Itinerary: National Parks
of America's greatest national landmarks are located within the four state region,
including America's first national park - Yellowstone; the crown jewel of the
continent Glacier; and the most well known symbol of America - Mt. Rushmore.
This is perhaps the regions most popular fly-drive tour.
Day 1/2 - Arrive Denver
Rocky Mountain National Park offers 412 square miles of scenic beauty with waterfalls,
meadows filled with wildflowers, scenic vistas and abundant wildlife. Trail
Ridge Road through the center of the park is the highest continuous roadway
in the world with a restaurant that is two miles above sea level. Overnight
Day 3/4 - Denver to Black Hills
of South Dakota
Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument are the world’s
sixth and fourth longest caves. Badlands National Park contains spires, pinnacles,
buttes and gorges covering 98,747 hectares of eerie, haunting topography caused
by 37 million years of wind and water erosion. Mount Rushmore is considered
the world’s greatest mountain carving and is certainly America’s most
recognized. Overnight Custer or Rapid City.
Day 5 - Black Hills to Billings
Devils Tower was America’s first national monument and reaches 364 meters
into the western sky. To the northwest, Little Bighorn Battlefield National
Monument (formerly Custer battlefield National Monument) serves as a symbol
for both sides – the U.S. Cavalry and Native American Indians including
the Sioux and Cheyenne, who fought on the banks of the Little Bighorn River.
Day 6 - Billings to Wisdom
The Big Hole Battlefield National Monument, near Wisdom, is the site of the
1877 battle between Colonel John Gibbon’s troops and Chief Joseph’s
Nez Perce Indians. One of Montana’s three units of the Nez Perce National
Historic Park, the Big Hole Battlefield features a visitor center, museum and
battlefield tours. Overnight Butte.
Day 7 / 9 - Butte to Glacier National
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 trails. Overnight
Glacier or Flathead Valley.
Day 10 - Glacier National Park
Near Spalding, the Nez Perce National Historic Park brings alive the history
of the Nez Perce Indians that reside here. Hells Canyon is North America’s
deepest river gorge. Overnight Lewiston.
Day 11 - Lewiston to Twin Falls
Craters of the Moon National Monument covers 53,120 acres near Arco, Idaho.
This desolate moonscape reveals the violent age of volcanoes and holds an astounding
variety of caverns and craters hidden among black cinders. Overnight, Twin Falls.
Day 12 / 15 - Twin Falls to Yellowstone
The world’s first national park is Yellowstone National Park, where over
10,000 thermal features and hundreds of animal species run wild. Overnight Yellowstone.
Day 16 - Yellowstone
to Grand Teton
Adjacent to Yellowstone is Grand Teton National Park, home of seven mountain
peaks ranging from 3,000 to over 4,000 meters in height. Overnight Grand Teton
or Jackson Hole.
Day 17 - Grand Teton to Evanston
Fossil Butte National Monument contains millions of years of fossil remains
on open display. Overnight Evanston.
Day 18/19 - Overnight and Depart
From Salt Lake City
A monument to Mormon pioneers crowns a peak above Salt Lake, where Church leaders
proclaimed "this is the place" for thousands of Mormon pioneers who
traveled in covered wagons west to Salt Lake in 1847. Adjacent to the monuments
is Old Deseret Village, a cluster of homes, shops and buildings dating back
100 years and staffed by friendly volunteers in period garb.
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