Day 1 – Arrive in St Louis, MO, the jumping off place for your Western Adventure. Overnight at a Drury Inn. Your group will have the opportunity to enjoy Drury Inn’s 5:30 Kickback with free food and drinks.
Day 2 – Travel today is across Missouri and into Oklahoma with a stop at the Will Rogers Dog Iron Ranch. Your tour will acquaint you with fundamentals held important by this great character of American History. As well as aquaint you with life on an Oklahoma Cattle Ranch in the 1870’s. You will even learn a little about roping and riding. Overnight in nearby Tulsa. Dinner on own.
Day 3 – Travel across Oklahoma to Amarillo, TX for the night and lodging. On the way you stop at The Oklahoma City Memorial, and drive past the State Capitol to see the Oil Well on the lawn. Dinner at the Big Texan Steak House.
Day 4 – Morning Visit to the American Quarter Horse Museum. Photo Stop at Cadillac Ranch to see the ten graffiti-covered cars half-buried, nose-down, facing west “at the same angle as the Cheops’ pyramid” Your group can even bring spray paint and add graffiti to the cars – this is an acceptable practice, Travel to the Acoma Reservation west of Albuquerque. Overnight at the Sky City Casino. Dinner Buffet.
Day 5 – The Acoma Pueblo & Sky City Cultural Center is built high atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff in a beautiful valley studded with sacred, towering monoliths. Truly one of the most magnificent vistas in the Southwest. Continuously occupied since 1150 A.D., Sky City is the oldest inhabited community in North America.
The mesa-top settlement is known worldwide for its unique art and rich culture. Afternoon travel includes a stop at the Painted Desert Visitors Center in the Petrified Forest National Park, then a drive on the northern loop of the Petrified Forest Road. Arrive Flagstaff for a two night stay. Dinner at a Local Restaurant.
Day 6 – Full Day of Sightseeeing with a local guide in Grand Canyon National Park. Shopping at the Cameron Trading Post. Tour the South Rim of the Grand Canyon from the Desert View Watch Tower to Hermits Rest. Late afternoon feature is the Imax Theater and Dinner, after which you return to watch the Sunset from the South Rim.
Day 7 – Travel to Las Vegas, for an overnight stay. After hotel check-in at Las Vegas you enjoy an evening City Lights Tour. See the Gondolas of Venice, the dancing fountains of the Bellagio, the erupting volcanoes at the Mirage & the Eiffel Tower! Plus, the neon of downtown Las Vegas and the Fremont Street Experience!
Day 8 – Depart Las Vegas bound for Zion, Utah’s first National Park. Sightseeing in Zion is from the bottom looking up. Your group will walk in the shadows of towering canyon cliffs that ascend to a brilliant blue sky. These unique sandstone cliffs range in color from cream, to pink, to red. They could be described as sand castles crowning desert canyons.
Afternoon travel takes you to Bryce Canyon National Park. Unlike Zion, Bryce is viewed from the top looking down. Here thousands of delicately carved spires rise in brilliant color. Your first view of Bryce Canyon is dramatic, as rows of pine trees veil the color and grandeur of the canyon until you reach the rim. Overnight at Ruby’s Inn near the Park Entrance. Dinner is at Cowboy’s Buffet & Steak Room.
Day 9 – Travel to Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City Sightstseeing Tour includes: The Great Salt Lake, State Capitol Building & Governor’s Mansion, Old Mormon Pioneer Trail, This is The Place Monument, Trolley Square, Olympic Stadium & Village, Beehive House, Lion House, Eagle Gate, Temple Gardens & Fountains and more. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 10 – This morning begins at the Mormon Tabernacle with a live TV Broadcast of the service and a chance to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Afternoon travel to Jackson, WY. Dinner is included tonight.
Day 11 – A full day of sightseeing begins in Jackson with our guide who will provide commentary today as we travel through Grand Teton National Park, over the Snake River, along the shore of Jackson Lake, to Yellowstone National Park.
Sights here include the Old Faithful Geyser and Visitors Center, Upper Geyser Basin, the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone Lake and much more as we navigate the Grand Loop Road. Return to Jackson. Dinner on own.
Day 12 – Travel to Cheyenne, WY. Late afternoon visit to the Terry Bison Ranch, where you enjoy a tour through their buffalo herd. Following the tour enjoy the Dirty Dan Magee Steak Fry before retreating to your hotel.
Day 13 – Travel to Lincoln, NE. Following a morning on the road, you stop at Buffalo Bill State Park in North Platte, NE and tour Scouts Rest, the home of this famous frontier showman. Don’t miss the barn filled with wagons from the Wild West Show.
Afternoon visit to the Great Platte River Road Archway. Crossing over I-80 it pays tribute to the enduring spirit of our pioneers during their trek across America. No matter their jumping off point immigrants on the Mormon, California and Oregon Trails were all heading here to Fort Kearney and from this point westward it was wilderness.
Day 14 – Travel to St Louis, MO. Visit the Pony Express Museum in St Joseph, MO while enroute. Then overnight in a St Louis sunurb with dinner at a popular restaurant.
Day 15 – After breakfast, depart for home.