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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Remember the country they sing about in "America the Beautiful"? The one with the spacious skies, gleaming alabaster cities, and majestic purple mountains? Its still out there. Come see it with us. Ideal for wildlife enthusiasts and outdoorsy folk who want to see the country by day and revel downtown by night, this tour takes you across the Great West, from the City of Big Shoulders through Yellowstone and Yosemite and past herds of grazing bison to the City by the Bay. In a word: Perfect.

North America
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: NUCF.B/201688
  • Starts: Chicago, United States
  • Finishes: Yosemite National Park, United States
You will Visit
  • Chicago
  • Frontenac
  • Sioux Falls
  • Badlands National Park
  • Custer State Park
  • Devils Tower
  • Bozeman
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Jackson
  • Twin Falls
  • Reno
  • South Lake Tahoe
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco

Itinerary

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Day 1: Chicago

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Chicago/Frontenac

Tour the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee and enjoy a beer tasting, then camp on the banks of the Mississippi River.

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Day 3: Frontenac/Sioux Falls

Enjoy a free morning at the largest shopping mall in America – the Mall of America. Afterwards, venture into South Dakota and head into the Great Plains and lands of the Sioux.

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Day 4: Sioux Falls/Badlands National Park

Travel through the Badlands before reaching the Black Hills.

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Day 5: Badlands National Park/Custer State Park

Discover moon-like landscapes on the trails of the Badlands, then drive to Custer SP. Dodge free-roaming bison herds while exploring Custer's diverse lands.
Explore the spectacular, bizarre, and moon-like landscape at Badlands National Park. Discover Wall Drug, an American roadside wonder before reaching the famous Black Hills in the heart of South Dakota. Then take the scenic route to Custer State Park.

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Day 6: Custer State Park/Devils Tower

Check out the larger than life ex-presidents of Mount Rushmore, tour around Crazy Horse Memorial, and stop off at Deadwood en route to Devils Tower in Wyoming.

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Day 7: Devils Tower/Bozeman

Check out the the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument en route to the university town of Bozeman, Montana.

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Day 8: Bozeman/Yellowstone National Park

Travel to Yellowstone, the world's first national park, and be in awe of the colourful geysers, powerful waterfalls, exciting wildlife, and contrasting scenic beauty around every corner.
Yellowstone is beyond special. Geysers, waterfalls, wildlife, and scenic beauty are around every corner just waiting to be explored. In fact, Yellowstone National Park is a super volcano with the world's largest active geyser field, boasting more than 10,000 geysers. The Park is also home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the U.S., including roaming bison, gray wolves, elk, black bears, and, of course, the famous grizzly bear.

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Day 9: Yellowstone National Park

Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Southern Loop.
Travel through some of the most famous landmarks of Yellowstone, including Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, West Thumb, and Yellowstone Lake.

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Day 10: Yellowstone National Park/Jackson

Cross the Continental Divide en route to Grand Teton National Park. Enjoy the view of more than 12 peaks that make up this beautiful drive. Opt to visit a cowboy bar for Western line dancing and live music.
Stop at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park and take in the tranquil surroundings.

In the late afternoon, reach Jackson and marvel at the town square's elk antler arches. In the evening, enjoy a night out with a true wild western atmosphere at the One Million Dollar Bar.

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Day 11: Jackson/Twin Falls

Choose to go whitewater rafting or horseback riding during a free morning, then cross the border into Idaho. Stop off at Shoshone Falls en route.

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Day 12: Twin Falls/Reno

Sit back and relax during a road trip day, crossing into Nevada. Enjoy the bright lights both in and outside the casinos in "The Biggest Little City in the World."

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Day 13: Reno/South Lake Tahoe

Arrive to Lake Tahoe after a short drive. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing.

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Day 14: South Lake Tahoe/Yosemite National Park

Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes while enjoying one of most scenic drives in California: Tioga Pass!
With a keen eye and a little luck, spot black bears, deer or coyotes.

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Day 15: Yosemite National Park

Enjoy free time in Yosemite National Park.
Full day to explore Yosemite National Park. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. Option to rent bikes in Yosemite Valley.

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Day 16: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Trip ends upon arrival to San Francisco. Take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills, explore the city by bicycle or set sail into the setting sun.
Arrive at one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. The CEO will point out some popular sites on the drive into town.

There's a lot to see and do in San Francisco. We recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hands-On: Miller Brewery Tour and Tasting, Milwaukee
    • Entrance fees to all national parks, state parks, and national monuments with hiking and walking excursions
    • Mall of America visit
    • Wall Drug visit
    • Deadwood visit
    • Tioga Pass (seasonal)
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (2 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (13 nts)
    • 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size
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Tour Highlights:
  • Camp along the Mississippi River
  • Hike the Badlands
  • Marvel at Yellowstone's geysers
  • Chill out at Lake Tahoe
  • Meet the wildlife of Grand Teton National Park
  • Explore the streets of San Francisco