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13 Day Tour of the USA - The Parks and Canyons Tour

Featuring: California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. See America's most impressive national parks - Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone and the Badlands - with city stops in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Madison and Chicago.

Day 1 - Chicago to Madison:
This morning we head into America’s heartland towards the state of Wisconsin. Tonight’s stay is in Madison, the state capital of Wisconsin, and a city consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in America. Madison is also a bustling college town - home to 40,000 students at the University of Wisconsin. Hotel

Day 2 - Madison to Sioux Falls:
Today’s drive will feature the farmlands of the Midwest where many of America’s crops are grown. We will pass through the state of Minnesota on our way to Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s largest city, situated on the banks of the Big Sioux River. Hotel (B,D)

Day 3 - Sioux Falls to Mt. Rushmore:
Get your cameras ready, as today’s journey will take us across one of America’s most scenic areas - Badlands National Park. The colourful pinnacles, spires and canyons are a photographer’s dream. We make our home for the next two nights in the historic town of Lead, South Dakota. Hotel (B,D)

Day 4 - Mt. Rushmore:
First we visit the famous Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, where it took fourteen years to carve the faces of four American Presidents into the cliffs of South Dakota’s Black Hills. Then it’s on to the Crazy Horse Monument, a memorial to the Sioux warrior famous for the Battle of Little Bighorn. Hotel (B,D)

Day 5 - Mt. Rushmore to Cody:
Today we head towards the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. En route, we will visit Devil’s Tower National Monument, as seen in the movie ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. We end the day in the frontier town of Cody, named after western legend, Buffalo Bill Cody. Tonight join us for an optional rodeo (seasonal). Hotel (B)

Day 6 - Cody to Yellowstone:
This morning there is the opportunity to do some river rafting on the Shoshone River, or visit the Buffalo Bill Museum. It’s then a short drive to America’s first National Park – Yellowstone. Accommodations for the next two nights are located inside the National Park. Cabin (B)

Day 7 - Yellowstone National Park:
We spend the whole day touring through the natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park. We’ll see mud pools, hot springs, waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. Of course no trip to Yellowstone would be complete without a visit to Old Faithful, America’s most famous geyser! Cabin

Day 8 - Yellowstone to Salt Lake City:
We leave Yellowstone today and begin heading south into the state of Utah. Our overnight destination is Salt Lake City - Home of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Upon arrival you will be able to view the impressive six-spired Temple and Mormon Tabernacle. Hotel (B)

Day 9 - Salt Lake City to Kanab via Bryce Canyon National Park & Zion National Park:
The scenery is spectacular today as we view the multicolored "hoodoos" and dazzling colours of Bryce Canyon at over 8,000 feet (2,400 metres) above sea level. Take the opportunity to hike one of the many trails into the canyon, or simply relax and enjoy the amazing scenery. It’s a short drive to our second national park of the day, Zion. While in the park we will view the gigantic red and white stone formations of West Temple and Watchman. We’ll arrive at our final destination late afternoon. Hotel (B,D)

Day 10 - Kanab to Grand Canyon National Park:
Today we’ll take a day trip to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The remote North Rim is less visited which translates into peace and tranquillity and the views are spectacular. Today we’ll stop at multiple viewpoints along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Tonight we return to Kanab. Hotel (B)

Day 11 - Kanab to Las Vegas:
We change pace this morning as we leave the beauty of the national parks, and head to the city of non stop excitement and glittering lights, Las Vegas. Our Las Vegas night tour travels down The Strip, home to many of the world’s largest hotels and casinos. The city tour ends with a showing of the Fremont Street Experience, the world’s greatest collective light show. After Fremont Street, why not take in a famous Las Vegas cabaret show? Hotel (B,D)

Day 12 - Las Vegas at Leisure:
The day is yours to explore this exciting city. Perhaps try your luck at the tables or slot machines at one of the famous casinos – Caesars Palace, The Mirage, MGM Grand, or Luxor Pyramid. Maybe you’ll want to explore some of the attractions at the newer hotels – Mandalay Bay, Bellagio, or The Venetian. Feeling adventurous? Try the Big Shot at the top of the Stratosphere and catapult to the height of 327 metres (1,081 feet). Great shopping, concerts, fabulous restaurants, and 24-hour nightlife - Las Vegas is truly a city that never sleeps! Hotel

Day 13 - Las Vegas to Los Angeles (Anaheim):
We will stop in Barstow this morning for the chance to do some outlet shopping, before heading back to Anaheim where your tour ends late this afternoon. (B)

Please Note: The tour price does not include a night in Los Angeles (Anaheim) at the end of your tour.

What's Included

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS - 10 nights in special Contiki accommodation based on twin-share · Breakfasts (B) and Dinners (D) - as per itinerary

CONTIKI SPECIALS - Experienced, professional tour manager & driver * Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats * Free Contiki document wallet

Please note that this tour is only available for passengers aged 18 - 35 and does not include airfare.

How much?
From £885 GBP per person- BOOK NOW

 

 

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