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14 Day Ultimate National Parks

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

All sightseeing and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable weather conditions and seasonality. In those instances, and until the roads are available for travel, often unpredictable until the last moment, roads, routes and sites will be amended.

DAY 1, Sunday - Arrive in Phoenix
Arrive in Phoenix. Transfer independently to the hotel which is located in the colorful Old Town of Scottsdale, where the "Old West meets the New West". The Scottsdale/Phoenix area, with its captivating desert setting has inspired artists for generations. This region is also home to acclaimed museums and architectural masterpieces including Frank Lloyd Wright's elegant buildings created from desert rocks and sand. Tonight's welcome meeting introduces you to your Tour Manager and the exciting program that awaits you. Afterward, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Scottsdale
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2, Monday - Sedona
Early morning drive to picturesque Sedona, known for its distinctive red sandstone formations, delightful artists' colony, and unforgettable scenery. Stop to visit Montezuma Castle, site of the 12th and 13th-century Native American cliff dwellings. Here, you will journey back in time at this preserved prehistoric Indian ruin with its excavated treasures from the mysterious Sinagua people of the southwest. Arrive in Sedona with time to explore the town, or join the optional fun-filled Pink Jeep tour that takes you to an amazing 1,500 feet to the top of the Mogollon Rim. Your afternoon drive takes you through winding Oak Creek Canyon on your way to the Tusayan, located directly outside the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. Carved over millions of years by the Colorado River, it is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Spend the evening at leisure
Optional: Pink Jeep Excursion to Scenic Rim (PM)
Overnight: Tusayan (Grand Canyon)
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Tuesday - Grand Canyon, Lake Powell
A memorable day awaits to explore the South Rim of the Grand Canyon with its unrivaled awe-inspiring views and breathtaking beauty. The Grand Canyon is more than a great chasm carved over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado plateau; it is truly a momentous and unforgettable experience. Almost 280 miles long, the Grand Canyon varies in width from one to eighteen miles, with the Colorado River winding below. As you depart the canyon, stop at the Desert Viewpoint to see the exceptional views, including the Painted Desert; the colors are astounding. Travel to Page, in the Lake Powell Region. The rest of the evening is yours to relax or explore Page independently
Overnight: Page
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Full Day in Page
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Page. Consider joining the thrilling optional excursion to Monument Valley, including lunch. This great valley, with its rugged beauty, boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet, framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor
Optional: Full Day Excursion to Monument Valley with lunch
Overnight: Page
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Thursday - Bryce Canyon National Park, Springdale
Morning drive to Bryce Canyon, a wondrous land of pines, pinnacles and oddly sculpted formations known as hoodoos, resembling the towers of fairy-tale castles, created by the wind and water erosion over eons of time. Magnificent spires tinted with many colors of pink orange and red put on a captivating show as the light changes during the day. The sights are truly a delight for photographers. Perhaps you'll see some of the park's abundant wildlife, including elk, coyotes and much more. After a quick lunch, continue to charming Springdale, located outside Zion National Park. Upon arrival, evening is at leisure
Overnight: Springdale (Zion National Park)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Friday - Zion National Park
Today, discover the wonderland of Zion National Park, where red desert rocks splashed with vivid colors mingle with rolling rivers and lush green canyons. Its colorful sandstone canyons and dramatic peaks and cliffs are contrasted by desert oases with abundant pools and cascading waterfalls. Keep an eye on the sky because Zion is home to golden eagles, falcons and the endangered California condor. Highlights also include the famous trio of peaks known as the Three Patriarchs. Tonight, enjoy dinner together with your group
Overnight: Springdale (Zion National Park)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Salt Lake City
Continue north for Salt Lake City. Here tour historic Temple Square, a beautifully landscaped 10-acre plot of ground in the heart of downtown Salt Lake. At the center of this, is the six-spired Salt Lake Temple. Also located on the Square is the domed Tabernacle, home of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Afterwards, arrive at your hotel for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Salt Lake City
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Sunday - Jackson
Today, leave Utah for rugged Wyoming. After lunch on your own, proceed to Jackson. There is time to shop in the town's many stores for genuine cowboy gear. Tonight, try one of the many local restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. Be sure to stop at the world famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, known for it’s music and dancing as well as its large collection of western memorabilia
Overnight: Jackson
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Monday - Grand Teton National Park, Arrive in Yellowstone
Depart Jackson for magnificent Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming with its jagged peaks, glaciers, lakes and dense forests rich with wildlife. Visit the Chapel of the Transfiguration, built in 1925 at the south entrance of Grand Teton National Park before continuing to Yellowstone. An extraordinary experience as you enter spectacular Yellowstone National Park, a breathtaking natural wonderland established in 1872 as the first national park in the United States. Yellowstone is home to countless hot springs and two-thirds of all of the geysers in the world, highlighted by its awe-inspiring rock formations and the famed geyser, "Old Faithful". Upon arrival, head towards the Lower Loop and arrive at Old Faithful for time to explore and lunch at leisure. Next, cross the Continental Divide; here water flows on one side to the Gulf of Mexico and the other side flows to the Pacific. Enjoy an evening at leisure in Yellowstone National Park
Overnight: Yellowstone National Park
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Tuesday - Explore Yellowstone
Begin the day in Yellowstone with a visit to the dramatic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its turbulent river; 24 miles of twisting, sheer rock cliffs carved 1,200 feet deep. Then on to Mammoth Hot Springs, a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine, created thousands of years ago. Continue to the Lower Geyser Basin to Fountain Paint Pots along the Firehole River before returning to your hotel. All the while, be on the lookout for bison, bears, elk and eagles in this sweeping glacial valley
Overnight: Yellowstone National Park
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Wednesday - Cody
Depart Yellowstone National Park for Cody. After lunch at leisure, continue with an afternoon tour of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and experience the authentic story of the American West. Spend the evening exploring historic downtown Cody filled with western art galleries and unique restaurants. Perhaps experience the live sights and sounds of the Cody Night Rodeo, or a lively cowboy music revue
Overnight: Cody
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Thursday - Sheridan, Rapid City
Morning departure to Sheridan, Wyoming set halfway between Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore, with its dramatic vistas of the striking Big Horn mountains. The town's authentic Main Street is lined with historic buildings, offering Old West appeal in a modern setting. After lunch, on your own, continue to Rapid City. Upon arrival, your evening is at leisure
Overnight: Rapid City
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Friday - Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore
This morning, head to the magnificent Mount Rushmore National Memorial.* The faces of four American presidents - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln - are carved into the granite mountainside high above the treetops of the Black Hills. The carving took 14 years to complete and serves today as a priceless shrine of democracy. This afternoon visit the Crazy Horse Memorial that started over 50 years ago by Chief Henry Standing Bear who invited sculptors to carve a mountain honoring the heritage, tradition, and culture of North American Indians. Today, this tribute is still incomplete. After lunch on your own, return to Rapid City. Tonight, a Farewell Dinner celebrates the end of your trip*Renovations of the facilities at Mt Rushmore are scheduled to take place beginning Fall 2018 and last for approximately 18 months. Views from the Grand Terrace may not be possible.
Overnight: Rapid City
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Saturday - Return Home
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

National Parks route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Los Angeles-Phoenix, Rapid City-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 13 nights accommodations
  • 1 night Scottsdale
  • 1 night Tusayan (Grand Canyon)
  • 2 nights Page
  • 2 nights Springdale
  • 1 night Salt Lake City
  • 1 night Jackson
  • 2 nights Yellowstone National Park
  • 1 night Cody
  • 2 nights Rapid City
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • 17 meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

  • Special Features

  • Stay in the Old Town of Scottsdale, where the "Old West meets the New West"
  • Visit picturesque Sedona, with its distinctive red rock formations and artist community
  • Stop at Montezuma Castle, site of prehistoric Native American cliff dwellings
  • Stand in awe at the rim of the Grand Canyon with its breathtaking beauty
  • View Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world
  • Tour Bryce Canyon, a wondrous land of pines and oddly sculpted red rock formations
  • Discover Zion National Park, enjoy short hikes and stunning views
  • Salt Lake City Tabernacle, home of the world-famous Tabernacle Choir and Temple Square
  • Discover dramatic Grand Teton National Park with its jagged peaks, glaciers, lakes and dense forests
  • Visit Yellowstone National Park established in 1872, as the first national park in the United States
  • Mount Rushmore, the iconic massive carved sculpture of the faces of four U.S. presidents
  • Crazy Horse Memorial started over 50 years ago and is still incomplete
  • *Not Included:
    Transfers, optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Passengers arriving to Phoenix/Scottsdale should select flights that arrive no later than 5:00 PM.

    For arrival and departure on North America packages with US gateways, transfers are not included with Air & Land packages nor available on an optional basis. See Trip Preparation -> Arrival & Departure for more information regarding options to transfer to your hotel.


    Accommodation Details:
    Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.

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    Accommodations

    Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
    This tourist class hotel is centrally located in Old Town Scottsdale.

    Red Feather Lodge
    This tourist class lodge is a short drive away from the south entrance of the Grand Canyon National Park.

    Lake Powell Resort
    This tourist class resort overlooks Lake Powell.

    Holiday Inn Express - Springdale Utah
    This superior tourist class hotel is tucked among the towering red rock cliffs of Zion Canyon.

    Holiday Inn Express - Springdale Utah
    This superior tourist class hotel is tucked among the towering red rock cliffs of Zion Canyon.

    Majestic View Lodge
    This superior tourist class lodge is located a short drive away from Zion National Park.

    Little America Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated in downtown Salt Lake City.

    49er Inn & Suites
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Jackson.

    Canyon Lodge
    This superior budget class hotel is located on the east side of the park near the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

    Grant Village
    This superior budget class lodge is located nearby Yellowstone Lake.

    Grant Village
    This superior budget class lodge is located nearby Yellowstone Lake.

    Holiday Inn - Buffalo Bill Village Resort
    This tourist class resort is located in the city center of Cody.

    Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza
    This superior tourist class hotel is situated in downtown Rapid City.

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    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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