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U.S. National Parks: The Grand Canyon to Yellowstone

12 days |  15 days with Missoula & Glacier National Park extension
12 days |  15 days with Missoula & Glacier National Park extension
Group size1535 travelers

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zion national park in utah
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monument valley in arizona at evening
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Discover North America’s greatest natural treasures.

Follow in the footsteps of the explorers on this U.S. national parks tour. Each day displays a new destination, and with it new landscapes and adventures. Explore the mysterious cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, gaze into the depths of the Grand Canyon, and stand in the shadow of the Grand Tetons. On this guided tour through America's wilderness, discover the amazing cultural and geographic diversity of the national parks out West.

Special departures of this itinerary

Albuquerque Balloon Festival

Your tour package includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 8 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Loretto Chapel
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Monument Valley
  • Grand Canyon
  • Zion National Park
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Santa Fe, New Mexico2 nights
Day 1: Arrival in Albuquerque & transfer to Santa Fe

Welcome to New Mexico! Transfer to your hotel in Santa Fe and settle in to your hotel this evening.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Santa Fe
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome lunch

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of New Mexico’s capital city, settled by a Spanish conquistador nearly 400 years ago.

  • See the Cross of the Martyrs and Saint Francis Cathedral
  • Pass through the plaza in the heart of the city to view the State Capitol Building and Palace of the Governors
  • Enter Loretto Chapel to view the miraculous staircase

This afternoon, enjoy a welcome lunch with your fellow travelers.

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado1 night
Day 3: Mesa Verde via Durango
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross into Colorado, stopping in the Old West mining town of Durango en route to Mesa Verde.

  • Pass by Chimney Rock and Abiquiu Lake
  • Take in the stunning landscapes that inspired the work of artist Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Explore Durango to feel its frozen-in-time charm

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Kayenta, Arizona1 night
Day 4: Mesa Verde National Park & transfer to Kayenta
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a guided tour of Mesa Verde National Park.

  • View fascinating 800-year-old cliff dwellings that honeycomb the walls of the canyon
  • Enjoy free time to visit either the gift shop or Spruce Tree House and Museum

Pass by Monument Valley’s iconic “Mexican Hat,” a sombrero-shaped rock formation, as you travel to Kayenta, Arizona. Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Grand Canyon, Arizona2 nights
Day 5: Grand Canyon via Tuba City
Included meal: Breakfast

Learn about the culture and history of the Navajo tribe during a stop at the Explore Navajo Interactive Museum. Meet with Navajo leader Peter MacDonald and learn about the World War II Code Talkers.

Please note: Meeting Peter MacDonald is not guaranteed.

Then, pay a visit to the Cameron Trading Post before arriving at the Grand Canyon. Upon arrival, take a scenic walk along the South Rim with your Tour Director.

  • Marvel at the rocky formations that reflect millions of years of geological evolution
  • View the Colorado River running one mile below
Day 6: Free day at the Grand Canyon
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day at the Grand Canyon or add an excursion.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride

From $355 per person

Zion National Park, Utah1 night
Day 7: Transfer to Zion National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Pass by the beautiful Vermilion Cliffs National Monument before arriving in Zion National Park.

  • Discover why 19th-century Mormon settlers named the park after their heavenly city
  • View the yellow-and orange-hued dramatically eroded sedimentary rocks
  • Take in magnificent vistas on an open-air tram ride with guided commentary
Salt Lake City, Utah1 night
Day 8: Salt Lake City via Bryce Canyon National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

En route to Utah’s capital city, stop to visit Bryce Canyon National Park.

  • Tour the park by bus and on foot
  • Take in up-close views of its distinctive pink limestone and sandstone formations, including awe-inspiring arches, spires, and bridges
  • View colorful rock pinnacles known as hoodoos

Then, continue on to Salt Lake City.

Jackson, Wyoming3 nights
Day 9: Transfer to Jackson & Grand Teton National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Cross into Wyoming on a scenic drive en route to the resort town of Jackson. Then, set out to explore Grand Teton National Park, home to the youngest mountain range in the Rockies.

  • Drive through stunning Logan Canyon and past turquoise Bear Lake
  • Tour Grand Teton National Park by bus and on foot
  • Try to spot elk, coyotes, black bears, wolves, and the elusive mountain lion

Please note: The visit to Grand Teton National Park may take place on day 10 depending on seasonality and weather.

Enjoy a free evening in Jackson.

Day 10: Yellowstone National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Venture out into Yellowstone National Park, designated the world’s first national park in 1872, for a full day of sightseeing.

  • Drive through the park with stops for photos
  • See cascading waterfalls, bubbling mud pots, and the famous geyser, Old Faithful
  • Keep an eye out for the bison, mountain goats, moose, and grey wolves that call the park home
Day 11: Free time in Jackson
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Enjoy a free day in Jackson or add an excursion. 

Later, gather with your group at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner.

Snake River Float

From $175 per person

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Missoula.

Extension to Missoula & Glacier National Park
Continue your trip and cross another incredible national park off your list. Get in the cowboy spirit with stops at Smokejumper and the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, then spend a full day exploring Glacier National Park with your Tour Director.
Missoula, Montana1 night
Day 12: Transfer to Missoula
Included meal: Breakfast

Say goodbye to Jackson and drive to Missoula, Montana’s second-most populous city.

  • Make a stop at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site
  • Learn about the history of the cattle ranch industry
  • Join a park ranger for a tour of the ranch including the main house, cowboy dorms, chuckwagon, and blacksmith facilities

Please note: The stop at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site is time-permitting.

Glacier National Park Region2 nights
Day 13: Transfer to the Glacier National Park Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Learn about the area's culture as you make your way to the Glacier National Park region today.

  • Stop at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula and learn about its history as a military post in the late 1800s to its time as Internment Camp during WWII and more
  • Travel through the Flathead Indian Reservation and pass the National Bison Range

Continue on to the Glacier National Park region and enjoy a free evening.

Day 14: Glacier National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel along Going-to-the-Sun Road, a national landmark considered to be one of the world’s most scenic drives. (Please note: Activities in Glacier National Park may vary depending on the season and weather conditions.)

  • Marvel at cedar forests, rocky cliffs, and glacial lakes as you wind your way through Glacier National Park, which makes up a portion of the UNESCO-listed International Peace Park
  • Appreciate the wilderness of the park and take in the sight of melting glaciers that experts estimate will be gone within the coming decades

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Please note: Going-to-the-Sun Road will be replaced with a Lake McDonald cruise during May and June departures due to seasonality.

Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Kalispell airport for your flight home.

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    10/6/23 by 2nd-time traveler Debra

    Best trip of a life time ever

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    10/6/23 by 1st-time traveler Michael

    5 out of 5 stars

    Mike and Mary Anderson
    10/6/23 by 4th-time traveler Michael

    This tour was very good for us, as we saw national parks and geography of the Western states we had never seen before. The weather was very good for this, and we enjoyed our travel companions company. The views afforded us were awesome, as, for example, the views of the Grand Canyon and the Grand Te...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Santa Fe
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Santa Fe

    This traditional hotel is located outside the Agua Fria neighborhood. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and business center. Nearby, you’ll find Me...

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    Far View Lodge
    Far View Lodge

    This newly renovated hotel is located outside Mesa Verde National Park. Guests enjoy traditional Western décor and delicious dining. Outside, you’ll b...

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    Hampton Inn Kayenta
    Hampton Inn Kayenta

    This cozy hotel is located in Monument Valley on the Navajo Reservation. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and laundry service. Nearby, you’ll find...

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    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Canyon
    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Canyon

    This comfortable hotel is located just 15 minutes from the Grand Canyon National Park entrance. Guests enjoy the indoor swimming pool, a full breakfas...

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    Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion
    Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion

    This rustic, lodge-style hotel is located in Springdale, Utah next to Zion National Park. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and laundry facilities....

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    Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City Downtown
    Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City Downtown

    This new hotel is located in the heart of Salt Lake City. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, fitness center, and spa. Nearby you’ll find the Pioneer Memori...

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    Elk Country Inn
    Elk Country Inn

    This western hotel is located in the Historic neighborhood. Guests enjoy a fitness room, a free ski shuttle, and a picnic area. Nearby, you’ll find Gr...

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    Hampton Inn & Suites Whitefish
    Hampton Inn & Suites Whitefish

    This modern hotel is located just a couple minutes from Whitefish’s historic downtown area. Guests enjoy a heated indoor saltwater pool, fitness cente...

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    Hilton Garden Inn Missoula
    Hilton Garden Inn Missoula

    This contemporary hotel is located just minutes from downtown Missoula. Guests enjoy an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, fitness center, and on-sit...

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