Parks & Canyons Spectacular (AP)

14 Day Tour from Rapid City to Las Vegas

2019 Tour Details

Marvel at the West's premier natural wonders on this multi-state vacation. Your National Parks tour starts in Rapid City, South Dakota, and ends in Las Vegas with overnights along the way in Sheridan, Cody, Yellowstone National Park, Jackson, Salt Lake City, Bryce Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, and Grand Canyon National Park.

In South Dakota, visit Crazy Horse Memorial, built to honor the famous Lakota leader; the incomparable Mount Rushmore National Memorial; and Deadwood, once a wild gold-mining town. Visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana and tour the battlegrounds where Custer was defeated. In Wyoming, spend two nights inside Yellowstone National Park and 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.

Get ready for stunning scenery in Utah, where you'll visit Bryce Canyon National Park. You'll be amazed at the bright red, yellow, and pink pillars called "hoodoos." Have your camera ready in Zion National Park, with its sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs resembling temples and cathedrals. In Arizona, enjoy an overnight near the rim of the Grand Canyon, giving you an amazing opportunity to see great views and to take an evening stroll to marvel at the dramatic sunset. It's spectacular!

On this National Parks tour, Globus has also arranged special experiences for you. In the all-Western town of Jackson, travel via a horse-drawn covered wagon to a chuck wagon cookout and Wild West show. In Deadwood, visit Tatanka to learn about the bison and the richness of the Lakota people.

This vacation through the West’s premier national parks offers all of this and more. Wait until you see the breathtaking scenery that cannot be found anywhere else!

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

RAPID CITY
Orientation tour
MOUNT RUSHMORE
Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial
BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST
Scenic drive
DEADWOOD
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit Tatanka
LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD
Sightseeing; visit the museum
CODY
Visit Buffalo Bill Center of the West
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Stay inside the park; sightseeing
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing; enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite huckleberry shake
JACKSON
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Chuckwagon cookout
SALT LAKE CITY
Sightseeing
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
ZION NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing; overnight lodging in the park
LAS VEGAS
Sightseeing; farewell dinner
Notes:

  • Enjoy the spectacular fall colors of the West on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 13-September 28 (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.
  • This vacation visits National Parks and other remote locations where facilities may not be up to the first-class standard you expect from Globus. Some lodges within the parks do not have air-conditioning, televisions, and other amenities you would expect from most Globus hotels.
  • Maximum elevation on tour: 9,033 ft.

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 6 three-course dinners including a special farewell dinner in Las Vegas

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 RAPID CITY

Welcome to Rapid City. At 6 pm, join your travel companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2 RAPID CITY. EXCURSION TO CRAZY HORSE & MOUNT RUSHMORE MEMORIALS

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

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 RAPID 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. Continue through the Black Hills to the cattle town of Sheridan at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 4 SHERIDAN–LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT–CODY

Journey this morning into southern Montana to visit LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT, 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, arriving in Cody with time for an optional float trip on the Shoshone River.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 CODY–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.

SPECIAL FEATURE
: Enjoy two nights 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 Canyon Lodge. 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Spend the day exploring Yellowstone. Travel along Grand Loop Road to Fountain Paint Pot 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.

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Day 7 YELLOWSTONE 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. Enjoy a freshly made Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HUCKLEBERRY SHAKE while admiring the beautiful surroundings. Then continue to 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.

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Day 8 JACKSON

Enjoy an entire 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 swinging-door saloons.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 JACKSON–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 arriving at your hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 SALT LAKE CITY–BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Today, travel through sagebrush landscape to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, 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 your leisure, and your overnight is at the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Day 11 BRYCE 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 LAKE 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 colors, and catch your first glimpse of the world-famous GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Afternoon arrival allows free time to explore the canyon rim on your own. Be sure to take an evening stroll to savor the magnificent sunset.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Your hotel tonight is located inside Grand Canyon National Park, a rare opportunity for great views and a significant extra by traveling with Globus.

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Day 13 GRAND 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.

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Day 14 LAS VEGAS

Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on independent schedules.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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.

MATTHEW OJILE

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

After graduating with a degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resources, I wanted to find a career that would allow me to travel to beautiful places. I found that as a Tour Director. I love sharing the beauty, culture, grandeur, and history of the U.S. with others. I want my guests to feel as if they just completed a road trip with friends where they enjoyed laughs, good food and drink, and discovered new places together.

Tour Director - MATTHEW OJILE

 Accommodations

Rapid City
Sheridan
Cody
Yellowstone National Park
Jackson
Salt Lake City
Bryce Canyon National Park
Page
Grand Canyon National Park
Las Vegas

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Cody
Jackson
Page
Grand Canyon National Park

Cody

Shoshone River Float Excursion

Shoshone River Float Excursion

Discover the Shoshone River on this scenic float trip and hear about the geology, mountain men, and pioneers of the area as you experience the thrill of the occasional rapid.

Price Range: $

Jackson

Scenic Float Trips on the Snake River

Scenic Float Trips on the Snake River

This scenic float trip is a great way to see the beauty of the river and the geology that forms the Grand Canyon of the Snake River, without getting wet.

Price Range: $$

Page

Upper Antelope Canyon Slot Tour

Upper Antelope Canyon Slot Tour

Along with a Navajo guide, you'll discover The Upper Antelope Slot Canyon, the spectacular petrified sand dune, created by wind, water and sand, presenting a sculptured masterpiece.

Price Range: $

Flightseeing

Flightseeing

Exploring this region by air really allows visitors to understand this vast, rugged are of the SouthWest. Choose from several different flightseeing tours.

Price Range: $$$$

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing

There may be no better way to uncover the sheer splendor of the incredible Grand Canyon than from the air! Choose from two helicopter tours with awe-inspiring views, a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Price Range: $$$$

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