Grand Journey of America's West end Denver (Summer 2020)

01/02/2020 through 09/15/2020
01/02/2020 through 10/10/2020
Insight Vacations

Grand Journey Of America’s West – End Denver, Summer 2020
From a mix of glamour and bohemian charms in San Francisco, to the lush landscapes of the Sierras, this unique trip takes you on an eclectic journey through the heart of America’s West. A combination of our Enchanting Canyonlands and American Parks Trail trips, you’ll experience everything from the mystical healing powers of Sedona, to the world famous Grand Canyon and the Japanese tea gardens of Golden Gate Park. You’ll enhance your experience by staying at lodges within the National Parks themselves, allowing you to not only witness, but wake up to show stopping views.


Authentic Dining

  • San Francisco: Enjoy a delightful Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers and Travel Director.
  • Santa Barbara: Savour a delicious dining experience at one of sunny Santa Barbara’s local restaurants.
  • Grand Canyon: Enjoy dinner with an incredible view at the Thunderbird Room, overlooking the South Rim.
  • UCross Ranch: Savour a hearty ranch style Highlight Dinner, prepared by your local hosts.
  • Custer: Toast to the finale of your trip at your Celebration Dinner served at your lodge within Custer State Park.
  • Dining Summary: 22 Breakfasts (B), 1 Dinner (D) and 9 Dinners with wine (DW).

Insight Experiences

  • Los Angeles: Join a Local Expert for a behind-the-scenes tour of a historic downtown theatre.
  • Grand Canyon: Join Local Expert Canyon Tim for an informative presentation and witness the burnt orange hues of the canyon walls.
  • Monument Valley: Join a Navajo guide in an open-air vehicle to explore the iconic vistas of this Navajo Tribal Park.
  • UCross: Spend your morning doing as the locals do, exploring your surroundings by horseback with a gentle ride (waiver required) led by a Local Expert.
  • Deadwood: Historical Wild West figures such as Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane called Deadwood home. Learn about the Gold Rush and the town’s notable residents aboard Kevin Costner’s Original Deadwood Tour with a Local Expert.
  • Deadwood: Enjoy an audience with Lakota tribe members as they share a live narrative of the Great Sioux Nation.
  • Black Hills: View Crazy Horse Memorial, which is dedicated to all Native Americans. An exclusive Insight Experience awaits as you are taken up to the 641 feet (195 metres) long and 563 feet (172 metres) tall sculpture to stand face to face with the world’s largest mountain carving.

Stay in Style

  • San Francisco: Timeless yet modern, The Westin St. Francis on Union Square, San Francisco has a vibrant, directly located on Union Square, with cable cars stopping just outside the doors.
  • Yosemite National Park: Stay in the park and enjoy Yosemite after the crowds have left, just a short walk to Yosemite Falls.
  • Monterey: Located on Cannery Row, InterContinental The Clement Monterey is a beautiful waterfront hotel in California, overlooking Monterey Bay.
  • Santa Barbara: Stay at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Enjoy beautiful views and a serene stay right on the beach.
  • Los Angeles: Stay at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown situated within walking distance of the city’s most noteworthy attractions.
  • Scottsdale: Experience Hotel Valley Ho, a mid-century modern oasis in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale with plenty of amenities and nearby attractions.
  • Grand Canyon: Insight stays centrally located within the National Park. In these cases, the hotels are much more rustic and typical of the natural environment.
  • Lake Powell: We guarantee rooms with lake-views, picture-perfect vistas and breathtaking sunsets at Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas.
  • Zion National Park: Stay in rustic charming lodges, located right inside the National Park.
  • Las Vegas: The luxurious Caesars Palace on the iconic Vegas Strip offers restaurants, nightlife, relaxation, and entertainment. It’s distinct style is a tribute to Rome’s opulence.
  • Salt Lake City: Centrally located in Salt Lake City’s business, historic, cultural and entertainment center, Little America’s fine décor and traditional ambience provide the perfect atmosphere for any type of meeting, seminar or special event.
  • Grand Teton National Park: Stay right inside the National Park at the desirable Jackson Lake Lodge. One of the largest of all the eco-friendly resorts, with breathtaking views.
  • Yellowstone National Park: Insight stays centrally located within the National Park. In these cases, the hotels are much more rustic and typical of the natural environment.
  • UCross: Enjoy a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere during your stay at the Ranch at UCross with the natural scenic beauty of the surroundings.
  • Spearfish: Deep in the heart of beautiful canyons you will find Spearfish Canyon Lodge. Built and decorated in the style of the old lodges of the West.
  • Custer State Park: Insight stays centrally located within the State Park. In these cases, the hotels are much more rustic and typical of the natural environment.

Top Rated Highlights

  • San Francisco: See the iconic cable cars, Union Square and Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Yosemite National Park: Experience the park’s natural beauty and wildlife. See the El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations.
  • San Joaquin Valley: Stop at a historic fruit stand where seasonal delights are grown, farmed, and sold.
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea: Browse the art galleries and shops in this quaint beach city.
  • Scenic Drives: 17-Mile Drive past the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
  • Santa Barbara: Visit Mission Santa Barbara, a historic Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in 1786.
  • Los Angeles: Drive along Sunset Boulevard, see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre.
  • Cameron: Stop at the historic Trading Post, established in the…

Itinerary

Day 1 San Francisco, the City by the Bay.
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Day 2 Exploring San Francisco.
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Day 3 Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Day 4 Yosemite National Park to Monterey.
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Day 5 Monterey, the Cradle of History.
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Day 6 The American Riviera.
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Day 7 Santa Monica and the City of Angels.
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Day 8 The Glitz and Glam of L.A.
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Day 9 Across the Mojave to Scottsdale.
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Day 10 Sedona and the Wonders of the Mighty Grand Canyon.
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Day 11 Monument Valley and Lake Powell.
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Day 12 Leisurely Lake Powell.
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Day 13 Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.
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Day 14 Zion to Las Vegas, From Nature to Neon.
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Day 15 Salt Lake City.
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Day 16 Jackson and Grand Teton National Park.
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Day 17 Yellowstone National Park.
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Day 18 Geysers and Colourful Mudpots at Yellowstone.
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Day 19 The Ranch at Ucross.
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Day 20 Devils Tower into the Black Hills.
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Day 21 Custer and the Wild, Wild West.
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Day 22 The Mountain Monuments of the Black Hills of South Dakota.
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Day 23 Depart Denver.
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