The Yellowstone Experience & Wildlife Safari June 18-24, 2018
Featuring Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, Grand Teton National Park & much more!
Day 1: Today, your western adventure begins! Fly into Salt Lake City and meet your tour director at the airport. Depart and travel north into Idaho, passing through the fertile farmland where Idaho’s famous potatoes are grown before arriving in Idaho Falls to check in to your hotel on the bank of the Snake River. Tonight join the group for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2: Depart Idaho Falls and continue north along the west side of the Teton Range through Island Park on the famed Henry’s Fork River on your way to Yellowstone National Park. Today you will visit the centerpiece of the park, Old Faithful! There will be plenty of time to explore the area, witness an eruption 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 on your way to West Yellowstone to check in to your hotel. The evening is free for dinner on your own. (B)
Day 3: This morning enjoy touring the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center where you will gain insight into the lives of Yellowstone’s two top predators. A naturalist on staff will lead a guided tour of the facility and then have free time to wander through the exhibits and enjoy a variety of presentations on bears, wolves, birds of prey and more. This afternoon, have lunch on your own in West Yellowstone before embarking on a Yellowstone Wildlife Safari. You will meet your local naturalist guide and head to Yellowstone National Park. 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 continue to change and grow. Next travel east into the beautiful Lamar Valley where your 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 at sunset before a late return to West Yellowstone. (B,D)
Day 4: Check out and return to Yellowstone for another great day of sightseeing. First visit the awe-inspiring “Grand Canyon of Yellowstone”, with a chance to see both the 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. Next drive through scenic Hayden Valley, famous for large herds of buffalo and other wildlife. 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. 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. (B,D)
Day 5: Start the day early as you return to Grand Teton National Park and enjoy a scenic Float Trip on the Snake River. 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’ windows that perfectly frame the Tetons. 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 picture stops at various scenic view points along the way including Jenny Lake. In the late afternoon, return to Jackson for a free evening on your own. (B)
Day 6: Travel through 3 states (Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah) on your way to Salt Lake City, driving through rugged Snake River Canyon and the pastoral Star Valley. You will stop at Bear Lake for an included lunch. Then travel through beautiful Logan Canyon and along the shore of the Great Salt Lake before arriving in Salt Lake City for a driving tour of this premier western city. Farewell dinner tonight at The Roof restaurant overlooking Temple Square. (B,L,D)
Day 7: This morning enjoy the “heavenly singing” of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (choir schedule permitting). Then it is off to the airport for your flight home, taking with you not only great photos, but great memories as well. (B)
**NOTE: This tour covers areas of higher altitudes including overnight locations above 6,000 ft. and touring above 8,000 ft. Participants should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground or unpaved trails.
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