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Your Yellowstone National Park adventure begins after a scenic and leisurely drive from Salt Lake City. Yellowstone was America's first national park and is a UNESCO World Heritage site encompassing some of the most unique landscapes in America. 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. 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. And learn about the park’s top predators during a guided tour of the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.
Then you're off 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 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 with the Tetons rising around you as your river guide recounts local history and folklore. Travel to the National Historic Register site Jackson Lake Lodge for lunch and time to explore, all the while surrounded by amazing views. More photo ops present themselves from scenic viewpoints overlooking Jenny Lake.
Other itinerary highlights include a visit to the American West Heritage Center where you learn about the diverse people who lived in the American West during the 19th century. From Native Americans and mountain men to pioneers and farmers, all played a part in shaping this region of the American landscape.
Stop in Antelope Island State Park and at scenic 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 unique ecosystem of this inland salt sea. You may also have a chance (choir schedule permitting) to see a performance of the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
• 6 nights accommodations: 1 night in Idaho Falls, 2 nights in West Yellowstone, 2 nights in Jackson and 1 night in Salt Lake City
• Meals - Daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
• All on-tour transportation by deluxe motor coach plus professional tour director
• Sights - 2 days in Yellowstone National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, including a half-day Yellowstone Wildlife Safari
• 1 full day in Grand Teton National Park with Scenic Float Trip on the Snake River
• Visits to Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, Jackson Lake Lodge, American West Heritage Center and Antelope Island State Park
• Entrance fees to all national parks and attractions as per itinerary
• Round-trip airport transfers
Note: Pre-tour and post-tour nights in Salt Lake City are available. Inquire at time of booking.
Day 1 – Arrive in Salt Lake City / Travel to Idaho Falls, ID
Fly into the city known as the "Crossroads of the West," Salt Lake City. Please arrive no later than 1pm; your tour director will meet you at the airport. Depart and travel north into Idaho, passing through fertile farmland where Idaho’s famous potatoes are grown. Arrive in Idaho Falls and check-in to your hotel located on the banks of the Snake River. Tonight join the group for a Welcome Dinner.
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn – 1 night
Day 2 – Yellowstone National Park
Depart Idaho Falls this morning and travel north along the west side of the Teton Range through Island Park on the famed Henry’s Fork River. After a stop in West Yellowstone, enter Yellowstone National Park for a great day of sightseeing. This UNESCO World Heritage site and the world’s first national park is a wonderland of natural beauty and geologic oddities that have delighted visitors over 100 years. It is a mysterious land of steaming geysers, fumaroles and bubbling mud pots; a land so amazing that the first explorers to bring back tales of Yellowstone were called liars.
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 – Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center & 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. Your expert guides will provide high quality optics to help you locate and view a wide variety of wildlife. 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 & Grand Teton
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. Then drive through scenic Hayden Valley, famous for large herds of buffalo and other wildlife. Continue south along the shores of Yellowstone Lake with a stop for lunch 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 Tetons from scenic points such as Oxbow Bend, the Snake River Overlook and more. This evening arrive in the fun western town of Jackson and check into your hotel 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 – Snake River Float & Grand Teton
Start the day early as you return to Grand Teton National Park to 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. An agreement between the U.S. and Soviet governments signed here in 1989 led to an end of the Cold War. 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, including Jenny Lake which offers more unique photo ops. Return to Jackson in the late afternoon and enjoy your evening at leisure.
Day 6 – American West Heritage Center & Antelope Island State Park
We will travel in three states today: Wyoming, Idaho and Utah, on the way to Salt Lake City. Drive through rugged Snake River Canyon and the pastoral Star Valley, a fertile farming valley that stretches across the Idaho border. Stop at picturesque Bear Lake then visit the American West Heritage Center near Logan followed by 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, farmers, ranchers and families lived and worked in often harsh and primitive conditions.
Continue 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. There will be the opportunity to view wildlife on the island including buffalo, deer, antelope, coyote, waterfowl and more. At the Visitors Center a park ranger will introduce you to the unique ecosystem of this inland salt sea. Arrive 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: Red Lion – 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 12pm noon or later flight.
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