Day 1 Arrive in Salt Lake City
Welcome to Salt Lake City, founded by Brigham Young in 1847. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow traveling companions for a WELCOME PARTY & DINNER to kick off your Wild, Wild West vacation. (D)
Day 2 Cowboys & Indians!
Depart the Great Salt Lake Basin, head into the Wasatch Mountains, and continue into Wyoming, where you follow the Snake River to the all-Western town of Jackson! Spend time this afternoon in the Town Square, where you can see an old-fashioned shoot-out, shop for souvenirs, or sidle up to one of the real saddle barstools at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar for a bite to eat. Later this afternoon, see what Lewis and Clark experienced when they were looking for the Oregon Trail as you board a horse-drawn COVERED WAGON and ride into Cache Creek Canyon. Keep an eye out for the Indians who live in the area, as you never know who you may encounter on the trail. Your wranglers will lead you to camp in time for chow and a hardy [LF] CHUCKWAGON COOKOUT followed by a Wild West show. (B,D)
Day 3 Float Down the Snake River
Get ready for a wet and wild RIVER ADVENTURE today! Set out on a comfortable raft that whisks you past the towering peaks of the majestic Grand Tetons. Your experienced Local Guide will point out interesting native plants and animals. Later, the afternoon is free in Jackson to explore the shops and museums of historic downtown. This evening, maybe stroll along the old-time boardwalks downtown and enjoy supper at one of the swing-door saloons. (B)
Day 4 See the Geysers & Wildlife of Yellowstone National Park
Head north through GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, the world’s first national park. Stand in the steam and feel the spray as legendary Old Faithful Geyser erupts, as it has been doing consistently for more than 100 years. Next, take a scenic drive up the road, stopping at the Fountain Paint Pot area to see four geothermal features in action: fumaroles, geysers, hot springs, and a bubbling mud pot. Rejoin Grand Loop Road and stop to marvel at Lower Yellowstone Falls—almost twice as high as Niagara.
The routing and areas visited within Yellowstone are subject to favorable weather and/or road conditions. When conditions are unfavorable, the routing may be adjusted accordingly.
Day 5 Explore the Heart of Yellowstone
Time today to further explore Yellowstone. Perhaps stroll along Firehole River to one of the park’s backcountry geysers, visit remote bubbling mud pots, trek up a mountain pass with breathtaking scenic views, or hike through wildflower-filled meadows along a cool, sparkling creek. Be ready for fun and adventure as you immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Yellowstone’s wilderness. (B)
Day 6 Experience a Real Western Rodeo
Watch for wildlife today as you travel east out of Yellowstone and head for Cody, named after dashing Buffalo Bill Cody. Visit the BUFFALO BILL HISTORICAL CENTER, which tells the history of the American cowboy, dude ranching, Western conservation, and frontier entrepreneurship. This evening, enjoy reserved grandstand tickets at the CODY RODEO. Here in the “Rodeo Capital of the World,” witness America’s original sport with fearless bull riders, high-flying broncs, brawny steer wrestlers, and daredevil rodeo clowns—action that’s sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! (B)
Day 7 Step Back in Time to the Dinosaur Ages
Enjoy this morning’s scenic drive through the Bighorn Mountains on your way to Hot Springs, where you will step back in time to the Ice Age when giant Mammoth walked these lands. Visit the world’s largest MAMMOTH SITE, where a sinkhole formed 26,000 years ago. Looking like a watering hole, Ice Age animals were lured to the pond by the warm water and pond vegetation, but they quickly learned there was no escaping the steep shale banks. Eventually, the sink hole closed up, burying the remains until a chance discovery in 1974. Today you can walk the edges of the sinkhole and get a close-up view of the fossils found here, including Columbian and woolly mammoths, giant short-faced bears, llamas, wolves, and fish. Learn about the preservation, research, and interpretation of this site—and even see scientists at work in a paleontology laboratory. Continue into Custer State Park, your home for the next two nights. (B)
SPECIAL FEATURE: We overnight at the Sylvan Lake Lodge, which holds the designation of Custer State Park’s “crown jewel.” This lodge features awe-inspiring views, thanks to the design inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. When the original lakeshore resort burned down in 1935, Wright suggested the current location amidst a forest of pine and spruce trees, dramatic rock formations, and a mountainside lake.
Day 8 Spend a Monumental Day at Crazy Horse & Mount Rushmore
See CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, created in honor of the fearless Sioux Indian chief, and MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, featuring the monumental likenesses of four U.S. Presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt. Tonight your Tour Director hosts a special SEND-OFF CELEBRATION DINNER. Begin by traveling by open-air Jeep into the backcountry for a Local%20Favorite%7e1.eps BUFFALO SAFARI in search of the herds of bison, elk, and deer that thrive here. Your adventure takes you into a secluded canyon for an outdoor STEAKFRY, complete with all the fixin’s and some boot-scootin’ entertainment—the perfect finale for your Wild West family vacation! (B,D)
Custer State Park–Rapid City. Head to Rapid City Airport for guests with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after Noon. The motorcoach then continues into Rapid City, where the tour ends. (B)
SALT LAKE CITY
Welcome Party & Dinner
[LF] Chuck wagon cookout dinner; Snake River float trip; Grand Teton National Park
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Visit Buffalo Bill Historical Center; Cody Rodeo
Visit the Mammoth site
Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial
CUSTER STATE PARK
[LF] Buffalo Safari and Steakfry Send-Off Celebration Dinner
•Globus Family Travel vacations require at least one member of the traveling party to be under the age of 21.
SALT LAKE CITY Radisson Hotel (F)
JACKSON Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole (F)
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK Yellowstone Park Lodges (NP)
CODY Buffalo Bill Village Cabins (F)
CUSTER STATE PARK State Game Lodge (F)
American breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners including a Welcome Party & Dinner in Salt Lake City and a Steakfry Send-Off Celebration Dinner in Custer State Park
prices based on double occupancy land only and vary on departure dates, no air is included
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