American Parks Trail

Grand Teton National Park
9 Days from $2,813 per person

Come face-to-face with some monumental figures, relive sagas of the Wild West and relish the rustic Ranch at UCross on this legendary journey.

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  1. Welcome to Salt Lake City, capital and most populous city in the State of Utah. On arrival at Salt Lake City International Airport, board your transfer to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.
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    hotel:Hilton Salt Lake City Center.
  2. Join a morning orientation tour of Salt Lake City, seeing the famous Temple Square. Then travel north across the Oregon Trail to visit historic Jackson, where arches of elk antlers adorn the central square. Later, continue to your lakeside lodge overlooking Jackson Lake and the stunning peaks and glaciers of Grand Teton National Park.
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    hotel:Jackson Lake Lodge.
  3. The Grand Tetons thrust skyward 6,562 feet (2,000 metres) from the valley floor. Stop to admire some of the incredible views at Jenny Lake. Then enter Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world's first National Park and known for its unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife.
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    hotel:National Park Lodges, Yellowstone (2 nights).
  4. Walk among the geysers and watch them erupt. You'll be joined by a Local Expert for an informative stroll through Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin. There is plenty of time to see the colourful bubbling mudpots and observe Old Faithful shooting water over 120 feet (37 metres) in the air. See free-roaming deer, elk and bear in their natural habitat. Then experience the roar of the Lower Yellowstone Falls as they thunder down the steep canyon walls.
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    hotel:National Park Lodges, Yellowstone.
  5. Depart Yellowstone National Park and travel through the stark Shoshone Canyon and Absaroka Rocky Mountains to reach the Wild West town of Cody. Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, built in honor of one of America's great Western legends. Head to Clearmont in Wyoming and after checking in to your hotel, ride horseback through stunning scenery before enjoying a ranch style Highlight Dinner.
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    hotel:The Ranch at UCross
  6. After a morning at leisure, head towards Devils Tower, an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the rolling prairie surrounding the Black Hills. This site is considered sacred to the Lakota and other Native American tribes that have a connection to the area. Then, travel to Spearfish Canyon, a great spot for wildlife enthusiasts where the breathtaking limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge are more ancient than the Grand Canyon, albeit much closer together. Enjoy dinner including an option of local trout, which became native to the Spearfish region when they were brought from Colorado in 1899.
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    hotel:Spearfish Canyon Lodge.
  7. Keep a lookout for pronghorn antelope as you cross the great high plains to the Black Hills of South Dakota. In Deadwood, join Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour and explore this once lawless town. With a Local Expert, hear about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this town famous during the gold rush of the 1870s. Later, hear stories told by Lakota tribe members who share a live narrative of the Great Sioux Nation. Continue on to Custer State Park, renowned for its beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife. Perhaps get up close and personal with herds of buffalo on an optional jeep safari.
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    hotel:The State Game Lodge, Custer State Park (2 nights).
  8. View the Crazy Horse Memorial, dedicated to all Native Americans. Move on to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt dominate the Black Hills. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure, before a farewell Celebration Dinner.
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    hotel:The State Game Lodge, Custer State Park.
  9. Those ending in Rapid City may depart at any time. Travel south from Custer State Park where your tour ends on arrival in Denver, with a transfer to Denver International Airport. Those ending in Denver, airport arrival will be at 16:30.
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Meal Summary

1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 8 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Dinners (D), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD)

Included Highlights

Signature Experiences

  • Deadwood: Historical Wild West figures such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane called Deadwood home. Learn about the Gold Rush and the town's notable residents on Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour.
  • Deadwood: Enjoy an audience with Lakota tribe members who share a live narrative of the Great Sioux Nation.
  • Yellowstone: Upper Geyser Basin boasts the highest concentration of spouting geysers, hot springs, and steaming fumaroles in the world. Join a Local Expert for an informative walk through these natural wonders.
  • Cody: Explore the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West, known for its excellent Western art collection, firearms and natural history.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Salt Lake City: View Temple Square.
  • Grand Teton National Park: Enjoy views at Jenny Lake.
  • Yellowstone National Park: See Old Faithful.
  • Black Hills: Witness the enormous Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
  • Scenic Drives: Trail Ridge Road.
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$3,125 $2,813 pp
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25 Aug 17 2 Sep 17 checkmark $3,125pp
$3,125 pp
1 Sep 17 9 Sep 17 checkmark $3,125$2,813pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,125 $2,813 pp
15 Sep 17 23 Sep 17 checkmark $3,125pp
$3,125 pp

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  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

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