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Rocky Mountains & Western Frontiers

From $1699 (was $1949)

14 Days

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Rocky Mountains & Western Frontiers

Tour Starts: Denver, CO

Tour Ends: Denver, CO

Day 1

Denver

Arrive in the Mile High City. Guests who have booked their air with YMT will be met by a YMT representative and transferred to their hotel. The evening is at leisure.

Holiday Inn Cherry Creek or similar

Day 2

Cheyenne

In the morning enjoy a city tour of Denver before you head to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Home to the annual Frontier Days, it is the rodeo and railroad capital of the Old West where the westward expansion of the railway started during the Gold rush era. The evening is at leisure. Perhaps you will enjoy a visit to the Depot Plaza and museum here.

Historic Plains Hotel or similar

BONUS FRONTIER DAYS: July 25, 2018 departure will visit Cheyenne during the Frontier Days and includes a visit to the "Daddy of 'em all" PRCA Rodeo and the Frontier Days Fair as well as an opportunity to partake in the legendary public Frontier Days pancake breakfast.
Rocky Mountains Tour Frontier Days Cheyenne Wyoming

Day 3 & 4

Rapid City

On Friday, your first stop en route to South Dakota will be the Fort Laramie Historic Site along the "Oregon Trail." On Saturday, enjoy a scenic drive through the Black Hills with included sightseeing at the Mount Rushmore National Monument as well as Crazy Horse Memorial, to see the incredible stone carvings in the rock formations of the Dakotas.

Holiday Inn Cherry Creek or similar

Day 5

Billings

Today immerse yourself in Wild West history; begin with a morning stop in the frontier town of Deadwood, where “Wild Bill Hickok” and “Calamity Jane” once resided. Then stop at the nearby “Tatanka – The Story of the Bison” interpretive center built by Kevin Costner. Pass through the reservation of the Crow Indians before arriving at the “Little Big Horn National Monument” where the Native American tribes fought with General Custer’s Army. The day ends in Billings, Montana.

Best Western Plus Clocktower Inn or similar

Day 6

Cody

The short distance to Cody, WY this morning offers you ample time to visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center to learn more about this American icon and the art and history of the Plains Indians — this visit is a must when in Wyoming! Enjoy this quaint Western town tonight on your own where you will overnight in lovingly restored rustic cabins.

Buffalo Bill Village Cabins or similar

Day 7

Yellowstone National Park

This morning continue early on to nearby Yellowstone, our nation’s first National Park. See spectacular geysers, lakes and mountains during your visits here today and tomorrow morning! Have your camera ready for likely sightings of buffalo, elk, moose, gray wolves or bears. Take in the tranquility of Hayden Valley and the vibrant colors of the geysers – Yellowstone is a feast for the eyes!

Gray Wolf Inn, West Yellowstone or similar

Day 8

Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole

Pay a morning visit to “Old Faithful” by the vast Yellowstone Lake before continuing south to Grand Teton, sister park to Yellowstone. The Tetons feature a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and wildlife. Overnight in Jackson Hole, one of the most quaint, yet upscale, mountain resorts in the west.

Antler Inn or similar

Day 9 & 10

Salt Lake City

After a leisurely morning in Jackson Hole, travel to Utah and its capital. On day 9 you may have the opportunity to witness a rehearsal of the famous Tabernacle Choir (subject to availability and choir travel schedule) and afterwards join your fellow travelers for an optional night tour of this beautifully lit city. On day 10 explore the Great Salt Lake area.

Sheraton Downtown Salt Lake City or similar

Day 11

Vernal

Today you will enter one of the world’s most predominant areas of prehistoric excavations. Located in northeastern Utah, scientists continue to find thousands of rare fossils and bones that help mankind understand what happened in prehistoric times.

Springhill Suites Vernal or similar

Day 12

Dinosaur National Monument and Steamboat Springs

Dinosaurs once roamed here and their fantastic remains are still visibly embedded in the rocks! You will visit the exhibits at the Dinosaur National Monument with its famous wall of 1500 fossils. An astounding experience for laymen and experts alike! As you leave Utah you will approach the Rocky Mountains from the west and will stop for an overnight in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Holiday Inn Steamboat Springs or similar

Day 13

Rocky Mountain National Park and Denver

Your last day on this tour concludes with beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. We will drive through the park on Trail Ridge Road, also known as “Highway to the Sky.” Stop at the most exhilarating vistas before your tour descends again to the Mile High City for your last night.

Holiday Inn Cherry Creek or similar

Day 14

Return Home

It is time to bid farewell to newfound friends, as your tour ends today and you return home.

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.