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Stay in the cosmopolitan city of Salt Lake City, discovering the Great Salt Lake itself and visiting the enormous Mormon temple.
Explore the geothermal wonderland and wildlife of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
Discover the history of the Ancestral Pueblo Indians in Mesa Verde National Park.
Explore South Dakota's amazing Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse national monuments.
Visit the magnificent red rock mountains of Monument Valley and Zion National Park.
- Yellowstone National Park
- Jackson - Grand Teton National Park
- Salt Lake City
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Zion National Park
- Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Colorado Springs
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Includes international flights from Ireland.
Day 1 Denver
International outbound flight , Denver
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Denver. On arrival in Denver make your own way to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.
Day 2 Denver
Enjoy a day exploring the highlights of Denver. Don't miss the Denver Art Museum, the Colorado History Museum or explore the city's many excellent art galleries. Alternatively, relax in Larimer Square and sample some excellent local cuisine while people watching.
Day 3 Cheyenne
Denver , Cheyenne
Pick up your hire car and drive north past Roosevelt National Forest to the town of Cheyenne, just across the border into Wyoming. Cheyenne still exudes the atmosphere of the Wild West. Be sure to visit the Wyoming State Museum and the Union Pacific Railway terminus.
Day 4 Custer
Day 5 Custer
Spend the morning looking for bison on the grassy plains of Custer State Park or visiting the remarkable geological feature of Jewel Cave National Monument. A highlight of the region are Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse national monuments, indelibly carved from the natural rock.
Day 6 Sheridan
Leaving Custer, you may wish to visit the old Wild West town of Deadwood and Devil's Tower National Monument before continuing on to Sheridan. The afternoon is free to explore this fascinating Western town.
Day 7 Cody
Day 8 Cody
Cody is a great place to soak up the spirit of the old West. A highlight of the town is the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre, which was originally founded in 1912, and comprises several distinct museums including the Buffalo Bill Museum, Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum and the Draper Museum of Natural History. Other attractions include Old Trail Town which exhibits a collection of authentic Victorian buildings from the surrounding region and a host of Wild West shops. Don't leave town without investing in some cowboy boots, or at least a hand-crafted belt or buckle.
Day 9 Yellowstone National Park
Your drive today takes you in to Yellowstone National Park. The scenery gets ever more spectacular as you approach Yellowstone Lake. Do ensure you keep a look out for wildlife which thrives here.
Day 10 Yellowstone National Park
Enjoy a full day in Yellowstone. This magnificent park offers a wide range of activities such as walking, canoeing and mountain biking. Be sure to visit "Old Faithful", the park's renowned geyser, as well as the colourfully-hued lakes, boiling mud and sulphurous springs. Elk, bison, antelope and wolves abound so do keep your camera handy.
Day 11 Jackson - Grand Teton National Park
Leaving Yellowstone, drive south through magnificent mountain scenery to Grand Teton National Park. The afternoon is free to explore the little town of Jackson or go walking, boating, cycling or horse-riding.
Day 12 Jackson - Grand Teton National Park
Jackson is a unique old Western styled town surrounded by prairie land, lakes and the Grand Teton mountains and home to tree-lined squares, designer boutiques, craft shops and art galleries linked by wooden boardwalks.
Day 13 Salt Lake City
Depart Grand Teton National Park and drive south along the banks of the Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest to Salt Lake City. The afternoon is free for you to explore this lovely city.
Day 14 Salt Lake City
You have a full day today to explore the great city of Salt Lake City. You may wish to take a hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon, visit Red Butte Gardens or the Mormon temple or simply enjoy the eclectic shops and the pavement cafés.
Day 15 Bryce Canyon National Park
Drive from Salt Lake City through Fishlake National Forest to the magnificent Bryce Canyon National Park. Be sure to visit Bryce Canyon's magnificent scenery which is especially beautiful at sunset.
Day 16 Zion National Park
Drive through spectacular red rock mountain vistas as you wind your way south towards Zion National Park. The afternoon is free to explore the little town of Springfield, lying at the gateway to Zion National Park, or exploring the park itself.
Day 17 Zion National Park
Spend a full day in Zion National Park. There are many activities available and some truly magnificent mountain scenery to explore. You may wish to take a hike to the Narrows, the Emerald Pools or walk one of the many trails.
Day 18 Page
Drive from Zion National Park into Arizona. This route takes you through wonderful forest scenery through the town of Kanab to Page on the edge of Lake Powell. You may wish to take a boat trip on the lake this afternoon.
Day 19 Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Drive from Page to Monument Valley where you have the afternoon free to explore this incredible landscape. Be sure to take a Navajo-guided tour through the valley to learn all about its flora, fauna, geology and Navajo history.
Day 20 Mesa Verde National Park
Leaving Monument Valley, drive east through New Mexico and into Colorado. Be sure to stop at some of the many marvellous Ancestral Pueblo Indian sites along the way, such as Hovenweep National Monument. Your destination is the stunning Mesa Verde National Park.
Day 21 Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park awaits your discovery today. Visit the Ancient Pueblo Indian dwellings of the National Park to learn all about this fascinating civilisation and be amazed at their stunning cliff dwellings. You may also wish to hike the trails that lead through this excellent national park.
Day 22 Alamosa
Day 23 Colorado Springs
Drive past California Peak, the most southerly in the Great Sand Dunes National Park, and through the town of Pueblo, arriving at Colorado Springs where the remainder of the afternoon is free to explore.
Day 24 International return flight
Colorado Springs , International return flight
Day 25 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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