Historic American West Fly-Drive Holiday
Many of America's greatest national landmarks are located within the four states of Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and Idaho, including America's first national park - Yellowstone; the crown jewel of the continent Glacier; and the most well known symbol of America - Mt. Rushmore.
This is one of Frontier America’s most popular fly-drive tours.
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Arrive in the Mile High City of Denver, collect your car and drive into Denver.
In 1858, there was not a single person living in the Denver metro area except for some migrating camps of Arapaho and Cheyenne Native Americans. Just 30 years later, Colorado was a state with a population of almost 200,000. It was a Gold Rush that caused this boom and in a 30 to 40 year period Denver saw some of the wildest events in the “Wild West.” This fascinating period is brought to life at museums, old gold mining towns and in hundreds of elegant Victorian buildings. LoDo, a 26 square block historic district, has the largest concentration of Victorian and turn-of-the-century buildings in the country. Today, LoDo is home to 90 brewpubs, rooftop cafes, restaurants, sports bars and nightclubs.
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Denver to Estes Park
A short drive will take you into your first National Park; Rocky Mountain National Park whose 415 square miles encompasses spectacular mountain environments. Enjoy Trail Ridge Road which crests over 12,000 feet including many overlooks to experience the subalpine and alpine worlds along with over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers and wildlife to enjoy. Overnight in Estes Park.
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Estes Park to Cheyenne
Drive to Cheyenne, the capital of Wyoming. A typical western town, never more so than during the Cheyenne Frontier Days in the middle of July. During the rest of the year, visit Gunslinger Square, ride the Trolley and the Cheyenne Depot and soak up the atmosphere.
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Cheyenne to Custer State Park
Drive through the Southern Black Hills and discover the Hot springs, Wind Cave National Park and the 71000 acres of spectacular Custer State Park.
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Custer State Park
Today you could drive the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road you are very likely to see some of the 1300 bison that call the park home.
Bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. Historically, the animal played an essential role in the lives of the Lakota who relied on the "tatanka" for food, clothing and shelter. Besides bison, the park is home to wildlife such as pronghorn antelope, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, wild turkeys, and a band of friendly burros.Close
Custer State Park to Rapid City
Take the short drive to Rapid City but not before visiting the famous carvings of Mount Rushmore and the Badlands of South Dakota. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds testaments to the ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat which once roamed here.
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Rapid City to Sheridan
Visit Devils Tower National Monument, A geologic feature protruding out of the rolling prairie that surrounds the Black Hills. The site is considered Sacred to the Lakota and other tribes in the area. We suggest you spend a night (or better still two) at the Ranch at Ucross near Sheridan to experience the life of the cowboys who history is so embedded in this area. If this does not appeal, historic Sheridan provides some comfortable hotels.
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Sheridan to Cody
A great drive today as you cross the Big Horn Mountains and overnight in Cody. Lots to do and see in this western town with museum visits.
TIP: Don’t miss the summer nightly rodeo.
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Cody to Yellowstone National Park
One of the highlights on the holiday will undoubtedly be Yellowstone National Park. You have choices here – as it is so enormous you can either spend one night in the south of the park and one in the north but if you would rather not move again, we would suggest staying near Old Faithful.
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Explore the park by foot or by car. There are many excellent hiking trails as well as some scenic driving routes, but bare in mind that traffic around the park can be slow. You might also choose to detour into the Teton Mountains, which are highly recommended. For this reason you might consider an extra night in the park.Close
Yellowstone National Park to Great Falls
As you leave the park, you will pass through Helena and along the Missouri River and overnight towards Great Falls where it is worth checking out the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. It is a long drive but with lots to see along the way.
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Great Falls to Glacier National Park
Another National Park today and one of the great ones! The Going to the Sun Highway is one of the most spectacular roads in the world and this will be your route today as you drive into Glacier National Park touring. Accommodation is very limited in the park – Lake Macdonald Lodge is in the best position but books up very early and so you may have to stay in Kalispell or Whitefish.
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A day to enjoy Glacier National Park. There are over 700 miles of hiking trails, alpine meadows and glorious lakes. Glacier National Park spreads into Canada where it is known as Waterton Lakes National Park.Close
Glacier National Park to Missoula
As you start to make your way south to Missoula, do stop at Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.
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Missoula to McCall
Driving through Montana and into Idaho through Nez Perce and Payette National Forests; you will overnight in the lakeside community of McCall.
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McCall to Boise
Today takes you to Lake Cascade and into Boise with possible stops for rafting, zip-lining and other adventurous activities.
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Boise to Salt Lake City
Visit the Craters of the Moon National Monument, then drive south into Utah and Salt Lake City for the final leg of your trip.
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Take a full day touring Salt Lake City. Visit Temple Square or This is the Place State Park. For nature lovers you could visit Hogle Zoo or the Natural History Museum of Utah.Close
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Custer State Park
Yellowstone National Park
Salt Lake City
Glacier National Park
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