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Rockies Explorer

Rocky Mountain NP, Mount Rushmore, Badlands NP, Devils Tower, Cody, Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP and Denver

From the American Rockies to the Black Hills of South Dakota. This epic trip also explores Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks. Want wildlife, wilderness and western culture, you got it!


Rockies Explorer 14 nights

All of our American road trips can be tailored to meet your requirements. Do you have more or less than 14 days for your road trip? No problem, we can bolt on extra nights to allow more time to explore or shorten the number of destinations as required. Just let us know when requesting your quote.

Fantastic time – the best holiday we’ve been on!


Rocky Mountain NP

Day 1

Arrive in the glorious Rocky Mountain NP

Arrive into Denver, collect your car and head north for an hour before relaxing in your first hotel. The first stop on this tour of America’s great outdoors is Rocky Mountain National Park. We can arrange a night at the airport before heading to Rocky Mountain National Park if you'd prefer.

  • Key location: Rocky Mountains
  • Estes Park, CO
  • 75 Miles

Elk in Rocky Mountain

Day 2

A day of adventures through Rocky Mountain NP

Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles protect spectacular mountain environments. Enjoy Trail Ridge Road, which crests over 12,000 feet including many overlooks to experience the subalpine and alpine worlds. Rocky Mountain National Park has 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife and starry nights. In a world of superlatives, Rocky is on top!

  • Key location: Rocky Mountains
  • Estes Park, CO

Famous faces

Day 3

The largest sculpture in the world

Staying in Keystone tonight, the faces of four American Presidents look out over the land they helped create. Carved out of the side of Mount Rushmore during the 1930s, this granite sculpture is the largest in the world. Famed for the part it played in the classic Alfred Hitchcock movie North by Northwest starring Cary Grant.

  • Key location: Mount Rushmore
  • Keystone, SD
  • 356 Miles

Buffalo roam in Custer

Day 4

The Black Hills of South Dakota

We think this is arguably America's most underrated area. Jewel Cave National Monument, Wind Cave National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park are just some of the wonderful sights and experiences found here. Want to find out what a Pigtail bridge is? Then you need to drive the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway to the Needles and experience the hair pin curves firsthand.

  • Key location: Custer SP
  • Keystone, SD

Badlands NP

Day 5

Badlands NP

Badlands National Park draws visitors from around the world to this area of South Dakota. This serene park has 244,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie and is home to super cute prairie dogs along with bison, bighorn sheep and black-footed ferrets. Drive the Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway to explore the Black Hills rocks, cliffs, pinnacles and spires.

  • Key location: Badlands NP
  • Keystone, SD

Devils Tower NM

Day 6

Continue west to wonderful Wyoming

Made famous by the Steven Spielberg's 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', Devils Tower National Monument is simply stunning and a must visit as you drive west to Sheridan, Wyoming. Keep a close eye on the tower as you can often see climbers scaling the 1,267-foot butte.

  • Key location: Devils Tower NM
  • Sheridan, WY
  • 289 Miles


Day 7

Enjoy the western culture in Cody

Bighorn National Forest and Bighorn Scenic Byway feature more wilderness including Shell Falls, a lovely waterfall along the route. Cody is the gateway to Yellowstone National Park and an absolute gem of a town. Founded by Buffalo Bill, Cody features Western-themed events – including nightly rodeos, staged shoot-outs, parades, and pow-wows.

  • Key location: Cody, WY
  • Cody, WY
  • 148 Miles

Morning Glory Pool

Day 8

Scenic drive to Yellowstone National Park

Today you'll arrive in Yellowstone National Park. This is the worlds oldest National Park. Founded in 1872, the park has millions of years of history and is home to an abundant range of wildlife including bison, bighorn sheep and bobcats. Accommodation here is really important to get right, the lodges book up fast. As with every destination we'll work hard to ensure your staying in fantastic, central locations.

  • Key location: Yellowstone NP
  • Yellowstone NP
  • 98 Miles

Old Faithful Erupts

Day 9

Explore the spell binding Yellowstone National Park

A full day to further explore Yellowstone’s wonders and wildlife. Unbelievably, half the worlds geysers are found here, including the most famous, Old Faithful. This iconic natural wonder spurts water over 90 to 80 feet in the air almost every hour. Enjoy taking in one of the National Park ranger-led talks or walks that depart daily from Old Faithful Lodge.

  • Key location: Yellowstone NP
  • Yellowstone NP

Serene Grand Teton

Day 10

Onto Neighbouring Grant Teton NP

Head south to Grand Teton National Park today, which more than holds its own amongst its more famous neighbour. The park has a rich mix of extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes and stunning alpine terrain. To call it beautiful would be an understatement.

  • Key location: Grand Teton NP
  • Grand Teton NP
  • 30 Miles

Grand Teton NP

Day 11

Grand Teton - Homestead's & Mountains

Grand Teton National Park was conceived as a National Park by the wealthy Rockefeller family from New York. The land was secretly bought up to expand the valley area around the Teton Mountains before being handed over to the federal government for preservation. Grand Teton is a worthy destination for any road trip holiday.

  • Key location: Grand Teton NP
  • Grand Teton NP


Day 12

Explore the historical trails of Casper

Today you’ll drive southeast to the former frontier outpost of Casper in Wyoming. You may want to explore Fort Caspar, a reconstructed 1865 military post complete with a museum recalling the lively history of this part of the American West.

  • Key location: Casper, WY
  • Casper, WY
  • 249 Miles

Capitol Building

Day 13

Take a scenic drive to Denver

Often ignored as people fly in and rush off to the ski slopes that lie nearby. The “Mile High City” is a fantastic all year round destination boasting 300 days of sunshine. Denver combines it's western heritage in the Rockies with an easy to explore downtown such as around Union Station & Larimer Square playing host to great restaurants, brewpubs and bars.

  • Key location: Denver, CO
  • Denver, CO
  • 276 Miles

Union Station

Day 14

Explore The Mile High City

How about checking out a professional sports game today, home to the Denver Broncos football along with basketball, baseball and Colorado Rapids soccer team means you should be able to catch a live game. Or, you could visit the American Museum of Western Art, alternatively take a short drive just outside Denver and visit Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. This has to be one of the most inspiring live music venues anywhere and they host daily tours.

  • Key location: Denver, CO
  • Denver, CO

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