This was a two-week Trafalgar tour, departing from Las Vegas on Sept. 28 and returning to Las Vegas on Oct. 11.  The video was shot in HD, and mostly covers “action scenes”.  Obviously the web video is significantly size-reduced from the original video; let me know if you’d like a DVD or a QuickTime video (which can be played with either QuickTime Player or RealPlayer).  The video here is about 50 MB, so if you don’t have broadband you may not want to watch it.

The video and photos are minimally edited.  I deleted a few seconds of bad video, and adjusted a few photos and deleted others, but what you see here is not heavily edited.  As with the video, the photos are size-reduced for the web, but I’d be happy to send you individual photos or a CD or DVD with the photos if you’d like the originals.

The following itinerary is from the Trafalgar web site, with a few typos corrected, and with the addition of the “photos” link to the photo galleries for each day.

Scenic Parks Explorer 2008

Day 1 - Arrive Las Vegas
Welcome to Las Vegas! A complimentary transfer is provided to the Trafalgar hotel. Your Tour Director is available at the hotel this afternoon to greet you and answer your questions. Join us at 6:00 PM for a Welcome Reception at the hotel.

Hotel: Las Vegas Hilton

Day 2 - Las Vegas – Zion National Park – Bryce Canyon (photos)
This morning's journey takes us through St. George before reaching spectacular Zion National Park. See the massive and colorful rock formations of Zion Canyon ascending toward the blue sky. Next on to Bryce Canyon National Park, where sandstone spires reflect colorful hues from every vista point. Here we visit the
amphitheater of "hoodoos," the odd shaped stone monoliths. (Full Breakfast / Dinner) 

Hotel: Ruby's Inn

Day 3 - Bryce Canyon - Salt Lake City (photos)
Today our Tour Director will share a Hidden Treasure with us! We're off to Salt Lake City, headquarters of the Mormon religion. Here our sightseeing tour includes Assembly Hall and the Tabernacle, home of the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Salt Lake City is both a monument to Western history and a thriving modern city. (Full Breakfast)

Hotel: Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel

Day 4 - Salt Lake City - Jackson  (photos)
We start the day traveling north along the edge of the Great Salt Lake and across the Oregon Trail en route to Jackson for the night. On arrival, enjoy time to wander through this authentic old-western town. This evening we enjoy a specialty dinner at a local restaurant in the town square. (Full breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

Hotel: Antler Inn

Day 5 - Jackson - Grand Teton - Yellowstone National Park (2 nights) (photos)
We travel through scenic Grand Teton National Park, past sparkling Jenny Lake, on our way to Yellowstone National Park, an amazing geothermal wonderland. Home to an astounding array of elk and distinctive bears, Yellowstone also has one of the few large herds of buffalo still in existence. We stay inside Yellowstone for two nights, with plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular surroundings. (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

Hotel: National Park Lodges

(Weather conditions permitting, the South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is open from mid-May to mid-October. When the South Entrance is closed, the tour will travel west from Jackson via Idaho and enter Yellowstone National Park through the West Entrance.)

Day 6 - Yellowstone National Park sightseeing (photos)
Enjoy a full day tour of Yellowstone National Park. Highlights include the world's most extraordinary collection of geysers, hot springs and bubbling mud pools, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River with its thundering waterfalls, Yellowstone Lake, endless forests and the famous Old Faithful Geyser which
erupts 20 almost every hour. (Full Breakfast)

Day 7 - Yellowstone - Cody - Billings (photos)
We head to Cody, named after its most famous resident, Buffalo Bill Cody. Here we learn about his adventures during a visit to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Then we journey on to the historic cattle town of Billings, Montana. (Full breakfast / Dinner)

Hotel: Holiday Inn Grand Montana

Day 8 - Billings - Deadwood - Rapid City (2 nights) (photos)
We travel to Little Bighorn National Monument, site of the infamous "Custer's Last Stand." Our next stop is in Deadwood where we join a narrated tour and learn about Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday who once lived here. We then make our way to Rapid City for two nights. (Full breakfast)

Hotel: Radisson Rapid City

Day 9 - Black Hills excursion (photos)
Today we journey through the scenic Black Hills, stopping at the Crazy Horse Memorial honoring all Native Americans. We also learn the story behind Mount Rushmore, before viewing this incredible sculpture depicting four great American Presidents. This evening is at leisure. (Full breakfast)

Day 10 - Rapid City - Denver (photos)
Our day begins with a drive through the Black Hills National Forest where Ponderosa pines, spruce and aspen forests provide a home for a variety of wildlife. Then we continue on through the National Grassland prairies of South Dakota and Wyoming en route to Colorado's capital city – Denver, also known as the “Mile-High City.” (Full Breakfast / Dinner) 

Hotel: Sheraton Denver Hotel

Day 11 - Denver - Arches National Park - Moab (photos)
We drive into the Rocky Mountains and stop at the famous resort of Vail where there is time for a short stroll through this quaint alpine village. Following the Colorado River, we travel through the spectacular scenery of the Rockies and arrive in Utah. Here we explore the amazing wonderland of Arches National Park where natural stone arches and balancing rock formations are scattered all around us. Then on to Moab for our overnight stay. (Full breakfast)

Hotel: Ramada Inn

Day 12 - Moab - Mesa Verde - Kayenta (photos)
Today our Tour Director will reveal another Hidden Treasure with us! We visit Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we enjoy a tour highlighting some of the archeological finds which help us piece together how the Native American tribes lived in the canyons of Mesa Verde. From here
our journey continues to Kayenta, on the Navajo Indian Reservation for our overnight stay. (Full breakfast / Dinner)

Hotel: Holiday Inn Kayenta

Day 13 - Kayenta - Monument Valley - Grand Canyon (photos)
We join a local guide and explore the giant, world-famous monoliths of Monument Valley aboard open-air vehicles. We then continue to the magnificent Grand Canyon for our overnight stay. There is plenty of time to explore this natural wonder, stroll the rim or maybe venture down the Bright Angel Trail. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow traveling companions. Later join your Tour Director for a walk along the rim at sunset. (Full breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

Hotel: National Park Lodges

Day 14 - Grand Canyon - Depart Las Vegas (photos)
This morning is at leisure for optional flightseeing tours over the Grand Canyon before we drive along parts of the famous Route 66 as we head back toward Las Vegas. En route, we cross the Colorado River into Nevada and arrive in Las Vegas. Complimentary transfers to Las Vegas International Airport and the Trafalgar hotel in Las Vegas for passengers extending their stay are provided. (Full breakfast)

Scenic Parks Explorer 2008