A trip for the brave, delve into the Wild West as you make your away across a rugged land famous for cowboys and rodeo. You'll come face-to-face with some monumental figures, while a day at Deadwood will teach you about the fascinating days of notable figures including Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane. You'll witness the wild charms of Yellowstone National Park after hours as you stay the night in the park's popular lodges, while All-American breakfasts and hearty ranch food will keep you fuelled throughout your journey.
Arrive in Salt Lake City.
Welcome to Salt Lake City, the largest city in the state of Utah and the headquarters of the Mormon faith. You will be picked up at Salt Lake City International Airport and whisked away to your hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. Time permitting, start exploring the city on your own. Perhaps visit the Utah State Capitol and its ornate interior, or head for Historic Temple Square, 35 acres of enchantment in the heart of Salt Lake City. Whether it’s the rich history, the gorgeous gardens and architecture, or the vivid art and culture that pulls you in, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable experience. At 18:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine, where you will meet your fellow guests.(Dinner with Wine)
On to Jackson, Wyoming.
Leaving Salt Lake City, a brief orientation tour of the city will take you past the impressive and iconic Temple Square with its six-spired granite temple, and the equally imposing Utah State Capitol. Then, head north, bound for Jackson, WY. After crossing Bear Lake Summit and skirting the shores of majestic Bear Lake, enter the state of Idaho followed by Wyoming. In Afton, drive under Elkhorn Arch, the world’s largest arch of its kind, containing over 3,000 shed elk antlers. Continuing toward Jackson, follow the scenic road along the Snake River, showcasing beautiful foliage and miles of buttes and mountains. On arrival to this cowboy town, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please. With its four iconic elk arches guarding the corners of Jackson Square, you'll find a vast array of galleries, boutiques, restaurants and bars, including the renowned Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, where patrons sit on horse saddles instead of bar stools.(Breakfast)
Yellowstone National Park.
Today, travel through Grand Teton Nation Park on your way to Yellowstone National Park. A stop is made at Mormon Row Historic District Cultural Landscape, also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, for picture taking of the famous iconic view of the John Moulton barn against the backdrop of Grand Teton’s jagged peaks. Continue the scenic drive through the wild wonderland with eight majestic peaks thrusting skyward over 12,000 feet (3,658 metres), and Grand Teton peaking at 2.6 miles (4.2 kilometres). Grand Teton is also home to 11 active glaciers, vast forests, roaring rivers and more than 100 alpine and backcountry lakes. We then enter the jewel in the crown of all national parks: the awe-inspiring Yellowstone National Park, the world's first national park. Yellowstone’s 2 million acres (809,000 hectares) are not only home to the world’s largest concentration of geysers and geothermal features, but it is also an incomparable combination of natural beauty, rugged wilderness and abundant wildlife. Tonight, you'll stay inside the park for a relaxing two nights at one of Yellowstone’s famous National Park Lodges, allowing you to experience the park in all its natural beauty after and before hours.(Breakfast)
Geysers and Colourful Mudpots at Yellowstone.
Savour a full day to soak in the surreal surroundings of Yellowstone with a relaxed start. Learn all about the area from your Travel Director as you explore the park from the road and from its many walkways. The park is also famous for its wildlife: with more than 200 species of animals including bears, bald eagles, bison, wolves, elk and nearly 60 other species of mammals roaming their natural habitat. Admire the rainbow-colored hot springs, including Grand Prismatic Spring, the third largest in the world, bubbling mud pots, steaming fumaroles and a multitude of geysers, including Old Faithful which shoots its water over 100-180 feet (30-55 metres) into the air. Behold the powerful roar of Yellowstone Falls, before heading back to your lodge where the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.(Breakfast)
The Ranch at Ucross.
Today, enjoy a delightful day as you drive along the shores of Yellowstone Lake, and through the amazing scenery of the Shoshone Canyon and Absaroka Rocky Mountains, to arrive at the Wild West town of Cody, the boyhood home of Buffalo Bill. Learn about America's great western legends as you explore the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, known for its vast western art collection, firearms and natural history. Next, cross the picturesque Bighorn Mountains and arrive at The Ranch at UCross. Enjoy an all-American, ranch-style Highlight Dinner with wine, followed by an outdoor bonfire, s’mores, cowboy entertainment and hear the story of the ranch which dates back to 1882 and is now part of The Big Red Ranch Complex, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Devils Tower into the Black Hills.
The ranch’s breathtaking landscapes can be enjoyed this morning with outdoor morning activities, such as a guided scenic country horseback ride(8), fishing, or, if you prefer, perhaps simply relax and take in your beautiful surroundings by the heated outdoor pool. Then, make your way to Devils Tower National Monument, a unique and striking geologic wonder steeped in Native American legend and considered sacred to the Lakota and other Native American tribes. The Tower stands as a solitary, stump-shaped granite formation that looms 1,267 feet (386 metres). Arrive at Spearfish Canyon Nature Area, one of the most beautiful regions in South Dakota, described in 1935 by Frank Lloyd Wright as “unique and unparalleled elsewhere in our country.’(Breakfast)
Custer and the Wild, Wild West.
Enter the Black Hills National Forest as you journey along the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, a stunning gorge of some 20 miles of the most breathtaking scenery with thousand-foot-high limestone palisades in shades of brown, pink and grey towering on either side. Stop in Deadwood and join Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour, with a Local Expert talking about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this once lawless town notorious during the Gold Rush of the 1870s. Check into your lodge for a two-night stay inside Custer State Park, renowned for its beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please.(Breakfast)
The Mountain Monuments of the Black Hills of South Dakota.
The heart of the Black Hills offers spectacular representations of the nation's past, starting with a visit to iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial where giant carvings of United States Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt dominate the landscape. Next, is the highlight of today’s excursion as you visit Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest, ongoing mountain carving, a colossal sculpture that could fit Mount Rushmore inside it many times over. Here, an exclusive and private Insight Experience awaits you as Local Experts take you up to the 641 foot (195 metres) long and 563 foot (172 metres) tall sculpture to stand face to face with the world’s largest mountain carving. Dedicated to all Native Americans, this memorial is a sobering reminder of the Native American heroes who fought for their territories and the preservation of their traditional way of life. There is also time to visit the excellent Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Educational and Cultural Center before returning to the lodge. Join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Celebration Dinner at the lodge, as you reflect on your adventures that took you through the states of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and South Dakota to uncover their many treasures.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Depart Rapid City.
Bid farewell to America's national parks as you are transferred to Rapid City Regional Airport.(Breakfast)