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Northern Adventure

Ready for the ultimate North American adventure? Starting in the Windy City, this one takes you across South Dakota, through America's beautiful heartland, from the icons of Mt. Rushmore and Teton National Park, finishing up with some showstopping glamping under the stars in Zion, before heading for the glittering lights of Vegas.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Supplier Tour ID: 265/238871
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Chicago, United States
  • Finishes: Las Vegas (NV), United States
  • Age requirement: 18 - 35
You will Visit
  • Chicago
  • Madison
  • Sioux Falls
  • Mt. Rushmore
  • Cody
  • Jackson Hole
  • Salt Lake City
  • Zion National Park
  • Las Vegas



Day 1: Chicago to Madison via Milwaukee

You'll meet your Contiki Crew in the city of deep-dish pizzas & American sports today, before we hit the road.We'll drive through America's beautiful heartland, stopping off in Milwaukee for a brewery tour, before heading onto Madison.Tonight, we arrive at Madison, where we'll hit up its trendy bars.


Day 2: Madison to Sioux Falls

Today is abundant with natural beauty, as we swoon at the Minnesotan farmlands, the Kitschy SPAM museum and finally...Situated in rolling hills and along the banks of the Big Sioux River, South Dakota's largest city plummets through gorgeous rock faces, with a buzzing cityscape housing an incredible culinary scene.


Day 3: Sioux Falls to Mt Rushmore

Today we'll make our way through some gorgeous scenery towards one of America's most iconic sights.With included entry to Badlands National Park, we'll enjoy the dramatic landscapes, steep canyons and towering pines, as well as visiting the Corn Palace.


Day 4: Mt.Rushmore

Completed in 1941, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a gargantuan sculpture carved into the mountain, depicting George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. We'll enjoy included entry to the memorial today, gawping at the largest piece of art you've ever seen, before heading onto the Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park.


Day 5: Mt Rushmore to Cody

Saying farewell to yet another American icon, we'll head to Cody.Opt to channel Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid at a seasonal rodeo, or visit the Buffalo Bill centre. As well as being a seriously cool town, Cody is a gateway to one of the most majestic National Parks in the world.


Day 6: Yellowstone National Park

We've got included entry to Yellowstone today. Get ready to have your breath taken away.Today we'll explore the hydrothermal wonders of Yellowstone, the first National Park in the world. Comprising canyons, rivers and mountain ranges, the park is centred over the Yellowstone supervolcano. Today we'll visit the parks' centrepiece, it's epic Grand Canyon, check out the Old Faithful geyser and try and spot wildlife such as buffalo, elk and even bears - from a safe distance, of course.Back in Cody we'll trade tales about the amazing things we've just seen.


Day 7: Cody to Jackson via Grand Teton National Park

Today we'll pass through the mountain ranges of Wyoming, before reaching Grand Teton National Park.Another day, another mind-blowing National Park. We'll take a trail ride and have a cookout, surrounded by towering Whitebark pines, before heading onto Jackson.Tonight we reach Jackson, a town in Wyoming's plummeting valley.


Day 8: Jackson to Salt Lake City

Opt for some white-knuckle whitewater rafting today, before we hit up Salt Lake City.Sparkling with the rainbow colours of Utah, Salt Lake City is the perfect place to try some delicious regional food.


Day 9: Salt Lake City to Zion National Park via Utah Lake

Leaving Salt Lake City, it's time for the trip's showstopper, but not before......we stop off for a picnic beside the glittering Utah lake.It's time to check out our amazing glamping digs skirting Zion National Park. Over the next few days we'll be getting up close and personal with Mother Nature.


Day 10: Bryce Canyon National Park

Get your hiking boots on - today we have some jaw-dropping scenery to explore.You'll be familiar with this place from Pinterest or Instagram, but nothing can compare to the real thing. After seeing the 'hoodoo' canyons and twisting rock spires, we'll head back to our digs.After an afternoon of jaw-dropping scenery, we'll journey back to the campfire to swap stories about our day under a canvas of stars. S'mores anyone?


Day 11: Zion National Park to Las Vegas

Cascading waterfalls & colourful mountains give us a taste of nature before we reach the shimmering lights of the city of sin.Tonight we'll take an evening tour of the famous Las Vegas strip, checking out some of the world's largest hotels and casinos. Opt for a Cirque du Soleil show or VIP club entry to make this night one to remember.


Day 12: Las Vegas

This epic adventure has finally come to an end. Your travel friends have become like family, so don't forget to swap deets & start planning your next adventure.

    • You can expect to refuel with hearty breakfasts and delicious dinners from us but we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best local cuisine. You'll taste it all - from simple street eats to gourmet fare
    • Professional, insightful and fun, our Trip Managers, Drivers and Local Guides in the USA & Canada are highly trained and ready to show you this incredible part of the world. Armed with their little black books of must sees, dos and eats, they'll help you avoid the tourist traps and show you the time of your life
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Tour Highlights:
  • Chicago to Madison: Drive through the American Midwest's beautiful farmlands
  • Yellowstone: Entry into Yellowstone National Park,See the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone the famous 'Old Faithful' geyser, wildlife such as buffalo, elk & possibly bears
  • Jackson to Salt Lake City: Whitewater Rafting (seasonal)
  • Zion National Park to Las Vegas: Entry into Zion National Park,See the West Temple & Watchman