US Eclipse - Chicago to Salt Lake

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From cosmopolitan Chicago, home to the Yerkes Observatory and Fermilab, this trip heads west across the US stopping at Badlands National Park, Mt Rushmore and Devil's Tower before reaching Yellowstone and the Grand Teton for the solar eclipse.

Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Full schedule

Highlights

    • Total Solar Eclipse
    • Fermi Lab and Yerkes Observatory
    • Devil's Tower
    • The Geysers of Yellowstone

What's this trip about?

    From cosmopolitan Chicago, home to the Yerkes Observatory and Fermilab, this trip heads west across the US stopping at Badlands National Park, Mt Rushmore and Devil's Tower before reaching Yellowstone and the Grand Teton for the solar eclipse.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeGroup - max of 51 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportRound trip airfare and all internal transport included
Start CityOperator does not provide
End CityOperator does not provide

Travel Themes

  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • North America
  • United States

Attractions

  • Chicago

Activities

  • Nature
  • Wildlife viewing

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1 Chicago

Welcome to Chicago! For those of you on the group flight, you will be met by our local representative at arrivals. They will be holding a sign with Intrepid on it. If for any reason you have any difficulty locating the driver/group please contact our local office on...

Day 2 Chicago and Fermilab

This morning we depart (approx. 8am) and drive to Fermilab for a 2 hour guided tour. Fermilab is where scientists carry out research in high-energy physics to answer questions I.e. What is the universe made of? How does it work? Where did it come from? After lunch...

Day 3 Yerkes

Depart at approx. 8:00am Drive to Madison, situated on scenic lakes, this Midwest town boasts a friendly college town feel (home to the University of Wisconsin). Enroute we stop at Yerkes Observatory for a 12:00pm tour appointment including a 90 minute tour. Yerk...

Day 4 Sioux Falls

Depart at approx. 8am. Today is a long drive day from Wisconsin, across Minnesota and arriving in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After long drive day, stretch your legs at Falls Park, more than 120 acres of serene scenery, triple waterfall, and historic ruins of Native ...

Day 5 Badlands National Park

We cross the Dakota prairies to Badlands NP where we can explore the striking geology of Badlands National Park. Formed by sediments deposited 69 million years ago when an ancient sea stretched across what is now the Great Plains, the park is an array of eroded butte...

Day 6 Mt Rushmore

Depart in the morning for Mt. Rushmore nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota and home to one of the greatest artistic feats in the country - the faces of 4 American presidents chiseled into granite. We return to Rapid City, where you can stroll downtown to shops, galleries, and restaurants - or perhaps at an outdoor concert or town festival at Main Street Square.

Day 7 Crazy Horse Memorial and Devils Tower

Today we visit the Crazy Horse Memorial, a tribute to one of North America's iconic Native American leaders of the Lakota tribe. A continued work in progress for more than 6 decades, the sculpted image of Chief Crazy Horse will stand almost 600' high when completed....

Day 8 Bighorn National Forest

Drive through Bighorn National Forest enroute to Cody, WY. Gain insight into the settling of the American Wild West and legendary Buffalo Bill Cody when we visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Tracing its roots to 1917, the Buffalo Bill Museum is the flagship mu...

Day 9 Yellowstone National Park

Take a short morning drive into Yellowstone NP, the world's first national park. Yellowstone provides an opportunity to view a variety of wildlife, from grizzly bears and bison to eagles and elk. We'll also have a chance to explore the park's geologic history and ge...

Day 10 Yellowstone National Park

Today we continue to explore Yellowstone NP with our coach bus providing transportation to Artist's Point and Mammoth Hot Springs.

Day 11 Grand Teton National Park

Depart today at 8am. Today's drive takes us to Grand Tetons National Park, where we can enjoy light walks along scenic Jenny Lake. We continue to Jackson, where we will prepare for the eclipse with an afternoon lecture with Dr. John Mason. The evening is free to enjoy at one of the town’s steakhouses or saddle up to the bar like a cowboy at the Million Dollar Saloon.

Day 12 Eclipse day

ECLIPSE VIEWING DAY! We will depart early (approximately 8am) for our exclusive viewing site at a Jackson area ranch. We will be able to spend the morning and early afternoon at the ranch, including a catered BBQ lunch. Please note that all guests will be provided...

Day 13 Drive to Salt Lake

8am departure from Jackson. Drive to Salt Lake City. Time permitting we will stop in Salt Lake City for lunch before you are transferred to the airport for departure flights. Please note that flights need to be booked for departures after 16:00.

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Last Updated: 12/3/2021

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Guides
Your Intrepid group leader’s role involves organising the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics and camp responsibilities. They will work to make the trip as safe and enjoyable as possible for all travellers. Intrepid's North American trips are built around the co-operation and participation of all the group members under the supervision of the group leader. On our camping trips, your leader will show the group how to set up and use the camp equipment, and form work groups to take turns cooking, cleaning and shopping. Everyone is expected participate and carry their share of the workload, making camp chores easier. If the whole group participates it will be quicker, easier and more fun. Your leader will provide basic information about the sights and cities you'll be visiting but please note that our leaders are not 'tour guides' in the traditional sense. They are adventure travel specialists and are there to organise your trip, arrange activities and help with questions or problems you may have while on your tour. Your leader will provide you with all the important information you need to embark on your own explorations. They are also responsible for driving the van and navigating across the country. The allowable driving times for drivers is strictly controlled in North America. This ensures our drivers are well rested and are not over-tired from too many hours on the roads. While your group will have a minivan for all included activities on the trip, please note that the services of the van and the driver may not be available for your use during free time, or after you have arrived for the day. If you need a special trip into town you may need to arrange transport or a taxi. It's strictly forbidden for non-qualified rangers to present any information about some National Parks in North America, therefore we adopt a system (as requested by the park rangers) where our leader will encourage travellers to visit the information centres in the National Parks for details about the site. We have designed our trips to make the most of your time in the States, but please understand that there are certain times during each day that your leader will need to be off duty from work. This includes having meal and rest periods and personal time. Your leader will provide you with all the important information you need to embark on your own explorations.
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Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader. If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
Visa requirements
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time. Entrance requirements to the USA have changed in recent years so please read the following instructions carefully, even if you have travelled to the USA before. Many countries now operate under a visa waiver program (meaning a visa isn't required) however you still need to obtain an authorisation which confirms that you have been approved to travel. This authorisation must be obtained in advance of travel. Many citizens from Visa Waiver Program countries can travel to the USA without a visa for a 90 day stay, if they meet certain requirements. Travellers from all Visa Waiver Program countries must present a machine-readable, biometric passport (which meets US requirements) at the port of entry to enter without a visa, otherwise a US visa is required. You can get further information from the US Department of State website: - http://travel.state.gov/visa/tempvisitors.html Also please note, all travellers from Visa Waiver Program countries must obtain an electronic travel authorization prior to their flight from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov All ESTA registration applications or renewals require a US$14.00 fee paid by credit or debit card. You should apply for your visa waiver authorisation at least 1 week prior to travel to avoid any last minute delays. You will require your passport details and your address in the US (you can use the starting point hotel/hostel address). Please note that if there is any discrepancy between the name on your ESTA, your passport, your tickets and even your frequent flyer membership, you may be detained at Immigration and subject to a secondary inspection which could take a few hours. If you have recently changed your name, please check that your details have been updated everywhere. If you are from a country eligible for the visa waiver program but are a dual citizen of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan, or if you have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan since 1 March 2011, you will not longer be eligible for the visa waiver program and will instead need to apply for a non-immigrant visa. Please see the Department of State website for more information: http://travel.state.gov//content/travel/en.html
Age Requirements
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Additional Information
Finish point Lexington Inn 285 N Cache St Jackson Salt Lake City UT 83001 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Phone: 001 3077332648
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