Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks - Northbound

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Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks - Northbound

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Destination for this trip:

Cody/Yellowstone, Wyoming, United States; Rapid City, South Dakota, United States; Salt Lake City, Utah, United States; United States

Length of trip:

10 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 2000 to $ 3000

Best travel dates to go:

May, June, July, August, September


Detailed Description of this trip:

On this most exciting of Yellowstone tours discover why this amazing place, with its many geysers and thousands of other geothermal features, became the world's first national park - and with us, you'll stay right in the heart of the park. See Old Faithful shooting hundreds of feet in the air, and Fountain Paint Pot bubbling colorful mud. Our 10-day Grand Teton and Yellowstone tours the best of the west; it takes in the peaks and glaciers of Grand Teton National Park, Old West history at the museums of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and the colossal Black Hills masterpieces of the Crazy Horse Memorial and the presidents at Mount Rushmore. Raft the Snake River, enjoy a pioneer lunch at a national trail museum in Idaho, and have a classic western ranch experience in Wyoming.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Salt Lake City

    Welcome to Utah.

    This most memorable of Yellowstone tours begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. A transfer is included from Salt Lake City International Airport to the Hilton Salt Lake City Center.

    Hotel

    Enjoy the welcome reception and dinner with your new travel companions this evening.
    Meals: Dinner.
    Lodging: Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Salt Lake City, UT

  • Day 2 - Salt Lake City

    Discover Salt Lake City.
    Sightseeing

    In Salt Lake City, take in the State Capitol and downtown architecture; visit This is the Place Monument, where Mormon pioneers decided to build the city in 1847, and facilities used during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. In your free afternoon, perhaps visit Temple Square highlighted by the impressive Salt Lake Temple, the world-famous Tabernacle or the Beehive House, or trace your genealogy at the Family History Library. Attend a RAVEN-series lecture on the ecology of the Great Salt Lake Basin tonight.

    Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast.
    Lodging: Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Salt Lake City, UT

  • Day 3 - United States

    Grand Teton National Park.
    Sightseeing

    This most engaging of Wyoming and Yellowstone tours takes you along the edge of the Great Salt Lake, then north to Idaho, where you'll stop for a special pioneer lunch at the National Oregon / California Trail Center in Montpelier. Continue on to Wyoming, a landscape with grasslands and oil wells backed by mountain ranges. Visit the historic town of Jackson before entering Grand Teton National Park with its jagged peaks, glaciers, lakes, and dense forest.

    Hotel

    Spend the first of two nights in a scenic resort in the heart of the national park; during your stay, enjoy an interpretive walk that reveals the park's natural and social history. Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
    Lodging: Jackson Lake Lodge, Grand Teton National Park, WY

  • Day 4 - United States

    Snake River rafting.
    Rafting

    Today, view some of North America’s most spectacular mountain scenery during a rafting trip along the Snake River.

    National Parks

    During a free afternoon and evening, explore Grand Teton National Park as you please, or enjoy optional activities (available at additional cost) at your lakeside lodge, such as a Jackson Lake cruise, horseback riding, canoeing, or fishing.

    Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, dinner.
    Lodging: Jackson Lake Lodge, Grand Teton National Park, WY

  • Day 5 - United States

    Yellowstone National Park.
    National Parks

    Heading out of Grand Teton National Park, see the snowy Tetons reflected in Jenny Lake, which was formed by melting glaciers. Arrive midday at Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 as the world’s first national park, known for its unique geothermal activity. Witness Old Faithful Geyser, shooting up to 184 feet in the air approximately every 90 minutes – the number one attraction for all Yellowstone tours. Note: You'll have an opportunity during your journey to volunteer on a special service project with park experts at either Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Park, made possible by Tauck’s long-standing relationships with the national parks.

    Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
    Lodging: Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park, WY

  • Day 6 - United States

    Geysers and canyons.
    Adventure

    America's first national park is yours to explore today on this ultimate of Yellowstone tours; witness some of the parks abundant geysers, as well as hundreds of brilliantly colored hot springs, bubbling mudpots, and steaming fumaroles. You'll follow the Firehole River to Fountain Paint Pot, a collection of colorful, bubbling mudpots, then view the dramatic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

    Hotel

    Overnight in a historic 19th-century hotel on the shores of Yellowstone Lake.
    Meals: Breakfast, dinner.
    Lodging: Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Yellowstone National Park, WY

  • Day 7 - Cody/Yellowstone

    Explore Buffalo Bill's historic town of Cody.
    Sightseeing

    Leaving the mountains for the open grazing land of western Wyoming, arrive in the quintessential 1890s town of Cody, named for its founder, Buffalo Bill Cody. For an authentic picture of the art and culture of the Wild West, visit the museums of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center – including the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Draper Museum of Natural History, and the Plains Indian Museum. Tonight, fun beckons at either the Cody Rodeo (seasonal) or the Dan Miller Cowboy Music Revue, depending on the time of year.

    Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, dinner.
    Lodging: Holiday Inn at Buffalo Bill Village, Cody, WY

  • Day 8 - United States

    Bighorn Mountains.
    Sightseeing

    Traverse the Bighorn Mountains with their breathtaking vistas of rugged canyons, sparkling waterfalls, miles of grassland, and colorful vegetation; enjoy a western ranch experience and an overnight at the Ranch at Ucross.

    Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
    Lodging: The Ranch at Ucross, WY

  • Day 9 - Rapid City

    Mount Rushmore & Crazy Horse.
    Sightseeing

    Enter the Black Hills of South Dakota, and see the in-progress Crazy Horse Memorial. Work on the colossal sculpture has been ongoing for more than 50 years; it will be the largest stone carving in the world when completed. Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where the faces of former presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are carved into granite bluffs.

    Continue on to Rapid City, where you'll share favorite highlights of this most unforgettable of Yellowstone tours at tonight's farewell reception and dinner.

    Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
    Lodging: Radisson Hotel Rapid City, SD

  • Day 10 - Rapid City

    Journey home.

    Tour ends in Rapid City, South Dakota. Your transfer from Radisson Hotel Rapid City to Rapid City Regional Airport is included. Flight departure times vary; allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in.
    Meals: Breakfast

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