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U.S. National Parks: The Rockies to Yellowstone

9 days |  13 days with the Badlands & Mount Rushmore extension
9 days |  13 days with the Badlands & Mount Rushmore extension
Group size1535 travelers

4.7 star rating

Physical activity
Tourists walking through double arch in arches national park
The Castle Geyser erupting at Yellowstone National Park
Buffalo grazing in tall grass at Yellowstone National Park
Snow capped mountains reflected on a blue lake in Grand Teton National Park
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Go west and discover the America of legends and folklore.

Stand in awe of extraordinary landscapes and embrace your pioneering spirit on this breathtaking adventure. From the soaring peaks of the Rocky Mountains and the mesmerizing sandstone cliffs of Moab to the wildlife of Yellowstone, this is America at its most majestic.

Your tour package includes

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

  • Downtown Denver
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Vail
  • Arches National Park
  • Park City's historic Main Street
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Denver, Colorado2 nights
Day 1: Arrival in Denver
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Colorado! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Denver
Included meal: Breakfast

Explore Colorado’s capital city on a tour led by a local guide.

  • See the Colorado State Capitol Building and the Denver Public Library
  • Pass through the city’s vibrant art and museum districts

Enjoy a free afternoon in Denver or add an excursion.

Garden of the Gods & Cave of the Winds

From $89 per person

Rocky Mountain National Park Region, Colorado1 night
Day 3: Rocky Mountain National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Beer tasting

Set out to explore the wonders of Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • Drive along the Trail Ridge Road, which soars to 12,000 feet in elevation (weather-dependent)
  • Take several short trail walks
  • Look out for wildlife including elk, bighorn sheep, moose, and bears

Sample local brews during an included beer tasting and dinner this evening.

Moab, Utah2 nights
Day 4: Moab via Vail
Included meal: Breakfast

Make several stops as you travel through the Rockies and Glenwood Canyon en route to Moab, Utah.

  • Stop in Vail, a famous resort town
  • Visit the charming mountain town of Glenwood Springs

Then, continue along the continental divide to Moab.

Day 5: Arches National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

This morning, gaze at the red rock sculptures carved by nature as you explore Arches National Park, home to more than 2,000 arches, spires, domes, pinnacles, and fins.

Please note: The order of activities may vary based on season.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Moab or add an excursion.

Colorado River Raft Trip

From $155 per person

Park City, Utah1 night
Day 6: Transfer to Park City & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy the open spaces and fantastic scenery as you travel north to Park City, a popular ski resort that’s also known for hosting the Sundance Film Festival. With your Tour Director leading the way, get to know the city on a guided tour.

  • Explore the historic Main Street, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979
  • Pass the Park City Museum, where you can discover the city’s rich past
Jackson, Wyoming2 nights
Day 7: Transfer to Jackson & Grand Teton National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to Jackson, Wyoming this morning. Then, spend the afternoon exploring Grand Teton National Park with your Tour Director.

  • Admire the Grand Tetons, the youngest mountain range in the Rockies
  • Take short walks to view the park’s unique wildlife
Day 8: Yellowstone National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Travel to Yellowstone, which was designated the world’s first national park in 1872.

  • Marvel at natural wonders as you explore Yellowstone National Park
  • Spot hot springs and geysers, including the iconic Old Faithful
  • View wildlife including bison, grizzly bears, elk, and wolves

Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers this evening.

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit the Badlands and Mount Rushmore.

Extension to the Badlands & Mount Rushmore
Continue your trip in the American West to visit more national monuments, including the Little Bighorn Battlefield and Crazy Horse. Then, spend a full day exploring Badlands National Park and getting face-to-face(s) with Mount Rushmore.
Cody, Wyoming1 night
Day 9: Transfer to Cody & Buffalo Bill Museum Center of the West
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Cody and visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which was founded in 1921 by Buffalo Bill’s foster son Johnny Baker.

  • Learn about the life, times, and legend of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody
  • View Buffalo Bill’s show outfits
  • See Frederick Remington’s Portrait of a Ranch Hand as well as Sitting Bull’s bow and arrows
Sheridan, Wyoming1 night
Day 10: Sheridan via Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Included meal: Breakfast

Head north into Montana to pay a visit to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. 

Then, head south into Big Horn County, Wyoming and soak in the views of the mountains and wildlife as you travel to Sheridan.

Rapid City, South Dakota2 nights
Day 11: Rapid City via Devils Tower National Monument & Crazy Horse Monument
Included meal: Breakfast

Cross into South Dakota, making several stops before continuing on to Rapid City for the evening.

  • Visit the soaring Devils Tower National Monument, a sacred site for Native Americans
  • View the Crazy Horse Monument, the world’s largest mountain sculpture and memorial for the legendary Lakota Chief
Day 12: The Badlands & Mount Rushmore
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out to admire some of the country's most famous attractions.

  • Visit Badlands National Park, a desolate landscape of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires
  • Stop at Wall Drug, South Dakota’s favorite general store
  • Stand in awe of Mount Rushmore
  • Enter the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center

Raise a glass and toast to your trip with a farewell drink this evening.

Flight Home
Day 13: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.7 star rating

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    10/7/23 by 3rd-time traveler Marlene

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    10/7/23 by 1st-time traveler Ester

    We had the full meal deal, fabulous scenery, great weather, super travel companions and the best tour guide and bus driver

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    9/2/23 by 5th-time traveler Diane

    This tour was amazing ! The guide was so knowledgeable and very fun!! The places we saw were breathtaking and very well planned. I would definitely suggest this tour and tour guide.

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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.
    Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel
    Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel

    This upscale hotel is located in downtown Denver. Guests enjoy a fitness center, bar, and cafe. Nearby, you’ll find Larimer Square, Union Station, and...

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    Hyatt Place Boulder/Pearl Street
    Hyatt Place Boulder/Pearl Street

    This modern hotel is located in the Transit Village neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and bar. Nearby, you’ll fi...

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    Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn
    Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn

    This spacious hotel is located in downtown Moab, Utah outside of Arches National Park. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, exercise facility, and recently r...

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    Best Western Plus Landmark Inn
    Best Western Plus Landmark Inn

    This comfortable hotel is located in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains of Park City. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, fitness center and fully remodeled rooms. Ne...

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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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    Holiday Inn Cody
    Holiday Inn Cody

    This contemporary hotel is located in cozy Cody. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find the Buffalo Bill Center of t...

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    Fairfield Inn & Suites Sheridan
    Fairfield Inn & Suites Sheridan

    This comfortable hotel is located near downtown Sheridan, Wyoming. Guests enjoy a pool, fitness center, and free high-speed internet. Nearby, you'll f...

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    Fairfield Inn & Suites Rapid City
    Fairfield Inn & Suites Rapid City

    This comfortable hotel is located in Rapid City. Guests enjoy a fitness center and indoor water park. Nearby you’ll find Mount Rushmore and the Crazy ...

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    Passport, visa & entry requirements
    • U.S. citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within the United States. If you plan to use a state-issued ID or driver's license on or after May 7, 2025, it will need to meet Real ID requirements. Real ID compliant versions of these IDs will have either a yellow or black star, white star inside a yellow or black circle, or a white star inside a bear in the top righthand corner. Please visit for more information.
    • In order to enter the United States, Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
    • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code AAB.
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    Tour pacing & mobility
    • You will walk for at least 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails, with few hills.
    • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
    • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
    • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
    • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
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    Transportation & arrival information
    • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Denver, Colorado and depart from Jackson, Wyoming (or Rapid City, South Dakota on the tour extension).
    • A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
    • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
    • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
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    Baggage allowance
    • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
    • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
    • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
    • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
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    Clothing & packing tips
    • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
    • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
    • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
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    • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at
    • Please be aware that you will be traveling to altitudes as high as 6,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause breathing difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks.
    • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.
    • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
    • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code AAB.
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    • The cuisine of the American southwest combines influences from Spanish colonial settlers, Mexican staples, and Native American traditions. Expect dishes spiced with chile peppers, like enchiladas, tacos, and chili con carne.
    • The western region of the United States is known for barbecue, especially in the plains and mountain states of Wyoming and Colorado, where the cowboy tradition lives on. Try a bison burger or a steak for a true local dining experience.
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    Electricity & air conditioning
    • All of North America operates on 110-120 volts and uses Type A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.
    • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
    • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
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    • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
    • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
    • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
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    Time zones
    • Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming (as well as South Dakota on the tour extension) are on Mountain Time (MT), which is two hours behind Eastern Time (ET).
    • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 10am on tour.
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    • You will use the U.S. dollar on this tour.
    • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
    • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
    • Many banks and businesses now primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
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    • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in USD.
    • We recommend tipping $8USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and $3USD per person per day for your driver.
    • If applicable, we also recommend $2USD per local guide.
    • Tips can only be paid in cash.
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    Purchasing excursions on tour
    • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
    • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
    • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
    • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
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