Parks & Canyons Spectacular with Denver (APQ) - 2015

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15 Day Tour from Denver to Las Vegas


Parks & Canyons Spectacular with Denver
Gorgeous Lake Powell in Utah
Gorgeous Lake Powell in Utah
See the Presidents at Mt. Rushmore
A beautiful paint pot, named for their vibrant colors, in Yellowstone National Park
Explore Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Elk roam freely through Yellowstone National Park
The strange shaped hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park
Zion National Park located near Springdale, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park in southwestern Utah
A vibrant paint pot in Yellowstone National Park

Vacation Overview

Marvel at the West's premier natural wonders on this multi-state vacation. Your trip starts in Denver and heads to Rapid City, South Dakota, with visits to the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Tour Tatanka and Deadwood, once a wild gold-mining town. Visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana and tour the battlegrounds where Custer was defeated. Continue to Cody, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park to see magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon, Lower Falls, and world-famous Old Faithful Geyser. Journey into breathtaking Grand Teton National Park for a delightful walk along glacier-fed Jenny Lake, and experience a chuck wagon cookout, Wild West show, and free time in Jackson.

Next, it’s on to Salt Lake City for a sightseeing tour; then marvel at the “hoodoos” and dramatic landscapes of Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. Continue to the shores of Lake Powell for an afternoon cruise. Cross the Painted Desert to the fascinating Grand Canyon, where you will witness amazing and mouth-dropping beauty. Your hotel is located near the rim of the Grand Canyon, giving you a rare opportunity for great views and more time to explore the stunning landscapes. Finally, travel part of the legendary Route 66 to Las Vegas, where this spectacular vacation ends. On this vacation through some of the West’s premier national parks, you’ll see breathtaking scenery that cannot be found anywhere else!

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RAPID CITY
Orientation

MOUNT RUSHMORE
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 tour; 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 tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite chuckwagon cookout

SALT LAKE CITY
Sightseeing tour

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing tour

ZION NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing tour

LAKE POWELL
Cruise

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing; overnight lodging near the rim

LAS VEGAS
Sightseeing tour; farewell dinner

NOTES:

  • Enjoy the spectacular fall colors of the West on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 11-September 26 (if Mother Nature permits).
  • On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.


DAY 1Arrive in Denver

Welcome to Denver. Explore the “Mile High City” on your own this evening.

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DAY 2Denver–Rapid City

Meet your Tour Director this morning and head north to Wyoming, then continue into the Black Hills. (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Rapid City

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 4Rapid 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 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. 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 5Sheridan–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 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 6Cody–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 forests. Enjoy several photo stops on 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, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Grant Village, and the 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.

A beautiful paint pot, named for their vibrant colors, in Yellowstone National Park A vibrant paint pot in Yellowstone National Park Elk roam freely through 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 7Yellowstone 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 among the steaming limestone terraces. (Breakfast)

Get an up close view of Niagara Falls Beautiful Niagara Falls at sunset 
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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 8Yellowstone 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 ending the day in the all-Western town of Jackson. This evening, travel by horse-drawn covered wagons 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 9Jackson

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 10Jackson–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 before dinner tonight at historic Temple Square. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 11Salt Lake City–Bryce Canyon National Park

Today, travel through sagebrush landscape to BRYCE CANYON, a national park with a beauty all its own. Take a leisurely drive with photo stops to capture the bright red, yellow, and pink pillars called “hoodoos.” The balance of the day is at leisure, and your overnight is at the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Enjoy the spectacular views of Bryce Canyon Bryce Canyon National Park in southwestern Utah The strange shaped hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce Canyon National Park 
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DAY 12Bryce Canyon National Park–Zion National Park– Lake Powell

Travel to ZION NATIONAL PARK with its dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs resembling temples and cathedrals. Your sightseeing tour gives you the chance to experience the park up close and personal. Then, continue into Arizona and the town of Page, nestled on the shores of Lake Powell. Appreciate its majestic beauty on an afternoon CRUISE to Glen Canyon Dam and the “tapestry” walls of Antelope Canyon. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Zion National Park located near Springdale, Utah Lake Powell, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona Gorgeous Lake Powell in Utah 
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DAY 13Lake Powell–Painted Desert–Grand Canyon National Park

This morning, you may wish to join our optional flight over Monument Valley for a bird’s-eye view of the red sandstone monoliths, made famous by many Western movies and TV shows. Afterward, cross the Painted Desert with its ever-changing color scheme, and catch your first glimpse of the world-famous GRAND CANYON, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Afternoon arrival allows plenty of free time to explore the canyon rim on your own. Be sure to take an evening stroll to savor the magnificent sunset. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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

Monument Valley in southern Utah Monument Valley from the valley floor 
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DAY 14Grand Canyon National Park–Las Vegas

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take our optional flightseeing tour over the Grand Canyon. Then, travel on part of legendary Route 66 to Las Vegas, one of America’s most famous cities. Enjoy a sightseeing tour while en route to your resort hotel, located in the heart of the “Strip” for easy access to all the mega-casinos and amusement parks. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Route 66 originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, before ending at Los Angeles, covering a total of 2,448 miles The famous Route 66 One of the original U.S. highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926 Stay on the famed Las Vegas strip 
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DAY 15Las Vegas

Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on independent schedules. Transfers are provided to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.



Breakfast daily, 8 three-course dinners including a special farewell dinner in Las Vegas


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MARY SYRDAHL

Years of Experience: 8 years

Throughout my life I've been fortunate to have lived on four continents and seen such amazing places in other many other countries. However, I have also seen incredible places and things in my own country. For example, America's national parks make this country so special. Each is beautiful in its own distinct way! I consider it a privilege to now be able to share them with my guests.

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Tour Directors
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Transportation
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Parks & Canyons Spectacular with Denver:

  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park