Exploring America's Great Parks (AR) - 2015

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15 Day Tour from Las Vegas to Las Vegas


Exploring Americas Great Parks
See the amazing rock formations in Moab
See the amazing rock formations in Moab
Enjoy the spectacular views of Bryce Canyon
Monument Valley in southern Utah
The strange shaped hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park
See the spectacular views of Cody, Wyoming
Elk roam freely through Yellowstone National Park
Arches National Park in Utah
Zion National Park located near Springdale, Utah
Yellowstone National Park

Vacation Overview

Mother Nature has produced some remarkable scenery, and on this vacation, you’ll have the opportunity to experience some of nature’s finest. This tour focuses on some of the West’s great national parks, including Grand Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park. From spectacular rock formations and deep canyons to sparking waterfalls, geysers, and lakes, you’ll see a wide variety of breathtaking natural wonders.

In addition to the scenery offered throughout the tour, trip highlights include a 4-wheel-drive tour of Monument Valley with a knowledgeable Navajo guide; a wine tasting in Colorado’s wine country; a stay at the Historic State Game Lodge in Custer State Park, which served as the “Summer White House” for President Calvin Coolidge; a visit to Crazy Horse memorial; a buffalo safari in Custer State Park; a 2-night stay inside Yellowstone National Park; a 1-night stay near the rim of the Grand Canyon, offering a rare opportunity for great views; an opportunity for star gazing in Bryce Canyon National Park, one of the best places to see stars due to its remote location and lack of pollution; and more.

On this vacation exploring America’s great parks, sit back, relax, and let Globus handle all the details and driving, so your only concern is taking in the majesty of the scenery and having fun.

     
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LAS VEGAS
Orientation tour; farewell dinner

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing

MONUMENT VALLEY
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Navajo cookout; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 4-wheel-drive tour

MOAB
Visit Arches National Park

GRAND JUNCTION
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Lunch & wine tasting

CUSTER STATE PARK
Excursion to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite buffalo safari & cookout

DEADWOOD
City sightseeing

DEVILS TOWER NATIONAL MONUMENT
Sightseeing

CODY
Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing

SALT LAKE CITY
Orientation tour

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing

ZION NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing

NOTES:

  • 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 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 glittering 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.” (Breakfast)

Monument Valley in southern Utah Deadhorse Point in Moab Monument Valley from the valley floor Enjoy the resort town of Moab, 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 Delicate Arch. Stop in Colorado’s wine country, where you’ll enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite lunch and a WINE 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)

Arches National Park in Utah The Double Arch in Moab 
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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. 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.

NOTE:
The May 27 and September 16 departures will overnight at Sylvan Lake Lodge inside Custer State Park instead of the State Game Lodge. The beautifully renovated lodge offers awe-inspiring views, comfortable accommodations, and exciting activities.

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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 sculpture, 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 opportunities. Then, enjoy an old-fashioned CHUCKWAGON 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–Devils Tower National Monument–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 that 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 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.

NOTE:
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 See the spectacular views of Cody, Wyoming 
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 Pots. Keep a lookout for some of the park’s wildlife that can include moose, bison, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, wolves, bear, fox, otter, 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 stroll along the shore before continuing 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 do some stargazing? 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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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.



Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 7 three-course dinners including a 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.

DEREK LUNDGREN

Years of Experience: 5 years

The Western United States' national parks have some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet, and provide experiences and memories that last a lifetime. Where else can you see wild animals roam free among natural wonders and stunning canyons? It's my great honor to introduce travelers to these beautiful places as I tell the little-known facts and stories that bring each destination to life.

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