Mother Nature has produced some remarkable scenery, and on this National Parks tour, you’ll have the opportunity to experience some of nature’s finest. This tour focuses on the West’s great national and state parks, including Grand Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park. From spectacular rock formations and deep canyons to sparkling waterfalls, geysers, and lakes, you’ll see a wide variety of breathtaking natural wonders.
Departure Dates: 24 September 2020
Other departures available between May – September 2020, seasonal surcharges may apply.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN LAS VEGAS.
Welcome to the "Entertainment Capital of the World!" At 6 pm, meet your fellow travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming national park adventure.
Day 2 LAS VEGAS-GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK.
Depart the glittering lights and glamour of Las Vegas for one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Carved through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau over millions of years, the canyon is more than a mile deep and 16 kilometres (10 miles) wide, revealing billions of years of geological history. Tonight, savour a sunset in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Your hotel is located inside Grand Canyon National Park, a rare opportunity for great views and a significant extra when travelling with Globus.
Day 3 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK-MONUMENT VALLEY.
This morning, you may want to join an exciting helicopter flight over the canyon or enjoy a hike on one of the many trails. We then travel north through Arizona and into the Navajo Nation for a 4-WHEEL-DRIVE tour of Monument Valley. Your local Navajo guide will show you some of the valley's most incredible scenery and share their local legends and lore. Tonight will be spent at historic Goulding's Lodge, where you will be treated to a NAVAJO COOKOUT and learn about the local Dineh (people) who call this land home.
Day 4 MONUMENT VALLEY- ARCHES NATIONAL PARK-MOAB.
Today, continue north to Moab to explore the incredible landscape of ARCHES NATIONAL PARK. The park contains more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches and formations, including Balanced Rock, Park Avenue, and Delicate Arch. Tonight, enjoy your evening at leisure by visiting one of the many shops on Main Street.
Day 5 MOAB-COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT-GRAND JUNCTION-DENVER.
his morning, travel east into Colorado and visit the Colorado NATIONAL MONUMENT for sweeping views of sheer-walled canyons and the desert land of the high Colorado Plateau below. Stop in Colorado's wine country, where you'll enjoy lunch and a WINE TASTING. We then journey east across the Rocky Mountains to the "Mile High City" of Denver. This evening, why not stroll the city's pedestrian 16th Street Mall and take advantage of the shopping, dining, and entertainment?
Day 6 DENVER-CUSTER STATE PARK.
Today, travel across the windswept landscape of Wyoming and into the Black Hills of South Dakota. Spend the next two nights in beautiful CUSTER STATE PARK. Formed in 1897, the park is the second-largest state park in America. Its 73,000 breathtaking acres are home to a variety of wildlife, including bison, pronghorn antelope, mountain goats, whitetail deer, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, wild burros, and elk.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Stay at the historic State Game Lodge, which served as the "Summer White House" for President Calvin Coolidge. Relax with a cool drink on the front porch and let Mother Nature entertain you.
Day 7 CUSTER STATE PARK. EXCURSION TO MOUNT RUSHMORE & CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL.
This morning, visit MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, which stands as a shrine to democracy. The epic sculpture depicts the faces of four legendary American presidents who symbolise this nation's rich history, rugged determination, and lasting achievement. Then, visit the CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, built in honour of the fearless Sioux Indian chief, whose fame is derived from the Battle of Little Bighorn. Learn about the sculpture, his family, and the future of the project. Later, return to Custer State Park and be a part of an exciting BUFFALO SAFARI. Have your camera ready for great photo opportunities. Then, enjoy an old-fashioned CHUCKWAGON COOKOUT, complete with Western entertainment.
Day 8 CUSTER STATE PARK-DEADWOOD-SHERIDAN.
Start today by exploring the Wild West town of DEADWOOD. Take a journey through time as you travel down cobblestone streets and hear stories of all the legendary characters that contributed to the town's history, such as Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Potato Creek Johnny. Next enjoy a photo stop of infamous Devil's Tower, before continuing west to the frontier town of Sheridan.
Day 9 SHERIDAN-YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK.
This morning, travel to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, established in 1872 as the world's first national park. Spend the next two days exploring the beauty of this National treasure, spanning nearly 5600 square kilometres (3,500 square miles) atop a volcanic hot spot.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Enjoy two nights inside Yellowstone National Park. Each lodge has its own unique setting and atmosphere. Lodges featured are the Old Faithful Inn, Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Grant Village, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, and Canyon Lodge. Specific lodges will be confirmed in your documents.
NOTE: The routing and areas visited within Yellowstone are subject to favourable weather and/or road conditions. When conditions are unfavourable, the routing may be adjusted accordingly.
Day 10 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK.
Spend the day exploring all the wonders of Yellowstone. See worldfamous Old Faithful Geyser, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Fountain Paint Pot. Be on the lookout for some of the park's wildlife that can include moose, bison, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, wolves, bear, fox, coyote, and beaver.
Day 11 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK-GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK-JACKSON.
Journey south today and visit GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK. The park's world-renowned scenery attracts more than 4 million visitors per year. See beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake and stroll along the shore before continuing to Jackson. This evening, why not visit the Antler Arches, enjoy a drink at one of the swinging-door saloons, or shop for the perfect cowboy hat?
Day 12 JACKSON-SALT LAKE CITY.
Continue your journey south today through Wyoming and into Utah. Arrive in Salt Lake City, founded by Mormon pioneer Brigham Young in 1847. More recently, the city played host to the 2002 Olympics and now offers a vibrant downtown with a variety of stores, attractions, and restaurants. Enjoy an orientation tour before arriving at your hotel.
Day 13 SALT LAKE CITY-BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK.
Today's highlight is a visit to unique BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Here, you'll discover a breathtaking landscape full of pinnacles of stone and colours that defy the imagination. This evening, why not do some stargazing? Bryce is one of the best places to view stars because of its remote location and lack of pollution. On some nights, more than 7,500 stars are visible.
Day 14 BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK-ZION NATIONAL PARK- LAS VEGAS.
This morning, visit ZION NATIONAL PARK with its dramatic landscape of canyons and soaring cliffs. Enjoy free time to hike taking in views of fantastic rock structures, the Virgin River, and unbelievable scenic beauty. We then return to Las Vegas and overnight in the heart of the famous Las Vegas "Strip." This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.
Day 15 LAS VEGAS.
Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on independent sch