An Introduction to the American Rockies
Nowhere else in North America is a self drive holiday incorporating several states more recommended. One visit simply won't be enough to see the best that this amazing region has to offer, and we guarantee you will want to return time and time again! Choose ideas from the following selection or let us recommend the right itinerary for you. This is one of our all time favourite areas of the USA and we would love to share both our personal experience of the region and recommendations with you!
Colorado - The Centennial State
Colorado is a year round destination boasting over 300 days of sunshine per year. With western history abound, four stunning national parks, 40 State parks, and 26 world class ski resorts this is some of the most beautiful scenery in all of the USA. Colorado is a truly diverse state offering something for everyone.
Don't miss: The Mesa Verde National Park, Cliff dwellings and mesa top villages built between AD450 and 1300 as well as the Great Sand Dunes & Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Parks.
Featured in our America’s Last Best Places, Home on the Range, Western Heritage, Best of the West National Parks, Rocky Mountain Splendours, Desert to Mountains Highlights, Gems of the American West, Pride of the Rockies, Journey to the Four Corners and Mountains and Mesas Itineraries.
Montana - The Big Sky State
From the plains of eastern Montana to the western mountains, Montana's never ending sky sets a stage of dramatic proportions. Jagged peaks, and awe inspiring mountains form a breath-taking landscape, making a perfect setting for lovers of the great outdoors and nature alike. Enjoy unforgettable scenery, outdoor pursuits such as fly fishing, hiking, river rafting and horseback rides, and wildlife including wild horses, grizzly and black bears.
Don't miss: Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, places of natural beauty and majesty with a spectacular mix of wildlife, wilderness, sparkling lakes and pine forests.
Wyoming - The Cowboy State
The heart of the old west still beats in Wyoming – a place where all your cowboy dreams come true! Home to the largest outdoor rodeo in the world, along with Montana, Wyoming is also home to Yellowstone National Park. Best known for it's geysers and geo thermal features, it was the first to be established in the USA. View the jagged peaks of the Teton Mountains and visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre's five museums and galleries in the town of Cody. Fossil enthusiasts won't want to miss The Fossil Butte National Monument.
Don't miss: Yellowstone, America's oldest and most spectacular Park and Grand Teton.
Featured in our America’s Last Best Places, Listen to the Silence, Western Heritage, Best of the West National Parks, Gems of the American West, Pride of the Rockies, Great American West and Going to the Sun Itineraries.
Idaho - The Gem State
With snowcapped mountains, dense forests, many lakes and miles of hiking trails, this last state to be explored by Euro Americans is renowned for its scenic beauty and outdoor recreation in a beautiful and natural setting. Apart from natural beauty, Idaho offers lots of interesting history, being Lewis & Clark country and the route of the Oregon Trail, as well as home to the Nez Perce Indians.
Don't miss: Sun Valley in Central Idaho gateway to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and site of the first destination ski resort in North America.
South Dakota - The Mount Rushmore State
Desolate but beautiful Badlands National Park and the majestic Black Hills, where pine forests grown among mountain peaks fill the southwestern corner of the state making it perfect to combine with south eastern Montana and Wyoming. See the famous giant presidential faces at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, learn the story behind Crazy Horse Memorial – a mountain being shaped to honour the American Indian Chief and visit The Lakota Native American Tribe.
Don't miss: The 60 foot images on Mount Rushmore which stand as a symbol of American democracy.
Utah - The Beehive State
With five fantastic national parks, 42 state parks, 6 national forests, 7 national monuments and 13 ski areas, there are many good reasons to visit Utah. With unlimited recreational opportunities and exciting cities like Salt Lake City and Ogden, the Beehive state is truly a place where cities, mountains, rivers and cultures converge.
Don't miss: Any of the National Parks – especially Bryce and Zion, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Arches.