightseeing tour; [LF] visit Tatanka

LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD
Sightseeing tour; visit the museum

CODY
Visit Buffalo Bill Center of the West

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Stay two nights inside the park; sightseeing

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing; enjoy a [LF] huckleberry shake

JACKSON
[LF] Chuckwagon cookout

SALT LAKE CITY
Sightseeing tour

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing tour

ZION NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing tour

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing; overnight lodging near the rim

LAS VEGAS
Sightseeing tour; farewell dinner





Day 1   Rapid City. Welcome to Rapid City. At 6 pm, join your fellow travel companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure. (B)

Day 2   Rapid City. After an orientation tour of Rapid City, visit CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, built in honor of the fearless Sioux Indian chief whose fame is derived from the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Afterward, explore MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, which features the monumental likenesses of four U.S. Presidents—Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt—carved on the face of a mountain. Maybe stroll along the Presidential Trail for more intimate views, or visit the Information Center. (B)

Day 3   Rapid City–Deadwood–Sheridan. This morning, enjoy a drive through BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST and experience the area’s colorful history on a guided tour of DEADWOOD, once a wild gold-mining town, and hear stories of legendary Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Afterward, visit [LF] TATANKA to learn “The Story of the Bison” and experience the richness of the Lakota people, a Plains Indian buffalo culture. Continue through the Black Hills to the cattle town of Sheridan at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains. (B,D)

Day 4   Sheridan–Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument–Cody. Journey this morning into southern Montana to visit LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT, the site commemorating one of America’s most famous battles. Tour the battlegrounds where Custer was defeated by approximately 7,000 Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors, and visit the museum. Afterward, continue your scenic drive through the Bighorn Mountains, arriving in Cody with time for an optional float trip on the Shoshone River. (B)

Day 5   Cody–Yellowstone National Park. This morning, visit the BUFFALO BILL CENTER OF THE WEST,
a fine museum of historic weapons and Western art. Then, continue through Shoshone National Forest to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, established in 1872 as the world’s first national park, where wild animals roam freely in vast meadows and forests. Enjoy several photo stops on the way to your hotel, including world-famous Old Faithful Geyser. (B,D)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Enjoy a 2-night stay inside Yellowstone National Park. Each lodge has its own unique setting and atmosphere. Lodges featured are the Old Faithful Inn, Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Grant Village, and the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Specific lodges will be confirmed in your documents.

NOTE:
The routing and areas visited within Yellowstone are subject to favorable weather and/or road conditions. When conditions are unfavorable, the routing may be adjusted accordingly.

Day 6   Yellowstone National Park. Spend the day exploring Yellowstone. Travel along Grand Loop Road to Fountain Paint Pots to see the bubbling mud. Continue on to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone for magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon and the spectacular Lower Falls—almost twice as high as Niagara Falls! Next, stop at Mammoth Hot Springs and take a short trail walk among the steaming limestone terraces. (B)

Day 7   Yellowstone National Park–Grand Teton National Park–Jackson. Journey south this morning into breathtaking GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK. Visit beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake at the foot of the rugged spires for a delightful walk along the shore. Enjoy a freshly made [LF] HUCKLEBERRY SHAKE while admiring the beautiful surroundings. Then continue to the all-Western town of Jackson. This evening, travel by horse-drawn covered wagons into Cache Creek Canyon and experience dinner at the [LF] BAR T-5 CHUCKWAGON COOKOUT and Wild West show. Feast on slow-cooked chicken made in traditional Dutch ovens, along with other local specialties. (B,D)

Day 8   Jackson. Full day at leisure to enjoy this spectacular playground. Perhaps choose an optional float trip along the Snake River or stroll along the downtown boardwalks and enjoy a drink at one of the swing-door saloons. (B)

Day 9   Jackson–Salt Lake City. Today’s journey continues alongside some of Wyoming’s most beautiful mountain ranges into Utah, home to five national parks. Arrive in Salt Lake City, founded by Brigham Young in 1847. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the capital city and its historic monuments before arriving at your hotel. (B)

Day 10   Salt Lake City–Bryce Canyon National Park. Today, travel through sagebrush landscape to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, a national park with a beauty all its own. Take a leisurely drive with photo stops to capture the bright red, yellow, and pink pillars called “hoodoos.” The balance of the day is at leisure, and your overnight is at the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park. (B,D)

Day 11   Bryce Canyon National Park–Zion National Park– Lake Powell. Travel to ZION NATIONAL PARK with its dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs resembling temples and cathedrals. Your sightseeing tour gives you the chance to experience the park up close and personal. Then, continue into Arizona and the town of Page, nestled on the shores of Lake Powell. (B,D)

Day 12   Lake Powell–Painted Desert–Grand Canyon National Park. This morning, you may wish to join our optional flight over Monument Valley for a bird’s-eye view of the red sandstone monoliths, made famous by many Western movies and TV shows. Afterward, cross the Painted Desert with its ever-changing colors, and catch your first glimpse of the world-famous GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Afternoon arrival allows free time to explore the canyon rim on your own. Be sure to take an evening stroll to savor the magnificent sunset. (B,D)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Your hotel tonight is located near the rim of the Grand Canyon, a rare opportunity for great views and a significant extra by traveling with Globus.

Day 13   Grand Canyon National Park–Las Vegas. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take our optional flightseeing tour over the Grand Canyon. Then, travel on part of legendary Route 66 to Las Vegas, one of America’s most famous cities. Enjoy a sightseeing tour while en route to your resort hotel, located in the heart of the “Strip” for easy access to all the mega-casinos and amusement parks. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 14   Las Vegas. Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on independent schedules. Transfers are provided to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. (B)

Meals:  Breakfast daily, 7 three-course dinners including a special farewell dinner in Las Vegas

Transportation

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.





Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.