Day 1: Scottsdale, Arizona - Tour Begins
Your tour starts in Scottsdale
Day 2: Scottsdale - Sedona - Lake Powell
Begin the day with a visit to the artists’ colony of Sedona where you will see the amazing rock formations change hue with each turn in the road. Later today you arrive at Lake Powell.
Day 3: Lake Powell - Grand Canyon
Embark on a delightful breakfast cruise* on scenic Lake Powell. Then travel to Carl Hayden Visitors Centre and look out over Glen Canyon Dam and see to the end of Lake Powell. Afterwards, travel through Marble Canyon before arriving at the spectacular Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Upon arrival relax at one of the many public seating areas overlooking the immense and colourful canyon. Before dinner you may wish to take a short hike to explore the area. Dinner this evening takes place in the historic Grand Canyon Lodge, offering fine dining in a casual atmosphere, with magnificent views overlooking the rim of the canyon.
Day 4: Grand Canyon - Bryce Canyon, Utah - Zion National Park
Travel to Bryce Canyon National Park, truly one of the most spectacular scenic wonders of the world. The formations within Bryce Canyon National Park, called Hoodoos, are the creation of wind and water erosion over eons of time. Iron oxidising within the rock causes the natural orange and red hues that colour these formations. Your final destination for the day is the red and white sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park. In sheer magnitude and colour, Zion is one of the most awe-inspiring national parks in the world.
Day 5: Zion National Park - Salt Lake City
A drive north takes you to Salt Lake City, the ‘City of the Saints,’ for a two night stay. Perhaps you will choose to explore Temple Square. This beautifully landscaped 10 acre plot of ground in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City is one of Utah’s most visited attractions. The centrepiece of the square is the 6 spired granite Salt Lake Temple, and adjacent to this imposing edifice is the domed Tabernacle, home of the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir** and the great Tabernacle organ.
Day 6: Salt Lake City
Enjoy a tour of Salt Lake City, featuring the Great Salt Lake, the state capitol and the residential district. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 7: Salt Lake City - Jackson Hole
En route to Wyoming you will see the majestic Bear Lake Summit. Later you will arrive in the cowboy town of Jackson Hole. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 8: Jackson Hole
The day is yours to explore Jackson Hole. Optional activities include shopping, canoeing, hiking and river rafting trips. Tonight, a fun filled evening of cowboy entertainment and dinner is in store at the Bar J Chuckwagon.
Day 9: Jackson Hole - Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks
From Jackson Hole, pass through Grand Teton National Park where, towering more than a mile above the valley of Jackson Hole, the Grand Teton rises to 13,770 feet. Twelve Teton peaks reach above 12,000 feet and support a dozen mountain glaciers. The Teton Range is the youngest range in the Rockies and displays some of North America’s oldest rocks. Later, arrive at the amazing Yellowstone National Park for an overnight stay at your lodge nestled in the heart of this wonderful park. One of the many highlights is the world famous Old Faithful Geyser, a fountain of steam that rises more than 60 feet in the air.
Day 10: Yellowstone - Cody - Sheridan
A delightful day of sightseeing begins with a trip along Lake Yellowstone and over Sylvan Pass. From the mountains to the prairies, the scenery is simply amazing. As you pass through Cody, a stop will be made at the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre, a tribute to one of the most colourful figures of the old west, Buffalo Bill Cody. Before turning in for the night in Sheridan, you drive through the incredible Bighorn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Great Sioux Nation.
Day 11: Sheridan - Rapid City, South Dakota
See one of the country’s most famous landmarks, Mount Rushmore, before visiting the Crazy Horse Monument, a memorial dedicated to the Native Americans of this great land. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Native American Cultural Centre to learn about their culture and customs. Here, Native Americans discuss the movements of their dances and the significance of wearing different feathers and clothes. Later, arrive at the K Bar S Lodge, nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Join your fellow travellers at a lovely home-hosted farewell dinner.
Day 12: Rapid City - Denver Colorado
Today’s adventure takes us south into Wyoming and through Cheyenne, the state capital. Later in the day we arrive in Denver, the “Mile High City.” Relax as you make yourself at home for the next two nights.
Day 13: Denver - Rocky Mountain National Park
Set out for spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park. Here, the beauty of the west is preserved and the term “sweeping vistas” takes on a whole new meaning as you experience incredible views. Return to Denver and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. This evening you will join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.
Day 14: Denver - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close, leaving you with many wonderful memories.