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National Parks & Canyon Country

Five of the USA's most impressive National Parks are the focus of this sensational tour of the Wild West's natural splendours.

Travel through the USA's most iconic states on this 16 day journey, exploring magnificent scenery, memorials, monuments, parks and canyons and a host of must-see sights, including Yellowstone National Park - the largest nature reserve - containing over 3,000 geysers and hot springs and one of the Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon.

16 days from


per person*

(based on 01/10/2015 departure date from London Heathrow Apt)

* Price is based on 2 people travelling.

  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Story of the Bison, Tatanka
  • Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota
  • Zion National Park
  • The Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam
  • Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Monument Valley, Arizona (optional)
  • Las Vegas
  • Las Vegas

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Denver.

Fly to Denver where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.

DAY 2 : Denver.

'The Mile High City' of Denver is the capital of Colorado and the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. An attractive city with broad streets, a tree-lined pedestrian mall leading to the gold-domed State Capitol, and Larimer Square in the city's historic heart. It's also home to some fine museums and galleries.

DAY 3 : Denver - Cheyenne - Black Hills of South Dakota - Keystone.

We travel first through Cheyenne, the state capital of Wyoming, then it's on through the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, immortalised in a famous song from the musical 'Calamity Jane', to the historic frontier town of Custer. Late this afternoon, travel to see the ongoing construction of the Crazy Horse Memorial, a monumental statue carved out of a mountain, that pays respect to the great hero of the Native Americans, Chief Crazy Horse.

DAY 4 : Keystone - Mount Rushmore - Deadwood.

Drive deep into the Black Hills, through what was once Sioux Indian territory, to see the magnificent granite face of Mount Rushmore, a giant monument to four great American presidents - Washington, Roosevelt, Jefferson and Lincoln. Afterwards visit Tatanka, 'The Story of the Bison', and experience the richness of the Lakota Indian life as it was around the 1840's. Next it's on to Deadwood, a lawless frontier town during the 1876 Gold Rush, where Wild Bill Hickok was murdered. Stay overnight in this historic town.

DAY 5 : Deadwood - Sheridan - Cody.

This morning, head through the rich high country where open-range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890's. Driving past Sheridan in the Bighorn Mountains, the scene of many fierce battles between the US Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians, you'll arrive in Buffalo Bill's frontier town, Cody, for an overnight stay.

DAY 6 : Cody - Yellowstone National Park.

Travel to Yellowstone National Park, the USA's largest nature reserve, which contains more than 10,000 geysers and hot springs. Drive along the Grand Loop Road to Artist Point with magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon and the stupendous Lower Falls, twice the height of Niagara Falls. Note: Accommodations in Yellowstone N.P are typically open from late May to late September. Departures before or after this period will stay in West Yellowstone. Routing and areas visited are subject to favourable weather, gate access and road conditions and thus routes may be adjusted.

DAY 7 : Yellowstone National Park.

Today, explore America's first National Park further by returning to the geyser basins with bubbling mud pots and the regular "blow" of old faithful at the Upper Geyser Basin. In addition to the superb mountain scenery, the park is one of the world's principle wildlife preserves and a photographer's paradise.

DAY 8 : Yellowstone - Grand Teton National Park - Jackson.

Head to the magnificent Grand Tetons. With saw-toothed, 13,770 feet high ridges crested with snow most of the year, it's one of America's last preserves of wild solitude. Arrive in the Wild West town of Jackson which with its wooden sidewalks and saloons with bat-wing doors, is just like a living film set! In the evening there's an optional barbecue cookout and Wild West show.

DAY 9 : Jackson.

Time to relax in Jackson or how about joining a scenic raft trip down the Snake River?

DAY 10 : Jackson - Salt Lake City.

Today, leave Jackson and drive to Salt Lake City, Utah's vibrant capital. Magnificently set on the edge of a salt desert and surrounded by mountains and forests, this is the centre of the Mormon religion where Brigham young declared to his followers "This is the place". Your sightseeing will include a brief stop at Temples square, the capital building and beautiful downtown Salt Lake City.

DAY 11 : Salt Lake City - Bryce Canyon National Park.

Journey through sagebrush landscape to Bryce Canyon National Park, with its 20 miles of breathtaking sandstone cliffs and ever-changing colours. Marvel at some of the earth's most brilliant shades of rock, which have been sculpted by erosion into pillars called 'hoodoos'.

DAY 12 : Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Page.

First stop today is Zion National Park, its striking landscape of steep canyons and stone towers carved out by rushing streams over a period of millions of years. Then head to Page, originally built to house workers during the construction of the massive Glen Canyon Dam, which holds back the waters of 186 mile long Lake Powell.

DAY 13 : Page - Painted Desert - Grand Canyon.

How about starting your day with an optional scenic flight over stunning Monument Valley? Then take a scenic drive through the Painted Desert and across the Kaibab National Forest, before arriving at the Grand Canyon in the early afternoon. Marvel at one of the Natural Wonders of the World as you experience breathtaking views. You'll have plenty of time to do some viewing before dusk as your accommodation is inside Grand Canyon National Park.

DAY 14 : Grand Canyon - Las Vegas.

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take an optional 'flightseeing' excursion: a helicopter flight over the heart of the canyon with incomparable views of flame-coloured walls plunging 4,800 feet into the Colorado River. Leaving the high country of Arizona, we pass through Williams on famous Route 66, and then the old Mohave gold strike country, which still has traces of century-old ghost towns, to Las Vegas - a neon desert oasis, packed with spectacular hotels and casinos.

DAY 15 : Las Vegas - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Las Vegas.

DAY 16 : Home landing in the UK.

Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,033 ft.

Hotels on Tour

  • Jackson:Painted Buffalo Inn
  • Salt Lake City:Red Lion Salt Lake Downtown
  • Bryce Canyon:Best Western Ruby's Inn
  • Page:Quality Inn Lake Powell
  • Grand Canyon:Grand Canyon N.P Lodges
  • Las Vegas:Harrah's Las Vegas
  • Denver:Holiday Inn Downtown Denver
  • Keystone:Mt Rushmore's White House
  • Deadwood:Comfort Inn at Gulches of Fun
  • Cody:Buffalo Bill Village
  • Yellowstone NP:Yellowstone National Park Lodges or
  • West Yellowstone:Brandin' Iron Inn

Little Bighorn

Special Departures

Join us on our special departures to visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield that commemorates one of America's most significant and famous battles. A special 17 day itinerary on selected departure dates. Please see our website for details or call our contact centre free on 0800 997 8821.

What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges
  • Single share option

Holiday highlights

  • Mount Rushmore and Tatanka 'Story of the Bison'
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Lake Powell
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Las Vegas

Why Book With Cosmos Tours & Cruises?

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