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Duration: 15 days Visiting: United States
An epic adventure through remarkable scenery, National Parks and prominent landmarks, crafted to please those with a love of nature and history.This sprightly tour combines 'Enchanting Canyonlands' with the 'American Parks Trail' to form a complete experience of North America's most popular parks, historic monuments and scenic grandeur.
Arrive Phoenix and travel to Scottsdale.
Welcome to Arizona. Your airport transfer takes you to your tour hotel in Scottsdale. Enjoy the grounds of this desert oasis. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine.
Sedona and the Wonders of the Mighty Grand Canyon.
Head north to the quaint bohemian colony of Sedona, where you can browse the shops and galleries, before travelling on to Grand Canyon National Park. Perhaps take an optional flightseeing tour by helicopter or plane over this natural wonder? Spend the night inside the park, experiencing the peace and quiet once the crowds have departed. During your stay, join a Local Expert for an informative presentation about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine in the Thunderbird Room while taking in the magnificent views.
Monument Valley and Lake Powell.
Head to the historic Cameron Trading Post, featuring Southwest American Indian arts and crafts. Your journey carries on through the colourful Painted Desert to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, where you will board all-terrain vehicles to explore the valley with your Navajo guide. Stop at the Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lakefront resort.
Leisurely Lake Powell.
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, choose to enjoy the resort's facilities, or perhaps join an optional float trip down the scenic Colorado River? Later, take an included leisurely cruise through scenic Antelope Canyon with its dramatic, steep, sandstone walls.
Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.
Head to Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah for a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheatres of the odd-shaped monoliths, known as hoodoos. Travel through more amazing scenery to the lush cliff-and-canyon landscape of Zion National Park. In the evening, join your Tour Director and newfound friends for a Highlight Dinner with wine.
Zion to Las Vegas, from Nature to Neon.
Board a private Zion Canyon Shuttle, with live commentary, to experience the scenic highlights of the park, followed by some time to explore on your own. A complete change of scenery awaits you in the afternoon when you arrive in Las Vegas; bright lights, shopping malls and huge themed hotels.
Salt Lake City.
Travel to Salt Lake City, the most populous city and capital of Utah, also the headquarters of the Mormon faith.
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 Lodge and the stunning peaks of Grand Teton National Park.
Yellowstone National Park.
See the Grand Tetons thrust skyward 6,562 feet (2,000 metres) from the valley floor. Enter Yellowstone, the world's first National Park, known for its unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes, and abundant wildlife.
Geysers and Colourful Mudpots at 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 will be plenty of time to see the colourful bubbling mudpots and observe Old Faithful shooting water over 120 feet (37 metres) in the air. See wildlife in their natural habitat and hear the roar of the Lower Yellowstone Falls.
The Ranch at UCross.
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, indulge in a ranch style Highlight Dinner with wine.
Devils Tower into the Black Hills.
Start your morning with horseback riding, fishing or just relaxing in your beautiful surroundings. Then, head towards Devils Tower, an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the surrounding Black Hills and is considered sacred to the Lakota and other tribes. 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. Enjoy the scenery before sitting down to dinner.
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. Then, hear stories told by members of the Lakota tribe 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. Perhaps get up-close and personal with herds of buffalo on an optional jeep safari?
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 your leisure before enjoying a Celebration Dinner with wine.
Alternatively, travel south from Custer State Park where your tour ends on arrival in Denver. A transfer is available to Denver International Airport.
Most Insight tours 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 Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. 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.
Scottsdale (Scenic) - USA
Grand Canyon South Rim (Scenic) - USA
Grand Canyon National Park is home to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. And while most of the visitor’s leave the park at the end of the day and overnight outside the park – the saying goes “When you stay at Grand Canyon National Park Lodges, you’re not just close – you’re there!” Stay at well-appointed lodges that maintain the character of the Grand Canyon. All rooms feature air conditioning and television with dining options always nearby. And of course the rim of the grand canyon is never far away. A complimentary shuttle system is available to help get around to various points inside the national park.
Lake Powell (Scenic) - USA
Lake Powell Resort is located at Wahweap Marina in Page, Arizona - right in the heart of all your "down-lake" activities and adventures. With comfortable hotel rooms and suites, spectacular meals, and all the comforts of home, there's no better place on the down-lake shores of Lake Powell.
Zion (Scenic) - USA
The name “Zion” means a place of peace and refuge. As a sanctuary with over 146,000 acres of cliffs, canyons, diverse plant and animal life, and uninterrupted beauty, Zion is well-named. Its massive sandstone walls, some as high as 3,800 feet, offer an opportunity for serenity and reflection for all who visit - and Zion Lodge offers the only in-park lodging inside this hiker’s paradise. Enjoy a selection of comfortable and spacious accommodations, a year-round restaurant serving local favorites and a wide variety of ways to keep you entertained during your stay in Zion National Park.
Las Vegas (Central) - USA
Salt Lake City (Central) - USA
Hilton Salt Lake City Center
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.
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.
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 (Scenic) - 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.
Custer State Park (Scenic) - USA
The State Game Lodge, Custer State Park
19 September, 2017
Trip: Would highly recommend this Tour! Couldn't fault it?
Service: Excellent Tour as was our Tour Director Lynne Hendricks who was a wealth of knowledge, and very personable! Staying in all the National Parks making it easy to do some hiking! Loved it!!
14 September, 2017
Trip: Great itinerary start to end.
Service: Guide and driver were fantastic, sites and hotel locations were great, but most of our rooms were in very poor condition as far as clogged shower heads, bath and sink drains not draining, and mold in seams. I feel that many of the dinners weren't up to a good standard.
14 September, 2017
Trip: NATIONAL PARKS TRIP HAS BEEN ON MY BUCKET LIST AND IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT
Service: COMFORTABLE COACH PROFESSONAL DRIVER AND A VERY KNOWLEDGABLE TOUR DIRECTOR GREAT OVERNIGHT LODGES AND HOTELS AND MOST INCLUDED MEALS WERE EXCELLANT
13 September, 2017
Trip: The only thing we didn't think was worthwhile was the school bus tour in Deadwood Please DO NOT EAT at the HOLIDAY INN in Rapid City. The celebration dinner, which we had after we had filled out the evaluations, was AWFUL. It was a terrible way to end a tremendous trip
Service: We would use INSIGHT again.
13 September, 2017
Trip: Our tour guide knew so much about all the sights included; she was a treasure.
Service: Knowledgeable, enthusiastic and caring. It was a wonderful experience.