Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Steamboat Springs
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 RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATER, Union Station, and Denver’s most historic neighborhoods. At Red Rocks, visit the Colorado Music Hall of Fame to learn of the legendary music acts that played here. 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 the BUCKHORN EXCHANGE, Denver’s original steakhouse serving Old West fare since 1893.
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. SPECIAL FEATURE: Tonight, stay at the 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. NOTE: The drive through Rocky Mountain National Park is subject to favorable road and weather conditions.
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.
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 RED CLOUD INDIAN SCHOOL AND HERITAGE CENTER to learn more about the school’s purpose, their culture, and challenges faced by the Lakota people. Afterward, continue to BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK to see spectacular scenery in the region.
Day 6 KEYSTONE–CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL–CUSTER STATE PARK–DEADWOOD
This morning, visit CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, a monument carved out of a mountain paying respect to the great Lakota leader, Chief Crazy Horse. Next, visit CUSTER STATE PARK and enjoy a BUFFALO SAFARI. Along the way, watch for free roaming bison, elk, or charismatic burros. Then, off to DEADWOOD, a lawless frontier town during the 1876 Gold Rush, for a guided tour highlighting the town’s colorful past and characters. Your evening is free to explore Deadwood.
Day 7 DEADWOOD–FORT LARAMIE NHS–CHEYENNE
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 a military post playing a key role in the Indian Wars. Continue south to Cheyenne.
Day 8 CHEYENNE–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, 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 Fridays and Saturdays from mid-June through mid-August.
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. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.
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.