Americas Magnificent National Parks end Denver (Summer 2017)
DestinationSouth and Central America/Mexico/Antarctica
Duration 15 days
Was: $7125pp
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An epic adventure through remarkable scenery, National Parks and prominent landmarks, crafted to please those with a love of nature and history. This sprightly tour combines 'Enchanting Canyonlands' with the 'American Parks Trail' to form a complete experience of North America's most popular parks, historic monuments and scenic grandeur. Read 'Celebrating 100 Years of The US National Parks Service' on the Insight Vacations blog

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Sedona: Visit this Red Rock Country artists' colony.
  • Grand Canyon: Enjoy stunning views.
  • Cameron: Stop at the Historic Trading Post.
  • Glen Canyon: Visit the dam.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park: Enjoy the rugged beauty with a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the hoodoos.
  • Salt Lake City: View the headquarters for the Mormon religion.
  • Jackson: See the town's iconic antler arch.
  • Grand Teton National Park: Enjoy views of Jenny Lake.
  • Yellowstone National Park: See Old Faithful.
  • Black Hills: Witness the huge Crazy Horse Memorial and the famous Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
  • Countryside: Oak Creek Canyon, Grand Canyon's South Rim, Painted Desert.

 

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

 

  • Grand Canyon: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at the Thunderbird Room while taking in views of the South Rim.
  • Las Vegas: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner in Las Vegas.
  • UCross: After an afternoon of horseback riding in your beautiful surroundings, enjoy a hearty ranch style Highlight Dinner.
  • Custer: Toast to the finale of your tour at a lively Celebration Dinner with wine.
  • 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 14 Full Breakfasts (FB), 3 Highlight Dinners (HD), 3 Dinners (D), and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD)

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

 

  • Grand Canyon: Join a Local Expert for an informative presentation and witness the burnt orange hues of the canyon walls.
  • Monument Valley: Join a Navajo Guide in a special vehicle to explore the iconic vistas of this Navajo Tribal Park, made famous in America's favourite Western movies.
  • Lake Powell: A testament to the power of water over rock, glide through the narrow sandstone turns of Antelope Canyon during your cruise.
  • Zion Canyon: The most relaxing and informative way to see the grandeur and natural features of the canyon is by a private shuttle that includes live commentary.
  • Yellowstone: Upper Geyser Basin boasts the highest concentration of spouting geysers, hot springs, and steaming fumaroles in the world. Join a Local Expert for an informative walk through these natural wonders.
  • Cody: Explore the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West, known for its excellent Western art collection, firearms and natural history.
  • Deadwood: Historical Wild West figures such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane called Deadwood home. Learn about the Gold Rush and the town's notable residents aboard Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour.
  • Deadwood: Enjoy an audience with Lakota tribe members who share a live narrative of the Great Sioux Nation.

 

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

 

  • Lake Powell: We guarantee lake-view rooms with picture-perfect vistas and breathtaking sunsets.
  • Zion National Park: Stay in rustic charming lodges, located right inside the National Parks.
  • Las Vegas: Where else would you want to stay, but the Cosmopolitan? A modern, luxury, upscale, resort, overlooking the heart of the strip.
  • Grand Tetons: Stay right inside the National Park at the desirable Jackson Lake Lodge. One of the largest of all the eco-friendly resorts, with breathtaking views.
  • UCross: Enjoy a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere during your stay at the Ranch at UCross. The plush accommodations enhance the natural scenic beauty of the surroundings.
  • Spearfish: Deep in the heart of one of the most breathtaking, beautiful canyons in the world, nestled alongside lofty pines and spectacular cliffs, you will find Spearfish Canyon Lodge. Built and decorated in the style of the old lodges of the West, the outside world is as near or far as you need it to be.
  • Overview: This captivating tour stays in cosy lodges located right inside the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The gracious stone and wood State Game Lodge is set in a beautiful mountain valley of Custer State Park and served as the 'Summer White House' for two American presidents.

 

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

 

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers on the first and last day of your tour.

 

Highlights

Day By Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale

Welcome to Arizona. Your airport transfer takes you to your tour hotel in Scottsdale. Enjoy the superb facilities and grounds of this desert oasis. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.(WD)

Accomodation: Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains

Day 2: Sedona And The Wonders Of The Mighty Grand Canyon

Head north to the quaint bohemian colony of Sedona, where you can browse the stores and galleries, before travelling on to Grand Canyon National Park. Perhaps take an optional flightseeing tour by helicopter or plane over this natural wonder. Spend the night inside the park, enjoying the peace and quiet after the crowds have departed. During your stay, join a Local Expert for an informative presentation about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner in the Thunderbird Room while taking in the magnificent views.(FB / HD)

Accomodation: National Park Lodges, Grand Canyon

Day 3: Monument Valley And Lake Powell

Head to the historic Cameron Trading Post, featuring Southwest American Indian arts and crafts. The journey carries on through the colourful Painted Desert to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, where you board all-terrain vehicles for a guided tour of the valley floor, used as a backdrop of many Western Films. Stop at the Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lakefront resort.(FB / D)

Accomodation: Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas, Lake View Rooms

Day 4: Leisurely Lake Powell

(Relaxed Start) Relax and enjoy the resort's facilities or join an optional float trip down the scenic Colorado River. Take a leisurely cruise through scenic Antelope Canyon with its dramatic steep, sandstone walls.(FB)

Accomodation: Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas

Day 5: Bryce Canyon’s Stony Symphony

Head to Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah and enjoy a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheatres of odd-shaped monoliths known as hoodoos before heading to Zion National Park.(FB)

Accomodation: Zion National Park Lodge

Day 6: Zion To Las Vegas - From Nature To Neon

Travel through more amazing scenery to the lush cliff-and-canyon landscape of Zion National Park. Board a private Zion Canyon Shuttle with live commentary to experience the scenic highlights of the park, followed by some time to explore on your own. A complete change of scenery awaits you in the afternoon when you arrive in Las Vegas; bright lights, shopping malls, huge themed hotels and the omnipresent slot machine. In the evening, join your Tour Director and newfound friends for a Highlight Dinner with drinks before seeing the lights and glitz of Las Vegas.(FB / HD)

Accomodation: The Cosmopolitan™ of Las Vegas

Day 7: Salt Lake City

Travel to Salt Lake City, the capital and most populous city in the State of Utah, and headquarters of the Mormon faith.(FB)

Accomodation: Hilton Salt Lake City Center

Day 8: Jackson And Grand Teton National Park

Join a morning orientation tour of Salt Lake City to see the famous Temple Square. Then travel north across the Oregon Trail to visit historic Jackson, where arches of elk antlers adorn the central square. Later, continue to your lakeside lodge overlooking Jackson Lake and the stunning peaks of Grand Teton National Park.(FB)

Accomodation: Jackson Lake Lodge

Day 9: Yellowstone National Park

The Grand Tetons thrust skyward 6,562 feet (2,000 metres) from the valley floor. Stop to admire some of the incredible views at Jenny Lake. Then enter Yellowstone, the world's first National Park and known for its unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife.(FB / D)

Accomodation: National Park Lodges, Yellowstone

Day 10: Geysers And Colourful Mudpots At Yellowstone

Walk among the geysers and watch them erupt. You will be joined by a Local Expert for an informative stroll through Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin. There is plenty of time to see the colourful bubbling mudpots and observe Old Faithful shooting water over 120 feet (37 metres) in the air. See free-roaming deer, elk and bear in their natural habitat and the roar of the Lower Yellowstone Falls.(FB)

Accomodation: National Park Lodges, Yellowstone

Day 11: Relaxing At The Ranch At Ucross

Depart Yellowstone National Park and travel through the stark Shoshone Canyon and Absaroka Rocky Mountains to reach the Wild West town of Cody. Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, built in honour of one of America's great Western legends. Head to Clearmont in Wyoming and after checking into your hotel, ride horseback enjoying stunning scenery before enjoying a ranch style Highlight Dinner.(FB / HD)

Accomodation: The Ranch at UCross

Day 12: Devils Tower Into The Black Hills

(Relaxed Start) After a morning at leisure, head towards Devils Tower, an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the surrounding Black Hills and considered sacred to the Lakota and other tribes. Then, travel to Spearfish Canyon, a great spot for wildlife enthusiasts, where the breathtaking limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge are more ancient than the Grand Canyon. Enjoy dinner including an option of local trout, which became native to the Spearfish region when they were brought from Colorado in 1899.(FB / D)

Accomodation: Spearfish Canyon Lodge

Day 13: Custer And The Wild, Wild West

Keep a lookout for pronghorn antelope as you cross the great high plains to the Black Hills of South Dakota. In Deadwood, join Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour and explore this once lawless town. With a Local Expert, hear about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this town famous during the gold rush of the 1870s. Then, bear stories told by members of the Lakota tribe who share a live narrative of the Great Sioux Nation. Continue on to Custer State Park, renowned for its beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife. Perhaps get up close and personal with herds of buffalo on an optional jeep safari.(FB)

Accomodation: The State Game Lodge, Custer State Park

Day 14: The Mountain Monuments Of The Black Hills Of South Dakota

View the Crazy Horse Memorial, dedicated to all Native Americans. Move on to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt dominate the Black Hills. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure before a farewell Celebration Dinner.(FB / CD)

Accomodation: The State Game Lodge, Custer State Park

Day 15: Depart Denver

Travel south from Custer State Park where your tour ends on arrival in Denver, with a transfer to Denver International Airport.(FB)

Americas Magnificent National Parks end Denver (Summer 2017)
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