Chicago to L.A.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Chicago Arrival

Arrive in Chicago and transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet with your Tour Director in the evening.

Day 2

Chicago

Today we will enjoy a short tour of the city’s highlights including Lake Shore Drive, the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier. The Windy City’s stunning high rise architecture and one of the world’s tallest buildings, the Willis Tower (admission not included), provide a dramatic backdrop for this cultural and financial center. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3

Chicago – Mississippi River Crossing – Sioux City

Travel through Midwest farm country abundant in corn fields, wheat fields and dairy farms. Then we cross the mighty Mississippi River and travel into the state of Iowa to arrive just as Lewis & Clark did 200 years ago on the banks of the Missouri River. Overnight in Sioux City.

Day 4

Sioux City – Badlands National Park – Mt. Rushmore National Memorial – Deadwood/Rapid City

Travel westward through the grasslands of South Dakota and onwards to Badlands National Park, once home to the buffalo and antelope, and filled with strange shaped and colorful rock formations. Then we continue on to the Black Hills, sacred to the Plains Indians and home to Mount Rushmore, an enormous monument to four of the great presidents of America: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt. Spend an evening at leisure.

Day 5

Deadwood/Rapid City – Bighorn Mountains – Cody

Enter the “Equality State,” Wyoming, which has twelve mountain ranges intermixed with deserts and rolling grasslands, and continue to Cody for the night.

If overnight in Cody is not possible due to weather or adverse road conditions in Yellowstone, overnight will be in Billings/ Livingston, Montana.

Day 6

Cody – Yellowstone National Park

Drive past the mountains in Wyoming to Yellowstone, America’s first National Park, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of this immense geothermal wonderland, including: geysers, waterfalls, wildlife and canyons. Highlights will include Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Canyon’s majestic falls, and the beautiful Hayden Valley.

Day 7

Yellowstone National Park – Grand Teton National Park – Salt Lake City

Travel through Grand Teton National Park (weather permitting) and see awesome mountain peaks towering over 13,000 ft. (4,000 meters). Visit the Snake River Outlook and try your eye at capturing the stunning landscape made famous by Ansel Adam’s iconic shot. This prairie land is home to wild buffalo (Tatonka!), moose and elk. Later, arrive in the Mormon State of Utah and take a short city tour of its capital, Salt Lake City. The followers of Brigham Young built one of the best-planned cities in the country. See the State Capital building and visit famed Temple Square and the Tabernacle before arriving at the hotel for the evening. May we suggest dinner at the Rooftop Restaurant for panoramic views of Temple Square (optional)?

Day 8

Salt Lake City – Bryce Canyon National Park

Continue today to spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-colored world of sandstone spires and pinnacles, "hoodoos", will dazzle the eye. This evening, weather permitting, be sure to gaze upon the spectacular night sky filled with sparkling stars & brilliant constellations and the aroma of pinewood campfires.

Day 9

Bryce Canyon – Lake Powell – Grand Canyon – Flagstaff

Depart Bryce Canyon this morning and journey to stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red-rock canyon walls. Lake Powell is the second-largest man made lake in America, and one in a series of lakes formed by the damming of the Colorado River. Then visit colossal Grand Canyon National Park, one of the seven great natural wonders of the world. Stop at the East Rim to fully experience this mile-deep canyon’s plunging gorges, rising spires, extinct volcanoes and, below the rim, the winding Colorado River. Overnight in Flagstaff, a famed stop on historic Route 66.

Day 10

Flagstaff – Route 66/Seligman – Las Vegas

This morning depart Flagstaff and travel on to Las Vegas, the dazzling “Entertainment Capital of the World”. Along the way, pass through Seligman, a town built along the famed Route 66 that looks as if it were frozen in time sixty years ago. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore the famous Las Vegas strip.

Day 11

Las Vegas – Mojave Desert – Beverly Hills – Los Angeles

Travel to Los Angeles via the Mojave Desert, home of the world’s tallest thermometer, at 134 feet (41 meters) high. Clusters of unique Joshua trees dot the mountainous landscape. Upon arrival in Los Angeles you will enjoy a tour through the City of Angels including star-studded Hollywood, Sunset Strip and parts of Beverly Hills, before reaching your hotel. Tour ends upon arrival at hotel by approximately 18:30 hours.

Prices, Dates, Hotels & Conditions

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DEPARTURES 2018 PRICE FROM
MAY 16 1994
JUNE 6 1994
JULY 4 2102
AUG 1, 15 2102
SEP 5, 26 2102

YOUR ESCORTED MOTORCOACH TOUR INCLUDES
- Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
- Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach with onboard restroom facilities
- Hotel accommodations as specified or similar
- Sightseeing as specified
- Hotel taxes; service charges; and baggage (one suitcase per person)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT INCLUSIONS
- Guided tour of Temple Square in Salt Lake City
- Take a walk along the rim of Bryce Canyon National Park
- Travel along Route 66 and stop in the historic town of Seligman
- “Shop ‘til you drop” at designer discount outlets in Las Vegas
- Enjoy a city tour of Los Angeles including a tour of the stars in the sidewalk (Walk of Fame)

NIGHT CITY HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
1-2 Chicago South Loop Hotel Chicago
3 Sioux City Marina Inn & Suites
4 Rapid City Howard Johnson Rapid City
5 Cody Buffalo Bill Village
6 Yellowstone Park Gray Wolf Inn / Brandin Iron Inn
7 Salt Lake City Little America Hotel Salt Lake City
8 Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce View Lodge
9 Flagstaff Days Hotel Flagstaff
10 Las Vegas Luxor Las Vegas

PRE & POST HOTELS
PRE: Chicago, South Loop Hotel Chicago
POST: Los Angeles, Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES
- Architectural river cruise in Chicago
- Visit the Willis Skydeck
- Santa Monica visit with dinner
- “All-American” Picnic at a surprise destination en route

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