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National Parks of America

June 12 - June 30

$3499

HIGHLIGHTS:

Great Arch, Pony Express Museum, The Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, & Black Hills of South Dakota, Ranch at Ucross, Little Big Horn Battlefield, Cody & Buffalo Bill Museum, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons & Jackson Hole, Salt Lake City, Arches National Park, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Santa Fe, Oklahoma City, Branson for 2 nights & Lots More   32 Meals.

PRICE: $3499 Per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement:  $1200

Travel Protection: $248

Deposit Required:  $200

Final Payment Due:  APRIL 25, 2019

 

The Great American West…vast plains, skyscraping mountains, lush forests, fertile farmlands…all of these combine to create stunning scenery.  And what better way to see our great National Parks, like Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, Mt. Rushmore, spectacular Zion National Park, the Grand Canyon & so much more on this grand motorcoach tour which visits 19 STATES in 19 DAYS.

JUN 12 …We depart by deluxe motorcoach and travel through Georgia into Tennessee for our first night, where e enjoy our Get Acquainted Dinner in Nashville .  (D)

JUN 13 … After breakfast, we continue our journey through Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois, crossing the Mississippi River into Missouri, and pausing to take the tram ride up thru the Great Arch to the West.  Overnight in the “Show Me State” with dinner.  (B,D) 

JUN 14 … Today we cross Missouri with a stop in historic St. Joseph, and a visit to the Patee House and the Pony Express Museum of the West, the starting point for historic express mail delivery. Our afternoon journey takes us into the “corn” state of Iowa. We will cross the river into Nebraska at Omaha before an overnight in the Sioux City/Dakota Dunes area.  (B)

JUN 15 … BAD LANDS … Our journey takes us across the Great American Prairie into South Dakota.  We’ll stop at Mitchell to view the famous Corn Palace before continuing on to the Badlands, an eerie moon-like landscape of multi-colored ravines.  This afternoon, we visit the one and only Wall Drug Store, known for the past 90 years for the free ice water and 5 cent coffee for anyone coming out of the Badlands. Dinner here before our day’s trip ends in Rapid City, the heartland of the Black Hills, for a TWO-NIGHT stay.  (B)

JUN 16 … BLACK HILLS TOUR … Today is a grand experience as we tour the Black Hills and see the inspiring patriotic Mt. Rushmore.  We’ll travel along the Needles Highway, turn round and round the Pig Tail Bridges, view wild burros and buffalo in Custer State Park, and visit the unfinished Crazy Horse Memorial. Lunch is at the Blue Bell Lodge high on the ridges of the Black Hills. Great day of touring.   (B,L)

JUN 17 … DEADWOOD & THE RANCH … This morning we visit the Old Western town of Deadwood. In this gold rush village of over 80 gambling halls, it was here that Wild Bill Hickok was killed while playing poker in the Number # 10 Saloon. He was buried in Mt Moriah Cemetery, along with other infamous characters including Calamity Jane.  We board a local vehicle for a narrated tour of this historic town, the cemetery, have time to stroll down the main street & grab some lunch before moving on to Wyoming. A special highlight of the trip, as our group will stay on the RANCH AT UCROSS, nestled in the mountains beside Piney Creek.  We arrive in time to try your skill at horse-back riding, fishing, or just settle into one of the cabins before the dinner bell sounds for a wonderful evening meal. Later the group can enjoy some time at the fire pit, roast marshmallows and join in a cowboy sing-along.  (B,D)

JUN 18 … CUSTER’S LAST STAND & CODY … Breakfast is served in the Ranch House with fresh eggs, bacon, fruit, and hot cakes.  We say “Farewell” to our new friends on the ranch, as we travel north into Big Sky Country for an intriguing visit to one of America’s most famous western sites.  Arriving at the Little Big Horn Battlefield, a local ranger will give a comprehensive talk on “Custer’s Last Stand”, as we walk up to the hill where his band of men lost their lives in an attack by the Sioux Indians and Chief Crazy Horse, in defense of their home and hunting lands. Returning into Wyoming, we cross the Big Horn Mountains to Cody, home of Buffalo Bill. We’ll visit the Buffalo Bill Museum and Historical Center, which has the finest collection of western paintings, firearms, and Indian artifacts in America.   (B,L)

JUN 19 …  YELLOWSTONE … After breakfast, we travel the narrow winding highway that brings us to America’s first National Park, Yellowstone. We’ll tour the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and raging Yellowstone Falls, twice as tall as Niagara!  With lunch and a narrated tour of the highlights…and of course, Old Faithful. Keep your eyes open for wild-life.  Continuing along the length of the “Hole” through spectacular Grand Teton National Park, with its jagged mountains rising straight up from the valley floor, we arrive in the resort village of Jackson for 2 nights, with time to browse the many shops surrounding the town square.      (B,L) 

JUN 20 … JACKSON HOLE … Jackson, Wyoming is shadowed by the Grand Tetons, some of the most spectacular mountains in America…rising straight up out of the valley floor. Enjoy the climate, the scenery, and the village of Jackson Hole.  Tonight a Covered Wagon Cookout is planned as we ride in wagons to a camp and open fire for a tasty western meal. (B,D)      Optional Float Trip on the Snake River … $75

JUN 21 … BEAR LAKE & SALT LAKE CITY … Our trail follows the course of the Snake River through serene valleys of farms, and we cross into Idaho. Riding beside the blue-green waters of Bear Lake, we’ll make a stop for one of the famous Raspberry Shakes and lunch.  Crossing the rugged Wasatch Mountains like the pioneers before us, we begin to see the small Mormon villages dotting the hillsides. Later this afternoon, we arrive in beautiful Salt Lake City for a stop at Temple Square. Overnight in Utah.  (B)

JUN 22 ZION  … This morning we travel south through the Salt Lake Valley and into the arid deserts that have shaped so many natural wonders, on our way to “Canyon Lands”.   We visit one of the spectacular canyons of the Southwest, Zion National Park!  We wind our way deep into a narrow canyon, isolated by towering buttes and mesas…Zion National Park, named by the early Mormon pioneers for its serene setting as a natural refuge.  Lunch included in Zion Lodge.  We’ll leave Zion and overnight in “canyon country”.  (B,L)

JUN 23 …  SEDONA … This morning we travel into Arizona past Lake Powell and head south to Sedona, a year-round getaway that has become a haven for artist and craftsmen alike.  Rich in spectacular scenery and unspoiled beauty, Sedona draws visitors from around the world to share its magnificent red rock formations. We enjoy lunch at our favorite local restaurant and you have time to explore Sedona before we depart for Flagstaff for a 2 night stay.    (B,L)

 

JUN 24 … GRAND CANYON … Today we are treated to yet another highlight of our journey west as our group visits one of the greatest natural wonders in the World, the Grand Canyon …  277 miles long, 10 miles wide, and over 1 mile deep.  We drive from Desert View to the Bright Angel and village along the Canyon. You have some time to browse at the rim, take pictures, before traveling to Flagstaff, AZ.  Dinner tonight at Black Bart’s with entertainment.  (B,D)

JUN 25 … PAINTED DESERT & NEW MEXICO  …   Traveling along colorful and arid terrain in Arizona, and riding along the foothills of the San Juan Mountains, we cross the Painted Desert into New Mexico, Land of Enchantment.  Overnight in New Mexico.  (B)

JUN 26 … BIG TEXAN … This morning we depart for our eastward journey back home. Traveling across the plains and prairies of the Texas panhandle to Amarillo, we stop for lunch at the famed Big Texan.  On into Oklahoma, passing pumping oil wells and cattle ranches, we arrive in Oklahoma City.  A stop is made at the Oklahoma City Memorial, site of the tragic bombing of the Federal Building. Overnight in Ok City   (B,L)

 JUN 27 … PRECIOUS MOMENTS … Our eastern trail continues to Missouri, for a lunch break and tour of the Precious Moments Complex in Carthage. You will have an opportunity to visit the Chapel, see where the ideas and the art are produced, and purchase these cute statuettes. On into the Ozark Mountains of Missouri as we arrive in Branson for a two night stay. Tonight we enjoy dinner and show or a cruise on the Branson Belle, with a meal and entertainment.  (B,D)

JUN 28BRANSON … When in Branson…you eat, and go to a show. You eat, and go to another show.  Now we don’t want anyone to feel out of place, so we will take in 2 more shows today…a morning show with some time in Old Branson before dinner and another top show in town tonight. There is music and fun for everyone in this small Ozark town. (B,D)

JUN 29 FAREWELL DINNER … As our highway continues east, we travel along the winding roads of the Ozarks.  Crossing the Mississippi, we continue to Tupelo for the last night of our trip. Enjoy our Special Farewell Dinner with time to remember all the highlights of this trip.  (B,D)

JUN 30 … Our group has seen and done so much over the last few days, but now its time to head home with great memories and new friendships. (B)

Details

Start:
June 12
End:
June 30
Cost:
$3499