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America’s Magnificent National Parks - 2022

Bozeman • Yellowstone National Park • Jackson, WY/Grand Teton National Park • Salt Lake City • Moab, UT/Monument Valley • Grand Canyon National Park • Bryce Canyon National Park • Zion National Park • Las Vegas
  • National Parks Land Tour including Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Salt Lake City, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and Las Vegas
    EXPLORE ALONG THE SOUTH RIM OF THE UNESCO-LISTED GRAND CANYON AND STAY AT A COMFORTABLE U.S. NATIONAL PARK'S LODGE
  • ENJOY A STAY AT THE GOULDING’S LODGE, A FAMOUS LOCAL USED AS THE SETTING FOR SEVERAL OLD WESTERN MOVIES
  • Bryce Canyon
    MARVEL AT THE UNIQUE ROCK FORMATIONS FOUND AT BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
  • Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Geyser, National Park
    VISIT OLD FAITHFUL, YELLOWSTONE’S FAMOUS GEYSER, AND EXPLORE THE PARK’S OTHER ICONIC ATTRACTIONS, INCLUDING THE FOUNTAIN PAINT POT
  • Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Geyser, National Park
    VISIT OLD FAITHFUL, YELLOWSTONE’S FAMOUS GEYSER, AND EXPLORE THE PARK’S OTHER ICONIC ATTRACTIONS, INCLUDING THE FOUNTAIN PAINT POT
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Visit our country’s greatest natural treasures on this excellently paced and in-depth National Parks tour. Vantage travelers have raved about this classic trip for more than 30 years — and one of the points they heartily agree upon is that it’s impossible to duplicate the vast open spaces of the American West!

Discover the U.S.’s wonderful national parks in the Continental Divide as you journey from the jagged peaks, verdant forests, and cascading waterfalls of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons to the unmatched splendor of the Grand Canyon and the red-rock formations at Bryce Canyon. Along the way, our Cultural Discoveries will unveil Native American history and take you inside Sacajawea’s history with Lewis & Clark with a special talk by Old West expert and author Ken Thomasma. Join us for a comprehensive American West experience that’s not to be missed!

Bozeman to Las Vegas

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Montana’s Glacier National Park

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DAY 1

Fly to Bozeman, Montana

Your adventure through the American West and its national parks begins in Big Sky Country, with a Welcome Reception and trip briefing. Or, depart earlier for your pre-trip extension to Montana’s Glacier National Park.

DAY 2

Begin exploring magnificent Yellowstone National Park

The world’s first national park is a wilderness of craggy peaks, alpine lakes, magnificent canyons, and a huge variety of wildlife. Upon arriving in the park, you’ll take a tour to view many of this national park’s highlights, including the terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs and Dragon Mouth Springs. You’ll explore even more of the park on Day 3!

Included Feature:

  • Exploration of Yellowstone, with visits to Mammoth Hot Springs, Dragon Mouth Springs, and more

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 3

Delve deeper into Yellowstone at Old Faithful and more iconic sites

Yellowstone’s geothermal wonders are the focus of the morning tour today, as you view the Fountain Paint Pots and Middle Geyser Basin. The highlight, of course, is Old Faithful, which never fails to inspire awe with its roaring plume of steam and boiling water. After enjoying lunch with provided lunch money in the Old Faithful area, you’ll have the afternoon and evening free to explore the grandeur of Yellowstone.

Included Feature:

  • Visits to Fountain Paint Pots, Old Faithful, and more

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 4

Discover Jackson Hole and hear a talk about Sacajawea and Lewis & Clark

You’ll love the drive from the high plateau of Yellowstone to the valley of Jackson Hole, where the Grand Tetons soar above glacial lakes. We’ll follow Lewis Canyon out of Yellowstone, then tour Grand Teton National Park, with a stop for lunch before heading to the Mt. Moran Lookout and a drive on the Jenny Lake Loop. 

You’ll scout for more wildlife like moose and pronghorn on the way to meet Ken Thomasma, a notable Old West expert and author. Ken will discuss Sacajawea and her journey with Lewis & Clark. On some departures, Ken’s son Dan Thomasma, a musician and historian of the music of the Old West, will meet the group instead to share songs and stories from pioneer days. Tonight, you may choose to see the famous Jackson “shootout” in the town square (seasonal) or perhaps stop in the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Grand Teton National Park

Cultural Discovery:

  • Talk by Ken Thomasma on Sacajawea and Lewis & Clark

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 5:

Embark on your scenic drive to Salt Lake City

This morning embark on your scenic drive to Salt Lake City, with provided lunch money en route. Your introduction to the city will be an outdoor panoramic city tour, including touchstones of the city such as Temple Square, the Cathedral of Saint Madeleine, and City Hall. Tonight, gather with your group for dinner.

Please note: On the 6/28/22 departure, you'll also visit the renowned Family Search Center's Family History Library and enjoy a demonstration on researching your family tree.

Included Feature:

  • Panoramic Salt Lake City tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Experience all that Salt Lake City has to offer

If permitted, we'll begin today with a performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, a unique organization made up of hundreds of volunteers. Following the performance, you’ll stop outside Temple Square and then have the afternoon and evening to enjoy Salt Lake City at your leisure.

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir performance (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions)
  • Walking tour of Temple Square

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 7:

Visit rustic Moab, Utah, and explore your family tree

Following breakfast this morning, you’ll enjoy a demonstration on researching your family tree at the renowned Family Search Center of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints. You'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before setting off for Moab through Red Rock country. This evening is yours to enjoy at leisure.

Please note: On the 6/28/22 departure the Family Search Center visit will take place on Day 5. On Day 7 you will instead set off to explore Moab, Utah, the gateway to iconic Arches National Park.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Genealogy research at the Family Search Center of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 8:

Explore Arches National Park

As you tour lovely Arches National Park, you’ll marvel at such geological phenomena as Balanced Rock and Parade of Elephants Arch. After an included lunch with lunch money provided, continue on a scenic drive through Utah to the heart of Monument Valley, where you’ll spend the evening and enjoy an included dinner. While here, you’ll stay right in Monument Valley at the Goulding’s Lodge — a true highlight for the Navajo experience.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Arches National Park

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Discover Monument Valley with a Navajo storyteller

Experience the classic western landscape of Monument Valley on a morning mini-coach tour led by a Navajo guide and storyteller. See the mesas and soaring buttes familiar from film and TV westerns, followed by an included barbecue lunch. Following lunch, you'll board your private coach and head to Grand Canyon National Park and visit Desert View, before heading to your hotel. During your free time this evening, you may want to take part in the park’s many events!

Cultural Discovery:

  • Morning tour of Monument Valley with a Navajo storyteller and BBQ lunch

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 10:

Uncover the natural majesty of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim

Wake up early today to witness one of nature’s greatest spectacles — sunrise over the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Then, enjoy a full day at this famed landmark’s South Rim. Free shuttle service and U.S. National Park Service programs make exploring at your own pace easy and rewarding.

Included Feature:

  • Explore the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 11:

Lunch in Lake Powell and visit Glen Canyon

Transfer this morning to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Encompassing over 1.25 million acres, Glen Canyon offers unparalleled opportunities for sightseeing and backcountry recreation. The area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, containing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history. You’ll be able to look out over Glen Canyon Dam and see to the end of Lake Powell — the scenic site of our lunch today!

Included Feature:

  • Visit the Glen Canyon Dam with lunch at Lake Powell

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 12:

Experience the fascinating hoodoos of Bryce Canyon

Today you’ll explore Bryce Canyon National Park, renowned for eerie, wind-carved red-rock formations known as hoodoos. On a scenic highlights tour, experience the breathtaking views of Rainbow Point, Fairyland, and Natural Bridge; then, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, taking in the splendor of the national park’s unique rock formations.

Included Feature:

  • Scenic highlights tour of Bruce Canyon National Park

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 13:

Tour Zion National Park; then visit another kind of U.S. park: Las Vegas

Enjoy a morning drive through vivid desert landscapes, as you make your way to Zion National Park, traveling through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel en route. Upon arrival at the park, enjoy a sightseeing tour via tram, followed by an included lunch. Afterward, we’ll depart Zion for Las Vegas, making our way through the picturesque scenery of Utah and Nevada. After a short panoramic drive down the glittering Las Vegas Strip, we’ll check in to our hotel. This evening, gather with fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Zion National Park
  • Panoramic Las Vegas tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 14:

Return home

Your discovery of the great National Parks of the American West comes to an end today. Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

 

Included meals:

Breakfast

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or local representatives at the destination.

Please Note: The hotels listed are preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract our hotels a year in advance, unforeseen situations do occasionally occur. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality and value will be substituted. You will receive verified hotel information with your final itinerary.

Note: That hotel ratings are based on the hotel and a leading travel industry authority on hotels throughout the world.

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