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National Parks of America

June 11 - June 29

HIGHLIGHTS: Great Arch, Pony Express Museum, The Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Black Hills of South Dakota, Cody & Buffalo Bill Museum, BBQ & Rodeo in Cody, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons & Jackson Hole, Dinosaur National Monument, Arches National Park, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, San Antonio & the Alamo, Cajun Country, and includes 5 Two night stays …   31 Meals.

PRICE: $3499 Per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement:  $1500

Travel Protection: $248

Deposit Required:  $200

Final Payment Due:  APRIL 25, 2021

 

The Great American West…vast plains, skyscraping mountains, lush forests, fertile farmlands…all part of America The Beautiful.  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 14 STATES in 19 DAYS.

 JUN 11 …We depart by deluxe motorcoach and travel through Georgia into Tennessee for our first night, where we enjoy our Get Acquainted Dinner in Nashville.  (D)

JUN 12 … After breakfast, we continue our journey through Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois, crossing the Mississippi River into Missouri, and pausing for a photo opt at the Great Arch to the West.  Overnight in the “Show Me State” with dinner.  (B,D)

JUN 13 … Today we cross Missouri with a stop in historic St. Joseph, and a visit to the Patee House, a Museum of the West, and the starting point for historic Pony Express mail delivery. Our afternoon ride takes us into the “corn” country of Iowa and we’ll overnight in the Sioux City/Dakota Dunes area.  (B)

JUN 14 … 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 15 … 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 16 … DEVIL’S TOWER … This morning our route continues into the “Cowboy State” where we make a picture stop at Devil’s Tower. Our trail takes us across the Big Horn Mountains as we arrive in Cody, Wyoming for a two night stay. (B)

JUN 17 …  CODY, BUFFALO BILL, & RODEO … We are welcome in this tiny town of Cody, named after its most famous son, Buffalo Bill.  This morning we  visit the Buffalo Bill Museum and Historical Center, which has the finest collection of western paintings, firearms, and Indian artifacts in America.  Enjoy the afternoon browsing the shops in town before an evening BBQ dinner & show at the Cody Cattle Co, followed by the excitement of a local rodeo. (B,D)

JUN 18 …  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 19JACKSON 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 20 … DINOSAUR … Today our journey begins into the rugged terrain of eastern Utah to the DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT.   The dinosaur fossil beds (bone beds) were discovered in 1909 by Earl Douglass, working and collecting for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.  He and his crews excavated thousands of fossils and shipped them back to the museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for study and display. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the dinosaur beds as Dinosaur National Monument in 1915  The monument boundaries were expanded in 1938 from the original 80-acre   tract surrounding the dinosaur quarry in Utah, to its present extent of over 200,000 acres in Utah and Colorado. We overnight in Vernal, UT. (B)

JUN 21 ARCHES NATIONAL PARK …  Continuing south into the canyon country of Utah, we arrive in Arches National Park … a very special place where 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 22 …  MONUMENT VALLEY … This morning we travel into Monument Valley as we drive through Utah along a scenic route. You will enjoy fascinating geological sights in this amazing area, known by Native Americans as the “Land of Long Shadows”. 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!  We enjoy lunch at Goulding’s Lodge in Navajo country before we travel into Arizona for for 2 nights in Flagstaff.  (B,L)

JUN 23 … 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. Tonight features a special dinner and entertainment at Black Barts. (B,D)

JUN 24ACROSS NEW MEXICO … Driving past Phoenix and through “Cactus Country”, we cross New Mexico and arrive in southwestern Texas with an overnight in El Paso.     (B)

JUN 25 …  SAN ANTONIO … After breakfast, we travel across the expanse of the Lone Star State of Texas, through cattle ranches, and prairies of tumble weed, and into the Hill Country. Later in the afternoon we arrive in the lovely city of San Antonio for a welcome TWO-NIGHT stay near the River Walk. Dinner tonight beside the San Antonio River.  (B,D)

 JUN 26 …   THE ALAMO & RIVER WALK … San Antonio is a charming city of Spanish missions, outdoor cafes along the famed Paseo Del Rio, and western history.  We will visit the most famous mission of Texas, the Alamo, a National Shrine dedicated to American independence.  The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this lovely city…try the trolley for an easy way to see more of the city, take a water taxi along the river, or just enjoy the River Walk! (B)

JUN 27 … CAJUN COUNTRY … We travel back across Texas, through Houston, and into Louisiana.  The colorful Cajun Country is 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 at Prejeans. (B,D)

JUN 28 MOBILE BAY …  Since we are in Bayou Country, our group will take a cruise through the swampy lands of Louisiana. This Eco excursion will point out wild-life and lush vegetation in this wild country. Later we travel across Mississippi to our final evening along the Bay in the lovely City of Mobile.    (B,D)

JUN 29 … Our group has seen and done so much over the last 19 days, but now it’s time to head home with great memories and new friendships. We return 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)

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Start:
June 11
End:
June 29

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