Yellowstone Winter Wonderland (AW) - 2014 / 2015

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7 Day Tour from Jackson to Jackson


Yellowstone Winter Wonderland
Journey to breathtaking Grand Teton National Park
Journey to breathtaking Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park
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

Vacation Overview

The only thing more impressive than Yellowstone in the summertime is Yellowstone in winter—a time when the place seems magical! See Old Faithful without the crowds, marvel at the snowy landscapes, admire the bison as they shake off the snow, and be amazed by steaming geysers. Winter offers some of the best wildlife viewing because of the color contrasts between the animals and the snow, so have your cameras ready for animals such as bison, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, deer, and coyote.

Enjoy a walking tour of the Upper Geyser Basin, the greatest geothermal basin on Earth. Travel via snowcoach to some of the famous places in the park, and take an excursion to Lamar Valley, known to locals as the Serengeti of Yellowstone. On this magical vacation, you will also tour Grand Teton National Park and take a sleigh ride in Jackson’s National Elk Refuge, where as many as 10,000 elk congregate each winter. You’ll have leisure time to participate in some of the outdoor activities, such as snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, or you may choose to relax with a warm drink by a crackling fire. Regardless, you’re sure to come away from this vacation with some amazing stories, fond memories, and unique photos.

     

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Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge; Grand Teton National Park; farewell dinner

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Snowcoach sightseeing; Upper Geyser Basin walking tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Lamar Valley sightseeing


DAY 1Arrive in Jackson

Welcome to the “Wild West” town of Jackson, Wyoming. At 6 pm, meet with your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

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DAY 2Jackson–Yellowstone National Park

Your day begins in the nearby National Elk Refuge with a fun and exhilarating included Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SLEIGH RIDE. As many as 10,000 elk congregate here each winter, the largest concentration of wintering elk in the world. Your sleigh will travel among these magnificent creatures for a truly up-close experience. Be sure to keep your camera ready as we watch for other wildlife that’s in residence this time of year, including wolves, coyotes, moose, bison, trumpeter swans, hawks, and even bald eagles. Departing Jackson, we travel through Grand Teton National Park, where some of the majestic peaks soar beyond 13,000 feet. At Flagg Ranch, board a Bombardier SNOWCOACH and begin your journey through YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, the world’s first national park. Along the way, marvel at the West Thumb Geyser Basin on the shores of Lake Yellowstone, the Continental Divide, and Shoshone Point Overlook before arriving at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge for a relaxing 2-night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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.
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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 3Yellowstone National Park

Wake up this morning to the fresh, crisp air of Yellowstone in the winter. After breakfast, enjoy a guided WALKING TOUR of the Upper Geyser Basin, the greatest geothermal basin on Earth. Here you will view the most famous geyser in the park, Old Faithful, as well as other less predictable geysers, including Castle, Daisy, Riverside, and Grand Geysers. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Why not participate in a snowshoe excursion or cross-country skiing excursion? Later, relax with a warm drink by the crackling fire. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Yellowstone National Park

Travel north through the park today by SNOWCOACH, with stops to see the Lower Geyser Basin’s famous Fountain Paint Pots—named for the reds, yellows, and browns of the mud—as well as pretty Gibbon Falls. At the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, enjoy a box lunch in a warming hut before proceeding to Upper Falls and thundering Lower Falls, which are nearly twice the height of Niagara. Have your cameras ready, because winter is the perfect time to spot bison, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, deer, and coyote. Later, arrive at mesmerizing Mammoth Hot Springs, where heat, water, limestone, and rock fractures have created a unique terrace feature. Overnight at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, where ranger talks, ice skating, and outdoor hot tubs are among the activities you can enjoy. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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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 5Yellowstone National Park–West Yellowstone

This morning, join our excursion to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LAMAR VALLEY, the magical “Serengeti of North America.” Situated in the northeast section of the park, this large U-shaped valley was carved by glaciers during the last ice age, and is the perfect place for spotting elk, bison, bighorn sheep, coyotes, wolves, and cougars. It is also home to the park’s largest concentration of grizzly bears! Next, we travel to Bozeman, Montana, before heading south to the town of West Yellowstone. With your free time this afternoon, consider visiting the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center to learn more about these intriguing predators as you encounter them up close. (Breakfast)

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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 6West Yellowstone–Jackson

After breakfast, board your motorcoach for a journey through Idaho. Get a different perspective of the Tetons as we travel along the western side of the range and enjoy breathtaking views of the highest peak on the range: Grand Teton itself, which rises to an elevation of 13,777 feet above sea level. Tonight, celebrate your adventure with a festive farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The majestic Tetons in Wyoming 
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DAY 7Jackson

After a leisurely breakfast, bid farewell to newfound friends. The tour comes to an end with an included transfer to the airport. (Breakfast)

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Breakfast daily, 1 box lunch, 4 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Jackson


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.

STEVE OSTEN

Years of Experience: 18 years

My interest in the national parks began as a child on summer vacations in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. In college, I studied Botany, Ichthyology, Mammology, and Ornithology, and I began working in Yellowstone as a summer seasonal guide 25 years ago. I have also worked in Sequoia, the Everglades, and Alaska as a naturalist guide. Whether it's beachcombing in Florida, birding in the Everglades, or hiking in the Tetons, as long as I'm in nature, I'm where I want to be.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Yellowstone Winter Wonderland:

  • Yellowstone National Park