Itinerary: Best of the West
Seeing the Rocky Mountain West by motorcycle, rental car, or motorhome has
become one of the most popular and practical ways to go. Motorhome rental is
available at most major hub airports. Visitors can take advantage of the superior
camping and recreational vehicle campgrounds throughout the region. This is
also one of the most popular pre-planned fly-drive routings offered by tour
Day 1 - Arrive Denver
Tour Denver, gateway to the West, with its outstanding collections of
museums as well as excellent shopping in Cherry Creek Shopping Center
and Larimer Square, a restored section of Victorian Denver filled with
quaint old buildings, gas lamps, courtyards and gardens. Overnight Denver.
Day 2 - Denver To Cheyenne
Proceed north to Cheyenne, where the Terry Bison Ranch offers
a new RV park, chuckwagon dinner'Ïd tours of their large buffalo herd. Overnight
Day 3 - Cheyenne - Ft. Laramie - Custer
Ft. Laramie National Historic Site, now preserved, was a landmark settlement
on the Oregon Trail, the first road west for pioneers. Wind Cave National
Park contains the world’s sixth longest cave with amazing boxwork,
frostwork and popcorn formations. Overnight Custer, Keystone or Rapid City.
Day 4/5 - Black Hills & Badlands
Custer State Park is the second largest state park in America and home
to one of the largest publicly owned buffalo herds. The carving of Crazy
Horse Mountain is continuing. Black Hills Balloons offers scenic
aerial flights of Mt. Rushmore and the surrounding Black Hills country. Mt.
Rushmore is considered the world’s greatest mountain carving and is
certainly America’s most recognized. Badlands National Park contains
spires, pinnacles, buttes and gorges covering over 98,747 hectar of eerie, haunting
topography created over 37 million years by wind and water erosion. Overnight
Custer, Keystone or Rapid City
Day 6 - Black Hills to Chamberlain
Traveling east, Chamberlain’s Akta Lakota Museum offers artifacts
and art of the Lakota (Sioux) culture. Overnight Chamberlain.
Day 7 - Chamberlain to Mitchell to Sioux Falls
Mitchell’s Corn Palace is a tribute to the harvest with its decorations
made from thousands of bushels of colorful grain. Sioux Falls offers
shopping, history and culture. Overnight Sioux Falls.
Day 8 - Sioux Falls to DeSmet to Pierre
DeSmet is the site of six of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s "Little House
on the Prairie" books and Pierre is home to Oahe Dam, the second
largest earthen dam in the world. Overnight Pierre.
Day 9- Pierre to Deadwood
The town of Deadwood has been restored to its original rough-hewn authenticity
and is a living history to the wild gaming days of the 1870’s. Overnight
Day 10 - Deadwood to Buffalo/Sheridan
Devils Tower was America’s first national monument and reaches 364
meter into the western sky. Southwest of Buffalo, the Klondike Ranch has been
hosting guests for horseback riding, moving cattle, fishing, and other ranch
activities. Sheridan features the Sheridan Inn, King Ropes, and vast mountain
ranch country. Overnight Buffalo or Sheridan.
Days 11 - Buffalo/Sheridan to Cody
Cody offers not only the world-class Buffalo Bill Historical Center,
but nightly rodeos, whitewater rafting and excellent guest ranches through the
Wapiti Valley. Overnight Cody and/or Wapiti Valley.
Day 12/14 - Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park has over 10,000 thermal features. Hundreds
of animal species run wild within its borders. Overnight Yellowstone.
Day 15/16 - Yellowstone to Jackson Hole
Adjacent to Yellowstone is Grand Teton National Park, home of seven mountain
peaks ranging from 3,000 to over 4,000 meter in height. Jackson Hole
features wooden sidewalks, elk antler arches and shops that range from the chic
to the traditional. Overnight Jackson Hole.
Day 17/18 - Jackson Hole to Red Lodge Via Big Sky
Big Sky and Red Lodge, both well known winter ski resorts, offer
golf, horseback riding, pack trips and numerous summer activities. Overnight
Big Sky and/or Red Lodge.
Day 19 - Red Lodge to Virginia City
Virginia City/Nevada City is the site of the richest placer gold discovery
ever made in 1863. It has been restored to show how businesses flourished in
the boom days. The Virginia City Players entertain during the summers. Overnight
Day 20/22 - Butte to Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, in the northwest corner of Montana, features the
spectacular 88.5 KM Going-To-The-Sun-Road and over 1126 KM of foot and horse
tg ils. Overnight Glacier and/or Flathead Valley.
Day 23 - Glacier to Sandpoint
Travel south into Idaho via Sandg int, a beautifPend Oreille. Other spectacular lakes with
great campsites in the area include Priest Lake and Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Heading south, the resort community of McCall on the shores of Payette
Lake offers several campgrounds. Overnight Sandpoint.
Day 24/27 - Sandpoint to Boise
Heading south on Highway 55 go east through Garden Valley into Boise
National Forest to Stanley and the Sawtooth National Recreation
Area. The 36 campgrounds nestled in this spectacular setting offer abundant
privacy in this pristine environment, famous for hiking, fishing and whitewater
rafting. Craters of the Moon offers an eerie moonscape in the heart of
Day 28 - Boise to Denver and Departure
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