1 & 2 Westward Ho!
Get ready for the trip of a lifetime and the awesome beauty of America’s National Parks.
After a welcome dinner and lodging in Iowa, continue to Kansas, land of the Pony Express. Meals: D, B
3 Hays to Denver
Following breakfast, local frontiersman “Buffalo Bill Cody” joins you at Fort Hays to share tales of his life as a buffalo hunter on the plains near Hays City. Later, enter the Rocky Mountain State of Colorado and your home for the evening. Meals: B, D
4 Dead Horse Point State Park
Cross the Continental Divide and travel through some of the most scenic and
naturally beautiful country in the U.S. En route to Moab, view the surrounding canyon-lands. Visit Dead Horse Point State Park, which sits atop a 2,000-foot peninsula known for the herds of wild horses that once roamed here. Meal: B
5 Arches National Park and Colorado River Float Trip
Arches National Park contains the largest concentration of
stone arches in the world. A local guide shows you the massive
sandstone arches and describes the culture of those that
have occupied the region. Enjoy lunch before boarding a raft
for a float trip on the Colorado River. During the float trip your
oarsman will tell you tales of the area.
Meals: B, L
6 Bryce Canyon National Park
Depart Moab this morning and travel south into Utah’s Bryce Canyon National
Park. The natural orange and red hues that color these formations are the result of iron oxidizing within the rock. Bryce Canyon National Park is truly one of the most spectacular scenic wonders in the world. Step down inside these canyons and feel as if you have entered another world. Meal: B
7 Moqui Cave and Zion National Park
Your day begins with a stop at Moqui Cave. Cut into a sheer cliff, this
200-foot sandstone cave depicts the lives and architectural
achievements of the ancient people of Southern Utah. Traveling
south, visit Zion National Park. The first settlers in the area
referred to Zion as “The Heavenly City of God” and you will
discover why. Sheer cliffs and painted walls of color close in
as you tour the canyon cut by the Virgin River. Watch for the
hidden waterfalls and abundant wildlife. Meal: B
8 Grand Canyon North Rim
Prepare for a truly visual treat today as you travel to the North Rim of Grand Canyon
National Park, world-renowned for its remarkable beauty and
diverse range of rock layers. Carved by the mighty Colorado
River and one million years in the making, the Grand Canyon
provides unparalleled views and limitless photo opportunities.
Tonight, enjoy dinner and fun at a real chuck-wagon cookout,
featuring dinner cooked in traditional Dutch ovens.
Meals: B, D
9 Kanab to Gallup, New Mexico
Your route today takes you through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
and Vermillion Cliffs National Monument as you make your way into Arizona and to New Mexico. Meals: B, D
The most dominating landmark in sight today
is Mount Taylor. Sacred to the Navajo and the Pueblo Indians of
Acoma as they believe the mountain is home of Turquoise Boy
and Yellow Corn Girl. Tonight’s dinner is at the Big Texan Steak
Ranch, named as one of the top ten steakhouses in Texas.
Meals: B, D
11 Texas to Oklahoma
This morning, cross into Oklahoma. Arriving in Oklahoma City, enjoy a panoramic tour
including the Stockyards and the Oklahoma City Memorial.
You will also see its crowning glory, the Capitol building with its working oil well.
12 & 13 Homeward Bound
Gather in Missouri for your farewell dinner. Visit the Museum of Western Expansion and
Gateway Arch before arriving home. Meals: 2 B, 1 D