Within reach of the Grand Tetons, Wyoming, USA

Share a 5000 mile journey through the American West, a region unique with plant and animal life, geographic wonders, human history and settlements. Visit fifteen national and state parks which protect and honour the landscape, and learn about some of the fascinating indigenous and European discovery.

EXPLORING America's National and State Parks

In America's National Parks:
We visit fifteen national and state parks on a 5000 mile journey. Bears, elk, squirrels, huge landscapes and waterfalls, ‘Old Faithful’ in Yellowstone, as well as two gold mining towns, make for a fascinating journey through America’s west.

The route through America's National Parks Journey
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ITINERARY for America's national Parks Journey

This is an outline of the 25-day itinerary that includes historic parks, grand views, American culture and a variety of accommodation.

  • Begin at: Denver, Colorado, USA
American Itinerary:
  • Day 1. Arrive at Denver, Colorado and o/n at Holiday Inn.
  • Day 2. To Wyoming, legendary state of cowboys and Indians. one of the lowest populated states (500k). Then to Laramie. Medicine Bow State park. O/n at Rawlins.
  • Day 3. Jeffrey City, Lander, Wind River Indian Reservation, Dubois. Grand Tetons and Colter Bay Village.
  • Day 4. Canoe trials at Colter Bay. Jenny lake, Point Inspiration. O/n Colter Bay Village.
  • Day 5. Philps lake, Snake River. Laurence Rockefeller Centre, Chapel of the transfiguration. O/n Colter Bay Village.
  • Day 6. South Gate Yellowstone, Grant Village. West Thumb Thermal area. Old Faithful Geyser. O/n Canyon Village.
  • Day 7. Yellowstone River Upper and Lower Falls. Clear lake trail, Artist point, South Rim Walk. Tower, Roosevelt, Lamar Valley - wildlife appear around 4 pm. Bison and deer.
  • Day 8. Norris Ranger Centre, Mammoth Hot Springs Roosevelt Arch, depart Yellowstone. Montana and Chico Hot Springs Resort.
  • Day 9. Butte, Montana. Missoula and Kalispell and stay at Flathead Lake.
  • Day 10. West Glacier tourist Centre. Lake McDonald, Sperry Walking Trail. Then the Going-to-the-Sun-Road to Logan Pass. Whitefish.
  • Day 11. Glacier Symphony & Choral Concert outside Whitefish.
  • Day 12. Big Mountain - Danny On Trail.
  • Day 13. On the Road. Return to Butte and take I90 and I15 South. Dillon for the Patagonia outlet store. O/n at Rexburgh, Idaho.
  • Day 14. Idaho Falls and Macy's. I15 past Salt Lake City. To Moab. Arches N.P (Utah), Dead Horse S.P.(Utah) and Canyonlands N.P.(Utah). O/n at Cortez, Colorado.
  • Day 15. Mesa Verde (Colorado), cliff dwellings of the Pueblo Indians. O/n Cortez.
  • Day 16. Navajo Indian nation, Monument Valley Park (Utah). Gould's trading Post with John Wayne's cabin. Tuba City (Arizona).
  • Day 17. Grand Canyon (Arizona), Farview Lookout and Hopi inspired Watchtower. Bright Angel Lodge and small part of trail. O/n at Flgstaff (Arizona).
  • Day 18. I15 (Interstate 15) and then to Williams on Route 66. Kingman and then to Las Vegas (Nevada) via the amazing Hoover Dam.. Hot, humid and interesting. O/night Las Vegas.
  • Day 19. Sightsee Las Vegas. Wynn, Bellagio, Caesar's Palace. O/night Las Vegas.
  • Day 20. I95. Beatty and then Death Valley N.P. (Nevada). Furnace Creek Visitor Centre. Panamint Springs and along the 395 flanked by the Sierra Nevadas. O/night Bishop, California.
  • Day 21. Lee Vining and Bridgeport, California.
  • Day 22. Bodie State Park, an old gold mining town. Enter Yosemite N.P.(California) through Tuolamene Meadows. Short walk along the John Muir Trail. O/night Camp Curry Village.
  • Day 23. Columbia Historic Park - gold mining town. Calaveras Tall Trees State Park.
  • Day 24. Yosemite Falls. Kings Canyon and Sequoia N.P.s. Visalia and the Fresno plains.
  • Day 25. To Los Angeles.
Our Take:
This tour of the mid-west American parks shows the vastness and variety of landscapes in America. A wonderful car-trip to take on over 25 days.