NATIONAL PARKS & CANYON COUNTRY (LITTLE BIGHORN SPECIAL DEPARTURES) - 2017
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Independently explore the "Sin City" Las Vegas before your eight-day, canyon and park adventure begins. With an overnight in each destination, the highlights won't be missed. From the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Glen Canyon Dam to Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park the sightseeing is virtually endless.
Special departure: These special departures include all activities on our regular departures plus one night in Sheridan and a visit to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
- LITTLE BIGHORN SPECIAL DEPARTURE.
In Salt Lake City, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore, Tatanka and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Black Hills, Deadwood, Devils Tower National Monument, Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, Grand Teton National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Lake Powell, Painted Desert, and Grand Canyon National Park.
Services of a professional Tour Director.
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
- INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
3 breakfasts (B), 3 continental breakfasts (CB).
Day by Day
Welcome to Denver, the "Mile High City," capital of Colorado and gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
DENVER-CHEYENNE-BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA-RAPID CITY.
Depart Denver and travel north to Cheyenne, the state capital of Wyoming, then it's on through the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, immortalised in a famous song from the musical `Calamity Jane'. Overnight in Rapid City.
RAPID CITY-MOUNT RUSHMORE-DEADWOOD.
See Crazy Horse Memorial, a monument carved out of a mountain that pays respect to the great Native American hero, Chief Crazy Horse. Drive deep into the Black Hills, through what was Sioux Indian territory, to see the stunning granite faces of MOUNT RUSHMORE, a giant monument to four great American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Afterward, visit TATANKA: The Story of the Bison, and experience the richness of the Lakota people. On to Deadwood, a lawless frontier town during the 1876 Gold Rush, where Jack McCall murdered Wild Bill Hickok during a poker game. Overnight here, and discover Deadwood's Wild West ways as you walk in the footsteps of legends like Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock.
This morning, head through high country, where open-range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890s. Next a photo stop of 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. Overnight in the town of Sheridan located in the Bighorn Mountains. (B)
SHERIDAN-LITTLE BIG HORN BATTLEFIELD-CODY.
This morning visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument which commemorates one of America's most significant and famous battles. Here on June 25 and 26, 1876, two divergent cultures clashed in a life or death struggle. During the visit at the Battlefield, hear the story of the great-war leader of the Sioux, Crazy Horse, and about the defeat of the US Seventh Cavalry by Lakota (Sioux), Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors. Afterwards, arrive in Buffalos Bill's frontier town of Cody. During your free time here, we suggest a visit to the Buffalo Bill centre of the West, home to five unique museums including the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Plains Indians Museum, Cody Firearms Museum, and the Buffalo Bill Museum telling the life and legend of this bigger-than-life character. Enjoy a stroll down Cody's main street with its unique shops and restaurants making sure to visit the historic Irma Hotel for a cold drink in the saloon. You may also wish to join our optional trip down the Shoshone River. (B)
CODY-YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK.
Proceed through Shoshone National Forest to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. Travel along Grand Loop Road to Artist Point for views of the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Overnight in Yellowstone National Park.
NOTE: Accommodations used by Cosmos in Yellowstone National Park are typically open from late May through late September. Departures before or after these opening dates will stay in West Yellowstone.
NOTE: Routing and areas visited in Yellowstone National Park are always subject to favourable weather, gate access, and road conditions; therefore, routings may be adjusted.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK.
Today, explore more of America's first national park by returning to visit the geyser basins with bubbling mud paint pots and the reliable "blow" of Old Faithful. In addition to superb mountain scenery, the park is one of the world's principle wildlife preserves and a photographer's paradise.
YELLOWSTONE-GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK-JACKSON.
Head south into magnificent GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, one of America's last preserves of wild solitude. Its 4,197-metre (13,770-foot) high ridges are crested with snow most of the year. Stroll along the shores of beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake before ending the day in the Wild West town of Jackson with its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons. This evening, join an optional barbecue cookout and Wild West show.
Time to relax in Jackson, or maybe join a scenic trip down the Snake River. Enjoy an 12-kilometre (8-mile) float trip that begins at Pritchard Creek and passes nesting areas of bald eagles and ospreys. The afternoon is free in Jackson to explore the shops and museums of historic downtown. This evening, pershaps stroll along the old-time boardwalks and have supper at a swingdoor saloon. (CB)
JACKSON-SALT LAKE CITY.
Today, travel to Salt Lake City, Utah's vibrant capital. Set on the edge of Great Salt Lake Desert, this centre of the Mormon religion is where Brigham Young declared to his followers, "This is the place." An included sightseeing tour offers a glimpse of Temple Square, the Capitol Building, and the beautiful downtown area. (CB)
SALT LAKE CITY-BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK.
Journey through sagebrush landscape to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK with its 32 kilometres (20 miles) of sandstone cliffs and ever-changing colours. See some of Earth's most brilliant shades of rock, sculpted by nature into pillars called "hoodoos." (B)
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK-ZION NATIONAL PARK-PAGE.
First stop today is ZION NATIONAL PARK with its landscape carved over millions of years by rushing streams. Steep canyons, stone towers, and verdant vegetation form the scenery of Zion. Then, head east into Page on the shores of Lake Powell, originally built to house workers during the construction of the massive Glen Canyon Dam, which holds back the waters of 299-kilometre (186-mile) long Lake Powell.
PAGE-PAINTED DESERT-GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK.
Enjoy an optional flight over scenic Monument Valley. Then, cross the Painted Desert and head through Kaibab National Forest before arriving at GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK in the early afternoon. Marvel at one of the Natural Wonders of the World as you experience amazing views. You'll have plenty of time to do some viewing before dusk, as your accommodation is inside the National Park. (CB)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK-LAS VEGAS.
For a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon, with incomparable views of flame-coloured walls plunging 1,463 metres (4,800 feet) into the Colorado River. Leaving the high country of Arizona, we pass through Williams on famous Route 66, and then the old Mojave gold-strike country, which still has traces of century-old ghost towns. Arrive in Las Vegas-a neon desert oasis packed with spectacular hotels and casinos.
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport are included.
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