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Duration: 9 days Visiting: United States
A trip for the brave, delve into the Wild West as you make your away across a rugged land famous for cowboys and rodeo. You'll come face-to-face with some monumental figures, while a day at Deadwood will teach you about the fascinating days of notable figures including Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane. You'll witness the wild charms of Yellowstone National Park after hours as you stay the night in the park's popular lodges, while all-American breakfasts and hearty ranch food will keep you fueled throughout your journey.
Arrive in Salt Lake City.
Welcome to Utah’s capital, Salt Lake City. On arrival at Salt Lake City International Airport, board your transfer to your hotel. Lying between Wasatch Range and the Great Salt Lake, this mountainous city is perfect for outdoorsy types, with a strong focus on skiing and fishing. It is also the headquarters of the Mormon faith. At 18:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine, where you will meet your fellow guests.
Jackson and Grand Teton National Park.
As you move on from Salt Lake City, take in iconic Temple Square and State Capitol building, before heading north across the Oregon Trail to historic Jackson. Have your cameras ready for the famous elk antlers that adorn the central square, and for eager shoppers there are a number of charming traditional boutiques to browse. Relax at Jackson Lake Lodge, where you’ll be presented with the stunning peaks of Grand Teton National Park.
Yellowstone National Park.
Wake up to a mountainous view like no other and witness the striking Grand Tetons thrust skyward 6,562 feet (2,000 metres) from the valley floor. In keeping with today’s rustic country charm, you’ll enter Yellowstone, the world’s first National Park. Known for its unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife, you’ll experience Wyoming in all its glory. Keep an eye out for black bears or wolves. Tonight you’ll stay in the National Park Lodges, allowing you to experience the park after hours, in its natural glory.
Geysers and Colourful Mudpots at Yellowstone.
Savour the surreal surroundings of Yellowstone with a relaxed start. Walk among the rainbow tinted hot springs and watch the erupting geysers as you take in the history of the park on an informative stroll with your Travel Director. Catch the renowned colourful bubbling mud pots and observe Old Faithful geyser shooting water over 120 feet (37 metres) into the air. You’ll behold the powerful roar of Lower Yellowstone Falls, before heading back to your Park Lodge rooms. The National Park is also famous for its wildlife, so keep an eye out for the Yellowstone ram, wolves, bears and elk.
The Ranch at Ucross.
Set off on your travels through the stark Shoshone Canyon and Absaroka Rocky Mountains to the Wild West Town of Cody. Channel your inner showman and learn more about America’s great Western legends at the Buffalo Bill Centre. End the day in Clearmont, Wyoming where you’ll check in to your abode for the night. Here you’ll enjoy a ranch style Highlight Dinner with wine.
Devils Tower into the Black Hills.
Live the American frontier dream and begin your day with a scenic country horseback ride (waiver required). If playing cowboy isn’t your thing, perhaps go fishing or merely relax and take in your beautiful surroundings, the choice is yours. Make your way to Devils Tower, an astounding geological feature that protrudes out of the surrounding the Black Hills. This symbolic landmark is considered sacred to the Lakota and other tribes. Experience Spearfish Canyon, a favoured spot among wildlife enthusiasts and one famous for its elvish woodland beauty. The limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge are more ancient than the Grand Canyon.
Custer and the Wild, Wild West.
A day for those looking to explore the wild west, try to spot pronghorn antelope as you cross the great high plains to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Once in Deadwood, you’ll also get to speak to members of the Lakota tribe as they share a fascinating live narrative of the Great Sioux Nation. You’ll have the opportunity to join Kevin Costner’s Original Deadwood Tour, while a Local Expert will talk about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this once lawless town famous during the Gold Rush of the 1870s. Continue on to Custer State Park, renowned for its beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife.
The Mountain Monuments of the Black Hills of South Dakota.
What better way to spend your last full day than delving further into the history of this fascinating country? You’ll start by viewing Crazy Horse Memorial which is dedicated to all Native Americans, before moving on to the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Here, carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt dominate the Black Hills. The rest of the day is yours to explore in Custer State Park. Join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Celebration Dinner with wine, as you reflect on your adventure across the wide open spaces of America’s national parks.
Depart Rapid City.
Those ending in Rapid City may depart at any time.
Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.
Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.
Salt Lake City (Traditional) - USA
Lake Lodge (Traditional) - USA
Yellowstone (Traditional) - USA
Ideally located within view of the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser, The Old Faithful Inn offers many highlights and advantages you won't find anywhere else. The grand lobby, known as the “Old House,” is one of the largest log structures in the world. It was completed in 1904, and has unique decorative features including etched glass panels, a large stone fireplace, and balcony porches overlooking the Old Faithful Geyser Basin. Timber columns, hickory furniture, and an antique, handcrafted clock add to the classic appeal of the Old Faithful Inn. Custom wood framing outside the lodge can also be found throughout the building. Log stairs and pine railings add to the Old Faithful Inn's rustic charm.
Clearmont (Traditional) - USA
Spearfish (Traditional) - USA
Deep in the heart of one of the most breathtaking, beautiful canyons in the world, nestled alongside lofty pines and spectacular cliffs, you will find Spearfish Canyon Lodge. Built and decorated in the style of the old lodges of the West, you can let nature take over and open your mind and the outside world is as near or far as you need it to be.
Custer State Park (Traditional) - USA
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11508 independent user reviews received during the past year.
25 October, 2018
Trip: Amazing itinerary, only let down was that it did not visit the site of the Battle or Little Bighorn. Otherwise a perfect itinerary, excellent relaxing pace and good mix of interesting places and beautiful scenery.
Service: Excellent customer service experience. The tour director was not only very helpful and well organised, but also very knowledgeable. Tour was relaxing and very enjoyable. We will definitely travel Insight again!
25 October, 2018
Trip: I saw all the places I wanted to see and some I didn't know were there. If I had gone on my own, I would have missed several interesting places.
Service: Everything was planned and timed perfectly.
13 October, 2018
Trip: It was good but I think it was a lot of things put into one trip. It was a lot of walking for someone with bad legs. Everything else was very good.
Service: Our guide and bus driver were very nice and accomadating.
13 October, 2018
Trip: Great trip; wonderful sights; informative Tour Director; excellent Bus Driver; Great people.
Service: We definitely had a wonderful trip and thought our Tour Director was well informed. We saw a lot and were not disappointed whatsoever.
11 October, 2018
Trip: Grat tour director and great weather.
Service: Everything was well planned and the trip went off without a hitch.
11 October, 2018
Trip: Itinerary was one of the reasons we chose this trip.
Service: Wonderful itinerary. Your director was great. Long days but enjoyable with the extra leg room in coach.
04 October, 2018
Trip: Very good , what I have wanted to do for years.
Service: 1, Provided the best Guide in the Business. Ann Harness is the tops. 2. Customer service excellent
04 October, 2018
Trip: INTERESTING AND EDUACATIONAL
Service: GOOD ITINERARY; GREAT GUIDE; EXCELLENT LODGING
04 October, 2018
Trip: Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Devil’s Tower, Custard State Park, and more, all beautiful and memorable!
Service: The tour was so well timed and run, and interesting Todd, our director, was very knowledgeable,and professional.
02 October, 2018
Trip: As mentioned prior, I thought the optional, additional cost, side trips were not necessary and should be in the base price.
Service: The entire trip was a pleasant experience, well planned and executed. I did think it was pricey, compared to the Caravan. It did not offer much more in comparison. I also didn’t like the expensive optional trips. They should have been included in the base package, since they are charging top dollar anyway, i.e. $80 per head for a short quick raft float and $120 per head for a chuck wagon dinner outing. That is an extra, unexpected, $400 per couple.
01 October, 2018
Trip: We chose this tour because of the places that were listed. It is all the places we wanted to see.
Service: Very professional and sense of humor from our guide, as well as her knowledge of the tour in every location.
28 September, 2018
Trip: Saw lots but it is tiring. On the move great sites!
Service: Ann is a Great tour guide,very knowledgeable and friendly and organized. Jazz the bus driver was very professional and safe. All the hotels where excellent!