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Scenic Parks Explorer

14 Nights Tour from £3,449 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

America’s national parks are renowned for being some of the best in the world and are brimming with extraordinary landscapes, wildlife and impressive vistas. This 15-day tour takes you on an exciting journey through some of the best-loved parks, including Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Arches, Canyonlands and the iconic Grand Canyon.  Along with your fellow travellers and an expert guide, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the natural beauty that these parks have to offer for an unforgettable experience.

Highlights:

  • Begin your adventure in glittering Las Vegas
  • Explore the iconic landscapes of Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks
  • Take a guided tour of Salt Lake City
  • Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Yellowstone National Park with a local expert
  • Visit the Black Hills and the Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Spend time in the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
  • Enjoy a unique and memorable meal at Monument Valley
  • Finish your time here with a trip to the world-famous Grand Canyon

 

Details

Day 1

Las Vegas

Arrive into Las Vegas and check in at your hotel – afterwards, there’s some free time to make the most of the awe-inspiring sights, shops and slot machines, or to take a dip in the hotel’s pool. In the evening, you’ll meet with your tour guide and fellow travellers with a welcome reception.

Overnight: Tropicana Las Vegas

Day 2

Las Vegas – Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

Leave Las Vegas in the morning and head for the towering cliffs and canyons of Zion National Park, before journeying onwards to the famous Bryce Canyon National Park – this area has the largest concentration of hoodoos which are tall limestone spires.

Overnight: BW Plus Bryce Canyon Grand (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 3

Bryce Canyon – Salt Lake City

Today sees you leave the canyons and head for the capital of Utah to see the renowned Temple Square, headquarters to the Mormon Church and home to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In the evening, you’ll have the option to visit Brigham Young’s former home before enjoying a delicious dinner at the Lion House which features a pioneer-style cuisine and atmosphere.

Overnight: Hilton Salt Lake City Centre (Breakfast included)

Day 4

Salt Lake City – Jackson

Cross the Oregon Trail into Wyoming where you’ll stop in Montpelier at the Oregon Trail Centre. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the interactive exhibits and explore the challenges of the Old Trail. You’ll have time to have lunch before departing for the beauty of Jackson – the evening will be free for you to explore this picturesque area.

Overnight: The Lodge at Jackson Hole (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 5

Jackson – Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

There will be an early start today to take part in an optional guided raft trip in search of the amazing wildlife on the Snake River (seasonal). From here you can then traverse the Grand Teton National Park on your way to the world-famous Yellowstone Park – first established in 1872, this renowned area became the world’s first national park. You’ll be joined by a local expert who will show you the amazing hot springs, geysers and mud pools that this park is well known for*.

*If the south entrance is closed due to weather conditions, the route will change and travel west from Jackson via Idaho to enter Yellowstone Park through the west entrance.

Overnight: National Parks Lodges (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 6

Yellowstone National Park

Today is a free day to make the most of your time at Yellowstone, with its impressive waterfalls and inspiring wildlife. Head to Old Faithful and watch as it shoots water over 100ft into the air before relaxing in the evening with a spot of stargazing.

Overnight: National Park Lodges (Breakfast included)

Day 7

Yellowstone – Cody – Billings

Journey north to Cody today, which is named for its most famous native son, Buffalo Bill, to dive into the history of the area with a local expert at theBuffalo Bill Centre of the West. From here, make your way to Big Sky Country for a unique and memorable dinner filled with classic Western hospitality and local dishes.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Billings (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 8

Billings – Little Bighorn – Rapid City

Visit Little Bighorn this morning which is the infamous battlefield that saw Custer lead his men into battle with a battalion of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Immerse yourself in the history and then travel east through the Black Hills to Rapid City.

Overnight: Adoba Hotel Rapid City (Breakfast included)

Day 9

Black Hills

Explore the stunning natural beauty of the Black Hills today with a drive through the landscape to visit Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, which is a mountain carving of the famous war chief of the Lakota people. In the afternoon you will return to Rapid City to enjoy a group dinner in the evening.

Overnight: Adoba Hotel Rapid City (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 10

Rapid City – Denver

In the morning, cross some of the most beautiful scenery in the west in Wyoming’s expansive grasslands as you head for Denver. The evening is free to enjoy the sights at leisure so why not seek out some of the great restaurants in the area?

Overnight: Sheraton Denver Downtown (Breakfast included)

Day 11

Denver – Vail – Moab

Venture into the mountains today to ascend the foothills of the Rockies and cross the Continental Divide to Vail. This charming alpine village was founded in 1966 and has a wonderful old-school feel that attracts outdoor enthusiasts. From here, make your way to Moab where you’ll spot the settings for many of John Ford’s 1940s movies. The evening is yours to enjoy as you please, from admiring the sunset over the red cliffs to enjoying an exhilarating boat ride along the Colorado River with dinner included.

Overnight: BW Plus Canyonlands Inn (Breakfast included)

Day 12

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

Embark on a journey to two exciting and beautiful national parks today – the Canyonlands National Park and the breath-taking Archs National Park where thousands of natural sandstone arches have been carved from thousands of years’ worth of wind and rain. In the evening, enjoy some free time to relax and unwind.

Overnight: BW Plus Canyonlands Inn (Breakfast included)

Day 13

Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Monument Valley

Today you will visit the Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ancient community of the Ancestral Puebloan people who lived here between 600 and 1300 AD. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the cliff-top buildings and the enormous Cliff House which is the largest cliff dwelling in the world. In the evening, there will be a classic Navajo cookout served at Monument Valley before you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.

Overnight: Goulding’s Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 14

Monument Valley – Grand Canyon National Park

Spend the morning admiring the beauty of Monument Valley in open-air vehicles to make the most of this amazing destination, accompanied by a guide. Visit the land of the Navajo people and stop off at the historic Cameron Trading Post. Enjoy the stunning views along the Desert View Drive which hint at the incredible vistas ahead – those of the Grand Canyon. You’ll meet with a local expert who will educate you on the incredibly geology that has created the canyon over the past 1.7 billion years. In the evening, take part in a farewell dinner with your group.

Overnight: National Park Lodges (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 15

Grand Canyon – Las Vegas

There’s an optional excursion this morning to take part in a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flight over the canyon before hitting the road again, stopping en-route in Seligman and Kingman which are Route 66 hotspots that have kept the culture of this renowned route alive. You’ll end your journey in Las Vegas where there will be a transfer to take you to the airport for your departing flight.

(Breakfast included)

Please do not schedule any flights before 6.30pm

Day 1

Las Vegas

Arrive into Las Vegas and check in at your hotel – afterwards, there’s some free time to make the most of the awe-inspiring sights, shops and slot machines, or to take a dip in the hotel’s pool. In the evening, you’ll meet with your tour guide and fellow travellers with a welcome reception.

Overnight: Tropicana Las Vegas

Day 2

Las Vegas – Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

Leave Las Vegas in the morning and head for the towering cliffs and canyons of Zion National Park, before journeying onwards to the famous Bryce Canyon National Park – this area has the largest concentration of hoodoos which are tall limestone spires.

Overnight: BW Plus Bryce Canyon Grand (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 3

Bryce Canyon – Salt Lake City

Today sees you leave the canyons and head for the capital of Utah to see the renowned Temple Square, headquarters to the Mormon Church and home to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In the evening, you’ll have the option to visit Brigham Young’s former home before enjoying a delicious dinner at the Roof Restaurant, Utah's premier gourmet dining establishment

Overnight: Hilton Salt Lake City Centre (Breakfast included)

Day 4

Salt Lake City – Jackson

Cross the Oregon Trail into Wyoming where you’ll stop in Montpelier at the Oregon Trail Centre. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the interactive exhibits and explore the challenges of the Old Trail. You’ll have time to have lunch before departing for the beauty of Jackson – the evening will be free for you to explore this picturesque area.

Overnight: The Lodge at Jackson Hole (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 5

Jackson – Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

There will be an early start today to take part in an optional guided raft trip in search of the amazing wildlife on the Snake River (seasonal). From here you can then traverse the Grand Teton National Park on your way to the world-famous Yellowstone Park – first established in 1872, this renowned area became the world’s first national park. You’ll be joined by a local expert who will show you the amazing hot springs, geysers and mud pools that this park is well known for*.

*If the south entrance is closed due to weather conditions, the route will change and travel west from Jackson via Idaho to enter Yellowstone Park through the west entrance.

Overnight: National Parks Lodges (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 6

Yellowstone National Park

Today is a free day to make the most of your time at Yellowstone, with its impressive waterfalls and inspiring wildlife. Head to Old Faithful and watch as it shoots water over 100ft into the air before relaxing in the evening with a spot of stargazing.

Overnight: National Park Lodges (Breakfast included)

Day 7

Yellowstone – Cody – Billings

Journey north to Cody today, which is named for its most famous native son, Buffalo Bill, to dive into the history of the area with a local expert at theBuffalo Bill Centre of the West. From here, make your way to Big Sky Country for a unique and memorable dinner filled with classic Western hospitality and local dishes.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Billings (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 8

Billings – Little Bighorn – Rapid City

Visit Little Bighorn this morning which is the infamous battlefield that saw Custer lead his men into battle with a battalion of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Immerse yourself in the history and then travel east through the Black Hills to Rapid City.

Overnight: The Rushmore Hotel Rapid City (Breakfast included)

Day 9

Black Hills

Explore the stunning natural beauty of the Black Hills today with a drive through the landscape to visit Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, which is a mountain carving of the famous war chief of the Lakota people. In the afternoon you will return to Rapid City to enjoy a group dinner in the evening.

Overnight: The Rushmore Hotel Rapid City (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 10

Rapid City – Denver

In the morning, cross some of the most beautiful scenery in the west in Wyoming’s expansive grasslands as you head for Denver. The evening is free to enjoy the sights at leisure so why not seek out some of the great restaurants in the area?

Overnight: Sheraton Denver Downtown (Breakfast included)

Day 11

Denver – Vail – Moab

Venture into the mountains today to ascend the foothills of the Rockies and cross the Continental Divide to Vail. This charming alpine village was founded in 1966 and has a wonderful old-school feel that attracts outdoor enthusiasts. From here, make your way to Moab where you’ll spot the settings for many of John Ford’s 1940s movies. The evening is yours to enjoy as you please, from admiring the sunset over the red cliffs to enjoying an exhilarating boat ride along the Colorado River with dinner included.

Overnight: BW Plus Canyonlands Inn (Breakfast included)

Day 12

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

Embark on a journey to two exciting and beautiful national parks today – the Canyonlands National Park and the breath-taking Arches National Park where thousands of natural sandstone arches have been carved from thousands of years’ worth of wind and rain. In the evening, enjoy some free time to relax and unwind.

Overnight: BW Plus Canyonlands Inn (Breakfast included)

Day 13

Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Monument Valley

Today you will visit the Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ancient community of the Ancestral Puebloan people who lived here between 600 and 1300 AD. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the cliff-top buildings and the enormous Cliff House which is the largest cliff dwelling in the world. In the evening, there will be a classic Navajo cookout served at Monument Valley before you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.

Overnight: Goulding’s Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 14

Monument Valley – Grand Canyon National Park

Spend the morning admiring the beauty of Monument Valley in open-air vehicles to make the most of this amazing destination, accompanied by a guide. Visit the land of the Navajo people and stop off at the historic Cameron Trading Post. Enjoy the stunning views along the Desert View Drive which hint at the incredible vistas ahead – those of the Grand Canyon. You’ll meet with a local expert who will educate you on the incredibly geology that has created the canyon over the past 1.7 billion years. In the evening, take part in a farewell dinner with your group.

Overnight: National Park Lodges (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 15

Grand Canyon – Las Vegas

There’s an optional excursion this morning to take part in a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flight over the canyon before hitting the road again, stopping en-route in Seligman and Kingman which are Route 66 hotspots that have kept the culture of this renowned route alive. You’ll end your journey in Las Vegas where there will be a transfer to take you to the airport for your departing flight.

(Breakfast included)

Please do not schedule any flights before 6.30pm

  • International flights
  • Internal travel: Air-conditioned coach; Open-air vehicles in Monument Valley
  • Hotels (14 nights)
  • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners included
  • Orientation tour of Salt Lake City; Visits to all national parks as listed; Visit to Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore; Visit to Little Bighorn Battlefield; Guided tours in Yellowstone National Park, Buffalo Bill Centre of the West and the Grand Canyon
  • Tour guide throughout, plus local guides

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

TODAY 34ºC
TUE 32ºC
WED 27ºC
THU 32ºC
FRI 32ºC
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Average Temperature (Celsius) Average Rainfall (Inches)

Jan
15ºC
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Feb
18ºC
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Mar
23ºC
1
Apr
27ºC
0
May
32ºC
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Jun
38ºC
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Jul
41ºC
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Aug
40ºC
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Sep
36ºC
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Oct
28ºC
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Nov
20ºC
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Dec
15ºC
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