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Scenic Parks Explorer, USA

Scenic Parks Explorer

Highlights: Las Vegas. Zion National Park; Discover dramatic towering cliffs. Bryce Canyon National Park; View the colorful and whimsical hoodoos. Salt Lake City; Enjoy an orientation tour. Jackson; Overnight in this authentic Old-West town. Grand Teton National Park; View soaring peaks and abundant wildlife. Yellowstone National Park; View the geysers, mud pots and bubbling pools. Cody; Visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Little Bighorn Battlefield. Black Hills; View Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Denver; Stay in the heart of America's Mile High City. Vail. Arches National Park. Mesa Verde National Park; Explore ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings. Monument Valley Board; Grand Canyon National Park. Departures from May to October.Day 1 - Flight to Las Vegas
A transfer is provided to your first hotel. Your Tour Director is at your hotel this afternoon to greet you and answer any questions. Please join us at 6pm for a
Welcome Drink at the hotel. (WD)
Accommodation: Las Vegas Hilton (MD)
Day 2 - Las Vegas - Zion National Park - Bryce Canyon National Park
This morning's journey takes us through St. George before reaching spectacular Zion National Park. See the massive and colourful rock formations of Zion Canyon ascending towards the blue sky. Next we continue to Bryce Canyon National Park, where sandstone spires reflect colourful hues from every vista point. Here we visit the amphitheatre of "hoodoos," the odd shaped stone monoliths. (FB, D)
Accommodation: Ruby's Inn (FC)
Day 3 - Bryce Canyon - Salt Lake City
We're off to Salt Lake City, headquarters of the Mormon religion. Here our sightseeing tour includes Assembly Hall and the Tabernacle, home of the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Site of the 2002 Winter
Olympic Games, Salt Lake City is both a
monument to Western history and a thriving
modern city. (FB)
Accommodation: Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel (FC)
Day 4 - Salt Lake City - Jackson
We start the day travelling north along the edge of the Great Salt Lake and across the Oregon Trail en route to Jackson for the night. On arrival enjoy time to wander through this authentic old-western town. (FB,
Accommodation: Antler Inn (MFC)
Dining Highlights:This evening we enjoy a speciality dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 5 - Jackson - Grand Teton National Park - Yellowstone National Park
Today we travel through scenic Grand Teton National Park, past sparkling Jenny Lake, on our way to Yellowstone National Park, an amazing geothermal wonderland. Home to an astounding array of elk and distinctive bears,Yellowstone also has one of the few
large herds of buffalo still in existence.We
stay inside Yellowstone for two nights, with
plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular
surroundings. When the South Entrance is
closed due to weather conditions, the tour
will travel west from Jackson via Idaho and
enter Yellowstone National Park through the
West Entrance. (FB, D)
Accommodation: National Park Lodges (NP)
Day 6 - Yellowstone National Park
Enjoy a full day tour of Yellowstone National Park. Highlights include the world's most extraordinary collection of geysers, hot springs and bubbling mud pools, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River with its thundering waterfalls,Yellowstone Lake, endless forests, and the famous Old Faithful Geyser which erupts almost every hour. (FB)
Accommodation: National Park Lodges (NP)
Day 7 - Yellowstone - Cody - Billings
We head to Cody, named after its most famous resident, Buffalo Bill Cody. Here we learn about his adventures during a visit to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.Then we journey on to the historic cattle town of Billings, Montana. (FB, D)
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel Billings (FC)
Day 8 - Billings - Deadwood - Rapid City
We travel to Little Bighorn National Monument, site of the infamous Custer's Last Stand. Our next stop is in Deadwood where we join a private tour by tram and learn
about legends of the Wild West.We then make our way to Rapid City. (FB)
Accommodation: Radisson Rapid City (SFC)
Day 9 - Black Hills excursion
Today we travel through the scenic Black Hills.We learn the story behind Mount Rushmore before viewing this incredible sculpture depicting four great American
Presidents.We then stop at the Crazy Horse
Memorial honouring all Native Americans. This evening is at leisure. (FB)
Accommodation: Radisson Rapid City (SFC)
Day 10 - Rapid City - Denver
Our day begins with a drive through the Black Hills National Forest where Ponderosa pines, spruce and aspen forests provide a home for a variety of wildlife.We continue on through the National Grassland prairies of South Dakota and Wyoming en route to
Colorado's capital city, Denver, also known as
the Mile-High City. (FB, D)
Accommodation: Grand Hyatt Denver (D)
Day 11 - Denver - Vail - Arches National Park - Moab
We drive into the Rocky Mountains and stop at the famous resort of Vail where there is time for a short stroll through this quaint village. Following the Colorado River, we travel through the spectacular scenery of the Rockies and arrive in Utah. Here we explore the amazing wonderland of Arches National
Park where natural stone arches and balancing rock formations are scattered all around you.Then on to Moab for our overnight stay. (FB)
Accommodation: Ramada Inn (FC)
Day 12 - Moab - Mesa Verde National Park - Kayenta
We visit Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about the Native American tribes who lived in the canyons' amazing cliff dwellings. From here our journey continues to Kayenta on the Navajo Indian Reservation for our overnight stay. (FB, D)
Accommodation: Hampton Inn Kayenta (MFC)
Day 13 - Kayenta - Monument Valley - Grand Canyon National Park
We join a local guide and explore the giant monoliths of Monument Valley aboard openair vehicles.We then continue to the magnificent Grand Canyon for our overnight stay.There is plenty of time to explore this
natural wonder, stroll the rim or maybe venture down the Bright Angel Trail. (FB, FD)
Accommodation: National Park Lodges (NP)
Dining Highlights:This evening we enjoy a Farewell Dinner followed by a walk along the rim at sunset.
Day 14 - Grand Canyon - Las Vegas
This morning is at leisure for optional flightseeing tours over the Grand Canyon before we drive along parts of the famous Route 66 as we head back towards Las Vegas for our last night. (FB)
Accommodation: Las Vegas Hilton (MD)
Day 15 - Depart Las Vegas
Today you depart for your return flight back to Ireland (FB)

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