Western National Parks Discovery

  • Dates:August 25 - September 2, 2018

Tap into your inner adventurer and follow America’s great Western migration, past the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons, bubbling mudpots of Yellowstone and the lawless backwater town of Deadwood, where the larger-than-life legends of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Crazy Horse once ruled. The tour also includes an orientation of Jackson, a visit to the Oregon Trail Center, the Black Hills of South Dakota and much more! Enjoy the many wonders of the National Parks in the western United States.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25
SALT LAKE CITY

Welcome to Salt Lake City. Check in to your hotel and relax. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26
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. You'll even enjoy lunch in a covered wagon themed restaurant before you'll be on your way to scenic Jackson. 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. (B, L)

MONDAY, AUGUST 27
GRAND TETON

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. (B, D)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28
JACKSON—YELLOWSTONE

Spend the morning discovering the natural glories of Grand Teton National Park. You'll find exhilarating vistas everywhere you look. Then it's on to Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world's first National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Watch in awe as Old Faithful's waters arc high into the air-as it has done approximately every 90 minutes since the Washburn Expedition discovered it in 1870. Tonight, dine and stay inside the park. Each lodge inside the park has its own unique setting and atmosphere. Lodges featured are the Old Faithful Inn, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Grant Village, and the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Specific lodges will be confirmed in your documents. (B, D)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29
YELLOWSTONE

Begin the day looking for wildlife in Hayden Valley en route to the impressive Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its stunning waterfalls. Continue on to Dunraven Pass and the Lamar Valley, some of the most ruggedly beautiful regions of the park. At Mammoth Hot Springs, admire the mineral terraces that resemble frozen waterfalls cascading down into the valley. (B)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
YELLOWSTONE—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 meet a Local Specialist and 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 travelers for a Be My Guest dinner in true Western style at a historic café complete with an old-time tobacco shop. (B, D)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
SHERIDAN—DEADWOOD—RAPID CITY

Proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt as America's first national monument, Devils Tower rises nearly 1,300 feet (396 meters) above the Belle Fourche River. After, head into the Black Hills of South Dakota and the boomtown of Deadwood, which arose after the Gold Rush of the 1870s. In Deadwood, join Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour where you'll meet a Local Specialist to hear about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Journey on to Rapid City, where you have the option of visiting Mount Rushmore this evening to see the magical illumination ceremony. (B)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
BLACK HILLS

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 travelers for a festive Farewell Dinner featuring Stephen Yellowhawk who shares his tribe's history through dance and song, a Cultural Insight. (B, D)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
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. (B)

 

SPECIAL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES:

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi
  • Optional excursions and free time
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • VIP entry to many sights

 

Included:

  • 8-night accommodations, taxes and luggage handling
  • Airport transfers
  • 8 full breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 4 dinners (D) as specified
  • Group travel documents, one travel tote bag

 

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Personal items
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

 

Price:

Double occupancy: $2,385 per person by January 5, 2018.

 

Double occupancy: $2,650 per person after January 5, 2018.

 

Deposit:

Deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your
reservation.

 

Final Payment:

Final Payment is due on or before May 25, 2018.

 

Cancellation Policy:

Deposit is nonrefundable.
After May 25, 2018, final payment is nonrefundable.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is highly recommended and available through Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited. If the insurance premium is paid within 14 days of deposit, pre-existing conditions are covered, some limitations apply. If you decline the insurance offered by the agency, we strongly advise the purchase of travel insurance through another broker.

 

GROUP PHOTO POLICY

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RESPONSIBILITY

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The itinerary, as published, will be followed as closely as possible. If, it is rendered necessary to make changes in this itinerary, the above named providers will not be responsible for any loss or expense caused to guests by reason of such change. The above named providers reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any person, whether with or without cause, at any time. It is understood and agreed that a refund may not be made to guests who do not complete a tour for any cause whatsoever.  Please note that information on this flyer is based on details available at the time of printing and is subject to change. Please read this contract carefully. Any payment constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions.