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WESTERN NATIONAL PARK SPECTACULAR

AUGUST 4 - 13, 2020

National parks were born of the idea to protect America’s natural wonders for all to enjoy. To that end, the country’s first national park,Yellowstone, was established in 1872. Today, the United States is home to 58 national parks showcasing spectacular treasures from fumaroles, geysers and countless lakes, glaciers and mountain ranges to sandstone arches and colorful rock formations, deep canyons, and sweeping expanses of land home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. Please join us for a spectacular journey from Colorado to Idaho!

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Denver tour; Colorado Rockies National Park; Vail Resort; Beaver Creek; Colorado River; Moab, Utah; Arches National Park; Jeep tour; Canyonlands National Park; USU Eastern Perhistoric Museum; Salt Lake City; Fort Hall Indian Reservation; Shoshone- Banncock Festival Powwow; Grand Tenton National Park; Yellowstone National Park; Jackson, Wyoming; Snake River float trip; Craters of the Moon National Monument; Sun Valley, Idaho; McCall, Idaho; McCall Smokejumpers Base

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - Arrive Denver (Tuesday 8/4)

Depart Burlington, Vermont early morning. Arrive in Denver this afternoon. After a brief check-in with your tour director, board the motor coach and head into the "Mile-High City" - Denver. Meet a local step-on guide and explore this eastern gateway to the Rockies, beginning at the Colorado State Capitol Building and historic Larimer Square, where many buildings from Denver's colorful past are preserved. Tonight check into your hotel and join your group for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 2 - Denver - Moab (Wednesday 8/5)

Today you will enjoy scenic highlights of the "Real West" as you travel through the Rocky Mountain State of Colorado. You will pass through Vail, home of one of the most famous ski resorts in the world and we’ll make a stop in the alpine town of Beaver Creek. Next, descend from the heart of the Rockies into the Red Rock country of Western Colorado via Glenwood Springs. This afternoon, experience amazing scenery as you travel Hwy 128, a Scenic Byway, following the Colorado River on your way to Moab, the “Adventure Capitol of Utah. After checking in for a two-night stay, enjoy a little late afternoon free time before rejoining with the group for an included dinner and overnight.

DAY 3 - Arches – Canyonlands (Thusday 8/6)

This morning enter Arches National Park for sightseeing. The 18,000 square-foot visitors center will introduce you 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. Visit all the park highlights including Balance Rock, The Windows and Delicate Arch. There will be free time and lunch on your own coordinated by your guide to work around the main excitement for the day, a Jeep Tour of Canyonlands National Park. Before or after your turn on the high end Jeeps you will be free to pursue a wide variety of optional activities including a Horse Back Trail Ride, Half Day River Rafting on the Colorado River, Hummer 4X4 Tour, Mountain Biking on famous Moab Slickrock, Guided Hiking and much more.

 

For those who want to continue on the motor coach this afternoon, we’ll take a scenic drive to Dead Horse Point State Park overlooking Canyonlands National Park for one of the most spectacular views in all the west. What an exciting afternoon in Canyonlands! This evening join us for a Sunset Jet Boat Ride on the Colorado River through majestic canyons followed by a dinner served riverside.

DAY 4 - Moab – Shoshone-Bannock Festival Powwow (Friday 8/7)

Leave the beautiful Arches area and head toward the town of Green River, named in honor of the river that feeds the Colorado. Soon, enter Utah's coal producing capitol, Price. We’ll make a stop at the USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum. Nestled in the heart of a resource rich archaeological, paleontological and geological play land, this museum has much to offer in diverse prehistoric subjects. One thing that makes this museum so unique is that the items on display were actually discovered within a stone’s throw of the actual museum location! Dinosaurs and other finds from this region are world-famous, but only here can you see them surrounded by their original context. The other unique aspect is that the archeologists actually travel into the field and discover the dinosaurs, collect them from the field, prep them in their bone lab, and put them on display!

 

We’ll continue our journey north into Salt Lake City, for lunch at a local restaurant. Then depart and travel north and enjoy the sweeping vistas of the Great Salt Lake. Continue north into Idaho and get ready for a real treat at the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. You will be arriving on the opening night of the Shoshone-Bannock Festival Powwow complete with traditional Native American dancing, singing and arts and crafts. Thousands of Native Americans from all over North America compete in singing and dance competitions featuring some of the top dancers and drum groups in North America.

DAY 5 - Yellowstone National Park (Saturday 8/8)

Depart Fort Hall and continue north along the west side of the Teton Range through Island Park on the famed Henry’s Fork River. After a rest stop in West Yellowstone, enter Yellowstone National Park for sightseeing. The world’s first national park is a wonderland of natural beauty and geologic oddities that has delighted visitors over 100 years. It is a mysterious land of steaming geysers, fumaroles and bubbling mud pots. A land so amazing that the first explorers to bring back tales of Yellowstone were called liars.

 

Today you will visit 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 your own. After enjoying Old Faithful, explore more of the geyser basins including Midway Geyser Basin and Fountain Paint Pots. Travel along the beautiful Madison River as you return to West Yellowstone and check in for a two- night stay.

DAY 6 - Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Sunday 8/9)

Depart West Yellowstone and return to Yellowstone National Park for another great day of sightseeing. First visit the awe-inspiring "Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone," with a chance to see both Upper and Lower falls, where the mighty Yellowstone River has cut its way through sheer rock to cascade down hundreds of feet to the foaming torrents below. Next, drive through scenic Hayden Valley, famous for large herds of buffalo and other wildlife. Travel the shores of Yellowstone Lake as you travel south with a stop for lunch on own along the way. In the late afternoon, exit Yellowstone via the South Gate and enter Grand Teton National Park.

 

Enjoy picture perfect views of Jackson Lake and the Tetons from scenic points such as Oxbow Bend, the Snake River Overlook and more. This evening arrive in the fun western town of Jackson and check into your hotel for a two-night stay. This old cowboy town is now home to hundreds of art galleries, shops, attractions and restaurants but still maintains an old west charm. Dinner will be includedat a local restaurant.

DAY 7 - Jackson – Craters of the Moon - Sun Valley (Monday 8/10)

This morning return to Grand Teton National Park for an optional unforgettable Scenic Float Trip on the Snake River. Your river guide will point out wildlife, explain the geology of the area and tell stories about local history and folklore. It will then be time to depart Jackson to enter the farmlands of eastern Idaho. This afternoon we will visit the intriguing Craters of the Moon National Monument, site of a massive prehistoric volcanic eruption, enroute to America's premier resort, Sun Valley. Sun Valley Lodge, Averell Harriman's celebrated "million-dollar hotel," has rightfully earned the distinction of being a four- star hotel and resort and offers the same impeccable service today that celebrities such as Cooper, Crosby, Garland, Kennedy and Ford received in the past. This evening you are at leisure to enjoy the village and resort facilities.

DAY 8 - Sun Valley – McCall (Tuesday 8/11)

Depart Sun Valley this morning and head north towards McCall, Idaho. We will travel through the Sawtooth National Forest on this windy but breathtakingly beautiful drive. Upon arrival in McCall we will visit the Smokejumpers Museum. The McCall Smokejumper Base is one of only four Forest Service smokejumper training bases in the United States. The complex includes smokejumper training unit, paraloft, Payette National Forest dispatch office and the McCall air tanker base. We’ll stop for an included lunch at a local hotspot. Then get ready for the night for an amazing scenic farewell dinner .

DAY 9 - McCall – Boise (Wednesday 8/12)

After breakfast, transfer to the Boise Airport for your journey home. Relax as you travel, taking this chance to think back on the marvelous scenery and wonderful friendships you have discovered in the past few days. What an unforgettable vacation you've had in the West!

Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 10  – Boise (Thursday 8/13)

After breakfast, transfer to the Boise Airport for your journey home. Relax as you travel, taking this chance to think back on the marvelous scenery and wonderful friendships you have discovered in the past few days. What an unforgettable vacation you've had in the West!

Breakfast

PRICING PER PERSON

QUAD
(group of Four)

$4,499
PER PERSON

TRIPLE
(group of Three)

$4,699
PER PERSON

DOUBLE
(group of two)

$4,899
PER PERSON

SINGLE

$5,999
PER PERSON

*20% deposit at booking.  Balance due June 5, 2020 

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