Enjoy America’s Majesty in this tour that encompasses so much of America’s natural beauty it is hard to absorb it all!
O beautiful, for spacious skies...Enjoy Americas Majesty in this tour that encompasses so much of Americas natural beauty it is hard to absorb it all! From the plains with grazing bison to the amazing colors of the Badlands rising out of the earth, the great majesty of the beautiful Grand Tetons to the technicolor of the paint pots in Yellowstone. Experience the spectacular view of Old Faithful erupting, see several species of wildlife in their natural habitat, as well as many of our national man-made wonders such as Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse. If this region of the United States isnt yet crossed off your bucket list, it certainly should be!
Deluxe Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation
On-board Friendly Host
10 Nights Hotel Accommodations
Gratuities For Included Meals
Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees to National Parks and Monuments as Mentioned in Itinerary
- Corn Palace
- Badlands National Park
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial
- Crazy Horse Memorial
- Custer State Park
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial at Night
- Devils Tower National Monument
- Yellowstone National Park
- Grand Teton National Park
- The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument
Free Time in Downtown Keystone
Cody Cattle Company
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Scenic Float Trip on the Snake River
Grand Teton Visitors Center
Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum
Drive through Wind River Mountains
Activity level 3 - This tour requires average physical activity. Participants should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk
reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground or unpaved trails. This tour covers areas of higher altitudes including overnight
locations above 7,000 ft. and touring above 9,000 ft.
$3378 pp Double / $4595 pp Single
Non-members add $50
Day 1: Monday, August 16
Join us this morning from the available departure location of your choice, meet your friendly onboard Trailways host and then settle in and get comfortable as we make our way West!
Enjoy rest and refresh breaks along the way, as needed, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own. We arrive at our Sioux Falls, South Dakota hotel this afternoon to check in for an overnight stay. Have time to freshen up before this evening’s group dinner at a nearby local restaurant.
Day 2: Tuesday, August 17
After breakfast at the hotel this morning, depart for Corn Palace. The world’s only Corn Palace is an outstanding structure that stands as a tribute to the agricultural heritage of South Dakota. Early settlers displayed the fruits of their harvest on the building’s exterior in order to prove the fertility of South Dakota soil.
Today, each piece of grain is still painstakingly laid by hand creating intricate designs and pictures. It is truly “a-maize-ing!”
Next, visit Badlands National Park. The dramatic landscapes of this national park span layered rock formations, steep canyons and towering spires while bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs inhabit its sprawling grasslands.
After your scenic drive through the park, we stop at the famous Wall Drug. This block-long store from 1936 came up with an ingenious marketing campaign. Realizing travelers going through the hot, dusty prairie (with the windows down, no air-conditioning!) would be thirsty, they put up signs along the highway offering free ice water. Tours have been stopping here ever since – it is a destination unto itself.
Enjoy some time to explore the store and the many outlying areas of it as well. There is even a giant “Jackalope” statue in the back courtyard for great picture taking! The most amazing though, is the original artwork located in the dining area, it is an art gallery in itself! Take time to have lunch here, but save room for a great doughnut for dessert, or to go. They have a delightful crunch to the outside with a soft, moist inside topped with your choice of frosting – we suggest the maple!
Arrive at the K Bar S Lodge this evening in Keystone and check in for a 2-night stay. Take some time to freshen up for dinner.
Enjoy an included group dinner this evening and meet our professional tour guide who will be with us during our adventures. Enjoy the remainder of the evening to do as you wish.
Day 3: Wednesday, August 18
Have breakfast at the hotel this morning before a full day of fun. Our first stop will be Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Carved into the southeastern face of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest are four gigantic sculptures depicting the faces of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. The 60-foot high faces were shaped from the granite rock face between 1927 and 1941 and represent one of the world’s largest pieces of sculpture, as well as one of America’s most popular tourist attractions.
After, visit Crazy Horse Memorial. Korczak Ziokowski began work on Crazy Horse Memorial in 1948. Once complete, this tribute to the Lakota leader will be the largest mountain carving in South Dakota and the world. The on-site Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Educational & Cultural Center also provide educational and cultural programming.
With an estimated completion height of 563 feet, the face of Crazy Horse is 87 ½ feet tall and was completed in 1998. Since then, they have been focused on thinning the remaining mountain to form the 219-foot-high horse’s head.
Our next stop is a visit to Custer State Park. We arrive at the State Game Lodge with free time to have lunch, on your own, before boarding Jeeps for a spectacular Buffalo Jeep Safari through the park. You are most certain to see herds of buffalo grazing and have lots of great photo opportunities. You will also most likely get to be entertained by the very tame “wild” donkeys/burros that roam the park as well. They love to be fed carrots, apples, etc. which is why they are so tame that they will surround a vehicle very easily begging for treats.
Take a little time to explore downtown historic Keystone this afternoon with its many shops and more. Join back up with the group for dinner at a local restaurant this evening before departing for Mount Rushmore National Memorial for the evening lighting ceremony. Take in this wonderfully patriotic and inspiring event where you will find yourself covered in goosebumps…yep, it’s THAT moving!
Day 4: Thursday, August 19
After breakfast at the hotel this morning, depart for Deadwood. In 1876, the Wild West town of Deadwood was born when prospectors came across a gulch full of dead trees and a creek full of gold. Historic Deadwood, SD is just as wild today as it was when legends like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock roamed the streets.
As you continue on your way into Wyoming today, we stop to view Devil’s Tower. The Tower is a solitary, stump-shaped granite formation that looms 1,267 feet above the tree-lined Belle Fourche River Valley, like a skyscraper in the country. Once hidden below the earth’s surface, erosion has stripped away the softer rock layers revealing the Tower. The stone pillar is about 1,000 feet in diameter at the bottom and 275-feet at the top and that makes it the premier rock-climbing challenge in the Black Hills.
Continue on across the Wyoming plains with a stop for lunch, on your own. Check in to the Holiday Inn in Cody, Wyoming for an overnight stay and freshen up before heading out for dinner.
Enjoy the Cody Cattle Company’s chuckwagon dinner served family-style where you can refill your plate as many times as it takes to get you full! Choose from Brisket, BBQ Chicken, Potatoes, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Corn Bread, Salad and Applesauce with freshly baked brownies for dessert. Then take in the nightly entertainment with award-winning musician Ryan Martin and the Triple C Cowboys band. These incredibly talented performers will keep you clapping for more as they sing, dance, and provide lots of fun banter between songs.
Return back to the hotel and rest up for another great day of exploration tomorrow.
Day 5: Friday, August 20
Breakfast will be at the hotel this morning before we depart for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. This Center in Cody, Wyoming is bigger than you think. Five world-class museums covering the size of five football fields take you back in time to a world of cowboys and cowgirls, Plains Indians, and rugged, untouched landscapes. With a wealth of after-hours programs and experiences, you’ll create one-of-a-kind memories on your journey through Yellowstone. Included in the collections is the Whitney Art Gallery, the Plains Indian Museum, Winchester Gun exhibit and the William Fredric Cody Wing. Here you will see many of the personal belongings of the famous buffalo hunter.
We then depart for Yellowstone National Park. Enter our nation’s first national park this morning. Begin your Yellowstone experience by skirting crystal-clear Yellowstone Lake, then follow the Yellowstone River through Hayden Valley, home to large herds of North American Bison (Buffalo).
Arrive at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone to view the magnificent 309-foot Lower Falls.
Our overnight accommodations are located at the West entrance to Yellowstone National Park in West Yellowstone, Montana. Get checked in and settled as the rest of the evening is to enjoy as you wish. Be sure to check out the rustic exterior featuring many carved wooden bears and other animals.
Day 6: Saturday, August 21
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before returning to Yellowstone National Park and making your way to the colorful Fountain Paint Pots with one of the most complete collections of thermal features in the park.
Old Faithful will be faithfully waiting for you to come and view the amazing spray of this famous geyser that continues to erupt approximately every 82 minutes. You will have plenty of time to explore the area and be sure to walk the boardwalk through the paint pots near Old Faithful. Take time to enjoy some lunch, on your own, before we depart.
As you pass through the South gate departing Yellowstone, you will enter Grand Teton National Park, one of Wyoming’s most stunning destinations. While iconic locations like Mormon Row and the Mouton Barns may be the most photographed destinations in the park, Grand Teton’s celestial peaks also provide the perfect setting for nature lovers, outdoor adventurers and road trippers who are looking to explore the park’s incredible landscapes. You will be captivated by America’s youngest and most rugged mountains piercing the clouds in majestic splendor.
We will be making some stops for some great photograph opportunities and yours may end up looking just like a postcard!
We arrive in the Old West town of Jackson this evening and check in for a two-night stay. Get checked in at the 49’er Inn & Suites and freshen up a bit before a group dinner at a local restaurant in the heart of town. Return to the hotel afterwards for the remainder of the evening to enjoy as you wish.
Day 7: Sunday, August 22
After breakfast, prepare for a scenic float trip on the Snake River. Wake up the right way this morning with the most scenic and natural introduction to Grand Teton National Park - a scenic float trip on the Snake River right through the heart of the park. With this giant mountain range as a backdrop, see the wildlife, the flora and the sheer magnitude of nature.
Your river guide will point out wildlife, explain the geology of the area and tell you stories about the local history and folklore. It will definitely be a morning to remember. Please note: your outfitter will guide your raft for you so that you can enjoy the scenery and morning. It will be a calmer, non-whitewater style of outing.
Afterwards, visit the Grand Teton Visitor’s Centers. Enjoy some time to check out one of the centers and we will make a stop for some lunch, on your own. Continue on exploring this national park at your discretion this afternoon.
Return back to Jackson with the rest of the day free to be able to explore the many shops, art galleries and restaurants where you may have dinner, on your own. Be sure to check out the great arches in the square created from hundreds of elk antlers!
Day 8: Monday, August 23
Enjoy breakfast before we depart the hotel this morning. Today we travel along the Hoback River through the impressive Wind River Mountains and pass by Garnett Peak, the highest point in Wyoming which towers at 13,804 feet above sea level.
Enjoy rest and refresh breaks along the way as we travel today, as needed. Soon you will be back in the Prairie Land of South-Central Wyoming. You will be traveling many of the same routes our pioneer forefathers traveled during the Great Western Migration of the 1800’s.
Enjoy a stop for lunch, on your own, before we arrive at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. The history of the world’s largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration comes alive at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. A premier cultural and historical center, the Museum offers rotating historic artifact exhibits that celebrate the Western legacy and thrilling history of Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Arrive at Little America Hotel & Resort and check in for your overnight stay and freshen up a bit before joining the group for dinner at a local restaurant this evening. The remainder of the evening is free for you to enjoy as you wish, on your own.
Day 9: Tuesday, August 24
After breakfast this morning, say farewell to your professional tour guide before departing for home. Arrive in Kearney, Nebraska to enjoy a stop for lunch, on your own, before arriving at the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. From the Oregon Trail era through today, the Archway’s family-friendly historical exhibits tells the story of the adventurers who followed the Great Platte River Road and helped to build America.
Check in to our Omaha hotel for an overnight stay and freshen up before joining the group for a farewell dinner. The remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy as you wish.
Day 10: Wednesday, August 25
Enjoy one last breakfast at the hotel with your fellow Trailways Travelers this morning. There will be rest and refresh breaks along the way, as needed, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own. We arrive back home in Iowa this afternoon.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Davenport, IA CASI|| 1035 W Kimberly Road |
Center for Active Seniors
|Ft. Madison, IA|| Ft. Madison Prison Industries Parking Lot |
1st Street & Avenue E
|Mediapolis, IA|| Mediapolis, IA - Mepo. Foods |
111 N. Wapello Rd.
|Muscatine, IA|| Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61 |
|Wapello, IA|| Wapello, Jack N Jill on Hwy 61 |
503 US 61, Wapello, IA
|West Burlington|| West Burlington, IA Westland Mall |
South Lot by AmericInn
|Departure Date||Pick-up Time||Drop-off Time|