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Rocky Mountain National Parks Tour
This itinerary will take your through the Rockies, starting in Colorado and ending in Utah, with stops along the way in South Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
Day 1 - Day 2
Rocky Mountain National Park offers 663 square miles (1,068 square km) of scenic beauty with waterfalls, meadows filled with wildflowers, scenic vistas and abundant wildlife. Trail Ridge Road through the center of the park is the highest continuous roadway in the world with a restaurant that is two miles above sea level. Overnight in Denver.
Day 3 - Day 6
Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument are the world’s fifth- and second-longest caves. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is one of the nation’s newest national parks. Badlands National Park contains spires, pinnacles, buttes and gorges covering 244,000 acres (97,600 ha) of eerie, haunting topography caused by 37 million years of wind and water erosion. Mount Rushmore National Memorial is considered the world's greatest mountain carving and is certainly America's most recognized. Overnight in Custer or Rapid City.
Devils Tower was America's first national monument and reaches 364 meters into the western sky. To the northwest, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (formerly Custer Battlefield National Monument) serves as a symbol for both sides — the U.S. Cavalry and Native Americans including the Sioux and Cheyenne, who fought on the banks of the Little Bighorn River. Overnight in Billings.
The Big Hole Battlefield National Monument, near Wisdom, is the site of the 1877 battle between Colonel John Gibbon's troops and Chief Joseph's Nez Perce Indians. One of Montana's three units of the Nez Perce National Historic Park, the Big Hole Battlefield features a visitor center, museum and battlefield tours. Overnight in Butte.
Day 9 - Day 11
Glacier National Park, in the northwest corner of Montana, features the spectacular 55-mile (88.5-km) Going-To-The-Sun Road and more than 699 miles (1,126 km) of foot and horse trails. Stunning mountains, abundant wildlife and crystal lakes are the jewels of this park. Overnight in Glacier or Flathead Valley.
Day 20 - Day 21
A monument to Mormon pioneers crowns a peak above Salt Lake, where Church leaders proclaimed "this is the place" for thousands of Mormon pioneers who traveled in covered wagons west to Salt Lake in 1847. Adjacent to the monuments is Old Dessert Village, a cluster of homes, shops and buildings dating back 100 years and staffed by friendly volunteers in period garb. Overnight in Evanston.