Discover the Rocky Mountains Fly Drive Holiday
This splendid Rocky Mountains fly-drive holiday starts from Denver, Colorado and explores the American wild west travelling through Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana. Your holiday will visit western museums, a rodeo in Cody and the impressive Mount Rushmore. You will have opportunities to see buffalo, elk and bighorn sheep, enjoy the cowboy history plus the majestic scenery of Yellowstone National Park. Experience the art and culture in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with its fine western bars and cuisine as well as exploring the majestic Grand Tetons. We have planned the holiday to finish in Salt Lake City but if you prefer to drive back to Denver, this can easily be arranged as all our holidays are tailor-made. The best time for this holiday is from early June through to end of September
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Denver, the Mile-High City, is a great American city and a perfect gateway to many national parks in the USA. Denver is a young and active city with stunning architecture, award-winning dining with a special emphasis on locally produced food and unparalleled views Be sure to visit LoDo , the historic 28-square-block area of restored Victorian buildings and renovated turn-of-the-century warehouses. By night, the restaurants, live music venues, sports bars and brewpubs that pack the area make LoDo the entertainment epicenter of Denver. The airport is located half an hour from the city centre; you can choose to spend your first night at either the airport or downtown.
There are non-stop flights from London Heathrow into Denver as well as good connections from most UK airports.
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Denver to Cheyenne
The road north takes you straight to Cheyenne, a typical Western town with which you will soon become familiar. In the last part of July, it hosts the world's largest outdoor rodeo and Western Celebration. The first Frontier Days was held as a cowboy roundup that featured bronco busting and steer roping contests as well as pony races. Now it is a 10-day festival of excitement, featuring rodeo action and Western entertainment. If you would like to visit your first National Park today, the Rocky Mountain National Park would make a good detour. We would also recommend a visit to Terry Bison Ranch where you can see their vast herd of bison either on horseback or by train.
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Cheyenne to Custer
The Western theme continues today as you drive to Custer State Park. A herd of 1,300 bison roams freely throughout the park, often stopping traffic along the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road. The herd is one of the largest publically-owned herds in the world. Bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. Historically, the animal played an essential role in the lives of the Lakota (Sakota (Sioux), who relied on the "tatanka" for food, clothing and shelter. Besides bison, the park is home to such as pronghorn antelope, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, wild turkeys, and a band of friendly burros
Whilst staying at Custer, you can also visit Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial and the Badlands National Park, saddle up for a trail ride or sign up for a chuck wagon cook out. You could also add in an extra night in the gambling Western city of Deadwood.
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Custer to Buffalo
Buffalo, Wyoming is nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Big Horn Mountains. Step back in time and into the Old West where the famous passed through such as Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, Bill Cody, Teddy Roosevelt, Calamity Jane, Ernest Hemmingway as well as Owen Wister author of The Virginian. The impressive Jim Gatchell Museum has over 15,000 artefacts from the American Old West. Also worth is a visit is Fort Phil Kearny and Interpretive Center in Banner, Fetterman's Massacre Site, and the infamous "Hole in the Wall"- the hideout of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid along with the rest of the "Wild Bunch."
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Buffalo to Cody
Part of your drive today will be on the Cloud Peak Scenic Byway through the Bighorn National Forest. Cody is a quintessential western town epitomised by The Cody Nite Rodeo which provides two hours of real, wild, western, family-friendly action. Nightly performances June 1 through August 31. You should also allow half a day to visit Buffalo Bill Center museum of the West an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution where you can enjoy the story of the American West.
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Cody to Yellowstone National Park
Explore the world’s largest collection of geysers including the renowned Old Faithful. However, Yellowstone has far more to it than geysers, splendid as they are. America's oldest national park, Yellowstone is a mountain wild land, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk; it also has stunning scenery. Lakes reflect the surrounding mountains interspersed with rivers and grassland as far as eye can see. We have included three nights in the park to allow you to explore as much as possible.
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Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole
A glorious drive south today to Jackson Hole with the Teton Mountains on your right hand side. Enjoy Art Galleries, museums, shopping in this boardwalk town which also boasts fine dining and cowboy bars. As with many other places on this holiday, you can have the chance to fish, take a rafting trip or ride Western style. Accommodation can either be in the town or if you prefer there are some luxurious hotels in Teton Village at the base of the ski resort. You could also stay on a real working ranch: Goosewing Ranch takes guests for a minimum of three nights which would have to start on a Sunday or Thursday.
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Jackson Hole to Salt Lake City
As you continue south you will pass the great salt flats that gave Salt Lake City its name. Be sure to visit the 35 acres of Temple Square to see, feel, taste, touch and experience Mormon culture and its pioneer heritage. Guided tours and presentations feature historic sites, interactive exhibits, art display. After all the outdoors that you will have had, now might be the time for some city life and retail therapy. The Outlet Mall at Traverse Mountain has an excellent range of shops as does downtown Salt Lake.
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