Great American West National Parks2018-12-14T13:32:59-04:00

Project Description

Great American West National Parks

Single Occupancy

$4,525per person

Double Occupancy

$3,299per person

Picture pastural plains, jagged mountains, dark forests, chiseled granite edifices, historic battlefields and exploding geysers and you are in The Great American Western states of South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. Join this coach journey to some of the most incredible National Parks in the Country via some of our nation’s greatest cities. 12 states in 16 days!

PRICE

Double Occupancy – $3,299 Per Person
Single Occupancy – $4,525 Per Person

Double Occupancy Early Bird Price – $3,199 Per Person
Single Occupancy Early Bird Price – $4,334 Per Person

Book by May 8 for an Early Bird Price

TRIP# 13039

HIGHLIGHTS

  • St. Louis Gateway Arch
  • The Amana Colonies
  • Mitchel Corn Palace
  • Badlands National Park
  • Wall Drug Store
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Deadwood
  • The Battlefield of Little Big Horn
  • Buffalo Bill Museum
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Mormon Tabernacle LSC
  • Tour of Denver
  • Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater
  • Showboat Branson Belle

INCLUDED

  • Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation

  • 15 Nights’ Lodging

  • 23 Meals: 15 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners

  • Kelly Tours Escort

  • All taxes, baggage handling and travel arrangements

Meet your Kelly Tours coach, tour escort, and fellow adventurers and travel to Tennessee to the City of Nashville. Enjoy a welcome dinner before getting a good night’s sleep for tomorrow we continue westward. D

Breakfast is included daily on this trip so eat heartily as we continue west to St. Louis. Just south of the Missouri-Mississippi river junction, Saint Louis has long been a major river port, railroad hub, and industrial center. Take the tram to the center of Gateway Arch. The 192m high stainless-steel arch, commemorating westward expansion, is part of the Jefferson National Memorial and an iconic symbol of the city. Spend the rest of the evening in one of the blues clubs that thrive in the center of St Louis and discover the large variety of new dining options the city has to offer. B

Our travels today have us crossing into Iowa where we stop in the Amana Colonies. From 1855 to the mid1930s, this group of settlements of German “Pietists” lived out their beliefs in almost total isolation. Today, Amana is a major tourist attraction known for its restaurants and Germanic craft shops. Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping before we continue to Sioux City, where we will have dinner and overnight. B D

Crossing the Great American Prairie we enter South Dakota with a stop in Mitchel to see the Corn Palace, an ever-changing mural display of the fruits of the harvest on the building’s exterior designed by Dakota Wesleyan University students and themed as “a salute to the Military.” Our next encounter is the Badlands National Park featuring sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. Covering over 64,000 acres, the park includes sites of the 1890s Ghost Dances, over 11,000 years of human history, and the world’s richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds. A visit to the area is not complete without a stop at Wall Drug Store, a family-owned and operated business which offers eccentric hospitality! Continue to Rapid City, SD, where we will check into our hotel and overnight for the next two nights. B

This morning we tour Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a 60-foot granite carved edifice of four American Presidents embodying 120 years of U.S. history, which stands as a symbol of democracy worldwide. The rest of the day is free in Rapid City. B

Travel from Rapid City to Deadwood, a National Historic Landmark, where we learn the history of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Wyatt Earp. Follow in the footsteps of the famous and infamous who have left their marks here as you explore the beauty and history of this one-of-a-kind Wild West town. Continue into Wyoming for dinner and overnight in the town of Sheridan. B D

Travel to the Wyoming/Montana border to the site of Custer’s Last Stand, The Battlefield of Little Big Horn. Relive the epic encounter between Custer’s 7th Cavalry and the Cheyenne Indian Chief, Crazy Horse, in the company of a State Ranger who will interpret the Battlefields numerous white stone markers which mark the progress of the Battle. After free time for lunch at The Custer Battlefield Trading Post and Café (you must try the homemade Indian Fry Bread), we travel to Cody, WY, the gateway to Yellowstone National Park and home to Buffalo Bill. Before checking into the hotel we’ll check out the Buffalo Bill Museum which brings to life the times of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, the noted guide, scout, frontiersman, showman, actor, entrepreneur, Cody town founder, and American icon. B

Today and tomorrow are the highlights of the trip as we explore Yellowstone, America’s first National Park. Marvel at a volcano’s hidden power, rising up in colorful hot springs, mud pots, and geysers. Explore mountains, forests, and lakes to watch the local wildlife thrive and witness the drama of the natural world unfold. Today we enter the park through the Northeast entrance and travel the Northern part of the park to Mammoth Hot Springs and the Norris Geyser Basin, exiting at West Yellowstone, MT, where an included dinner awaits us before overnighting. B D

Re-enter the park and travel the Southern route of Yellowstone to the famous Old Faithful geyser which erupts, always on time, every 93 minutes. Continue past Yellowstone Lake and the Grand Village, always on the lookout for bison, bears, and elk. We leave Yellowstone and enter the Grand Teton National Park on the way to Jackson Hole, the Elk Capital of the world. Here we have dinner included and overnight. B D

Our journey continues into Idaho as we progress ever further south toward Salt Lake City. Along the way is the must-see Bear Lake, located on the Utah/Idaho border. This large scenic lake is often described as the “Caribbean of the Rockies” due to its intense turquoise blue waters and is a scenic spot to take lunch. Carrying on into Utah we arrive in Salt Lake City where a tour of the famous Mormon Tabernacle located in Temple Square. Completed in 1867, the Tabernacle was built as a place for Church members to gather and hear the words of their leaders. Brigham Young directed the building should be designed so people could see and hear the speaker without impediment, which you shall witness. Overnight in Salt Lake City. B

Today we follow Interstate 80, the United States’ second-longest highway which runs the length of southern Wyoming, passing through long stretches of open road and beautiful natural scenery. Dinner is included before an evening arrival into Denver, CO, the Mile-High City, where we overnight for the next two nights. B D

This morning we join our local guide for a tour of the city. Experience the two sides of Denver: an historic western town and thriving modern city. Travel through the tree-lined streets of Denver’s residential neighborhoods and journey back to the 19th century. Witness the elegance of historic Larimer Square and the Victorian mansions of “unsinkable Molly Brown” and others. Along the way, we will pass a variety of cultural attractions, such as beautiful City Park, Civic Center Park, the gold-domed State Capitol, the United States Mint, and the Denver Art Museum, to name a few. Another highlight is bustling 17th Street, Denver’s financial nerve center, with its towering skyscrapers set against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. Speaking of the Rocky Mountains, this afternoon we shall travel 15 miles west of Denver to the foothill of the Rockies to visit the impressive Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater. This naturally formed, world-famous outdoor venue is the only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world. Learn about the gradual earth movement that formed the “walls” of the amphitheater, the earliest inhabitants of the territory, and the artists that have graced this magical stage. B

Heading ever further east we follow Rte. 70 to Kansas City, Kansas. The city is famous for its BBQ so that’s what we’ll be having for an included dinner. B D

Our next stop is the musical capital of the U.S. – Branson, MO. After checking into the hotel, we join the Showboat Branson Belle, America’s Most Entertaining Dinner Cruise. This unique experience is like no other offered in the region. As we cruise aboard an authentic paddle wheeler on Table Rock Lake with fantastic views of the Ozark Mountains, you’ll enjoy a 3-course meal and first-class live entertainment. B D

Our last stop before we arrive back home is in Birmingham, AL. Here we will all congregate for a final farewell dinner as we reminisce about our travels across the country through 12 states.

Final leg of the trip as we journey back home. B