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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

Denver City & Mountain Tour Spend the morning seeing all that Denver has to offer: Larimer Square, Civic Center Park, the United States Mint, the 16th Street Mall and more. Then take an excursion through Bear Creek Canyon to Evergreen, to the top of Lookout Mountain, the site of Buffalo Bill's Grave and Museum. This is a fully narrated tour showing you the best of Denver city and Denver's mountain parks.


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Denver City Tour Experience two sides of Denver: a historic western town and thriving modern city--all in one trip. You'll journey back to the 19th century and experience the elegance of historic Larimer Square. You'll see beautiful Civic Center Park, the State Capitol Building, the United States Mint, The Denver Art Museum, bustling 16th Street Mall with its wide variety of restaurants, specialty shops, and street side entertainment. At the end of this tour, you'll no longer be a stranger to the Mile High City. This tour departs the hotel at 7:45 am or 1:15 pm.


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Denver Mountain Parks Tour This four-hour excursion includes a visit to Red Rocks Amphitheater, a famous and spectacular outdoor concert hall that is a millennia-old geological creation named after its red sandstone monoliths. You will also visit Lookout Mountain, the gravesite of Buffalo Bill Cody, Bear Creek Canyon, and drive past the home of Coors beer. This tour departs the hotel at 7:30 am.


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Buffalo Bill Center of the West Visit the world's finest western museum. This five-museum complex includes the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, and the Natural History Museum.

During the summer months, the Historical Center expands its operating hours. Operating hours: April 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, May - September 15 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, September 15 - October 31 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. We recommend you allow at least 2 hours to visit this wonderful museum.
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Shoshone River Raft Trip On this scenic white-water float trip down the Shoshone River, your guide maneuvers you through striking red canyons. See native wildlife and hear about the geology, mountain men, and pioneers of the area as you experience the thrill of the occasional rapid. You will be on the water for approximately 45 minutes. This river is a level 2 with occasional rapids, participants must be comfortable paddling, and it is very likely you will get wet. Note: Life jackets are provided and required. (Available Mid-May to Mid-September; subject to favorable weather & water conditions)

You will be on the water for approximately 45 minutes. This river is a level 2 with occasional rapids. Participants must be comfortable paddling, and it is very likely you will get wet. Note: Life jackets are provided and required. All participants will be required to sign a waiver. Available mid-May to mid-September; subject to favorable weather & water conditions. This excursion is available at 9:00 am, 1:00 pm, and during peak season at 3:00 pm.
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Custer State Park Tour This four hour tour goes through Custer State Park (world's largest herd of free-running bison), and the amazing granite spires of the Needles Highway. Plus you'll visit General Custer's first expedition site, and Sylvan Lake. Your tour by minibus takes you to areas of the Black Hills that are inaccessible to large coaches. The tour ends at Mount Rushmore.


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Deadwood City Tour As we travel down Deadwood's cobblestone streets, you will hear about an era gone by. Recount local history beginning with Custer's expedition followed by the Gold Rush and lots more. Hear the stories of legendary Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and other notable characters from local guides that are almost as entertaining as the history itself.


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Eco-Star Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing This experience will be a highlight of your vacation. Fly over the widest and deepest portion of the Grand Canyon. You will see the amazing views of the Dragon Corridor, Colorado River and other geologic features and formations over a billion years old. If you have ever wanted to see the Grand Canyon from a birds eye view this is the trip for you. Fly in our first class state of the art ECO-Star helicopter with specially designed windows and seating for 180 degrees of virtually unobstructed views. This is a comfortable, climate controlled helicopter with quiet ride technology for a more comfortable Grand Canyon helicopter tour experience. Grab your camera and enjoy this spectacular journey to the Grand Canyon. (30 minute flight) Flights are subject to favorable weather conditions. Rate includes a prime time supplement.

Flights operate daily between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing - North Canyon Tour Explore impressive Dragon Corridor, the deepest and widest part of the Canyon, and one of the most remarkable panoramas of the Grand Canyon. The Tower of Ra, a 6,076-foot butte named in the 1800s after the Egyptian sun god, comes into view, as do other fanciful rock formations resembling temples and shrines. Fly in a comfortable, climate controlled helicopter with specially designed windows for optimum viewing. (30 minute) Subject to favorable weather conditions.

Flights operate daily between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.
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Grand Canyon Imax Fly like a condor over the rim and into the Canyon, be drenched in the power of the raging Colorado River without ever leaving your seat at the Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center. And relive the history and mystery of one of the most storied natural wonders of the world. From the mysterious Anasazi who inhabited the Canyon 4,000 years ago, viewers at The National Geographic Visitor Center will travel through Grand Canyon history to join Major John Wesley Powell as he challenges the unexplored Canyon and raging Colorado River in 1869. (40 minute multimedia presentation)


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Chuckwagon Cookout & Show Experience the thrill of bygone years when covered wagons crossing over Teton Pass in Jackson were a common sight. Traveling by horse-drawn covered wagons, you are swept away from the Town of Jackson into beautiful Cache Creek Canyon. Keep your eyes open; you never know whom you may encounter on the trail-after all, this is the west. You'll pull in to 'camp,' where you'll enjoy a delicious barbecue meal and the riotous entertainment of mountain men and cowboys.

There are two shows per evening, starting at 5:15 pm; Bar T-5 is closed on Sundays.
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Wildlife Scenic Float Trip The 8-Mile Scenic Float begins at Pritchard Creek and travels past the nesting areas of both bald eagles and ospreys. The trip is a great way to see the beauty of the river and the geology that forms the Grand Canyon of the Snake River, without getting wet. The river is home to a variety of waterfowl and native animals including moose, deer and river otters. Early morning is the watering time for most animals along the river, and affords the best opportunity for wildlife viewing. Feel free to bring your camera with you! (3 hours)

There are five departures daily between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. No experience necessary. Life vests and safety briefing are provided. Note: children must be 6 years old to participate.
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Antelope Canyon Cruise On this 90-minute cruise of Lake Powell, you'll glide through the narrow walls of Antelope Canyon, famous for its tapestry colors and unusual rock formations. Includes transportation to and from your hotel in Page and the Glen Canyon National Park entrance fee.


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Antelope Canyon Slot Tour Come with your guide to a spectacular petrified sand dune, created by wind, water and sand, presenting a sculptured masterpiece. Nothing can describe this work of Mother Nature. Experiencing this beauty will leave you breathless. Trips are approximately one and a half hours long and you will travel in a 4-wheel drive vehicle to the Canyon entrance. From there you will walk into the Canyon, you will be at the bottom of the Canyon looking up 130 feet to the top. There is no hiking or climbing involved, only easy walking on the Canyon floor which is level for the most part. Your experienced Navajo guide will show you great places to take photographs as you explore this awe-inspiring wonder. Not valid for the 11:30 am prime time booking.


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Monument Valley 90-Minute Flight You will experience everything seen on the shorter Rainbow Bridge flight, plus much, much more! This is your only chance to see Monument Valley, the site of many well-known Western movies. The rock formations you will see on this surrealistic flight are totally different from those in the Grand Canyon. (90 minutes, weather dependent)


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Tower Butte Helicopter Tour Rising 5,000 feet above sea level, Tower Butte is one of Mother Nature's most unique formations, providing the perfect setting for your Helicopter Landing adventure! After boarding your state-of-the-art helicopter, you will fly eastward over Antelope Canyon, Land of the Navajo Nation and Lake Powell as your Helicopter ascends Tower Butte. You won't believe your eyes when you touch down and disembark. The 360-degree panoramic view is absolutely breathtaking - see Glen Canyon, Lake Powell, the Kaiparowitz Plateau, the Grand Staircase and the Vermillion Cliffs. Enjoy approximately 20 minutes on the Butte for sensational photo opportunities and interpretive information about the Navajo culture and the ties to their Land. Only accessible by Helicopter, this helicopter adventure offers incredible memories, spectacular photographs and bragging rights to an exclusive view of the American Southwest and Land of the Navajo Nation.


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Dinner at Temple Square Roof Restaurant Start the evening with a visit to the Temple Square garden. Then experience Utah's premier gourmet buffet at The Roof Restaurant. Groups arriving on Thursday nights will have the opportunity to see the Tabernacle Choir rehearse. If you are not visiting Temple Square on a Thursday night you will have the opportunity to see the Family Search Center and get a lesson on genealogy. (Not available on Sunday nights)


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