Journey to some of the most iconic sites in the American West, from Mount Rushmore to Devils Tower, and the historically rich Battle of the Little Bighorn, ending in the country’s first national park, Yellowstone. 

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 Mount Rushmore. Credit: Corey Berner  Imperial Geyser, Yellowstone National Park. Credit: John Harris  Devils Tower. Credit: Terril Heilman  Crazy Horse Memorial. Credit: Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation

The Great American West

7 days from $4,145

Journey to some of the most iconic sites in the American West, from Mount Rushmore to Devils Tower, and the historically rich Battle of the Little Bighorn, ending in the country’s first national park, Yellowstone. 

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Overview

Explore the stunning landscapes and rich history of the American Southwest during gentle hikes through four distinctly different parklands in Utah and Colorado. 

Highlights Include

  • Treasured Landmarks: Visit Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Devils Tower, Custer State Park, the Little Bighorn Battlefield and Yellowstone National Park.
  • Wildlife: There could be wildlife at any turn. Watch for bison, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, wild turkeys, bears, wolves, moose, elk and much more.

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park, South Dakota

Meet your guide mid-day in Rapid City and head to the Black Hills, an oasis of pine-clad mountains rising from the Great Plains. Travel to Mount Rushmore where your guide takes a unique approach to this monument, which portrays Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Gain insight into the context, history, and solitary landscape surrounding this national landmark.

Continue to Custer State Park, a 71,000-acre wildlife reserve that is home to a large herd of free-roaming bison and many other plains animals, including pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, elk, and wild turkeys. Chances of seeing wildlife here are excellent. After your first picturesque day, celebrate with a welcome dinner and reception at the historic State Game Lodge. (R,D)

Day 2 — Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park, South Dakota

This morning's destination is Crazy Horse Memorial—a portrayal of Lakota leader Crazy Horse carved into a mountain as a memorial honoring all North American Indians. Afterward, spend the afternoon in Custer State Park, where granite peaks rise up from an evergreen forest graced with streams and lakes. Perhaps you’ll walk the banks of French Creek, where Custer’s expedition first discovered gold in 1874, or visit the prairie dog town where the black-tailed prairie dogs scurry around feeding, grooming and “barking.” If time permits, you might also explore Wind Cave National Park or Jewel Cave National Monument. Return to the State Game Lodge this evening to relax and enjoy dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Devils Tower and Ranch Stay, Wyoming

Your "Great Western Road Trip" begins in earnest today with a drive to the remote Big Horn Mountain Range. En route, stop at Devils Tower, a 1,267-foot-tall volcanic laccolith that is still a sacred site to the Lakota and other tribes. Stroll around the tower on a 1.3-mile paved trail, marveling at nature’s own monument.

This afternoon, continue tracing the route many pioneers followed during the days of Western settlement. The next stop is a 20,000-acre ranch, near Buffalo, Wyoming, set amid rolling grasslands and riparian and upland habitat that is home to a myriad of native bird species. You’ll arrive in time to settle into your historic lodgings and enjoy a western buffet dinner on property. (B,L,D) 

Day 4 — Little Bighorn Battlefield and Red Lodge, Montana

A Crow Indian guide will join you today to discuss the path of General George Armstrong Custer and his troops on that fateful day at the Little Bighorn. The guide will bring history to life through stories and the Native American perspective of events during that turbulent period. At the site of Sitting Bull’s camp, you’ll hear a recounting of the history that unfolded on this very spot.

The day ends at another striking location, historic Red Lodge, Montana, at the base of the imposing Beartooth Mountains. Enjoy free time tonight with dinner on your own in this fun, little town. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Beartooth Pass and Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Drive over the famed Beartooth Pass—which was dubbed the “most beautiful drive in America” by the late CBS correspondent, Charles Kuralt. This steep, breathtaking road is the “back way” into Yellowstone National Park. Watch for wildlife as you travel to Lamar Valley, then visit the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. This evening, arrive in the town of Gardiner, at the northern entrance to Yellowstone. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Old Faithful and Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

With an early start, this last full day is packed with extraordinary sights and experiences in Yellowstone National Park. Explore some of the park’s most iconic features in and around Old Faithful while your guide steers you toward other hidden treasures. After lunch, explore the park’s geyser basins in depth. Yellowstone holds the most extensive concentration of geysers in the world (at least 30 named geysers), along with colorful hot springs and steaming fumaroles. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Bozeman, Montana and Depart

Savoring the morning light and a bite of breakfast, set off early for Bozeman, soaking up the last leg of this unforgettable Western road trip. Arrive at the airport in time for afternoon flights home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)