National Parks of the Golden West Tour

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per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

14 Days

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Introduction

America’s National Park System is the envy of the world, and on our 14-day National Parks of the Golden West Tour, experience its magnificence when you visit 9 different US National Parks.  Most people only get to see one or two of these parks in their lifetime; seeing so many of them on one tour makes it an exceptional opportunity.

Our tour begins with your arrival in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada with leisure time to enjoy the endless entertainment opportunities. Take a chance at a card game or one-armed bandit, visit a show or simply relax at your hotel. Then the tour is off to see Natural Wonders and it is only befitting to start with a bang: one of the seven Natural Wonders of the world- the majestic Grand Canyon National Park. Enjoy an overnight stay inside the park giving you the opportunity to witness this awe-inspiring landscape both at sunset and sunrise.  Next, discover the sacred Monument Valley  Navajo Tribal Park the Navajo Nation’s equivalent to a national park.  Travel west to visit Zion National Park with its massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink and red en route to the astonishingly red glowing Bryce Canyon National Park showing off it’s intricate limestone rock formations created by erosion called “hoodoos."  The journey then heads northeast through picturesque Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks enjoying the stunning vistas of naturally formed sandstone cliffs, arches, canyons, domes and bridges throughout.  

Headed west, we travel into Utah’s capitol, Salt Lake City  and see the lake that gives this city its name, the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere, the unique Great Salt Lake. with it’s nearby The Bonneville Salt Flats, famous as a site for land speed records. Majestic Lake Tahoe awaits with 72 miles of pristine shorelines making it the largest alpine lake in North America. From here it is on to California and another jewel in the National Park system: Yosemite National Park. Witness its extraordinary landscapes of granite cliffs, plunging waterfalls, towering trees, pristine streams and abundant wildlife.  Continue through Kings Canyon National Parks and view the famed ancient giant redwoods, some of which tower over 300 feet. Weather permitting, we travel through Death Valley National Park, the lowest point of elevation in North America on the way back into Las Vegas to depart for home full of memories to share for a lifetime.

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Trip includes

  • Hotel Accommodations:  Includes 13 nights of hotel accommodations based on twin/double occupancy in moderate hotels.

  • Sightseeing: and special events as listed in the itinerary.

  • Baggage Handling: To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of checked baggage per person.

  • Service:  Your tour is accompanied throughout by a professionally trained tour director who is knowledgeable on the local area and will provide you with a wealth of information. This friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.

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Trip Highlights

  • Witness the fascinating landscapes of 9? of America's most popular National Parks
  • Stay overnight in Grand Canyon National Park and enjoy the canyon at sunset or sunrise
  • Visit the fascinating rock formation landmarks in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
  • See the incredible rock monuments of Bryce and Zion National Parks
  • Enjoy two nights in Las Vegas with many dining and entertainment options

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National Parks of the Golden West

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National Parks of the Golden West

Tour Starts: Las Vegas, Nevada

Tour Ends: Las Vegas, Nevada

Day 1

Las Vegas

Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas! Guests whobook their air through YMT will be greeted bya YMT representative and transferred to their hotel. The night is yours to enjoy this city. Just outside your hotel's doorstep await neon lights, the famed Fremont Street Experience, gambling or glamorous shows. The choice is yours!

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino or similar

Day 2

Grand Canyon

Start your tour with the grandest of all parks in the West—the Grand Canyon! Travel via I-40, cross historic Route 66 before you enter the spectacular Grand Canyon and end your day by the South Rim. The park shuttle system makes it easy to take it all in at your own pace and allow you to witness sunset and sunrise if you choose. The evening and the sunset, which makes the canyon glow in many hues of red and purple, is yours to enjoy!

Yavapai Lodge West or similar

Day 3

Page/Lake Powell via Monument Valley

Rise early to witness an unforgettable sunrise over the canyon, either by walking to the rim on your own or booking an optional tour with sunrise breakfast at the famed El Tovar Lodge. Then, head to Monument Valley. Boasting natural sandstone masterpieces that tower to heights up to 1,000 feet, this sacred valley is owned and operated by the Navajo Nation. After an optional opportunity for a guided valley tour in open air vehicles, continue to Page at Lake Powell for an overnight stay. Supported by the Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell is a beautifully situated water reservoir on the Colorado River, surrounded by red rocks.

Super 8 Lake Powell or similar

Day 4

Bryce Canyon via Zion National Park

Depart this morning heading west to Zion National Park. The half-mile deep park floor is lush with foliage, as well as mule deer, wild turkeys, gray foxes and the occasional porcupine. After lunch, continue to Bryce Canyon. Despite its name, Bryce is not a canyon but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters. Its distinctive geological structures, called hoodoos, were formed by frost weathering and stream erosion from the river. Standing at the rim, you are offered spectacular views in red, orange and white that will surely be spellbinding.

Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn or similar

Day 5 & 6

Arches & Canyonlands

Traveling northeast you will first pass through Capitol Reef National Park. Then head to Moab, the ideal gateway for a visit to both Arches and Canyonlands National Park. For the past 150 million years, the more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches of Arches National Park have been sculpted by the natural erosion of wind, water, sun, and frost — creating an unmistakably unique landscape. You will also explore Canyonlands National Park, an outdoor wonderland of enchanting vistas carved by the Colorado and Green rivers.

Fairfield Inn Moab or similar

Day 7

Salt Lake City

Relax during a day of leisurely driving through beautiful mountain ranges on your way to Salt Lake City, Utah's capital and home of the spectacular Temple and Mormon Tabernacle. Upon arrival you will enjoy an included panoramic tour of the city.

Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel or similar

Day 8

Elko

Continue west with a stop at the Great Salt Lake. The largest salt water lake in the western hemisphere, its size varies dramatically by several thousand square miles in different weather conditions. Next, admire the Bonneville Salt Flats. This barren white area was once a lake, and is now a famous site for land speed records.

Red Lion Elko or similar

Day 9 & 10

Lake Tahoe Area

Continue to majestic Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in the U.S. with 72 miles of pristine shoreline, and historic Virginia City. Known as the home of the Comstock Lode, the city invites you to wander a bit on the trusty wooden sidewalks and see this real life “Bonanza” before returning to the hotel for a night at leisure in Reno.

John Ascuaga's Nugget or similar

Day 11

Yosemite National Park

Entering California, spend most of the day visiting one of the crown jewels in the National Park system: Yosemite. This diverse land, with elevations ranging from 2,000 to over 13,000 feet, abounds with spectacular granite cliffs, giant waterfalls, and towering trees.

Best Western Village Inn Fresno or similar

Day 12

Kings Canyon National Park

Enjoy panoramic vistas as you explore Kings Canyon National Park. See the ancient giant sequoias and redwoods in Grant Grove. At the center of Grant Grove is the General Giant Tree, a 3,000-year-old wonder that stands almost 270 feet and has a circumference of 107 feet at its base! Enjoy vistas of the forest as your coach drives through Kings Canyon and stop for a picnic break. Overnight in Bakersfield.

Four Points by Sheraton Bakersfield or similar

Day 13 & 14

Las Vegas via Death Valley/Depart Home

Today we head back to Nevada. If temperature permits, you will head through Death Valley, the lowest point of elevation in North America and home to fantastic rock formations. On day 14, bid farewell to your newfound friends and depart for home.

Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino or similar


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.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

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We have been to Hawaii and now out west with YMT and we feel we can relax because we are well taken care of. All things planned makes it very easy for us. We take other kinds of vacations were we plan and carry out all the details ourselves but it is nice to let someone else do it...

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