The Classic Lodges & Parks of the West (AY)

11 Day Tour from Rapid City to Salt Lake City

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You won’t need to summon Mr. Sandman on this tour through the American West. This national parks vacation is what dreams are made of. With overnight stays in the West’s legendary lodges, you’ll saw logs within the forested wonder of the nation’s most alluring landscapes. Enjoy two nights within the timber and stone beauty of the State Game Lodge at Custer State Park, two nights under the roofs of the cozy lodges of Yellowstone National Park, and two nights swathed in the rugged elegance of Jackson Rustic Inn Creekside Resort. Additional dream sights through South Dakota and Wyoming include Mount Rushmore, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Grand Teton National Park. After visiting the Old West towns of Deadwood and Cody – and spotting the buffalo, moose, elk, and other area locals – you’ll have no reason to count sheep on this classic lodges and national parks tour.

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!
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 Photo Highlights

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Yellowstone National Park

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 5 dinners


Notes:

Routes and areas visited in Yellowstone are subject to weather and/or road conditions.

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN RAPID CITY

Welcome to Rapid City! At 6:30 pm, join your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.

Day 2 RAPID CITY–BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK–CUSTER STATE PARK

RAPID CITY Orientation tour.
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK Scenic drive through the park.
CUSTER STATE PARK Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Buffalo Safari and Chuckwagon Cookout.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 3 CUSTER STATE PARK. EXCURSION TO HOT SPRINGS & CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL

HOT SPRINGS Guided visit to the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Mammoth Site and Museum.
CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL Visit the monument and museum.
CUSTER STATE PARK Free time this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 4 CUSTER STATE PARK–MOUNT RUSHMORE–DEADWOOD–SPEARFISH CANYON

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL Visit the memorial.
DEADWOOD Tour with a Local Guide. Scenic drive to Spearfish Canyon.
SPEARFISH CANYON Free time this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 5 SPEARFISH CANYON–U-CROSS RANCH–CODY

U-CROSS Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Western Ranch lunch. Free time this afternoon before a scenic drive across the Bighorn Mountains through Shell Creek Canyon to Cody.
CODY Free time this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 6 CODY–YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

CODY Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of The West before driving to Yellowstone National Park.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK Free time this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK Scenic drive through the park includes stops at Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pots, and more.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 8 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK–GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK–JACKSON

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK Guided sightseeing.
JACKSON Sightseeing followed by free time this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 JACKSON

JACKSON Free day.

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Jackson with a visit and lunch at the National Wildlife Museum of Art. This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 JACKSON–SALT LAKE CITY

JACKSON Farewell dinner this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 11 SALT LAKE CITY

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

STEVE OSTEN

Escorting tours for more than 20 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.

Tour Director - STEVE OSTEN

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Jackson

Jackson

Snake River Float

Snake River Float

Experience the beauty and geology of the Snake River on this fun and scenic 3-hour float trip between Grand Teton National Park and Bridger Teton National Forest.

Price Range: $$

Museum of Wildlife Art

Museum of Wildlife Art

Art, views, and food all come together on this fantastic excursion to Jackson's amazing National Museum of Wildlife Art, followed by lunch at the museum's stunning Palate restaurant!

Price Range: $



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