Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park
Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park
Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Grand Teton National Park & Misty Hills in Jackson
Grand Teton National Park & Misty Hills in Jackson
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Black Hills National Park, Buffalo Bill Centre & Devils Tower
Black Hills National Park, Buffalo Bill Centre & Devils Tower
Crazy Horse Memorial & Mount Rushmore
Crazy Horse Memorial & Mount Rushmore

American Parks Trail

8 nights from £2,999 per person Including Flights

Overview

Embark on an eight-night tour through the rugged Wild West. Start in Salt Lake City, then venture to Jackson and the Grand Tetons. Explore Yellowstone National Park, where you'll stroll among rainbow-hued hot springs and witness Old Faithful's majestic eruptions. In Cody, visit the Buffalo Bill Center to see a remarkable firearms collection. Continue to Devils Tower in the Black Hills, steeped in Western lore with stories of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Next, visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial to see the iconic faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt carved into the mountainside. Conclude with a visit to Crazy Horse Memorial, ascending 563 feet for an exclusive view of the world's largest mountain carving honoring the Lakota warrior. (IN)

Highlights

  • Stand in awe at beautiful Jenny Lake, with the Grand Tetons that stretch over 6,500 feet into the sky reflected in the tranquil waters
  • Experience Yellowstone’s abundance of wildlife and unique geothermal activity, including the eruption of the world’s famous geyser, Old Faithful
  • Explore the massive Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody for a fascinating in-depth look at the Wild West and then get a taste of ranch life firsthand with a stay at The Ranch at Ucross
  • See the unique geologic feature known as Devil’s Tower rise up from the plains, and then cross into South Dakota to visit some of the top sights in the lush Black Hills, from Spearfish Canyon and Custer State Park to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Badlands.

Itinerary Overview

Fly into Salt Lake City, CO 1 night - Jackson, WY 1 night – Yellowstone National Park, WY 2 nights – UCross, WY 1 night – Spearfish, SD 1 night – Custer, SD 2 nights – fly home from either Denver or Rapid City

On sale for 2024 departures, May to October.

If flying back from Denver International airport transfer will arrive at the airport 4:30pm, please be aware when booking your flights that the departure flight should be no earlier than 7:30pm

If flying back from Rapid City this does not include a transfer and you will make your way independently to Rapid City Airport

2024 Definite Departure Dates
Sept: 06, 11, 16, 20, 23, 27

2025 Definite Departure Dates
Jun: 27
Sept: 10

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Day 1

Fly to Salt Lake City

Welcome to Salt Lake City! Transfer independently to your hotel and join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner with wine. For ease of travel, we can pre-book your overseas airport transfers to your hotel.

Overnight: Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel or similar. Dinner with wine included

Day 2

Salt Lake City to Jackson

Departing Salt Lake City, visit the State Capitol before driving through scenic Logan Canyon and across the Wasatch Mountains to Bear Lake Summit. Enjoy lunch with views of turquoise waters. Continue north along the Oregon Trail to Jackson. Explore the town square adorned with elk antlers and browse boutique galleries. Relax at your hotel near Jackson's Town Square for the evening.

Overnight: Elk Country Inn or similar. Breakfast included

Day 3

Jackson - Grand Teton National Park - Yellowstone National Park

Wake up to the majestic Grand Tetons towering 13,775 ft (4,199 m) above the valley floor. Opt for a scenic float down the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park. Enter Yellowstone, the world’s first National Park, renowned for geothermal wonders, stunning landscapes, and wildlife like black bears and wolves. Stay tonight in a Yellowstone National Park Lodge, immersing yourself in the park's natural beauty after hours.

Overnight: Yellowstone National Park Lodge or similar. Breakfast included

Day 4

Yellowstone

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Yellowstone amidst surreal landscapes. Walk among rainbow-tinted hot springs and witness erupting geysers on an informative stroll with your Travel Director. Marvel at colourful bubbling mud pots and the iconic Old Faithful geyser, reaching heights of 120 feet (37 metres). In the afternoon, explore the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and drive through wildlife-rich Hayden Valley, known for wolves, bears, elk, and bison. The evening is yours to unwind and enjoy at leisure.

Overnight: Yellowstone National Park Lodge or similar. Breakfast included

Day 5

Yellowstone  Cody – The Ranch at UCross

As you depart Yellowstone National Park for the Wild West town of Cody, you’ll travel through Shoshone Canyon, a starkly beautiful gorge with over two-billion-year-old granite exposed around the Buffalo Bill Dam, as well as the impressive Absaroka Rockies, with its eight summits that exceed 12,000 feet. In Cody, visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, created to honour of one of America's great Western legends, “Buffalo Bill” Cody who entertained thousands with his Wild West shows. With five separate museums, this Smithsonian-affiliated complex spans 300,000 square feet, and includes countless displays, not only related to Bill, like a lock of his hair and the very costume Annie Oakley wore in his Wild West shows, but Charles M. Russell paintings, real-life birds of prey and even a pair of dueling pistols that date back to the 1500s.

Your next stop offers the chance to get a taste of ranch life, with a stay at The Ranch at Ucross, including a ranch-style dinner that’s cooked up by your local ranch hosts.

Overnight: The Ranch at Ucross, South Dakota or similar. Breakfast and dinner with wine included

Day 6

Ucross, SD - Devils Tower - Spearfish Canyon, SD

Continue your authentic western experience with a horseback ride in the morning, complete with a rider guide, fishing on Piney Creek or relaxing and enjoying the tranquil surroundings before heading towards Devils Tower. This distinctive rock formation is a unique geologic feature that rises over 1,200 feet from the rolling prairie and has been sacred to Native Americans for centuries. If it looks familiar, that’s because the hit sci-fi film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” that put it on the map, used as the UFO landing site. If you want to stretch your legs and get a close up look yourself, it’s easy to walk around by following a 1.3-mile, mostly flat, oval path.

Journey across the state border into the Black Hills of South Dakota, keeping an eye out for the pronghorn antelope as you cross the high plains. Here, Spearfish Canyon awaits, a place so stunning it was chosen by cinematographers as the setting for “Dances with Wolves. This creek-carved gorge is even more ancient than the Grand Canyon, albeit much narrower, and more lush too, home to magnificent Roughlock Falls. In the evening, enjoy a rustic dinner at beautiful Spearfish Canyon Lodge.

Overnight: Spearfish Canyon Lodge, South Dakota or similar. Breakfast included

Day 7

Spearfish Canyon - Badlands National Park - Custer National Park

Embark on a Wild West adventure today as we journey across the great high plains, searching for the pronghorn antelope, North America's fastest mammal, en route to South Dakota's Black Hills. Our first stop is the Oglala Lakota Living History Museum for a unique MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Discover Badlands National Park, spanning 244,000 acres of dramatic buttes, pinnacles, and grass prairie, a hidden gem in America's national parks known for its unparalleled beauty.

Overnight: The State Game Lodge, Custer or similar. Breakfast included

Day 8

Custer National Park - Crazy Horse Memorial - Mount Rushmore - Custer National Park

This morning, marvel at the granite faces of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Later, visit the impressive Crazy Horse Memorial, the world's largest mountain carving dedicated to the Lakota warrior. Enjoy exclusive access to ascend 563 feet (172 metres) for a close-up view of the monument. Tonight, celebrate your journey with dinner alongside your Travel Director and newfound friends.

Overnight: The State Game Lodge, Custer. Breakfast and Dinner with wine included

Day 9

Fly home

Today you’ll either end your tour, departing from Rapid City, or travel south to Denver Colorado flying out from Denver International Airport.

If flying back from Denver International airport transfer will arrive at the airport at 4:30pm, please be aware when booking your flights that the departure flight should be no earlier than 7:30pm

If flying back from Rapid City this does not include a transfer and you will make your way independently to Rapid City Airport

  • International flights;
  • VIP return transfers from home to your UK departure airport within a 50 mile radius
  • Overseas airport departure transfer (if flying from Denver)
  • Internal travel: luxury air-conditioned coach with on-board restroom and extended leg room
  • Hotels (8 nights); baggage handling and tips included; free Wi-Fi at most hotels
  • 8 breakfasts and 3 dinners with wine
  • Tour guide throughout; local guides

 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.

 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.
  • 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.

What's not included

  • Overseas arrival airport transfers (available to pre-book at an additional cost)
  • Departure airport transfer from Rapid City
  • Meals unless stated otherwise

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