Cosmos

National Parks & Canyon Country (8600) - 2015 / 2014

14 Day Tour from Denver to Las Vegas


National Parks & Canyon Country
Zion National Park located near Springdale, Utah
Zion National Park located near Springdale, Utah
A beautiful paint pot, named for their vibrant colors, in Yellowstone National Park
A vibrant paint pot in Yellowstone National Park
Explore Mount Rushmore National Memorial
See the Presidents at Mt. Rushmore
The strange shaped hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park
Elk roam freely through Yellowstone National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park in southwestern Utah
See the spectacular views of Cody, Wyoming
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

Marvel at the West's premier natural wonders on this 6-state vacation and see spectacular scenery, memorials, monuments, parks, canyons, and much more. Your trip begins in Denver and heads to South Dakota for visits to the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Visit Tatanka and Deadwood, once a wild gold-mining town, and journey west to Buffalo Bill’s frontier town of Cody, Wyoming. Then head to Yellowstone National Park to see magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon, Lower Falls, and world-famous Old Faithful Geyser. Overnight in Yellowstone National Park (depending on the time of year) before traveling into breathtaking Grand Teton National Park for a delightful walk along glacier-fed Jenny Lake. In nearby Jackson, with its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons, you’ll have plenty of free time to tour on your own.

Next, it’s on to Salt Lake City, Utah’s capital, for a sightseeing tour; then marvel at the “hoodoos” and dramatic landscapes of Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. Stunning scenery awaits you in both parks, so have your camera ready! Continue into Arizona to Page, on the shores of Lake Powell, and cross the Painted Desert to amazing Grand Canyon National Park. Your hotel is located in the park, giving you a rare opportunity for great views and time to explore this spellbinding place. For a thrill of a lifetime, take an optional flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon. Finally, travel to Las Vegas, where this spectacular vacation ends. On this vacation through some of the West’s premier national parks, you’ll see breathtaking scenery that cannot be found anywhere else—a trip of a lifetime!

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*Book a 2015 Cosmos vacation to receive the $50 per person discount. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and October 28, 2014 for travel in 2015. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Not applicable to custom tours. Not combinable with any other promotion except the Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and the current air promo. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time.

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Save $50 per person on any 2015 Cosmos vacation.*

Save $50 per person on any 2015 Cosmos vacation.*

*Book a 2015 Cosmos vacation to receive the $50 per person discount. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and October 28, 2014 for travel in 2015. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Not applicable to custom tours. Not combinable with any other promotion except the Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and the current air promo. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time.

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Sightseeing:
In Salt Lake City, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore, and Tatanka. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Scenic Highlights:
Black Hills, Deadwood, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Lake Powell, Painted Desert, and Grand Canyon National Park.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director.

NOTE:

  • On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.


Day 1Denver

Welcome to Denver, the “Mile High City,” capital of Colorado and gateway to the Rocky Mountains.

Day 2Denver–Keystone

Meet your Tour Director this morning and head north to Wyoming, then continue into the Black Hills. (CB)

Day 3Keystone–Crazy Horse-Mount Rushmore–Deadwood

See CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, a monument carved out of a mountain that pays respect to the great Native American hero, Chief Crazy Horse. Drive deep into the Black Hills, through what was Sioux Indian territory, to see the stunning granite faces of MOUNT RUSHMORE, a giant monument to four great American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Afterward, visit TATANKA: The Story of the Bison, and experience the richness of the Lakota people. On to Deadwood, a lawless frontier town during the 1876 Gold Rush, where Jack McCall murdered Wild Bill Hickok during a poker game. Overnight here, and discover Deadwood’s Wild West ways as you walk in the footsteps of legends like Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock.

Day 4Deadwood–Cody

This morning, head through high country, where open-range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890s. Drive past Sheridan in the Bighorn Mountains, site of battles between the U.S. Cavalry and the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Crow Indians. Overnight in Buffalo Bill’s frontier town of Cody. (CB)

Day 5Cody–Yellowstone National Park

Proceed through Shoshone National Forest to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. Travel along Grand Loop Road to Artist Point for views of the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Overnight in Yellowstone National Park.

NOTES:
Accommodations used by Cosmos in Yellowstone National Park are typically open from late May through late September. Departures before or after these opening dates will stay in West Yellowstone.

Routing and areas visited in Yellowstone National Park are always subject to favorable weather, gate access, and road conditions, therefore, routings may be adjusted.

Day 6Yellowstone National Park

Today, explore more of America’s first national park by returning to visit the geyser basins with bubbling mud paint pots and the reliable “blow” of Old Faithful. In addition to superb mountain scenery, the park is one of the world’s principle wildlife preserves and a photographer’s paradise.

Day 7Yellowstone–Grand Teton National Park–Jackson

Head south into magnificent GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, one of America’s last preserves of wild solitude. Its 13,770-foot-high ridges are crested with snow most of the year. Stroll along the shores of beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake before ending the day in the Wild West town of Jackson with its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons. This evening, join an optional barbecue cookout and Wild West show.

Day 8Jackson

Time to relax in Jackson, or how about joining a scenic trip down the Snake River? Enjoy an 8-mile float trip that begins at Pritchard Creek and travels past the nesting areas of both bald eagles and ospreys. Later, the afternoon is free in Jackson to explore the shops and museums of historic downtown. This evening, maybe stroll along the old-time boardwalks downtown and enjoy supper at one of the swing-door saloons. (CB)

Day 9Jackson–Salt Lake City

Today, leave Jackson and drive to Salt Lake City, Utah’s vibrant capital. Set on the edge of Great Salt Lake Desert, this center of the Mormon religion is where Brigham Young declared to his followers, “This is the place.” An included sightseeing tour features a glimpse of Temple Square, the Capitol Building, and beautiful downtown Salt Lake City. (CB)

Day 10Salt Lake City–Bryce Canyon National Park

Journey through sagebrush landscape to BRYCE NATIONAL PARK with its 20 miles of sandstone cliffs and ever-changing colors. See some of Earth’s most brilliant shades of rock, sculpted by nature into pillars called “hoodoos.”

Day 11Bryce Canyon National Park–Zion National Park–Page

First stop today is ZION NATIONAL PARK with its landscape carved over millions of years by rushing streams. Steep canyons, stone towers, and verdant vegetation form the scenery of Zion. Then, head east into Page on the shores of Lake Powell, originally built to house workers during the construction of the massive Glen Canyon Dam, which holds back the waters of 186-mile-long Lake Powell.

Day 12Page–Painted Desert–Grand Canyon National Park

Enjoy an optional flight over scenic Monument Valley. Then, cross the Painted Desert and head through Kaibab National Forest before arriving at the GRAND CANYON in the early afternoon. Marvel at one of the Natural Wonders of the World as you experience amazing views. You’ll have plenty of time to do some viewing before dusk, as your accommodation is inside Grand Canyon National Park. (CB)

Day 13Grand Canyon National Park–Las Vegas

For a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, take an optional flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon, with incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 4,800 feet into the Colorado River. Leaving the high country of Arizona, we pass through Williams on famous Route 66, and then the old Mojave gold-strike country, which still has traces of century-old ghost towns. Arrive in Las Vegas—a neon desert oasis packed with spectacular hotels and casinos.

Day 14Las Vegas

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore “Sin City” further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.


DENVER Comfort Inn Downtown Denver (ST)
KEYSTONE Mt. Rushmore’s White House Resort (T)
DEADWOOD Comfort Inn and Suites at Gulches of Fun (ST)
CODY Buffalo Bill Village (ST)
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK Yellowstone National Park Lodges (NP) or Brandin’ Iron Inn (T)
JACKSON Painted Buffalo Inn (ST)
SALT LAKE CITY Red Lion Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown (MF)
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK Best Western Ruby’s Inn (ST)
PAGE Quality Inn Lake Powell (MF)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (NP)
LAS VEGAS Harrah’s Las Vegas (F)

5 continental breakfasts


With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

JOSE LEMUS

Years of Experience: 10 years

Born and educated in San Salvador, I came to the U.S. when I was 22 years old. I have lived in Las Vegas for 30 years, and started in the travel industry 24 years ago. I am a registered travel agent and have worked as a Tour Director for many years. I am a big sports fan (it's not uncommon to carry my basketball on tour with me so I can shoot some hoops when I get the time). I also love music, dancing, and travelling.



View Offers

Save $50 per person on any 2015 Cosmos vacation.*

Save $50 per person on any 2015 Cosmos vacation.*

*Book a 2015 Cosmos vacation to receive the $50 per person discount. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and October 28, 2014 for travel in 2015. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Not applicable to custom tours. Not combinable with any other promotion except the Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and the current air promo. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time.



UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the National Parks & Canyon Country:

  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park


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