Behold the most impressive national parks in the United States – Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Teton – on this new rail tour to the wild west.
About the Tour
Watch as the beauty of the West unfolds on this 10-day voyage. We begin our adventure in Utah, where we spend two nights at the relaxing Homestead Resort in the Heber Valley. There are plenty of ways to unwind while at the resort, and the surrounding scenes are breathtaking. We enjoy the regional beauty from the Heber Valley Railroad in Provo Canyon. As we travel from the resort to Jackson, WY, an excursion to the National Oregon/California Trail Center teaches us of the plights of those that traveled the Oregon Trail. Upon arrival in Jackson, Old West vibes become immediately apparent. From the wooden sidewalks to the antler arch, and from the saloons to the wood-front buildings, this town is an attraction in and of itself. Indulge in the offerings of both the modern and historic parts of the town, as well as a float trip down the Snake River and a guided tour through Grand Teton National Park. Leaving Grand Teton, yet another gem in the crown of the United States is on display: Yellowstone National Park. Two days of touring present some of the most majestic sites in the park, including the Paint Pots and Old Faithful. Continuing, we travel to Kalispell, MT, where yet another national park awaits our discovery: Glacier National Park. We take in the vistas of this awe-inspiring land from the seats of a vintage Red Jammer Bus as we tour the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Ten days of adventures, three national parks and beloved destinations throughout the Wild West: These are the makings of a journey to remember!
- Scenic rail excursion on the Heber Valley Railroad
- Hotel accommodations for 9 nights, including three nights inside Yellowstone National Park at Canyon Village.
- 12 meals, including a traditional western barbecue dinner
- National Oregon/California Trail Center
- Snake River Float Trip
- Grand Teton National Park tour including the Chapel of Transfiguration
- Yellowstone National Park touring including Old Faithful
- Glacier National Park touring, including the Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard vintage Red Jammer buses
- National Park entrance fees
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
- Baggage handling
Day 1 – Salt Lake City
Arrive in Salt Lake City International Airport and meet your tour manager for an included transfer to the Homestead Resort. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers this evening. Overnight Midway, UT. (D)
Day 2 – Provo Canyon aboard the Heber Valley Railroad
Discover the glacier-carved landscape of Provo Canyon during a ride aboard the Heber Valley Railroad. The train takes us along the shores of Deer Creek Reservoir and along the banks of the Provo River. We disembark briefly at Vivian Park to take in the scenery before the return journey. The remainder of the day is free to explore the resort’s amenities. Take a dip in the one of the indoor/outdoor pools; visit the world-famous Homestead Crater for a soak in the 96-degree mineral-rich hot spring; or stroll along the well-manicured historic grounds. Overnight Midway, UT. (B)
Day 3 – National Oregon/California Trail Center
Immerse yourself in the mountainous scenes of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming as we travel from Midway to Jackson, WY. En route, we stop at the National Oregon/California Trail Center, situated on the site of the original Oregon Trail. Hear stories of the harrowing journey presented by actors in period clothing and experience a simulated wagon ride. There is a lovely on-site gallery that displays Oregon Trail artwork as depicted by Gary Stone, as well as a Rails and Trails Museum that tells the colorful history of the Bear Lake Valley. Back on the road, we continue to Jackson-Wyoming’s quintessential cowboy town-with the evening free to enjoy our hotel’s amenities or the activities in Jackson’s historic Town Square. Get your picture taken under the antler arch, visit the shops and restaurants or have a drink while sitting on a saddle in the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. Overnight Jackson, WY. (B)
Day 4 – Snake River Float Trip
Take in the absolute majesty of the Grand Teton Mountain Range from the winding Snake River on today’s adventure. We embark on a leisurely float trip down a smooth section of the river and take in sights of wildlife, beautiful mountain peaks, forests, wide-open valleys and more. Our knowledgeable guide leads the way and offers interesting commentary on the history, flora and fauna, geology, and wildlife of Jackson and Grand Teton National Park. Following the float trip, we head back to the Lodge for a day at leisure. Spend the remainder of your day soaking in the hot tub and infinity pool or continue your adventures through Jackson Hole. There are several popular museums and galleries to explore, as well as shops of every kind. This evening, enjoy a chuckwagon dinner. Dine on authentic ranch food while being delighted by bona fide cowboy entertainment performed by “Bar J Wranglers.” Their songs, comedy, stories and fiddling are an experience you will never forget. Overnight Jackson, WY. (B, D)
Day 5 – Grand Teton National Park
Lose yourself in the grandeur of the Grand Teton Mountain peaks today. We set out on a guided tour through Grand Teton National Park, gazing up at the stunning Grand Teton Mountains and enjoying the surrounding alpine scenes. Wildlife is abundant in Grand Teton, so keep your eyes peeled for elk, pronghorns, marmots, bison, bald eagles and possibly even bear! Highlights of the tour include the Chapel of Transfiguration, a beautiful log chapel with outstanding views of the Tetons, and the Colter Bay Visitor’s Center. Lunch is on your own at the Jackson Lake Lodge, where 60-foot floor-to-ceiling windows frame pristine Jackson Lake and the majestic Teton Range. Following, we are bound for America’s first national park, Yellowstone. We are staying within the park and have access to all the amenities of our lodge, and Yellowstone as a whole, this evening after arrival. Overnight Yellowstone National Park, WY. (B)
Day 6 – Yellowstone National Park Touring
A hub of natural beauty, geothermal activity, wildlife and astounding views, Yellowstone National Park is truly the granddaddy of all protected lands. This morning, we tour some of the most impressive sites of Yellowstone on a guided tour. As we travel through sites such as Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, Tower Junction, Artist Point and the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River, we learn facts and history of the park and information about the animals that call the park home. We return to our lodge following the tour and enjoy an evening at leisure. Overnight Yellowstone National Park, WY. (B)
Day 7 – Old Faithful & Yellowstone National Park
Today brings another glorious day in Yellowstone National Park-and how you choose to spend the day is entirely up to you!You may wish to explore on your own or arrange for an optional tour to spot wildlife or photograph the natural wonders in the park. Adventurous travelers may wish to saddle up for a one- or two-hour long horseback ride. Alternatively, you can join your tour manager for a drive through the spectacular Hayden Valley, where meadows, forests and geothermic hotspots collide. A true highlight of the day is seeing Old Faithful in action. This geyser sends a hot stream of water 100 feet into the air every 91 minutes, and we are lucky enough to see an eruption. Following, we are introduced to the famous Paint Pots and the park’s hot springs. Overnight Yellowstone National Park, WY. (B)
Day 8 – Big Sky Country Scenery to Kalispell, MT
See the magnificent landscapes of Big Sky Country on our way to Kalispell, MT, with a lunch stop at Wheat Montana Deli for a taste of farm to table goodness. We arrive at the Western Gateway to Glacier National Park, Kalispell, with the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Kalispell, MT. (B)
Day 9 – Going-to-the-Sun Road & Glacier National Park
Experience Glacier National Park’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and spectacular lakes today. We travel along the Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard a vintage Red Jammer bus. The drive covers 50 miles and showcases stunning sights of mountain scenery and abundant wildlife. This evening, we join the cowboys at Artemis Acres Paint Horse Ranch for a western outdoor barbecue. Highlights of this special farewell evening activity include free time around the campfire and a delicious traditional western barbecue dinner. Overnight Kalispell, MT. (B, D)
Day 10 – Tour Conclusion
Your western experience concludes after breakfast this morning. Transportation is provided from the hotel to Whitefish Amtrak Station or Glacier International Airport. (B)
Hotels include the Homestead Resort (Midway), The Lodge (Jackson), and Canyon Lodge (Yellowstone National Park) and Homewood Suites by Hilton (Kalispell)
Heber Valley Railroad
Look over the Heber Valley, Provo Canyon, Mount Timpanogos and Deer Creek Reservoir from heritage railcars aboard the Heber Valley Railroad. This railway was first established in 1899, yet with the building of a local highway in the 1930s, had to be rebuilt in 1939. By the 1960s, freight transportation on the railway suffered, and in the 1970s, the Heber Valley Railroad became a tourist attraction. It was not until 1993, though, that this historic railway became the attraction that it is today. Now, travelers ride aboard fully restored steam and diesel engines en route to Vivian Park on the Provo Canyon Limited line. The round trip journey takes approximately 3 hours.
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