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Spectacular Canyons & National Parks

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Tour Pace: Active
Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon
Tour Style: Value
13 Days from $1,995 per person

This CostSaver trip takes in the mighty Grand Canyon, the mesmerizing Monument Valley before venturing deep into Yellowstone National Park: look out for wildlife then cross into the Black Hills. 

The crimson-coloured rocks of Bryce and Zion National Parks will take your breath away. Visit Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt Rushmore and discover this area's important place in history.

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  1. Welcome to Las Vegas. Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
    hotel:Gold Coast Hotel and Casino
  2. This morning, head east traveling along parts of Old Route 66. Arrive at the Grand Canyon, one of the Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive along Desert View Drive on the South Rim, covering 25 miles between Grand Canyon Village and the Desert View overlook on the park's southeastern edge. End at Grand Canyon Village, a National Historic District, with a small town feel and complete with restaurants and shops. Perhaps, take an optional plane or helicopter flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon. Pass through Williams, a charming town nestled at the base of Bill Williams Mountain in one of the largest Ponderosa Pine Forests in the world, before arriving in Flagstaff.
    hotel:Days Hotel, Flagstaff
  3. This morning, sample the flavor of Flagstaff's pioneer beginnings at an Iconic Breakfast served up at the historic Hotel Weatherford, built in 1900. After, head out to explore the treasures of Monument Valley as you step aboard an all-terrain vehicle with your private Navajo guide and marvel at the immense monolithic rock formations jutting hundreds of feet from the valley floor. Stop and walk in the footprints of John Ford, John Wayne, and countless other historical figures of the Southwest. Arrive in Page, home to stunning Lake Powell where the evening is yours to relax; perhaps join in a Native American Dance Performance with dinner.
    meal(s):Iconic Breakfast
    hotel:Best Western (Lake Powell View)
  4. Head northwest toward Zion National Park where you get to explore the bottom of the main canyon showcasing a completely different perspective of sheer colorful sandstone walls rising thousands of feet above the lush greenery of the canyon floor. Continue onto Bryce Canyon National Park, where the first view of red standstone rock formations is barely enough to prepare you for the dazzling view which awaits.
    hotel:Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
  5. Explore Bryce Canyon National Park, a wondrous land of pines, pinnacles and oddly sculpted formations created by wind and water erosion, known as hoodoos, in all shades of reds, oranges and pinks. Head north to Salt Lake where you'll stop at historic Temple Square, home to the six-spired Salt Lake City Temple and the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The evening is at leisure.
    hotel:Sheraton Salt Lake City
  6. Today, head for rugged Wyoming and travel alongside some of the most beautiful mountain ranges before arriving in Jackson. On arrival, stop at Town Square, famous for its four iconic antler arches guarding the corners of George Washington Memorial Park. Wander around the square lined with restaurants, bars and stores selling genuine cowboy gear before perhaps trying one of the homey restaurants with country cooking.
    hotel:49'er Inn and Suites
  7. Later this morning, head north for magnificent Grand Teton National Park with stops at the Moran Lookout and along the scenic Jenny Lake Loop. Later, in Jackson, you have free time to relax. This evening, perhaps partake in an optional cowboy cookout complete with horse-drawn covered wagons and Wild West music.

  8. Cross the state border into Idaho and head north across the Targhee National Forest and enter Yellowstone National Park. The world's greatest concentration of geysers and a mountain wilderness, this park is home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk. Yellowstone's geothermal wonders are the focus of your sightseeing tour as you view Fountain Paint Pots, Lower, Middle and Upper Geyser Basins and, of course, Old Faithful with its roaring plume of boiling water and steam.
    hotel:320 Guest Ranch
  9. Begin the day with a visit to the dramatic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its turbulent river; 20 miles of twisted pink and yellow sheer rock cliffs carved 1,200 feet (365 meters) deep and up to 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) wide. View Lower Falls, plunging steeply into the canyon below. Then it's on to Mammoth Hot Springs, a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine, created thousands of years ago.
    hotel:Buffalo Bill Village
  10. Travel north through Montana's stunning Big Sky Country. Stop at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, memorialising the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry, the Sioux, and Cheyenne. Continue on to Sheridan, in the Bighorn Mountains.

    hotel:Best Western Sheridan
  11. Head through high country to the beautiful Black Hills. Visit Crazy Horse Memorial, that honors the culture, tradition and living heritage of all North American Indians.

    hotel:Ramada Mt Rushmore, Keystone
  12. Visit magnificent Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the largest statue-monument in the world. The faces of four American presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln—are carved into the granite mountainside as a priceless shrine to democracy. This afternoon is free in Keystone; perhaps join an excursion to the rugged Badlands National Park.
  13. Bid farewell to your Travel Director and fellow travelers as your tour comes to an end where a complimentary transfer to Denver International Airport is available.

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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $995.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $140 per person.

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Meal Summary

5 Breakfasts.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Experience one of the great Natural Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Iconic Breakfast at Charley's Pub and Grill at the historic Hotel Weatherford—which welcomed presidents and gunslingers to a civilized oasis in the wild, dusty West
  • Explore the treasures of this area sacred to Navajo people
  • See the second largest man-made lake in the US
  • Have a look at some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States
  • Stare in awe at the multi-colored hoodoos in a spectacular natural amphiteatre
  • Visit Utah's high-elevation capital
  • See the giant elk antler arches
  • Visit the first National Park in the country
  • See this popular destination for mountaineering, hiking, backcountry camping and fishing
  • See the site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • See the world's largest mountain carving, a memorial for all Native American tribes
  • See the massive sculpture depicting the faces of four U.S. presidents


Service rating : Mr. Randy Fay counseled me that there was no guarantee that there would be another Spectacular Canyons and National Parks Tour in early June which was closer to our actual 50th Wedding Anniversary. We learned from Tashia, our GET Tour Director that the early May tour was in fact a first trial tour of this type tour. While we enjoyed our tour with Tashia and the places we visited, we were disappointed that we toured at a time in the late Spring when there is an abundance of rain, fog and snow in most of the places we toured. Had Mr. Fay not counseled us to sign up for this early Spring Tour and had there been (do you have the same tour scheduled for early to mid-June?) an early June tour as shown in your catalog we might have enjoyed the Grand Canyon and our anticipated, but cancelled due to weather conditions, fixed wing airplane flight around the Grand Canyon. At age 82, and having health issues, including Lymphoma Cancer, it is extremely unlikely I'll ever have another opportunity to see the Grand Canyon in sunlight instead of fog and clouds. One additional point, your housing at the Buffalo Bill Park Line Shacks was abysmal. The shacks were barely large enough for two people and our luggage and was substandard in that no one would rate it even a One Star let alone your catalog's guaranteed Two and Three Star hotels, etc. I came home from the tour with a bad Sinus and throat cold due to the extreme weather and unheated (initially) condition of the Buffalo Bill Park Line Shacks when we arrived on site. Eight days later (in part due to my compromised Immune System [Chemotherapy], I am still fighting an infection in my left eye due to the Sinus infection and a head cold that began the last few days of the tour and was not helped by the howling winds and low temperatures we encountered in MT and S.D. The tour itself was overall fine. It was the time of year that was not fine!
Vacation : Some were very good such as the Snake River Float, the Covered Wagon Supper and Show at Jackson, WY and the Buffet Supper at the top floor Banquet Room at the Mormon Temple Square in UT. Most of the other options were average and one was mediocre (the Indian supper and amateur Indian dancers). We were pleased with the Tour Director's and Driver's decision to revisit the Crazy Horse National Monument since it was so cloudy and fogged-in the afternoon they originally took us there that no one could even see the monument in progress, let alone take pictures of it.
Service rating : The trip had exciting places to see, excursions allowed interactions, bus driver and tour director were friendly and very helpful with information about the scenery. Highly recommend this trip for those not familiar with roads and places. Tour director provided great information as to geology, social, economic, and technological developments during the expansion West. GET relieved much stress with a well planned itinerary that included hotels, food and historical places that made a memorable adventure.
Vacation : The tour allows the best opportunity to enjoy all the sites for a great price.
  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

     If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Ebenezer's Dinner and Show

Adult Price: $38.00 | Child Price: $20.00

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of old fashioned western fun, music and great cowboy food in Bryce Canyon! This is a favorite among visitors of Bryce Canyon who come from all over the world. A fun experience  to enhance your visit to Bryce Canyon!


Dan Miller Dinner and Show

Adult Price: $40.00 | Child Price: $40.00

Authentic cowboy music at the nation’s premier western museum. Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue celebrates twelve seasons as the best musical entertainment in Buffalo Bill’s Cody Country! Drawing from his Nashville days, Dan and his Empty Saddles Band play musical styles ranging from cowboy and Americana to bluegrass and gospel. Buffet Dinner: Grilled prime tenderloin of beef/Organic BBQ chicken/Artisan rolls/Organic mixed green salad/Fresh seasonal vegetables/Roasted rosemary potatoes/Assorted fresh desserts

Grand Canyon

North Canyon Tour - 25-30 Min. Helicopter Flight. Bell Aircraft

Adult Price: $199.00 | Child Price: $179.00

Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 25-30 minutes.

Grand Canyon

North Canyon Tour - 25-30 Min. Helicopter Flight

Adult Price: $219.00 | Child Price: $199.00

Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions April 1 - October 15

Grand Canyon

Grand Kingdom - 40 Min. EcoStar Helicopter Flight

Adult Price: $299.00 | Child Price: $279.00

Fly the EC 130, the “newest and quietest” helicopters in the Grand Canyon with larger windows, and all seats facing forward. Embark on this 45-50 minute tour of the Eastern Grand Canyon that combines with the renowned beauty of The North Canyon tour. Enjoy spectacular views of the Painted Desert and Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.

Grand Canyon

Grand Discovery Air Tour South Rim - 45 Min. Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight

Adult Price: $159.00 | Child Price: $99.00

The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-45 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. The Vistaliner airplanes feature oversize windows that make every seat the best seat and allows for post card quality pictures! This tour covers the most famous and beautiful parts of the Grand Canyon including the Eastern Zuni Corridor, the Confluence and the North Rim and returns through the Western Dragon Corridor. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.

Jackson, Wy

Snake River Float Trip through Grand Teton National Park

Adult Price: $81.00 | Child Price: $81.00

This gentle 10-mile float trip runs entirely within Grand Teton National Park, and covers the most scenic stretch of the Snake River in the Jackson Hole Valley. The Snake River is a lifeline to the park’s bison, elk, moose, beaver, pronghorn, deer, bear and 300 different species of birds, including osprey and eagles. Your experienced guide offers in-depth information on the geology of the Grand Tetons and the habitats of the animals you may see. Although we can’t guarantee multiple animal sightings, your chances of spotting wildlife on the Snake River – with its lush willows to feed on and deep-water pools for animals to swim in – are greater here than anywhere else in the park. Operates late May – mid Sep, subject to weather conditions.

Jackson, Wy

Cookout & Show - Seasonal

Adult Price: $55.00 | Child Price: $45.00

Arriving at the Bar T-5, travel by horse drawn covered wagons, as you are swept away from the town of Jackson into beautiful Cache Creek Canyon. Keep your eyes open, you never know who you may encounter on the trail. As you pull into camp you can smell the sweet aroma of a Dutch oven dinner, to welcome your arrival. The dinner bell ringing only means one thing, dinner is ready! Enjoy this savory home cooked meal as much as you want until we reach the bottom of the pots. After dinner, the Bar T-5 Band takes the stage to entertain you with laughter and great hand clapping music. Complete your evening with a peaceful wagon ride out of the canyon, following the setting sun back into Jackson just as the old time cowboys did.


Native American Dance Performance with Dinner

Adult Price: $45.00 | Child Price: $45.00

Listen to live music while enjoy traditional Native American food. The singer-songwriters tell stories about life in the wide-open space of the American Southwest and the beauty of nature while entertaining you with a variety of great music. Historic Native American dances performed by young Navajo dancers are certainly a highlight of the evening. They will not only dance, but inform you about the interesting culture of the Dine, aka The Navajo People.

Rapid City

Badlands National Park

Adult Price: $40.00 | Child Price: $40.00

Badlands National Park in southwest South Dakota preserves 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in America. Without a doubt, a hidden gem in the national park system, the unique beauty of the Badlands landscape is like no other. Sightseers as well as scholarly scientists are attracted to the area for its astounding beauty and the opportunity to peek into an ancient world. And no trip to the Badlands would be complete without a stop at famous Wall Drug. An establishment which became known for offering free ice water to thirsty travelers in the 1930s is today one of the top roadside attractions in the country.

Rapid City

Mount Rushmore Evening Lighting Ceremony

Adult Price: $25.00 | Child Price: $10.00

"Join a park ranger at Mount Rushmore’s outdoor amphitheater for this moving patriotic program and sculpture lighting ceremony. The program begins with a short inspirational talk, focusing on the presidents, patriotism and the nation’s history, and is followed by a 20 minute film, “Freedom: America’s Lasting Legacy.” Watch in wonder as the evening culminates in the slow exposure of light to the monument until it is fully illuminated. Be sure to bundle up as the evenings can be cool.  Operates seasonally, starting at 9 p.m. "

Salt Lake City

Dinner at the Roof with Tour of the Beehive House and Gardens include transportation

Adult Price: $55.00 | Child Price: $55.00

Start your evening visiting the world-renowned gardens surrounding Temple Square, the 35-acre headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These gardens include 250 flower beds, more than 165,000 bedding plants and over 700 varieties of plants from all over the world. Next, learn about the Beehive House which was home to Brigham Young and serves as a museum displaying objects belonging to him and his family. Finally, enjoy dinner at The Roof Restaurant- Utah’s premier gourmet buffet located on the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building where you can take in breathtaking views of Temple Square and Downtown Salt Lake City.

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