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Cosmos America's Greatest Treasure with Denver Start (8850)

10 days from Denver to Salt Lake City 
Go west for adventure and treasure on this affordable American vacation through Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah. From the “Mile High City” of Denver to the lofty peaks of the Grand Tetons, you’ll experience the Wild West with its stunning vistas and historic lore. Pass through the black hills of South Dakota where the legends of the frontier made their mark, and stand at the national monuments to presidents at Mount Rushmore, and to Native American legend, Chief Crazy Horse. Follow the trail of pioneers and history-makers to Wyoming—home of Buffalo Bill and the spectacular natural splendor of Yellowstone National Park. From Old Faithful and thundering waterfalls to the desert of the Great Salt Lake, your journey through the American West is a tale to be told for years to come.



Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA
Scenic drive

MOUNT RUSHMORE
Visit Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Stay overnight inside the park or in West Yellowstone; sightseeing

JACKSON
Grand Teton National Park sightseeing; glacier-fed Jenny Lake

SALT LAKE CITY
Sightseeing

Itinerary (2019)

Day 1DENVER.
 Welcome to Denver, the “Mile High City,” capital of Colorado and gateway to the Rocky Mountains.
Day 2DENVER–RAPID CITY.
 Meet your Tour Director this morning and head north to Rapid City.
Day 3RAPID CITY–CRAZY HORSE–MOUNT RUSHMORE–DEADWOOD.
 Visit CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, a monument carved out of a mountain that pays respect to the great Native American hero, Chief Crazy Horse. Drive deep into the Black Hills, through what was Sioux Indian territory, to see the stunning granite faces of MOUNT RUSHMORE, a giant monument to four great American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. On to Deadwood, a lawless frontier town during the 1876 Gold Rush, where Jack McCall murdered Wild Bill Hickok during a poker game. Overnight here, and discover Deadwood’s Wild West ways as you walk in the footsteps of legends like Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock. (CB)
Day 4DEADWOOD–SHERIDAN-CODY.
 This morning, head through high country, where open-range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890s. Drive past Sheridan in the Bighorn Mountains, site of battles between the U.S. Cavalry and the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Crow Indians. Overnight in Buffalo Bill’s frontier town of Cody. (CB)
Day 5CODY–YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK.
 Proceed through Shoshone National Forest to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. Travel along Grand Loop Road to Artist Point for views of the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The next two nights are inside Yellowstone National Park.

NOTES:
Accommodations used by Cosmos in Yellowstone National Park are typically open from late May through late September. Departures before or after these opening dates will stay in West Yellowstone.

Routing and areas visited in Yellowstone National Park are always subject to favorable weather, gate access, and road conditions; therefore, routings may be adjusted.
Day 6YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK.
 Today, explore more of America’s first national park by returning to visit the geyser basins with bubbling mud paint pots and the reliable “blow” of Old Faithful. In addition to superb mountain scenery, the park is one of the world’s principal wildlife preserves and a photographer’s paradise.
Day 7YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK–GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK–JACKSON.
 Head south into magnificent GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, one of America’s last preserves of wild solitude. Its 13,770-foot-high ridges are crested with snow most of the year. Stroll along the shores of beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake before ending the day in the Wild West town of Jackson with its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons. This evening, join an optional barbecue cookout and Wild West show. Travel by horse-drawn covered wagon into Cache Creek Canyon and experience dinner and entertainment before returning to Jackson.
Day 8JACKSON.
 Time to relax in Jackson or maybe join a scenic trip down the Snake River. Enjoy an 8-mile float trip that passes nesting areas of bald eagles, ospreys and a plethora of other bird species and wildlife. The afternoon is free to explore the historic downtown area of Jackson.
Day 9JACKSON–SALT LAKE CITY.
 Today, travel to Salt Lake City, Utah’s vibrant capital. Set on the edge of Great Salt Lake Desert, this center of the Mormon religion is where Brigham Young declared to his followers, “This is the place.” An included sightseeing tour offers a glimpse of Temple Square, the Capitol Building, and the beautiful downtown area.
Day 10SALT LAKE CITY.
 Your vacation ends this morning. (B)

Included Cosmos Meals

1 breakfast, 2 continental breakfasts

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Cosmos Pricing Details

Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
$715 to $1,015

Triple Room Reduction per person:
$170 to $235

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

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Guaranteed Departure  indicates Guaranteed Departure
*Tour Land StartCosmos RetailRequest Quote
Guaranteed Departure 05/31/2019 $1,959.00
Guaranteed Departure 07/19/2019 $1,989.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/13/2019 $1,989.00
10/04/2019 $1,639.00
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