What to Expect
PACING: Full tour of 1 U.S. National Park in 8 days, as well as through 3 states via motorcoach, with seven 1-night stays. This is a busy, active itinerary packed with sightseeing of some of the world's greatest natural wonders. Days often begin early with bus transfers starting at 8 am and ending at approximately 5 pm. However, each day is rewarding, with scenic splendor, included rest stops, and visits to not-to-miss attractions.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Almost all sightseeing is on an air-conditioned coach with rest stops, lunch stops, and photo stops en route. A professional Vantage Adventure Leader will guide you on short walks to see highlights of the national parks and monuments. Some stair-climbing may be required to get better views of canyons, etc.
CULTURAL FOCUS: Opportunity to experience the "crown jewel" of the U.S. National Parks system, with extensive viewing within Yellowstone National Park and appreciating nature's wonders (geothermal, rock formations, fauna, animal life, geology, etc). There are also several Cultural Discoveries, such as enjoying a picnic lunch in Yellowstone National Park and attending a lively rodeo show in Cody.
SPECIAL FACTORS: Temperatures are at their highest in July and August and can reach 90 to 100 degrees in Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota. However, it is a dry heat and passengers travel in air-conditioned coaches or in covered sightseeing vehicles, and tours take place at the cooler time of the day. Most hotels and lodges are air-conditioned. This Vantage trip offers the opportunity to travel a great distance and see these magnificent parks within a short time. Vantage recommends that passengers with respiratory or heart conditions check with their physicians, as the high altitudes (up to 9,000 feet) may affect breathing. Please note: We recommend that you bring a flashlight for this trip.
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.