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American Parks Trail

Operated by: Insight Vacations

9 Days from $3,495 per person
APR - SEP 2022
Usa Utah National Parks Devils Tower

Countries Visited

United States ...more United States

Locations Visited

Salt Lake City, Jackson, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Cody, UCross, Deadwood, Mt. Rushmore, Denver ...more Salt Lake City, Jackson, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Cody, UCross, Deadwood, Mt. Rushmore, Denver
  1. Day 1 Arrive Salt Lake City

    Welcome to Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah. Situated between Wasatch Range and the Great Salt Lake, this mountainous city is perfect for outdoorsy types, with a strong focus on skiing and fishing. At 18:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine, where you will meet your fellow guests. If time permits, visit Temple Square and the State Capitol(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton Salt Lake City
  2. Day 2 Jackson and the Tetons

    Before leaving Salt Lake City, take in the State Capitol building. Drive along the scenic Logan Canyon, over the Wasatch Mountain Range, and up to the Bear Lake Summit. Stop for lunch at Garden City, Utah while enjoying views of the beautiful turquoise waters of Bear Lake. You will then head north across the Oregon Trail to historic Jackson. Have your cameras ready for the famous elk antlers the central square, while eager shoppers will find a number of charming traditional boutique galleries to browse. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure, with your hotel located only a short walk away from Jackson's Town Square.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Rustic Inn Creekside resort and Spa at Jackson Hole/ SprinHall Suites by Marriott
  3. Day 3 Yellowstone National Park

    Wake up to a mountainous view like no other and witness the striking Grand Tetons thrust skyward 6,562 feet (2,000 metres) from the valley floor. This morning, you have the opportunity to partake in an optional scenic float (8) down the Snake River inside Grand Teton National Park. In keeping with today’s rustic country charm, you’ll enter Yellowstone, the world’s first National Park. Known for its unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife, you’ll experience Wyoming in all its glory. Keep an eye out for black bears or wolves. Tonight you’ll stay in the National Park Lodges, allowing you to experience the park after hours, in its natural habitat.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel National Park Lodges
  4. Day 4 Geysers and Colourful Mudpots

    Savour the surreal surroundings of Yellowstone with a relaxed start. Walk among the rainbow tinted hot springs and watch the erupting geysers as you take in the history of the park on an informative stroll with your Travel Director. Catch the renowned colourful bubbling mud pots and observe Old Faithful geyser shooting water over 120 feet (37 metres) into the air. In the afternoon, enjoy the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone as you take in stunning natural wonders. While driving through Hayden Valley, famous for its wildlife, keep an eye out for wolves, bears, elk and hundreds of bison. The rest of the evening is at leisure for you to relax.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel National Park Lodges
  5. Day 5 The Ranch at Ucross

    Set off on your travels through the stark Shoshone Canyon and Absaroka Rocky Mountains, leading you to the Wild West Town of Cody. Channel your inner showman and learn more about America’s great Western legends at the Buffalo Bill Centre, known for its Western art collection, firearms, and natural history. Travel through the Bighorn National Forest to the Ranch at UCross. Take in the rustic charm as you're hosted at a traditional Wyoming Family ranch. Start off the evening with a cocktail hour in the historic Ranch House bar. After a home-cooked dinner, enjoy a fire pit with live entertainment, including country, folk and bluegrass music.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Ranch at UCross
  6. Day 6 Devils Tower into the Black Hills

    Live the American frontier dream and begin your day with a scenic country horseback ride (8) accompanied by a Ranch Hand. If playing cowboy isn’t your thing, perhaps go fishing or merely relax and take in your beautiful surroundings, the choice is yours. Make your way to Devils Tower, an astounding geological feature that protrudes out of the surrounding the Black Hills. This symbolic landmark is considered sacred to the Lakota and other tribes. Experience Spearfish Canyon, a favoured spot among wildlife enthusiasts and one famous for its elvish woodland beauty. The limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge are more ancient than the Grand Canyon itself.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Spearfish Canyon Lodge
  7. Day 7 Custer and the Wild, Wild West

    A day for those looking to explore the Wild West, try to spotting the fastest mammal in North America, the pronghorn antelope as you cross the great high plains to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Once in Deadwood, you’ll have the opportunity to join Kevin Costner’s Original Deadwood Tour. A Local Expert will tell you tales of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this once lawless town famous during the Gold Rush of the 1870s. Continue on to Custer State Park, renowned for its beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel State Game Lodge
  8. Day 8 Mountain Monuments of the Black Hills

    Travel to the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Here, carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt overlook the landscape. Next, head on to with Crazy Horse Memorial, which is dedicated to protecting and preserving the culture, tradition and living heritage of the North American Indians.An exclusive Insight Experience awaits as you are taken up to stand face-to-face with this impressive sculpture. At 641 feet (195 metres) long and 563 feet (172 metres) tall the piece takes the record for the world’s largest mountain carving.Join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Celebration Dinner with wine, as you reflect on your adventure across the wide-open spaces of America's national parks.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel State Game Lodge
  9. Day 9 Depart Denver

    Travel south from Custer State Park where your trip ends on arrival in Denver. A transfer is available to Denver International Airport. Airport arrival in Denver will be at 16:30.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times
  • If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport

Authentic Dining

  • Salt Lake City: At 18:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine where you'll have the chance to mingle with fellow guests.
  • Clearmont: Here you'll enjoy an All-American ranch style Highlight Dinner with wine.
  • UCross Ranch: Savour a hearty ranch style Highlight Dinner, prepared by your local hosts.
  • Custer: Toast to the finale of your trip at your Celebration Dinner served at your lodge within Custer State Park.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfast (B), 3 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Insight Experience

  • Crazy Horse: View Crazy Horse Memorial, which is dedicated to protecting and preserving the culture, tradition and living heritage of the North American Indians. An exclusive Insight Experience awaits as you are taken up to stand face-to-face with this impressive sculpture. Measuring 641 feet (195 metres) long and 563 feet (172 metres) high, the piece takes the record as the world’s largest mountain carving.

Top Rated Highlight

  • Yellowstone National Park: Catch the renowned colourful bubbling mud pots and observe Old Faithful geyser shooting water over 120 feet (37 metres) into the air. The Upper Geyser Basin boasts the highest concentration of spouting geysers, hot springs and steaming fumaroles in the world.
  • Yellowstone National Park: Enter Yellowstone, the world's first National Park. Known for its unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife, you'll experience Wyoming in all its glory.
  • Cody Buffalo Bill Center: Explore the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West, known for its excellent Western art collection and natural history.
  • UCross: Spend your morning doing as the locals do, exploring your surroundings by horseback with a gentle ride(8) led by a Local Expert.
  • Black Hills : View the awe-inspiring Devils Tower, a butte that protrudes from the landscape and is considered sacred by the Lakota and other tribes.
  • Shoshone National Forest : Travel out of Yellowstone NP through Shoshone Canyon and Absaroka Rocky Mountains to the Wild West Town of Cody.
  • 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.
  • Black Hills: View iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial where carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt overlook the landscape.

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Richard Geltzer
Sunday, October 14, 2018
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This was our first Insight tour and we would definitely take another. Our tour guide (Ann) was extremely knowledgeable and shared so much information about the area and the places we were visiting. She had a great personality and you could tell that she loved what she did. Our bus driver (Kevin) was pleasant and courteous and kept the bus windows spotless!
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Hotels/lodges were all nice. Meals that were included were very good.
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