Fly to Denver, gateway to the Rockies and the vast Great Plains of the American West. Meet your tour manager and journey north into Wyoming, to overnight in frontier-town state capital Cheyenne.
Journey on, taking in historic Fort Laramie, a landmark outpost on the Oregon Trail. Then head into South Dakota, where the Black Hills, rising from the Plains and immortalised in song, formed the background to one of North America’s most famous gold rushes. Spend the first of two nights in quintessentially western Rapid City.
Head into the hills to see two of America’s most iconic and astonishing monuments. Firstly Mount Rushmore, with its four giant presidential faces carved into the cliff, followed by the Crazy Horse Memorial, the towering tribute to the Sioux leader that is perhaps the world’s most ambitious ‘work in progress’. Journey back this afternoon to Rapid City, through beautiful Custer State Park.
Discover Deadwood, ‘wildest of the wild west towns’, stomping ground – and burial place – of Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok, before travelling on through the High Plains to stay in classic western town Sheridan, close to the Bighorn Mountains.
Visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield, site of Custer’s famous Last Stand against Crazy Horse and his warriors in 1876, then head on to Buffalo Bill’s hometown. Cody, Wyoming is where the wooden boardwalks and swing doors of the saloons are authentic recreations of the colourful past.
See mother nature in all her glory as you journey into majestic Yellowstone National Park, with its rugged beauty, its lakes and canyons and its bubbling cauldrons. Take in the Yellowstone River, which roars through a 24-milelong gap in an ancient plateau, and visit the park headquarters at Mammoth Hot Springs, before overnighting in West Yellowstone.
Journey south through Yellowstone, hopefully witnessing an eruption of the famous Old Faithful geyser. Then journey through the equally breath-taking Grand Teton National Park, its jagged peaks rising abruptly from the valley floor, and head to Jackson, in its forested setting, for a two-night stay.
Rest, relax and take in the surroundings of quintessential western town Jackson, with its boardwalks, shops and stores.
Continue south into Utah to Salt Lake City, at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains, and hometown of the Mormon Church, whose multi-spired Temple and adjacent Tabernacle lies at its heart. Stay overnight in this friendly, easy-going place.
Drive further south across stunning Utah, passing from desert scrubland into wooded hills to Bryce Canyon, where millions of years of erosion by ice and water have left hundreds of towering red, yellow and orange pinnacles pointing skywards. Spend two nights in these spectacular surroundings.
A fascinating day begins in other worldly Bryce, before the afternoon is spent in beautiful Zion National Park, where the forests and plunging waterfalls are a lush contrast to Bryce.
Head through yet more spectacular scenery, via the shores of Lake Powell, to Monument Valley, where the towering red sandstone mesas rising from the desert floor are amongst the most iconic of all American images. Stay overnight in nearby Kayenta.
Take in the beauty of Monument Valley as you enjoy a tour into the park to get up close to its sandstone masterpieces and learn about the lives of the Navajo people. Later, head west into Arizona, to the edge of the abyss that is the Grand Canyon, perhaps nature’s most startling wonder.
This morning, perhaps take an optional helicopter flight over the canyon, before re-boarding the coach for the last cross-country journey, to glittering Las Vegas, for a final two-night stay.
A last day in Las Vegas brings the chance of rest and relaxation at the hotel, or perhaps a stroll along the famous strip to take in the jaw-dropping hotels. This evening, as a fitting finale to your stay, take to the skies on the optional night-time helicopter flight over the strip.
After the opportunity for some last-minute shopping, transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight.
Arrive home, at the end of a truly spectacular, unforgettable western adventure.