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Rockies & Great Plains

US Rockies holidays


Stretching through Canada and the States, the ancient Rockies offer a breathtaking array of outdoor experiences, from the expansive Wyoming Plains and deep river canyons of Idaho to the towering mountains of Colorado and the rugged vastness of Montana.

Diverse Landscapes

The Great Plains divide the USA into east and west, flanked by the spectacular Rocky Mountains, covering seven states, from North and South Dakota, across Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Because of this, the region offers everything from impossibly deep canyons to vast plateaus of grassland. Many of the USA's most well-known National Parks are found here – Yellowstone perhaps top of the list, its geysers and colourful pools a magnet for tourists.

Coloured lake in Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

Epic Road Trips

One of the best ways to appreciate the vastness of the Great Plains is by road. Through Wyoming, the Cloud Peak Skyway Scenic Byway offers the best view of the Bighorn Mountains and Cloud Peak Wilderness. Meanwhile, the 31.5-mile Badlands Loop National Scenic Byway in South Dakota is punctuated by 14 overlooks from where you can enjoy the dramatic landforms of the prairies and pinnacles. And at Canyonlands, the scenic drive to the Island in the Sky mesa provides the best views, with overlooks perched 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain.

Road through the Badlands, South Dakota
Badlands, South Dakota

Mountain Peaks

Of course, the cragged peaks of the Rocky Mountains make for some of the most arresting scenery in the region; there are hills and jagged mountains linking all these states. The alpine terrain and winding Snake River at the foot of the Teton Range in Wyoming is a highlight. Similarly, Montana's Saint Mary Lake offers picturesque hikes and the chance to spot native wildlife on the lake's pristine shores. Whichever mountain chain you come across, you're bound to see something spectacular.

Saint Mary Lake in Montana
Saint Mary Lake, Montana


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Top itineraries in Rockies & Great Plains

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Canyon Country & National Parks fly-drive

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,690 pp incl. flights

This epic fly-drive brings you right among some of the USA's most spectacular wilderness, from the Wild-West grandeur of Monument Valley to the world-wonder beauty of the Grand Canyon.

Rocky Mountaineer, USA

Rocky Mountaineer USA: Colorado Rockies to the Red Rocks Explorer

10-day rail & small-group coach journey from £5,230 pp incl. flights

Experience the Rocky Mountaineer on this captivating journey by rail and road, which takes in the best of the American Southwest, including three of Utah's "Mighty 5" National Parks.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone & Rocky Mountains Self-drive Tour

18-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,760 pp incl. flights

Explore Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Rocky Mountains national parks as you combine some of America's most spellbinding scenery with the chance to see native wildlife and explore a rich, pioneering past.

Garden of the Gods, Colorado

Highlights of Colorado

13-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,550 pp incl. flights

This in-depth itinerary will see you explore the red-rock canyons, glittering lakes and hot-spring towns of spectacular Colorado in the American southwest.

Top places to stay in Rockies & Great Plains

The Curtis, Denver

The Curtis, Denver

Contemporary hotel

A unique and quirky, boutique, 'pop-culture' hotel in downtown Denver, next to the Performing Arts Complex, museums, shopping and restaurants. From the Doubletree by Hilton stable, this is a 'fun' hotel and a wake-up call from Elvis or Austin Powers are just a couple of the fun amenities that lie ah

Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Colorado

Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Colorado

Contemporary resort

Contemporary ski and mountain resort, perfect for summer and winter adventures. Being the area’s only ski-in/ski-out resort, the hotel is just seconds from Steamboat’s Christie Peak Express chairlift and gondola so all the recreational activities of Mount Werner are easily accessible.

Ranch at Ucross

Ranch at Ucross, Wyoming

Traditional ranch

This scenic guest ranch is a good location for an overnight stay (available May to September only) during a drive between the Black Hills of South Dakota/Devils Tower and the Yellowstone Park areas. Rate includes lodging, one horseback ride, deluxe breakfast buffet, deluxe dinner buffet, baggage, ta

Coeur d'Alene Resort

Coeur D'Alene Resort, Idaho

Contemporary resort

In spectacular lakeside surroundings, this upscale resort offers contemporary accommodation, revitalising spa treatments, a wide choice of sumptuous cuisine and world-class golf. The rooms and suites are situated in the Lake Tower, Park Tower and North Wing and have a minimalistic, streamlined theme

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Where to go in Rockies & Great Plains

Mount Rushmore

South Dakota

While you’ll know South Dakota for Mt. Rushmore, there’s plenty more to it. Strike out into wildlife-filled national parks on stunning road trips before calling into the world’s largest mountain carving – a bust of Crazy Horse.

Roosevelt National Park

North Dakota

Bordering Canada, North Dakota is a frontier region that brings you off the beaten track to some of North America’s lesser-known gems. In among endless plains, scenic drives bring you to unique art projects, stunning national parks and a fascinating indigenous heritage.

Glacier Naional Park, Montana


Montana is the land of 'big sky', the northernmost of the Rocky states abounding in rugged mountains and endless plains. The Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park are the showpiece nature reserves ...

Flaming Gorge


Wyoming is classic cowboy country; the state insignia of a cowboy waving his Stetson on the back of a bucking bronco says it all. Wide-open grasslands stretch for miles in every direction ...

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When to go to Rockies & Great Plains

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Summer is busy season for America’s national parks with school holidays and favourable hiking weather. Consider delaying your trip for the autumn (or bringing it forward for spring) when weather is still temperate but there are half the crowds. In winter, while snow-dusted peaks and pines make for stunning photography, don’t underestimate the unpredictability of alpine America’s weather with temperatures often dropping well below freezing.

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Rockies & Great Plains articles

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    Wexas Head of Digital Ronan Gay spent a week in Colorado, bookended by time in its capital, Denver. Here are his top 10 recommendations for spending a weekend in the Mile High City.

  • Java, Indonesia vintage travel poster

    Vintage travel posters that have stood the test of time

    We take a look at the spectacularly bold travel advertisements of the 1930s and their promise of golden temples in India, lakeside retreats in Italy and deers grazing outside of Japanese temples. You'll be surprised at how much holds true to this day.

  • Hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

    Free Entrance to US National Parks: the Centenary & Other Times to Visit

    The vision of 19th century artist, George Catlin, America’s National Parks Service has grown from humble beginnings, starting with just one park. The veritable grandfather of it all – Yellowstone – was once protected from poachers and misuse by the U.S. Army, a trend that continued to the second na…

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