National Parks of America

Experience the grandeur of the American West as you explore five fantastic national parks on this exciting journey. Relish overnight stays in a lodge nestled in the heart of Yellowstone and in a National Historic Landmark inside the Grand Canyon. Enjoy a breakfast cruise on Lake Powell. Marvel at the magnitude and color of Zion’s cliffs. Enjoy 2-night stays in Salt Lake City and Jackson Hole. Drive through the incredible Bighorn Mountains and the great Sioux Nations Territory before seeing Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monument. Meet a local Lakota Native American at dinner and learn about their fascinating way of life, past and present. Gain new appreciation of the great outdoors on this journey that takes you from the Grand Canyon to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and everywhere in between.

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$50 Member Benefit

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$50 Optional Tour Excursion Credit (Pre-booked)

Inclusions

  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Sightseeing
  • Hotel-to-hotel luggage handling
  • Special Offer! Roundtrip home-to-airport private sedan service with purchase of air through AAA Member Choice Vacations

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Scottsdale
  • Grand Canyon
  • Lake Powell
  • Zion
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Salt Lake City
  • Jackson Hole
  • Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks
  • Old Faithful
  • Sheridan
  • Bighorn Mountains
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Mount Rushmore

Itinerary

Day 1: Scottsdale, Arizona – Tour Begins

Join us on a journey through five of America’s most incredible national parks. Your tour opens in Arizona where you will enjoy a stay in the world-famous resort town of Scottsdale. This evening, join your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. Today dinner will be included.

Day 2: Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon

Begin the day with a visit to the artists’ colony of Sedona where you will see the amazing rock formations change hue with each turn in the road. Afterward, travel through the beautiful scenery before arriving at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the spectacular Grand Canyon.* Upon arrival, relax at one of the many public seating areas overlooking the immense and colorful canyon. Take a moment to reflect as you stand in awe of this iconic natural treasure. Before dinner you may wish to take a short hike to explore the area. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 3: Grand Canyon – Lake Powell

Today, travel to Carl Hayden Visitors Center and look out over Glen Canyon Dam and see to the end of Lake Powell. Later today, arrive at Lake Powell where you’ll enjoy dinner and sunset views of the lake. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 4: Lake Powell – Zion National Park, Utah

This morning, embark on a delightful breakfast cruise on scenic Lake Powell. Today’s destination is the red and white sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park.** Zion is very likely one of the most awe-inspiring national parks in the world, just in sheer magnitude and color. You’ll have time for a leisurely hike on the Lower Emerald Pool Trail to see the lower pool and waterfalls. Then enjoy the view from the floor of the canyon as you ride along on the Zion tram. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 5: Zion National Park – Bryce Canyon – Salt Lake City

En route to Salt Lake City we will stop at Bryce Canyon National Park,** truly one of the most spectacular scenic wonders of the world. The formations within the park, called Hoodoos, are the creation of wind and water erosion over eons of time. Iron oxidizing within the rock causes the natural orange and red hues that color these formations. A drive north takes you to Salt Lake City, the “City of the Saints,” for a 2-night stay. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6: Salt Lake City

Enjoy a tour of Salt Lake City featuring the Great Salt Lake, the State Capitol and the residential district. Then, take the rest of the day to relax or independently explore. Perhaps you will choose to explore Temple Square: this beautifully landscaped 10-acre plot of ground in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City is one of Utah’s most visited attractions. The square’s centerpiece is the 6-spired granite Salt Lake Temple, and adjacent to this imposing edifice is the domed Tabernacle, home of the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the great Tabernacle organ. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 7: Salt Lake City – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

En route to Wyoming you will see the majestic Bear Lake Summit. Later, arrive in the cowboy town of Jackson Hole. Tonight, experience a fun-filled evening of cowboy entertainment and a traditional chuck wagon*** dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8: Jackson Hole

The day is yours to enjoy Jackson Hole. Optional activities include shopping, canoeing, hiking and river-rafting trips. Of course, your Tour Manager will be ready with suggestions. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 9: Jackson Hole – Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks

From Jackson Hole, pass through Grand Teton National Park. Towering more than a mile above the valley of Jackson Hole, the Grand Teton rises to 13,770 feet. Twelve Teton peaks reach above 12,000 feet and support a dozen mountain glaciers. The Teton Range is the youngest range in the Rockies and displays some of North America’s oldest rocks. Later, arrive at the amazing Yellowstone National Park**** and explore the incredible sights of this magnificent park. One of the many highlights is the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser, a fountain of steam that rises more than 130 feet in the air. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 10: Yellowstone – Cody – Sheridan

A delightful day of sightseeing begins with a trip along Yellowstone Lake and over Sylvan Pass. From the mountains to the prairies, the scenery is simply amazing. As you pass through Cody, a stop will be made at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a tribute to one of the most colorful figures of the Old West, Buffalo Bill Cody. Before turning in for the night in Sheridan, drive through the incredible Bighorn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Great Sioux Nation. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 11: Sheridan – Rapid City, South Dakota

Visit Crazy Horse Memorial, a monument dedicated to the Native Americans of this great land. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Native American Cultural Center to learn about their culture and customs. Here, Native Americans discuss the movements of their dances and the significance of wearing different feathers and clothes. Later, see one of the country’s most famous landmarks, Mount Rushmore, whose four figures carved in stone represent the first 150 years of American history. At tonight’s farewell dinner you will meet a local Lakota Native American and learn all about their fascinating way of life, past and present. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 12: Rapid City – Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close, leaving you with many wonderful memories.

 

Experience it! See History Cast in Stone

In 1925, Gutzon Borglum set out to create a gigantic work of art. Armed with four hundred men and one million dollars, he began carving a 5,725-foot mountain into a national masterpiece. The mountain’s name is Mount Rushmore and the men whose images are carved into its façade symbolize the first 150 years of United States history. Immortalized in stone are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Creating the memorial was a difficult task. The rock on Mount Rushmore was so strong, dynamite was the most practical way to mold the monument. Once the stone was blasted to within inches of Borglum’s measurements, the faces were fine-tuned with hammers and chisels. Fourteen years after construction began, Borglum died, leaving the final phases of construction to his son, Lincoln.

All work on Mount Rushmore concluded for good in October of 1941, on the eve of World War II. Interestingly enough, what you see immortalized in the Black Hills of South Dakota is actually an unfinished masterpiece. Borglum’s original plans called for the four men to be carved all the way down to their waists.

 

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