Wild West Adventure: Yellowstone, Grand Teton & U.S. Monuments - 2018

Saturday to Saturday Itinerary: Jackson Hole • Yellowstone National Park • Cody • Gillette • Rapid City
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Experience our country’s greatest natural treasures on an illuminating journey that takes you off the beaten path to experience authentic Americana. Traverse stunning mountain ranges, marvel at woodland vistas, and visit several revered national monuments, all while exploring the culture of America’s “Wild West.” What’s more, you’ll complete a full circle of Yellowstone National Park, so you’re sure not to miss a moment of the verdant scenery and remarkable wildlife that awaits you.

Along the way, Vantage’s Cultural Discoveries will give you special insight into these remarkable destinations. A convenient Saturday-to-Saturday itinerary and improved pacing makes this the perfect adventure to share with family and friends. Plus, you can customize your North American discoveries with a myriad of activities, from hiking to horseback riding. With authentic regional cuisine, Western-style accommodations, and the perfect balance of grand scenery and small-town charm, you're sure to thrill in the courageous spirit of the Old West.

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DAY 1:

Depart home / Jackson Hole, WY

Your National Parks and Monuments adventure begins when you arrive in Jackson Hole, a scenic valley town in Wyoming. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Vantage Representative, who will assist you with your transfer to the hotel. Multigenerational Feature: This evening, join the rest of your group for a lively Western dinner show at the Jackson Hole Playhouse.

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DAY 2:

Jackson Hole

Today finds us on the banks of the grandiose Snake River amidst rolling plains and rugged mountains. Unforgettable Moment: We’ll embark on a remarkable river float trip from Wilson Bridge to South Park, the perfect adventure for truly appreciating the region's stunning natural resources. As you float, watch for pelicans, bald eagles, beavers, moose, or other wildlife native to this area. We’ll return to the hotel later this afternoon, where you’ll have free time to relax and further explore Jackson Hole's unique spread of restaurants, shops, and museums. Cultural Discovery: This evening, enjoy a fascinating lecture given by Ken Thomasma, Old West expert and author. Ken will discuss Sacajawea and her journey with Lewis & Clark.

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DAY 3:

Jackson Hole / West Yellowstone National Park

This morning’s drive from the valley of Jackson Hole to the high plateau of Yellowstone is filled with magnificent views of the soaring Teton Range. We’ll begin our explorations of Yellowstone National Park from the south gate. The world’s first national park, Yellowstone is a wilderness of craggy peaks, alpine lakes, stunning canyons, and a huge variety of wildlife. Our main sightseeing stop in the park is a grand one: Old Faithful. With its roaring plume of steam and boiling water, this natural highlight never fails to inspire awe. Later, we’ll head to the town of West Yellowstone for an evening of leisure. 

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Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 4:

North Yellowstone National Park / West Yellowstone National Park

Today is a day of astounding discoveries. Unforgettable Moment: Following breakfast, we'll head over to a wildlife discovery center to observe some of the area’s most regal residents: grizzly bears and grey wolves. Cultural Discovery: This afternoon, we make our way through Yellowstone, stopping to savor serene park views during a picnic lunch. Our next destination today is Mammoth Hot Springs, where we’ll stop and explore the complexity of these beautiful terraces before enjoying dinner.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5:

West Yellowstone National Park / Cody, WY

We’ll travel through the remarkable landscapes of Yellowstone Canyon this morning as we exit the park from the east gate, completing our scenic circle of Yellowstone. Our next destination is Cody, a charming Western town named after William Fredrick Cody (better known to the American West as Buffalo Bill). Here, you’ll have time to explore the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, an impressive collection of five museums, before enjoying a chuckwagon-style dinner at our hotel. Multigenerational Feature and Cultural Discovery: Tonight, channel your inner cowboy as you watch bull riding, barrel racing, and other activities at Cody’s nightly action-packed rodeo. 

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Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 6:

Cody / Gillette, WY

Gorgeous views of Shell Creek Canyon and the Shell Falls decorate our windows this morning as our deluxe motorcoach heads toward Buffalo. Cultural Discovery & Active Feature: The afternoon will be spent at the historical Ucross Ranch, where you can customize your time at this sprawling estate with a myriad of available activities, including hiking and horseback riding. After an included lunch on the beautiful grounds, we’ll continue to Gillette; upon arrival, your evening is at leisure. 

Please note: Horseback riding at this location is available for an additional fee.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 7:

Gillette / Rapid City, SD

Today is a monumental day for sightseeing. We’ll begin the day with a visit to Devils Tower, declared the first U.S. national monument by Franklin D. Roosevelt, before stopping for lunch in the historic town of Deadwood. Known as the wildest town in the West, this town is the final resting place of several notable legends, including Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Later, we’ll tour the Crazy Horse memorial before arriving in Keystone late this afternoon. Our Farewell Dinner tonight honors the delicious Wild West tradition of prime rib and mashed potatoes. Multigenerational Feature: After dinner, witness the lighting of spectacular Mount Rushmore, a must-see for American history lovers.   

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Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 8:

Rapid City / Return home

Enjoy an included breakfast at the inn this morning before transferring to the Rapid City airport for your flight home. 

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Please Note: All sightseeing is subject to change due to road conditions, repairs, and weather conditions. Seasonality may affect the frequency and availability of ranger activities within the National Parks.

Please Note: In the National Parks, and in some of the more remote areas, you will stay in lodges that are basic but comfortable. Although not rated by the Hotel & Travel Index, they have been personally inspected by Vantage staff. On some departures, your hotel accommodations may be substituted with similar accommodations. 

*All park and hotel accommodations are non-smoking.

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