Rocky Mountains & Black Hills National Parks Tour

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per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

10 Days
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Introduction

Immerse yourself in America's beautiful western landscapes. Discover quaint towns, historic sights, and majestic landscapes as you journey to Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and Salt Lake City. This tour is sure to leave you captivated!

Trip Includes

Sightseeing
  • Denver
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Fort Laramie
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Sheridan
  • Cody
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Jackson Hole
  • Salt Lake City
Hotel Accommodations
  • 9 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
Service
  • A professionally trained local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your tour for one piece of checked baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity Level Moderate Active
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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the frontier territory of the Oregon Trail at Fort Laramie
  • Take in the fantastic landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Marvel at the stone carvings of Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Visit charming mountain towns and discover the spirit of the Wild West
  • Learn about Buffalo Bill and the history of the Prairie Indian tribes
  • Witness glorious geysers and mountain ranges in Yellowstone National Park
  • Enjoy spectacular views on a scenic drive through majestic Grand Teton National Park

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Rocky Mountains & Black Hills National Parks Tour - Start Denver

Tours Starts: Denver, Colorado

Tours Ends: Salt Lake City, Utah

Day 1

Denver

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

Sheraton Denver Tech or similar

Day 2

Rocky Mountain National Park to Cheyenne

On our first morning together, we’ll enjoy a city tour of Denver before traveling to spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park. Discover scenic mountains, majestic alpine lakes, and an abundance of wildlife that call this park home. Then, continue to Cheyenne, Wyoming and learn about the rodeo and railroad capital of the Old West, which became the epicenter of westward rail expansion. Enjoy a leisurely evening tonight—perhaps stop at the Cheyenne Depot Plaza and Museum.

Red Lion Cheyenne or similar

Day 3

Fort Laramie and Rapid City

Your first stop en route to South Dakota will be the Fort Laramie Historic Site, along the Oregon Trail. Originally a private fur trading fort, the "grand old post" became the largest and best known military post on the Northern Plains. We'll also visit Mammoth Spring, a National Natural Landmark and one of the world's largest springs, before we end the evening in Rapid City.

Howard Johnson Rapid City or similar

Day 4

Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Custer State Park

Today begins with a wonderful scenic drive through the Black Hills. You'll have opportunities for sightseeing at Mount Rushmore National Monument and Crazy Horse Memorial, incredible and iconic stone carvings in the rock formations of South Dakota. End the day with leisure time in Custer State Park, South Dakota's first state park, famous for its bison herds, historic sites, fishing lakes, scenic drives, and more!

Howard Johnson Rapid City or similar

OPTION: BISON SAFARI JEEP TOUROPTION: BISON SAFARI JEEP TOUR:

Take a guided open-air jeep ride through Custer State Park in search of pronghorns, elk, and bison! Just $60 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking.



Day 5

Deadwood and Sheridan

Immerse yourself in Wild West history; we’ll begin with a morning stop in the frontier town of Deadwood, South Dakota. This city at the heart of the Black Hills Gold Rush is where Old West figures “Calamity Jane” once lived and where “Wild Bill” Hickok played his last game of cards. Then travel to the quaint town of Sheridan, Wyoming. This charming town is where western history and dramatic mountain vistas meet modern comforts in a serene setting. Set against an awe-inspiring backdrop of the Bighorn Mountains, it's no secret why Sheridan is known as the "heart of Ruby Valley."

Best Western Sheridan Center or similar

Day 6

Cody

Drive through Big Horn National Forest this morning before visiting the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a complex of five museums where you can learn more about the American icon "Buffalo Bill" Cody, as well as the art and history of the Plains Indian tribes. Explore this quaint Western town tonight on your own and enjoy our overnight stay 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 & Suites West Yellowstone or similar

Day 8

Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole

Today we pay a morning visit to Old Faithful, Yellowstone’s most famous geyser whose 20 daily eruptions attract many of the park’s 4 million annual visitors. Afterwards, we'll continue south to Grand Teton National Park to enjoy a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes, and wildlife. Overnight in Jackson Hole, one of the most quaint, yet upscale, mountain resort towns in the west.

Antler Inn or similar

Day 9

Salt Lake City

This morning, we’ll travel to Utah’s grand capital. This beautiful city played host to the 2002 winter Olympics, and you can still enjoy many of the improvements designed to make the city welcoming. Salt Lake City has the hospitable feel of a friendly mountain town, and is full of stunning parks, wonderful restaurants, and opportunities to shop, enjoy art, or take in live theatre and music.

Sheraton Downtown Salt Lake City or similar

Day 10

Depart for 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.

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Rocky Mountains & Black Hills National Parks Tour - Start Salt Lake City

Tours Starts: Salt Lake City, Utah

Tours Ends: Denver, Colorado

Day 1

Arrive in Salt Lake City

Welcome to Utah’s grand capital. This beautiful city played host to the 2002 winter Olympics, and you can still enjoy many of the improvements designed to make the city welcoming. Salt Lake City has the hospitable feel of a friendly mountain town, and is full of stunning parks, wonderful restaurants, and opportunities to shop, enjoy art, or take in live theatre and music Guests who booked their air with YMT will be met by a YMT representative and transferred to their hotel. The evening is at your leisure.

Sheraton Downtown Salt Lake City or similar

Day 2

Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole

Relax and take in the scenery from your motor coach as we make the drive to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Enjoy the evening at leisure in Jackson, one of the most quaint, yet upscale, mountain resort towns in the west. Home to three ski areas, Jackson is a cowboy town with beautiful mountain surroundings. The Town Square features an arch made of shed antlers from the nearby National Elk Refuge, and the National Musueum of Wildlife Art features works by Andy Warhol and Georgia O'Keefe.

Antler Inn or similar

Day 3

Grand Teton National Park and Old Faithful

A spectacular landscape awaits as we continue to Grand Teton National Park this morning. Enjoy the majestic mountains, pristine lakes, and wildlife! Then, contine to Yellowstone National Park and pay a visit to Old Faithful, the park's most famous geyser whose 20 daily eruptions attract many of the park’s 4 million annual visitors.

Gray Wolf Inn & Suites West Yellowstone or similar

Day 4

Yellowstone National Park

This morning we take more time to drive through Yellowstone, our nation’s first national park. See spectacular geysers, lakes, and mountains during your time here! 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! Continue on to Cody, and explore this quaint Western town tonight on your own. Enjoy an overnight stay in lovingly-restored rustic cabins.

Buffalo Bill Village Cabins or similar

Day 5

Buffalo Bill Center of the West to Sheridan

Today we visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a complex of five museums where you can learn more about the American icon "Buffalo Bill" Cody, as well as the art and history of the Plains Indian tribes. Our drive then continues through Big Horn National Forest as we make our way to Sheridan, Wyoming. This charming town is where western history and dramatic mountain vistas meet modern comforts in a serene setting. Set against an awe-inspiring backdrop of the Bighorn Mountains, it's no secret why Sheridan is known as the "heart of Ruby Valley."

Best Western Sheridan Center or similar

Day 6

Rapid City via Deadwood

Immerse yourself in Wild West history today with a stop in the frontier town of Deadwood, South Dakota. This city at the heart of the Black Hills Gold Rush is where Old West figures “Calamity Jane” once lived and where “Wild Bill” Hickok played his last game of cards. Continue on to Rapid City tonight and take the evening to relax before an exciting day tomorrow.

Howard Johnson Rapid City or similar

Day 7

Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Custer State Park

Take a wonderful scenic drive through the Black Hills today! You'll have opportunities for sightseeing at Mount Rushmore National Monument and Crazy Horse Memorial, incredible and iconic stone carvings in the rock formations of South Dakota. You'll also have some leisure time in Custer State Park, South Dakota's first state park, famous for its bison herds, historic sites, fishing lakes, scenic drives, and more!

Howard Johnson Rapid City or similar

OPTION: BISON SAFARI JEEP TOUROPTION: BISON SAFARI JEEP TOUR:

Take a guided open-air jeep ride through Custer State Park in search of pronghorns, elk, and bison! Just $60 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking.



Day 8

Fort Laramie and Mammoth Spring

Your first stop today is a visit to Mammoth Spring, a National Natural Landmark and one of the world's largest springs. Continue along the Oregon Trail to the Fort Laramie Historic Site. Originally a private fur trading fort, the "grand old post" became the largest and best known military post on the Northern Plains. We arrive in Cheyenne, Wyoming and learn about the rodeo and railroad capital of the Old West, which became the epicenter of westward rail expansion. Enjoy a leisurely evening tonight— perhaps stop at the Cheyenne Depot Plaza and Museum.

Red Lion Cheyenne or similar


BONUS: FRONTIER DAYSBONUS: FRONTIER DAYS:

July 12, 2020 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.



Day 9

Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver

Discover scenic mountains, majestic alpine lakes, and an abundance of wildlife today as we travel through spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park. We'll make our way to Denver and enjoy a city tour of the Mile High City. The rest of the evening is yours.

Sheraton Denver Tech or similar

Day 10

Depart for 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.


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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