Wonders of the West
Without question, both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are truly 'Wonders of the West' and offer some of the most stunning scenery in North America.
Without question, both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are truly 'Wonders of the West' and offer some of the most stunning scenery in North America. Grand Teton, with its jagged mountains, pristine lakes and rich wildlife is a jewel and Yellowstone, with its geysers, hot springs and waterfalls is a visual feast. Not as well known, but equally splendid is Glacier National Park, Montana with its storied Going to the Sun Highway over the Continental Divide and happily, we have combined all three of these great National Parks into one glorious holiday with excellent hotels, epic scenery and intelligent planning. Nicer still, all sightseeing is included, from a float trip on the Snake River during our visit to Grand Teton, to complete touring in Yellowstone including Old Faithful and during our stay in Glacier National Park, the fabled red open-air 'jammer' buses. There is a professional tour manager to handle of the details from start to finish and most meals, of an exceptionally high quality, are included.
Uniquely, not only are these three great National Parks included, but so is travel aboard two of America's most noted trains, the famed 'California Zephyr' and the 'Empire Builder' that convey our guests to the start of the holiday in Utah, and then home from Glacier National Park after the tour. So, not only does our time in the National Parks yield up an extraordinary vistas, but so does our travel to and from the tour. Guests may begin their vacation in either the Midwest or the San Francisco Bay Area aboard the California Zephyr and in either case, it is a scenic overnight journey to Utah in comfort. Similarly, at the end of our tour, in Glacier National Park, guests may travel east to the Midwest, or to the West Coast aboard the Empire Builder train, again, an overnight ride in either direction.
We invite you to compare this exquisite holiday with those offered by any other company, most of which require days of endless bus travel, a different hotel every night and hotels outside of Yellowstone and you will agree that this Holiday puts others to shame.
We look forward to welcoming you aboard!
Highlights and Inclusions
- Train travel to Glacier National Park from Chicago, Seattle, or Portland aboard the 'Empire Builder' train, an overnight ride in either direction.
- Two night stay in spectacular Glacier National Park, Montana with complete sightseeing included the famed red 'Jammer' buses over the extraordinary Going to the Sun Highway.
- Two-night stay in Yellowstone National Park at the historic Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel along with complete sightseeing including Old Faithful and Lake Yellowstone cruise.
- Overnight in Jackson Hole/Grand Teton with raft trip on the Snake River and touring of Grand Teton National Park.
- Complete sightseeing throughout including all admission fees and special treats such as the scenic float trip on the Snake River at Jackson Hole and the red open-air Jammer buses at Glacier National Park.
- Overnight stay at lovely Fairmont Hot Springs in Montana where we have included the hot soothing mineral springs, a nice interlude.
- Train travel to Chicago and the Midwest or San Francisco from Utah aboard the famed California Zephyr, a scenic overnight trip from either point. To Chicago, guests enjoy the stunningly beautiful daylight passage through the Colorado Rockies, and to California, a daytime journey through majestic Sierra Nevada mountains.
- Many meals including breakfast daily.
- Fully hosted from start to finish by professional tour manager that handles all the details.
Day 1 - All Aboard
The famous Empire Builder departs from Chicago today and guests traveling from the West Coast will depart either Portland or Seattle this morning. Easy train connections are available to most West Coast points or Portland or from the East to Chicago.
Day 2 - Glacier Park
After breakfast, guests traveling from the West Coast arrive at Glacier Park and the Empire Builder makes a special stop at the hotel.
Guests from the midwest arrive this evening.
Day 3 - Glacier Park
The Big Day! We depart this morning aboard one of the famed red open-air 'jammer buses for a spellbinding day that finds us traversing the breathtaking 'Going to the Sun' Road over the Continental Divide. Later today, shimmering Lake McDonald where an afternoon boat cruise is included. Many of our passengers rate this the prettiest day of the entire tour which is saying quite a lot. Overnight at the Izaak Walton Inn. (B, D)
Day 4 - Fairmont Hot Springs
Another pretty day as we drive south to lovely Fairmont Hot Springs, the perfect midtrip indulgence. Admission to the soothing hot springs is included and there is a fine spa as well as a range of outdoor activities. Overnight at Fairmont Hot Springs.(B, L)
Day 5 - Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park was America's first National Park and is a stunning visual feast covering over 2 million acres and contains over 300 geysers, 290 waterfalls and the highest altitude lake in North America. It is also home to one of the world's largest petrified forests. it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, moose, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This afternoon we check into the Lake Yellowstone Lodge cabins, located inside Yellowstone National Park, our home for the two nights. Most tours offer one night outside the park, for a nice change, we do two inside the park. (B)
Day 6 - Yellowstone
Today we see all of Yellowstone's majesty with Upper & Lower Falls, Hayden Valley, Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pot, and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. You will want your camera handy since today is a visual feast of unequaled splendor. Enjoy the magical setting of Yellowstone this evening. (B)
Day 7 - Jackson Hole
After breakfast, we depart Yellowstone for Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park. Wonder at this spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife. The abrupt vertical rise of the jagged Teton Range contrasts with the horizontal sage-covered valley and glacial lake at their base, creating world-renowned scenery that attracts nearly four million visitors per year. Check into the Antler Inn for an over night stay. There is time tonight to enjoy quaint Jackson including the fabled Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. Tonight is also our always popular western style outdoor cook-out dinner. (B, D)
Day 8 - Overnight Helper, UT
This morning is a highlight of our holiday, a raft trip on the beautiful Snake River with the Tetons as the backdrop. We depart midday for the scenic drive south to Price, Utah where we will stay the evening. Tonight is our casual Farewell dinner as well. (B, D)
Day 9 - All Aboard
Guests depart for Chicago from Utah aboard the California Zephyr today. Guests living on the West Coast may depart for the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento today as well. From Utah to both California and the Midwest.
Day 10 - Journey Home
The California Zephyr arrives in Omaha this morning as well as points in Iowa before an afternoon arrival in Chicago. Guests traveling to Northern California may disembark in Reno, Sacramento or Bay Area points this afternoon.
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TRAIN BAGGAGE: Luggage storage in the passenger cars is limited and as such, we recommend guests take only two pieces of carry-on luggage. Passengers will NOT have access to checked baggage while en route.