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Cross Sioux Indian territory to see great granite tributes to US presidents and a fallen tribal leader; journey through a surreal landscape of regal peaks and soundless canyons; and experience the smouldering eruptions of Yellowstone.
Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,033 ft.
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Fly to Denver where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.
'The Mile High City' of Denver is the capital of Colorado and the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. An attractive city with broad streets, a tree-lined pedestrian mall leading to the gold-domed State Capitol and Larimer Square in the city's historic heart. There are also some fine museums and galleries to explore.
This morning, travel through Cheyenne, the state capital of Wyoming, on through the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, immortalised in a famous song from the musical 'Calamity Jane', to the historic frontier town of Custer.
See Crazy Horse Memorial, a monument being carved out of a mountain that pays respect to the great Native American hero, Chief Crazy Horse. Drive deep into the Black Hills, through what was once Sioux Indian territory, to see the magnificent granite face of Mount Rushmore, a giant monument to four great American presidents - Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Afterwards visit Tatanka, 'The Story of the Bison', and experience the richness of the Lakota Indian life as it was around the 1840's. Next it's on to Deadwood, a lawless frontier town during the 1876 Gold Rush, where Wild Bill Hickok was murdered. Stay overnight.
This morning, head through the rich high country where open-range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890's. Driving past Sheridan in the Bighorn Mountains, the scene of many fierce battles between the US Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians, arrive in Buffalo Bill's frontier town Cody, for the night.
Travel to incomparable Yellowstone National Park, America's largest nature reserve, which contains more than 10,000 geysers and hot springs. Drive along the Grand Loop Road to Artist Point with magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon and the stupendous Lower Falls, twice the height of Niagara Falls.
Today, explore America's first National Park further by returning to the geyser basins with bubbling mud pots and the regular "blow" of Old Faithful at the Upper Geyser Basin. In addition to the superb mountain scenery, the park is one of the world's principle wildlife preserves and a photographer's paradise.
Head to 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. Arrive in the Wild West town of Jackson which with its wooden sidewalks and saloons with bat-wing doors, is just like a living film set! In the evening there's an optional barbecue cookout and Wild West show.
The day is free in Jackson to explore the shops and museums of historic downtown.Maybe join a scenic trip down the Snake River? Enjoy an 8-mile float trip that begins at Pritchard Creek and passes nesting areas of bald eagles and ospreys. Overnight in Alpine located on the banks of the Snake River.
Today travel 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 Salt Lake City including the Capital Building and the beautiful downtown area of the city.
Journey through sagebrush landscape 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'.
First stop today is Zion National Park, its striking landscape of steep canyons and stone towers carved out by rushing streams over a period of millions of years. Then head to Page, originally built to house workers during the construction of the massive Glen Canyon Dam, which holds back the waters of 186 mile long Lake Powell.
How about starting your day with an optional scenic flight over stunning Monument Valley? Then take a scenic drive through the Painted Desert and across the Kaibab National Forest, before arriving at the Grand Canyon in the early afternoon. Marvel at one of the Natural Wonders of the World and experience the most breathtaking views. There will be plenty of time to do some viewing before dusk as your accommodation is inside Grand Canyon National Park.
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take an optional 'flightseeing' excursion: a helicopter flight over the heart of the canyon with incomparable views of flame-coloured walls plunging 4,800 feet into the Colorado River. Leaving the high country of Arizona, pass through Williams on famous Route 66 and then the old Mojave gold strike country, which still has traces of century-old ghost towns, to Las Vegas - a neon desert oasis, packed with spectacular hotels and casinos.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Las Vegas.
Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,033 ft
Special Departures: National Parks & Canyon Country Little Bighorn. Join us on our special departures to visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield that commemorates one of America's most significant and famous battles. A special 17 day itinerary on selected departure dates. Please see our website for details
Accommodations in Yellowstone National Park are typically open from late May to late September. Departures before or after this period will stay in West Yellowstone. Routing and areas visited are subject to favourable weather, gate access and road conditions and thus routes may be adjusted.
National Park Lodges will be confirmed as soon as possible
Accommodation as stated or similar
Hard work sometimes but worth it
As above, rating only reflects the quality of the accommodation and sights seen. Overall not nearly as good as a previous tour we did with Archers to British Columbia which was faultless and was entirely British.
The tour was excellent, only marred with poor organisation on arrival and on departure.
TOUR DIRECTOR JACKIE WAS TOP KNOTCH , INFORMATIVE , KNOWLEGABLE , HELPFUL AND A SMASHING PERSON ALL ROUND ... MYSELF & MY HUSBAND THROUGHLY ENJOYED OUR FIRST EVER COACH HOLIDAY & THE PLACES WE VISITED WERE WAY ABOVE OUR EXPECTATIONS ... WE WILL BE LOOKING FOR OUR NEXT ADVENTURE WITH ARCHERS OVER THE COMING FEW MONTHS OR SO
Fantastic holiday with amazing scenery and wildlife.
Brilliant from beginning to end
As always the tour was well paced with plenty of rest stops and our tour guide was very professional and experienced , a joy to travel with. A comfortable coach with a quiet kindly driver who kept us safe. The wildlife and scenery on the tour was awesome and sometimes breathtaking. Highly recommend this tour. Weather hotter than usual for July so be prepared!
Tour manager excellent, great trip with such a great itinerary. So many wonderful things to see and just when you thought it couldn't get any better there was another wonderful day! Fantastic
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They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
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