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Begin in Salt Lake City, known as the “Crossroads of the West." From here, head north along the shores of the Great Salt Lake into Idaho, stopping for visits in Antelope Island State Park and at Buffalo Point featuring spectacular views of the lake and the Wasatch Mountain Range. At the Visitors Center a park ranger will introduce you to the area's unique ecosystem.
Then begins your Yellowstone National Park adventure. Yellowstone was America's first national park and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about the park’s top predators during a guided tour of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. See the Old Faithful geyser, the awe-inspiring "Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone" with its magnificent waterfall, and the scenic Hayden Valley, famous for large herds of buffalo and other wildlife. You’ll also join an expert naturalist on a geologic and wildlife safari through Yellowstone’s Norris Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs and the Lamar Valley, home to bison, elk, grizzly bears and wolves.
On to Jackson, Wyoming for a two-night stay. Once a cowboy town, it is now home to hundreds of art galleries, attractions and restaurants but still retains its Old West charm. Jackson is also the gateway to Grand Teton National Park and from here you can explore its many scenic wonders. Enjoy a float trip down the Snake River as your river guide recounts local history and folklore. Travel to historic Jackson Lake Lodge for a delicious lunch accompanied by amazing views. More photo ops present themselves during a cruise on Jenny Lake. And on your way back to Salt Lake City, you'll have a chance to learn about those who lived in the American West during the 19th century at the American West Heritage Center.
• 6 nights accommodations: 1 night in Idaho Falls, 2 nights in West Yellowstone, 2 nights in Jackson and 1 night in Salt Lake City
• Daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
• All on-tour transportation by deluxe motor coach
• Half-day Yellowstone Wildlife Safari
• Scenic float trip on the Snake River
• Full-day tour of Grand Teton National Park with a scenic cruise on Jenny Lake
• Visits to: Idaho Falls, Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, Jackson Lake Lodge and American West Heritage Center
• Entrance fees to all national parks and attractions as per itinerary
• Round-trip airport/hotel transfers
Note: Additional pre-tour and post-tour nights in Salt Lake City are available. Inquire at time of booking.
Day 1 - Arrive in Salt Lake City / Idaho Falls
Fly into the city known as the “Crossroads of the West,” Salt Lake City. Please arrive no later than 1:00pm; your tour director will meet you at the airport. Depart and travel north to Antelope Island State Park on the Great Salt Lake for sightseeing. Stop at scenic Buffalo Point with spectacular views of the lake and the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. At the Visitors Center a park ranger will introduce you to the unique ecosystem of this inland salt sea. Arrive in Idaho Falls and check-in to your hotel right on the bank of the Snake River. Tonight join the group for a Welcome Dinner.
Accommodation: Shilo Inn - 1 night
Day 2 - Idaho Falls / Yellowstone National Park
Depart Idaho Falls after breakfast and travel north along the west side of the Teton Range through Island Park on the famed Henry’s Fork River. After a rest stop in West Yellowstone enter Yellowstone National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, for sightseeing. Today you will visit the centerpiece of the park, Old Faithful. There will be plenty of time to explore the area, witness an eruption of the world's most famous geyser and have lunch on your own. After enjoying Old Faithful, explore more of the geyser basins including Midway Geyser Basin and Fountain Paint Pots. Travel along the beautiful Madison River as you return to West Yellowstone and check in for a two-night stay. This evening join the group for dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Yellowstone Lodge Hotel - 2 nights
Day 3 - Yellowstone Wildlife Safari
This morning take a tour of the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center where you will gain insight into the lives of Yellowstone’s two top predators. The mission of this center is to educate the public and give visitors a unique chance to experience these amazing animals. A naturalist on staff will lead a guided tour of the facility and then there will be free time to wander through the exhibits and enjoy a variety of presentations on bears, wolves, birds of prey and more.You’ll then have some free time to explore West Yellowstone and have lunch on your own.
In the afternoon depart on a Yellowstone Wildlife Safari. After breaking into small groups you will meet your local naturalist guide and return to Yellowstone National Park for an afternoon and evening of exploration. First, travel through Norris Geyser Basin, then make your way to Mammoth Hot Springs for a walk through the colorful terraced formations of calcium carbonate that continues to change and grow. Next, travel east into the beautiful Lamar Valley where the search for wildlife begins in earnest. Enjoy a picnic dinner as the sun begins its slow descent, the best time of the day to view wildlife. Keep the cameras ready: elk, bison, moose, wolves and bear frequently make an appearance in these areas at dusk. After this unforgettable experience return late to West Yellowstone.
Day 4 - Yellowstone / Jackson, Wyoming
Depart West Yellowstone and return to Yellowstone National Park for another great day of sightseeing. First visit the awe-inspiring "Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone" with its magnificent waterfall. You will have a chance to see both Upper and Lower falls where the mighty Yellowstone River has cut its way through sheer rock to cascade down hundreds of feet to the foaming torrents below. Travel the shores of Yellowstone Lake as you head south with a stop for lunch on own along the way.
In the late afternoon, exit Yellowstone via the South Gate and enter Grand Teton National Park. Enjoy picture perfect views of Jackson Lake and the Teton range from scenic points such as Oxbow Bend, the Snake River Overlook and more. Arrive at Jackson, Wyoming for a two-night stay. This old cowboy town is now home to hundreds of art galleries, shops, attractions and restaurants but still maintains an Old West charm. Dinner will be included at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Lexington Hotel - 2 nights
Day 5 - Grand Teton National Park
Start the day early as you return to Grand Teton National Park for enjoy a scenic float trip on the Snake River. With this giant mountain range as a backdrop, you will see the region’s wildlife and vegetation amid the sheer magnitude of nature. Your river guide will point out wildlife, explain the geology of the area and tell stories about local history and folklore. Then travel to historic Jackson Lake Lodge which is listed on the National Historic Register and boasts 60-foot windows that perfectly frame the Teton range. There will be time to enjoy the view, explore the lodge, do some shopping and have lunch on your own. After lunch, travel south along the inner road with stops for photos at various scenic view points along the way. As you explore the park, enjoy a short scenic cruise on Jenny Lake that offers more unique photo taking opportunities of the lake and Hidden Canyon. In the late afternoon, return to Jackson. The evening is free to spend on your own.
Day 6 - Jackson / Salt Lake City
We will travel through the three states of Wyoming, Idaho and Utah on our way back to Salt Lake City. Drive through rugged Snake River Canyon and then pass through the pastoral Star Valley, which is a fertile farming valley that stretches across the Idaho border. We’ll make a stop at picturesque Bear Lake and then continue on to the American West Heritage Center near Logan for touring and lunch. Here you will experience the cultures and lifestyles of those who lived in the American West from the 1820s to the 1920s. Learn how Native Americans, mountain men, pioneers and farmers lived and worked. Arrive in Salt Lake City in the late afternoon and enjoy a brief driving tour of this premier western city. After checking into a downtown hotel, join the group for a special Farewell Dinner at The Roof Restaurant overlooking Temple Square.
Accommodation: Shilo Inn - 1 night
Day 7 - Depart Salt Lake City
This morning enjoy the “heavenly singing” of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (choir schedule permitting). Then transfer to the airport for your flight home; plan on a 12:00pm or later flight.
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