Wild, Wild West Family Vacation (ANF) - 2014

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9 Day Tour from Salt Lake City to Rapid City

Wild, Wild West Family Vacation
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
A beautiful paint pot, named for their vibrant colors, in Yellowstone National Park
Explore Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Elk roam freely through Yellowstone National Park
The Crazy Horse Memorial is a monument under construction in the Black Hills of South Dakota
See the spectacular views of Cody, Wyoming
The majestic Tetons in Wyoming
A vibrant paint pot in Yellowstone National Park
See the Presidents at Mt. Rushmore

Vacation Overview

Isn’t it about time for you to have a family vacation where your family can enjoy each other’s company, have fun experiences, and discover new places while all the details are handled by someone else? If so, you’ll enjoy this Globus family vacation through the Wild, Wild West. Tour highlights include time in Jackson, Wyoming, where you’ll set out on a river adventure beneath the towering peaks of the Grand Tetons. Also spend time in Yellowstone National Park and witness the eruption of Old Faithful Geyser. Be on the lookout for wildlife, including herds of bison, elk, pronghorn, many species of birds, and so much more. In Hot Springs, visit the world’s largest mammoth site, where a sinkhole formed 26,000 years ago, and walk the edges of the sinkhole for an up-close view of the many fossils found here.

Imagine the look on your family members’ faces as they see Mount Rushmore for the first time. Located in a beautiful setting, the area offers not only this amazing monument, but also trails to explore, spectacular wildlife, beautiful trees, and interesting geological features. You’ll even have an opportunity to travel by open-air Jeep into the backcountry for a buffalo safari in search of bison, elk, and deer. You’ll step back in nature and feel the sense of peace as you and your family experience this once-in-a-lifetime vacation together.


Welcome Party & Dinner

Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Chuck wagon cookout dinner; Snake River float trip; Grand Teton National Park

Sightseeing tours

Visit Buffalo Bill Historical Center; Cody Rodeo

Visit the Mammoth site

Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial

Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Buffalo Safari and Steakfry Send-Off Celebration Dinner


  • Globus Family Travel vacations require at least one member of the traveling party to be under the age of 21.

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)


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 CHUCKWAGON COOKOUT followed by a Wild West show. (Breakfast, Dinner)


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 

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.

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.

A beautiful paint pot, named for their vibrant colors, in Yellowstone National Park Elk roam freely through 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.
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 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)

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)

See the spectacular views of Cody, Wyoming 
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 Sylvan Lake Lodge, which holds the designation of Custer State Park’s “crown jewel.” This lodge features awe-inspiring views, thanks to the design inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. When the original lakeshore resort burned down in 1935, Wright suggested the current location amidst a forest of pine and spruce trees, dramatic rock formations, and a mountainside lake.


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)

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)


American breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners including a Welcome Party & Dinner in Salt Lake City and a Steakfry Send-Off Celebration Dinner in Custer State Park

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.


Years of Experience: 5 years

The Western United States' national parks have some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet, and provide experiences and memories that last a lifetime. Where else can you see wild animals roam free among natural wonders and stunning canyons? It's my great honor to introduce travelers to these beautiful places as I tell the little-known facts and stories that bring each destination to life.

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VIP Access
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Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.

Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Wild, Wild West Family Vacation:

  • Yellowstone National Park