America’s Western National Parks

Discover the spectacular landscapes in America’s western national parks, including Utah’s “Mighty 5”. From the geothermal wonders of Yellowstone and the serenity of Grand Teton to the red sandstone formations of Arches and the waterfalls of Zion, breathtaking scenery awaits at every turn!

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Package inclusions:

  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • 11 nights’ accommodations
  • 21 meals (11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners)
  • Admission to attractions as stated on itinerary
  • Porter service of one bag per person at hotels
  • Taxes and gratuities for included services
  • Professional tour manager
  • Audio listeners
  • 1 single occupancy comp
    (based on 25 full-fare passengers; airfare not included)
  • Travel show
  • Pre-departure meeting
  • 100 brochures/marketing materials
  • Complete document packet for each traveler
  • Special surprises

All tours are completely customizable. Contact us to discuss your group’s unique interests and needs!

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Itinerary

Day 1

Today our adventure begins as we transfer to the airport for our flight to Salt Lake City, UT. Upon arrival in Salt Lake City, our touring will start with a visit to Temple Square and a tour of The Tabernacle. We’ll then settle into our hotel and freshen up for a wonderful welcome dinner as a group.

Note: The airport location and airline will be confirmed no sooner than nine months before departure.

(Dinner included)

Day 2

Relax and enjoy the beautiful views as we travel north along the west side of the Teton Range with stops for comfort and lunch on our own along the way. Our day will come to an end in West Yellowstone, MT, where dinner and our hotel await.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 3

An exciting day is in store as we head into Yellowstone National Park for a full day of sightseeing. The world’s first national park is filled with natural beauty and geologic oddities such as steaming geysers, fumaroles, and bubbling mud pots that have delighted visitors for over 100 years. Today’s sightseeing will consist of Yellowstone’s hydrothermal features, including the centerpiece of the park, Old Faithful. There will be plenty of time to explore the area, witness an eruption of the world’s most famous geyser, and have lunch on our own. We’ll then return to West Yellowstone for an evening at leisure.

(Breakfast included)

Day 4

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we return to Yellowstone National Park for another great morning of sightseeing. We’ll then exit Yellowstone via the South Gate and enter Grand Teton National Park, stopping for lunch at the Jackson Lake Lodge before continuing on. Our journey will offer picture-perfect views of Jackson Lake and the Tetons from scenic points such as Oxbow Bend, the Snake River Overlook, and more. The final destination for today is the fun western town of Jackson, WY. This old cowboy town is now home to hundreds of art galleries, shops, attractions, and restaurants, but it still maintains an Old West charm. The evening is ours to explore and have dinner on our own.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 5

A spectacular day lies ahead as we enter Grand Teton National Park to enjoy a scenic float trip on the Snake River. With the towering mountain range as a picturesque backdrop, our river guide will point out wildlife and flora, explain the geology of the area, and tell stories about local history and folklore. It will be a morning to remember! Once back on land, we will travel back to Salt Lake City through western Wyoming with its silver streams, soaring peaks, and lush meadows. We’ll overnight in Salt Lake City with the evening to explore as we wish.

(Breakfast and box lunch included)

Day 6

After breakfast this morning, we will depart Salt Lake City and leave the Rocky Mountains behind as we travel south to Dead Horse Point State Park. The view from the park is one of the most spectacular in the southwest. We’ll then check into our Moab, UT, hotel for an evening at leisure.

(Breakfast included)

Day 7

After breakfast we will enjoy an incredible view of Canyonlands National Park stretching to the south and the mighty Colorado River 2,000 feet below. We’ll then do some sightseeing in nearby Arches National Park. The 18,000-square-foot visitor center will introduce us to the unique geologic forces that created the highest concentration of natural arches in the world, with over 2,000 named arches within its 73,000-acre boundary. Then it’s time to see the park highlights in person, including Park Avenue, Balanced Rock, The Windows, and Delicate Arch. We are in for a real treat this evening as we board a jet boat for a thrilling ride on the mighty Colorado through red rock canyons. As the sun dips in the west, the canyon colors will come to life while we learn about the river’s ecosystem, geology, and history. Afterward, a delicious BBQ dinner will be served on the banks of the Colorado River!

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 8

Another day of Utah’s breathtaking scenery lies ahead! We’ll leave Moab this morning and make the drive to Capitol Reef National Park. A picnic lunch under ancient cottonwood trees awaits us before we learn about the park’s pioneer history and view its petroglyphs, beautiful rock formations, and deep canyons. Up next is a drive along one of America’s most spectacular roads, Scenic Byway 12. We’ll journey over Boulder Mountain, reaching elevations over 9,000 feet with spectacular views of the Waterpocket Fold and beyond, and then travel through the vast expanses of cream and rose-colored Navajo sandstone in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Dramatic cliffs, high mesas, beautiful streams, and deep canyons in multi-hued colors will keep us enthralled as we venture across this 1.9-million-acre monument! We’ll arrive in Bryce Canyon City, UT, this evening and settle into our hotel located just outside Bryce Canyon National Park.

(Breakfast, box lunch, and dinner included)

Day 9

Enjoy the views as we make our way into Bryce Canyon National Park for sightseeing and optional hiking. The hues and intricate shapes of Bryce Canyon carry even the most mature adult away into a fairyland fantasy. The Paiute Indians used a word to describe Bryce Canyon that translates into, “red rocks standing like men in a bowl-shaped canyon.” And in the worlds of Ebenezer Bryce, the early settler for whom the canyon is named, this is “one hell of a place to lose a cow!” We will overnight in Kanab, UT, known as “Little Hollywood” due to its history as a filming location for major movies and TV series.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 10

Today’s adventure takes us through Color Country and up the beautiful Kaibab Plateau. Reaching elevations over 8,000 feet, the Kaibab was a favorite of Teddy Roosevelt and is home to a rich variety of wildlife, including elk, deer, turkey, and the unique whitetailed Kaibab squirrel. We’ll then arrive at Grand Canyon National Park for a day of sightseeing at the North Rim. This 1.2-million-acre national park is home to a vast variety of wildlife and scenic wonders. The North Rim receives one tenth the number of visitors compared with the more developed South Rim and thus provides a much quieter and more natural Grand Canyon experience! We will learn about the geology and history of the canyon and visit a few of the most spectacular view points in the park, including Point Imperial, Walhalla Overlook, and Cape Royal before returning to Kanab.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 11

Today we will continue our journey through Color Country to Zion National Park, Utah’s oldest national park. Zion contains some of the most colorful canyons, sheer rock walls, and unique formations in all of Utah’s plateau country. An early Mormon settler described the park’s massive formations as “temples built by hands not of man,” and the Paiutes believed mischievous spirits lived among the 2,000-foot-high towers. Time will be available for lunch on our own followed by a chance to explore Zion Canyon, a brilliant green canyon set against a backdrop of sheer red cliffs with an occasional waterfall fanning out from the rocks. We’ll continue our travels south as we make our way to Las Vegas, “The Entertainment Capital of the World.” After settling into our rooms at one of Sin City’s casino resorts, our group will gather for a wonderful farewell dinner.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 12

We will transfer to the airport after breakfast for our flight home.

(Breakfast included)