Tour: ANF - 2013 (ANF) - 2013

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Salt Lake City

Welcome to Salt Lake City, founded by Brigham Young in 1847. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow traveling companions for a WELCOME PARTY & DINNER to kick off your Wild, Wild West vacation. (Dinner)

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DAY 2Cowboys & Indians!

Depart the Great Salt Lake Basin, head into the Wasatch Mountains, and continue into Wyoming, where you follow the Snake River to the all-Western town of Jackson! Spend time this afternoon in the Town Square, where you can see an old-fashioned shoot-out, shop for souvenirs, or sidle up to one of the real saddle barstools at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar for a bite to eat. Later this afternoon, see what Lewis and Clark experienced when they were looking for the Oregon Trail as you board a horse-drawn COVERED WAGON and ride into Cache Creek Canyon. Keep an eye out for the Indians who live in the area, as you never know who you may encounter on the trail. Your wranglers will lead you to camp in time for chow and a hardy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite CHUCK WAGON COOKOUT followed by a Wild West show. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 3Float Down the Snake River

Get ready for a wet and wild RIVER ADVENTURE today! Set out on a comfortable raft that whisks you past the towering peaks of the majestic Grand Tetons. Your experienced Local Guide will point out interesting native plants and animals. Later, the afternoon is free in Jackson to explore the shops and museums of historic downtown. This evening, maybe stroll along the old-time boardwalks downtown and enjoy supper at one of the swing-door saloons. (Breakfast)

The majestic Tetons in Wyoming 
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DAY 4See the Geysers & Wildlife of Yellowstone National Park

Head north through GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, the world’s first national park. Stand in the steam and feel the spray as legendary Old Faithful Geyser erupts, as it has been doing consistently for more than 100 years. Next, take a scenic drive up the road, stopping at the Fountain Paint Pot area to see four geothermal features in action: fumaroles, geysers, hot springs, and a bubbling mud pot. Rejoin Grand Loop Road and stop to marvel at Lower Yellowstone Falls—almost twice as high as Niagara. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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The routing and areas visited within Yellowstone are subject to favorable weather and/or road conditions. When conditions are unfavorable, the routing may be adjusted accordingly.

Elk roam freely through Yellowstone National Park A beautiful paint pot, named for their vibrant colors, in Yellowstone National Park A vibrant paint pot in Yellowstone National Park 
View of the amazing Teton Mountains

The “War” for the Grand Teton


In the winter of 1927, residents in the cattle town of Jackson, Wyoming began to learn of a mysterious business concern known as the Snake River Land Company that was rapidly buying up property around their picturesque valley, which is overshadowed by the dramatic Teton Mountains. Rumors soon began to spread that a plot was afoot to elbow ranchers out of the area and close off key cattle drives. Finally, in 1930, it was revealed that the company was actually a front for America’s richest man, the oil magnate John D. Rockefeller Jr. Rockefeller had visited the area three years earlier and had been stunned by its alpine beauty; a visionary philanthropist, he decided to purchase the whole valley floor from private owners and donate it to the United States Government for an extension of the Grand Teton National Park, which was then only a tiny enclave covering the remotest mountain zones. But tempers flared against Rockefeller’s secrecy; many suspected that the magnate might use the land for his own private ends.
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone: Into the Wild Victorian Yonder


Today, Yellowstone is virtually a country unto itself. It has its own weekly newspaper, a vast staff, a $30 million annual budget, army-sized campgrounds and visitor complexes as busy as miniature cities. But even with this infrastructure, much of the landscape has not changed since the Victorian era, when only 300 or so lucky travelers would arrive on horseback each summer, following rough animal trails. The first hotel arrived in 1871, McCartney’s Cabin at Mammoth Hot Springs, a makeshift log structure where guests had to sleep on the floor. Most preferred instead to camp in the forest, catching fish for their dinner in the pristine lakes.
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DAY 5Explore the Heart of Yellowstone

Time today to further explore Yellowstone. Perhaps stroll along Firehole River to one of the park’s backcountry geysers, visit remote bubbling mud pots, trek up a mountain pass with breathtaking scenic views, or hike through wildflower-filled meadows along a cool, sparkling creek. Be ready for fun and adventure as you immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Yellowstone’s wilderness. (Breakfast)

A beautiful paint pot, named for their vibrant colors, in Yellowstone National Park A vibrant paint pot in Yellowstone National Park Elk roam freely through Yellowstone National Park 
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Our partnership with Tourism Cares, established by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), helps us not only show off the world's most spectacular destinations and sights, but also assist in the preservation of attractions that our travelers go to great lengths to experience.

DAY 6Experience a Real Western Rodeo

Watch for wildlife today as you travel east out of Yellowstone and head for Cody, named after dashing Buffalo Bill Cody. Visit the BUFFALO BILL HISTORICAL CENTER, which tells the history of the American cowboy, dude ranching, Western conservation, and frontier entrepreneurship. This evening, enjoy reserved grandstand tickets at the CODY RODEO. Here in the “Rodeo Capital of the World,” witness America’s original sport with fearless bull riders, high-flying broncs, brawny steer wrestlers, and daredevil rodeo clowns—action that’s sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! (Breakfast)

Elk roam freely through Yellowstone National Park A vibrant paint pot in Yellowstone National Park A beautiful paint pot, named for their vibrant colors, in Yellowstone National Park See the spectacular views of Cody, Wyoming 
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Our partnership with Tourism Cares, established by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), helps us not only show off the world's most spectacular destinations and sights, but also assist in the preservation of attractions that our travelers go to great lengths to experience.

DAY 7Step Back in Time to the Dinosaur Ages

Enjoy this morning’s scenic drive through the Bighorn Mountains on your way to Hot Springs, where you will step back in time to the Ice Age when giant Mammoth walked these lands. Visit the world’s largest MAMMOTH SITE, where a sinkhole formed 26,000 years ago. Looking like a watering hole, Ice Age animals were lured to the pond by the warm water and pond vegetation, but they quickly learned there was no escaping the steep shale banks. Eventually, the sink hole closed up, burying the remains until a chance discovery in 1974. Today you can walk the edges of the sinkhole and get a close-up view of the fossils found here, including Columbian and woolly mammoths, giant short-faced bears, llamas, wolves, and fish. Learn about the preservation, research, and interpretation of this site—and even see scientists at work in a paleontology laboratory. Continue into Custer State Park, your home for the next two nights. (Breakfast)

SPECIAL FEATURE: We overnight at the Historic State Game Lodge in Custer State Park. This gracious lodge is set in a beautiful mountain valley, surrounded by a ponderosa pine forest. The State Game Lodge served as the “Summer White House” for President Calvin Coolidge and was visited by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was built in 1920 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The White House is the official residence of the President of the Unites States 
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DAY 8Spend a Monumental Day at Crazy Horse & Mount Rushmore

See CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, created in honor of the fearless Sioux Indian chief, and MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, featuring the monumental likenesses of four U.S. Presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt. Tonight your Tour Director hosts a special SEND-OFF CELEBRATION DINNER. Begin by traveling by open-air Jeep into the backcountry for a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUFFALO SAFARI in search of the herds of bison, elk, and deer that thrive here. Your adventure takes you into a secluded canyon for an outdoor STEAKFRY, complete with all the fixin’s and some boot-scootin’ entertainment—the perfect finale for your Wild West family vacation! (Breakfast, Dinner)

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Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore: The Secret Chamber


The four presidential faces, carved 60-feet high in the granite of Mount Rushmore, comprise one of America’s most revered images. But many visitors cannot help thinking of Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 thriller North by Northwest, where he and Eva Marie Saint clamber across the monolith pursued by Communist spies. The shot was actually filmed in a Hollywood studio, but it convinced millions of people that they too could climb the patriotic monument. This is not the case: Access to Mount Rushmore has been blocked by a high-security fence ever since the artist Gutzon Borglum died in 1941 and work on the giant sculpture ceased. But according to his original plan, Borglum had intended that the public be able to reach his giant faces via a splendid stone staircase. In the late 1930s, he even began work on a splendid vault buried within the rock for tourists to visit – called the Hall of Records, it was planned as a repository for the original Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
Our partnership with Tourism Cares, established by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), helps us not only show off the world's most spectacular destinations and sights, but also assist in the preservation of attractions that our travelers go to great lengths to experience.

DAY 9Custer State Park–Rapid City

Head to Rapid City Airport for guests with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after Noon. The motorcoach then continues into Rapid City, where the tour ends. (Breakfast)

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