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UNCOVER USA’S PRAIRIES & ROCKIES

In the heart of the USA, the Mountains States – which include Colorado, Utah and Wyoming – are ideal for nature-lovers. A holiday to the Rockies and Prairies allows you to lose yourself in a variety of awe-inspiring landscapes, from forest-cloaked valleys to other-worldly plains. And, of course, you can explore the beautiful Rocky Mountains, which run like a jagged spine through Canada and the USA.

On a trip to the American Prairies and Rockies, you’ll be able to discover some of the USA’s most famous natural wonders and stunning national parks. Marvel at UNESCO-listed Yellowstone National Park, home to ancient forests, active geysers and multi-coloured thermal pools. Go hiking from Colorado Springs into the Rockies’ snow-dusted peaks. Admire the mysterious sandstone formations of Bryce Canyon National Park, or drive across the rust-hued plains of Monument Valley.

You’ll find endless activities to get involved with, too. From horseback-riding to rock-climbing to mountain-biking, a holiday to the Rockies has something for everyone. If you’re a keen skier, you could check out the three ski areas near Jackson, in Wyoming. Or travel to some snowy slopes from Colorado’s capital, Denver, which has several ski resorts on its doorstep. Prefer something more sedate? Enjoy wine-tasting in Grand Junction’s vineyards, or go on a guided walk with a Yellowstone Park Ranger in search of wild bears, elk and moose.

Whatever you’re into, the best way to explore is on four wheels. We’d recommend hiring a car or campervan for your Rockies getaway, so you can go on an unforgettable road trip. You could start in vibrant Denver, venture west through Utah’s national parks, and finish up in Las Vegas. Or begin your holiday aboard the Rocky Mountaineer – rumbling through Utah and Colorado – then collect your vehicle in Denver and drive north to Yellowstone National Park. Tempted? Speak to our Travel Specialists to start planning your American adventure. 

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Yellowstone National Park

Covering more than two million acres across Wyoming and Montana, Yellowstone National Park is sure to be a highlight of your holiday to the American Rockies. It became the world’s first ever national park in 1872 and is still famous today for its unique ecosystem, which features alpine forests, steaming geysers, bubbling springs and dramatic valleys.

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Yellowstone is home to all sorts of geothermal wonders. You’ll be mesmerised by the colours of the Grand Prismatic Spring, whose warm waters are bright blue in the centre – but the edges are fringed with green, yellow and orange layers, created by heat-loving bacteria. Be amazed by the power of Old Faithful Geyser, so called because it regularly erupts with hot water every 90 minutes. And spend some time on the trails of Upper Geyser Basin, which has an impressive 25% of the world’s geysers. If you’re keen to see more of the park, why not join a ranger-led hike or enjoy a guided wildlife-watching tour? You might be lucky enough to spot bears, bison, elk and moose.



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A trip to the American Prairies and Rockies allows you to tick off some of the USA’s iconic landmarks. In South Dakota, you can visit Mount Rushmore and see the presidential faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Or head to Colorado to learn about Mesa Verde National Park’s UNESCO-listed wonders. This place boasts more than 5,000 archaeological sites from the Ancestral Puebloan people, including the sprawling Cliff Palace – the largest cliff dwelling in North America.

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But if it’s dramatic scenery you’re after, make tracks for Utah. The Beehive State is where you’ll find the cinematic plains of Monument Valley, plus five national parks – Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion. As the name suggests, Arches National Park has more than 1,000 sandstone archways, as well as some striking rock formations. Bryce Canyon is famous for its rose-hued ‘hoodoos’ – spire-like crags which rise out of the ground. Elsewhere, you can discover the rocky wilderness and imposing plateaus of Canyonlands National Park, or hike along the white cliffs of Zion National Park.

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Cities

While the American Rockies and Prairies are associated with natural landscapes, you can also expect to find some vibrant cities. Colorado’s state capital, Denver, is one of our favourites. Foodies will love its fantastic restaurants and thriving craft beer scene, which features nearly 100 breweries. There are some great cultural attractions, too, such as the collection of indigenous works at Denver Art Museum, and the former home of “The Unsinkable” Molly Brown – the feisty socialite who famously survived the Titanic.

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Eager to explore the Rocky Mountains? Base yourself in Colorado Springs, where you’ll have easy access to hiking trails and all sorts of activities. You can try rock-climbing, cycle along Pikes Peak, or go horseback riding through the Garden of the Gods. Meanwhile, across the border in Wyoming, Jackson is ideal for snowsports enthusiasts, as there are three ski resorts within easy reach of the city.

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Best time to go

The American Prairies and Rocky Mountains cover a vast area, so the climate varies somewhat from state to state. But, generally speaking, spring or autumn is the best time to visit this part of the USA.

Between March and May, you can expect pleasant temperatures between the mid-teens and low-twenties, which is ideal for hiking – and the Rockies’ snow-capped peaks will look very picturesque. Spring is also a great time to see wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, as bears emerge from their dens and migratory birds start to return.

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Summer temperatures regularly reach 32°C – and it can feel much hotter in sun-soaked places like Monument Valley and Zion National Park. But, once the summer heat has faded, September and October are comfortably warm, with temperatures averaging 25°C.
Winter is obviously the coldest time of year, and some roads and trails can become impassable due to snow. But, if you’re an eager skier or snowboarder, December to March is the best time to visit.

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Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park

Covering more than two million acres across Wyoming and Montana, Yellowstone National Park is sure to be a highlight of your holiday to the American Rockies. It became the world’s first ever national park in 1872 and is still famous today for its unique ecosystem, which features alpine forests, steaming geysers, bubbling springs and dramatic valleys.

Show More
Show Less

Yellowstone is home to all sorts of geothermal wonders. You’ll be mesmerised by the colours of the Grand Prismatic Spring, whose warm waters are bright blue in the centre – but the edges are fringed with green, yellow and orange layers, created by heat-loving bacteria. Be amazed by the power of Old Faithful Geyser, so called because it regularly erupts with hot water every 90 minutes. And spend some time on the trails of Upper Geyser Basin, which has an impressive 25% of the world’s geysers. If you’re keen to see more of the park, why not join a ranger-led hike or enjoy a guided wildlife-watching tour? You might be lucky enough to spot bears, bison, elk and moose.



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Top attractions

Top attractions

A trip to the American Prairies and Rockies allows you to tick off some of the USA’s iconic landmarks. In South Dakota, you can visit Mount Rushmore and see the presidential faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Or head to Colorado to learn about Mesa Verde National Park’s UNESCO-listed wonders. This place boasts more than 5,000 archaeological sites from the Ancestral Puebloan people, including the sprawling Cliff Palace – the largest cliff dwelling in North America.

Show More
Show Less

But if it’s dramatic scenery you’re after, make tracks for Utah. The Beehive State is where you’ll find the cinematic plains of Monument Valley, plus five national parks – Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion. As the name suggests, Arches National Park has more than 1,000 sandstone archways, as well as some striking rock formations. Bryce Canyon is famous for its rose-hued ‘hoodoos’ – spire-like crags which rise out of the ground. Elsewhere, you can discover the rocky wilderness and imposing plateaus of Canyonlands National Park, or hike along the white cliffs of Zion National Park.

Show More
Show Less

Cities

Cities

While the American Rockies and Prairies are associated with natural landscapes, you can also expect to find some vibrant cities. Colorado’s state capital, Denver, is one of our favourites. Foodies will love its fantastic restaurants and thriving craft beer scene, which features nearly 100 breweries. There are some great cultural attractions, too, such as the collection of indigenous works at Denver Art Museum, and the former home of “The Unsinkable” Molly Brown – the feisty socialite who famously survived the Titanic.

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Show Less

Eager to explore the Rocky Mountains? Base yourself in Colorado Springs, where you’ll have easy access to hiking trails and all sorts of activities. You can try rock-climbing, cycle along Pikes Peak, or go horseback riding through the Garden of the Gods. Meanwhile, across the border in Wyoming, Jackson is ideal for snowsports enthusiasts, as there are three ski resorts within easy reach of the city.

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Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to go

The American Prairies and Rocky Mountains cover a vast area, so the climate varies somewhat from state to state. But, generally speaking, spring or autumn is the best time to visit this part of the USA.

Between March and May, you can expect pleasant temperatures between the mid-teens and low-twenties, which is ideal for hiking – and the Rockies’ snow-capped peaks will look very picturesque. Spring is also a great time to see wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, as bears emerge from their dens and migratory birds start to return.

Show More
Show Less

Summer temperatures regularly reach 32°C – and it can feel much hotter in sun-soaked places like Monument Valley and Zion National Park. But, once the summer heat has faded, September and October are comfortably warm, with temperatures averaging 25°C.
Winter is obviously the coldest time of year, and some roads and trails can become impassable due to snow. But, if you’re an eager skier or snowboarder, December to March is the best time to visit.

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Yellowstone National Park

Spend at least a day admiring Yellowstone’s natural attractions, especially the Grand Prismatic Spring, Old Faithful Geyser and Upper Geyser Basin.

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Mount Rushmore

Visit South Dakota to look up at the iconic carvings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

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Monument Valley

Pretend you’re starring in a Western movie as you drive across the sprawling wilderness of Monument Valley, surrounded by grand rock formations.

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Denver

Browse fascinating museums, enjoy delicious food and hop between craft breweries in Colorado’s thriving state capital.

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Zion National Park

Go hiking in Utah’s first national park, where you’ll be surrounded by pink and red sandstone cliffs, steep canyons, and all sorts of flora and fauna.
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