Big Sky Country

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Experience scenic beauty and our great western heritage in Montana’s Big Sky Country.   Visit gold rush towns, experience the grandeur of America’s first national park, explore the site of a pivotal battle of the Indian Wars and marvel at the signature of William Clark carved into a rock over 200 years ago on this memorable western vacation.  Travel Beartooth Scenic Highway (declared by Charles Kuralt to be the most scenic highway in America), Yellowstone National Park, Historic Nevada City and Virginia City, the remarkably restored Livingston Depot.

Begins and ends in Billings.

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Tour highlights:

  • Beartooth Scenic Highway
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Historic Nevada City & Virginia City
  • Museum of the Rockies
  • Livingston Depot Museum
  • Pompeys Pillar
  • Little Big Horn National Monument
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Tour Itinerary:

Day # 1 - Arrivals

Airport transfers are provided from Billings, to beautiful Rock Creek Resort in Red Lodge, MT where we will enjoy a get-acquainted Welcome Dinner and restful night’s sleep in the fresh mountain air. Overnight:  Red Lodge, MT (D)

Day # 2 - Beartooth Scenic Highway / Yellowstone National Park

America’s most scenic highway will bring us to the wondrous sights of America’s first national park as we visit serene mountain lakes, mud volcanoes, awesome waterfalls and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Keep an eye open for the buffalo, elk, deer, moose and hundreds of species of wild animals as we explore the park today and tomorrow. Overnight in West Yellowstone, MT. (B)

Day # 3 - Yellowstone National Park

This morning we’ll resume our tour of Yellowstone with a drive along the Firehole River and a visit to Fountain Paint Pots (more geysers, bubbling mud pots and hot springs). We’ll catch an eruption of Old Faithful before making our way back to W. Yellowstone for another restful night. Optional activities here include the outstanding Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. (B)

Day # 4 - Historic Nevada City and Virginia City

Today’s highlight is a visit to Montana’s first capital, Virginia City and its sister city, Nevada City, located one mile downstream. Both sprang up in June 1863 to serve the miners and others rushing to Alder Gulch, the richest placer gold strike in the Rocky Mountains. Today the Gulch is authentically preserved and/or recreated as it was in its glory days. An authentic steam train connects the two gold rush towns. In addition to the optional train ride (week-ends only), activities include living history re-enactments, horse-back riding, stagecoach rides, walking tours, live musical entertainment, and browsing in the shops & restaurants. Overnight tonight is at the classic Gallatin Gateway Inn, a treasure of Montana’s railroad era. (B)

Day # 5 - Museum of the Rockies / Livingston Depot

This morning we’ll travel north to the lovely college town of Bozeman. The world-class Museum of the Rockies has been part of Montana State University since 1957 and inspires visitors to explore the rich natural and cultural history of America’s Northern Rocky Mountains. We’ll tour the permanent and special exhibits plus enjoy the planetarium show at this outstanding facility. The beautiful vintage railroad building in nearby Livingston was constructed in 1902 by the Northern Pacific Railroad and now houses a museum reflecting the history of the Northern Pacific Railroad’s construction and its association with Yellowstone National Park. Overnight tonight is at the Hampton Inn in Billings. (B)

Day # 6 - Lewis & Clark / Custer

While William Clark was hardly the first to view the unusual geologic formation they dubbed Pompeys Pillar (after Sakakawea’s son, Pomp), he did lay claim to it by carving his name into the side of the rock. 170 years later, the 7th Cavalry headed by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, stumbled into one of the largest gatherings of Cheyenne and Sioux Indians ever assembled at the nearby Greasy Grass (Little Big Horn National Historic Battlefield). We’ll learn about the two disparate events as we close our Big Sky Adventure. At tonight’s festive farewell dinner in Billings we will enjoy the company of new-found friends and revel in new adventures experienced in Big Sky Country. (B,D)

Day # 7 - Departures

Airport transfers are provided to the Billings Airport. (B)

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