America’s Magnificent National Parks with Insight Vacations

Resort: America's Magnificent National Parks with Insight Vacations
Operator: Kuoni
Destination: United States Of America
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Overview

An epic adventure through remarkable scenery, National Parks and prominent landmarks, crafted to please those with a love of nature and history. This sprightly tour combines ‘Enchanting Canyonlands’ with the ‘American Parks Trail’ to form a complete experience of North America’s most popular parks, historic monuments and scenic grandeur.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – ARRIVE PHOENIX – SCOTTSDALE
Enjoy your complimentary private VIP door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. Welcome to Arizona. Your airport transfer takes you to your tour hotel in Scottsdale. Enjoy the superb facilities and grounds of this desert oasis. At 18:00, join your Tour

Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.
Stay: Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains
Welcome Dinner

DAY 2 – SEDONA AND THE WONDERS OF THE MIGHTY GRAND CANYON
Head north to the quaint bohemian colony of Sedona, where you can browse the stores and galleries, before travelling on to Grand Canyon National Park. Perhaps take an optional flightseeing tour by helicopter or plane over this natural wonder. Spend the night inside the park. During your stay, join a Local Expert for an informative presentation s about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner in the Thunderbird Room while taking in the magnificent views.

Stay: National Park Lodges, Grand Canyon
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 – MONUMENT VALLEY AND LAKE POWELL
Head to the historic Cameron Trading Post, featuring Southwest American Indian arts and crafts. The journey carries on through the colourful Painted Desert to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, where you board all-terrain vehicles for a guided tour of the valley floor, s used as a backdrop of many Western Films. Stop at the Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lakefront resort. Stay: Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas, Lake View Rooms
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 – LEISURELY LAKE POWELL
Relax and enjoy the resort’s facilities or join an optional float trip down the scenic Colorado River. Take a leisurely cruise through scenic Antelope Canyon s with its dramatic steep, sandstone walls.
Stay: Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas, Lake View Rooms
Full Breakfast

DAY 5 – BRYCE CANYON’S STONY SYMPHONY
Head to Bryce Canyon National Park and enjoy a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheatres of odd-shaped monoliths known as hoodoos before heading to Zion National Park.
Stay: Zion National Park Lodge

Full Breakfast

DAY 6 – ZION TO LAS VEGAS – FROM NATURE TO NEON
Travel through more amazing scenery to Zion National Park. Board a private Zion Canyon Shuttle with live commentary to experience the scenic highlights of the park, a followed by some time to explore on your own. A complete change of scenery awaits you in the afternoon when you arrive in Las Vegas; bright lights, shopping malls, huge themed hotels and the omnipresent slot machine. In the evening, join your Tour Director and newfound friends for a Highlight Dinner with drinks before seeing the lights and glitz of Las Vegas.

Hotel: The Cosmopolitan™ of Las Vegas
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 – SALT LAKE CITY
Travel to Salt Lake City, the capital and most populous city in the State of Utah, and headquarters of the Mormon faith.

Hotel: Hilton Salt Lake City Center
Full Breakfast

DAY 8 – JACKSON AND GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Join a morning orientation tour of Salt Lake City to see the famous Temple Square.

Then travel north across the Oregon Trail to visit historic Jackson, where arches of elk antlers adorn the central square. Later, continue to your lakeside lodge overlooking Jackson Lake and the stunning peaks of Grand Teton National Park.
Stay: Jackson Lake Lodge
Full Breakfast

DAY 9 – YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
The Grand Tetons thrust skyward 6,562 feet (2,000 metres) from the valley floor. Then enter Yellowstone, the world’s first National Park and known for its unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife.
Stay: National Park Lodges, Yellowstone
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 – GEYSERS AND COLOURFUL MUDPOTS AT YELLOWSTONE
Walk among the geysers and watch them erupt. You will be joined by a Local Expert for an informative stroll through Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin. There is plenty of time to see the colourful bubbling mudpots and observe Old Faithful shooting water over 120

feet (37 metres) in the air. See free-roaming deer, elk and bear in their natural habitat and the roar of the Lower Yellowstone Falls.
Stay: National Park Lodges, Yellowstone
Full Breakfast

DAY 11 – RELAXING AT THE RANCH AT UCROSS

Depart Yellowstone National Park and travel through the stark Shoshone Canyon and Absaroka Rocky Mountains to reach the Wild West town of Cody. Visit the Buffalo Bill Center s of the West, built in honour of one of America’s great Western legends. Head to Clearmont in Wyoming and after checking into your hotel, ride horseback enjoying

stunning scenery before a ranch style Highlight Dinner.
Stay:The Ranch at UCross
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 – DEVILS TOWER INTO THE BLACK HILLS
After a morning at leisure, head towards Devils Tower, an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the surrounding Black Hills and considered sacred to the Lakota and other tribes. Then, travel to Spearfish Canyon, a great spot for wildlife enthusiasts. Enjoy dinner including an option of local trout, which became native to the Spearfish region when they were brought from Colorado in 1899.

Stay: Spearfish Canyon Lodge
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13 – CUSTER AND THE WILD, WILD WEST
Keep a lookout for pronghorn antelope as you cross the great high plains to the Black Hills of South Dakota. In Deadwood, join Kevin Costner’s Original Deadwood Tour s and explore this once lawless town. With a Local Expert, hear about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Then, hear stories told by members of the Lakota tribe s who

share a live narrative of the Great Sioux Nation. Continue on to Custer State Park, renowned for its beautiful abundant wildlife. Perhaps get up close and personal with herds of buffalo on an optional jeep safari.
Stay: The State Game Lodge, Custer State Park
Full Breakfast

DAY 14 – THE MOUNTAIN MONUMENTS OF THE BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA
View the Crazy Horse Memorial, dedicated to all Native Americans. Move on to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt dominate the Black Hills. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure before a farewell Celebration Dinner.

Stay: The State Game Lodge, Custer State Park
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15 – DEPART RAPID CITY OR DENVER
Depart from Rapid City at any time, with a transfer to the airport or travel south from  Custer State Park where your tour ends on arrival in Denver, with a transfer to Denver International Airport. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home. Those ending in Denver, airport arrival will be at 16:30.
Full Breakfast

Why not combine this itinerary with the Best of California to fully experience America’s West, see Grand Tour of the American West.

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