America's National Parks (AN) - 2015 / 2014

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10 Day Tour from Rapid City to Salt Lake City


Americas National Parks
Little Bighorn
Little Bighorn
See the spectacular views of Cody, Wyoming
A beautiful paint pot, named for their vibrant colors, in Yellowstone National Park
View of the amazing Teton Mountains
Elk roam freely through Yellowstone National Park
Journey to breathtaking Grand Teton National Park
The Crazy Horse Memorial is a monument under construction in the Black Hills of South Dakota
Explore Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Yellowstone National Park

Vacation Overview

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Experience the wonders of the West through its best-known national parks, gold-mining towns, and old saloons on this colorful vacation. If you are interested in seeing stunning scenery and amazing wildlife, this tour is for you. Visit Yellowstone National Park and view the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and impressive Lower Falls, almost twice as high as Niagara Falls. Hear the roar of the water and stand in awe as you view the glorious falls. Witness Old Faithful as it explodes into the air and admire the herds of bison, elk, and other wildlife as you explore the park. Similarly, in Grand Teton National Park, enjoy beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake and the rugged mountains—a dramatic sight indeed. Get back to nature and allow a sense of peace to envelope you as you take in the scenery.

Mount Rushmore offers the astounding monument of four U.S. Presidents as well as spectacular scenery. Just imagine how difficult it must have been to sculpt the faces into the stone! In fact, did you know nearly 400 workers helped to create this memorial? Plenty of wildlife also roam this area, including Rocky Mountain goat, mule deer, and bison.

All of this and more await you on this marvelous vacation through some of the West’s national parks. Be sure to pack your camera, as you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities!

     
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RAPID CITY
Orientation

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Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial

BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST
Scenic drive

DEADWOOD
Sightseeing tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit Tatanka

LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD
Sightseeing; visit museum

CODY
Visit Buffalo Bill Center of the West

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Stay two nights inside the park; sightseeing

JACKSON
Grand Teton National Park; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite chuck wagon cookout

SALT LAKE CITY
Sightseeing tour; farewell dinner at Temple Square

NOTE:

  • Enjoy the spectacular fall colors of the West on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 10-25 (if Mother Nature permits).


DAY 1Arrive in Rapid City

Welcome to the heart of America! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

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DAY 2Rapid City. Excursion to Crazy Horse & Mount Rushmore

After an orientation tour of Rapid City, visit CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, built in honor of the fearless Sioux Indian chief whose fame is derived from the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Afterward, explore MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, which features the monumental likenesses of four U.S. presidents—Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt—carved on the face of a mountain. Maybe stroll along the Presidential Trail for more intimate views, or visit the Information Center. (Breakfast)

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Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore: The Secret Chamber


The four presidential faces, carved 60-feet high in the granite of Mount Rushmore, comprise one of America’s most revered images. But many visitors cannot help thinking of Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 thriller North by Northwest, where he and Eva Marie Saint clamber across the monolith pursued by Communist spies. The shot was actually filmed in a Hollywood studio, but it convinced millions of people that they too could climb the patriotic monument. This is not the case: Access to Mount Rushmore has been blocked by a high-security fence ever since the artist Gutzon Borglum died in 1941 and work on the giant sculpture ceased. But according to his original plan, Borglum had intended that the public be able to reach his giant faces via a splendid stone staircase. In the late 1930s, he even began work on a splendid vault buried within the rock for tourists to visit – called the Hall of Records, it was planned as a repository for the original Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
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 3Rapid City–Deadwood–Sheridan

This morning, enjoy a drive through BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST and experience the area’s colorful history on a guided tour of DEADWOOD, once a wild gold-mining town, and hear the stories of legendary Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Afterward, visit Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TATANKA to learn “The Story of the Bison” and experience the richness of the Lakota people, a Plains Indian buffalo culture. Then, continue through the Black Hills to the cattle town of Sheridan at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Sheridan–Little Bighorn Battlefield–Cody

Journey this morning into southern Montana to visit LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD, the site commemorating one of America’s most famous battles. Tour the battlegrounds where Custer was defeated by approximately 7,000 Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors, and visit the museum. Afterward, continue your scenic drive through the Bighorn Mountains, stopping at Shell Falls en route to Buffalo Bill’s Cody, with time for an optional float trip on the Shoshone River. (Breakfast)

See the spectacular views of Cody, Wyoming 
Little Bighorn

Little Bighorn Revisited


"You might think that not much changes on a 19th century battlefield. But at Little Bighorn in Montana, the scene of the most famous fight in the West, the landscape is always in flux. It was on this lonely expanse that Lt. General George Armstrong Custer and 262 men of the United States Seventh Cavalry were wiped out by a combined force of Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne on June 25th, 1876. For generations, the physical focus for visitors to the site has been the poignant monument at Last Stand Hill. (All around, gravestones of Custer’s men lie in the grass; they were buried where they fell by United States soldiers three days after the battle, illustrating just how Custer’s defense disintegrated before the Indian onslaught)."
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DAY 5Cody–Yellowstone National Park

This morning, visit the BUFFALO BILL CENTER OF THE WEST, a fine museum of historic weapons and Western art. Then, continue through Shoshone National Forest to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, established in 1872 as the world’s first national park, where wild animals roam freely in vast meadows and forest. Enjoy several photo stops along the way to your hotel, including world-famous Old Faithful Geyser. (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 the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Specific lodges will be confirmed in your documents.

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

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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 6Yellowstone National Park

Spend the day exploring Yellowstone. Travel along Grand Loop Road to Fountain Paint Pots to see the bubbling mud. Continue on to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone for magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon and the spectacular Lower Falls—almost twice as high as Niagara Falls! Next, stop at Mammoth Hot Springs and take a short trail walk through steaming limestone terraces. (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 7Yellowstone National Park–Grand Teton National Park–Jackson

Journey south this morning into breathtaking GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK. Visit beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake at the foot of the rugged spires for a delightful walk along the shore before arriving in the all-Western town of Jackson. This evening, travel by horse-drawn covered wagon into Cache Creek Canyon and experience dinner at the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BAR T-5 CHUCKWAGON COOKOUT and Wild West show. Feast on slow-cooked chicken made in traditional Dutch ovens, along with other local specialties. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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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 8Jackson

Full day at leisure to enjoy this spectacular playground. Perhaps choose an optional float trip along the Snake River or stroll along the downtown boardwalks and enjoy a drink at one of the swing-door saloons. (Breakfast)

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DAY 9Jackson–Salt Lake City

Today’s journey continues alongside some of Wyoming’s most beautiful mountain ranges into Utah, home to five national parks. Arrive in Salt Lake City, founded by Brigham Young in 1847. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the capital city and its historic monuments. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at Temple Square. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 10Salt Lake City

Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on independent schedules. Transfers are provided to Salt Lake City International Airport. (Breakfast)

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Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Salt Lake City

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the America's National Parks:

  • Yellowstone National Park