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National Parks Wonders

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Journey past the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons, bubbling mudpots of Yellowstone and lawless backwater towns, where the legends of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Crazy Horse once ruled.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Orientation of Jackson
  • See Mount Rushmore
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • The towering peaks of Grand Teton National Park
  • The Black Hills of South Dakota

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Your Guided Tour

Day 1: Salt Lake City

Welcome to Salt Lake City. Check into your hotel and relax or take a walk around the hotel grounds to get acquainted. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel:Sheraton Salt Lake City

Day 2: Salt Lake City - Montpelier - Jackson

Travelling north into Idaho, trace the footsteps of the pioneers at the Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier. Through interactive exhibits, travel vicariously with a covered wagon train in America's great western migration and experience the thrills and challenges of the old Oregon Trail. Enjoy lunch in a covered wagon themed restaurant before crossing into Wyoming on your way to scenic Jackson, which stands in the shadows of the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons. Get spectacular 360-degree views of the Snake River Valley and Grand Teton National Park on an exciting aerial tram ride (seasonal) to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain.

Hotel: The Lodge at Jackson Hole, 2 nights
Meals:Breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Grand Teton National Park Sightseeing

If you like, hit the water this morning on an optional guided float trip down the Snake River (seasonal) where you'll float with amazing views of the magnificent Grand Tetons. Keep your eyes open for some of the area's abundant wildlife, including moose and elk drinking from the rivers, bison munching on grass and beavers putting the finishing touches on their elaborate dams. Overhead, watch for majestic bald eagles, graceful blue herons and the dozens of species of songbird that call the park home. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Chuckwagon Regional Meal.

Meals:Breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Jackson - Yellowstone National Park

Spend the morning discovering the natural glories of Grand Teton National Park with its snowcapped mountains, pristine alpine lakes and evergreen forests. From Jenny Lake to the jagged peaks of the Teton Range, you'll find exhilarating vistas everywhere you look. Then it's onward to Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world's first National Park. Watch in awe as Old Faithful's waters arc nearly 100 feet (30 metres) into the air as it has done approximately every 90 minutes since the Washburn Expedition discovered it in 1870. Take a walk among the spouting geysers, bubbling mud pots and turquoise hot springs and learn about the geothermal dynamics of this amazing wonderland. Tonight, dine in the park. Before retiring for the night, be sure to step out and take in the great panorama of stars.

Hotel: Gray Wolf Inn & Suites, 2 nights
Meals:Breakfast and dinner

Day 5: Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing

Begin today by looking for wildlife in Hayden Valley en route to the impressive Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its stunning waterfalls. Continue on the upper loop to Dunraven Pass and the Lamar Valley, some of the less travelled, but ruggedly beautiful regions of the park. At Mammoth Hot Springs take a stroll and admire the mineral terraces that resemble frozen waterfalls cascading down into the valley.

Meals:Breakfast

Day 6: Yellowstone National Park - Cody - Sheridan

Head east to the town of Cody, named for its most famous native son, Buffalo Bill. Get a glimpse into the fascinating history of the American West at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West where you'll delve into the history of the cowboy, the role of the firearm in the early days and the culture and art of the Plains Indians. Join your fellow travellers for dinner in true Western style at a historic café complete with an old-time tobacco shop.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Sheridan
Meals:Breakfast and dinner

Day 7: Sheridan - Deadwood - Rapid City

Proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt as America's first national monument, the majestic Devils Tower rises nearly 1,300 feet (396 metres) above the Belle Fourche River. After exploring the area, head into the Black Hills of South Dakota and the boomtown of Deadwood, which arose after the discovery of gold in the 1870s. In Deadwood, join Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour and explore this once lawless town. Join a Local Specialist to hear about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this town famous. Journey on to Rapid City, where you have the option of visiting Mount Rushmore this evening to see the magical illumination ceremony.

Hotel: The Rushmore, 2 nights
Meals:Breakfast

Day 8: Black Hills Excursion

This morning discover more of the natural and man-made wonders of the Black Hills with a drive through stunning scenery as you go to the base of Crazy Horse Memorial, a massive mountain carving of the famed war chief of the Lakota people. Next is a visit to Mount Rushmore, designed by sculptor Gutzon Borglum to celebrate the "founding, expansion, preservation and unification of the United States" through enormous carvings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. This afternoon, return to Rapid City before gathering with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a festive Farewell Dinner featuring Stephen Yellowhawk who shares his tribe's history through dance and song.

Meals:Breakfast and dinner

Day 9: Depart Rapid City

Bid farewell to your travelling companions and take a transfer to Rapid City Airport or extend your stay in Rapid City at The Rushmore Hotel.

Meals:Breakfast

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Your Touring Experience

First class touring with the company of others. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Your guided tour includes:

  • Superb sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
  • Expert tour director
  • Airport transfers and extra night options

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