Parks & Canyons Spectacular
Visit five of the USA's most impressive National Parks and admire some of the Wild West's most iconic landscapes and natural splendours.
DAY 1: UK - Denver.
Fly to Denver where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for a welcome drink with your tour director, and an overnight stay.
DAY 2: Denver - Rapid City.
Drive through the scenery of Colorado and Wyoming past the pine-wooded Black Hills to Rapid City in South Dakota. Get to know your travelling companions with a welcome drink with your tour director this evening. (B)
DAY 3: Rapid City.
Start your day with an orientation tour of Rapid City, with its proud Native American heritage. Afterwards travel to see the ongoing construction of the Crazy Horse Memorial, a monumental statue carved out of the mountain that pays respect to the great hero of the Native Americans, Chief Crazy Horse. Later, continue to Mount Rushmore, where enormous carvings of four US presidents - Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt - stare out from the mountainside. (B)
DAY 4: Rapid City – Deadwood - Sheridan.
This morning travel through the Black Hills National Forest to Deadwood where you will experience a guided tour of this old gold-mining town, once home to Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Next head to Tatanka, ‘The Story of the Bison’, and experience the richness of the Lakota Indian life as it was around the 1840’s, before travelling to Sheridan which lies in the shadow of the Bighorn Mountains. (B, D)
DAY 5: Sheridan - Little Bighorn Battlefield - Cody.
Today, journey to the site where 'Custer's Last Stand' at the Battle of Little Bighorn saw Crazy Horse and 7,000 Sioux warriors defeat and kill the US general in June 1876. Visit the museum and battlefield, where markers show where the soldiers fell. Then drive through the Bighorn Mountains to Cody, Buffalo Bill's frontier town, stopping at Shell Falls en-route. There is time this afternoon, for an optional raft trip along the Shoshone River. (B)
DAY 6: Cody - Yellowstone National Park.
Your first stop today is at the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre, which charts the life and times of the great showman. Afterwards, venture through the Shoshone National Forest to the famous Yellowstone National Park, the USA's largest nature reserve. Established in 1872, this natural wonderland of geysers, canyons and forests is home to grizzly bears, elk and buffalo. Keep your camera ready for photo stops, especially at 'Old Faithful', Yellowstone's fabled geyser. (B,D)
DAY 7: Yellowstone.
Spend the day soaking up Yellowstone's natural beauty. Marvel at the Park views as you follow the Grand Loop Road to Artist Point on the rim of Yellowstone Canyon. Perched above this gigantic gorge, the viewpoint commands breathtaking vistas over the Lower Falls, twice the height of Niagara Falls. Other sights include the bubbling mud at Fountain Paint Pots and steaming limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs. (B)
DAY 8: Yellowstone National Park - Grand Teton National Park - Jackson.
Head into the magnificent year round playground of the Grand Tetons. With saw toothed, 13,770 feet high ridges crested with snow most of the year, it's one of America's last preserves of wild solitude. Walk along glacial Jenny Lake at the foot of the soaring mountain pillars. Your tour then continues to the nearby town of Jackson. This evening relive the days of the cowboys with dinner at the Bar T-5 Chuck Wagon Cookout and Wild West show. (B, D)
DAY 9: Jackson.
Time to relax or explore Jackson and its stunning surroundings, perhaps taking an optional raft trip down Snake River or spend some time in the shops and swing-door saloons along the town's western-style boardwalks. (B)
DAY 10: Jackson - Salt Lake City.
Today, leave Jackson and drive to Salt Lake City, Utah's vibrant capital. Magnificently set on the edge of a salt desert and surrounded by mountains and forests, this is the centre of the Mormon religion where Brigham Young declared to his followers "This is the place". Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the capital city with its historic monuments and this evening have dinner in historic temple square, with its impressive six-spired temple, adjacent tabernacle and Beehive House. (B, D)
DAY 11: Salt Lake City - Bryce Canyon National Park.
Today journey to Bryce Canyon National Park, with its 20 miles of breathtaking sandstone cliffs and ever changing colours. Marvel at some of the earth's most brilliant shades of rock which have been sculpted by erosion into pillars called 'hoodoos'. The rest of the day is then yours. (B, D)
DAY 12: Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Lake Powell.
This morning travel to Zion National Park, famous for its incredible canyons and bizarrely shaped cliffs. Admire the fantastic scenery before driving to Page, originally built to house workers on the construction of the massive Glen Canyon Dam, which holds back the waters of 186 mile long Lake Powell. Appreciate the lake's beauty on an afternoon cruise taking in the Glen Canyon Dam and 'tapestry' walls of Antelope Canyon. (B, D)
DAY 13: Lake Powell - Painted Desert - Grand Canyon National Park.
Get an unforgettable bird's eye view of Monument Valley on an optional flight over its red monoliths. Later, drive through the Kaibab National Forest and the Painted Desert with its ever shifting colours before catching your first sight of the Grand Canyon, one of the Natural Wonders of the World. You have the opportunity to walk the canyon rim which is even more spectacular at sunset. Your hotel stands on the edge of the canyon, giving you the bonus of spectacular canyon views for the duration of your stay. (B, D)
DAY 14: Grand Canyon National Park - Las Vegas.
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take an optional morning flight over the Grand Canyon. Leaving the high country of Arizona we travel on part of the legendary Route 66 to Las Vegas, America's entertainment capital. The rest of the day is yours to explore the mega-casinos and attractions before a farewell dinner hosted by your tour director. (B, D)
DAY 15: Las Vegas - UK.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Las Vegas or San Francisco. (B)
DAY 16: Home landing in the UK.
Accommodation on Tour
Denver: Hilton Garden Inn; Rapid City: Adoba Eco Hotel Rapid City; Sheridan: Best Western Sheridan Centre; Cody: Holiday Inn Buffalo Bill; Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone Lodges; Jackson: Rustic Inn; Salt Lake City: Radisson; Bryce Canyon: Best Western Bryce Canyon; Lake Powell: Lake Powell Resort; Grand Canyon: Grand Canyon Lodges; Las Vegas: Treasure Island.
Grand Teton National Park
Treasure Island Resort
Little Bighorn Battlefield
The Grand Canyon
To help you plan and make the most of your holiday, below is a list of optional excursions available to you.
Snake River Float Trip
Our original 10-mile Snake River Scenic Float Trips operate wholly within Grand Teton National Park. Wild nature surrounds you on these river rafting trips, floating beneath the Grand Tetons in an area untouched by human development for generations. Barker-Ewing's experienced river guides offer extensive information on Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole geology and park history as well as information about the animals and their habitat. There are several species in the area including eagles, osprey, deer, bear, elk, moose and beavers, although animal sightings are not guaranteed, you will have a good chance in the heart of the park. (Approximately 2.5-3 hours, available Mid May - Mid September, weather dependent.)
$70 (US Dollar)
Tower Butte Helicopter Tour
Rising 5,000 feet above sea level, Tower Butte is one of Mother Nature's most unique formations, providing the perfect setting for your Helicopter Landing adventure! After boarding your state-of-the-art helicopter, you will fly eastward over Antelope Canyon, Land of the Navajo Nation and Lake Powell as your Helicopter ascends Tower Butte. You won't believe your eyes when you touch down and disembark. The 360-degree panoramic view is absolutely breathtaking - see Glen Canyon, Lake Powell, the Kaiparowitz Plateau, the Grand Staircase and the Vermillion Cliffs..Enjoy approximately 20 minutes on the Butte for sensational photo opportunities and interpretive information about the Navajo culture and the ties to their Land. Only accessible by Helicopter, this helicopter adventure offers incredible memories, spectacular photographs and bragging rights to an exclusive view of the American Southwest and Land of the Navajo Nation.
$245 (US Dollar)
Grand Canyon Imax
Fly like a condor over the rim and into the Canyon, be drenched in the power of the raging Colorado River without ever leaving your seat at the Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center. And relive the history and mystery of one of the most storied natural wonders of the world. From the mysterious Anasazi who inhabited the Canyon 4,000 years ago, viewers at The National Geographic Visitor Center will travel through Grand Canyon history to join Major John Wesley Powell as he challenges the unexplored Canyon and raging Colorado River in 1869. (40 minute multimedia presentation)
$14 (US Dollar)
Antelope Canyon Slot Tour
Come with your guide to a spectacular petrified sand dune, created by wind, water and sand, presenting a sculptured masterpiece. Nothing can describe this work of Mother Nature. Experiencing this beauty will leave you breathless. Trips are approximately one and a half hours long and you will travel in a 4-wheel drive vehicle to the Canyon entrance. From there you will walk into the Canyon, you will be at the bottom of the Canyon looking up 130 feet to the top. There is no hiking or climbing involved, only easy walking on the Canyon floor which is level for the most part. Your experienced Navajo guide will show you great places to take photographs as you explore this awe-inspiring wonder.
$35 (US Dollar)
Monument Valley 90-Minute Flight
You will experience everything seen on the shorter Rainbow Bridge flight, plus much, much more! This is your only chance to see Monument Valley, the site of many well-known Western movies. The rock formations you will see on this surrealistic flight are totally different from those in the Grand Canyon. (90 minutes, weather dependent)
$255 (US Dollar)
Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing - North Canyon Tour
Explore impressive Dragon Corridor, the deepest and widest part of the Canyon, and one of the most remarkable panoramas of the Grand Canyon. The Tower of Ra, a 6,076-foot butte named in the 1800s after the Egyptian sun god, comes into view, as do other fanciful rock formations resembling temples and shrines. Fly in a comfortable, climate controlled helicopter with specially designed windows for optimum viewing. (30 minute flight, weather dependent)
$179 (US Dollar)
Eco-Star Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing
This experience will be a highlight of your vacation. Fly over the widest and deepest portion of the Grand Canyon. You will see the amazing views of the Dragon Corridor, Colorado River and other geologic features and formations over a billion years old. If you have ever wanted to see the Grand Canyon from a birds eye view this is the trip for you. Fly in our first class state of the art ECO-Star helicopter with specially designed windows and seating for 180 degrees of virtually unobstructed views. This is a comfortable, climate controlled helicopter with quiet ride technology for a more comfortable Grand Canyon helicopter tour experience. Grab your camera and enjoy this spectacular journey to the Grand Canyon. (30 minute flight)
$233 (US Dollar)
Please note that optional excursions and prices are subject to change.
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With careful planning, first-class hotels right where you want to be, more sightseeing and inclusive meals, 'Select by Globus' offers you so much. Each tour includes:
* Door-to-door home pick-up service
* Minimum 4 diamond luxury city hotels
* Welcome drink
* Farewell dinner
* More meals on tour
* Ticket wallet
Parks & Canyons Spectacular 14 nights
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Parks & Canyons Spectacular
Price from £2935
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- Flights UK - Denver; Las Vegas - UK
- Accommodation on tour in a twin room with private facilities
- Transfers between overseas airport and hotels
- All local and airport taxes/service charges
- Door to door local pick up service to and from the airport (within 50 miles of the airport) Farewell dinner
All this included
- Rapid City Orientation Tour
- Mount Rushmore
- Crazy Horse Memorial
- Black Hills National Forest
- Tatanka 'Story of the Bison'
- Little Bighorn Battlefield
- Yellowstone National Park Old Faithful Geyser
- Grand Teton National Park
- Salt Lake City City sightseeing
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Zion National Park
- Lake Powell
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Las Vegas
- Meals on tour 14 breakfasts (B), 8 dinners (D)
- Services of a tour director on tour and local representative at other times
- Porterage at hotels during tour (for one suitcase per person)
- London Heathrow
- Wednesdays - 2013
- Thursdays - 2013
- Fridays - 2013
29 May 2013 to 27 Sep 2013