Spirit of the American West (AU)

10 Day Tour from Denver to Denver

2019 Tour Details

Follow in the pioneer spirit of the wild frontier with a guided tour of the American West. Your escorted tour through Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming’s American West starts in the “Mile High City” of Denver to see its historic sites at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, including Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Buffalo Bill’s Grave & Museum. Head north to spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park to explore the alpine vistas from Trail Ridge Road over the Continental Divide. Stay overnight in the old-world charm of Estes Park’s Stanley Hotel—inspiration for Stephen King’s thriller, The Shining. Continue to the black hills of South Dakota to see the spectacular monument to four U.S. presidents, carved into historic Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

You’ll be introduced to the rich history of Native American tribes, including the Lakota people, as you travel through the Badlands of South Dakota to Custer State Park, and the Chief Crazy Horse Memorial. Visit the Wild West town of Deadwood—known as a lawless frontier town of the legendary Gold Rush days. Your escorted vacation through the American West explores South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado—where legends were made in fur trading, cattle ranching, cowboys, rodeos, railroads, and magnificent wildlife of the western plains and mountain peaks of the United States.

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

DENVER
Sightseeing including Red Rocks Amphitheater; Buffalo Bill Grave & Museum; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner at the historic Buckhorn Exchange
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
ESTES PARK
Orientation tour
MOUNT RUSHMORE
Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial
PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION
Sightseeing with Local Guide; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the Red Cloud Indian School & Heritage Center
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
CUSTER STATE PARK
Buffalo safari
CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL
Sightseeing
DEADWOOD
Sightseeing with a Local Guide
FORT LARAMIE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Sightseeing
MEDICINE BOW NATIONAL FOREST
Scenic drive
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS
Sightseeing; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Notes:

  • Enjoy spectacular fall colors on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 20 & September 27 (if Mother Nature permits).
  • The Snowy Range Scenic Byway route is subject to favorable road and weather conditions.
  • The Jackpot Pro Rodeo operates Friday and Saturdays from mid-June through mid-August.
  • Maximum elevation on tour: 12,183 ft.

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Steamboat Springs

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 ARRIVE IN DENVER

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

Day 2 DENVER

After breakfast, a sightseeing tour of the “Mile High City,” includes Union Station, historic neighborhoods, and RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATER to view the naturally formed acoustic stage. Here, visit the Colorado Music Hall of Fame to learn of the legendary music acts that played here, from Johnny Cash to the Beatles. Then, visit BUFFALO BILL’S GRAVE & MUSEUM to learn about the life of William F. Cody who brought the Wild West alive through his traveling show in the late 1800s. This evening, dine at Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite the BUCKHORN EXCHANGE, Denver’s original steakhouse serving Old West fare since 1893.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 3 DENVER – ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK – ESTES PARK

Leave Denver for Grand Lake and the western entrance of ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK. Take scenic Trail Ridge Road, once known as the “Dog Trail” by the Arapaho people, and travel over the Continental Divide through high alpine fields. As you travel along the national scenic byway, watch for the regal elk that call this region home.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Tonight, stay at the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Stanley Hotel, known for its old world charm, modern accommodations, and as the inspiration for American horror novelist, Stephen King’s, The Shining. Enjoy panoramic views of Estes Lake and the Colorado Rocky Mountains while exploring the hotel’s iconic past guest list. Another special feature by Globus.

NOTE:
The drive through Rocky Mountain National Park is subject to favorable road and weather conditions.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 ESTES PARK - MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL –KEYSTONE

Today, travel north through the grasslands of Wyoming and into the majestic black hills of South Dakota. Visit MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, a giant monument to four great American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 KEYSTONE. EXCURSION TO PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION & BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, visit PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION where a local Lakota guide will discuss the history of these great historic people. Visit the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Red Cloud Indian School and Heritage Center to learn more about the school’s purpose, the reservation, and challenges faced by the Lakota people. Afterward, continue to BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK to see spectacular scenery in the region.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch
DinnerDinner

Day 6 KEYSTONE-CUSTER STATE PARK-CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL-DEADWOOD

This morning, visit CUSTER STATE PARK and enjoy a BUFFALO SAFARI. Along the way, watch for free roaming bison, elk, or charismatic burros. Next, visit CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, a monument carved out of a mountain paying respect to the great Lakota leader, Chief Crazy Horse. Then, off to Deadwood, a lawless frontier town during the 1876 Gold Rush for a guided tour highlighting the towns colorful past and characters. Overnight, discover Deadwood’s Wild West ways as you walk in the footsteps of legends like Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 DEADWOOD-FORT LARAMIE NHS-LARAMIE

Today, return to Wyoming for a visit to the FORT LARAMIE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE. Originally established as a fur trading fort where caravans of Lakota would trade buffalo robes each spring, it eventually became known as a military post playing a key role in the Indian Wars. Later, continue south to Laramie where the Wild West culture still lives.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 LARAMIE-MEDICINE BOW NATIONAL FOREST-STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

After breakfast, travel along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway through MEDICINE BOW NATIONAL FOREST and enter northern Colorado. Along the way, look for moose, pronghorn sheep, bears, and even wolverines that call this region home. Later, arrive in Steamboat Springs, once the summertime hunting ground for the Native American Ute and more recently settled by generations of cattle ranchers creating today’s well-known authentic cowboy culture. This evening, you may wish to attend the weekly famous Jackpot Pro Rodeo.

NOTE:
The Snowy Range Scenic Byway route is subject to favorable road and weather conditions.

NOTE:
The Jackpot Pro Rodeo operates Friday and Saturdays from mid-June through mid-August.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

Today is at leisure. Perhaps, take a stroll around town to learn about Steamboat’s remarkable Olympic heritage. Visit the many quaint shops on Lincoln Avenue, soak in the hot springs, or take the Steamboat Gondola for endless hikes and chances to spot Rocky Mountain wildlife. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 10 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS-DENVER

This morning, travel to Denver International Airport for guests who have homebound flights. Please schedule flights after 3 pm. The tour ends at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center hotel in the late afternoon for those guests with extra nights.

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.

LISA PERLA

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

It's my passion for travel that led me into the Travel Industry in 1999. Originally from New England, I love sharing the area's historical significance and quaint appeal, especially when the Fall colors are at their most brilliant. My heart especially lies in the West, though, with the overwhelming beauty of our parks and canyonlands. I truly enjoy sharing what this wondrous country has to offer, and my goal is for our guests to leave with once-in-a-lifetime memories.

Tour Director - LISA PERLA

 Accommodations

Denver
Estes Park
Keystone
Deadwood
Laramie
Steamboat Springs

 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)

No Excursions are available at this time.

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