Arrive in Scottsdale for the start of your tour, where you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a Chilli Cook Off with your fellow travellers to break the ice ahead of your trip. Once the competition is over and the judging has been completed, you’ll enjoy a western style dinner.
- Courtyard by Marriot Scottsdale Old Town (B)
Your trip gets underway in earnest as you travel to the city of Sedona, where you will have opportunity to marvel at an array of impressive sandstone formations, which appear to change colour depending on the position of the sun. From Sedona, you’ll continue to the second largest man-made reservoir in the USA, spending the night on the fringes of Lake Powell.
- Lake Powell Resort & Marina, Page (B)
Following a breakfast cruise on Lake Powell, you’ll travel to the Carl Hayden Visitors Centre – named after the former US Senator – to look out over the Glen Canyon Dam, which was built to provide hydroelectric power in the 1950s and 60s. You’ll then travel through the Marble Canyon en-route to the world famous Grand Canyon, where you will have time to relax and take in the dramatic views in front of you. Your evening meal will be a fine dining experience with stunning views over the rim of the canyon.
A lunch will be substituted if the breakfast cruise is not available for any reason
- Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim (B,D)
From the Grand Canyon, you’ll head for Bryce Canyon to marvel at the stunning rock formations that rise from the ground, having been formed by wind and water erosion over millions of years. Iron oxidising means that the rocks take on a series of different colours, with a mixture of orange and red only serving to make the views even more dramatic. Your journey will then take you on to the Zion National Park with its awe-inspiring red and white sandstone cliffs.
Continue your journey north to Salt Lake City, where you will have time to explore the ‘City of the Saints’. Amongst the highlights you could elect to visit is the ten acre Temple Square complex in the heart of the city, which is home to the huge Salt Lake Temple and the domed Salt Lake Tabernacle – both of which were built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which has its headquarters in the city.
- Radisson Hotel Salt Lake Downtown (B,D)
Take a tour around Salt Lake City, including a visit to the Great Salt Lake itself as well as the state capitol and the residential district. The remainder of the day is then yours to spend at leisure, with the opportunity to relax at your hotel or to carry out further exploration on your own. Lovers of sport could use the time to visit the Olympic Cauldron Park which, as the name suggests, is home to the cauldron that was lit during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
- Radisson Hotel Salt Lake Downtown (B)
Today you’ll travel from Salt Lake City to Wyoming, passing the majestic Bear Lake Summit as you head towards the cowboy town of Jackson Hole for your overnight halt.
- Snow King Resort, Jackson (B)
Enjoy the chance to spend time exploring both Jackson and the surrounding area on a free day, where you could take part in a range of optional activities such as canoeing, hiking or river rafting. An evening of cowboy themed entertainment and dinner then awaits in the evening.
- Snow King Resort, Jackson (B)
From Jackson Hole, you’ll pass through the Grand Teton National Park where you’ll be able to admire Grand Teton, which is the highest peak in the park at more than 13,700 feet, and a number of impressive mountain glaciers. You’ll then continue to Yellowstone for your overnight stop in the heart of the oldest National Park, which is home to the famous Old Faithful Geyser.
- Yellowstone National Lodges (B)
Enjoy a day of sightseeing, which begins with a trip along Lake Yellowstone and over Sylvan Pass. You’ll then make a stop at the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre, a tribute to one of the most colourful figures of the old west, Buffalo Bill. You’ll then drive through the incredible Bighorn Mountains before arriving in your overnight halt of Sheridan.
Visit one of the most famous landmarks in America, Mount Rushmore. After time admiring the huge sculptures depicting George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln you’ll travel to the Crazy Horse Monument, a memorial dedicated to Native Americans. You can also visit the Native American Cultural Centre to learn about their culture and customs before preparing for a home-hosted farewell dinner on your final night.
- K Bar S Lodge, Keystone or Adoba Eco Hotel, Rapid City (B,D)
The tour comes to an end as you head for home, taking with you memories that will last a lifetime.