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Scenic Parks Explorer

15 Days 1 Country 13 Cities

Take in the amazing scenic parks of America including Zion, Bryce, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Grand Canyon.

"The places we visited were awesome. It truly was an experience of a lifetime"

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      • Check out our similar 'Spectacular Canyons and National Parks' trip. With fewer inclusions on our CostSaver itineraries, you decide what you want to experience. Visit www.costsaver.trafalgar.com
      • These departures will operate as per the 2017 brochure. Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
      • Airport arrival will be at 4 p.m., please be aware when booking your flights.
      • For guests continuing onto Denver Airport arrival will be 5 p.m., please be aware when booking your flights.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Carve a trail through America's National Parks-past mystical chimneys in Bryce Canyon, imposing mesas rising up from the red floor of Monument Valley, and the rock-hewn faces of former presidents. Complete your adventure with Happy Pappy's cookout and the vast panorama of Grand Canyon before you.


      Trip type: Discovery

      Trip code: DSPA

      14 Nights

      accommodation

      21 Meals
      • 14 full breakfasts

      • 1 lunch

      • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Scenic drive along Desert View Drive

        • Orientation of Salt Lake City

        • View Crazy Horse Memorial, iconic Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

        • Visit Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches, Mesa Verde and Grand Canyon National Parks, Jackson, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Little Bighorn Battlefield, the Mile High City of Denver, Monument Valley, Las Vegas


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 14 full breakfasts

        • 1 lunch

        • 6 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Arrive Las Vegas

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      Las Vegas – Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

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      Bryce Canyon – Salt Lake City

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      Salt Lake City – Montpelier – Jackson

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      Jackson – Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks (2 Nights)

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      Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing

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      Yellowstone – Cody – Billings

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      Billings – Little Bighorn – Rapid City (2 Nights)

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      Black Hills Excursion

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      Rapid City – Denver

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      Denver – Vail – Moab (2 Nights)

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      Canyonlands and Arches National Parks Excursion

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      Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Monument Valley

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      Monument Valley – Grand Canyon National Park

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      Grand Canyon – Depart Las Vegas

      Day 1

      Arrive Las Vegas Day 1 - Arrive Las Vegas

      Welcome to Las Vegas. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

      Hotel

      Tropicana Las Vegas

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Tropicana Las Vegas

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Las Vegas – Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks Day 2 - Las Vegas – Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

      Depart Las Vegas for the graceful 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.

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      BW Plus Bryce Canyon Grand

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      BW Plus Bryce Canyon Grand

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Bryce Canyon – Salt Lake City Day 3 - Bryce Canyon – Salt Lake City

      Travel north to Utah's capital to see the famed Temple Square, headquarters to the Mormon church and home to the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Meet Local Specialists, sister missionaries, who introduce the basic beliefs and history of the Mormon pioneers which brought about the building of the temple and the Tabernacle, home of the Tabernacle Choir. This evening, enjoy an optional dinner at the Roof Restaurant, Utah's premier gourmet dining location.

      Hotel

      Hilton Salt Lake City Center

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Hilton Salt Lake City Center

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Salt Lake City – Montpelier – Jackson Day 4 - Salt Lake City – Montpelier – Jackson

      Get a glimpse of the route of the pioneers as you cross the Oregon Trail, stopping in Montpelier at the Oregon Trail Center. Enjoy lunch at a covered wagon themed restaurant before departing to scenic Jackson, standing in the shadows of the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons. The evening is free for you to explore.

      Hotel

      The Lodge at Jackson Hole

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      The Lodge at Jackson Hole

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Jackson – Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks (2 Nights) Day 5 - Jackson – Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks (2 Nights)

      Traverse through Grand Teton National Park on the way to Yellowstone, the world's first National Park. (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.) Lodges featured are the Old Faithful Inn, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Grant Village and the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Specific lodges will be confirmed in your documents.

      Hotel

      National Park Lodges

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      National Park Lodges

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing Day 6 - Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing

      Explore the impressive Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its stunning waterfalls and a chance to see bison and elk. Join your Travel Director to explore the spouting geysers, bubbling hot springs and mud paint pots. Watch in wonder as Old Faithful's waters arc over 100 feet (30 metres) into the air.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 7

      Yellowstone – Cody – Billings Day 7 - Yellowstone – Cody – Billings

      Head east 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.

      Hotel

      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Billings

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Billings

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

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      Day 8

      Billings – Little Bighorn – Rapid City (2 Nights) 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.

      Hotel

      The Rushmore

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      The Rushmore

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 9

      Black Hills Excursion Day 9 - Black Hills Excursion

      Discover the wonders of the Black Hills on your way to visit the base of Crazy Horse Memorial before a visit to Mount Rushmore. This afternoon, gather with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a festive dinner featuring a Cultural Insight, Stephen Yellowhawk, who shares his tribe's history through dance and song.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Day 10

      Rapid City – Denver Day 10 - Rapid City – Denver

      Travel through the expansive grasslands of Wyoming on your way to Denver. Enjoy the evening to relax.

      Hotel

      Sheraton Denver Downtown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Sheraton Denver Downtown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 11

      Denver – Vail – Moab (2 Nights) Day 11 - Denver – Vail – Moab (2 Nights)

      Ascend into the foothills of the Rockies and cross the Continental Divide on your way to Vail. Founded in 1966 at the base of the largest ski mountain in the United States, this pretty alpine village has an old-world feel. Then it's on to Moab where tonight is yours.

      Hotel

      BW Plus Canyonlands Inn

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      BW Plus Canyonlands Inn

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 12

      Canyonlands and Arches National Parks Excursion Day 12 - Canyonlands and Arches National Parks Excursion

      Discover stunning Canyonlands National Park and visit magnificent Arches National Park where the wind and rain have eroded the sandstone into natural arches.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 13

      Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Monument Valley Day 13 - 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. Tonight, enjoy a unique Navajo cookout Regional Meal in Monument Valley before returning to your hotel.

      Hotel

      Goulding's Lodge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Goulding's Lodge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 13

      Day 14

      Monument Valley – Grand Canyon National Park Day 14 - Monument Valley – Grand Canyon National Park

      Marvel at Monument Valley's landscape in special open-air vehicles accompanied by a Local Specialist. Visit the land of the Navajo people, stopping at historic Cameron Trading Post. Breathtaking views hint at the most spectacular of all vistas-the vast panorama of the Grand Canyon. Meet with a Local Specialist who will enlighten you about the more than 1.7 billion years of geology revealed in the canyon. Tonight, toast your grand adventure and your new lifelong memories at a Farewell Dinner inside the park.

      Hotel

      National Park Lodges

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      National Park Lodges

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 15

      Grand Canyon – Depart Las Vegas Day 15 - Grand Canyon – Depart Las Vegas

      Perhaps take an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip this morning before hitting the road again. End your journey back in Las Vegas where a transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport or to the Tropicana Las Vegas for guests extending their stay.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/nz/tours/scenic-parks-explorer for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Experience true Western hospitality in Montana

      • Cultural Insights
        Meet Stephen Yellowhawk and discover the history of his tribe during a festive evening of dance and song

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Salt Lake City, Monument Valley and at the Grand Canyon

      • JoinTrafalgar
        Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow Crazy Horse Memorial You'll discover why the Crazy Horse Memorial is only possible thanks to your visit, and how the foundation preserves the heritage of Native American Indians. Stephen YellowhawkYou'll discover how Stephen shares and promotes his tribe's history through traditional dance and song, and help support his work with Native American diabetic patients.

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Scenic drive along Desert View Drive

        • Orientation of Salt Lake City

        • View Crazy Horse Memorial, iconic Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

        • Visit Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches, Mesa Verde and Grand Canyon National Parks, Jackson, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Little Bighorn Battlefield, the Mile High City of Denver, Monument Valley, Las Vegas


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 14 full breakfasts

        • 1 lunch

        • 6 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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        Service rating : Great trip, well planned. we saw so much! Good hotels. Considering we were 15 days on a coach I still wasn't weary at the end! The Tour Director was excellent, knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour.Product : Great opportunity for photography mad particpants

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        Service rating : The Scenic Parks Explorer tour gave us the opportunity to visit some fabulous scenery in our nation's National Parks that we never would have visited on our own.Product : The itinerary was great in that it allowed us to visit eight states and numerous national parks.

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        Service rating : YesProduct : Too much bus time, would have liked more time exploring parks

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        Great trip! Would highly recommend as you see & cover so much in a short time. Very informative as to locations/history short stories of areas & others experiences. Suggestions were made for best viewing points & walkways/paths. Helpful in places to eat if meal not supplied. Great idea for

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        Service rating : After 7 continents,70+ countries, 27 years and all by tour companies - Tiffany has surpassed the top 3 guides (all *Competitor comment removed by Feefo*) a very tough competition! Her knowledge, presentation, love for the job, professionalism and demeanor was the best. I actually

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