From the region’s awe-inspiring scenery across unforgettable National Parks, to legendary wild-west and Native American history – the Great American West states of Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming, have it all.
In the Gem State of Idaho, discover the secrets of the Sawtooth Mountains, walk the volcanic remains of Craters of the Moon National Monument or witness thundering Mesa Falls. Take a jet boat across the waters of Hell’s Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America, with towering rock formations and an abundance of wildlife. There’s a natural wonder and jaw dropping scenery around every bend.
Channel your inner cowboy/girl with an authentic ranch stay in Montana. While on a trip to Big Sky Country, don’t miss the world’s largest natural zoo, Glacier National Park, with jagged peaks, sparkling waters and iconic wildlife including grizzly and black bears. Discover the real story of Cowboys and Indians at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument where Custer infamously met his last stand.
In North Dakota explore both north and south units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park; a place President Roosevelt credits for starting his journey to become country leader. The luscious greenery on the banks of the Missouri River provides a perfect home for a variety of wildlife, including wild horses, bison, moose, elk and more. See the Medora Musical – dubbed “The Greatest Show in the West’ or journey along the quirky Enchanted Highway to view unusual man-made metal sculptures.
Get up close and personal with the locals in South Dakota on a visit to Custer State Park during the annual Buffalo Roundup each September to see 1,300 bison sorted, branded and treated by local cowboys. Twin this with a stop at America’s shrine to democracy, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, to admire the famous faces of President’s Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln, carved into the Black Hills. Step into another world in Badlands National Park to watch the changing colours of naturally chiselled spires, buttes and deep canyons.
In Wyoming, gaze at geysers and hot springs in the world’s first National Park, Yellowstone. Witness the rugged beauty of nearby Grand Teton National Park, the Serengeti of North America. Stop at Devil’s Tower National Monument, a 1,200ft volcanic formation, looming over the Wyoming plains. Head to the Cody Nite Rodeo or Cheyenne Frontier Days to see how the locals do WILD west.
Experience life on the open road by car or motorhome, with beautiful scenic drives including the ‘Beartooth Scenic Highway’ and the ‘Going-to-the-Sun Road’. With the Rocky Mountains, rolling plains, ranches and western towns, getting from A to B has never been so exciting! With incredible scenery and spine tingling experiences, you’ll make memories to last a lifetime in The Great American West.
To reach the Great American West, fly into the gateway city of Denver, or nearby Salt Lake City, Seattle or Minneapolis. Pick up your hire vehicle to begin your western road trip, or take an internal flight to one of the many regional airports.