06/08/2018 - 06/24/2018


HIGHLIGHTS:  Nashville, Amana Colonies, 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, Zion Canyon, Grand Canyon, Santa Fe, Train Ride Across Texas, & Lots More   28 Meals


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 Canyon, the Grand Canyon & so much more on this grand motorcoach tour.    16 STATES in 17 DAYS


JUN 8 …We depart by deluxe motorcoach and travel through Georgia to Tennessee. First night in Nashville with Dinner and a chance to get a good nights rest before our trip to the West Coast.  (D)

JUN 9 … ILLINOIS …After breakfast, we continue our journey across America. Traveling through Kentucky and Indiana, we arrive in Illinois for the night.  (B) 

JUN 10 … 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 11 … 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 12 … 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 13 … 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 14 … 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. Lunch at the Indian Trading Post, and we return into Wyoming, and 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 this fun western town tonight.  (B,L)

JUN 15 …  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, with ample time to browse the many shops surrounding the town square.  TWO-NIGHT stay.   (B,L)

JUN 16JACKSON 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 17 … 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 18 … 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.  We'll leave Zion and overnight in “canyon country” (B,D)

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,D)

JUN 21TRAIN RIDE ACROSS TEXAS … Our group motorcoaches south through New Mexico and arrives in El Paso.  Here we board the Sunset Limited Train for an overnight journey by rail across Texas. Departing in mid-afternoon, we arrive in Louisiana the next day. (B)

JUN 22CAJUN COUNTRY … In mid-afternoon, our rail car reaches the colorful Cajun Country and our destination as we arrive in Lafayette. Dinner should be lots of fun as we dine on Cajun Cuisine and dance to the energetic sounds of Cajun music. (B,D) 

JUN 23… TABASCO & MOBILE BAY … This morning we board our coach for a drive deeper into Cajun Country as we come to New Iberia and stop at the Conrad Rice Museum, the oldest Rice Mill in America. Then its on to Avery Island to see where the famed local Tabasco Sauce is made, as we tour the factory. From here we travel across Mississippi and into Mobile, Alabama for our last night of this wonderful trip. A fabulous dinner is included tonight on Mobile Bay. (B,D)

JUN 24 … We return home today, across Alabama and into Georgia after an amazing trip to many of America’s National Parks and the magnificent states of the West.  (B)

PRICE: $3199  Per person, double occupancy with reclining seats on the Train

                        Roomette: $200

                        Bedroom: $475

               Single Supplement:  $1200     

               Travel Protection: $248

               Deposit Required:  $200 

               Final Payment Due:  APRIL 20, 2018


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