On this fun-filled National Parks tour, discover the majestic parks and historic lodges of the American West. Begin in Rapid City, South Dakota, gateway to the Black Hills, and end in Salt Lake City with overnights along the way in some of the West's classic lodges.
In Custer State Park, stay two nights at the historic State Game Lodge, a gracious stone and wood lodge set in
a beautiful mountain valley that served as the
Summer White House for President Coolidge. In Spearfish Canyon, stay at
Spearfish Canyon Lodge, nestled in the heart of one of the world's most breathtaking canyons, surrounded by lofty pines and
Enjoy a 2-night stay at Yellowstone National Park's classic lodges, giving you the opportunity to breathe in the spectacular beauty and witness the amazing wildlife. You'll also overnight in Cody and Jackson.
In addition to overnight stays in the classic lodges, this National Parks tour features visits to Badlands National Park to see its stunning scenery, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the Old West town of Deadwood, stunning Grand Teton National Park, and Jackson, where you'll have time to explore on your own.
Globus has also arranged some special experiences for you, such as a backcountry buffalo safari and chuckwagon cookout in Custer State Park. Just
wait until you see these majestic creatures in their natural environment! You'll also visit the world's largest excavation site for mammoth remains from more than 26,000 years ago in Hot Springs.
All of this and more are waiting on this tour of the West's classic lodges, breathtaking scenery, and historic sight what a grand vacation!
Welcome to Rapid City, gateway to the Black Hills, transfer to the hotel Adoba (or similar hotel in Rapid City) with evening at leisure.
June 29 Day 1 Rapid City
Day at leisure to get to know your traveling companions or just relax. At 6:30 pm, meet for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
June 30 Day 2 Rapid City
Badlands National Park Custer State Park
After breakfast, enjoy an orientation tour of Rapid City, then visit BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK to see some of the most spectacular scenery in the region. Afterward, there's time to explore Wall Drug, known for its quirky roadside signs and free water.
Later this afternoon, travel into the backcountry and enjoy a BUFFALO SAFARI and CHUCKWAGON COOKOUT. Breakfast and Dinner Included
SPECIAL FEATURE: We overnight at the historic State Game Lodge in Custer State Park.
This gracious stone and wood lodge is set in a beautiful mountain valley, surrounded by a ponderosa pine forest. Built in 1920 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the lodge served as the
Summer White House for President Calvin Coolidge and was visited
by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
July 1 Day 3 Custer State Park
This morning, we travel to Hot Springs to visit the world's largest MAMMOTH SITE, where scientists are currently excavating remains of mammoths that were trapped and died in the pond more than 26,000 years ago. After a short tour, you'll have time to stroll the sidewalks of the dig area and see the paleontology laboratory.
Next, visit CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, built in honor of the fearless Sioux Indian chief whose fame is derived from the Battle of Little Bighorn.
The remainder of the day is yours to relax in Custer State Park. Perhaps try some fly-fishing, mountain biking, or take a nature walk. Breakfast and Dinner Included
July 2 Day 4 Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore Deadwood Spearfish Canyon
Today, visit one of the world's largest stone monuments: MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL. At Mount Rushmore, the solid granite faces of four presidents loom more than a thousand feet overhead.
We then continue on a guided tour of the Old West town of DEADWOOD, where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane are laid to rest on Boot Hill.
We spend the night deep in the heart of one of the most breathtakingly beautiful canyons in the world.
The location for scenes from the movie Dances with Wolves, Spearfish Canyon Lodge sits nestled among lofty pines and spectacular cliffs. Breakfast and Dinner Included
July 3 Day 5 Spearfish Canyon
U-Cross Ranch Cody
This morning, drive through scenic Spearfish Canyon and across the grassy plains of Wyoming.
Enjoy lunch at an authentic WESTERN RANCH. Next, we cross the Bighorn Mountains via Shell Creek Canyon to Buffalo Bill's Wild West town of Cody, Wyoming. Breakfast and Lunch Included
July 4 Day 6 Cody's Yellowstone National Park
Enjoy a leisurely visit to the BUFFALO BILL CENTER OF THE WEST, a fascinating tribute to frontier America.
Later, depart for YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, America's first national park, where wild animals roam freely in vast meadows and forest. Breakfast and Dinner Included
SPECIAL FEATURE: Enjoy a 2-night stay inside Yellowstone National Park. Each lodge has its own unique setting and atmosphere. The routing and areas visited within Yellowstone are subject to favorable weather and/or road conditions, may be adjusted accordingly.
July 5 Day 7 Yellowstone National Park
Today you will see the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its Upper and Lower Falls. Watch for herds of bison in Hayden Valley, and view many of Yellowstone's geothermal sites, including Old Faithful Geyser. Breakfast Included
July 6 Day 8 Yellowstone National Park
Grand Teton National Park Jackson
This morning, tour GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK.
The jagged Tetons form a perfect backdrop behind Jenny and Jackson Lakes.
Next up: the Western town of Jackson. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own. You may choose to see a shoot-out in Town Square, shop for souvenirs, or relax with a cold drink at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. Breakfast Included
July 7 Day 9 - Jackson Today is at your leisure to explore on your own or perhaps take an optional float trip down the Snake River. Breakfast Included
July 8 Day 10 - Jackson and
Salt Lake City
Follow the Snake River and lovely Star Valley en route to Utah. Wind along the shores of beautiful Bear Lake before
climbing through the Wasatch Mountains
and on to the Great Salt Lake Basinand Salt Lake City. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director. Breakfast and Dinner Included
July 9 Day 11 Salt Lake City After a leisurely breakfast, bid farewell to newfound friends as your tour comes to an end with an included transfers from the Radisson Hotel (or similar) to the Salt Lake City International Airport for your return to Boston. Breakfast Included
Flights: Airfare is included from Boston *If you require flight schedules from an alternate airport, arrangements can be made to allow for departures from other cities. Changes to flight schedules may result in a change in the cost of the program. Please call for more information *
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Bobbi Nappi at Largay Travel
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June 28 Pre-night Depart Boston and Arrive in Rapid City