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Wild West Cowboys and Buffalos End Rapid City Summer 2018 tour

Wild West Cowboys and Buffalos End Rapid City Summer 2018

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Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
9 days
From: $ 2,650 $ 294 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • View Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore
  • Visit the Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier, Jackson, Grand Teton National Park, 320 Guest Ranch, Yellowstone National Park, Cody, the Black Hills, Bear Country USA

Short Description

Calling all wranglers for a ride into the sunset, through the mighty Rocky Mountains to the Badlands of South Dakota. Trot through Montana's Big Sky Country where you'll stay at an 1898 homestead and watch as Old Faithful spouts steam in Yellowstone. You'll also see the American presidents sculpted at Mount Rushmore and say hi to Buffalo Bill in Cody.

Style Group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City Salt Lake City (UT)
End City Rapid City

Destinations

United States

Attractions & Cities Visited

Montana Yellowstone National Park

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Salt Lake City

Welcome to Salt Lake City. Arrive at your hotel and enjoy some time on your own this afternoon to relax or venture out to see some of the attractions. This evening, meet your fellow adventurers at 6 p.m. for a Kick-off Party with your Travel Director. Kick-Off Party

Day 2: Salt Lake City – Montpelier – Jackson

Put on your cowboy hats, pull up your boots and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime. Head north and enter Wyoming for your first encounter with the mighty Rocky Mountains. Follow trails blazed by rugged mountain men centuries ago. Stop at the Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier to get a glimpse into the thrills and challenges of the Old Trail. Enjoy lunch in a covered wagon before crossing the famous Oregon Trail to the authentic Old West town of Jackson. Walk through the town's famous landmark arch of tangled elk antlers and step back in time as you explore the Town Square with its Western boardwalks, craft boutiques and ice cream shops-all surrounded by the majestic Rockies. This evening, take a wagon ride out to the river for a rib-stickin' Chuckwagon Regional Meal. Full Breakfast, Lunch, Regional Meal

Day 3: Jackson – Grand Teton National Park – 320 Guest Ranch

Rise early if you'd like to rollick down the Snake River on a scenic optional wilderness float trip (seasonal). Later, discover dramatic Grand Teton National Park. Travel onward to Montana's Big Sky Country and settle in for big fun at an 1898 homestead where you'll feast on a classic Western dinner. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: 320 Guest Ranch – Yellowstone National Park (2 Nights)

Giddy up cowboys and cowgirls. There are many fun choices on the ranch this morning: join a whitewater rafting trip down the Gallatin River or saddle up and ride with a real-life horse wrangler in the Montana wilderness. After lunch at the ranch, visit The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone before entering one of America's most famous National Parks, Yellowstone. Stay inside Yellowstone National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where each lodge has its own unique setting and atmosphere. Lodges featured are the Old Faithful Inn, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Grant Village, and the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Specific lodges will be confirmed in your documents. Full Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing

Discover Yellowstone's most amazing natural wonders, including the thundering Yellowstone Falls, a multitude of gushing geysers and countless brilliantly coloured hot springs, bubbling mud pools and hissing steam vents, highlighted with a visit to Old Faithful, which has been spouting steam water regularly for thousands of years. Do you know how to locate a bear or tell what it's been eating? Enjoy a stroll around the boardwalks of Yellowstone and learn the answer, plus even more cool facts about the park's abundance of wildlife. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Yellowstone National Park – Cody – Sheridan

This morning, say farewell to majestic Yellowstone. Head east to the town of Cody, named for its most famous native son, Buffalo Bill. Get a glimpse into the fascinating history of the American West at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West where you'll experience the culture of the cowboy, the role of the firearm in the early days and the culture and art of the Plains Indians. Then it's on to Sheridan to check in to your hotel. Full Breakfast

Day 7: Sheridan – Keystone – Rapid City (2 Nights)

After a hearty breakfast, your journey continues on to South Dakota. Visit Crazy Horse Memorial where you'll gaze in awe at the towering tribute to legendary Lakota leader Crazy Horse being carved into the mountain and discover the culture of his people. The evening is yours to explore in Rapid City. Or perhaps take an optional trip to the moving Mount Rushmore Lighting Ceremony, a chance to see one of America's most famous landmarks from a different perspective. Full Breakfast

Day 8: Black Hills Excursion

The first stop this morning is Bear Country USA, a wildlife park featuring the world's largest private viewing habitat of American black bear. Enjoy a drive through this spectacular and unique park and walk through the Wildlife Center, where younger and smaller animals frolic in their outdoor exhibits. Next, head for the famous Black Hills of South Dakota to view one of America's most iconic landmarks: the presidents sculpted at Mount Rushmore. You have seen the pictures of Mount Rushmore, but they pale in comparison to seeing this majestic site in person. It took 400 artisans 14 years to carve the sculptures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln into the mountain. This evening, join your fellow adventurers at a Farewell Dinner featuring a local Native American dancer, a true Cultural Insight. Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 9: Depart Rapid City

Your Wild West adventure comes to an end after breakfast. Say so long to your newfound friends this morning and transfer to the Rapid City Regional Airport for your flight home. Full Breakfast

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I really didn't see much I didn't already have. Did purchase a shirt & wine which I liked.

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Tour guide made the trip so interesting and he was so informed about the area

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At times, we felt a little rushed but overall we enjoyed the itinerary. Bear Country USA was our least favorite stop.

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The duration was right for the trip to see Grand Teton, Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore. Although all the optionals were cancelled, the quick action by the tour director to have the Badlands trip as an option more than made up for the disappointment caused by the cancellations.
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Wild West Cowboys and Buffalos end Rapid City

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The trip was so organized and easy. Yellowstone was on my bucket list, and we just got so much more. We loved Mammoth Springs, all that we could do in walking distance, however, our accommodations were very tight!! We overlooked this, because everything else at that location was so beautiful. Most travelers that we were with, also felt the same about how tight it was with, really no room for 2 suitcases or cosmetics or backpacks!! Our coach was always kept clean, and we were so thankful that Greg (director) chose our seat locations every day. I had heard horror stories about arguing about who was going to sit where!! A very fun and positive trip!!
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Wild West Cowboys and Buffalos end Rapid City

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The addition of the Badlands was awesome. It was a breathtaking view of the National Park with the sweeping plains, rugged rock formations, and abundant wildlife. Partnered with the expert knowledge from our guide, it made a perfect excursion.
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Group Size

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accommodations

  • Alex Johnson

Additional Information

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Trip ID#:

trafalgar-DWWRN13

Meals Included

  • 8 full breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners
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