Tour: ARE - 2013 (ARE) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Las Vegas

Welcome to the “Entertainment Capital of the World!” At 6 pm, meet your fellow traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming national park adventure.

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DAY 2Las Vegas–Grand Canyon National Park

Depart the glitter lights and glamour of Las Vegas for one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Carved through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau over millions of years, the canyon is over a mile deep and 10 miles wide, revealing billions of years of geological history. Tonight, savor a sunset in one of the most beautiful places in the world. (Breakfast, Dinner)

SPECIAL FEATURE:Your hotel is located near the rim of the Grand Canyon, a rare opportunity for great views and a significant extra when traveling with Globus.

Stay on the famed Las Vegas strip 
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DAY 3Grand Canyon National Park–Monument Valley

This morning is at leisure. You may want to join an exciting helicopter flight over the canyon or enjoy a hike on one of the many trails. We then travel north through Arizona and into the Navajo Nation. Tonight will be spent at historic Goulding’s Lodge, where you will be treated to a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite NAVAJO COOKOUT and learn about the local Dineh (people) who call this land home. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Monument Valley–Moab

Start this morning with a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 4-WHEEL-DRIVE tour of Monument Valley. Your knowledgeable Navajo guide will show you some of the valley’s most incredible scenery and share with you local legends and lore. We then head north for Moab, the “Mountain Biking Capital of the World.” This evening why not enjoy a leisurely stroll, shop for a favorite souvenir, or enjoy dinner at one of the city’s many restaurants. (Breakfast)

Enjoy the resort town of Moab, Utah See the amazing rock formations in Moab Moab, Utah, near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Monument Valley in southern Utah 
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DAY 5Moab–Arches National Park–Grand Junction–Denver

This morning, explore the incredible landscape of ARCHES NATIONAL PARK. The park contains over 2,000 natural sandstone arches and formations, including Balanced Rock, Park Avenue, Double Arch, and the Delicate Arch. Stop in Colorado’s wine country, where you’ll enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite lunch and a TASTING. We then journey east across the Rocky Mountains to the “Mile High City” of Denver. This evening, why not stroll the city’s pedestrian 16th Street Mall and take advantage of the shopping, dining, and entertainment? (Breakfast, Lunch)

The Double Arch in Moab Arches National Park in Utah 
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DAY 6Denver–Custer State Park

Today, travel across the windswept landscape of Wyoming and into the Black Hills of South Dakota. Spend the next two nights in beautiful Custer State Park. Formed in 1897, the park is the second-largest state park in America, and its 73,000 breathtaking acres are home to a variety of wildlife, including bison, pronghorn antelope, mountain goats, whitetail deer, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, wild turkeys, and elk. (Breakfast, Dinner)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Stay at the Historic State Game Lodge, which served as the “Summer White House” for President Calvin Coolidge. Relax with a cool drink on the front porch and let Mother Nature entertain you.

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DAY 7Custer State Park. Excursion to Mount Rushmore & Crazy Horse

This morning, visit MOUNT RUSHMORE, which stands as a shrine of democracy. The epic sculpture depicts the faces of four exalted American presidents that symbolize this nation’s rich history, rugged determination, and lasting achievement. Then, visit the CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, built in honor of the fearless Sioux Indian chief, whose fame is derived from the Battle of Little Bighorn. Learn about the sculptor, his family, and the future of the project. Later, return to Custer State Park and be part of an exciting Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUFFALO SAFARI. Have your cameras ready for great photo ops. Then, enjoy an old-fashioned CHUCK WAGON COOKOUT, complete with Western entertainment. (Breakfast, Dinner)

See the Presidents at Mt. Rushmore Explore Mount Rushmore National Memorial 
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Our partnership with Tourism Cares, established by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), helps us not only show off the world's most spectacular destinations and sights, but also assist in the preservation of attractions that our travelers go to great lengths to experience.

DAY 8Custer State Park–Deadwood–Sheridan

Start today by exploring the Wild West town of DEADWOOD. Take a journey through time as you travel down cobblestone streets and hear stories of all the legendary characters who contributed to the town’s history, such as Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Potato Creek Johnny. Next stop is DEVILS TOWER NATIONAL MONUMENT, established as America’s first national monument by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. The spectacular rock formation and the surrounding countryside are home to a myriad of plant and animal life, and Native Americans consider the area a place for renewal. (Breakfast)

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DAY 9Sheridan–Cody–Yellowstone National Park

This morning we make a stop in Buffalo’s Bill Western town of Cody. Visit the BUFFALO BILL CENTER OF THE WEST, which celebrates the spirit of the American West by sharing stories of the Western experience. Learn about natural history, Native culture, art, firearms, and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. We then travel to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, established in 1872 as the world’s first national park. (Breakfast, Dinner)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Enjoy a 2-night stay inside Yellowstone National Park. Each lodge has its own unique setting and atmosphere. Lodges featured are the Old Faithful Inn, Lake Yellowstone Hotel, and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Specific lodges will be confirmed in your documents.

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The routing and areas visited within Yellowstone are subject to favorable weather and/or road conditions. When conditions are unfavorable, the routing may be adjusted accordingly.

Elk roam freely through Yellowstone National Park A vibrant paint pot in Yellowstone National Park See the spectacular views of Cody, Wyoming A beautiful paint pot, named for their vibrant colors, in Yellowstone National Park 
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone: Into the Wild Victorian Yonder


Today, Yellowstone is virtually a country unto itself. It has its own weekly newspaper, a vast staff, a $30 million annual budget, army-sized campgrounds and visitor complexes as busy as miniature cities. But even with this infrastructure, much of the landscape has not changed since the Victorian era, when only 300 or so lucky travelers would arrive on horseback each summer, following rough animal trails. The first hotel arrived in 1871, McCartney’s Cabin at Mammoth Hot Springs, a makeshift log structure where guests had to sleep on the floor. Most preferred instead to camp in the forest, catching fish for their dinner in the pristine lakes.
Our partnership with Tourism Cares, established by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), helps us not only show off the world's most spectacular destinations and sights, but also assist in the preservation of attractions that our travelers go to great lengths to experience.

DAY 10Yellowstone National Park

Spend the day exploring all the wonders of Yellowstone. See world-famous Old Faithful Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Fountain Paint Pot. Keep a lookout for some of the park’s wildlife that can include moose, bison, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, wolves, bears, fox, otters, and beaver. (Breakfast)

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Our partnership with Tourism Cares, established by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), helps us not only show off the world's most spectacular destinations and sights, but also assist in the preservation of attractions that our travelers go to great lengths to experience.

DAY 11Yellowstone National Park–Grand Teton National Park–Jackson

Journey south today and visit GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK. The park’s world-renowned scenery attracts more than 4 million visitors per year. See beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake and enjoy a stroll along the shore before continue to Jackson. This evening, why not visit the Antler Arches, enjoy a drink at one of the swing-door saloons, or shop for the perfect cowboy hat? (Breakfast)

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View of the amazing Teton Mountains

The “War” for the Grand Teton


In the winter of 1927, residents in the cattle town of Jackson, Wyoming began to learn of a mysterious business concern known as the Snake River Land Company that was rapidly buying up property around their picturesque valley, which is overshadowed by the dramatic Teton Mountains. Rumors soon began to spread that a plot was afoot to elbow ranchers out of the area and close off key cattle drives. Finally, in 1930, it was revealed that the company was actually a front for America’s richest man, the oil magnate John D. Rockefeller Jr. Rockefeller had visited the area three years earlier and had been stunned by its alpine beauty; a visionary philanthropist, he decided to purchase the whole valley floor from private owners and donate it to the United States Government for an extension of the Grand Teton National Park, which was then only a tiny enclave covering the remotest mountain zones. But tempers flared against Rockefeller’s secrecy; many suspected that the magnate might use the land for his own private ends.
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DAY 12Jackson–Salt Lake City

Continue your journey south today through Wyoming and into Utah. Arrive in Salt Lake City, founded by Mormon pioneer Brigham Young in 1847. More recently, Salt Lake City played host to the 2002 Olympics and now offers a vibrant downtown with a variety of stores, attractions, and restaurants. Enjoy an orientation tour before arriving at your hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 13Salt Lake City–Bryce Canyon National Park

Today’s highlight is a visit to unique BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Here you’ll discover a breathtaking landscape full of pinnacles of stone and colors that defy the imagination. This evening, why not participate in a ranger-led astronomy program? Bryce is one of the best places to view stars because of its remote location and lack of pollution. On some nights, over 7,500 stars are visible. (Breakfast)

Bryce Canyon National Park 
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DAY 14Bryce Canyon National Park–Zion National Park–Las Vegas

This morning, visit ZION NATIONAL PARK with its dramatic landscape of canyons and soaring cliffs. On your sightseeing tour, see fantastic rock structures and some unbelievable scenic beauty. We then return to Las Vegas and overnight in the heart of the famous Las Vegas “Strip.” This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Zion National Park located near Springdale, Utah 
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Days 15-16Las Vegas

Two full days to explore “Sin City.” Take in one of Las Vegas’ incredible shows, try your luck at a roulette table, visit revitalized downtown Las Vegas and see the incredible light show at the Fremont Street Experience, shop the designer boutiques, or just relax at your hotel’s swimming pool. Your Las Vegas extension includes a one-day Las Vegas POWER PASS, giving you admission to many of the city’s top attractions along with discounts at additional attractions and shows. (Breakfast daily)

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DAY 17Las Vegas

Your tour ends this morning. Transfers are provided to Las Vegas McCarran Airport. (Breakfast)

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