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Featuring the grand national parks of Montana and Wyoming

  • Explore Grand Teton National Park by coach and Snake River float trip
  • Yellowstone National Park unveiled: Old Faithful, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Midway Geyser Basin, Fountain Paint Pots and local wildlife
  • Lake cruises plus Going-to-the-Sun Road by Jammer Car in Glacier National Park
  • Tour the Smokejumpers Base in Missoula
  • Lunch at the Lake Hotel in Yellowstone
  • Discover Native American and Jesuit histories at St. Ignatius Mission
  • Roundtrip airfare to Jackson, WY/from Kalispell, MT
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    Day 1

    Fly into Jackson, Wyoming this today. Your national park adventure begins in earnest as you enter Grand Teton National Park for breathtaking views of the Tetons. Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. Your hotel for the next two evenings is a historic gem nestled in Moran, WY. After dinner at the hotel, enjoy a special presentation by a local naturalist including information about and amazing photography of the wildlife found in the Yellowstone Ecosystem. Be sure to look up into the heavens after dark – this secluded area is a great place for star gazing! The Hatchet Resort – 2 nights (D)

  • Day 2

    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. Next visit the fun western town of Jackson for an included lunch followed by free time to explore on your own. This old cowboy town is now home to hundreds of art galleries, shops, attractions and restaurants but still maintains an old west charm. Later in the afternoon, return northward for additional sightseeing of Grand Teton National Park with picture stops at various scenic view points along the way including Jenny Lake which offers unique photo taking opportunities. Return to the Hatchet with the evening free on own. (B,L)

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    Day 3

    The world’s first national park is a wonderland of natural beauty and geologic oddities that has delighted visitors over 100 years. Yellowstone 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 the region were called liars! Visit the centerpiece of the park, Old Faithful, the world’s most famous geyser, and enjoy lunch on your own. Continue exploring with visits to Midway Geyser Basin and Fountain Paint Pots. Your home for the next two nights is just outside the park in West Yellowstone. Gray Wolf Inn & Suites – 2 nights (B,D)

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    Day 4

    Return to Yellowstone for a drive along the Lower Loop Road. Visit the awe-inspiring “Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone,” with a chance to see both the upper and lower falls. It is here where the mighty Yellowstone River cuts its way through sheer rock to cascade down hundreds of feet to the foaming torrents below. Drive through scenic Hayden Valley, famous for large herds of buffalo and other wildlife. Visit Mud Volcano then travel the shores of Yellowstone Lake with a stop for lunch at scenic Lake Hotel. Continue along Yellowstone Lake to West Thumb, then cross the Continental Divide as you return to West Yellowstone with the evening free to relax. (B,L)

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    Day 5

    The Upper Loop Road of the park offers more scenic wonders today! At Mammoth Hot Springs you will explore the upper and lower terraces that make up this rich geothermal area. Exiting Yellowstone through the North Gate, travel across the Big Sky Country of Montana on your way to Missoula for a tour of the Smokejumpers Base Aerial Fire Depot. Forest Service Smokejumpers are your personal guides during your visit and offer firsthand accounts of the very dangerous but necessary occupations of firefighting and smokejumping. Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn (B,D)

  • Day 6

    Depart Missoula this morning and enter the Flathead Indian Reservation with a stop at the St. Ignatius Mission. This National Historic Site was built in 1891 by American Indians and Jesuit missionaries. Adorning its walls and ceilings are 58 hand-painted murals by Brother Joseph Carignano, a self-taught artist who worked as the mission cook and handyman. In Big Fork, the “Village by the Bay” is home to wonderful art galleries and restaurants. This afternoon get your first taste of Glacier Country as you enter the park for a two-night stay on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake. This beautiful Swiss-style lodge was constructed in 1915 and is now a National Historic Landmark. In keeping with the era in which the hotel was built, the rooms offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations resulting in a one-of-a kind, National Park lodging experience. Many Glacier Hotel – 2 nights (B,D)

  • Day 7

    See and feel the grandeur that makes Glacier National Park “The Crown of the Continent.” Board the sightseeing boat “Chief Two Guns” for a cruise on Swiftcurrent Lake, then take a short 300 yard walk over the hill to Lake Josephine. Here the “Morning Eagle” awaits your arrival for a cruise on this pristine lake. After a morning filled with stunning beauty, return to Many Glacier Lodge with the rest of the day free to enjoy the scenery, do some optional activities or just relax and soak it all in. Your Tour Director will assist with optional activities such as hiking, horseback riding, fishing, jeep tours, or canoeing. (B)

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    Day 8

    What better way to spend your last full day by driving in a Jammer Car the world famous “Going to the Sun Road?” Amid magnificent snow-capped peaks, gleaming lakes, and the virgin forests of the McDonald Valley, your 52-mile drive crests the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. Pause at Lake McDonald Lodge located on the west side of the park with free time to explore and have lunch on you own. In the afternoon, continue to Kalispell and your hotel. This evening, it’s time for a farewell dinner. Red Lion, Kalispell (B,D)

  • Day 9

    Transfer to the Kalispell Airport for your flight home. (B)

9 Days · 15 Meals

Your trip includes all accommodations, airfare from Sacramento*, all listed activities and the services of a Sports Leisure Tour Director

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