Today is our get-acquainted day. We meet our fellow travelers and are
greeted by our escort and driver as we begin our journey through the
Bluegrass State of Kentucky. After lunch we will be crossing the Ohio
River into Cincinnati, the Queen City of the West, as we continue through
Indianapolis to our fnal destination for the night in Champaign, Illinois.
We enter the state of Wisconsin “America’s Dairyland”. We continue
through the capital city of Madison enroute to an area of deep gorges
along the Wisconsin River known as the Wisconsin Dells. Here we will
take a boat tour of the Upper Dells with time for browsing through this
resort town. We will spend the night in the Wisconsin Dells area.
This morning our journey takes us across the “Bread and Butter” state
of Minnesota and into the state of North Dakota where accommodations
await us for the night in Fargo. Fargo was named after George Fargo of
the Wells Fargo Express.
Our destination for tonight is Winnipeg, the capital of the Prairie Province
of Manitoba. We will have an early afternoon arrival in Winnipeg with
time for a brief tour and shopping in the downtown area. Colorful eating
places, hotels, entertainment spots and fne Canadian department stores
are scattered throughout the city.
After a good night’s rest, we will continue to Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan.
Here you can imagine the buffalo that once roamed freely.
This is also the area where the mounted police brought peace to the west.
Regina, “Home of the Mounties”, is our destination for tonight. We will
visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Museum.
We get our frst glimpse of the beautiful Canadian Rockies before stopping
for the night in Calgary, the largest city in Alberta. It is situated at
the confuence of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, about 50 miles east of the
front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. It’s still steeped in the western
culture that earned it the nickname “Cowtown,” evident in the Calgary
Stampede, its massive July rodeo and festival that grew out of the farm- ing exhibitions once presented here.
It’s a short drive this morning from Calgary to Banff a resort town in
the province of Alberta, located within Banff National Park, the oldest
park in Canada and one of North America’s largest natural areas. The
peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains,
dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques
and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops. We
continue through Banff stopping at Bow Falls before arriving at the
Banff Springs Hotel for an included buffet lunch. After lunch and time
for exploring the hotel and area, we return to Banff stopping at the Banff
Gondola for a ride to the top of the mountain. We spend two nights in
the Banff area.
Today we are off to beautiful Lake Louise making a stop at Moraine
Lake and The Valley of Ten Peaks. Featuring a crystal clear blue-green
lake, a valley hemmed in by ten lofty mountain peaks beneath the
third highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, it’s little wonder that
Moraine Lake rivals Lake Louise in scenic grandeur and fame. We
will see world-famous Lake Louise—a breathtaking experience. This
sky-blue lake formed by the melting Victoria Glacier is one of the most
photographed sights in Canada. We return to Banff for our last night.
Jasper National Park is ours to enjoy today. We will travel the Icefelds
Parkway stopping at Peyto Lake, a picture postcard.Soon, we arrive
at the Columbia Icefelds, consisting of Ice-Age glaciers which cover nearly 100 square miles. Our spirits will soar to an exciting snowmobile
ride over Athabasca Glacier in the Icefelds. Our last stop on the
parkway is Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park before arriving at
our hotel in Jasper for the night.
Today we leave the beauty of the Canadian Rockies traveling into
the Province of British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province,
located between the Pacifc Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. Our
destination for the night is Kamloops, British Columbia where the
North and South Thompson rivers meet.
This morning we are off to Vancouver, the third largest city in
Canada and known as Canada’s “Window on the Pacifc” because
of the city’s ice-free harbor. Vancouver, a bustling west coast
seaport is among Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities.
A popular flming location, it’s surrounded by mountains, and
also has thriving art, theatre and music scenes. With early afternoon
arrival, we will visit Queen Elizabeth Park home to some
of the most beautiful and well maintained gardens in the world.
What a treat we have in store for you today—we’re off to Victoria, British
Columbia for a two night stay. We board BC Ferries in Tsawwassen
for a one and a half hour crossing to Swartz Bay. We disembark the
ferry and continue to beautiful Butchart Gardens. Over a century ago,
Jennie Butchart began building what is now one of the world’s peremier
foral show gardens. Butchart Gardens is one of the top tourist attractions
in Victoria, British Columbia. The gardens have been designated
a National Historic Site of Canada.
We spend the afternoon at Butchart
before continuing to the city of Victoria for a two night stay.Tomorrow
we enjoy a guided tour of Victoria with the afternoon free for shopping
and browsing the many shops located downtown.
This morning we reboard the ferry along with our coach for a ride across
the Straits of Juan de Fuca to Port Angeles. We disembark the ferry and
continue to Seattle with the rest of the afternoon free for shopping and
browsing in Pike Place Farmers Market, the oldest continuously oper- ated market in the country. We overnight in Seattle.
More unbelievable sights are in store as we leave Seattle and head into
Mount Rainier National Park. Mount Rainier is a towering, ice-clad volcano
rising 14, 410 feet. It is a striking landmark made doubly impressive
by the cap of glacial ice withy beautiful ice and beautiful wildfowers
surrounding it. By nightfall we have entered the state of Oregon spending
the night in the Portland area.
Our journey today takes us along Rattlesnake Hills through Kennewick
and Walla Walla, Washington located near the confluence of the Columbia,
Snake and Yakima Rivers. After lunch in Walla Walla, we will continue to
Lewiston, Idaho for a two night stay.
What a day we have planned today. . . be prepared for that occasional
cool summer day and spray from the white water rapids as you explore
the heart stomping emptiness of Hells Canyon by jet boat on the wild and
scenic Snake River. This is one of the most famous sections of any river
in America. Hells Canyon is the deepest gorge in North America! Seventy
miles of rugged outdoor river country and in places, plunges over a mile
deep. Your jet boat tames the rapids as it passes through one of our country’s
great wilderness areas. From Lewiston Hill’s summit, catch your first
breathtaking glimpse of the valley where Lewiston, the most distant seaport
in the West, was established at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater
Rivers. We will enjoy a picnic luncheon on one of the sandy beaches along
the Snake River. We spend our last night in Lewiston.
Another scenic highlight awaits us today! We follow the route of the Lewis
& Clark Expedition along the Clearwater River. View unparalled scenery
as the highway meanders through the Nez Perce National Historical Park.
We travel through river canyons, upland valleys and forested mountains,
We enter Montana at Missoula as we welcome Interstate 90 and continue
to Butte, Montana for the night. Butte, as the first major city in Montana
and, at one time, the largest city west of the Mississippi River between
Chicago and San Francisco, can accurately lay claim to the title of “Montana’s
most historic city”. Butte’s history is as colorful and diverse as the
landscape of Montana.
Today our scenic route turns south through Montana and the Bitterroot
National Forest. South of Dillon we will follow alongside Clark Canyon
Dam and Reservoir located on the Beaverhead River. Clark Canyon Reservoir
is the site of Camp Fortunate, one of the more significant spots along
the Lewis and Clark Trail. We return to Idaho and continue south through
Idaho Falls and Pocatello before entering Utah, the Beehive State. Our
destination for the night is Park City, Utah. Nestled high in the Wasatch
Mountains, the historic mining town of Park City, Utah is unlike any other
ski town in the world. It lies east of Salt Lake City. Park City was the site
of the 2002 Winter Olympics. We will spend two nights in this bustling
Today is devoted to exploring this mountain retreat. Utah Olympic Park
offers year-round adventure. Learning about the Park’s unique Olympic
heritage on a guided tour is the best way to explore the venue & learn
about the amazing stories of Olympic achievement (and some of the more
peculiar tales). We will drive to the top of the world’s highest Nordic ski
jumps and one of the fastest sliding tracks in the world. A trip to Park City
wouldn’t be complete without visiting Historic Main Street with its host
of dining and plenty of options for shopping. Park City has so much more
to offer than just its slopes. Park City’s art community is alive and thriving
all year long. Here, they have world-class theater, performing artists,
premier film festivals, and a town full of art galleries; which means that
Park City won’t just invigorate your body, it’ll also enrich your soul. Yes,
there is even a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Park City. Hop onboard the Park
City Main Street Trolley for a ride down Historic Main Street.
It’s a short drive from Park City into Wyoming where the untamed spirit of
the West and majestic natural beauty open your mind and invigorate your
senses. We travel northeast through Green River, Rock Springs, Rawlins
and Laramie. Formerly a lawless frontier town, known for wild saloons
and vigilante justice, Laramie is now a quiet college town, popular with
outdoor enthusiasts as well as history buffs. Over twenty sites in and around
Laramie are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the
Wyoming Territorial Prison, which once held Butch Cassidy. The town is
conveniently located between the Laramie Range and the Medicine Bow
Mountains. Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming is our destination for
the night.It was named for the American Indian Cheyenne nation, one of
the most famous and prominent Great Plains tribes closely allied with the
Arapaho. We will make a photo stop at the State Capitol before checking
into our hotel for the night. In the evening we will tour the Terry Bison
Ranch and enjoy a western-style dinner in the Senator’s Steakhouse on
the ranch. It’s the West the way you want it! Welcome to the Terry Bison
Ranch Resort. Climb aboard their own private train and ride out to the
middle of their bison herd.
Our journey continues east into Nebraska arriving in Paxton for lunch
included at Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse. After lunch we continue
through North Platte to Kearney, Nebraska to visit the Great Platte
River Road Archway Monument. Spanning 310 feet over Interstate
80, The Archway presents 170 years of America’s westward move- ment through detailed displays and harrowing stories you’ll hear as
you walk over one of America’s busiest interstate highways. Council
Bluffs, Iowa is our destination for the night.
Today we travel through Iowa stopping for lunch (included) in Amana,
Iowa at the Ox Yoke Inn. Time for shopping and browsing in Amana be- fore continuing to Champaign, Illinois for our last night on the tour.
Today we depart Champaign for our final day of travel through Indiana
and Kentucky before arriving in Knoxville in the late afternoon ending
our wonderful 24 day to the Pacific Northwest with Knoxville Tours.