The Classic Lodges & Parks of the West (AY) - 2016

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11 Day Tour from Rapid City to Salt Lake City


The Classic Lodges & Parks of the West
Elk roam freely through Yellowstone National Park
Elk roam freely through Yellowstone National Park
A beautiful paint pot, named for their vibrant colors, in Yellowstone National Park
See the spectacular views of Cody, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park
Explore Mount Rushmore National Memorial
See the Presidents at Mt. Rushmore
The Crazy Horse Memorial is a monument under construction in the Black Hills of South Dakota
A vibrant paint pot in Yellowstone National Park
Journey to breathtaking Grand Teton National Park

Vacation Overview

On this fun-filled National Parks tour, discover the majestic parks and historic lodges of the American West. Begin in Rapid City, South Dakota, gateway to the Black Hills, and end in Salt Lake City with overnights along the way in some of the West's classic lodges. In Custer State Park, stay two nights at the historic State Game Lodge, a gracious stone and wood lodge set in a beautiful mountain valley that served as the “Summer White House” for President Coolidge. In Spearfish Canyon, stay at Spearfish Canyon Lodge, nestled in the heart of one of the world's most breathtaking canyons surrounded by lofty pines and spectacular cliffs. Enjoy a 2-night stay at Yellowstone National Park’s classic lodges, giving you the opportunity to breathe in the spectacular beauty and witness the amazing wildlife. You'll also overnight in Cody and Jackson.

In addition to overnight stays in the classic lodges, this National Parks tour features visits to Badlands National Park to see its stunning scenery, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the Old West town of Deadwood, stunning Grand Teton National Park, and Jackson, where you'll have time to explore on your own. Globus has also arranged some special experiences for you, such as a backcountry buffalo safari and chuckwagon cookout in Custer State Park. Just wait until you see these majestic creatures in their natural environment! You'll also visit the world’s largest excavation site for mammoth remains from more than 26,000 years ago in Hot Springs.

All of this and more are waiting on this tour of the West’s classic lodges, breathtaking scenery, and historic sights—what a grand vacation!


RAPID CITY
Orientation

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK
Scenic drive

CUSTER STATE PARK
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Buffalo safari & chuckwagon cookout

HOT SPRINGS
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Mammoth site

MOUNT RUSHMORE
Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial

DEADWOOD
Sightseeing tour

U-CROSS

Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy lunch at a Western ranch

CODY
Visit Buffalo Bill Center of the West

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Stay two nights inside the park; sightseeing tours

JACKSON
Grand Teton National Park tour

SALT LAKE CITY
Farewell dinner


DAY 1Arrive in Rapid City

Welcome to Rapid City, gateway to the Black Hills. At 6:30 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

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DAY 2Rapid City–Badlands National Park–Custer State Park

After breakfast, enjoy an orientation tour of Rapid City, then visit National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK to see some of the most spectacular scenery in the region. Afterward, there’s time to explore Wall Drug, known for its quirky roadside signs and free water. Later this afternoon, travel into the backcountry and enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUFFALO SAFARI and CHUCKWAGON COOKOUT. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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

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The June 2 departure will spend the evening of Day 2 in Spearfish and the evenings of Days 3 & 4 in Custer State Park. The itinerary will be slightly altered, but no included activities will be missed
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DAY 3Custer State Park

This morning, we travel to Hot Springs to visit the world’s largest Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite MAMMOTH SITE, where scientists are currently excavating remains of mammoths that were trapped and died in the pond more than 26,000 years ago. After a short tour, you’ll have time to stroll the sidewalks of the dig area and see the paleontology laboratory. Next, visit CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, built in honor of the fearless Sioux Indian chief whose fame is derived from the Battle of Little Bighorn. The remainder of the day is yours to relax in Custer State Park. Perhaps try some fly-fishing, mountain biking, or take a nature walk. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Custer State Park–Mount Rushmore–Deadwood–Spearfish Canyon

Today, visit one of the world’s largest stone monuments: National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL. At Mount Rushmore, the solid granite faces of four presidents loom more than a thousand feet overhead. We then continue on a guided tour of the Old West town of DEADWOOD, where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane are laid to rest on Boot Hill. We spend the night deep in the heart of one of the most breathtakingly beautiful canyons in the world. The location for scenes from the movie Dances with Wolves, Spearfish Canyon Lodge sits nestled among lofty pines and spectacular cliffs. (Breakfast, Dinner)

See the Presidents at Mt. Rushmore Explore Mount Rushmore National Memorial 
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.
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DAY 5Spearfish Canyon–U-Cross Ranch–Cody

This morning, drive through scenic Spearfish Canyon and across the grassy plains of Wyoming. Enjoy lunch at an authentic Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WESTERN RANCH. Next, we cross the Bighorn Mountains via Shell Creek Canyon to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West town of Cody, Wyoming. (Breakfast, Lunch)

See the spectacular views of Cody, Wyoming 
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DAY 6Cody–Yellowstone National Park

Enjoy a leisurely visit to the BUFFALO BILL CENTER OF THE WEST, a fascinating tribute to frontier America. Later, depart for National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, America’s first national park, where wild animals roam freely in vast meadows and forest. (Breakfast, Dinner)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Enjoy a 2-night stay inside Yellowstone National Park. Each lodge has its own unique setting and atmosphere. Lodges featured are the Old Faithful Inn, Lake Yellowstone Hotel, and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Specific lodges will be confirmed in your documents.

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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 
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 7Yellowstone National Park

Today you will see the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its Upper and Lower Falls. Watch for herds of bison in Hayden Valley, and view many of Yellowstone’s geothermal sites, including Old Faithful Geyser. (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 8Yellowstone National Park–Grand Teton National Park–Jackson

This morning, tour National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK. The jagged Tetons form a perfect backdrop behind Jenny and Jackson Lakes. Next up: the Western town of Jackson. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own. You may choose to see a shoot-out in Town Square, shop for souvenirs, or relax with a cold drink at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. (Breakfast)

The majestic Tetons in Wyoming 
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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DAY 9Jackson

Today is at your leisure to explore on your own or perhaps take an optional float trip down the Snake River. (Breakfast)

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DAY 10Jackson–Salt Lake City

Follow the Snake River and lovely Star Valley en route to Utah. Wind along the shores of beautiful Bear Lake before climbing through the Wasatch Mountains and on to the Great Salt Lake Basin and Salt Lake City. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 11Salt Lake City

After a leisurely breakfast, bid farewell to newfound friends as your tour comes to an end with an included transfer to the Salt Lake City International Airport. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach.



Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 5 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Salt Lake City

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Tour Directors
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Transportation
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the The Classic Lodges & Parks of the West:

  • Yellowstone National Park