Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks Tour

2016 Prices From $3,590 for 8 Days - Tauck World Discovery

Stories by Ken Burns
Stay right in the heart of the world's first national park on Tauck's most comprehensive of Wyoming and Yellowstone tours. Explore Yellowstone's amazing geothermal features, Old West history in Cody, the colossal Black Hills masterpieces of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, and the peaks and glaciers of the Tetons! See Old Faithful, just outside your hotel... raft along the Snake River... enjoy a classic western ranch experience... attend a Wild West rodeo or a cowboy music revue... and join a park insider for a peek into the story of Grand Teton National Park and the effort to preserve its diverse environment.

ITINERARY:

Day
1
Welcome to Wyoming and the Tetons Meals:
D

Day
2

Snake River Rafting and more in Grand Teton National Park Meals:
B, D
Day
3
Meet an artist in the Tetons and on to amazing Yellowstone Meals:
B,L,D
Day
4
Yellowstone's Grand Canyon and more Meals:
B,D
Day
5
Rediscovering the Wild West in Buffalo Bill's Cody Meals:
B,D
Day
6
The Bighorn mountains and a big helping of ranch life Meals:
B,L,D
Day
7
Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse in the Black Hills Meals:
B,L,D
Day
8
Journey Home Meals:
B

Day 1:
Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Jackson Lake Lodge. A transfer is included from Jackson Hole Airport to the Jackson Lake Lodge inside Grand Teton National Park. Welcome to Wyoming's iconic western landscape of vast grasslands and towering mountain ranges, the historic town of Jackson, and majestic Grand Teton National Park with its jagged peaks, glaciers, lakes, and dense forest. Join us for tonight's welcome reception and dinner at your scenic lakeside resort in the heart of the national park.

Lodging
Jackson Lake Lodge

Day 2:
Today, view some of North America's most spectacular mountain scenery – and keep an eye peeled for wildlife ranging from moose and elk to beavers and bald eagles during a ten-mile rafting trip* along the Snake River. During a free afternoon and evening, explore Grand Teton National Park as you please, enjoy optional activities from horseback riding to fishing (available at additional cost) at your inside-the-park lodge, or visit the historic town of Jackson. Enjoy dinner à la carte at the lodge tonight.

Lodging
Jackson Lake Lodge

Day 3:
This morning, meet an American Indian artist through Tauck's exclusive Artist-in-Residence program at your lodge in Grand Teton National Park. Heading out of Grand Teton National Park, see the snowy Tetons reflected in Jenny Lake, which was formed by melting glaciers. Arrive midday at Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 as the world's first national park, known for its unique geothermal activity. Witness Old Faithful Geyser, shooting up to 184 feet in the air approximately every 90 minutes – the number-one attraction for all Yellowstone tours. Learn more about this phenomenon and check out the Upper Geyser Basin on this afternoon's guided excursion in the park; enjoy an à la carte dinner at your leisure at your classic inside-the-park hotel close to Old Faithful itself.

Lodging
Old Faithful Inn

Day 4:
America's first national park is yours to explore today on this ultimate of Yellowstone tours; witness some of the parks abundant geysers, as well as hundreds of brilliantly colored hot springs, bubbling mud pots, steaming fumaroles, and other geothermal wonders that early 19th-century skeptics found too astounding to be believed. You'll follow the Firehole River to Fountain Paint Pot – a collection of colorful, bubbling mud pots – then view the dramatic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Make your way through Hayden Valley before arriving for an overnight in a historic 19th-century hotel on the shores of Yellowstone Lake.

Lodging
Lake Yellowstone Hotel

Day 5:
Leaving the mountains for the open grazing land of western Wyoming, arrive in the quintessential 1890s town of Cody, named for its famous founder, William "Buffalo Bill" Cody. For an authentic picture of the art and culture of the Wild West, visit the museums of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center – including the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Draper Museum of Natural History, the Plains Indian Museum and the Buffalo Bill Museum, which opened in 2012. Tonight, an evening of western fun beckons at either the Cody Wild West Rodeo (seasonal) or the Dan Miller Cowboy Music Revue, depending on the time of year.

Lodging
Holiday Inn® Cody at Buffalo Bill Village

Day 6:
Upon departing Cody this morning, traverse the Bighorn Mountains with their breathtaking vistas of rugged canyons, sparkling waterfalls, miles of grassland, and colorful vegetation en route to a double dose of authentic Wyoming ranch life.  First, feel the spirit of the West during an authentic ranch experience – including a cookhouse lunch, a horseback ride*, a horse whisperer and a roping demonstration – at the TA Guest Ranch in Buffalo, Wyoming. A real working cattle ranch in the heart of "cowboy country," the TA Ranch was the site of a famous siege and shootout during the infamous "Johnson County War" in 1892; you can still see the old gunshot holes in the ranch's original horse barn! Later, continue on to an overnight and dinner at your leisure at at yet another real Wyoming ranch – the Ranch at Ucross.

Lodging
The Ranch at Ucross

Day 7:
Travel into the Black Hills of South Dakota today, where you'll have lunch and visit the in-progress Crazy Horse Memorial. Work on the colossal rock sculpture has been ongoing for more than 50 years; it will be the largest stone carving in the world when completed. Continue on to one of America's best-known icons – Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where the faces of former presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are carved into granite bluffs; learn about the monument's creation. Later, arrive in Rapid City, where you'll share favorite highlights of this most unforgettable of Yellowstone tours at tonight's farewell reception and dinner.

Lodging
Adoba Eco Hotel Rapid City

Day 8:
This most memorable of Grand Teton and Yellowstone tours ends in Rapid City, South Dakota. Fly home anytime; a transfer from Adoba Eco Hotel / Rapid City to Rapid City Regional Airport is included. Flight departure times vary; allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in.

*For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in day-by-day descriptions, participation is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required.

Double Occupancy Pricing:

Date: Price:
July 9, 2016 $3,590
July 16, 2016 $3,590
July 23, 2016 $3,590
August 6, 2016 $3,590
August 13, 2016 $3,590
August 20, 2016 $3,590
August 27, 2016 $3,590
August 29, 2016 $3,590
September 3, 2016 $3,590
September 5, 2016 $3,590
September 10, 2016 $3,590
September 12, 2016 $3,590
September 17, 2016 $3,590
September 19, 2016 $3,590

 

Tauck Value Includes

  • Insider stories about the national parks during filmed narratives by Ken Burns & Dayton Duncan
  • Stays at sought-after inside-the-national-park accommodations in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks
  • Rafting adventure along the Snake River, surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Tetons
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE private presentation by a Native American artist-in-residence at Grand Teton National Park
  • Extensive exploration inside the world's first national park, Yellowstone National Park
  • Visits to the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Wild West rodeo or a performance of the Dan Miller Cowboy Music Revue in historic Cody
  • Visits to the museums of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody for a comprehensive look at the history, culture, art and natural history of the West
  • Authentic working ranch experience at the TA Guest Ranch in Buffalo, site of a historic 1892 standoff in the Johnson County War; experiences include a cookhouse lunch, a trail ride and a horse whisperer demonstration
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 17 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 7 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

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