National Parks Wonders

9 Days 2 Countries 10 Cities

This Regional Explorer trip blends old west towns, national parks and historic monuments like Mount Rushmore.

"Saw everything we wanted and more!"


About this trip

This trip blends old west towns like Jackson, Cody, Sheridan and Montpelier, national parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton, and historic monuments like Devil's Tower and Mount Rushmore.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… joining the owner of Sheridan's PO News and Flagstaff Café, an old world eatery in this historic western town. With its store established in 1910, the café's mix of home-style American fare, downtown setting and welcoming atmosphere is the perfect backdrop to your host's stories of the town's colourful past as the capital of the Bighorn region.

Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: DNPW

8 Nights


13 Meals
  • 8 full breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

  • 1 lunch.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

National Parks Wonders

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Salt Lake City

Welcome to Salt Lake City. Check into your hotel and relax or take a walk around the hotel grounds to get acquainted. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Welcome Reception
Sheraton Salt Lake City

2. Salt Lake City – Montpelier - Jackson (2 Nights)

Travelling north into Idaho, trace the footsteps of the pioneers at the Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier. Through interactive exhibits, travel vicariously with a covered wagon train in America's great western migration and experience the thrills and challenges of the old Oregon Trail. Enjoy lunch in a covered wagon themed restaurant before crossing into Wyoming on your way to scenic Jackson, which stands in the shadows of the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons. Get spectacular 360-degree views of the Snake River Valley and Grand Teton National Park on an exciting aerial tram ride (seasonal) to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain.

Full Breakfast
The Lodge at Jackson Hole

3. Grand Teton National Park Sightseeing

If you like, hit the water this morning on an optional guided float trip down the Snake River (seasonal) where you'll float with amazing views of the magnificent Grand Tetons. Keep your eyes open for some of the area's abundant wildlife, including moose and elk drinking from the rivers, bison munching on grass and beavers putting the finishing touches on their elaborate dams. Overhead, watch for majestic bald eagles, graceful blue herons and the dozens of species of songbird that call the park home. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Chuckwagon Regional Meal.

Full Breakfast
Regional Meal

Optional Experiences

Snake River Float Trip Through Grand Teton National Park

This gentle 10-mile float trip runs entirely within Grand Teton National Park, and covers the most scenic stretch of the Snake River in the Jackson Hole Valley. The Snake River is a lifeline to the park’s bison, elk, moose, beaver, pronghorn, deer, bear and 300 different species of birds, including osprey and eagles. Your experienced guide offers in-depth information on the geology of the Grand Tetons and the habitats of the animals you may see. Although we can’t guarantee multiple animal sightings, your chances of spotting wildlife on the Snake River – with its lush willows to feed on and deep-water pools for animals to swim in – are greater here than anywhere else in the park. Operates late May – mid Sep, subject to weather conditions. Tour length: 3 hours. (Minimum: 12 passengers).

Adult Price: US$81.00

4. Jackson – Yellowstone National Park (2 Nights)

Spend the morning discovering the natural glories of Grand Teton National Park with its snowcapped mountains, pristine alpine lakes and evergreen forests. From Jenny Lake to the jagged peaks of the Teton Range, you'll find exhilarating vistas everywhere you look. Then it's onward to Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world's first National Park. Watch in awe as Old Faithful's waters arc nearly 100 feet (30 metres) into the air-as it has done approximately every 90 minutes since the Washburn Expedition discovered it in 1870. Take a guided walk with a Local Specialist among the spouting geysers, bubbling mudpots and turquoise hot springs and learn about the geothermal dynamics of this amazing wonderland. Tonight, dine in the park. Before retiring for the night, be sure to step out and take in the great panorama of stars. Enjoy a two night stay inside Yellowstone National Park, where each lodge has its own unique setting and atmosphere. Lodges featured are the Old Faithful Inn, Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Grant Village, and the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Specific lodges will be confirmed in your documents.

Full Breakfast
National Park Lodges

5. Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing

Begin today by looking for wildlife in Hayden Valley en route to the impressive Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its stunning waterfalls. Continue on the upper loop to Dunraven Pass and the Lamar Valley, some of the less travelled, but ruggedly beautiful regions of the park. At Mammoth Hot Springs, take a stroll and admire the mineral terraces that resemble frozen waterfalls cascading down into the valley.

Full Breakfast

6. Yellowstone National Park – Cody – Sheridan

Head east to the town of Cody, named for its most famous native son, Buffalo Bill. Get a glimpse into the fascinating history of the American West at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West where you'll meet a Local Specialist and delve into the history of the cowboy, the role of the firearm in the early days, and the culture and art of the Plains Indians. Join your fellow travellers for a Be My Guest dinner in true Western style at a historic café complete with an old-time tobacco shop.

Full Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Holiday Inn Sheridan

7. Sheridan – Deadwood – Rapid City (2 Nights)

Proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt as America's first national monument, the majestic Devils Tower rises nearly 1,300 feet (396 metres) above the Belle Fourche River. After exploring the area, head into the Black Hills of South Dakota and the boomtown of Deadwood, which arose after the discovery of gold in the 1870s. In Deadwood, join Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour and explore this once lawless town. Join a Local Specialist to hear about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this town famous. Journey on to Rapid City, where you have the option of visiting Mount Rushmore this evening to see the magical illumination ceremony.

Full Breakfast
The Rushmore

8. Black Hills Excursion and Free Time

This morning discover more of the natural and man-made wonders of the Black Hills with a drive through stunning scenery as you go to the base of Crazy Horse Memorial, a massive mountain carving of the famed war chief of the Lakota people. Next is a visit to Mount Rushmore, designed by sculptor Gutzon Borglum to celebrate the "founding, expansion, preservation and unification of the United States" through enormous carvings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. This afternoon, return to Rapid City before gathering with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a festive Farewell Dinner featuring Stephen Yellowhawk who shares his tribe's history through dance and song.

Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Bear Country USA

Nestled between towering pines and along rolling meadows over 250 acres just eight miles south of Rapid City, Bear Country U.S.A. offers visitors intimate views of most North American mammals. Take a leisurely three-mile journey aboard your coach through several enclosures and encounter black bear, elk, reindeer, deer, cougars, bobcats, rocky mountain goats, bighorn sheep, Dall sheep and buffalo. You’ll watch these clowns of nature frolic in a pool, climb trees and amble across the road. At this “home of the largest collection of privately owned black bear in the world,” you’re guaranteed to see more wildlife than you expected. Approx. tour length: 2 hours. (Minimum: 25 passengers).

Adult Price: US$29.00

Badlands Excursion

Badlands National Park in southwest South Dakota preserves 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in America. Without a doubt, a hidden gem in the national park system, the unique beauty of the Badlands landscape is like no other. Sightseers as well as scholarly scientists are attracted to the area for its astounding beauty and the opportunity to peek into an ancient world. And no trip to the Badlands would be complete without a stop at famous Wall Drug. An establishment which became known for offering free ice water to thirsty travelers in the 1930s is today one of the top roadside attractions in the country. Approx. duration: 5 hours. (Min: 20 Passengers)

Adult Price: US$40.00

Mount Rushmore Evening Lighting Ceremony

Join a park ranger at Mount Rushmore’s outdoor amphitheater for this moving patriotic program and sculpture lighting ceremony. The program begins with a short inspirational talk, focusing on the presidents, patriotism and the nation’s history, and is followed by a 20 minute film, “Freedom: America’s Lasting Legacy.” Watch in wonder as the evening ulminates in the slow exposure of light to the monument until it is fully illuminated. Be sure to bundle up as the evenings can be cool. Operates seasonally, starting at 9 p.m. May – Aug; 8 p.m. mid Aug – Sep. Tour length: 2 hours. (Minimum: 15 passengers)

Adult Price: US$25.00

9. Depart Rapid City

Bid farewell to your travelling companions and take a transfer to Rapid City Airport or extend your stay in Rapid City at The Rushmore Hotel.

Full Breakfast

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  • Be My Guest
    Learn about the rich Western history of Sheridan with dinner at PO News and Flagstaff Cafe.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    Get an in-depth look at Yellowstone National Park, at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and in Deadwood.

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    Stephen Yellowhawk You'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. 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.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Scenic drive through Deadwood

    • Orientation of Jackson

    • View Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore

    • Visit the Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier, Yellowstone National Park, the towering peaks of Grand Teton National Park, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Devils Tower National Monument, and the Black Hills of South Dakota

What's Included


    • 8 full breakfasts.

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 1 lunch.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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

    • 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 : This was the first time that I took a bus tour and I was traveling alone. The tour guide, Bob, was exceptionally knowledgeable, attentive to all, and ensured that everyone was taken care of - even during served meals ( and when a couple of people were not feeling well). The bus

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    Service rating : Bus crowded with too many seats. Hard to get in and out when entering and exiting. Some hotels were not too the expected standard - noisy, room small, room had inconvenient set up, some of the meals (especially breakfasts) were not very good; the last hotel, while historic, was

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    Service rating : there were some areas that we were not happy with but overall good.Product : overall good. should have better dealt with excursions and not canceled after drive to bad lands the tour at much cost to travelers without waiting for weather to possibly pass. need to have more

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    Service rating : Without doubt, my reason for a 5 star rating is because of my travel director, Randy (Lei?)- his knowledge and his personality we're exceptional!Product : The itinerary was phenomenal!!

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    Service rating : Very knowledgeable tour guide, Bob Powell, who made sure we all had a great experience. The driver was super & a pleasure to ride with.Product : Packed more into the short time we had than we could have imagined but we never felt rushed. Bob pointed out so many things, wildlife

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