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 operators.
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 and tours
of their large buffalo herd. Overnight Cheyenne.
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
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
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.
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 Deadwood.
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
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
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 Butte.
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 trails. Overnight Glacier
and/or Flathead Valley.
Day 23 - Glacier to Sandpoint
Travel south into Idaho via Sandpoint, a beautiful
lakeside town located on the north side of lake Pend O'reille.
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
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 the Rockies.
Day 28 - Boise to Portland and Departure
Corral West Ranchwear