Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce & Collette Vacations
National Parks of America
August 17 - 28, 2018
Registration & Informational Meeting on January 23, 2018 at 24 Front Street, 4th Floor (use elevator) in Exeter, NH at 6:00 pm
$4799 per person based on dbl occupancy
$6199 per person (Single)
12 Days - 16 Meals (10 Breakfasts & 6 Dinners)
Trip includes:transportation to and from the airport, round trip air from Logan Airport, Air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers, hotels, scheduled tourist attractions and expert tour guides.
Highlights: Scottsdale, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, Bruce Canyon, Zion, Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks, Old Faithful, Sheridan, Bighorn Mountains, Mount Rushmore, and Crazy Horse Memorial.
Culinary inclusions: Experience a chuck wagon dinner and cowboy entertainment. Ddiscover a world of color and light on a breakfast cruise on Lake Powell.
Must See Inclusions: Spend a night at the spectacular Grand Canyon. Stay in Yellowstone National Park home to the famous Old Faithful Geyser and see one of the country's most famous landmarks, Mount Rushmore.
Collette Experiences: Explore the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a tribute to Buffalo Bill Cody and Meet Native Americans and discuss their unique and colorful culture.
Day 1: Tour begins - Join us on a journey through five of America's most splendid national parks. Your tour opens in Arizona where you will enjoy a stay in the world-famous resort town of Scottsdale. This evening, join your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner with a cowboy flair!
Day 2: Being the day with a visit to the artists colony of Sedona where you will see the amazing rock formations change hue with each turn in the road. Later today you arrive at Lake Powell.
Day 3: Embark on a delightful breakfast cruise on scenic Lake Powell. Next, travel to Carl Hayden visitors Center and look out over Glen Canyon Dam and see to the end of Lake Powell. Afterward, travel through Marble Canyon before arriving at the spectacular Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Upon arrival, relax at one of the many public seating areas overlooking the immense and colorful canyon. Take a moment to reflect as you s tand in awe of this iconic natural treasure. Before dinner you may wish to take a short hike to explore the area. Tonight's dinner takes place in the historic Grand Canyon Lodge which offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere with magnificent views overlooking the rim of the canyon.
Day4: Travel to Bruce Canyon National Park, truly one of the most spectacular scenic wonders of the world. The formations within the park, called Hoodoos, are the creation of wind and water erosion over eons of time. Iron oxidizing within the rock causes the natural orange and red hues that color these formations. You final destination for the day is the reand whie stantstone cluffs of ion National Park. In sheer magnitude and color, Zion is very likely one of the most awe-inspiring national parks in the world. It's your choice! Enjoy the iew from the floor of the canyon as you ride along on the Zion tram; or, embark on a leisurely hike with your Tour Guide alaong the Lower Emerald Pool Trail to see the lower pool and waterfalls.
Day5: A drive north takes you to Salt Lake City, the "City of the Saints," for a 2-night stay. Perhaps you will choose to explore Temple Square, This beautifully landscaped 10-acre plot of ground in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City ins one of Utah's most visited attractions. The centerpiece of the square is the 6-spired granite Salt Lake Temple, and adjacent to this imposing edifice is the domed Tabernacle, home of the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choice and the great Tabernacle organ.
Day 6: Enjoy a tour of Salt Lake City featuring the Great Salt Lake, the State Capitol and the residential district. Then, take the rest of the day to relax or independely explore.
Day 7: En route to Wyoming you will see the majestic Bear Lake Summit. Later, arrive in the cowboy town of Jackson Hole.
Day 8: The day is yours to enjoy Jackson Hole. Optional activities include shopping, canoeing, hiking and river-rafting trips. Of course, your Tour Guide will be ready with suggestions. Tonight, experience a fun-filled evening of cowboy entertainment and a traditional chuck wagon dinner.
Day 9: From Jackson Hole, pass through Grand Teton National Park. Towering more than a mile above the valley of Jackson Hole, the Grand Teton rises to 13,770 fee. Twelve Teton peaks reach above 12,000 feet and support a dozen mountain glaciers. The Teton Range is the youngest range in the Rockies and displays osme of North America's oldest rocks. Later, arrive at the amazing Yellowstone National Park for an overnight stay at your lodge nestled in the hear of this magnificent Yellowstone with a local expert. One of the many highlights is the world-famous OldFaithful Geyser, a fountain of steam that rises more than 60 feet in the air.
Day 10: A delightful day of sighseeing begins with a trip along Lake Yellowsdtone and over Sylvan Pass. From the mountains to the prairies, the scenery is simply amazing. As you pass through Cody, a stop will be amde at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a tribute to one of the most colorful ffigures of the Old West, Buffalo Bill Cody. Before turning in for the night in Sheridan, drive through the increiable Brighorn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Great Sioux Nation.
Day 11: See on of the country's most famous landmarks, Mount Rushmore, whose four figures carved in stone represent the first 150 years of American history. Later, visit,this great land. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the Native American Cultural Center to learn aboaut their culture and ccustoms. Here, Native Americans discuss the movements of their dances and the significance of wearing different feathers and clothes. At tonight's farewell dinner you will meet a local Lakota Native American and learn all about their fascinating way of life, past and present.
Day 12: Tours ends, your tour comes to a close, leaving you with many wonderful memories.