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America the Beautiful: From Moab to Mount Rushmore

12 days (13 days in 2016) Nature & Wildlife Tours
Journey through a place where adventurers and explorers can revel in extraordinary landscapes and the pioneering spirit. From the graceful sandstone sculptures of Moab and stern stone faces of Mount Rushmore to the wildlife of Yellowstone and landscapes of the Rocky Mountains, this is America at its most majestic, certain to inspire and amaze.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing & select entrance fees

Denver, Colorado1 night Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in Denver

Included meals: Dinner

Arrive in Denver, Colorado and check into your hotel. At a welcome dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.

Moab, Utah2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Travel through the Rockies

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel through the Rockies and across the Continental Divide en route to Moab.

• Pass through Vail, the famed ski resort

• Stop in a charming mountain town before crossing into Utah’s canyon country

Day 3: Arches National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Arches National Park

Spend a free morning in Moab or add an excursion. 

This afternoon, immerse yourself in the red rock sculptures carved by nature as you explore Arches National Park, home to more than 2,000 arches, spires, domes, pinnacles and fins.

Enjoy a free evening in Moab or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Colorado River Raft Trip $59*pp Details

Take a leisurely rafting trip down a tranquil stretch of the Colorado River, where you’ll see some of the most majestic sights of the American West. You'll float through the majestic Castle Valley and past the Fisher Towers during your time on the river. Though your raft will ride a current, you'll travel through the river’s mildest stretch.

Optional Excursion - Canyonlands by Night Show $79*pp Details

Kick off your evening with a cowboy-style, Dutch-oven dinner before boarding a flat-bottomed boat. Cruise through the Colorado River and take note of the passage of time etched on the Canyonland walls. During tonight’s show, watch as lights and shadows create ever-shifting colors on the red rock canyons, and listen to the story about the formation, creation and history of the Moab area.

Salt Lake City, Utah1 night Hotel info

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Salt Lake City

Included meals: Breakfast

Depart for Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah and host of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and take a guided sightseeing tour of the city center.

• View Temple Square, where you’ll see the six-spired granite Salt Lake Temple

• See the domed Tabernacle, home to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Gothic-style Assembly Hall

Jackson, Wyoming2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Travel through canyon country

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave canyon country and head to the spectacular peaks of the Rockies, passing through the Bridger and Caribou National Forests, with scenic stops along the way to Jackson.

Day 6: Grand Teton National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Grand Teton National Park

Enjoy a free morning in Jackson, one of the West’s premier arts communities, and then spend the afternoon in Grand Teton National Park. 

• Explore the Grand Tetons, the youngest mountain range in the Rockies

• Take short walks to view the park’s unique wildlife

Cody, Wyoming1 night Hotel info

Day 7: Yellowstone National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Yellowstone National Park

Travel to Yellowstone, the world’s first national park (so designated in 1872), before arriving in Cody. 

• Enjoy an excursion through the wonders of Yellowstone National Park

• Explore hot springs and geysers

• View wildlife including bison, grizzly bears, elk and wolves

Sheridan, Wyoming1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Cody & The Buffalo Bill Museum

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, founded in 1921 by Buffalo Bill’s foster son Johnny Baker, before continuing on to Sheridan this evening. 

• Discover the life, times and legend of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody

• View Buffalo Bill’s show outfits

• See Frederick Remington’s Portrait of a Ranch Hand as well as Sitting Bull’s bow and arrows

Rapid City, South Dakota2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Devils Tower & Crazy Horse

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Crazy Horse Monument, Devils Tower National Monument

Cross Wyoming’s high plains and then enter the Black Hills. Make several stops before continuing on to Rapid City, where you’ll spend the evening.

• Visit the soaring Devils Tower National Monument, a sacred site for Native Americans

• View the Crazy Horse Monument, the world’s largest mountain sculpture and memorial for the legendary Lakota Chief

Day 10: Mount Rushmore & The Badlands

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Mount Rushmore Visitor's Center, President’s Walk

Set out to see a series of attractions that will stir the emotions of pride and patriotism.

• Visit Badlands National Park, a desolate landscape of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires

• Stop at Wall Drug, South Dakota’s favorite general store

• Stand in awe of Mount Rushmore, the monumental site

Denver, Colorado1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Cheyenne & The Rockies

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Stop in Cheyenne on your way back to Denver, where you’ll share a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Denver.

Add Denver $299 pp

Welcome to the Mile High City. Explore Colorado’s vibrant capital, from the blooming botanical gardens to the Molly Brown House to the Denver Mint. Beer lovers can sample some of the nation’s most inventive microbreweries. And nature lovers can spend their time soaking in the greenery and the scenery of this outdoorsy city and the surrounding Rockies on an optional excursion to Pike’s Peak.

Denver, Colorado2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Denver

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Molly Brown house

Explore Colorado’s capital city on a tour led by a local guide. 

• Enter the Molly Brown House

• View the Botanic Gardens and the Denver Mint

• Pass through the city’s vibrant art and museum districts

Day 13: Free day in Denver

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Denver or join our optional excursion to Pike’s Peak.

Optional Excursion - Pike's Peak $45*pp Details

Ascend to the summit of Pike’s Peak, the mountain that inspired “America the Beautiful.” Nikola Tesla conducted some of his most electrifying experiments here, but you’ll be swept away by the awe-inspiring views. On this excursion, take a bus to the base of Pike’s Peak, and then enjoy a scenic train ride on a cog railway up the mountain. High atop the Rockies, you’ll have time to explore on your own before returning to Denver. Please note: This excursion includes high elevations, which may be difficult for some travelers.

Day 14: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Denver airport for your flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing & select entrance fees

Rapid City, South Dakota2 nights Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in Rapid City

Arrive in Rapid City, South Dakota and settle into your hotel.

Day 2: The Badlands & Mount Rushmore

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Badlands National Park, Wall Drug, Mount Rushmore Visitor's Center

Set out to see a series of attractions that will stir the emotions of pride and patriotism.

• Visit Badlands National Park, a desolate landscape of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires

• Stop at Wall Drug, South Dakota’s favorite general store

• Stand in awe of Mount Rushmore, the monumental site

• Enter the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center

Enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers this evening.

Sheridan, Wyoming1 night Hotel info

Day 3: Devils Tower & Crazy Horse

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Devils Tower National Monument, Crazy Horse Monument

Cross into Wyoming, making several stops before continuing on to the city of Sheridan for the evening.

• Visit the soaring Devils Tower National Monument, a sacred site for Native Americans

• View the Crazy Horse Monument, the world’s largest mountain sculpture and memorial for the legendary Lakota Chief

Cody, Wyoming1 night Hotel info

Day 4: The Buffalo Bill Museum

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Buffalo Bill Museum & Historical Center

Make your way through scenic northern Wyoming, passing mountains and wildlife including buffalo. Then, visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, founded in 1921 by Buffalo Bill’s foster son Johnny Baker.

• Discover the life, times and legend of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody

• View Buffalo Bill’s show outfits

• See Frederick Remington’s Portrait of a Ranch Hand as well as Sitting Bull’s bow and arrows

Jackson, Wyoming2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Yellowstone National Park

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Yellowstone National Park

Travel to Yellowstone, the world’s first national park (so designated in 1872).

• Enjoy an excursion through the wonders of Yellowstone National Park

• Explore hot springs and geysers, including the iconic Old Faithful

• View wildlife including bison, grizzly bears, elk and wolves

Day 6: Grand Teton National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Grand Teton National Park

Enjoy a free morning in Jackson, one of the West’s premier arts communities, and then spend the afternoon in Grand Teton National Park. 

• Explore the Grand Tetons, the youngest mountain range in the Rockies

• Take short walks to view the park’s unique wildlife

Park City, Utah1 night

Day 7: Travel to Park City

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy the open spaces and fantastic scenery as you travel south to Park City, a popular ski resort that’s also known for hosting the Sundance Film Festival.

Moab, Utah2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Travel through the Wasatch Mountains

Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way through the soaring peaks of the Wasatch Mountains as you travel through the Central Utah Valley en route to Moab.

Day 9: Arches National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Arches National Park

Spend a free morning in Moab or add an excursion. 

This afternoon, immerse yourself in the red rock sculptures carved by nature as you explore Arches National Park, home to more than 2,000 arches, spires, domes, pinnacles and fins.

Enjoy a free evening in Moab or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Colorado River Raft Trip $59*pp Details

Take a leisurely rafting trip down a tranquil stretch of the Colorado River, where you’ll see some of the most majestic sights of the American West. You'll float through the majestic Castle Valley and past the Fisher Towers during your time on the river. Though your raft will ride a current, you'll travel through the river’s mildest stretch.

Optional Excursion - Canyonlands by Night Show $79*pp Details

Kick off your evening with a cowboy-style, Dutch-oven dinner before boarding a flat-bottomed boat. Cruise through the Colorado River and take note of the passage of time etched on the Canyonland walls. During tonight’s show, watch as lights and shadows create ever-shifting colors on the red rock canyons, and listen to the story about the formation, creation and history of the Moab area.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado2 nights

Day 10: Travel through the Rockies

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel through the Rockies and across the Continental Divide.

• Pass the charming mountain town of Glenwood Springs, the rugged Glenwood Canyon and Vail, the famed ski resort

Day 11: Rocky Mountain National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Rocky Mountain National Park

Set out to explore the wonders of Rocky Mountain National Park.

• Drive along the Trail Ridge Road, which soars to 12,000 feet in elevation (weather dependent)

• Take several short trail walks

• Look out for wildlife including elk, bighorn sheep, moose and bears

Denver, Colorado1 night Hotel info

Day 12: Denver via Boulder

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Stop in Boulder on your way back to Denver, where you’ll share a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day 13: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Denver.

Add Denver $299 pp

Welcome to the Mile High City. Explore Colorado’s vibrant capital, from the blooming botanical gardens to the Molly Brown House to the Denver Mint. Beer lovers can sample some of the nation’s most inventive microbreweries. And nature lovers can spend their time soaking in the greenery and the scenery of this outdoorsy city and the surrounding Rockies on an optional excursion to Pike’s Peak.

Denver, Colorado2 nights Hotel info

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Denver

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Molly Brown house

Explore Colorado’s capital city on a tour led by a local guide. 

• Enter the Molly Brown House

• View the Botanic Gardens and the Denver Mint

• Pass through the city’s vibrant art and museum districts

Day 14: Free day in Denver

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Denver or join our optional excursion to Pike’s Peak.

Optional Excursion - Pike's Peak $45*pp Details

Ascend to the summit of Pike’s Peak, the mountain that inspired “America the Beautiful.” Nikola Tesla conducted some of his most electrifying experiments here, but you’ll be swept away by the awe-inspiring views. On this excursion, take a bus to the base of Pike’s Peak, and then enjoy a scenic train ride on a cog railway up the mountain. High atop the Rockies, you’ll have time to explore on your own before returning to Denver. Please note: This excursion includes high elevations, which may be difficult for some travelers.

Day 15: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Denver airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Denver, Colorado, United States
  • Moab, Utah, United States
  • Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Jackson, Wyoming, United States
  • Sheridan, Wyoming, United States
  • Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
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  • DEC

Passport & visa requirements

No official documentation is required for U.S. citizens, although we strongly recommend having your driver’s license or passport with you at all times for identification purposes. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please be sure to have your required identification with you as well.

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Be advised that most domestic airlines impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage, and that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. We suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want dressier attire.

Health

Please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes between 7,000 and 9,000 feet above sea level on this tour. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulty breathing and other health problems for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks. Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea and light-headedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest that you drink plenty of fluids and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol. Otherwise, there are no major health risks when traveling to this region. During the summer months, take care for sun exposure and heat. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine—even if you’re not traveling abroad. Most of the cuisine on this tour is well-known to Americans, but look out for delicious Rocky Mountain regional specialties.

Transportation

All included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach.

Time zones

All of your tour will be on Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 10am on tour.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash.

How's the weather?

  • Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
  • Sheridan, Wyoming, United States
  • Jackson, Wyoming, United States
  • Moab, Utah, United States
  • Denver, Colorado, United States
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa requirements

No official documentation is required for U.S. citizens, although we strongly recommend having your driver’s license or passport with you at all times for identification purposes. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please be sure to have your required identification with you as well.

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Be advised that most domestic airlines impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage, and that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. We suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want dressier attire.

Health

Please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes between 7,000 and 9,000 feet above sea level on this tour. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulty breathing and other health problems for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks. Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea and light-headedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest that you drink plenty of fluids and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol. Otherwise, there are no major health risks when traveling to this region. During the summer months, take care for sun exposure and heat. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine—even if you’re not traveling abroad. Most of the cuisine on this tour is well-known to Americans, but look out for delicious Rocky Mountain regional specialties.

Transportation

All included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach.

Time zones

All of your tour will be on Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 10am on tour.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour Director

Tour Director is meant everything for this kind of bus tour. Nancy is the best, her knowledge, experience, good positives, well alerts and good memories. We were lucky to have her on our tour. For any tour director to take care 44 people is quite tough, but she made it so simple and fun. We are looking forward for our next tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour

We had a wonderful time on this tour. Our Tour Director Lindsay was great, the itinerary was packed with scenic stops, and our new friends were entertaining to say the least. I've never seen so many beautiful places and at the same time....never laughed so much! We'd go again tomorrow if we could!

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 8/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

No Custer!

Neat tour, saw lots of neat places but misread the itinerary and thought we were going to the site of Custer's Last Stand, so be aware that this is not a stop on this tour although I believe it could and should be. the tour director did alter the tour and allowed us to go to Deadwood which I believe is a must see stop. With a little tweaking this tour could be greatly improved by seeing these two great histiorical places.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director and Bus Driver

Looking at the itinerary, I expected a great vacation. What I got was the vacation of a lifetime. Our Tour Director exceeded our expectations. He widened our itinerary to an amazing extent. Our time in the bus was entertaining and informative. Stevyn certainly did his homework. He would give us the history, geology and culture of the places we were visiting. He also told us about other tours he had given in exotic countries (left us wanting to go there). It was the total package. Shifting our time around we were able to spend a time at Red Rock, saw the rock seats and the museum, attend the "Mormon Tabernacle Choir", we had an emotional visit to "Little Big Horn", complete with a Native American guide (on the bus), a spectacular view atop "Dead Horse Peak", just to name a few. We visited Mount Rushmore on the 4th of July and then, with a guide, saw the future monument of Crazy Horse - we even got to see a blast at the bottom of the monument. "Yellowstone National Park" was as spectacular as I thought it would be. There were so many things to see and digest. I am now reliving my trip through my photographs. Loved the Museum in Cody too. Special kudos to Ed, a fabulous bus driver. In the Mountains, there is only a 2 foot guide rail separating us from a 70 story drop. At no time did we feel unsafe. Ed was a calm and charming edition. It was a great trip. Thank you Stevyn and Thank you Ed.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Our Wonderful Country

America the Beautiful: Moab to Mount Rushmore took us to some of our country's most beautiful parks and monuments. Stevyn our tour director was an unending source of interesting history and stories about the places we visited and our driver, Ed, made certain that our trip was a smooth and safe ride. Our group from so many different parts of the country and world started out as a busload of strangers and became a family of friends. Go Ahead has the most knowledgeable and caring tour guides and takes us to the most beautiful places.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

So glad I went on the tour...

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour! I agree with my fellow travelers: our tour director, Stevyn and bus driver, Ed were excellent. Ed did a terrific job navigating the almost 2700 miles of our trip. Stevyn was knowledgeable, organized, and congenial. By the end of the first day he knew our names (as a retired teacher I was truly impressed). I would sign up for another trip with them with absolutely no hesitation! The sights and scenery in the national and state parks we visited left me in awe; Arches, Dead Horse Point, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Devil's Tower, Badlands...wow, wow, and wow again! The rock formations, geothermals and wildlife sightings (especially the bison) were amazing. Visiting Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse (where we got to witness a blast) on the 4th of July was really special. I loved hot air ballooning along the Grand Tetons and over the Snake River. Hearing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was an unexpected pleasure. As for the hotels, the locations were wonderful and the rooms adequate. I thought our group lunch at The Bluebird was excellent and the dinners were OK. The last day is spent driving from Rapid City back to Denver. I think the only reason for that is to get us back to a major airport. Isn't there anyplace closer? We were fortunate to have a good group of people, and has been mentioned by others, we really bonded by the end of the trip. Special thanks to Florence and Thelma for their thoughtfulness is creating meaningful farewell gifts for Stevyn and Ed! If you are looking to visit this part of our country, and realize that the trip involves long stretches on a bus, I would highly recommend this tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Rediscover how beautiful America is with the best tour director.

In order of excellence. “A+" goes to our tour director, Stevyn and coach driver, Ed. Stevyn is extremely articulate and entertaining who effectively delivered the right mix of knowledge-sharing and witticism, a caring and intuitive organizer who effortlessly managed 40 diverse tourists with a wide range of needs and tastes, and an authentic likable guide who navigated for us a memorable America the Beautiful tour. Ed, our coach driver complemented Stevyn’s leadership with flawless performance, untiring dedication to our safety and comfort, and engaged with our tour group in a humorous yet respectful demeanor. Our tour group loved Stevyn and Ed and gave them a good-natured roast and acknowledgement at our farewell dinner. For me, Stevyn and Ed personified what is best about GoAhead Tours hence the “A+”. “A" goes to the itinerary. This tour showcased effectively the beauty and grandeur of the American national parks and stayed true with the theme. The number and variety of parks visited were outstanding (albeit fast-paced) and seemed to defy comparison to each other – often our group expressed amazement at how unique or different the next national park or memorial or event was from the one previous. This tour illustrated the immense history of this country that is connected to these national parks and gave us Americans a true sense of worth and value. With this alone, I would recommend this tour to educate and motivate our youthful people and for our experienced folks this could reinvigorate and help rediscover a sense of pride for our country. “A-" goes to our tour group. This was truly a pick of the draw and I feel very, very fortunate to have traveled with this America-the-Beautiful (ATB) group. I couldn’t have hoped for a more generous, caring, genteel, funny group of people who probably had little in common at the beginning but bonded together effortlessly throughout the trip and became extended family. “B-” goes to our excursions and special trips. The (optional) balloon ride above the Tetons rated an “A” (which would’ve been an A+ but for the cost) but there were other scheduled evening events or excursions that I would not retake, given the opportunity. “C” goes to our accommodations and/or included meals. In my opinion, the best included-meal was dinner on Day 9 at the Adoba Hotel which I would rate an 'A-'. My family enjoyed dinner on our own at the same location the following night and found consistency in quality of food and service again. Understandably our accommodations throughout the tour were in keeping with the rustic theme of log cabins and modest hotels; however, I would have paid more for more comfortable and modern hotels. “A-” goes to overall value that is to say, for what I paid, I received equitable return. The two categories of tour director/coach driver and itinerary were very important to me so they were weighted more heavily. The combined scores outweighed the bottom two categories which, in my opinion, could be improved easily especially for the benefit of those travelers who judge these categories to be most or more important. This was a wonderful tour. Thank you GoAhead.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Learning Experience !

What a fabulous job our tour Director Stevyn P. did on our America the Beautiful tour! He is an outstanding individual, very knowledgeable with his history facts as well as his geographical areas! WOW! We wasted no time in learning so much on this tour as well as making it a fun and enjoyable for all of us who were first time seeing this part of the country and eager to absorb this beautiful western country, the Good Old USA! My eyes were opened ! WOW ! So much interesting information and genuine friendly travelers who were respectful of each other ! I thoroughly loved it ! Thank You !

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 12

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Go Ahead--You've Done it Again!!

As a Go Ahead "Diamond" World Traveler, I have visited some of the most beautiful and exotic places in the world. As wondrous as these places are, I can't say that any of them brought tears to my eyes. This tour, "America the Beautiful; from Moab to Mount Rushmore", did. . .this trip brought home to me that the United States of America is gorgeous, vastly diverse--in both geographics and demographics, incredibly rugged, and steeped in rich history. The tour itinerary was spot-on--a perfect blend of national parks; memorials; city tours; entertainment; adventure and hiking opportunities; and scenery, scenery, scenery! This is not the tour for the traveler who is looking for a 5-star hotel "destination" trip, but rather for the one who is looking for a good, healthy dose of America's great outdoors, wildlife, and Western culture and history. If you're that traveler, be ready to say, "Wow!", time and time again. Do you like wildlife? We saw pronghorn antelope, prairie dogs, eagles, deer, mountain goats, and--my personal favorite--bison! We even witnessed 2 "jousting" males just by the side of the road as we slowly drove by; farther in the background were bison females and their young. Incredible. There are too many scenic highlights to mention them all, but my favorites were Arches National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Crazy Horse Monument, the Badlands, and Mt. Rushmore (on July 4, of all things!!). If you think this is all you see on this tour, you're mistaken. There is much, much more. On the "entertainment side", the highlight for me was watching and listening to the 300+ strong Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their program consisted of patriotic songs (in honor of the upcoming July 4 holiday) performed in a conference center which houses an 8,000-pipe organ. The acoustics were unbelievable.. Now, here comes the most important part: As wonderful as this tour's itinerary was for me, the overall superior QUALITY of this tour was due primarily to our Tour Director, Stevyn, and coach driver, Ed. Together, they orchestrated one of the most memorable tours of my life. Stevyn was knowledgable (I learned a lot from his talks), organized, compassionate, entertaining, fun, and funny! He was the perfect balance. Ed's driving and maintenance of our luxury coach were skillful and immaculate; and he was accommodating, patient, and fun. Between the two of them, they expertly handled our group of 40 travelers with great finesse, gusto, humor, and affection. As a result, by tour's end, our group of 42 was like one big, happy family. The primary reason Go Ahead is my tour company of choice--and has been for over 11 years--is because of its tour directors. This tour has only reinforced my commitment. I look forward to many, many more years of traveling with Go Ahead!

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Greatest Tour Director

Our tour director was amazing. Your company is very lucky & blessed to have Stevyn on your staff. He made the tour exciting and his knowledge about each stop was exceptional. He made sure that we saw all places on our itinerary along with places that he thought everyone would enjoy. I was very reluctant to take this trip but Stevyn made the tour a wonderful experience and showed us all that "America the Beautiful" is the perfect name for this tour., Our bus driver, Ed did an outstanding job and we always felt safe. As for the hotels on this tour; for the cost of the trip I felt that two of your :"hand picked" hotels were more like a Motel 6 or Super 8. It always seemed that the less desirable hotels were the ones we stayed for two nights. The other hotels were 3 star and above. I was also upset that our luggage fees should have been included with the price of the trip. My husband & I thought that more lunches & dinners should have been included, along with the bottled water we had on the bus, Excluding our tour director, my husband & I felt the tour was way overpriced for what we received.

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