Wild West Wonders

14 Days - Departs August 18

Highlights

-Deadwood
-Mt. Rushmore
-Cody Night Rodeo
-Buffalo Bill Historical Center
-Rocky Mountain National Park
-Colorado National Monument
-Zion National Park
-Three Nights in Rapid City
-18 Meals

Itinerary

Day 1: Las Vegas
Begin your western adventure with an overnight at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas.
Day 2: Provo
Continue on to Provo, which is a “picture book” community in a spectacular setting, overshadowed by Mount Timpanogos and the Wasatch Range. Laid out with wide streets, shade trees and handsome homes, it is also home to Brigham Young University, the second largest private university in the country. End the day with a Welcome Dinner before spending the night at the Provo Marriott Hotel. (B, D)
Day 3: Pocatello & Fort Hall
Head to Pocatello, located along the route of the Oregon Trail. Visit the Fort Hall Replica which tells the exciting story of America's Western expansion. Retelling the historic accounts of Oregon Trail travelers, trappers, Native Americans and pioneers, the replica is like a portal to the past. There is a fine collection of 1800’s structures and artifacts on display. Overnight at the Pocatello Inn. (B)
Day 4: Cody 
Visit the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot, Idaho. One of the most popular displays in the museum is the world’s largest potato chip, donated by Pringles, measuring 25 inches. Head to Cody, Wyoming to attend the “Cody Nite Rodeo which since 1938, has provided two hours of real western action and is the longest running rodeo in the United States.  Spend the night at the Holiday Inn Buffalo Bill Village.  (B, D)
Day 5: Buffalo
Visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, a complex of museums displaying artifacts and art of the American West. The collection documents not only the life and times of “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his Wild West, but also the experiences of settlers, ranchers, farmers, cowboys and other people in the West. .  Enjoy lunch at the historic Irma Hotel built by Buffalo Bill, and named after his daughter. He called it "just the sweetest hotel that ever was" and maintained two suites and an office at the hotel for his personal use. Continue on to Buffalo and the Comfort Inn. (B, L)
Day 6: Rapid City, Deadwood & Tatanka
Journey into South Dakota, and make a stop in Deadwood, which grew during the Black Hills Gold Rush. You will have time on your own to explore the town with its period street lamps and cobblestone streets, before a local guide takes you on a narrated driving tour to show you the highlights. Ceremonies and daily life revolved around the reverence for the buffalo by Native Americans. Kevin Costner set up Tatanka to tell the story of the buffalo. Within the complex are larger than life bronze sculptures featuring 14 bison pursued by three Native American horseback riders. Re-board your motorcoach and head to Rapid City, the "Gateway to the Black Hills," where you will spend three nights at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn. (B)
Day 7: Rapid City, Deadwood & Tatanka
A city tour will show you some of the sites of the city which began selling supplies to miners and pioneers, and later became a hub for the railroads. Make a stop at the Chapel in the Hills, an exact replica of a 12th century Stavkirke in Norway. Tour the historic downtown where you will be greeted by the City of Presidents, a series of life-size bronze statues of our nation’s past presidents. Have free time to explore the area near your centrally-located hotel. (B)
Day 8: Mount Rushmore & Crazy Horse
Visit the Borglum Historical Center where you will learn more about Gutzon Borglum who began carving the famous mountain at age 60. Then, travel a short distance to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial to view the magnificent 60-foot-tall granite faces of the four presidents. Later, travel to the Crazy Horse Memorial. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear worked together to design the memorial honoring the culture, tradition and living heritage of Native Americans. Also, visit the Indian Museum, containing one of the region’s foremost collections of Native American artifacts and art. Have some time to relax at your hotel before returning to the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial to attend the beautiful Illumination Ceremony. (B)
Day 9: Cheyenne 
Head back into Wyoming and on to Cheyenne, the state capital. Because the city sprang up like magic, according to newspaper editors visiting from the East, it became known as the "Magic City of the Plains.” A driving tour will show you some of the highlights including the Capitol Building and the historic Governor’s Mansion where the nation’s first woman governor lived in the 1920’s. Overnight at Little America. (B)
Day 10: Rocky Mountain National Park 
Enter the state of Colorado, nicknamed the “Centennial State,” and travel along the eastern side of the Rocky Mountain Nat’l Park to Estes Park, Colorado. Enjoy lunch at the historic Stanley Hotel, built by Freelan Oscar Stanley, inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile. It catered to the rich and famous, including Stephen King. He was inspired to change the locale for his novel “The Shining” to what became known as the Overlook Hotel. Overnight at the Rocky Mountain Park Holiday Inn, surrounded by majestic peaks. (B, L)
Day 11: Grand Junction & Trail Ridge Road
Follow the Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in the United States. It runs from Estes Park westward through Rocky Mountain National Park with some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the country. Continue on to Grand Junction which had an exciting past with gunfighters, miners, and early settlers in the American Southwest. The infamous "Doc" Holliday was buried in the Grand Junction Cemetery after his death from "consumption,” since the area was one of his favorite places. Spend the night at the Doubletree Hotel. (B)
Day 12: Richfield & Colorado National Monument
Visit the Colorado Nat’l Monument, once described as “20,000 acres of the grandest landscape in the American West.” Travel along Rim Rock Drive with unsurpassed views of colorful canyons filled with towering masses of naturally sculpted rock. Head into Utah, with a night in Richfield at the Hampton Inn. (B)
Day 13: Mesquite & Zion National Park
Drive through a portion of Zion National Park. The prominent feature of the park is Zion Canyon, 15 miles long and up to half-a-mile deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the Virgin River. Continue on to your final night at the CasaBlanca Resort in Mesquite and a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 14: Home
After breakfast, head home with memories of the magnificent west. (B)
 

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