USA & Canada 2018 - Insight Vacations

American Parks Trail (Summer 2018)

Duration: 9 days Visiting: United States

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Come face-to-face with some monumental figures, relive sagas of the Wild West and relish the rustic Ranch at UCross on this legendary journey.

Enjoy two-night stays in the wilderness of Yellowstone National Park and Custer State Park, as well as exciting sightseeing excursions. Comfortable touring links all the highlights of this comprehensive tour of the Wild West.
  1. Day 1

    Arrive in Salt Lake City.

    Welcome to Salt Lake City, the capital and most populous city in Utah. On arrival at Salt Lake City International Airport, board your transfer to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

  2. Day 2

    Jackson and Grand Teton National Park.

    As you depart Salt Lake City, see the famous Temple Square and State Capitol Building before travelling north across the Oregon Trail to visit historic Jackson, where arches of elk antlers adorn the central square. Later, continue to Jackson Lake and the stunning peaks and glaciers of Grand Teton National Park.

  3. Day 3

    Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone.

    The Grand Tetons thrust skyward 6,562 feet (2,000 metres) from the valley floor. Stop to admire some of the incredible views at Jenny Lake. Then enter Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world's first National Park and known for its unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Geysers and Colourful Mudpots in Yellowstone.

    (Relaxed Start) Walk among the geysers and watch them erupt. Spend time with your Tour Director for an informative stroll through Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin. There is plenty of time to see the colourful bubbling mudpots and observe Old Faithful shooting water over 120 feet (37 metres) in the air. See free-roaming deer, elk and bison in their natural habitat. Then experience the roar of the Lower Yellowstone Falls as they thunder down the steep canyon walls.

  5. Day 5

    The UCross Ranch.

    Depart Yellowstone National Park and travel through the stark Shoshone Canyon and Absaroka Rocky Mountains to reach the Wild West town of Cody. Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, built in honour of one of America's great Western legends. Head to Clearmont in Wyoming and after checking in to your hotel savour a ranch style Highlight Dinner with wine cooked by local ranch hosts.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Devils Tower and into the Black Hills.

    (Relaxed Start) Start your morning with horseback riding with a rider guide, fishing or just relaxing in your beautiful surroundings. Then, head toward Devils Tower, an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the rolling prairie surrounding the Black Hills. This site is considered sacred to the Lakota and other Native American tribes that have a connection to the area. Then, travel to Spearfish Canyon, a great spot for wildlife enthusiasts where the breathtaking limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge are more ancient than the Grand Canyon, albeit much closer together. Enjoy a rustic dinner at your lodge in the evening.

  7. Day 7

    Custer and the Wild, Wild West.

    Keep a lookout for pronghorn antelope as you cross the great high plains to the Black Hills of South Dakota. In Deadwood, join Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour and explore this once lawless town. With a Local Expert, hear about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this town famous during the gold rush of the 1870s. Later, hear stories told by Lakota tribe members as they share a live narrative of the Great Sioux Nation. Continue on to Custer State Park, renowned for its beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife.

  8. Day 8

    The Mountain Monuments of the Black Hills of South Dakota.

    View the Crazy Horse Memorial, dedicated to all Native Americans. Move on to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt dominate the Black Hills. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure, before a Celebration Dinner with wine.

  9. Day 9

    Depart Rapid City or Denver.

    Those ending in Rapid City may depart at any time. Travel south from Custer State Park where your tour ends on arrival in Denver, with a transfer to Denver International Airport.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Cody: Explore the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West, known for its excellent Western art collection, firearms and natural history.
  • UCross: Spend your morning with included horseback riding in your beautiful surroundings.
  • Deadwood: Historical Wild West figures such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane called Deadwood home. Learn with a Local Expert about the Gold Rush and the town's notable residents on Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour.
  • Deadwood: Enjoy an audience with Lakota tribe members who will share a live narrative of the Great Sioux Nation.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Yellowstone: Upper Geyser Basin boasts the highest concentration of spouting geysers, hot springs, and steaming fumaroles in the world.
  • Cody: Explore the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West, known for its excellent Western art collection, firearms and natural history.
  • UCross: Spend your morning with included horseback riding in your beautiful surroundings.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Salt Lake City: View Temple Square
  • Grand Teton National Park: Enjoy views at Jenny Lake
  • Yellowstone National Park: See Old Faithful
  • Black Hills: Witness the enormous Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • UCross: Enjoy a hearty ranch style Highlight Dinner with wine, cooked by your local ranch hosts.
  • Custer: Toast to the finalé of your tour at a lively Celebration Dinner with wine.
  • Included Quality Dining: 8 Full Breakfasts (FB) and 5 Dinners (D) with wine (DW).

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Salt Lake City: Centrally located downtown, the Hilton Salt Lake City Center has views of mountain peaks.
  • Grand Tetons: Stay inside the National Park at Jackson Lake Lodge, with a panoramic view of pristine Jackson Lake and the majestic Teton Range.
  • National Parks Hotels: Insight stays centrally located within the National and State Parks. In these cases, the hotels are more rustic and typical of the natural environment with clean rooms.
  • UCross: Enjoy a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere during your stay at the Ranch at UCross. The accommodations enhance the natural scenic beauty of the surroundings.
  • Spearfish: Deep in the heart of beautiful canyons you will find Spearfish Canyon Lodge. Built and decorated in the style of the old lodges of the West.

ADDITIONAL 5 STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included; you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers from Salt Lake City Airport and to Rapid City Airport or Denver Airport are available only on arrival and departure days. Should your flights not coincide with these transfers, or additional accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations, charged transfers are available. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Hilton Salt Lake City Center

Salt Lake City (Traditional) - USA

Jackson Lake Lodge Grand Teton National Park

Jackson/Grand Teton NP (Scenic) - USA

Jackson Lake Lodge is in a beautiful location, less than a five minute drive to Jackson Lake, which is Grand Teton National Park's largest lake. The lodge was built in the 1950’s which is attested to by its unique architecture, includes a flat roof and great big windows ideal for the stunning views that surround the lodge of the Teton mountain range and lake in the back drop.

National Park Lodges Yellowstone NP

Yellowstone Np (Scenic) - USA

Ideally located within view of the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser, The Old Faithful Inn offers many highlights and advantages you won't find anywhere else. The grand lobby, known as the “Old House,” is one of the largest log structures in the world. It was completed in 1904, and has unique decorative features including etched glass panels, a large stone fireplace, and balcony porches overlooking the Old Faithful Geyser Basin. Timber columns, hickory furniture, and an antique, handcrafted clock add to the classic appeal of the Old Faithful Inn. Custom wood framing outside the lodge can also be found throughout the building. Log stairs and pine railings add to the Old Faithful Inn's rustic charm.

The Ranch at Ucross

Clearmont (Scenic) - USA

Ucross and its surrounding area is rich in the history of the American West. Many western writers, sculptors, artists and craftsmen make this area home for that reason. Friendly staff, gentle horses, beautiful scenery, and big fish can be found at the Ranch at Ucross. Whether you stay one night or one week, we know The Ranch at Ucross will become one of your favorite places in Wyoming. At The Ranch fun is self-directed, as is relaxation for adults and kids. All Ranch activities except hunting are available for children. Ride horseback in scenic splendor, catch a big Brown or Rainbow trout in Piney creek (Wyoming license applicable / required), relax by the heated outdoor pool, play a game of horseshoes, or golf at one of 3 nearby courses.

Spearfish Canyon Lodge

Spearfish (Traditional) - USA

Deep in the heart of one of the most breathtaking, beautiful canyons in the world, nestled alongside lofty pines and spectacular cliffs, you will find Spearfish Canyon Lodge. Built and decorated in the style of the old lodges of the West, you can let nature take over and open your mind and the outside world is as near or far as you need it to be.

The State Game Lodge Custer State Park

Custer State Park (Traditional) - USA

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
9808 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 12 June, 2018

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    Trip: A very small number of sites could have been skipped with more time spent on the more interesting sites.

    Service: Your director was outstanding and itinerary was excellent.

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    Trip: Tour took me where I wanted to go, and to places I never knew about or would have found on my own.

    Service: Surprisingly excellent. Surpassed my expectations. Ann is fantastic.

  • 12 June, 2018

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    Trip: Wonderful experience to visit our National Parks and take in the beauty and majesty of the scenery.

    Service: Insight provided legendary customer service.

  • 19 September, 2017

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    Trip: Everything was terrific with the exception of two things: the brochure states that we would stay at the Ucross Ranch one night and at the State Lodge at Custer State Park for one night. We did not stay there, we stayed at Holiday Inns on those nights. (Even the 2018 brochure has those lodges listed, not the Holiday Inns). But other than that, the itinerary was excellent. We saw wonderful sites, parks and museums.

    Service: Everything was wonderful. The bus was comfortable, the tour director was professional and knowledgeable, and the sites that we visited were on my must see list. All in all, the vacation was memorable.

  • 16 September, 2017

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    Trip: Gorgeous sights. Places I always wanted to visit!

    Service: Excellent, knowledgeable tour director

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    Service: It was one of the best we have had in years

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    Trip: We chose this trip because it was the best itinerary we could find to meet our needs.

    Service: This was our first experience with a bus tour. We could not be happier. Our Tour Guide Lynne was excellent. She was very knowledgeable, accessible, and dealt calmly with any situation that arose. Matthew, our driver was skilled and personable and had us laughing at his corny jokes. The bus was very comfortable with lots of leg room.

  • 13 September, 2017

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    Trip: The Grand Tetons float trip and dinner, Yellowstone for more than just Old Faithful, Devils Tower, Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial. And those are only the highlights I immediately recall.

    Service: Excellent itinerary, several worthwhile sites every day of the trip. Too much quality variation (A+ to D) in hotels and food, but that may have been caused by the prime locations they wanted us to stay in. Tour guide, bus seating/leg room, and driver excellent. Very nice group of people to tour with. 4th Insight trip Europe and US - there must be a reason we keep coming back to them.

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    Service: The itinerary, Lynne Hendrick and the driver Mathew were just great.

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    Trip: Interesting places, jammed packed, everything done with perfect timing. Learned a lot and enjoyed it more.

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    Trip: Outstanding in every way. Great accommodations.

    Service: The tour was ever thing I expected. The tour guide was excellent. She was very familiar with all the different places we went. The driver was also very good. And he had a great sense of humor.

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