Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons – September 1st – 6th 2018

Yellowstone – the first national park in the world, is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser. It has many types of ecosystems, but the subalpine forest is dominant! Grand Teton National Park – Unlike most mountain ranges the Tetons lack foothills, which can obscure the view. As such, the Tetons rise sharply from 5,000 to nearly 7,000 feet above the surrounding terrain; the view is especially dramatic from the town of Jackson. The Park is famous throughout America for its spectacular landscape featuring majestic mountains, pristine lakes, and abundant wildlife.

Click here for a flyer – Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons

Day 1 – Saturday September 1st 
We’ll fly non-stop into Bozeman where our coach awaits… welcome to our home for the next 3 nights the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone. It’s a traditional hotel with an Old West vibe and is less than half a mile from the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. You’ll have time to get comfortable in your room before our welcome dinner. Holiday Inn West Yellowstone (D)

Day 2 – Sunday September 2nd
Yellowstone’s Grand Circle is a rough figure “8” shape that forms the interior roads within Yellowstone. We’ll be touring Yellowstone’s “upper loop” today or the Northern circle of the “8”. Our guide holds the reigns as they have in depth knowledge in ecology, geology and the colorful history of this truly amazing National Park… the lower loop includes Lower Geyser Basin… This large thermal area features Fountain Paint Pot. Midway Geyser Basin… Famous for gorgeous Grand Prismatic Spring, the park’s largest hot spring. Upper Geyser Basin… At least 150 geysers are packed into one square mile here, including the world’s most famous, Old Faithful. Lunch is at Old Faithful Lodge… it is a national historic landmark and the inspiration for modern “parkitecture”.  West Thumb… This area around Yellowstone Lake’s “thumb” has its own small geyser basin. We are bound to see bison, grizzles, coyotes, wolves, moose, osprey, and more on this wonderful journey. Holiday Inn West Yellowstone (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Monday September 3rd 
Our guide will join us again today as we tour the “upper loop” some of the sights we’ll take in today include; Mammoth Hot Springs… It has been described as looking like a cave turned inside out. Norris Geyser Basin… It has the tallest geyser in the world, and the colors too impress with milky blues, greens and yellows. Lamar Valley… Ground zero for grizzly and wolf watching. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone… This stunning, 1,200-foot canyon houses 109-foot Upper Falls and 308-foot Lower Falls.  Artist Paint Pots… brightly colored mudpots, small geysers, and fumaroles (steam vents). We’ll stop for a picnic lunch along the way… keep your cameras ready you never know what is around every corner in this fabulous Park. Holiday Inn West Yellowstone (B, L)

Day 4 – Tuesday September 4th
After indulging in breakfast, we’ll go across the street to the West Yellowstone Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. The Center offers every visitor a chance to uniquely experience the world of grizzly bears and gray wolves. All the animals at the Center are unable to survive in the wild and serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts. Now were off for Jackson Hole, Wyoming…  People often ask whether they are in Jackson Hole or Jackson. The answer is both. Jackson Hole refers to the entire valley, Jackson refers to the Town. It serves as the gateway to Grand Teton National Park. Our home for the next 2 nights is the 49er Inn & Suites… it’s within walking distance of countless shops and restaurants so you can experience the magic of Jackson. You’ll have some time to rest up before our Covered Wagon Cookout… we’ll be traveling by horse drawn covered wagon… as we are swept away from town into beautiful Cache Creek Canyon. Keep your eyes open, you never know who or what we may encounter on the trail, after all this is the west. Our wrangler guide, will drive the team of horses up the trail where the sweet aroma of a Dutch oven dinner awaits. After dinner the band will take the stage to entertain us with laughter and great hand clapping music. We’ll take a peaceful wagon ride out of the canyon, following the setting sun back into Jackson. The 49er Inn & Suites (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Wednesday September 5th
After breakfast we take a scenic float trip on the Snake River. This peaceful trip is one of the best places to see the Tetons and is a bird watcher’s paradise… We’ll see bald and golden Eagles as well as herons, trumpeter swans, pelicans and more… Our guides will enlighten us on the serene, yet powerful Snake River and the ecology and geology of the area. Our lunch is on one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the West, Jenny Lake. Enjoy the phenomenal views as we picnic lake side… you’ll have a little free time to soak up the surroundings before we head to Teton Village Resort for a Gondola Ride. This is the gateway to your national park experience. The tram will takes us from the valley to the mountain summits and provides the easiest way to stand at the top of the Teton Range. It rises 4,139 vertical feet to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain. Take in Incredible 360-degree views of the Tetons, Jackson Hole, the Snake River Valley, Grand Teton National Park and the staggering summit of the Grand Teton’s. Your evening is free to explore this fun town on your own. The 49er Inn & Suites (B, L)

Day 5 – Thursday September 6th
We’ll make our way back to Bozeman for our flight home with wonderful memories of two of our Nations most beloved national parks! This one is full of beauty adventure that can only be found in Americas West! (B, L)

 

$2,884 Double $3618 Single

A $100 deposit will hold space; balance is due by June 28th, 2018