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Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Mt. Rushmore

9-day guided excursion
July 20 – July 28, 2017

On this 9-day adventure, you will visit South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah to tour historic mining towns, watch Old Faithful erupt and discover the treasures of beautiful “big sky country.” The fun begins the day after our arrival in South Dakota with an open-air Jeep tour through Custer State Park. Then, an afternoon tour of the famed Mount Rushmore National Memorial will culminate with dinner and an inspiring lighting ceremony. See how the Old West was conquered while visiting historic Deadwood before we begin our sojourn across beautiful Wyoming. We’ll spend two nights in Yellowstone National Park and then will travel to Grand Teton National Park before stopping in Jackson, WY. Enjoy spectacular views of the vistas of the Grand Teton Mountains while rafting along the Snake River and then explore historic Jackson Hole. Our final day will be spent in Salt Lake City, Utah visiting Temple Square and the Great Salt Lake with its crystal waters and glistening white sand beaches.

Tour Price: $3,569 (price listed per person, based on double occupancy)

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ITINERARY:

Day 1 Arrive in South Dakota

Begin your Western frontier adventure as you gather in Rapid City, South Dakota. Meet your Tour Manager in the lobby at 6:00 p.m. for dining suggestions.

Day 2 Black Hills Touring and Custer State Park Jeep Ride

We begin the day with an exciting open-air jeep ride through Custer State Park. Enjoy the interesting sights and colorful commentary of our driver/guides on our ride through the park insearch of the country’s largest herd of American bison. Next we’ll visit the colossal Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest statue, which will be 563 feet high and 641 feet long when completed! Following an afternoon break at our hotel, we’ll experience all the greatness of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, with sightseeing, dinner and the inspiring lighting ceremony. (Breakfast and dinner)

Day 3 Deadwood and Devils Tower

The town of Deadwood was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1967 and preserves the history and legends of the Wild West from its beginnings as a mining town. Our brief tour of the town takes us along the same streets walked by Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. We’ll also visit Boot Hill, the final resting place of some of Deadwood’s famous citizens. Crossing Wyoming today we come to Devils Tower National Monument. Towering 1,267 feet above Belle Fourche River, this looming monolith served as the backdrop for the classic Steven Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. (Breakfast and dinner)

Day 4 Buffalo Bill Territory

We travel today across the expansive Bighorn Mountains, where cowboys still graze their flocks of sheep and herds of cattle as in days of the Old West. As legendary as the sweeping plains and towering mountains of the Old West were, so were the grand personalities that became drawn to the frontier. At the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, you’ll encounter some of these historic figures, including Bill himself, the renowned sharpshooter Annie Oakley and Indian chief Sitting Bull before we arrive in Yellowstone National Park, our home for the next two nights. (Breakfast)p>

Day 5 Full Day in Yellowstone National Park

A full day of sightseeing in Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, features outstanding natural spectacles, including renowned geysers and thermal basins. Our tour begins with the awesome 1,200-foot-deep Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, including views from Inspiration and Lookout Points. Next we’ll travel through Dunraven Pass and Tower Junction to the terraced formations of Mammoth Hot Springs. Finally, we’ll explore Norris Geyser Basin, filled with an incredible variety of steam vents, mud pots, geysers, and hot springs, before returning to our park lodge for dinner this evening. (Breakfast and dinner)

Day 6 Old Faithful and Grand Teton National Parkh3>

Continuing our tour of Yellowstone National Park, we'll head for storied Old Faithful Geyser, named for its regular eruptions about every 80 to 90 minutes for some 150 years. Next, traveling along Rockefeller Memorial Parkway into magnificent Grand Teton National Park, we'll drive alongside lovely Jackson and Jenny Lakes, visit the Chapel of the Transfiguration, while, of course, enjoying splendid views of the rugged, towering Tetons along the way. Tonight the dinner bell will call you to the Bar J Chuckwagon for an evening of song, stories, entertainment and authentic cowboy chow. (Breakfast and dinner)

Day 7 Scenic Float Trip and Jackson Hole

The spectacular vistas of the Grand Teton Mountains offer a thrilling view from the white waters of the Snake River during a delightful floating trip. With its wooden boardwalks and unique antler-horn arches, downtown Jackson Hole brings the Old West to life. During the summer, catch local cowpokes in action at the Jackson Hole Rodeo, or after Labor Day, enjoy a show at the Jackson Hole Playhouse. (Breakfast)

Day 8 Salt Lake City

Take a step back in time as you explore Salt Lake City’s historic Temple Square and walk in the footsteps of the Mormon settlers who founded this city more than 150 years ago. Just as remarkable is the Great Salt Lake, the region’s most renowned natural landmark, with its deep, turquoise waters ringed by glistening white sand beaches. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Manager. (Breakfast and dinner)

Day 9 Travel Home

After breakfast transfer to the Salt Lake City International Airport for flights home anytime today. (Breakfast)

 


Registration & Payment Information 

For more information, contact Andy Vivien at 703-815-8747 or leisdest@mac.com.