Ultimate National Parks Tour

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28 Days
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Introduction

Look no further for the truly ultimate experience! Combine all three of our new National Parks tours for the trip-of-a-lifetime and explore an amazing 12 National Parks on this one incredible journey.

Trip Includes

Sightseeing
  • San Francisco
  • Sutter's Mill
  • Sacramento
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Las Vegas
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
  • Grand Junction 
  • 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
  • 27 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 land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity Level Active


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Trip Highlights

  • Witness the awe-inspiring landscapes of 12 of America’s most popular National Parks
  • See the impressive General Sherman
  • Spend 3 nights in exciting Las Vegas
  • Enjoy the Grand Canyon at sunset or sunrise
  • Witness the stunning views at Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell
  • Drive through the beautiful Rocky Mountains and the Arapaho National Forest
  • Marvel at the stone carvings of Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Visit charming mountain towns and discover the spirit of the Wild West
  • Witness glorious geysers and mountain ranges in Yellowstone National Park

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Ultimate National Parks Tour

Tours Starts: San Francisco, California

Tours Ends: Salt Lake City, Utah

Day 1

Arrive in San Francisco

Guests who book their air through YMT will be greeted by a representative and transferred to their hotel. The night is yours to enjoy!

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway or similar

Day 2

San Francisco City Tour

This morning we discover the bustling “City by the Bay” on a guided tour. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, see Nob Hill, catch a glimpse of famed Lombard Street, and see many more exciting highlights! Then, embark on an included sightseeing cruise through the legendary San Francisco Bay. Highlights include the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, likely the world’s most photographed suspension bridge, and the notorious Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own and enjoy this city, known for its iconic bridge, cable cars, and colorful Victorian houses, however you wish. We recommend joining us on a wonderful optional tour.

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway or similar

Day 3

Sacramento via Sutter’s Mill

Experience the birthplace of the California Gold Rush, Sutter’s Mill. It was the discovery of gold at this sawmill that brought hundreds of thousands of people into the Golden State. Visit Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park where the mill is located, and relive the 1848 Gold Rush. Comprising over 575 acres, the park contains two California Historic Landmarks: a monument commemorating James Marshall, and the actual spot where he first discovered gold. This afternoon we arrive in the capital city of Sacramento, one of California’s most historic places, boasting an array of landmarks.

Arden Star Hotel or similar

Day 4

Sacramento Sightseeing

Spend the morning in Old Sacramento, an historic waterfront that served as California’s first thriving business district. See the California State Capitol, which was listed as a California Historical Landmark in 1974. The area also features a number of museums and plenty of shopping and entertainment opportunities. Don’t be fooled, while Old Sacramento is a global tourist destination, this charming town still retains much of its Old West character! Continue to your hotel near Yosemite National Park for a two-night stay.

America’s Best Value Inn Oakhurst or similar

Day 5

Yosemite National Park

Spend most of the day visiting one of the crown jewels of the National Park System: Yosemite! This magnificent and diverse land, with elevations ranging from 2,000 to over 13,000 feet, abounds with spectacular granite cliffs, giant waterfalls, grand meadows, and towering trees. Central to the National Park idea, Yosemite was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Discover Yosemite Valley, which lies among the impressive Half Dome and El Capitan summits. Rising more than 4,700 feet above the valley floor, Half Dome is appropriately named for its one sheer face and three smooth and round faces, which make it appear like a dome that has been cut in half. The 3,000-foot-tall El Capitan is an impressive vertical rock formation that is a sight to behold, and attracts many serious climbers from around the world. It is the subject of the 2018 documentary Free Solo, which follows Alex Honnold’s incredible free solo ascent, a magnificent feat that he is the only person to have ever achieved. Enjoy the day at leisure before returning to your hotel for another night just outside this glorious park!

America’s Best Value Inn Oakhurst or similar

Day 6

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, the second largest tree in the world. This 3,000-year-old wonder stands almost 270 feet tall and has a base circumference of 107 feet! Take in the forest as your coach drives through Kings Canyon and stop for a picnic break for at one of its countless dazzling vistas.

Sequoia Lodge or similar

Day 7

Sequoia National Park

Continue through the forests of Sequoia National Park. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and administered by the National Park Service with Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia is home to the largest living single-stem tree in the world, General Sherman. Standing 275 feet tall with a diameter of 25 feet, the towering tree is marvelous! The Giant Forest, where you’ll find General Sherman, also contains an impressive five of the ten largest trees on Earth. Continue to Bakersfield for your overnight stay.

Hampton Inn Bakersfield or similar

Day 8

Drive to Las Vegas

The scenery changes today as you travel along Route 66 through the mesmerizing and colorful Mojave Desert, with a stop in the historic town of Barstow. This evening will be your first of two nights in fabulous and exciting Las Vegas.

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino or similar

Day 9

Las Vegas Leisure Day

Take in this glittering city however you choose! Perhaps explore the reinvigorated downtown, try your luck at winning millions in the casinos, or spend some time at the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. It is constantly abuzz, and its reputation as a place where anything is possible is well earned. Its 4.2 miles contain tens of thousands of hotel rooms, hundreds of dining options, world class shopping, golf, gaming, and an endless variety of entertainment!

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino or similar

Day 10

Las Vegas

See Las Vegas on your own today. You’ll be transferred into the city for a full day to explore. Included today is free entrance to the fascinating Mob Museum, officially the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement.

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino or similar

Day 11

The Grand Canyon

Today we visit the grandest of all parks in the West—the Grand Canyon! Travel via I-40, crossing 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. The evening and the sunset, which lights the canyon in many hues of red and purple, is yours to enjoy!

Yavapai Lodge West or similar

Day 12

Page/Lake Powell via Horseshoe Bend

Wake up to a spectacular sunrise over the canyon this morning! For an unforgettable experience, join us for an optional helicopter tour over the canyon (additional cost). Today we see Horseshoe Bend, a u-shaped area of the Grand Canyon along the Colorado River near Page, Arizona. Marvel at the view of this stunning rock from 1,000 feet above—be sure to bring your camera for a spectacular shot! Our drive then continues to 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.

Best Western View of Lake Powell or similar

Day 13

Page Leisure Day

Spend the day in Page how you wish. Your time in this small, friendly town offers a chance for you to unwind, or perhaps join the relaxing Lake Powell dinner cruise or the exciting Antelope Canyon tour (optionals at additional cost)!

Best Western View of Lake Powell or similar


OPTION: ANTELOPE CANYONOPTION: ANTELOPE CANYON:

Join us on a tour of this aweinspiring slot canyon and see the magnificent upper canyon, known as "The Crack," all for just $70 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking.



Day 14

Bryce Canyon via Zion National Park

This morning, we head 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 15

Capitol Reef National Park

Discover Capitol Reef National Park. The area boasts a diverse landscape unlike anywhere else in Utah—stunning red rock formations and canyons, pristine meadows, alpine forests, and lush green valleys. Also throughout the park, you’ll find the Capitol Reef Petroglyphs, impressive rock art figures created by ancient Native Americans. Continue to your hotel in Moab this evening, the ideal gateway for a visit to both Arches and Canyonlands National Park.

Fairfield Inn Moab or similar

Day 16

Arches National Park

A stunning highlight awaits! 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. See Balanced Rock, one of the park’s most iconic features; the impressive 52-foot tall Delicate Arch; and the Windows Section, a unique area with many arches that is considered the beating heart of the park.

Fairfield Inn Moab or similar

Day 17

Canyonlands National Park

Explore Canyonlands National Park, a magical outdoor wonderland of enchanting vistas! The colorful park is divided into four districts—Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the combined Green and Colorado Rivers, which carved two large canyons into the Colorado Plateau. Marvel at the wild beauty and drama of this spectacular landscape unlike anywhere else in the world. This evening, we make our way to our hotel in Grand Junction, the hub of Colorado’s wine country.

Days Inn Grand Junction or similar

Day 18

Grand Junction to Denver

Take in the beautiful Rocky Mountains today on our drive through Colorado. Enjoy a change of scenery as you travel through Arapaho National Forest, which straddles the Continental Divide in the Front Range west of Denver. Stop for lunch on your own in the resort town of Vail, a popular getaway at the base of Vail Mountain. This evening we arrive for an overnight stay in Denver, one of the most up-and-coming cities in the U.S. The Mile High City is Colorado’s buzzing capital, where urban sophistication meets outdoor adventure!

Sheraton Denver Tech or similar

Day 19

Denver Leisure Day

See Denver on your own today. You’ll be transferred into the city for a full day to explore. Included is your city pass and free entrance to 3 of the city’s top attractions!

Sheraton Denver Tech or similar

Day 20

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 21

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 22

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 23

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 24

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 25

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 26

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 27

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 28

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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