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The Yellowstone Experience: A Wildlife Safari

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Departure Dates

  • Jul 31, 2017 - Aug 06, 2017

TOUR RATES FROM: $1,895

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The Yellowstone Experience: A Wildlife Safari

This tour includes these highlights!
Antelope Island State Park
Yellowstone National Park
Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone Wildlife Safari
Grand Teton National Park
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Snake River Scenic Float Trip
America West Heritage Center
Salt Lake City Tour
Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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Itinerary

Day 1: SALT LAKE CITY – IDAHO FALLS
Today, your western adventure begins! Fly into Salt Lake City and meet your tour director at the Airport by 1:00pm. (*Please arrive at the Salt Lake Airport before 1:00pm). Depart and travel north into Idaho and pass through fertile farmland where Idaho’s famous potatoes are grown. Arrive Idaho Falls and your hotel right on the bank of the Snake River for a one night stay. Tonight join the group for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Depart Idaho Falls and continue north along the west side of the Teton Range through Island Park on the famed Henry’s Fork River. After a rest stop in West Yellowstone, enter Yellowstone National Park for sightseeing. The world’s first national park is a wonderland of natural beauty and geologic oddities that has delighted visitors over 100 years. It is a mysterious land of steaming geysers, fumaroles and bubbling mud pots. A land so amazing that the first explorers to bring back tales of Yellowstone were called liars. Today you will visit the centerpiece of the park, Old Faithful! There will be plenty of time to explore the area, witness an eruption of the world’s most famous geyser 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 as you return to West Yellowstone and check in for a two night stay. This evening join the group for dinner at a local restaurant. (CB,D)

DAY 3: YELLOWSTONE WILDLIFE SAFARI
This morning enjoy touring of the Grizzley & 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, then there will be free time to wander through the exhibits and enjoy a variety of presentations on bears, wolves, birds of prey and more. Your ticket also provides entrance into the Imax Theater located next door which features “Yellowstone,” a unique introspect to the park’s history, wildlife, geothermal activity and spectacular grandeur. This afternoon, depart on a Yellowstone Wildlife Safari. After breaking into small groups, you will meet your local naturalist guide and return to Yellowstone National Park for an afternoon and evening of exploration. Make your way to Mammoth Hot Springs for a walk through the colorful terraced formations that continues to change and grow. Next travel east into the beautiful Lamar Valley where we’ll enjoy a picnic dinner as the sun begins its slow descent, the best time for wildlife viewing. Keep the cameras ready: elk, bison, moose, wolves and bear frequently make an appearance in these areas at dusk. It will be a late return to West Yellowstone after an unforgettable experience in Yellowstone. (B,D)

DAY 4: YELLOWSTONE – GRAND TETONS
Depart West Yellowstone and return to Yellowstone National Park for another great day of sightseeing. First visit the awe-inspiring “Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone,” with a chance to see both 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. Travel the shores of Yellowstone Lake as you travel south with a stop for lunch on own along the way. 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 for a two night stay. 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: GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Start the day early as you return to Grand Teton National Park and enjoy a Scenic Float Trip on the Snake River. With this giant mountain range as a backdrop, you will see the wildlife, the flora, and the sheer magnitude of nature. Your river guide will point out wildlife, explain the geology of the area and tell stories about local history and folklore. It will be a morning to remember. Then travel to historic Jackson Lake Lodge which is listed on the National Historic Register and boasts 60 foot windows that perfectly frame the Tetons. An agreement between the U.S. and Soviet governments signed here in 1989 led to an end of the cold war. 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 which offers unique photo taking opportunities. In the late afternoon, return to Jackson after an amazing day in the Tetons! The evening is free on own. (B)

DAY 6: JACKSON – SALT LAKE CITY
We will travel in three states today: Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah, on our way to Salt Lake City. Drive through rugged Snake River Canyon, then pass through the pastoral Star Valley, which is a fertile farming valley that stretches across the Idaho border. We’ll make a stop at picturesque Bear Lake, then continue on to the American West Heritage Center near Logan for touring and lunch. Here you will experience the cultures and lifestyles of those who lived in the American West from the 1820’s to the 1920’s, which include Native Americans, mountain men, pioneers and farmers. Next visit Antelope Island State Park on the Great Salt Lake for sightseeing. Stop at scenic Buffalo Point with spectacular views of the lake and the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. There will be the opportunity to view wildlife on the island including buffalo, deer, antelope, coyote, waterfowl and more. At the Visitors Center a park ranger will introduce you to the unique ecosystem of this inland salt sea. Arrive Salt Lake City in the late afternoon and enjoy a brief driving tour of this premier western city. After checking into a downtown hotel, join the group for a special farewell dinner at The Roof restaurant overlooking Temple Square. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: HOME
This morning enjoy the “heavenly singing” of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (choir schedule permitting). Then plan on a NOON or later departure, as transfers will be provided to the airport. You will take not only the memories of incredible scenic attractions, but also the friendships of those who have shared these days with you. (B)