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Scenic Parks Explorer 2014

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Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USAMesa Verde National Park in Colorado, USAMount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, USACrazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota, USABryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USAYellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USA
Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, USA
Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota, USA
Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USA
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA
  • Duration: 14 Days
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  • Brochure: America and Canada 2014
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  • Style: Discovery
  • Description: Explore and experience the amazing scenic parks of America including Zion, Bryce, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Arches, Mesa Verde and Grand Canyon National Parks. Marvel at the dramatic towering cliffs, diverse wildlife, awesome rock formations and plunging canyons that create these truly spectacular natural wonders on this trip.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE LAS VEGAS

    Welcome to Las Vegas! After checking in at the hotel, browse the exclusive shops, hit the slot machines or just lounge a while by the hotel pool. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Tropicana Las Vegas (F)

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  • Day 2

    LAS VEGAS – ZION & BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARKS

    Depart Las Vegas for the graceful slot canyons and towering cliffs of Zion National Park. Then it's onward to Bryce Canyon, home to the world's largest concentration of hoodoos — tall limestone spires that rise majestically from the desert floor.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: BW Plus Bryce (F)

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  • Day 3

    BRYCE CANYON – SALT LAKE CITY

    Leave the red rock canyons and travel north to Utah's capital. See the famed Temple Square, headquarters to the Mormon church and home to the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This evening, perhaps enjoy an optional visit to Brigham Young's former home, followed by dinner at the Lion House, featuring pioneer-style ambiance and cuisine.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton Salt Lake City Center (SF)

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  • Day 4

    SALT LAKE CITY – JACKSON

    Get a glimpse of the route of the pioneers as you cross the Oregon Trail and enter Wyoming. Stop in Montpelier at the Oregon Trail Center. Through interactive exhibits, glimpse the thrills and challenges of the Old Trail. Enjoy lunch before departing to scenic Jackson, standing in the shadows of the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons. This evening is free for you to explore.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

    Hotel: The Lodge at Jackson Hole (F)

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  • Day 5

    JACKSON – GRAND TETON & YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARKS (2 NIGHTS)

    Rise early for an optional guided raft trip to spot wildlife on the Snake River (seasonal). Then traverse Grand Teton National Park on the way to Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world's first National Park. Join a Local Expert to explore the spouting geysers, bubbling hot springs and mud paint pots. (When the south entrance is closed due to weather conditions, the itinerary will travel west from Jackson via Idaho and enter Yellowstone National Park through the west entrance.)


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP)

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  • Day 6

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING

    Explore the impressive Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its stunning waterfalls and a chance to see bison and elks. Watch in wonder as Old Faithful's waters arc over 100 feet (30 metres) into the air. This evening, relax under the great basin of stars.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    YELLOWSTONE – CODY – BILLINGS

    Head north to the town of Cody, named for its most famous native son, Buffalo Bill, and get a glimpse into its lively history at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Then it's on to Big Sky Country for a Be My Guest dinner featuring local cuisine and a host who welcomes you with true Western hospitality.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza Billings (F)

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  • Day 8

    BILLINGS – LITTLE BIGHORN – RAPID CITY (2 NIGHTS)

    Today begins with a visit to Little Bighorn, the infamous battlefield where the ill-fated Custer led his men against a battalion of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Then, travel east through the Black Hills to Rapid City.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Adoba Eco Hotel & Suites (SF)

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  • Day 9

    BLACK HILLS EXCURSION

    Discover the natural and manmade wonders of the Black Hills with a drive through stunning scenery on your way to visit Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, a mountain carving of the famed war chief of the Oglala people. Return to Rapid City this afternoon and join your travelling companions for dinner this evening.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 10

    RAPID CITY – DENVER

    Cross some of the West's most beautiful terrain today as you travel through the expansive grasslands of Wyoming on your way to Denver, the Mile High City. After getting settled at the hotel, enjoy the evening to relax.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel (MD)

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  • Day 11

    DENVER – VAIL – ARCHES NATIONAL PARK – MOAB

    Ascend into the Rockies and stretch your legs in Vail before descending to magnificent Arches National Park. Here, the wind and rain have eroded the sandstone into more than 2,000 natural arches. Tonight is on your own—your hotel is in the heart of Moab and close to all kinds of restaurants, whether you're in the mood for family or fine dining tonight. Or if you're in the mood for more excitement, choose an optional jetboat ride along the mighty Colorado with a tasty dinner included.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: BW Plus Canyonlands Inn (F)

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  • Day 12

    MOAB – MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK – MONUMENT VALLEY

    Between AD 600 and 1300, the Ancestral Puebloan people carved houses and entire communities out of the sandstone of the canyon walls at Mesa Verde National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore some of the cliff-top buildings and look down at the massive Cliff House, the largest cliff dwelling in the world. Head to Monument Valley for the night where you will be treated to a Navajo Highlight Dinner.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

    Hotel: Goulding's Lodge (NP)

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  • Day 13

    MONUMENT VALLEY – GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

    Marvel at Monument Valley's landscape of towering sandstone buttes in special open-air vehicles accompanied by a guide. Visit the land of the Navajo people, stopping at historic Cameron Trading Post. Breathtaking views along scenic Desert View Drive just hint at the most spectacular of all vistas—the vast panorama of the Grand Canyon unfolding before you. Meet with a Local Expert who will enlighten you about the more than two billion years of geology revealed in the canyon. Tonight, toast your grand adventure and your new life-long memories at a Farewell Dinner inside the park.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP)

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  • Day 14

    GRAND CANYON – DEPART LAS VEGAS

    If you like, take an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip to see the canyon from the sky. Hit the road again, stopping in Seligman and Kingman, Route 66 hotspots that have kept the old Mother Road's culture alive. End your journey back in Las Vegas where a complimentary transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport or to the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas for guests extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 6:30 p.m.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy a dinner of local cuisine with a host who welcomes you with true Western hospitality.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert Join an interpretive guide for a stroll in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Local Expert Enjoy an informative presentation on the Grand Canyon.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Zion National ParkDiscover Zion Canyon's dramatic towering cliffs.
  • Bryce Canyon National ParkView the colourful and whimsical hoodoos.
  • Salt Lake CityEnjoy an orientation tour including Temple Square.
  • JacksonOvernight in this authentic Old-West town.
  • Grand Teton National ParkView soaring peaks and abundant wildlife.
  • Yellowstone National ParkStroll around the boardwalks to view the geysers, mud pots and bubbling pools in America's first National Park.
  • CodyVisit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
  • Little Bighorn BattlefieldSee the site of Custer's Last Stand.
  • Black HillsView Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.
  • DenverStay in the heart of America's Mile High City.
  • VailStretch your legs in this charming alpine village.
  • Arches National ParkView amazing natural rock formations.
  • Mesa Verde National ParkExplore ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings.
  • Monument ValleyBoard an open-air vehicle to tour these iconic buttes and mesas.
  • Grand Canyon National ParkMarvel at the sights from the South Rim.

Dining

  • 13 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 7 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Las Vegas
    • 3 three-course dinners
    • Be My Guest dinner in Billings
    • Navajo Highlight Dinner with wine in Monument Valley
    • Farewell Dinner with wine at the Grand Canyon

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • 13 nights First Class accommodation

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