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Scenic Parks Explorer

15 Days 2 Countries 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"

Paula

About this trip

The ultimate national park adventure, visiting seven parks in the west and mid-west, diverse landscapes emerge, from Mesa Verde's carved canyon houses to Bryce Canyon's towering hoodoos.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… experiencing the food and lifestyle of a real cowboy on a cookout in Billings, and discovering the history of local legend, Buffalo Bill, in Cody. Exploring the staggering size and beauty of the iconic Grand Canyon, it's meeting an expert geologist who reveals the ancient natural events that resulted in its formation. And listening to the sounds of nature on a stroll through Yellowstone with a park expert, who adds insights into the geothermal features, wildlife and forests.


Trip type: Discoveries i

Trip code: DSPA

14 Nights

accommodation

21 Meals
  • 14 full breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch.

  • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest).

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Scenic Parks Explorer

Your Itinerary

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

2. Las Vegas – Zion and 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 Canyon Grand

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

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. The evening is free for you to explore.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Lunch
Hotel
The Lodge at Jackson Hole

5. Jackson – Grand Teton and 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 Specialist 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

6. Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing and Free Time

Explore the impressive Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its stunning waterfalls and a chance to see bison and elk. 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

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 with a Local Specialist 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

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 Hotel Rapid City

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 Lakota people. Return to Rapid City in the afternoon and join your travelling companions for dinner this evening.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Dinner

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

11. Denver – Vail – Moab (2 nights)

Head toward the mountains this morning as you ascend into the foothills of the Rockies and cross the Continental Divide on your way to the resort destination of 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 that attracts outdoor enthusiasts. Then it's on to Moab where, in the late 1940s, the legendary John Ford discovered the area's rugged beauty and filmed the first of many movies here. Tonight is yours—perhaps opt for taking in the sunset over the red cliffs. If you're in the mood for more excitement, try a jet boat ride along the mighty Colorado River with a tasty dinner included.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
BW Plus Canyonlands Inn

12. Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

Today, embark on a journey to explore two National Parks. Discover stunning Canyonlands National Park and visit magnificent Arches National Park where the wind and rain have eroded the sandstone into more than 2,000 natural arches. Wander through a kaleidoscope of geologic time as you watch the light play upon the ancient, multi-coloured stone. Enjoy the evening on your own.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

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. Explore some of the cliff-top buildings and look down at the massive Cliff House, the largest cliff dwelling in the world. Tonight, enjoy a unique Navajo cookout and Regional Meal on the floor of Monument Valley before returning to your hotel.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
Goulding's Lodge

14. 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 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 life-long memories at a Farewell Dinner inside the park.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Hotel
National Park Lodges

15. 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 this morning. 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 transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport or to the Tropicana Las Vegas for guests extending their stay.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Be My Guest
    with true Western hospitality in Montana.

  • Local Specialists
    in Yellowstone National Park, at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and at the Grand Canyon.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Orientation tour of Salt Lake City

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

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

    • See Little Bighorn Battlefield

    • Scenic drive along Desert View Drive


What's Included

Dining

    • 14 full breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch.

    • 6 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • 13 nights First Class accommodation


    Airport Transfers

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


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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 148 Reviews

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    Service rating : The national parks visited were spectacular. However, some key sights within the parks were omitted from our tour. More time could have been spent at some parks and less time at rest stops.Product : Overall experience was favorable. Allocation of time between visiting sights and

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    Service rating : Tour Director was good.However there were some aspects of accommodation and meals provided which could definitely be improved.ACCOMMODATION:Grand Canyon Lodges Maswik North.Average accommodation for price charged.Towels provided were threadbare and had holes in them.NOT GOOD

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    Service:

    Service rating : Korie Goff is a superb tour guide. She is very organied. I have traveled extensivelyand she is among the best ever. Our bus drive Tim was excellent. Also Kneraryudosto your staff for an excellent itinerary.Product : I've taken several Trafalgar tours. itineraries are excellent.

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    Service rating : Tom Williams was a fantastic tour director. He was extremely knowledgeable on the area but also had tremendous people skills and with them kept us on schedule. Having managed meetings and schedules, I know how difficult it can be. Tim Arnold was a terrific driver and handled

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    Service:

    Service rating : Where to begin as this trip listed as a LUXURY - which means in state of great comfort and extravagant living. This trip was none of those. First, The Coach it is called, let us call it a bus and and old beat up one. It was full to capacity with 3 empty seats and 2 of them a

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