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13 Days- The Greatest National Parks

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  • Grand Canyon National Park, prepare to be taken aback by the grandeur size and mesmerising beauty of this timeless natural wonder of the American West.

  • Monument Valley, which is sure to make a lasting impression. the breathtaking views to the unique geological features.

  • Arches National Park in Moab, where you'll experience sweeping views of over 2,000 natural sandstone arches.

  • Colorado National Monument-a natural paradise of jaw-dropping rock formations, towering cliffs, and majestic canyons.

  • Charming town of Custer, nestled in the picturesque region of Black Hills

  • Mount Rushmore, a colossal sculpture featuring the faces of four American presidents, artistically carved into a towering granite cliff.

  • Crazy Horse Memorial, a monumental sculpture dedicated to the legendary Lakota warrior.

  • Vibrant town of Cody, Wyoming, visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

  • Explore one of the most iconic national parks in the world, the incomparable Yellowstone National Park.

  • Salt Lake City, “the more you get to know Salt Lake, the more you want to see”.

  • Bryce Canyon, visit the park's most stunning sites: Inspiration Point and Sunrise Point.

  • Zion National Park, hike famous trails like Angel's Landing and Canyon Overlook Trail.

Number Of Days

13 days

Depart at

Las Vegas

Ends at

Las Vegas

Start day

Sunday

End day

Friday

Itinerary

Day 1 - Sun:

LAS VEGAS–WILLIAMS–GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Embark on an unforgettable journey from Las Vegas to Williams, before arriving at Grand Canyon National Park. The drive itself is overwhelmingly scenic-the contrasting landscape and picturesque Arizona desert terrain are sure to take your breath away. 

 

Upon arriving at Grand Canyon National Park, prepare to be taken aback by the grandeur size and mesmerizing beauty of this timeless natural wonder of the American West.   

 

You can enjoy numerous activities at the park, too. Explore its numerous hiking trails, take in extraordinary panoramic views from various lookout points, and even enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride across the canyon. You'll truly appreciate the jaw-dropping vastness of this beautiful natural creation!   

 

As the day comes to an end, enjoy a good night's sleep in accommodation at the national park, where you will be serenaded by the overwhelming tranquilness of the canyon. This is truly a wonderful experience that you'll cherish forever!

Day 2 - Mon: 

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK–MONUMENT VALLEY

Let's depart from Grand Canyon National Park and head towards Monument Valley, the iconic Utahn landscape renowned for its spectacular sandstone formations and stunning desert vistas. 

 

We'll journey through the valley's captivating terrain by vehicle and on foot, giving you plenty of opportunities to admire its colossal rock pillars, characteristic buttes, and breathtaking mesas. 

 

As the day draws to a close, you'll sleep completely immersed in the tranquil beauty of the Monument Valley area, which is sure to make a lasting impression. From the breathtaking views to the unique geological features, this unique opportunity to explore Monument Valley is an experience like no other!

Day 3 - Tue:

MOAB–ARCHES NATIONAL PARK–GRAND JUNCTION

Our journey continues from Kayenta to Arches National Park in Moab, where you'll experience sweeping views of over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, unique rocks formations, soaring spires, and dramatic canyons. As we explore various trails within the park and discover the untapped natural beauty of the area, you'll experience the soul-refreshing power of nature firsthand. 

 

After a restorative day spent touring the wonders of Arches National Park, we'll head to Grand Junction for the night, where you'll have plenty of time to unwind, relax, and reflect on the incredible experiences of our memorable trip!

Day 4 - Wed: 

GRAND JUNCTION–COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT–DENVER AREA

Embark on a journey of cultural discovery as we explore the vibrant city of Montreal. We'll take a stroll around Jean-Talon Market and experience the sights and smells of local foods, and handmade products. Next, let's visit the majestic Montreal Botanical Garden, which boasts over 20,000 different species of plants. We'll wander through Saint Laurent Boulevard, a lively street lined with grand old townhouses, and explore the creative hub known as Mile End neighborhood, home to some of the world's most renowned artists, musicians, and filmmakers such as Arcade Fire, Bran Van 3000, Ariane Moffatt, Grimes, Sean Michaels, Plants and Animals, and Mac Demarco. Here, you'll also find art galleries, designer's workshops, boutiques and cafes-all of which have contributed to Mile End's reputation as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world.

Afterwards, we'll experience the magic of The Old Montreal Quartier Des Spectacles, where the city's most exciting events come to life. We'll also explore The Underground City, a network of subterranean tunnels that connect downtown Montreal, take in the remarkable views and fresh mountain air at Mount Royal Park, observe wildlife and stunning waterfalls at Cap-Saint-Jacque Nature Park, and finally, visit Olympic Stadium, built for the 1976 summer Olympic games. From the historic streets of Old Montreal to the creative vibes of Mile End, you'll experience the city in a truly unforgettable way!

Day 5 - Thu:

DENVER AREA–CUSTER

We'll be leaving the hustle and bustle of Denver behind and heading to the charming town of Custer, nestled in the picturesque region of Black Hills. As we journey across its exquisite landscape, you'll be treated to stunning vistas of rolling hills, lush forests, and serene lakes-beloved natural characteristics of the South Dakotan city.      

 

Upon arrival, we'll explore many of the small town's popular attractions, including famous boutiques, restaurants, and historic sites. Looking to get outdoors? We'll also venture into Custer's surrounding wilderness, where you'll get to trek along scenic trails, fish in crystal clear streams, and take in stunning views of Black Hills' tallest peaks. 

 

The day will conclude with a good night's rest in Custer, as the peaceful sounds of the idyllic town will provide a pleasant ending to a perfect day.

Day 6 - Fri: 

CUSTER. EXCURSION TO CUSTER STATE PARK, MOUNT RUSHMORE & CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL

Today's route takes us to further explore the most iconic landmarks of the Black Hills region. We'll start with an exciting excursion to Custer State Park, where you'll get to hike picturesque trails and witness bison herds roaming freely across the rolling hills. 

 

Next, we'll visit Mount Rushmore, a colossal sculpture featuring the faces of four American presidents, artistically carved into a towering granite cliff. You'll get to learn the inspiring history of Mount Rushmore from knowledgeable rangers and pause to marvel at the incredible landmark from an observation deck.

 

Lastly, we'll make a trip to Crazy Horse Memorial, a monumental sculpture dedicated to the legendary Lakota warrior. You'll get to appreciate the detailed craftsmanship that went into creating it, while also learning of its history and meaning behind its creation. 

 

By evening's end we'll have returned to Cluster, and you'll have experienced some of the most iconic landmarks of the Black Hills region while creating lasting memories to treasure for years to come.

Day 7 - Sat:

CUSTER–DEVILS TOWER–CODY

Let's depart the charming town of Custer and head towards the iconic Devils Tower, a geological monolith jutting up 800-feet above the surrounding countryside. You'll have the chance to hike the base of this stunning natural landmark, take in sweeping prairie views, and learn of its unique geology and cultural significance. 

 

Afterwards, we'll make our way to the vibrant town of Cody, Wyoming, where you'll get to explore local shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions. You can choose to visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a massive museum featuring interactive exhibits and artifacts dedicated to the history and culture of the American West, or opt to take in an exhilarating rodeo performance at the Cody Stampede Rodeo Grounds. 

 

As you spend the night in Cody, feel free to reflect on a wonderful day of stunning natural landscapes, educational attractions, and cultural experiences.

Day 8 - Sun: 

CODY–YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Today, we'll explore one of the most iconic national parks in the world, the incomparable Yellowstone National Park. You'll get to hike popular trails, observe bubbling geysers, overlook crystal-clear lakes, take in remarkable views from various vantage points, and spot diverse wildlife. You may be lucky enough to catch sight of a bison, elk or grizzly bear roaming around their natural habitat! 

 

By day's end, you'll have the unique experience of spending the night within the park's soul-refreshing wilderness, where you can marvel at the starry night sky and enjoy the peaceful stillness of the natural world.

Day 9 - Mon:

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Let's continue our tour of the most beloved natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park. We'll witness the spectacular eruption of Old Faithful, the brilliant colors of the Grand Prismatic Spring, and the majestic beauty of Yellowstone River Canyon.

 

Ready for exciting outdoor adventures? Don't worry, the park offers a wide range of activities to suit everyone's tastes, including hiking, biking, and fishing. All of these activities can be enjoyed in the stunning natural surroundings of Yellowstone National Park.

 

You'll also get to learn about the park's rich natural and cultural history through a range of educational programs and interpretive exhibits suited for all ages. 

 

We'll spend another night in the park, where you'll get to sleep to the soothing sounds of nature's tranquility. This once in a lifetime opportunity is a fantastic way to explore Yellowstone in all its glory and truly appreciate its grandeur!

Day 10 - Tue: 

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK–GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK–JACKSON–ALPINE

Our tour of Wyoming continues with visits to natural wonders and exciting cultural experiences. In the morning, we'll start with a remarkable journey through Grand Teton National Park, for a look at its soaring peaks, glistening lakes, and verdant forests. If we're lucky enough, we'll get the opportunity to spot a majestic bald eagle soaring through the sky, as well as grazing bison and moose that call the park home. 

 

Next, lets head to the charming western-style town of Jackson, with its one-of-a-kind stores, eateries, and iconic elk antler arches. You'll be fully immersed into the culture of the town while taking in the colorful sights and sounds of its bustling streets. 

 

Lastly, we'll arrive in Alpine, a small town nestled in the picturesque Star Valley, of which we'll also spend the night and prep for more adventure to come in the next day.

Day 11 - Wed:

ALPINE–SALT LAKE CITY 

Today, we'll journey from Alpine to Salt Lake City. Along the way, take in the astonishing beauty of the sprawling countryside and towering peaks. We'll also make stops at several lesser-known spots to capture incredible vantage points of the mountains, valleys, and streams that make up the natural landscape. Once arriving in Salt Lake City, feel free to explore the city and all it has to offer. Take a walk downtown and explore the vibrant city streets, or, explore the Natural History Museum of Utah and go shopping at City Creek Center. One thing's for sure, Salt Lake City has something for everyone to enjoy!

Day 12 - Thu:

SALT LAKE CITY–BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK 

We'll travel from the lively capital city of Utah to Bryce Canyon National Park. Let's start your morning with a delicious breakfast before hitting the open road. As we approach the park, prepare to be awestruck by the magnificent rock formations, spectacular hoodoos, and other geological wonders that will leave you in anticipation for what's to come. 

 

Upon arrival, you'll be given ample time to explore Bryce Canyon. Hike the park's famous trails, like the Navajo Loop or Queen's Garden Trail. Take in the unique array of colors, land formations, and remarkable wildlife that can be found here. 

 

In the evening, settle into your cozy accommodation setup within the borders of the park's stunning natural beauty.

 

This soothing day of exploration and adventures in nature will be filled with memorable experiences you'll cherish for a lifetime.

Day 13 - Fri: 

ZION NATIONAL PARK–LAS VEGAS

Our tour of Wyoming continues with visits to natural wonders and exciting cultural experiences. In the morning, we'll start with a remarkable journey through Grand Teton National Park, for a look at its soaring peaks, glistening lakes, and verdant forests. If we're lucky enough, we'll get the opportunity to spot a majestic bald eagle soaring through the sky, as well as grazing bison and moose that call the park home. 

 

Next, lets head to the charming western-style town of Jackson, with its one-of-a-kind stores, eateries, and iconic elk antler arches. You'll be fully immersed into the culture of the town while taking in the colorful sights and sounds of its bustling streets. 

 

Lastly, we'll arrive in Alpine, a small town nestled in the picturesque Star Valley, of which we'll also spend the night and prep for more adventure to come in the next day.

"I recently took a guided tour of Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon with Discover America and I couldn't be happier with the experience. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and provided us with a wealth of information about the history and geology of the area. The itinerary was well-planned and allowed us to see all the highlights of both parks in just a few days. The accommodations were comfortable and convenient, and the transportation was modern and well-maintained. I especially appreciated the small group size, which allowed us to get to know each other and ask questions of our guide. Overall, I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for a memorable and informative tour of Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon.

John Symon

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