Explore the breathtaking scenery of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana on this 15-day/14-night self-drive tour that captures the spirit of the old west and cowboy traditions. From the Great Salt Lake to the wonders of Yellowstone, through the Grand Teton Mountains to the celebrity playground of Idaho’s Sun Valley and the majesty of Shoshone Falls, this tour takes a leisurely look at some of the wonders of the American Rockies.
Day 1. Arrive Salt Lake City. Day 2. Salt Lake City. Day 3. Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole/Grand Teton National Park (approx. 290 miles). Day 4. Jackson Hole/Grand Teton National Park Day 5. Jackson Hole/Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park (approx. 50 miles). Days 6 & 7. Yellowstone National Park. Day 8. Yellowstone National Park, Sun Valley/Ketchum (approx. 270 miles). Day 9. Sun Valley/Ketchum. Day 10. Sun Valley/Ketchum, Twin Falls (approx. 82 miles). Day 11. Twin Falls, Ogden (approx. 185 miles). Day 12. Ogden (optional visit to Antelope Island). Day 13. Ogden, Park City (approx. 66 miles). Day 14. Park City Day 15. Park City to Salt Lake City Intl. Airport (approx. 37 miles).
Day 1. Arrive Salt Lake City. Upon arrival at Salt Lake City International Airport make your own way to your hotel in the city centre and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon and evening exploring the city. The city’s Lightrail System (TRAX) allows visitors to travel to the heart of the city from the airport in just 10 minutes. Overnight: Crystal Inn (Standard) or Grand America (Superior).
Day 2. Salt Lake City. A whole day to enjoy the sights and culture of this wonderful city. Founded in the mid-1800’s by the Mormon pioneers, Salt Lake rapidly grew into one of the West’s most important commercial and transportation centres, yet still it retains much of the flavour and charm of the Old West. The historic downtown is filled with parks, galleries, restaurants, pubs and shops. Temple Square, the city’s tree-lined centre is home to numerous attractions including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Salt Lake Temple, Family History Library and several museums featuring early pioneer life. The Natural History Museum of Utah is now housed in the Rio Tinto Center and exhibits thousands of artifacts from Utah’s history and prehistory. Nine themed galleries allow a hands-on approach to dinosaur fossils, plants, minerals and archaeological artifacts, providing you with useful background knowledge for your forthcoming tour of the state. Overnight: Crystal Inn (Standard) or Grand America (Superior).
Day 3. Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole/Grand Teton National Park (approx. 290 miles). Collect your rental car this morning and shortly after leaving Salt Lake City you pass along the shore of Bear Lake and enter the state of Wyoming. Follow the Snake River and cross the Salt River Mountains over the Salt River Pass and enter the Grand Canyon of the Snake River before descending into the fertile agricultural farmlands of western Wyoming. This afternoon the spectacular sight of the Grand Tetons welcomes you to Jackson Hole gateway to Grand Teton National Park. Overnight: Painted Buffalo Inn (Standard) or Signal Mountain Lodge (Superior).
Day 4. Jackson Hole / Grand Teton National Park. A full day to immerse yourself in the great outdoors! Take a wildlife-viewing excursion, or a raft trip on the Snake River, a cruise on Jackson Lake, or just take a hike and enjoy the breathtaking scenery at your own pace. In the evening enjoy the vibrant nightlife of the saloons and restaurants of Jackson. Overnight: Painted Buffalo Inn (Standard) or Signal Mountain Lodge (Superior).
Day 5. Jackson Hole / Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park (approx. 50 miles). A leisurely drive today allows you to perhaps linger a while in the Grand Tetons, or arrive early and have more time in Yellowstone. Overnight: Canyon Lodge (Standard) or Lake Yellowstone Hotel (Superior).
Days 6 & 7. Yellowstone National Park. Two full days to explore this stunning national park. We recommend that you join one of the superb guided tours of the park to learn more about the flora, fauna and geology of this incredible place. Overnight: Canyon Lodge (Standard) or Lake Yellowstone Hotel (Superior).
Day 8. Yellowstone National Park to Sun Valley/Ketchum (approx. 270 miles). Crossing briefly into Montana this morning as you bid farewell to Yellowstone, you enter the state of Idaho and head southwest through Idaho Falls – making a stop to enjoy this small city and the lovely riverwalk and falls. Make a stop this afternoon at the weird and scenic landscape of Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve a vast ocean of lava flows, cinder cones and sagebrush. Arrive this afternoon in the celebrity mountain playground that is Ketchum and Sun Valley. Overnight: Best Western Plus Kentwood Lodge (Standard) or (Superior).
Day 9. Sun Valley / Ketchum. With a wide choice of activities including horse-riding, hiking, mountain-biking, golf and fishing surrounded by the lovely mountains, lakes and riverside location you’ll be sure to enjoy your stay in Sun Valley. Overnight: Best Western Plus Kentwood Lodge (Standard) or (Superior).
Day 10. Sun Valley / Ketchum to Twin Falls (approx. 82 miles). A scenic and easy short drive today brings you to the southern Idaho town of Twin Falls. Several attractions compete for your attention today including the Idaho Heritage Museum, Shoshone Falls, the impressive Perrine Bridge, the improbable Balanced Rock, miles of hiking and biking trails and much more. Overnight: Best Western Plus Twin Falls Hotel (Standard) & (Superior).
Day 11. Twin Falls to Ogden (approx. 185 miles). En route to Ogden today we suggest you make a stop at the Golden Spike National Historic Site. It was here on 10 May 1869 that the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails at Promontory Summit and thus joined America coast to coast by rail for the first time. Overnight: Holiday Inn Express (Standard) or Ben Lomand Hotel (Superior).
Day 12. Ogden. Take the causeway to Antelope Island State Park in the Great Salt Lake. Enjoy the great outdoors and view the large herd of free-ranging bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep and antelope. There are miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Overnight: Holiday Inn Express (Standard) or Ben Lomand Hotel (Superior).
Day 13. Ogden to Park City* (approx. 66 miles). The short drive today allows you to relax and enjoy a leisurely morning in Ogden, or to visit the Great Salt Lake State Park at the southern shore of the lake before continuing on to Park City in the afternoon. Overnight: Hampton Inn (Standard) or Westgate Park City Resort (Superior).
Day 14. Park City. A full day to enjoy Park City and the surrounding area. A major ski resort in winter, in summer Park City is alive with festivals, great shops, restaurants and outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, mountain-biking and scenic drives. Perhaps take the Heber Valley Historic Railroad on one of it’s enjoyable scenic journeys through the lovely countryside of the Heber Valley. Overnight: Hampton Inn (Standard) or Westgate Park City Resort & Spa (Superior).
Day 15. Park City to Salt Lake City Intl. Airport (approx. 37 miles). A relaxing morning, perhaps doing some last minute shopping, before you take the short journey to the airport, return your rental car and take the flight home.
* As an alternative to Park City it may be possible to stay at the Sundance Mountain Resort, home of Robert Redford and the famous Sundance Film Festival. This stunning and very special place offers great relaxation, hiking, horse-riding, fishing and mountain-biking – a great way to relax at the end of your touring holiday. Contact Just America for details.
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* 14 nights hotel accommodation including hotel taxes.
* Maps, guides and itinerary.
Not included: Flights, car rental, national park admissions, meals, optional excursions, petrol, travel insurance and personal expenses.
Location No.nights Standard Hotels Superior Hotels Salt Lake City 2 Crystal Inn (bkfst) Grand America Jackson Hole/Grand Teton National Park 2 Painted Bufflo Signal Mountain Lodge Yellowstone National Park 3 Canyon Lodge Lake Yellowstone Hotel Sun Valley/Ketchum 2 Best Western Plus Kentwood Lodge Best Western Plus Kentwood Lodge Twin Falls 1 Best Western Plus Twin Falls Hotel (bkfst) Best Western Plus Twin Falls Hotel (bkfst) Ogden 2 Holiday Inn Express (CB) Ben Lomand Hotel (bkfst) Park City* 2 Hampton Inn (bkfst) Westgate Park City Resort
Hotels/Lodges are subject to availability at the time of booking.
Tour prices:The prices shown in the price panels are for the accommodation elements only, they do not include flights or car rental (unless indicated). This enables you to choose the airline and car of your choice and add them to the accommodation package to create your holiday. Our reservations staff will be pleased to help you with flight availability, to suggest which is the best airline for your itinerary and to advise you of any special offers the airlines may have introduced.
Hotels:Hotels featured in our self-drive and independent tours are chosen for their location, value for money and facilities. Whenever possible we offer a choice of Standard or Superior hotels. There is no recognised 'star' system throughout North America for classifying hotels, motels and resorts. The hotel ratings for our tours are subjective and are provided to give you an understanding as to the level of facility. They are either the hotel's official categorisation as per the Official Hotel & Resort Guide, or Just America's. Standards vary from location to location, therefore ratings in the remote areas can differ from those in the cities. Standard hotels would be those classified as Moderate, and Superior hotels would be First Class, in the Official Hotel and Resort Guide. National Park accommodations are more rustic and are chosen almost entirely because of their location. It should not be assumed that because an hotel is listed as Superior that it has certain amenities. Often a hotel is classified as Superior due to its position, views or room standard, it does not always follow that a superior hotel will have a swimming pool, hair-dryers, golf course, room service etc. We will try to provide information on individual hotels on request although the internet is usually the quickest and most accurate source of information. Hotel rooms in North America usually have one or two double beds. Triple and Quad rooms have two double beds. Very few hotels in North America have three or four beds. It is sometimes possible to have a rollaway bed which can be requested, but cannot be guaranteed. Occasionally hotels are chosen purely for their location - i.e. half-way between two points of interest - and may be included as a one night stop to break up an otherwise long journey. Such hotels may not have the full facilities normally associated with a Standard or Superior hotel, but sometimes we don't have any other choice. Where possible hotels providing free car parking have been included, however in some locations, such as city centres, the hotels may make a charge.
Note:Hotels are not usually ready to accept guests until after 3 or 4 pm, so please try not to check in before mid-afternoon. Check out time is usually before 11 am or 12 noon. It is sometimes possible to arrange late check out, or the storage of luggage, but this is at the discretion of the hotel.
Tour notes and itineraries:On several of our tours the tour notes and itineraries are provided at the first hotel. On other tours this information is forwarded with the travel documents approximately 14 days prior to departure. We will endeavour to provide the best information we can to help you, but it is not our policy to provide mile by mile detailed route guides, the frequent changes to local road conditions, layouts etc., makes this impossible. We do provide maps, guides to the major attractions en route, and directions to hotels whenever possible. These are independent self-drive holidays and you will be required to read a map and locate attractions and hotels. Sat.Nav. is available from the car rental companies - at a charge - and you may find this useful, however all technology is prone to failure so we always recommend that you keep the maps handy.
Tailor-made holidays:We will be pleased to discuss your own ideas and itineraries and help you plan your holiday. If you would like to email, fax or mail an outline of your tour with dates, number of people, ages of children etc., to us we will be happy to advise you. We request that you include your daytime telephone number on all correspondence. Where you have chosen the route and we have designed a tailor-made holiday for you, it may not be possible to provide you with a detailed tour itinerary. We suggest that you read up about the area you are planning to visit well in advance, preferably before you book the holiday. Insight Guides cover almost every region of North America and are about the best on the market. Just America can also provide a some tourist information subject to availability, but we do not have detailed route information to cover every area of the Continent. You might find the internet to be the best source of free, up-to-date information.
National Park Passes:Both the US and Canada charge entrance fees for their national parks, and if you are visiting a number of parks, this cost can add up to a significant amount. We recommend that you purchase a Parks Pass at the first national park you visit. For the US the pass currently costs $80 for up to four adults (children under 16 are free). In Canada a family pass currently costs $136.40. Both passes provide unlimited visits to that country's parks for 12 months. The passes can only be used in the country of purchase. Full details available at www.nps.gov (for USA) and www.pc.gc.ca/index_e.asp
Just America specialises in tailor-making holidays and we will be pleased to design this or any of our tours to your specifications.
We can provide details, prices and make reservations for optional sightseeing excursions mentioned in the itinerary.
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All mileages are approximate. Hotels/Lodges are subject to availability at the time of booking.