American Parks Trail end Denver (Summer 2017)

A 9-Day Insight Tours tour starting from $3,125

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Tour Length: 9 Days
Countries Visited: 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. Read 'Celebrating 100 Years of The US National Parks Service' on the Insight Vacations blog

 
ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES
An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'. Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort. A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries. Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel. Hotel and restaurant tips 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. Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination. Included airport transfers on the first and last day of your tour.

 
Day 1: Arrive Salt Lake City
Welcome to Salt Lake City, capital and most populous city in the State of 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 Reception with drinks and appetizers.(WD)

Day 2: Jackson and Grand Teton National Park
Join a morning orientation tour of Salt Lake City, seeing the famous Temple Square. Then travel north across the Oregon Trail to visit historic Jackson, where arches of elk antlers adorn the central square. Later, continue to your lakeside lodge overlooking Jackson Lake and the stunning peaks and glaciers of Grand Teton National Park.(FB)

Day 3: Yellowstone National Park
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.(FB / D)

Day 4: Geysers and Colourful Mudpots in Yellowstone
Walk among the geysers and watch them erupt. You'll be joined by a Local Expert 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 bear in their natural habitat. Then experience the roar of the Lower Yellowstone Falls as they thunder down the steep canyon walls.(FB)

Day 5: Relaxing at 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 honor of one of America's great Western legends. Head to Clearmont in Wyoming and after checking in to your hotel, ride horseback through stunning scenery before enjoying a ranch style Highlight Dinner.(FB / HD)

Day 6: Devils Tower and into the Black Hills
(Relaxed Start) After a morning at leisure, head towards 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 dinner including an option of local trout, which became native to the Spearfish region when they were brought from Colorado in 1899.(FB / D)

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 who 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.(FB)

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 your leisure, before a farewell Celebration Dinner.(FB / CD)

Day 9: Depart Denver
Travel south from Custer State Park where your tour ends on arrival in Denver, with a transfer to Denver International Airport. Airport arrival will be at 16:30.(FB)

 
         
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

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. Scenic Drives: Trail Ridge Road.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
UCross: After an afternoon of horseback riding in your beautiful surroundings, enjoy a hearty ranch style Highlight Dinner. Custer: Toast to the finalé of your tour at a lively Celebration Dinner with wine. 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 8 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Dinners (D), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD)

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
Deadwood: Historical Wild West figures such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane called Deadwood home. Learn 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 share a live narrative of the Great Sioux Nation. Yellowstone: Upper Geyser Basin boasts the highest concentration of spouting geysers, hot springs, and steaming fumaroles in the world. Join a Local Expert for an informative walk through these natural wonders. Cody: Explore the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West, known for its excellent Western art collection, firearms and natural history.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
Grand Tetons: Stay inside the National Park at the desirable Jackson Lake Lodge. One of the largest of all the eco-friendly resorts, with breathtaking views. UCross: Enjoy a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere during your stay at the Ranch at UCross. The plush accommodations enhance the natural scenic beauty of the surroundings. Spearfish: 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, the outside world is as near or far as you need it to be. Hotel Overview: This captivating tour stays in cosy lodges located right inside the National Parks. Stay in the Yellowstone National Park Lodge and enjoy a truly authentic American experience, with modern day facilities and spectacular views. The gracious stone and wood State Game Lodge is set in a beautiful mountain valley of Custer State Park and served as the 'Summer White House' for two American presidents.

 

 
 

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