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Awe Inspiring National Parks


     

The breathtaking landscapes of Arizona and Utah, Wyoming and South Dakota present visions of the American West familiar from countless films and iconic photographs, yet they are infinitely more awe-inspiring experienced in person. Vast canyons, bizarre rock monuments, ethereal arches and sky-scraping spires await discovery at the eight spectacular national parks featured in this comprehensive itinerary, with plenty of time to explore them. Old Faithful, Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon rightly earn their share of the plaudits, but there is much more to enjoy in these spiritual homelands of the Navajo and Cheyenne, including wonderful insights into Native American life and culture, as our journey unfolds.

 

 

Tour Highlights

 

Orientation tour of Denver, including State Capitol

Entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park

Visit to Fort Laramie

Entrance to Crazy Horse Memorial

Visit to Mount Rushmore National Memorial including light show

Entrance to Devils Tower National Monument

Entrance and local guided tour of Yellowstone National Park

Entrance to Grand Teton National Park

Orientation tour of Salt Lake City

Entrance to Canyonlands National Park

Entrance to Arches National Park

Entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park

Entrance to Zion National Park

Entrance to Grand Canyon National Park

 

 

Our Opinion

 

One of the best itineraries to be found anywhere, for USA National Parks.

 

 

Itinerary in Brief

 

Denver: 2 Nights

Cheyenne: 1 Night

Rapid City: 2 Nights

Sheridan: 1 Night

Yellowstone National Park Area: 2 Nights

Jackson Hole: 1 Night

Salt Lake City: 1 Night

Moab Area: 2 Nights

Bryce Canyon: 1 Night

Springdale: 1 Night

Williams: 2 Nights

 

 

Full Itinerary

 

Day 1 London - Denver: Titan's VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Denver. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel, the Sheraton Denver Downtown (3T) or Holiday Inn Cherry Creek (3T) for the next two nights.

 

 

Day 2: Denver - Modern and vibrant, set against a stunning Rocky Mountain backdrop, Denver makes a fine introduction to the American West. A brief orientation tour includes a visit to the gold-domed State Capitol building, one of the steps of which is exactly a mile above sea level, earning Denver its 'Mile High City' moniker. The remainder of the day is at leisure for relaxation or independent exploration - perhaps to learn more about Denver's gold rush heritage at Larimer Square and the Historic Lower Downtown District, or wander around the excellent shops of the 16th Street Mall.

 

Day 3: Denver - Rocky Mountain National Park - Cheyenne - North of Denver, the summer resort of Estes Park is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, with its towering, snow-streaked peaks reflected in still blue alpine lakes. After some time to appreciate the magnificent scenery, we continue to Cheyenne, the capital of Wyoming, named for the Native American people who occupied this region in times past. Our hotel is the Little America (4T).

 

 

Day 4: Cheyenne - Fort Laramie - Rapid City - Today we visit the historical Fort Laramie, a site of exceptional historical significance, a 19th century fur-trading station which was acquired by the US Army in 1849 to protect and supply western emigrants. It took on an increasingly important role in settling violent disputes between whites (often gold prospectors) and Native Americans, giving its name to two treaties, in 1851 and 1868. Following a visit, we leave Wyoming for South Dakota and Rapid City, the historic freight centre of the gold rush attractively situated at the foot of the Black Hills. Our base for two nights in Rapid City is The Rushmore Hotel (3T).

 

Day 5: Crazy Horse - Mount Rushmore - This morning we pay a visit to a work in progress since 1948, the Crazy Horse Memorial situated in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The monument is on a scale exceeding even that of the great pyramid, carved into a mountain and considered to be on sacred ground. This depiction of Sioux leader Crazy Horse, with arm outstretched illustrating the phrase 'My lands are where my dead lie buried', a tribute to the Native American. This evening we visit one of the world's most impressive artistic achievements and an icon of the American West. Carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore, the 18m-tall faces of former presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln look serenely on. The monument itself is memorably featured in the climactic chase scene of Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest.

 

 

Day 6: Rapid City - Devils Tower - Sheridan - Our journey continues into Wyoming and Devils Tower, a bizarre igneous rock formation that protrudes dramatically out of the prairies that surround the Black Hills. It is perhaps just as famous as the site of the landing spaceship in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Then, we travel to Sheridan, a pleasant town which owes its prominence to a history of trapping, ranching, mining and railroad building offering modern hospitality with old west charm. Our hotel is the Best Western (3T), Sheridan.

 

Day 7: Cody - West Yellowstone - We continue westward to the town of Cody, named after William F Cody, better known as the pioneering 'wild west' showman Buffalo Bill. After lunch at leisure and time for independent exploration of the collection of museums depicting features of the American West, we journey to Yellowstone National Park and to our hotel for the next two nights, the Gray Wolf Inn (2T+), perfectly located for exploring this remarkable region.

 

 

Day 8: Yellowstone National Park - Enjoy a full day tour of the unforgettable Yellowstone National Park. This high plateau straddles the border of three states and is packed with natural wonders - half of the world's geothermal features (including the iconic 'Old Faithful' geyser) may be found here, along with hundreds of documented species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. In the company of an expert local guide we can appreciate the enchanting mountains and waterfalls, marvel at the volcanic 'sideshows' and try to shoot the perfect picture of the park’s 'megafauna' - characterful wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves and herds of bison.

 

Day 9: West Yellowstone - Grand Teton National Park - Jackson Hole - Another memorable day of sightseeing awaits today, as we travel south through Grand Teton National Park, a 1,300km reserve renowned for the tranquil majesty of the snow-capped Teton Range, rising abruptly without foothills. The valley town of Jackson Hole offers a friendly welcome and a comfortable stay at the Quality Inn & Suites 49'er (3T) for the night.

 

Day 10: Jackson Hole - Salt Lake City - Today we travel south, crossing the state line between Wyoming and Utah as we journey to Salt Lake City, perhaps best known as the headquarters of the Mormon Church. Mormon pioneers, fleeing persecution in Illinois, settled here more than 150 years ago and helped build an attractive city with much to offer the modern-day traveller. On arrival, we take a short orientation tour before checking in at the Sheraton (4T).

 

Day 11: Salt Lake City - Arches National Park - Moab - Sit back and enjoy the scenery as we follow the mountains, passing beautiful canyons as we make our way to Arches National Park. It is aptly named and famed for its preservation of over 2,000 natural red sandstone arches spanning 73,000 acres of wilderness, including the beautiful Delicate Arch. We check in to the Moab Valley Inn (3T), a short distance away, for two nights.

 

 

Day 12: Canyonlands National Park - Today we visit Canyonlands National Park, another remarkable park which, as the name suggests, presents a richly-coloured landscape of canyons, plateaux and buttes, carved by two mighty rivers - the Green and Colorado rivers and adorned with petroglyphs by the Ancestral Puebloan Indians.

 

 

Day 13: Moab - Bryce Canyon National Park - We wend our way, absorbing the scenery as we relax en route, to Bryce Canyon National Park. The park is a series of magnificent horseshoe-shaped natural amphitheatres with distinctive red rock pillars of stone carved into the pink cliffs of the majestic Paunsaugunt Plateau. The combination of mountain and desert climes create unique weather patterns, causing erosion, creating thousands of subtly and beautifully coloured limestone spires, fins, arches and mazes - a sight to behold. Overnight at the Best Western Ruby's Inn (3T), Bryce.

 

Day 14: Zion National Park - Springdale - Today we visit Zion National Park, the oldest and most visited park, renowned for its soaring monoliths and echoing canyons, its enchanting waterfalls and rock colours, and its prolific wildlife and Native American heritage. We spend some time in contemplation of its quiet grandeur and natural marvels including the 'hanging gardens' (rock walls bedecked in summer months with flowers). Overnight at the La Quinta Inn & Suites (3T), Springdale.

 

 

Day 15: Springdale - Grand Canyon - Williams - We leave Utah for Arizona today as we make our journey to Williams to spend two nights at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel (3T).

 

Day 16: Grand Canyon - Today is dedicated to an undoubted wonder of the natural world. The Grand Canyon, a colossal, steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River, now a tiny silver ribbon a mile below, truly inspires with panoramic views of outstanding beauty from the south rim. We visit the Grand Canyon visitor centre where there will be the option to watch a film in the incredible IMAX theatre, and those who wish can experience this extraordinary phenomenon by plane or helicopter.

 

 

Day 17: Williams - Phoenix - A truly wonderful journey concludes at Phoenix Airport, for a direct, scheduled overnight British Airways flight to London.

 

Day 18: London - VIP Inbound On arrival at London Heathrow you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.

 

 

Need to Know

 

This is a group tour here is what is Included

International flights and current taxes

Domestic transportation

Accommodation

All meals

Touring with guides and entrance fees

Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

 

Titan's VIP door-to-door travel service

Free connecting flights to London

Check-in service by Titan staff

Services of an experienced Titan tour manager

Scheduled British Airways direct flights

Best available coaches (with Wi-Fi), with experienced drivers

Hotel porterage (one bag per person)

Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges

UK Air Passenger Duty (APD)

 

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