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  • South Dakota

    Deadwood Rapid City

    Tucked into the heart of the U.S.A., the ‘Mount Rushmore State’ offers untouched nature in abundance, vast stretches of prairies and early pioneer towns.

    • Badlands National Park

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    • Capitol Building, Pierre

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    • Mt Rushmore

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    • Horse Riding

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    • Main Street, Deadwood

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    Mainly rural, South Dakota has two main cities. Sioux Falls, the largest in the region, boasts its namesake waterfall and Rapid City offers easy access to Mount Rushmore and is known as the gateway to the Black Hills where mountains, caves, forests and lakes are waiting to be explored.

    Settlement of South Dakota did not begin in earnest until the arrival of the railroad in 1873, and although now renowned for the substance, discovery of gold was not made in the Black Hills until 1974.

    The Black Hills are the highest mountains east of the Rockies, the most famous of which is Mt. Rushmore where presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, were carved in granite by Gutzon Borgium. This spectacular sight is still as popular today drawing visitors from across the globe. Near the figure of Custer a memorial to Crazy Horse is now also being carved, and is thought to be the world’s largest mountain sculpture currently in progress. It is being created in honour of the North American Indian and will stand an amazing 563 foot high and 641 foot long.

    Other attractions of the area which should not to be missed are the Badlands; the world’s only Corn Palace in Mitchell and the city of Deadwood where Wild Bill Hickok was killed in 1876. Deadwood still reflects life of a bygone era offering an intriguing blend of old meets new.

    The Wonders of Wyoming Fly Drive is a great way to explore this region of America.

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  • The Wonders of Wyoming

    Begins in and ends in Denver, Colorado

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: May to September

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Wyoming

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    • Saratoga

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    • Horses

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    • Rock Springs

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    • Cheyenne

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    • Buffalo

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    Day 01

    Arrive Denver

    Depart the UK on your scheduled flight to Denver. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

    Day 02

    Denver

    Today you are free to explore the ‘Mile High City’ of Denver. You may choose to take the U.S. Mint tour, visit the Molly Brown House Museum or experience the wide choice of shopping options.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

    100Mi/161Km

    Day 03

    Cheyenne

    This morning you will take Route 25 north to begin your adventure. Stop off for lunch at Fort Collins and perhaps make a final stop at the Terry Bison Ranch before arrival in Cheyenne.

    Hotel: Nagle Warren Mansion

    147Mi/237Km

    Day 04

    Fort Laramie & Lusk

    Today will take you on an historical journey to Fort Laramie: once a western gateway for some 350,000 pioneers who crossed the Oregon Trail, now a restored site with park rangers in period costume. Mid afternoon, continue your drive to the small town of Lusk.

    Hotel: Best Western Pioneer, Lusk

    149Mi/240km

    Day 05

    Rapid City

    Today head across the border into South Dakota. This scenic drive will bring you through Custer State Park to the magnificent site of Mount Rushmore and on to Rapid City.

    Hotel: The Rushmore Hotel, Rapid City

    Day 06

    Rapid City

    This morning, we suggest you take the 95 mile drive to Badlands National Park to view the striking sight of spires and gorges.

    Hotel: The Rushmore Hotel, Rapid City

    224Mi/360Km

    Day 07

    Clearmont

    Today will take you back into Wyoming, but not before a brief stop at the historic town of Deadwood. Once across the state line, you will venture into the Black Hills National Forest, home to eerie Devils Tower.

    Hotel: Ranch at Ucross

    178Mi/286Km

    Day 08

    Cody

    Today, why not take a horseback ride, play tennis or relax by the pool at this great ranch before venturing through the Bighorn National Forest to Cody? Once in Cody visit the Old Trail Town, an authentic recreation of the 1890’s Old West.

    Hotel: Best Western Premier Ivy Inn

    77Mi/124Km

    Day 09

    Yellowstone National Park

    This morning visit the Buffalo Bill Historic Centre, housing memorabilia of the showman William ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody. It’s a short drive from here to the pretty Lake Yellowstone area of Yellowstone.

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel

    Day 10

    Yellowstone National Park

    Today is yours to explore this magical National Park. Take a boat on Lake Yellowstone, drive up to Mammoth Hot Springs or try the Geyser hike. Watch out for the buffalo roaming freely!

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel

    98Mi/158Km

    Day 11

    Jackson

    A short drive today brings you through Grand Teton National Park, home to both bear and moose, and on to the picturesque town of Jackson.

    Hotel: Rustic Inn Creekside Resort

    180Mi/290Km

    Day 12

    Rock Springs

    An early start today as you set out through Teton National Forest to the towns of Dubois and Lander. Enjoy a leisurely drive to the quaint city of Rock Springs, where you spend the evening.

    Hotel: Hampton Inn Rock Springs

    155Mi/250Km

    Day 13

    Saratoga

    You may wish to take a trip to the Flaming Gorge before driving to Saratoga. Your hotel is home to some of the area’s natural hot springs, so take some time to relax in the hot pools.

    Hotel: Saratoga Hot Springs Resort

    230Mi/370Km

    Day 14

    Estes Park

    Today, enjoy your leisurely drive into Colorado, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Medicine Bow Mountains. Then drive on to Estes Park, where you will spend your last night.

    Hotel: Rocky Mountain Park Inn

    75Mi/121Km

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Spend your last morning relaxing before your short drive back to Denver, where you will return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2899 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. Due to the nature of the locations featured, certain hotels are tourist class only. Park admission fees are not included. 

    Real America Uncovered

    Begins in Rapid City, South Dakota and ends in Glacier National Park, Montana

    15 Days / 14 Nights

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurance and satellite navigation
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
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    • Devils Tower

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    • Cody, Wyoming

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    • Hot Springs, Yellowstone NP

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    • Deadwood, South Dakota

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    • Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

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    • Bison in Badlands, North Dakota

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    • Whitefish Lake, Montana

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    Day 01

    Rapid City, South Dakota

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Rapid City. Upon arrival, transfer independently to The Rushmore Hotel.

    Hotel: The Rushmore Hotel, Rapid City, South Dakota

    Day 02

    Rapid City & Badlands National Park, South Dakota

    Make your way east toward Badlands National Park - a maze of buttes, canyons and gullies formed by millions of years of erosion. On your way back to Rapid City, stop in at the small gateway town of Wall to visit Wall Drug. Rapid City is home to the Journey Museum and a newly-revamped downtown scene.

    Hotel: The Rushmore Hotel, Rapid City, South Dakota

    42Mi/68Km

    Day 03

    The Black Hills of South Dakota

    Today you will visit the majestic Mount Rushmore National Memorial - a 60-foot-high mountain carving of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. You will also have chance to visit the Crazy Horse Memorial – a massive granite carving honoring the Native American warrior will stand 563 feet high and 641 feet long when complete. It's then on to Custer State Park, the second largest state park in the nation and home to 1,500 bison and granite outcroppings. Drive the 18 mile Wildlife Loop Road. Head to the Old West town of Deadwood where the legends of Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane live on. Why not visit the Days of 76 Museum or try your luck at one of the town’s numerous gaming parlours.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Deadwood, South Dakota

    216Mi/348Km

    Day 04

    Medora, North Dakota

    Head north to Medora, diverting slightly east en route to admire the Enchanted Highway, a 32-mile stretch of paved county highway that features spectacular giant concrete and metal sculptures. In Medora take in the nightly outdoor Medora Musical and Pitchfork Fondue dinner in the summer with the dynamic landscape of the North Dakotan Badlands as your backdrop.

    Hotel: The Rough Riders Hotel, Medora, North Dakota

    Day 05

    Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

    Spend the day exploring Theodore Roosevelt National Park and North Dakota’s Badlands which have been shaped by millions of years of wind, rain, erosion, fire and the meandering Little Missouri River.

    Hotel: The Rough Riders Hotel, Medora, North Dakota

    282Mi/454Km

    Day 06

    Billings, Montana

    Make your way into Montana, known as Big Sky Country, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument which serves as a symbol for both sides – the U.S. Cavalry and Native American Indians, who fought on the banks of the Little Bighorn River.

    Hotel: The Northern Hotel, Billings, Montana

    104Mi/168Km

    Day 07

    Cody, Wyoming

    Explore downtown Billings before heading across state borders into Wyoming toward Buffalo Bill’s Cody. Lose yourself in the expansive Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a complex of five thematic museums, visit the Old Trail Town, view the live shootout performances in front of the Irma Hotel, and take in the daily Summer Cody Night Rodeo.

    Hotel: Best Western Premier Ivy Inn & Suites

    80Mi/129Km

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    Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

    An early start is required for the nation’s first national park, Yellowstone - best known for the geysers, hot springs and mud pots that make the park one of the most active geothermal areas on the planet. The awe-inspiring landscape covers 2,000,000 acres with over 10,000 thermal features and hundreds of animal species. Popular sites include Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Lamar and Hayden Valleys and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its inspirational view of Lower Falls.

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

    Day 10

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

    Take a day trip south to Grand Teton National Park, dominated by the Tetons, a 40-mile mountain range that is part of the famed Rocky Mountains. Spend the day exploring the park – drive the 42-mile Scenic Loop, visit Grand Teton National Park Visitors Center, or take the Aerial Tram. Enjoy a hike or wildlife safari, take a boat trip on one of the lakes and visit the town of Jackson.

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

    148Mi/238Km

    Day 11

    Butte & Anaconda, Montana

    Make your way north and back into Montana towards Bozeman. Visit the Museum of the Rockies, home to one of the largest collections of dinosaur fossils, as you pass through on your way to Butte. Explore the historical downtown of Butte before continuing to your hotel, which is located 15 miles away in the town of Anaconda.

    Hotel: Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Anaconda, Montana

    241Mi/388Km

    Day 12

    Whitefish, Montana

    Take the scenic route to Philipsburg, one of the ‘Prettiest Painted Places in America’ to mine for authentic Montana sapphires! As you head north stop in at the artsy town of Missoula to visit the Smoke Jumper Visitor Center which tells the story of how elite, highly trained firefighters fight forest fires in remote areas throughout the country, and admire the crystal clear waters of Flathead Lake.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, Montana

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    Glacier National Park, Montana

    Spend the day in the spectacular Glacier National Park, to explore glacial-scoured valleys, towering peaks, tumbling waterfalls, verdant forests and wildflower-strewn meadows. Keep an eye out for grizzly bears, elk, mountain goats and bighorn sheep. Drive the magnificent 85km Going-To-The-Sun-Road and hike some of the 1,126km of trails.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, Montana

    Day 15

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute sightseeing, before making the journey back to Glacier Park International Airport for your return flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1799 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Cowboy Country

    Begins in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and ends in Rapid City, South Dakota

    9 Days / 8 Nights

    Departures: June, July and August

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    Your Escorted Tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 6 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Family friendly
    • Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone NP

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    • Grand Teton National Park

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    • Horses on a Ranch

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    Day 01

    Arrive Jackson

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Jackson. This evening you'll enjoy a welcome reception and dinner with your fellow travelling companions.

    Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge (Dinner included)

    Day 02

    Jackson

    Enjoy spectacular views of Grand Teton National Park this morning, before embarking on a gentle float trip on the Snake River, looking out for beavers, eagles, elks and other animals that live in the park. Following lunch, the rest of the day is yours to explore historic Jackson or relax at the hotel.

    Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day 03

    Yellowstone

    This morning you’ll have the unique opportunity to join a park insider for an exclusive peek into the story of Grand Teton National Park. Later you’ll travel from the Tetons to America’s first national park; Yellowstone. Your hotel for the next two nights is just steps away from the famous Old Faithful Geysers. This evening you’ll enjoy dinner at the lodge, and have the option of joining a Ranger program. 

    Hotel: Old Faithful Inn (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 04

    Yellowstone

    Start the day in remarkable Yellowstone National Park with an expert from The Institute of the Yellowstone Association, hearing information about the park’s abundant wildlife and unique geology. After a picnic lunch you’ll see some of the 10,000 hot springs within the park and watch the mighty Old Faithful geyser shoot its plume of steam high into the air.

    Hotel: Old Faithful Inn (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 05

    Cody

    You’ll leave Yellowstone this morning and continue your Wyoming adventure to the historic town of Cody, gaining a glimpse into the history and culture of the heyday of the American West at the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre. It’s a true cowboy experience tonight with a western-style dinner and rodeo with bucking broncos, steer wrestlers, calf ropers and barrel riders.

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Cody at Buffalo Bill Village (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 06

    The Ranch at Ucross

    Journeying through Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains you’ll pass deep canyons, vast grasslands and blankets of wildflowers en route to the TA Guest Ranch, where an authentic ranch experience awaits. You’ll enjoy a cookhouse lunch, go horseback riding and watch a roping demonstration. Later you’ll continue to your overnight stay at another working Wyoming ranch, the Ranch at Ucross, where you’ll enjoy an old fashioned campfire.

    Hotel: The Ranch at Ucross (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 07

    Mount Rushmore

    You’ll depart the Ranch at Ucross this morning and head for the Black Hills of South Dakota. Arriving at Mount Rushmore you’ll see the towering stone portraits of four American presidents carved into the stone. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelling companions.

    Hotel: K Bar S Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 08

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before your transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £3090 per person sharing a standard room in low season. Prices for children over 12 years, alternative party sizes, separate room for children and other date seasons are all available on request.

    Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

    Begins in Jackson, Wyoming and ends in Rapid City, South Dakota

    9 Days / 8 Nights

    Departures: June, July, August and September

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    Your Escorted Tour includes:

    • Roundtrip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 8 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Culturally immersed itinerary
    • Mount Rushmore

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    • Spectacular wildlife in Yellowstone National Park

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    • Buffalo Bill Historical Centrer

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    • Grand Teton

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    • Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone’s number one attraction

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    • Old Faithful Inn

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    • Old Faithful Inn Lobby

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    Day 01

    Arrive Jackson

    Depart the UK on your chosen flight to Jackson, Wyoming. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Jackson Lake Lodge, which is fabulously located within Grand Teton National Park.

    Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge (no meals)

    Day 02

    Jackson

    Spend your first full day exploring the quaint town of Jackson, which is filled with boutique shops and casual eateries, or head out into the national park. This evening, meet your fellow travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge (Dinner included)

    Day 03

    Grand Teton National Park

    Watch out for the spectacular wildlife, ranging from moose and elk to beavers and bald eagles, during an exhilarating ten-mile rafting trip along Snake River. This afternoon and evening are yours to explore Grand Teton National Park at leisure or make the short trip into the historic town of Jackson.

    Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 04

    Yellowstone National Park

    This morning, you’ll be enriched with the story of Grand Teton National Park and the immense efforts in place to preserve the environment. Next, it’s on to Yellowstone National Park where you will learn about the phenomenon of the world's first National Park, globally known for its unique geothermal activity. There’s an opportunity to witness Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone’s number one attraction, shooting 184 feet in the air, before enjoying dinner at leisure at Old Faithful Inn.

    Hotel: Old Faithful Inn (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 05

    Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone National Park has so much to see you need a second day. Witness some of Yellowstone’s abundant geysers, bright coloured hot springs, bubbling mud pots, steaming fumaroles, and other geothermal wonders, before following the Firehole River into the deep canyons to Fountain Paint Pot. Your accommodation for this evening is an historic 19th century hotel which is located on the shores of Lake Yellowstone.

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 06

    Cody & The Wild West

    Leaving the National Parks behind, today it is out into the open planes of western Wyoming and the 1890s town of Cody, named for its founder William ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody. You’ll experience the authentic “Wild West” at Buffalo Bill Historical Center, which includes the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Draper Museum of Natural History, the Plains Indian Museum and the Buffalo Bill Museum. Tonight, enjoy a western themed evening at the Cody Rodeo or the Cowboy Music Revue (depending on the season).

     

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Cody at Buffalo Bill Village (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 07

    Clearmont Ranch

    You will witness spectacular Bighorn Mountain scenery of rugged canyons, sparkling waterfalls and colourful vegetation en route to Buffalo, where a fabulous cookhouse lunch, horseback ride, roping demonstrations and a horse whispering session at the TA Ranch await your arrival. Then it’s on to a second Wyoming ranch where you will enjoy dinner and spend the evening at leisure.

    Hotel: The Ranch at Ucross (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 08

    Mount Rushmore

    Today is a journey into the Black Hills of South Dakota, a spectacular location, where you’ll have lunch at the Crazy Horse Memorial, a grand rock sculpture that will stand as the largest stone carving in the world once completed. Next it is on to famous Mount Rushmore, a majestic mountain where the faces of former presidents are carved into the granite. This evening, enjoy a farewell reception and dinner in Rapid City.

    Hotel: The Rushmore Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 09

    Journey Home

    There’s time for some last minute sightseeing or souvenir shopping before your transfer to Rapid City Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3449 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.