Presidents, geysers & eight national parks

DENVER ROUND TRIP

Rocky Mountain Trail

SELF DRIVE TOUR

DENVER | COLORADO SPRINGS | ALAMOSA | DURANGO | GRAND JUNCTION | MOAB | SALT LAKE CITY | JACKSON |YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK | CODY | SHERIDAN | RAPID CITY | CHEYENNE | ESTES PARK

This is the ultimate tour of the America Rockies taking in eight National Parks. See Old Faithful erupt skywards in Yellowstone and the four past presidents looking down on you from Mount Rushmore; see the world's largest collection of natural stone arches in the Arches National Park and spend time in the Mile High city of Denver. See where Dances with Wolves was filmed around Rapid City, discover bison in the Badlands National Parkand the Buffalo Bill museum in Cody.

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  1. Day 1

    Arrive Denver

    Arrive into Denver airport, collect your hire car and drive to your hotel. A stroll through the picturesque pedestrian zone with its many shops and restaurants lets you feel the flair of this metropolis.

    Hotel for 2 nights: Doubletree by Hilton Denver Stapleton North

  2. Day 2

    Denver free day

    This former gold mining town, which is also called “Mile High City” because it is located 1609 meters high in the Rocky Mountains, has the biggest brewery, the greatest bell collection of the world, the largest wine tasting place and the longest street in America. You may want to see the newly remodeled Denver Art Museum or the Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

  3. Day 3

    Denver - Colorado Springs (72 miles)

    An easy drive takes you to Colorado Springs, the 2nd biggest city in Colorado. We recommend visiting the “Garden of the Gods” to admire the 100m high rock formations of red sandstone which are particularly impressive in the early morning and late afternoon light.

    Hotel: Quality Inn & Suites Garden of the Gods

  4. Day 4

    Colorado Springs - Alamosa (165 miles)

    Today, you drive south to Alamosa, the departure point for a visit to the giant, up to 100m high Great Sand Dunes at the foot of the snow-covered Rocky Mountains, which off er a breath-taking view. 

    Hotel: Best Western Alamosa Inn

  5. Day 5

    Alamosa - Durango (243 miles)

    Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with cliff dwellings built by the Anazasi Indians over 1000 years ago, will be a highlight of your trip. Do not miss the archeological settlements in this unique area, especially the Cliff Palace, thought to be the largest cliff dwelling in North America. Durango enjoys a scenic location on the banks of the Animas River with stunning views. 

    Hotel: Durango Downtown Inn

  6. Day 6

    Durango - Grand Junction (171 miles)

    Durango is the starting point for drives over the famous Million Dollar Highway; take your time because the views are stunning and a stop in Silverton well worth it. At Ridgeway either head to Grand Junction or take a drive over the remote Unaweep to Tabeguache Scenic & Historic Byway. 

    Hotel: Clarion Inn Grand Junction

  7. Day 7

    Grand Junction - Moab (113 miles)

    Today’s journey takes you into the Mormon state of Utah, and the Arches National Park. It’s here that you’ll fi nd the world’s highest concentration of natural stone arches. This is 73,000 acres of red, arid, desert landscape punctuated with over 2000 oddly eroded sandstone forms such as fins, pinnacles, spires, rocks and arches. 

    Hotel: River Canyon Lodge

  8. Day 8

    Moab - Salt Lake City (234 miles)

    Your drive north from Moab can take you by the Dinosaur National Monument where you’ll see dinosaur fossils in the dig site. Or perhaps you prefer to drive straight to Salt Lake City, the Capital of the Mormon State, set in front of a breath-taking mountain panorama and visit the great Salt Sea, from which the city derives its name.

    Hotel: Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites.

  9. Day 9

    Salt Lake City - Jackson (306 miles)

    Make sure you’ve seen the famous Temple Square before leaving on your journey across the Oregon Trail to historic Jackson where arches of elk antlers adorn the central square. Located south of Grand Teton National Park it is the centre of the so-called Jackson Hole, a valley with marvelous panoramas. 

    Hotel: Virginian Lodge.

  10. Day 10

    Jackson - Yellowstone National Park (306 miles)

    Continue today through the impressive mountain chain of the Grand Tetons, with mountain peaks thrusting 2000 metres skywards, to the world famous Yellowstone National Park. Stop and enjoy the views from Jenny Lake on the way. 

    Hotel for 2 nights: Yellowstone National Park accommodation

  11. Day 11

    Yellowstone National Park

    A day to explore America’s first ever National Park, founded in 1872 and a wonder world of geysers and bubbling mud holes, thermal springs and lakes shimmering in a range of diff erent turquoise tones. You will be fascinated by geysers like the “Old Faithful” which shoots water 120ft. into the air and the Lower Yellowstone Falls thundering down the steep canyon walls.

  12. Day 12

    Yellowstone National Park - Cody (131 miles)

    Enjoy a day of scenic delight as you drive the Buff alo Scenic Byway through the Absaroka Mountains and Shoshone Canyon to the Wild West town of Cody. If you are a Western Fan, don’t miss the Buff alo Bill Cody Museum. 

    Hotel: Comfort Inn at Buffalo Bill Village

  13. Day 13

    Cody - Sheridan (150 miles)

    An easy and scenic drive today, through the Bighorn National Forest along the “Bighorn Scenic Byway” to the frontier town of Sheridan, named after a Union cavalry leader in the American Civil War. 

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Sheridan

  14. Day 14

    Sheridan - Rapid City (250 miles)

    America’s first national monument, Devils Tower rising 1300 ft. above the Belle Fourche River, is on your itinerary today. Then head for the Black Hills of South Dakota and the gold boomtown of Deadwood before you continue to Rapid City. 

    Hotel for 3 nights: Best Western Ramkota Rapid City

  15. Day 15-16

    Rapid City

    Two days to explore Rapid City and the surrounding national parks. The largest National Monument of the United States, Mt. Rushmore with 4 presidents cut in stone represent 150 years of American history. The Custer State Park and the Wind Cave National Park are certainly worth a visit. Don’t miss the impressive Crazy Horse Memorial which was meant to become the tallest sculpture in the world. The Badlands National Park is vast prairie country with bizarre rock formations, rare animals like bison or big horn sheep and fossils from primeval times.

  16. Day 17

    Rapid City - Cheyenne (312 miles)

    You leave South Dakota today and travel through the forested Black Hills and grasslands of Wyoming to Cheyenne, named after the Indian people indigenous to this region when the town was formed as a railroad city in the late 1800’s. Explore the historical Old Town with the Old Union Pacific Depot. 

    Hotel: Quality Inn Cheyenne

    (except departures 5-15 July, Quality Inn Casper)

  17. Day 18

    Cheyenne - Estes Park (91 miles)

    Today’s drive leads through the Rocky Mountain National Park. Within the boundaries of the park are more than 100 peaks rising above 11,000 feet in altitude, including Longs Peak at 14,259 feet. These amazing mountains cradle the Estes Valley, providing guests with incredible beauty and inspiration. Follow the Trail Ridge Road from Estes Park (Park Entrance) to Grand Lake and experience the breath-taking views on one of the highest paved roads in the United States. Each stop offers a unique view, such as at Rainbow Curve where you can see the Alluvial Fan and Horseshoe Park, and at Forest Canyon, where the force of glaciers carved the land. 

    Hotel: Rocky Mountain Park Inn

  18. Day 19

    Rocky Mountain National Park - Denver (65 miles)

    Perhaps you’ll stay a while in the mountain scenery this morning before heading south again to Denver. Now a bustling metropolis it started life in 1858 as a gold rush town and the Rocky Mountains make a stunning backdrop to the city. Take a stroll over the “16th Street Mall”, a 2 km long promenade in the historic centre of Denver, or taste a beer at one of the numerous breweries. The west steps of the state Capitol Building stand exactly one mile above sea level and give Denver its nickname. 

    Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Denver Stapleton North

  19. Day 20

    Depart Denver

    Return your car to the airport by the time you collected it on day one and take your onward flight.

     

Departs: Daily 01 Apr 18 - 31 Mar 19

  • 19 nights accommodation as shown, based on two sharing
  • 20 days Fully Inclusive Intermediate car hire
  • Comprehensive documentation kit with driving instructions
  • Flights to / from Denver (we can arrange these for you, please ask us for details)
  • Meals
  • Sightseeing and attractions not shown as included
  • Parking
  • Tolls
  • Fuel
  • Admission charges

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