July 16 - 30, 2022
The Ultimate Western Adventure Tour
Featuring: Yellowstone National Park – The Grand Canyon – Mt. Rushmore – The Dakota Badlands – Canyon Lands of Utah – Painted Desert & More!
Today we will board our luxury motor coach and head west! Our route will take us
through the Great Smoky Mountain s by way of Knoxville & Nashville into the “Bluegrass State” of Kentucky to historic Paducah for the night.
Today we travel across western Illinois and cross the Mighty Mississippi River into St. Louis, Missouri…this is where the western expansion of the United States began. The inspiring Gate way Arch is a symbol of the “Gateway to the West” – We will take the capsule transporter to the top of the arch for a breathtaking view of St. Louis and the Mississippi River Valley, visit the Pioneer Museum, see the downtown historic district and visit Grant Park (home of the Clydesdales). Late this afternoon we will travel I-70 west to Columba, Missouri for the night.
We continue west this morning with a stop in Independence, Missouri for a visit to the Harry S Truman Library & Museum. We will turn north in Kansas City and travel 1 -29 north to St. Joseph for a visit to the Patee House and Jesse James’s home. The Patee house museum contains an enormous collection of west ern lore from Jesse James, the Pony Express and the hist or y of communication from the telegraph to the telephone. This afternoon we will continue north via Omaha, Nebraska & Sioux City, Iowa to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the night.
This morning we head due west on 1-90 to Mitchell for a stop at the famous Corn Palace. Decorated each year with over 3000 bushels of corn, grains and grasses, it’s an amazing site! This afternoon finds us getting deeper into the grasslands of South Dakota where we will enjoy one of the highlights of our tour as we drive through the awesome Dakota Badlands! We will make sightseeing and photo stops as we visit this fantastic painted landscape of steep canyons, spires and razor-edged ridges.
The badlands were made into a national monument by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and became a national park in 1978. Next, we arrive in Wall – one of the most famous towns in the country. Here the Hustead family became rich offering free ice water to weary travelers at the Wall Drug beginning in 1936. We can visit the snack bar, enjoy the free water or just walk along the historic main street area. We will travel on to Rapid City for the night.
It is one of the most photographed and inspiring monuments in our country and today we see it in person – Mount Rushmore! Gutzon Borglum began the carvings in 1927 on this 6,000-foot mountain of four of our greatest presidents…Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. We will also visit the Crazy Horse memorial – a work in progress of the great Indian chief.
From here we continue west via Spearfish into the “Cowboy State” of Wyoming. Be on the lookout for pronghorn deer, antelope and the prairie dog villages. Have your cameras ready as we approach Devils Tower National Monument- a huge volcanic stump rising 867 feet above the ground! This afternoon we’ll cross the Bighorn Mountain range by way of Sheridan & Granite Pass (at an elevation of over 9000 feet) to Cody- our home for two nights.
Today we can relax a bit- highlights will include the Buffalo Bill Heritage Center (includes the Buffalo Museum, Winchester Arms Museum, Whitney Gallery of Western Art and the Plains Indian Museum). Tonight, we enjoy the town of Cody where we will enjoy a meal at the Irma Hotel (originally built by Buffalo Bill Cody) and enjoy the Cody Rodeo… featuring some of the finest young riders and ropers in the West.
Now…the day we’ve been waiting for! We travel through the Shoshone National Forest into Yellowstone National Park (Americas’ first national park) for a full day of touring and sightseeing. Highlights include the Old Faithful Geyser, Inspiration Point, Artist Point and the Paint Pots. We should see plenty of wild animals today. We will stay overnight in Rexburg, Idaho.
Today we travel through the Grand Tetons of Montana and Idaho on our way to Salt Lake City, Utah. Founded by the Mormons in 1847 under the leadership of Brigham Young. Salt Lake City features spacious tree lined streets and parks. We will visit the city center to see the famous Mormon Tabernacle and other sites. Late this afternoon we continue south…spending the night in Cedar City, Utah.
Mid-morning finds us in Bryce Canyon National Park, an area that includes some of the earth’s most colorful rocks! An Indian translation for the canyon means “red rocks standing like men in a bowl-shaped canyon”. From here we travel to Zion National Park, once a refuge for Mormon pioneers. We will see desert terrain and large sculpted rock formations along with wild waterfalls and hanging gardens! We travel south later today into Arizona, making a stop at Cameron Trading Post- then it is on to Page, Arizona for the night.
Words cannot describe the awesomeness of the Grand Canyon – it must be seen to be believed. The canyon is 277 miles long and at places over 28 miles wide with vertical drops up to 3000 feet! We will take a guided tour to Hermit’s Rest, take the minibus tour of the west rim, enjoy the amazing movie in the visitor’s center and have plenty of time for photos and sightseeing on our own. Tonight, we head down the mountain to Flagstaff for the night.
If you are a western movie fan, you are going to love our first stop this morning…Oak Creek Canyon. This location is the site of many western movies and TV shows. From here we head east on 1-40. Two additional highlights today will be the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park. This 93,532-acre park contains the most spectacular display of petrified wood in the world. This colorful area extends 200 miles along the Little Colorado River. We travel onto Albuquerque, New Mexico for a two-night stay.
This morning we take a ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway- an aerial Tram that lifts passengers to the top of 10,000-foot Sandia Peak! The 2.7-mile ride is the longest clear unsupported span in North America. The view is spectacular! This afternoon we will have free time to explore Old Town. Originally founded in 1706, this area centers around the plaza and San Felipe de Meri Church. There is a special charm to the adobe shops and restaurants.
Today we travel east between the San Miguel and Guadalupe mountain ranges – this is the land of the Pueblo Indians. Have your cameras ready as we pass by the world famous Stanley March’s Cadillac Ranch and on to the old cow town of Amarillo, Texas. This was the heart of the open range cattle country of the old west. Late afternoon finds us in Oklahoma City where we will visit the site of the inspiring tribute to the people that lost their lives in the Murrow Building bombing. Overnight will be in Oklahoma City.
This morning we will drive by the capital to see the working oil well on the ground of the capital building, then visit the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center
– Featuring John Wayne’s collection of guns, knives and western art. From here we head east on 1-40 passing through Arkansas and crossing the Mississippi River into Memphis, Tennessee – our home for the night.
Homeward Bound! What places we have been, what sights we have seen and what a great time we’ve had for the past two weeks! We have made memories, pictures and friendships that will last the rest of our lives…the words to “America the Beautiful” will take on a whole new meaning. We travel east today by way of Nashville and Knoxville – arriving home early this evening.
• Transportation by late model luxury motor coach.
• Fourteen night’s first-class hotel accommodations.
• Admission to all listed attractions & sights.
• Services of a professional tour director throughout the tour.
• 25 meals.
Total cost of this tour per person:
Double Triple Quad Single
$2699.00 $2599.00 $2549.00 $3499.00
Reservations made by September 2021 with a $200.00 deposit will receive $100.00 per person “Early Bird” discount – Deposit received by December 1, 2021 receives a $50.00 discount.
Balance of tour price is due in our office by May 15, 2022. No refunds after May 30, 2022.
* Note: Due to the length of the tour, we will not fill every seat on the motor coach. We will keep several seats open for the comfort of all passengers. Snacks and water will be provided.