Tours


NATIONAL PARKS OF AMERICA

06/07/2019 - 06/25/2019

 

     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 Arches & Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon & so much more on this grand motorcoach tour which visits 21 STATES in 19 DAYS.

 

JUN 7 …We depart by deluxe motorcoach and travel through Georgia & Tennessee. First night in Kentucky with dinner at the Cumberland Falls Lodge.    (D)

JUN 8 … INDY SPEEDWAY … After breakfast, our group travels by Motorcoach to Indianapolis for a tour of the famous "Brickyard", the location of the Indianapolis 500 race. You will have a chance to ride on the track and see it from the driver's perspective. Later we continue north passing fertile Indiana farmlands and on into Illinois for the night.  (B) 

JUN 9 … AMANA COLONY ….Crossing the "Big Muddy" into Iowa, we find a very rural state known for its grain and corn fields. Settled by Europeans, one group that found a home here were the German immigrants that located in Amana. They lived communally until the 1930’s and from a workshop making beverage coolers developed Amana Refrigeration. We will tour the Amana Colonies, have lunch at the Ox Yoke Inn, and then continue west. Passing through the state capital of Des Moines, Council Bluffs along the Missouri River, and continue for our overnight in the Sioux City/Dakota Dunes area.  (B,L) 

JUN 10 … 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,D)

JUN 11 … 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 12 … 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 13 … 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. Enjoy a western cookout and show in town tonight.  (B,D)

JUN 14 …  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 15JACKSON 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 … $65

JUN 16 … 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 17 ARCHES NATIONAL PARK … Our trail takes us further into southern Utah for more spectacular scenery.  Arches National Park is very special … weathering forces have cut natural arches, windows, and spires into the sandstone, the largest found anywhere in America.  So far over 200 openings large enough to be called arches have been discovered. Landscape Arch, believed to be the longest natural stone span in the world has a length of 291 feet. We will visit Devil’s Garden, and the Fiery Furnace, and Tower Arch. Our overnight stay is in the town of Moab. Tonight highlights a BBQ on the banks of the Colorado River followed by a Jet Boat Cruise to witness a magnificent Sound & Light Show over the water on the canyon walls. (B,D)

JUN 18 ...  MONUMENT VALLEY … This morning we travel into Monument Valley as we drive through Utah along a scenic route. We enjoy lunch at Goulding's Lodge in Navajo country before a tour of Monument Valley Tribal Park. You will enjoy fascinating geological and historical information pertaining to this amazing area also known as the “Land of Long Shadows”.  The guides are local Navajos that grew up in and around the Monument Valley area. During the tours, they will share interesting facts about the valley and its areas of interest. You will have the opportunity to stop and gaze at the panorama where John Ford, John Wayne, and countless other historical figures of the Southwest have left their footprints. Don’t forget your camera! Later we travel into Arizona for the night.  (B,L)

JUN 19 … 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 for the night.  (B)

JUN 20 … NEW MEXICO & SANTA FE …   Traveling along colorful and arid terrain in Arizona, and riding along the foothills of the San Juan Mountains, we enter New Mexico, Land of Enchantment.  Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital, sits in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. It’s renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture and is a hotbed of art, foodies, and local history. Founded as a Spanish colony in 1610, the traditional Plaza serves as the meeting place in the center of the town.  Overnight in New Mexico.  (B)

JUN 21BIG 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 22PRECIOUS 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 23BRANSON … 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 24FAREWELL 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 25 … 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)

PRICE: $3399  Per person, double occupancy           

               Single Supplement:  $1200     

               Travel Protection: $248

               Deposit Required:  $200 

               Final Payment Due:  APRIL 25, 2019

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