National Parks of the West

11 Day Tour from Rapid City to Salt Lake City

September 7-17, 2024

$4659 per person + Airfare

Itinerary

DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN RAPID CITY

Welcome to Rapid City!
At 6pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
1-nt The Rushmore Hotel

DAY 2 – RAPID CITY-BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK-CUSTER STATE PARK

Legends of the West
After breakfast, enjoy an orientation tour of Rapid City. Visit Badlands National Park to see some of the most spectacular scenery in the region. Afterward, there’s time to explore Wall Drug, known for its quirky roadside signs. Continue to Custer State Park for a backcountry adventure; a Buffalo Safari with a local expert and Chuckwagon Cookout.
Breakfast & Dinner
2-nts State Game Lodge at Cluster State Park

DAY 3 – CLUSTER STATE PARK. EXCURSION TO HOT SPRINGS & CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL

Wild & Wooly Discoveries
Travel to Hot Springs to visit the world’s largest Mammoth Site. Next, Crazy Horse Memorial, built in honor of the fearless Sioux Chief whose renown is derived from the Battle of Little Bighorn. The remainder of the day is yours to relax in Custer State Park.
Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4 – CUSTER STATE PARK-MOUNT RUSHMORE-DEADWOOD-SPEARFISH CANYON

Statesmen, Sheriffs & Sharpshooters
Visit one of the world’s largest stone monuments – Mount Rushmore National Memorial – to see the solid granite faces of four legendary American presidents majestically carved more than a thousand feet overhead. Continue to the historic Old West town of Deadwood for a tour with a Local Guide. Afterwards, drive to the scenic Spearfish Canyon for an overnight at the exclusive Spearfish Canyon Lodge.
Breakfast & Dinner
1-nt Spearfish Canyon Lodge

DAY 5 – SPEARFISH CANYON-UCROSS RANCH-WYOMING-CODY

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch…
Continue across the grassy plains of Wyoming and soak in the expansive blue skies. Enjoy lunch at the historic Ranch at UCross with free time to enjoy a variety of activities. Next, cross the Bighorn Mountains via Shell Creek Canyon to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West town of Cody, Wyoming.
Breakfast & Lunch
1-nt Holiday Inn Buffalo Bill Village – Cody

DAY 6 – CODY-YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Frontier Treasures
Visit Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a fascinating tribute to frontier America. Depart for Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park, where wild animals roam freely in vast meadows and forest.
Breakfast
2-nts Canyon Lodge – Yellowstone National Park

DAY 7 – YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

America’s First National Park
A full day’s adventure in this vast national park! See the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its Upper and Lower Falls. Watch for herds of bison in Hayden Valley, and view many of Yellowstone’s geothermal sites, including Old Faithful Geyser.
Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 8 – YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK-JACKSON

Glacial Giants
This morning, tour Grand Teton National Park on your way to Jackson.
Breakfast
2-nts Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole

DAY 9 – JACKSON

Peak Experiences
Today is at your leisure to explore on your own, enjoy your resort, or perhaps take an optional float trip down the Snake River.
Breakfast

DAY 10 – JACKSON-SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

This is the Place!
Follow the Snake River and lovely Star Valley en route to Utah. Wind along the shores of beautiful Bear Lake before climbing through the Wasatch Mountains and on to the Great Salt Lake Basin and Salt Lake City. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director.
Breakfast & Dinner
1-nt Radisson Hotel Downtown Salt Lake City

DAY 11 – SALT LAKE CITY

Safe travels until we meet again!
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast

** All hotels are subject to change

map of tour path

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