Black Hills & Yellowstone
The Black Hills of South Dakota and Yellowstone National Park of Wyoming offer the best of America’s western national parks.
Join us this season for a celebration of America’s great national parks. From the man-made wonder of Mount Rushmore to the extraordinary geysers, mud volcanoes and wildlife of America’s first national park, this ten-day itinerary provides an outstanding western experience. Rendezvous at Jackson Hole, home of the uniquely American tradition of legendary Mountain Man and myth, follow the tracks of the Oregon Trail pioneers in Nebraska, experience the thrill of the Black Hills gold rush, and glory in the splendor of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.
Begins and ends in Denver.
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Oregon Trail campfire dinner
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Custer State Park
Yellowstone National Park
Buffalo Bill Cody Museum
Snake River float trip
Rocky Mountain National Park
Day 1 – Arrivals / Scotts Bluff
Airport transfers. Travel. Enjoy an Western Welcome Dinner in the shadow of Scotts Bluff National Monument. Overnight: Scottsbluff, NE. (D)
Day 2 – Fort Robinson
Today tour Fort Robinson, a strategically located military and Indian agency during the Plains Indian Wars. After a tour of the fort and a picnic lunch, we’ll move on to the Museum of the Fur Trade in the nearby town of Chadron. Overnight: Rapid City, SD. (B)
Day 3 – Mount Rushmore / Crazy Horse / Custer State Park
Today visit the iconic Mount Rushmore and the still-unfinished Crazy Horse Monument. Enjoy a ride through scenic Custer State Park where buffalo and other wildlife still roam free. This evening view the awe-inspiring lighting ceremony at Mount Rushmore. Overnight: Rapid City. (B, D)
Day 4 – Big Horn Mountains / Shell Canyon scenic drive
Today travel across the picturesque Big Horn Mountains en route to the western town of Cody, named for the famous Wild West Showman. Overnight: Cody. (B, D)
Day 5 – Buffalo Bill Museum of the West / Yellowstone
This morning we’ll visit Buffalo Bill Museum of the West, then enter Yellowstone National Park, for our first of two days. View serene mountain lakes, mud volcanoes, awesome waterfalls and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Overnight: West Yellowstone, MT. (B,L)
Day 6 – Yellowstone / Grand Tetons
Today’s Yellowstone highlights are the Firehole River, Fountain Paint Pots, and Old Faithful plus the Grand Tetons. Tonight we board horse-drawn covered wagons for an old west chuckwagon barbecue. (B, D)
Day 7 – Snake River float trip / free time in Jackson Hole
Today’s highlight is a spectacularly scenic Snake River float trip. We’ll also visit the Colter Bay Indian Center and have free time for shopping in Jackson’s exclusive boutiques, antique shops and art galleries. (B)
Day 8 – Wyoming Territorial Prison
Today we’ll re-cross the Continental Divide and visit the Territorial Prison once home to the Sundance Kid and other desperados. Overnight: Laramie, WY. (B, D)
Day 9 – Rocky Mountain National Park
Today travel scenic Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, visit the quaint town of Estes Park and enjoy a festive farewell dinner. Overnight: Denver (B, D)
Day 10 – Departures
Airport tranfers are provided. (B)