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Duration: 9 days Visiting: United States
Come face-to-face with some monumental figures, relive sagas of the Wild West and relish the rustic Ranch at UCross on this legendary journey.Enjoy two-night stays in the wilderness of Yellowstone National Park and Custer State Park, as well as exciting sightseeing excursions. Comfortable touring links all the highlights of this comprehensive tour of the Wild West.
Arrive in Salt Lake City.
Welcome to Salt Lake City, the capital and most populous city in Utah. On arrival at Salt Lake City International Airport, board your transfer to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine.
Jackson and Grand Teton National Park.
As you depart Salt Lake City, see the famous Temple Square and State Capitol Building before travelling north across the Oregon Trail to visit historic Jackson, where arches of elk antlers adorn the central square. Later, continue to Jackson Lake and the stunning peaks and glaciers of Grand Teton National Park.
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone.
The Grand Tetons thrust skyward 6,562 feet (2,000 metres) from the valley floor. Stop to admire some of the incredible views at Jenny Lake. Then enter Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world's first National Park and known for its unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife.
Geysers and Colourful Mudpots in Yellowstone.
(Relaxed Start) Walk among the geysers and watch them erupt. Spend time with your Tour Director for an informative stroll through Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin. There is plenty of time to see the colourful bubbling mudpots and observe Old Faithful shooting water over 120 feet (37 metres) in the air. See free-roaming deer, elk and bison in their natural habitat. Then experience the roar of the Lower Yellowstone Falls as they thunder down the steep canyon walls.
The UCross Ranch.
Depart Yellowstone National Park and travel through the stark Shoshone Canyon and Absaroka Rocky Mountains to reach the Wild West town of Cody. Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, built in honour of one of America's great Western legends. Head to Clearmont in Wyoming and after checking in to your hotel savour a ranch style Highlight Dinner with wine cooked by local ranch hosts.
Devils Tower and into the Black Hills.
(Relaxed Start) Start your morning with horseback riding with a rider guide, fishing or just relaxing in your beautiful surroundings. Then, head toward Devils Tower, an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the rolling prairie surrounding the Black Hills. This site is considered sacred to the Lakota and other Native American tribes that have a connection to the area. Then, travel to Spearfish Canyon, a great spot for wildlife enthusiasts where the breathtaking limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge are more ancient than the Grand Canyon, albeit much closer together. Enjoy a rustic dinner at your lodge in the evening.
Custer and the Wild, Wild West.
Keep a lookout for pronghorn antelope as you cross the great high plains to the Black Hills of South Dakota. In Deadwood, join Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour and explore this once lawless town. With a Local Expert, hear about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this town famous during the gold rush of the 1870s. Later, hear stories told by Lakota tribe members as they share a live narrative of the Great Sioux Nation. Continue on to Custer State Park, renowned for its beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife.
The Mountain Monuments of the Black Hills of South Dakota.
View the Crazy Horse Memorial, dedicated to all Native Americans. Move on to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt dominate the Black Hills. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure, before a Celebration Dinner with wine.
Depart Rapid City or Denver.
Those ending in Rapid City may depart at any time. Travel south from Custer State Park where your tour ends on arrival in Denver, with a transfer to Denver International Airport.
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 trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.
Salt Lake City (Traditional) - USA
Jackson/Grand Teton NP (Scenic) - USA
Jackson Lake Lodge is in a beautiful location, less than a five minute drive to Jackson Lake, which is Grand Teton National Park's largest lake. The lodge was built in the 1950’s which is attested to by its unique architecture, includes a flat roof and great big windows ideal for the stunning views that surround the lodge of the Teton mountain range and lake in the back drop.
Yellowstone Np (Scenic) - 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 (Scenic) - USA● ● ● ● ●
Ucross and its surrounding area is rich in the history of the American West. Many western writers, sculptors, artists and craftsmen make this area home for that reason. Friendly staff, gentle horses, beautiful scenery, and big fish can be found at the Ranch at Ucross. Whether you stay one night or one week, we know The Ranch at Ucross will become one of your favorite places in Wyoming. At The Ranch fun is self-directed, as is relaxation for adults and kids. All Ranch activities except hunting are available for children. Ride horseback in scenic splendor, catch a big Brown or Rainbow trout in Piney creek (Wyoming license applicable / required), relax by the heated outdoor pool, play a game of horseshoes, or golf at one of 3 nearby courses.
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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12 June, 2018
Trip: A very small number of sites could have been skipped with more time spent on the more interesting sites.
Service: Your director was outstanding and itinerary was excellent.
12 June, 2018
Trip: Tour took me where I wanted to go, and to places I never knew about or would have found on my own.
Service: Surprisingly excellent. Surpassed my expectations. Ann is fantastic.
12 June, 2018
Trip: Wonderful experience to visit our National Parks and take in the beauty and majesty of the scenery.
Service: Insight provided legendary customer service.
19 September, 2017
Trip: Everything was terrific with the exception of two things: the brochure states that we would stay at the Ucross Ranch one night and at the State Lodge at Custer State Park for one night. We did not stay there, we stayed at Holiday Inns on those nights. (Even the 2018 brochure has those lodges listed, not the Holiday Inns). But other than that, the itinerary was excellent. We saw wonderful sites, parks and museums.
Service: Everything was wonderful. The bus was comfortable, the tour director was professional and knowledgeable, and the sites that we visited were on my must see list. All in all, the vacation was memorable.
16 September, 2017
Trip: Gorgeous sights. Places I always wanted to visit!
Service: Excellent, knowledgeable tour director
14 September, 2017
Trip: The service and arragements
Service: It was one of the best we have had in years
13 September, 2017
Trip: We chose this trip because it was the best itinerary we could find to meet our needs.
Service: This was our first experience with a bus tour. We could not be happier. Our Tour Guide Lynne was excellent. She was very knowledgeable, accessible, and dealt calmly with any situation that arose. Matthew, our driver was skilled and personable and had us laughing at his corny jokes. The bus was very comfortable with lots of leg room.
13 September, 2017
Trip: The Grand Tetons float trip and dinner, Yellowstone for more than just Old Faithful, Devils Tower, Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial. And those are only the highlights I immediately recall.
Service: Excellent itinerary, several worthwhile sites every day of the trip. Too much quality variation (A+ to D) in hotels and food, but that may have been caused by the prime locations they wanted us to stay in. Tour guide, bus seating/leg room, and driver excellent. Very nice group of people to tour with. 4th Insight trip Europe and US - there must be a reason we keep coming back to them.
13 September, 2017
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Service: The itinerary, Lynne Hendrick and the driver Mathew were just great.
13 September, 2017
Trip: Interesting places, jammed packed, everything done with perfect timing. Learned a lot and enjoyed it more.
Service: Every detail was completed there were no problems
13 September, 2017
Trip: Outstanding in every way. Great accommodations.
Service: The tour was ever thing I expected. The tour guide was excellent. She was very familiar with all the different places we went. The driver was also very good. And he had a great sense of humor.