These blogs are all about the first escorted coach tour I ever did. It started in Denver, Colorado & finished in Las Vegas, Nevada, but I also added on an extension to stay in San Francisco for a few days. I visited many different National & State Parks, many National & State Monuments & saw some of Americas greatest scenery & natural wonders before meeting a cousin I never knew I had, until a few days before I went on this trip.

Mile high marker.

Denver, Colorado.

I went to Denver, the State Capitol of Colorado in 2011 on my first escorted coach tour. It was the starting point for my National Monuments & Parks tour. I went on a sightseeing trip in & around Denver & in a short time saw many interesting places.

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Crazy Horse Memorial.

Crazy Horse Memorial.

I went to the Crazy Horse Memorial after visiting Mount Rushmore & whilst disappointed that not more of it was finished on my visit I did enjoy the museum.

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Bison in Custer State Park.

Custer State Park.

I went to Custer State Park in South Dakota &. I enjoyed the landscape & getting close to the bison. Custer State Park is in the Black Hills of South Dakota in America. The Park is South Dakotas largest & its first State Park & was named after Colonel Custer.

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Mount Rushmore.

Mount Rushmore.

I visited the Mount Rushmore National Memorial whilst visiting the Black Hills in South Dakota in 2011. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore, in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota.

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Bison statues.

Tatanka, Story of the Bison.

Tatanka, Story of The Bison, is the Kevin Costner centre telling the story of the Tatanka & their near extermination at the hands of man. The museum has a few things to look around on a visit & native Indians on hand to tell you their history & give more information about the story of the bison.

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Devils Tower.

Devils Tower.

I went to Devils Tower in 2011. I was on an escorted tour but we were not scheduled to visit Devils Tower. We were supposed to be going to the site of the battle of Custer's Last Stand but due to landslides, we couldn't get through to it.

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Alan Morris stood by small plane.

Fly Monument Valley.

Whilst on my National Parks & Monument tour in 2011 I had the opportunity to fly over Monument Valley in Colorado on a small jet. After previously driving through Monument Valley I thought it would be great to see from the air.

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