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Mount Rushmore & Yellowstone

Day 1 – Rapid City, South Dakota - Arrival in Rapid City, S.D. and transfer to your hotel for two nights. Welcome and orientation briefing.

Mount Rushmore
Day 2 – Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial - We begin with a visit to Mt. Rushmore National Monument, with the sculpted faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. These four presidents represent the first 150 years of the history of the U.S.A.  Afterwards we visit Crazy Horse Memorial, started over 50 years ago and  still under construction. This is the world’s largest sculpture in progress. The monument is a tribute to the Sioux Lakota Indian leader known as Crazy Horse. Here, Indian artisans showcase their arts and crafts and visit with guests. Then, visit the Indian Museum of North America. Return through the ancient Black Hills to Rapid City. Free time to explore the historic district and stroll the Presidential Walk with life-size statues of American Presidents. (BD)

Comanchee the only survivor
Day 3 – Little Big Horn, Montana - We enter Wyoming and head west across the high plains. Drive by the old western cowboy town of Sheridan where we will enjoy lunch. Next, enter Montana, “Big Sky Country.” Visit Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in the Crow Nation. Here, in 1876, in the Valley of Little Big Horn, combined Sioux and Northern Cheyenne forces led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse overwhelmed Custer and his cavalry. Continue to Billings, nestled between the Yellowstone River and the red Rimrocks. Explorers Lewis & Clark camped near here in 1806 but your accommodations will be more comfortable. (BL)

Day 4 – Cody, Wyoming, Yellowstone - Journey through the wide-open spaces of Montana today en route to Cody, Wyoming. Visit the world famous Buffalo Bill Historical Center known for its wild west exhibits. See the Plains Indian Museum and the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, with paintings and sculptures by revered artists such as Frederic Remington and Charles Russell. This afternoon cross the Continental Divide and enter Yellowstone Park for a relaxing two night stay within Yellowstone National Park. (B)

Day 5 – Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs - Today we enjoy a full day complete circle tour of Yellowstone Park, the first national park in the world. This 2,219,766 acre park contains almost 300 geysers and over 10,000 hot springs, fumaroles and mud pots. Look for moose, elk and bison. On the upper loop, you will see Norris Geyser Basin and visit Mammoth Hot Springs  and walk on the raised platforms above the unique terraced pools. Mammoth Hot Springs is one of the best areas in the park for close-up viewing of elk or bison. On the lower loop, you will see Old Faithful Geyser, where every 90 minutes the thousands of gallons of steaming water are expelled into the air. You will see Fountain Paint Pots, Yellowstone Lake and visit Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon, where you can marvel at the rushing waters of Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls. Return to your Yellowstone Park Lodge. (B)  

Grand Teton
Day 6 – Grand Teton, Jackson - This morning enter Grand Teton National Park with peaks over 12,000 feet. Scenes from the movie “Shane” were filmed here. Enjoy a picnic lunch near the banks of the Snake River. Weather and river conditions permitting, an unforgettable float trip awaits you on the majestic Snake River. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound as you float through the park. Watch for waterfowl, beaver, osprey and eagles. Next, stop at pristine Jenny Lake. Then we depart for Jackson where you have free time to explore the charming art galleries and western shops. See the Antler Arch at the entrance to the town square. You may wish to visit the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, with bar stools made from horse saddles. (BLD)

Day 7 – Teton, Oregon Trail, Idaho - We drive south through the Bridger-Teton National Forest before we Enter Idaho and cross the route of the original “Oregon Trail.” We will top for photos at beautiful Bear Lake. Continue via Logan Canyon to Salt Lake City, Utah, the state capital. This afternoon we visit Temple Square with its beautiful gardens and fountains and the Mormon Tabernacle, home to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (unless closed to the public due to a religious ceremony). Enjoy a farewell dinner. (BD)

Day 8 – Salt Lake City, Utah - Your tour ends after breakfast at your hotel in Salt Lake City and we transfer you to the airport for your return home.

Guaranteed departures April through October - call for dates!

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