Exploring America's National Park (8620)

15 Day Tour from Las Vegas to Las Vegas

2019 Tour Details

Breathtaking scenery, spectacular wildlife, and incomparable photo opportunities await you on this national parks tour through the West’s best-known national and state parks. Tour highlights include your overnight stay inside Grand Canyon National Park, where you can witness the stunning scenery at sunset and sunrise. In Yellowstone National Park, stand in awe as you hear the roar of the water and view the glorious falls at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Witness Old Faithful as it erupts and admire the herds of bison, elk, and other wildlife as you explore the park.

Mount Rushmore offers the astounding monument of four U.S. presidents as well as spectacular scenery and wildlife, including mule deer and mountain goats. Also visit Crazy Horse Memorial, carved out of the mountain in honor of the Sioux Indian chief, and enjoy a scenic ride in Custer State Park, with its spectacular landscape and abundant wildlife. Have your camera ready for the bright red, yellow, and pink pillars called "hoodoos" in Bryce Canyon National Park, and marvel at the sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs in Zion National Park. But that’s not all…visit Monument Valley, one of the world’s most photographed places with its red-rock canyons, mesas, iconic buttes, and windblown sand. See the massive formations during your 4-wheel-drive tour with a knowledgeable Navajo guide.

All of this—and much more—are included on this national parks tour designed for savvy, value-minded travelers.

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 Tour Highlights

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Stay overnight inside the park; sightseeing
MONUMENT VALLEY
4-wheel-drive excursion with Navajo guide
MOAB
Arches National Park sightseeing
GRAND JUNCTION
Visit Colorado National Monument
BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA
Scenic drive
CUSTER
Scenic drive along Wildlife Loop Road in Custer State Park
MOUNT RUSHMORE
Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial
DEVILS TOWER NATIONAL MONUMENT
Photo opportunity
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Stay overnight inside the park or in West Yellowstone; sightseeing
JACKSON
Visit the Wild West town
SALT LAKE CITY
Orientation tour
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
ZION NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
Notes:

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.

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

2 breakfasts, 4 continental breakfasts

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 LAS VEGAS

Welcome to exciting Las Vegas, also known as “Sin City!” Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 LAS VEGAS–WILLIAMS–GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Depart the glittering lights of Las Vegas for one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Journey across the old Mojave gold-strike country, passing through Williams on historic Route 66, and Kaibab National Forest. Arrive at the Grand Canyon by mid-afternoon and marvel at the breathtaking views. Accommodations this evening are inside the National Park.

Day 3 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK–MONUMENT VALLEY–KAYENTA

If you miss the sunset over the canyon, sunrise is just as impressive! You may want to join an exciting helicopter flight over the canyon for incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 6,093 feet into the Colorado River. Continue across Arizona and into the Navajo Nation. Situated on the Arizona/Utah border, MONUMENT VALLEY’S scenic desert vistas and iconic buttes have appeared in countless classic Western films. See the massive formations on a memorable 4-WHEEL-DRIVE tour. Your knowledgeable Navajo guide will show you some of the valley’s most incredible scenery and share with you local legends and lore. This evening, join the optional Navajo cookout for dinner surrounded by the red-rock canyons of Monument Valley.

Day 4 KAYENTA–MOAB–ARCHES NATIONAL PARK–GRAND JUNCTION

We head north for Moab. Visit the magnificent ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, where you’ll discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms, and textures unlike anything else in the world. This red-rock wonderland will amaze you. A late arrival into Grand Junction, surrounded by awe-inspiring natural beauty and the dramatic red-rock landscape of the Colorado National Monument.

Day 5 GRAND JUNCTION–COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT–DENVER

This morning, visit COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. Experience sheer-walled, red-rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles. We then journey east across the Rocky Mountains to the “Mile High City” of Denver.

Day 6 DENVER–CUSTER

Today, travel across the windswept landscape of Wyoming and into the Black Hills of South Dakota. Spend the next two nights in Custer, in the heart of the Black Hills National Forest, and gateway to Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Mount Rushmore.

Day 7 CUSTER. EXCURSION TO CUSTER STATE PARK, MOUNT RUSHMORE & CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL

At CUSTER STATE PARK, enjoy a scenic drive along Wildlife Loop Road with spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife, like the herd of 1,300 bison that roam freely throughout the park. Afterward, visit MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, which stands as a shrine to democracy. See the stunning granite faces of Mount Rushmore, a giant monument to four great American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Then, visit the CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, a monument carved out of a mountain to honor the great Native American hero, Chief Crazy Horse.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 8 CUSTER–DEVILS TOWER–CODY

This morning, head through high country, where open-range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890s. Next, make a photo stop at Devils Tower National Monument, established as America’s first national monument by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. Overnight in Buffalo Bill’s Western town of Cody.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 9 CODY–YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

This morning, enjoy free time. We suggest an independent visit to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which celebrates the spirit of the American West. Enjoy a stroll down Cody’s main street with its unique shops and restaurants making sure to visit the historic Irma Hotel. 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 10 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Spend the day exploring all the wonders of YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, established in 1872 as the world’s first national park. See world-famous Old Faithful Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Fountain Paint Pots. Keep a lookout for some of the park’s wildlife that can include moose, bison, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, wolves, bear, fox, coyote, and beaver. (CB - in West Yellowstone)

Day 11 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK–JACKSON–ALPINE

Head south to the Wild West town of Jackson with its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons. Explore the shops and museums of historic downtown. Maybe join a scenic trip down the Snake River? Enjoy an 8-mile float trip that begins at Pritchard Creek and passes nesting areas of bald eagles and ospreys. Overnight in Alpine located on the banks of the Snake River. (CB - in West Yellowstone)

Day 12 ALPINE–SALT LAKE CITY

Travel 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 orientation tour offers a glimpse of Temple Square, the Capitol Building, and the downtown area.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 SALT LAKE CITY–BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Today’s highlight is a visit to unique BRYCE CANYON 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.”

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14 BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK–ZION NATIONAL PARK–LAS VEGAS

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. See fantastic rock structures and some unbelievable scenic beauty. We then return to Las Vegas and your downtown hotel.

Day 15 LAS VEGAS

Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Las Vegas further.

 Tour Director

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.

STEVE OSTEN

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

My interest in the national parks began as a child on summer vacations in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. In college, I studied Botany, Ichthyology, Mammology, and Ornithology, and I began working in Yellowstone as a summer seasonal guide 25 years ago. I have also worked in Sequoia, the Everglades, and Alaska as a naturalist guide. Whether it's beachcombing in Florida, birding in the Everglades, or hiking in the Tetons, as long as I'm in nature, I'm where I want to be.

Tour Director - STEVE OSTEN

 Accommodations

Grand Canyon National Park
Kayenta
Grand Junction
Denver
Custer
Cody
Alpine
Salt Lake City
Bryce Canyon National Park
Las Vegas

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Grand Canyon National Park
Monument Valley
Cody
West Yellowstone
Salt Lake City
Las Vegas

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing

There may be no better way to uncover the sheer splendor of the incredible Grand Canyon than from the air! Choose from two helicopter tours with awe-inspiring views, a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Price Range: $$$$

Monument Valley

Navajo Cookout

Navajo Cookout

Enjoy a unique dinnerand exclusive evening outside amongst the beautiful red rock canyons.

Price Range: $$

Cody

Shoshone River Float Excursion

Shoshone River Float Excursion

Discover the Shoshone River on this scenic float trip and hear about the geology, mountain men, and pioneers of the area as you experience the thrill of the occasional rapid.

Price Range: $

West Yellowstone

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Learn more about history, the culture, the beauty and the images of the American West at the world's finest western museum.

Price Range: $

Salt Lake City

Dinner at Temple Square

Dinner at Temple Square

Start the evening with a visit to the Temple Square garden followed by a unique dining experience in the tradition of Temple Square's exceptional service and hospitality.

Price Range: $

Las Vegas

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Tours

Choose from a variety of helicopter flightseeing tours to discover the sites of Las Vegas and beyond!

Price Range: $$$

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