August 11-18 Tour #2017814 8 Days
Double: $2669 Triple: $2599 Single: $3189 Deposit: $400
Oh, what a tour! Come along with us and experience a mix of wonders as we ride the trails to some of the most famous sights of the west from lofty mountain grandeur and scenic national parks to splendid deep gorges.
Day 1 – FLY TO SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Heading to the great lands that make up the west, we meet at Louisville International Airport and board our plane for our flight to Salt Lake City, Utah. Upon arrival at the airport, we board our deluxe motorcoach and enjoy an informative tour of the Salt Lake City area. Tonight, there will be time to walk through Mormon Temple Square with its famous tabernacle and other buildings. Overnight in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Day 2 – JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING – WILD WEST RODEO – Our travels today take us to Jackson, Wyoming, a resort town surrounded by the snow-capped Grand Teton Mountains and the Snake River. After checking into our hotel for the next three nights, the rest of the day will be at your leisure. There are many shops that offer unique gifts, and several famous restaurants that offer “local” cuisine. Not far away, there is a chair lift to the top of one of the local ski slopes. The view of Jackson Hole and the Teton Range is awesome from here! Tonight, we experience the spirit and tradition of the West as we attend the Jackson Hole Rodeo. We’ll see cowboys showing off their skills roping and riding in an action packed authentic western experience.
Day 3 – SNAKE RIVER FLOAT RIDE – BAR J CHUCKWAGON – This will be an exciting day as we enjoy an unforgettable experience. This morning we don our life jackets and step aboard our rubber float for a relaxing, yet exciting ride on picturesque Snake River. Our float ride will take us into a quiet, natural world of wildlife, wildflowers and spectacular panoramic views of the Teton Range. Tonight, we are off to the Bar J. Ranch for an included chuckwagon dinner with entertainment provided by the Bar J. Wranglers. Overnight same hotel.
Day 4 – YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – Spectacular Yellowstone National Park awaits us today! Yellowstone became the first national park in the world in 1872. There will be many opportunities for taking pictures as we walk the paths to thundering waterfalls, thermal steam vents, bubbling mud pots, and steaming pools. Old Faithful Geyser flings its steamy plume against the blue sky – on a consistent schedule. Overnight same hotel.
Day 5 – ST. GEORGE, UTAH – We depart our hotel this morning and make our way to St. George, Utah, where we overnight.
Day 6 – ZION NATIONAL PARK – GLEN CANYON DAM – This morning, we visit Zion National Park. The Mormons, believing they had finally found a refuge from persecution, named the area Zion, because its massive formations of extremely vertical rock looked like huge cathedrals and thrones. Next, we will travel to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, where we visit the Glen Canyon Dam. Our hotel accommodations will be in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Day 7 – GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK – IMAX – This morning, we stop at the Grand Canyon Imax Theater, where we will see “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets.” Next, we tour Grand Canyon National Park. The park covers about 1,200,000 acres and includes cliffs and valleys and rock formations reminiscent of ancient temples. It is an awesome sight. The colors along the craggy cliffs change as the sun’s rays move from east to west. This afternoon, we visit Bright Angel Lodge and enjoy an included lunch. We will stop for photos at Oak Creek Canyon, a smaller cousin to the Grand Canyon. We overnight in Phoenix, Arizona.
Day 8 – HOME – This morning, we will tour Phoenix, and then depart for the airport for our return flight home. We will long remember all sights we have seen in the American Southwest. Meals: 6B, 1L, 1D