Canadian Rockies, Glacier Park

& Canyonlands of Utah

June 21 – July 8

Day One: We board our deluxe motorcoach this morning and head out on our great adventure to the spectacular Canadian Rockies. We journey through the Great Smoky Mountains and Eastern Tennessee, then north into the “Bluegrass state” of Kentucky. We’ll  take a sightseeing drive through the famous Kentucky Horse Country, cross the Ohio River at Louisville and travel to Indianapolis for overnight.

Day Two: This morning we travel north into the “Land of Lincoln” – the great state of Illinois. Mid-morning we stop in Chicago for a chance to see the amazing “Cloud Gate” sculpture at Millennium Park, then travel I-90 west and enter the “Dairy State” of Wisconsin. We visit the National Dairy Shrine Museum in Fort Atkinson, showcasing the early days of milk production.  We’ll continue on to Madison (Wisconsin’s state capital) for overnight.

Day Three: Our route this morning takes us through the western park of Wisconsin (the heart of the logging country) and on into the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” – Minnesota. We’ll make a stop in St. Paul for a tour of the beautiful state capitol building and a sightseeing tour of the city, then travel to Brainerd for overnight.

Day Four: We’re in the heart of the lumbering country, so we have to start our morning with a big lumberjack breakfast (included) – then we’ll travel to Bemidji for a visit to the Information center which houses a wonderful collection of Paul Bunyan tools and artifacts with amusing names. Then we’ll step outside and have our picture made with Paul Bunyan and “Babe” – the big blue ox! This afternoon we’ll push further northwest, crossing the Red River into North Dakota and then the Canadian border into the province of Manitoba and on to Winnipeg for overnight.

Day Five: The scenery changes today we head across Manitoba, passing through Portage La Prairie and Brandon, the heart of Canada’s rich agriculturally provinces.  Wheat and other grains are grown here by the thousands of acres. A highlight today will be a visit to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Training Academy & Museum in Regina (in the province of Saskatchewan). The RCMP have been located in Regina since 1885. Remember the slogan “We always get our man”  From here we’ll head northwest to the “Bridge City” of Saskatoon for overnight.

Day Six: We continue Northwest this morning crossing into the Canadian province of Alberta to Edmonton, one of the largest cities in western Canada, Edmonton is a major supplier of petroleum & agriculture products to North America. Another highlight of our tour is a visit to the West Edmonton Mall – at over a mile long with 800 stores, 120 restaurants, casino, aquarium & 80-foot replica of a Spanish Galleon, there is truly “Something for everyone!”

Day Seven: Now the day we’ve all been waiting for…we enter the spectacular Canadian Rockies! We’ll travel the famous Yellowhead Highway into Jasper National Park at Hinton. This afternoon we’ll enjoy a two-hour cruise on Maligne Lake to the world famous Spirit Island (this is one of the most photographed spots in Western Canada!). Then we board the Jasper Tramway for a 1 ¼ mile trip to the top of Whistlers Mountain. There are vast areas of alpine tundra at the top (along with hiking trails, a restaurant and gift shop). We’ll overnight in the resort town of Jasper.

Day Eight: Our first stop will be at the famed Athabasca Glacier where we’ll board our specially equipped “Snowcoach” for a ride on the Glacier (a 2000-foot-thick extension of the Columbia Icefield)! Then we’ll travel south through the park to Lake Louise. With the majestic Victoria Glacier towering overhead, the icy blue lake and flower gardens, this historic resort is one of the most beautiful sights in the world! We’ll continue south into Banff National Park to the resort city of Banff. We’ll have a chance to visit sites in the area (including the Banff Springs Resort). Then we’ll travel to Calgary for overnight.

Day Nine: This morning we take a ride to the top of the 626 ft. high Calgary Tower for a bountiful breakfast in the revolving restaurant (compliments of Legacy Tours) and a fantastic view of the city and the Rocky Mountains. This afternoon we cross back into the United States and enter the “Big Sky Country” of Montana. Our destination is Glacier National Park. At 1 million acres, the park is big, rugged and primitive. It is truly “natures unspoiled domain” and has not changed since Meriwether Lewis saw it in the distance in 1806. We’ll overnight on the east side of the park.

Day Ten: Today we’ll board one of the park vehicles for one of the most spectacular drives in the world – the  “Going to the Sun Highway” – over 50 miles of unsurpassed beauty. We’ll get a spectacular 100-mile view when we cross the continental divide at Logan’s Pass (elevation 6,646 feet). We’ll overnight again in the park area.

Day Eleven: This will be a travel day for us as we head south through Montana and into Utah. We’ll skirt the western shore of Flathead Lake and pass by the National Bison Range and Rattlesnake Wilderness arriving in Missoula. Here we’ll pick up I-90 east to Butte where we head south on I-15. We’ll enjoy some rugged and beautiful scenery as we travel along the eastern slopes of the Bitterroot range. Early this evening we’ll arrive in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Day Twelve: We’ll spend the morning touring one of America’s most beautiful and well-planned cities. Sites will include Temple Square, the Morman Tabernacle, Trolley Village, the State Capitol, the Historic Union Pacific Depot and lots more. This afternoon we’ll travel south to Cedar City, Utah for overnight.

Day Thirteen: Today we’ll see sights we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. First, it’s Bryce Canyon – a 56 square mile area of colorful fantastic cliffs. One of the highlights here are the famous “Pink Cliffs”. Next, it’s Cedar Breaks National Monument – at an elevation of over 10,000 feet and surrounded by Bristlecone Pines (one of the oldest trees on earth), Cedar Breaks is a natural Amphitheatre that is 2000 feet deep and over 3 miles in diameter. Finally, we travel through the one mile tunnel to visit Zion National Park (we think you’ll agree, we saved the best for last) – as we drive along the canyon floor, the formations, described as temples, cathedrals and thrones rise to great heights above us – some reaching 8,726 feet. We’ll travel to St. George tonight for rest after all this sightseeing.

Day Fourteen: Today we travel through southern Utah into the Grand Canyon state of Arizona. We’ll travel east on I-40 by way of Flagstaff and Winslow to near Holbrook for overnite.

Day Fifteen: This morning will be another highlight on our tour as we visit the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park. This 93,582 park contains the most spectacular display of petrified wood in the world. The Painted Desert is a colorful area extending over 200 miles along the Little Colorado River. The sunlight and clouds passing over create the effect of a constant kaleidoscopic change. No matter how many times you see this, it’s totally different every time! This afternoon we’ll continue east into New Mexico. Mid afternoon finds us in Albuquerque – one of the oldest cities in the United States. We’ll have a chance to visit the “old town” and other sites before traveling on to Santa Rosa for overnite.

Day Sixteen: The scenery will change as we cross from New Mexico into the Panhandle of Texas – This was, and in some ways still is., the raw, weather beaten, hearty “old west”. We’ll see the famous Stanly Marsh’s Cadillac Ranch, pass through the former cow town of Amarillo and on into the “Sooner State” of Oklahoma. We’ll stop near Clinton for a visit to the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, then head on to Oklahoma City for a visit to see the inspiring tribute to the people who lost their lives in the Murrow building bombing.

Day Seventeen: Our first stop this morning will be at the beautiful state capitol building, then we tour the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center – featuring the John Wayne collection of knives and Art and the Rodeo Hall of Fame. Late morning finds us traveling east on I-40 into Arkansas – passing by was of Little Rock and Fort Smith. We’ll cross “Old Man River” – the mighty Mississippi at Memphis and head into Tennessee. Early evening finds us in Jackson where we’ll enjoy a special dinner and overnite.

Day Eighteen: Headed Home! It’s hard to believe that the past seventeen days have passed so quickly and the number of places we’ve visited and the sights we’ve seen! Our tour director has a special “farewell lunch” stop planned and then we’ll arrive home early this evening with memories to last a lifetime!

Special Note: We’ll be traveling on this tour in a new luxury Prevost motorcoach with the latest “state of the art” amenities. Due to the length of the tour, we’ll keep several seats open and we will provide water and snacks, etc. throughout the trip.

Price Per Person: $2989 Double  |  $2939 Triple  |  $2889 Quad  |  $4189 Single