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 at the Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole. 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.

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Notes:

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

This vacation visits national parks and other remote locations where some facilities may not be up to the first-class standard you expect from Globus. Some lodges within the parks do not have televisions and other amenities you would expect from most Globus hotels.

 Meals & Itinerary

 Meals

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 5 dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA Welcome to Rapid City! At 6pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

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Day 2

RAPID CITY–BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK–CUSTER STATE PARK Legends of the West After breakfast, enjoy an orientation tour of Rapid City. Visit 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. Continue to Custer State Park for a backcountry adventure; a LF Buffalo Safari with a local expert and Chuckwagon Cookout.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

LOCAL FAVORITE
WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM Awaken your adventurer’s spirit on a Buffalo Safari in Custer State Park. This U.S. national mammal and historic mainstay of indigenous peoples, the American Bison is a native species of North America whose numbers were reduced from some 60 million across the great bison belt grasslands from Alaska to the Atlantic to a mere 540 or so by the late 1880s. Standing 6 feet tall and weighing up to 2,000 pounds, these formidable and majestic mammals have been restored in numbers due to conservation efforts of the 20th century.

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ACCOMMODATION SPOTLIGHT Enjoy an overnight stay 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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Day 3

CUSTER STATE PARK. EXCURSION TO HOT SPRINGS & CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL Wild & Wooly Discoveries Travel to Hot Springs to visit the world’s largest LF Mammoth Site. Next, Crazy Horse Memorial, built in honor of the fearless Sioux Chief whose renown 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 Breakfast Dinner Dinner

LOCAL FAVORITE
HISTORIC SITES Dig deeper into prehistoric South Dakota with a visit to the Mammoth Site and Museum. Tour the world’s largest mammoth research facility and active dig 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. Imagine this landscape when the more than 60 Mammoths found to date roamed and ruled in the Pleistocene era in North America.


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Day 4

CUSTER STATE PARK–MOUNT RUSHMORE–DEADWOOD–SPEARFISH CANYON Statesmen, Sheriffs & Sharpshooters Visit one of the world’s largest stone monuments – Mount Rushmore National Memorial – to see the solid granite faces of four legendary American presidents majestically carved more than a thousand feet overhead. Continue to the historic Old West town of Deadwood for a tour with a Local Guide. Afterwards, drive the scenic Spearfish Canyon for an overnight at the exclusive Spearfish Canyon Lodge.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS & LORE The legendary town of Deadwood is home to the ghosts of the Wild West, where bold frontiersmen and optimistic gold miners set down stakes in this untamed mining town. Hear the rip-roaring stories of legends like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Potato Creek Johnny while exploring the streets where shoot-outs and sheriffs ruled the day.


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Day 5

SPEARFISH CANYON–UCROSS RANCH, WYOMING–CODY Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch... Continue across the grassy plains of Wyoming and soak in the expansive blue skies. Enjoy lunch at the historic LF Ranch at UCross with free time to enjoy a variety of activities. Next, cross the Bighorn Mountains via Shell Creek Canyon to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West town of Cody, Wyoming.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES You’re invited to lunch at The Ranch at UCross – smack in the middle of the Wyoming landscape that’s rich in the history of the American West. Explore activities to get in the cowboy spirit in the region where writers, sculptors and artists have found inspiration for years. See gentle horses, sweeping scenery, and plenty of trout in the river make this the perfect place to get away from it all.


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Day 6

CODY–YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK Frontier Treasures Visit Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a fascinating tribute to frontier America. Depart for Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park, where wild animals roam freely in vast meadows and forest.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDARY LIVES The mission of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is to connect people to the stories of the American West. Here in the town named for Bill Cody (Buffalo Bill), you’ll find a wealth of historic artifacts, artwork, and amazing insight to the historic American West and Native American culture in this complex founded in 1917 to continue the vision of Col. William F. Cody – named by the NY Times as ‘among the nation’s most remarkable museums.’


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Day 7

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK America’s First National Park A full day’s adventure in this vast national park! 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 Breakfast Dinner Dinner

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS Designated as a national park by law 150 years ago, President Ulysses S. Grant worked to preserve and protect the wild landscapes, native heritage, spectacular wildlife, and extraordinary geologic and ecological phenomena that make this Rocky Mountain paradise a treasure today and for future generations to treasure. From geysers to grizzlies and great bison, no one leaves the park without being changed forever by the natural wonder witnessed in any of its 2.2 million acres of pristine wilderness.


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Day 8

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK–JACKSON Glacial Giants This morning, tour Grand Teton National Park on your way to Jackson for a 2-night stay at the Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole.
Breakfast Breakfast
TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS Is it any wonder that Grand Teton National Park draws millions of visitors each year? With its magnificent peaks and glacial landscapes, this Rocky Mountain marvel is the perfect pairing of natural grandeur and frontier spirit of the town of Jackson. Find serenity on the shores of gorgeous glacier-fed Jenny Lake and stroll along the shore before continuing to Jackson. This evening, why not visit the Antler Arches, enjoy a drink at the iconic Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, or shop for the perfect cowboy hat?


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Day 9

JACKSON Peak Experiences Today is at your leisure to explore on your own, enjoy your resort, or perhaps take an optional float trip down the Snake River.
Breakfast Breakfast

FREE TIME TIPS
EXPLORE MORE in Jackson with an optional float trip along the Snake River, stroll along the downtown boardwalks to enjoy a drink at one of the local saloons, or explore one of the many galleries that call Jackson home.


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Day 10

JACKSON–SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH This is the Place! 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 Breakfast Dinner Dinner

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT The capital city of Utah was first established in 1847 by early pioneer settlers led by Brigham Young, who exclaimed, “This is the right place,” upon seeing its vistas and verdant landscapes. More recently, the city played host to the 2002 Olympics and now offers a vibrant downtown with a variety of stores, attractions, and restaurants.


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Day 11

SALT LAKE CITY Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Want to explore more in Salt Lake City? Additional nights are available for purchase.
Breakfast Breakfast


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 Tour Director

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

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 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

RAPID CITY

THE RUSHMORE HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

CUSTER STATE PARK

STATE GAME LODGE AT CUSTER STATE PARK

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

SPEARFISH

SPEARFISH CANYON LODGE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

CODY

HOLIDAY INN BUFFALO BILL VILLAGE - CODY

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS HOTEL - YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Hotel as shown or similar
National Park
  Free Wifi

JACKSON

RUSTIC INN AT JACKSON HOLE CREEKSIDE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

SALT LAKE CITY

RADISSON HOTEL DOWNTOWN SALT LAKE CITY

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

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



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