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Length:  11 days from Salt Lake City to Seattle

2017 Season Departs From:  Washington DC


Overview

Breathtaking glacier lakes, rugged mountains, stunning waterfalls, fascinating geysers, and the “big sky”—these and much more wait for you on this National Parks tour. Your tour starts in Salt Lake City, ends in Seattle, and overnights along the way in Jackson, Yellowstone National Park, Helena, Kalispell, and Spokane.

Stay two nights inside Yellowstone National Park, where you’ll view the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Stand in awe as you hear the roar of the water and view the glorious falls of Yellowstone’s impressive Upper and Lower Falls, almost twice as high as Niagara Falls. Witness Old Faithful Geyser as it explodes into the air, and admire the herds of bison, elk, and other wildlife as you travel the park. In Grand Teton National Park, enjoy beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake and the rugged mountains crested with snow most of the year. In Coeur d’Alene, explore the lakefront town and enjoy Lake Coeur d’Alene, a striking lake with a boardwalk perfect for a stroll!

A highlight of this western National Parks tour is your ride on the vintage Red Jammer bus in Glacier National Park, with its pristine forests, jagged mountains, alpine meadows, and gorgeous lakes. You’ll drive along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of North America’s most spectacular roadways. Hugging the mountainside, witness stunning scenery along the way. Words and photos cannot capture the beauty—you must witness it in person!

This National Parks tour also includes sightseeing in Salt Lake City and Seattle, a full day of leisure in Jackson, and a stop at the National Bison Range with a chance to watch for bison, elk, antelope, and mountain sheep. Scenic drives will let you discover why Montana is called Big Sky Country.

For the value-minded traveler, this tour is the perfect vacation!

Duration:  11 Days

Schedule:   

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City Highlights

Sightseeing:
In Seattle, orientation tour in Salt Lake City, Canyon Earthquake Lake Visitors Center, National Bison Range Visitors Center, and the Red Jammer buses. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.





Scenic Highlights

Scenic Highlights:
Grand Teton National Park, Jenny Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, Montana’s Big Sky Country, Hebgen Lake, Flathead Lake, Glacier National Park, Going-to-the-Sun Road, and Coeur d’Alene.

Day 1   Salt Lake City. Welcome to Salt Lake City! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2   Salt Lake City–Jackson. Salt Lake City is magnificently set on the edge of a salt desert and surrounded by mountains and forests. This is the center of the Mormon religion, where Brigham Young declared to his followers, “This is the place.” Our orientation tour will show you the best of the vibrant capital of Utah, including Temple Square with its impressive six-spired temple and adjacent tabernacle. Continue north to the Wild West town of Jackson with its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons. This evening, join an optional barbecue cookout and Wild West show. (B)

Day 3   Jackson. Today is at leisure to explore on your own or perhaps take a scenic float trip down the Snake River. In the afternoon, explore the shops and museums of historic downtown. This evening, stroll along the old-time boardwalks and have supper at a swing-door saloon. (CB)

Day 4   Jackson–Grand Teton National Park–Yellowstone National Park. This morning, visit magnificent GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, one of America’s last preserves of wild solitude. Its 13,770-foot-high ridges are crested with snow most of the year. Stroll along the shores of beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake before ending the day in America’s first national park, Yellowstone. (CB)

Day 5   Yellowstone National Park. Today you will see the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its Upper and Lower Falls. Watch for herds of bison, and view many of Yellowstone’s geothermal sites, including Old Faithful Geyser.

Day 6   Yellowstone National Park–Helena. Take the west exit out of the park and continue through Montana’s Big Sky Country. Travel past bison, see bighorn sheep and elk habitat, and take in views of Hebgen Lake with its crystal-blue water and picture–perfect mountain backdrop. Marvel at the forces of nature unleashed at Quake Lake and visit the CANYON EARTHQUAKE LAKE VISITORS CENTER, where the results of a 7.4-magnitude earthquake and the ghostly shadows of the trees and cabins in the bottom of the lake are visible below the enormous rockslide. Finally, drive through the incredible Madison River valley, where “big sky” comes to life and you will discover the great Western town of Ennis. Overnight in Helena, “Queen City of the Rockies.”

Day 7   Helena–Missoula–Kalispell. Today we make our way to Missoula, a major lumber center and home of the U.S. Forest Service and the Smokejumpers’ training center. Stop by the VISITOR CENTER at the 18,450-acre National Bison Range, and watch for bison, elk, antelope, and mountain sheep. Continue along the shores of Flathead Lake, lined with cherry orchards and one of America’s freshwater lakes. (CB)

Day 8   Kalispell–Glacier National Park–Going-to-the-Sun Road–Kalispell. A highlight awaits as you board the famous vintage RED JAMMER BUSES that will take you along one of North America’s most spectacular highways: Going-to-the-Sun Road. After crossing 6,664-foot-high Logan Pass, enter a geographical wonderland of alpine scenery, where jagged peaks, deep-green forests, pristine lakes, and meadows dominate the landscape.

Day 9   Kalispell–Coeur d’Alene–Spokane. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is surrounded by dozens of lakes left behind by the glaciers of the Ice Age. There are more than 55 lakes, but none more scenic than Lake Coeur d’Alene itself. There’s time to explore this lakefront town on your own before continuing to Spokane, Washington, for the night.

Day 10   Spokane–Seattle. This morning we make our way to Seattle, the “Emerald City.” This afternoon’s sightseeing includes the Seattle Center, site of the 1962 World Fair and the 605-foot-high Space Needle, and a stop at the colorful Pike Place Market.

Day 11   Seattle. The trip ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. You can explore Seattle more with extra nights. (CB)

Meals:  1 breakfast, 4 continental breakfasts

Hotel Information:  SALT LAKE CITY Comfort Inn Downtown Salt Lake City (ST)
JACKSON Painted Buffalo Inn (ST)
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK Yellowstone National Park Lodges (NP)
HELENA La Quinta Inn & Suites (ST)
KALISPELL Red Lion Hotel Kalispell (F)
SPOKANE Red Lion River Inn (F)
SEATTLE Quality Inn & Suites Seattle Center (ST)

Guides

Services of a professional Tour Director

Transportation

Transportation:
Red Jammer buses on Going-to-the-Sun Road; private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.





Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.