National Parks: July 7 – 17, 2016 = $2257**

National Parks

10 Day Tour from Rapid City to Salt Lake City

July 7 – 17, 2016

Other dates are available.

**$2549. MRTA Member price if booked by April 26, 2016, is $2257!*

*Based on double occupancy (two to a room). Seats are limited. Air fare is not included in price but is available for purchase.

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Vacation Overview

Experience the wonders of the West through its best-known national parks and gold-mining towns on this colorful vacation. If you’re interested in seeing stunning scenery and amazing wildlife, this National Parks tour is for you. Stay two nights inside Yellowstone National Park, where you’ll view the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and stand in awe as you hear the roar of the water and view the glorious falls of Yellowstone’s impressive Lower Falls, almost twice as high as Niagara Falls. Witness Old Faithful as it explodes into the air and admire the herds of bison, elk, and other wildlife as you explore the park. Similarly, in Grand Teton National Park, enjoy beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake and the rugged mountains—a dramatic sight indeed. Get back to nature and allow a sense of peace to envelope you as you take in the scenery.

Mount Rushmore offers the astounding monument of four U.S. Presidents as well as spectacular scenery and wildlife, including Rocky Mountain goat, mule deer, and bison. Also visit Crazy Horse Memorial, built in honor of the Sioux Indian chief, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, commemorating the famous battle where Custer was defeated by the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors. Drive through Black Hills National Forest with its timbered mountains, rugged rock formations, canyons, grasslands, streams, and lakes.

On this National Parks tour, we have included some out-of-the-ordinary experiences. Visit Tatanka to learn “The Story of the Bison” and to learn about the Lakota people. We have also arranged a chuckwagon cookout and Wild West show in Jackson. All of this and more—including time in Jackson—await you on this marvelous vacation through some of the West’s national parks.

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Itinerary

 
Day 1Rapid City

Welcome to the heart of America! At 6 pm, join your travel companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2Rapid City. Excursion to Crazy Horse & Mount Rushmore

After an orientation tour of Rapid City, visit CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, built in honor of the fearless Sioux Indian chief whose fame is derived from the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Afterward, explore MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, which features the monumental likenesses of four U.S. presidents-Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt—carved on the face of a mountain. Maybe stroll along the Presidential Trail for more intimate views, or visit the Information Center.

Day 3Rapid City–Deadwood–Sheridan

This morning, enjoy a drive through BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST and experience the area’s colorful history on a guided tour of DEADWOOD, once a wild gold-mining town, and hear the stories of legendary Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Afterward, visit TATANKA to learn “The Story of the Bison” and experience the richness of the Lakota people, a Plains Indian buffalo culture. Then, continue through the Black Hills to the cattle town of Sheridan at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains.

Day 4Sheridan–Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument–Cody

Journey this morning into southern Montana to visit LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT, the site commemorating one of America’s most famous battles. Tour the battlegrounds where Custer was defeated by approximately 7,000 Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors, and visit the museum. Afterward, continue your scenic drive through the Bighorn Mountains, arriving in Buffalo Bill’s Cody, with time for an optional float trip on the Shoshone River.

Day 5Cody–Yellowstone National Park

This morning, visit the BUFFALO BILL CENTER OF THE WEST, a fine museum of historic weapons and Western art. Then, continue through Shoshone National Forest to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, established in 1872 as the world’s first national park, where wild animals roam freely in vast meadows and forest. Enjoy several photo stops along the way to your hotel, including world-famous Old Faithful Geyser.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Enjoy a 2-night stay inside Yellowstone National Park. Each lodge has its own unique setting and atmosphere. Lodges featured are the Old Faithful Inn, Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Grant Village, and the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Specific lodges will be confirmed in your documents.

NOTE:
The routing and areas visited within Yellowstone are subject to favorable weather and/or road conditions. When conditions are unfavorable, routing may be adjusted accordingly.

Day 6Yellowstone National Park

Spend the day exploring Yellowstone. Travel along Grand Loop Road to Fountain Paint Pots to see the bubbling mud. Continue on to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone for magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon and the spectacular Lower Falls—almost twice as high as Niagara Falls! Next, stop at Mammoth Hot Springs and take a short trail walk through steaming limestone terraces.

Day 7Yellowstone National Park–Grand Teton National Park–Jackson

Journey south this morning into breathtaking GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK. Visit beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake at the foot of the rugged spires for a delightful walk along the shore before arriving in the all-Western town of Jackson. This evening, travel by horse-drawn covered wagon into Cache Creek Canyon and experience dinner at the BAR T-5 CHUCKWAGON COOKOUT and Wild West show. Feast on slow-cooked chicken made in traditional Dutch ovens, along with other local specialties.

Day 8Jackson

Full day at leisure to enjoy this spectacular playground. Perhaps choose an optional float trip along the Snake River or stroll along the downtown boardwalks and enjoy a drink at one of the swing-door saloons.

Day 9Jackson–Salt Lake City

Today’s journey continues alongside some of Wyoming’s most beautiful mountain ranges into Utah, home to five national parks. Arrive in Salt Lake City, founded by Brigham Young in 1847. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the capital city and its historic monuments. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at Temple Square.

Day 10Salt Lake City

Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on independent schedules. Transfers are provided to Salt Lake City International Airport.

 

 

Vacation Highlights

RAPID CITY
Orientation

MOUNT RUSHMORE
Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial

BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST
Scenic drive

DEADWOOD
Sightseeing tour; [LF] visit Tatanka

LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD
Sightseeing; visit museum

CODY
Visit Buffalo Bill Center of the West

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Stay two nights inside the park; sightseeing

JACKSON
Grand Teton National Park; [LF] chuckwagon cookout

SALT LAKE CITY
Sightseeing tour; farewell dinner at Temple Square

NOTE:

  • Enjoy the spectacular fall colors of the West on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 10-September 25 (if Mother Nature permits).

Meals

Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Salt Lake City

Hotels

Rapid City

Adoba Hotel Rapid City

The Adoba Hotel Rapid City is a great place to rest after spending a busy day in Rapid City exploring everything the city offers. The Adoba is an eco-friendly hotel representing sustainability in South Dakota. The rooms have a fun decor showcasing the beauty and flavor of South Dakota.

Sheridan

Best Western Sheridan Center

The hotel is located at the base of the astonishing Big Horn Mountain Range in historic downtown Sheridan. It is convenient to many local area attractions as well as shopping and dining. The hotel has a restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, hot tub, guest laundry, business center, and high-speed Internet access.

Cody

Holiday Inn Buffalo Bill Village – Cody

Located downtown, the Holiday Inn Cody is minutes away from local shops, restaurants, and attractions. Amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool, a fitness center, a gift shop, and 189 guestrooms.

Yellowstone National Park

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel – Yellowstone National Park

Each Yellowstone National Park Lodge, like the one shown here, has its own unique setting and atmosphere. The specific lodge for your vacation will be confirmed with vacation documents, which are sent approximately 30 days prior to departure. Lodges featured in Yellowstone National Park are the Old Faithful Inn, Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Grant Village, and Old Faithful Snow Lodge.

On the historic site of Fort Yellowstone, this traditional hotel is nestled in the trees alongside the mountains. The features of this hotel include high ceilings, pine wood accents, and 211 cozy guestrooms. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel is part of a collection of lodges operated by the National Parks; space fills up quickly at these lodges and is therefore based on availability. In the event that space is not available at this hotel, an alternate lodge of simliliar category will be secured.

Jackson

Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Creekside

The Rustic Inn Creekside Resort & Spa welcomes guests with warm Western hospitality. Outdoor enthusiasts and hedonists alike indulge in the lavishly appointed historic lodging accomodations and luxury log cabins.

Salt Lake City

Radisson Hotel Downtown Salt Lake City

The Radisson is located in downtown Salt Lake City near ample shopping, dining, and attractions. The hotel has concierge service, indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, guest laundry, gift shop, business center, restaurant, lounge, and room service.

 

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[LF] – The tour company has created special experiences that will bring you behind the scenes, spotlight the unique stories of your journey, and bring to life the local flavor of your destination. Just look for the “[LF]” to see what we’ve included for you.