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National Parks Wonders - A Trafalgar Escorted Tour
This trip blends old west towns like Jackson, Cody, Sheridan and Montpelier, national parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton, and historic monuments like Devil's Tower and Mount Rushmore.You'll enjoy Insider moments like joining the owner of Sheridan's PO News and Flagstaff Café, an old world eatery in this historic western town. With its store established in 1910, the café's mix of home-style American fare, downtown setting and welcoming atmosphere is the perfect backdrop to your host's stories of the town's colourful past as the capital of the Bighorn region. In Yellowstone, we meet another local character who takes you on a walk among the geysers, hot springs and mud pots of the world's oldest national park.
Price per person includes:
Return flights from UK to Salt Lake City/home from Rapid City
UK private chauffeur driven door to door airport transfers and transfers in the USA
8 nights accommodation in superior hotels in sought-after locations
Meals: 8 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Insider Experiences as detailed in the itinerary
Travel in luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and on-board restroom
The services of professional Tour Directors throughout your holiday
All hotel service charges, baggage handling fees and local taxes
Audio headsets for all guided visits and included sightseeing
Oregon Trail Center
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Devil's Tower National Monument and Black Hills
Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore
Scenic drive through Deadwood
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departures for this itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive Salt Lake City
Welcome to Salt Lake City. Check into your hotel and relax or take a walk around the hotel grounds to get acquainted. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Welcome Reception.
Day 2 : Salt Lake City – Jackson (2 nights)
Travelling north into Idaho, trace the footsteps of the pioneers at the Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier. Through interactive exhibits, you'll travel vicariously with a covered wagon train in America's great western migration and experience the thrills and challenges of the old Oregon Trail. Enjoy a lunch before crossing into Wyoming on your way to scenic Jackson, which stands in the shadows of the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons. Get spectacular 360-degree views of the Snake River Valley and Grand Teton National Park on an exciting aerial tram ride to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain.
Day 3 : Grand Teton National Park Sightseeing and Free Time
If you like, hit the water this morning on an optional guided float trip down the Snake River (seasonal) where you'll float with amazing views of the magnificent Grand Tetons. Keep your eyes open for some of the area's abundant wildlife, including moose and elk drinking from the rivers, bison munching on grass, and beavers putting the finishing touches on their elaborate dams. Overhead, watch for majestic bald eagles, graceful blue herons and the dozens of species of songbird that call the park home. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Chuckwagon Regional Meal.
Day 4 : Jackson – Yellowstone National Park (2 nights)
Spend the morning discovering the natural glories of Grand Teton National Park with its snowcapped mountains, pristine alpine lakes and evergreen forests. From Jenny Lake to the jagged peaks of the Teton Range, you'll find exhilarating vistas everywhere you look. Then it's onward to Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world's first National Park. You could spend a year in Yellowstone and still only scratch the surface of its wonders. Watch in awe as Old Faithful's waters arc nearly 100 feet (30 metres) into the air—as it has done approximately every 90 minutes since the Washburn Expedition discovered it in 1870. Take a guided walk with a Local Specialist among the spouting geysers, bubbling mudpots and turquoise hot springs and learn about the geothermal dynamics of this amazing wonderland. Tonight, dine in the park. Before retiring for the night, be sure to step out and take in the great panorama of stars.
Day 5 : Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing
Begin today by looking for wildlife in Hayden Valley en route to the impressive Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its stunning waterfalls. Early explorers marvelled at the yellow rock of the canyon, and from this rock, Yellowstone got its name. Continue on the upper loop to Dunraven Pass and the Lamar Valley, some of the less travelled, but ruggedly beautiful regions of the park. At Mammoth Hot Springs, take a stroll and admire the mineral terraces that resemble frozen waterfalls cascading down into the valley.
Day 6 : Yellowstone National Park – Cody – Sheridan
Head east to the town of Cody, named for its most famous native son, Buffalo Bill. Get a glimpse into the fascinating history of the American West at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West where you'll meet a Local Specialist and delve into the culture of the cowboy, the role of the firearm in the early days, and the culture and art of the Plains Indians. Join your fellow travellers for a Be My Guest dinner in true Western style at a historic cafe complete with an old-time tobacco shop.
Day 7 : Sheridan – Deadwood – Rapid City (2 nights)
Proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt as America's first national monument, the majestic Devil's Tower rises nearly 1,300 feet (396 metres) above the Belle Fourche River in eastern Wyoming. After exploring the area around the eroded core of this ancient volcano, head into the Black Hills of South Dakota and the boomtown of Deadwood, which arose after the discovery of gold in the 1870s. Explore the town and learn a bit about its founding, expansion and decline from your entertaining guide. Journey on to Rapid City, where you have the option of visiting Mount Rushmore this evening to see the magical illumination ceremony.
Day 8 : Black Hills Excursion and Free Time
This morning discover more of the natural and man-made wonders of the Black Hills with a drive through stunning scenery on your way to see the Crazy Horse Memorial, a massive mountain carving of the famed war chief of the Lakota people. Next is a visit to Mount Rushmore, designed by sculptor Gutzon Borglum to celebrate the “founding, expansion, preservation and unification of the United States” through enormous carvings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The afternoon is yours to do as you please. This evening, toast your Travel Director and new friends at a festive Farewell Dinner.
Day 9 : Depart Rapid City
Bid farewell to your travelling companions and take a transfer to Rapid City Airport. This is the end of your tour but doesn't have to be the end of your adventure. You may decide to extend your stay and include a city stop over at New York or Boston before heading back to the UK.
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