Day 1:Chicago Arrival
Arrive in Chicago and transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet with your ATI Tour Director in the evening.
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). The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 3:Chicago – Mississippi River Crossing – Sioux Falls
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 on the banks of the Missouri River. Overnight in Sioux Falls.
Day 4:Sioux Falls – Badlands – Mt.Rushmore – Rapid City
Travel westward through the grasslands of South Dakota and onwards to Badlands National Park, filled with strange shaped and colorful rock formations. Then we continue on to the Black Hills, sacred to the Plains Indians and home to the famous Mount Rushmore. Spend the evening at leisure.
Day 5:Rapid City – Bighorn Mountains – Cody
Enter the “Equality State,” Wyoming and continue to Cody for the night. If overnight in Cody is not possible due to the weather or adverse road conditions in Yellowstone, overnight will be in Billings/ Livingston, Montana.
Day 6:Cody – Yellowstone
Drive past the mountains in Wyoming to Yellowstone, America’s first National Park. Highlights will include Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Yellowstone Canyon’s majestic falls, and the beautiful Hayden Valley.
Day 7:Yellowstone – Grand Teton – Salt Lake City
Travel through Grand Teton National Park (weather permitting) and see awesome mountain peaks. Visit the Snake River Outlook and later arrive in Utah and take a short tour of its capital, Salt Lake City. 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
Continue today to spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-colored world of sandstone spires and pinnacles will dazzle the eye. If the weather permits this evening, be sure to gaze upon the spectacular night sky filled with sparkling stars & brilliant constellations.
Day 9:Bryce Canyon – Lake Powell – Grand Canyon – Flagstaff
Depart Bryce Canyon this morning and journey to stunning Lake Powell. Then visit colossal Grand Canyon National Park and stop at the East Rim to get the full experience. Overnight in Flagstaff, a famed stop on Historic Route 66.
Day 10:Flagstaff – Seligman/Route 66 – Las Vegas
This morning, depart Flagstaff and travel on to Las Vegas. Along the way, pass through Seligman. 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. 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.
Day 12:Los Angeles
Today we suggest an optional full-day tour visiting the world’s largest movie studio and theme park: Universal Studios, where Hollywood puts you so close you can hear the cameras rolling.
Day 13:Los Angeles – Santa Barbara – Central Coast
Leave Los Angeles in the morning and travel north through one of California’s favorite vacation spots, Santa Barbara. Then, continue north to the charming town of Solvang.
Day 14:Central Coast – Carmel/Monterey – San Francisco Departure
Today we make our way north to Carmel. Enjoy browsing the shops and galleries of this famous artists’ colony. Traveling further north, visit Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Stroll the Pier to Cannery Row. In the afternoon pass the fertile valleys of Castroville and Santa Clara en route to San Francisco, the “City by the Bay.” Tour concludes upon arrival at the hotel.