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USAThe rugged explorer: Yellowstone, Montana and the Black Hills

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Welcome to America's rugged backcountry! From Yellowstone's geysers and wildlife to South Dakotas bison-roaming state parks​, you are sure in for an adventure. This road trip style of travel will take you across mountains, over rivers and into cowboy territory. Salt Lake City to Rapid City, over 1000 miles of open road and plenty of time to see it all. This program includes a Chuckwagon Dinner in ...

Welcome to America's rugged backcountry! From Yellowstone's geysers and wildlife to South Dakotas bison-roaming state parks​, you are sure in for an adventure. This road trip style of travel will take you across mountains, over rivers and into cowboy territory. Salt Lake City to Rapid City, over 1000 miles of open road and plenty of time to see it all. This program includes a Chuckwagon Dinner in Jackson Hole, a Helicopter Ride in South Dakotas Black Hills and all park entries! 

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  • Mountain
    Mountain
  • Horseback riding
    Horseback riding
  • Nature escape
    Nature escape
  • Countryside
    Countryside
  • Nature observation
    Nature observation

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Day 1: Arrival Salt Lake City

Welcome the the great American West!

Welcome to Salt Lake City! After picking up your rental car, make your way downtown to your hotel and start exploring Utah’s capital. 

Be sure not to miss out on Temple Square, home to the stunning Salt Lake Temple and the Tabernacle Choir.

The square is a National Historic Landmark and a place of great significance to the LDS church. Additionally, the square boasts a display of plants and flowers to enjoy.

Visited:
Salt Lake City

Day 2: En Route to Jackson Hole

Leave the city lights behind for mountains and cowboy saloons

Ready for a drive full of natural beauty? Cut your way through the Bear River Mountains and Logan Canyon before setting your eyes on the turquoise waters of Bear Lake, known as the Caribbean of the Rockies.

Be sure to grab a famous raspberry shake and cross the Idaho border and cruise through historic towns such as St. Charles and Montpelier.  Continuing into Wyoming, you’ll have entered North America’s finest wilderness.

The luxurious mountain resort town of Jackson Hole awaits you at the end of this spectacular drive.  

Visited:
Jackson Hole

Day 3: Grand Teton National Park

Get the hiking boots out, we are going up the mountains!

It’s time to meet one of America’s most inspiring destinations—Grand Teton National Park. Grand Teton’s 310,000 acres includes lush valley floors, mountain meadows, alpine lakes and the rising peaks of the Teton Range.

This the perfect setting for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers who are looking to explore the park’s incredible landscapes. 

Tonight, you’ll be treated to Jackson Hole’s Original Chuck Wagon Dinner experience to get a taste of the rugged west in a horse-drawn wagon and all! 

Visited:
Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole

Day 4: Road Trip to Yellowstone National Park

This morning you’ll wake up for an experience you’ll never forget. Get ready for a ten-mile scenic float trip experience entirely within Grand Teton National Park on the most scenic stretch of the Snake River.

Relax and enjoy Grand Teton National Park’s natural beauty while discovering the magic of the Snake River. Lose yourself as you float into a protected sanctuary of pristine wildlife, beautiful wildflowers, sagebrush plateaus, cottonwood and spruce forests, and spectacular panoramic views.

Once you’re off the river it will be time to hop in the car and make your way to Yellowstone National park, a place like no other on the planet.

Visited:
Yellowstone National Park

Day 5: Day of Discovery in Yellowstone

Wildlife, geothermal features and alien-like landscape

Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a still active super volcano. 

Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It's also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope. 

Today along with the in-car Gaper Guide GPS audio tour, the park will be yours to discover.  Prepare for one of the most breathtaking days of this epic journey. 

Visited:
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone

Day 6: Montana on the Horizon

Today you’ll make your way to the northernmost region of the park to visit Mammoth Hot Springs.

Mammoth Hot Springs are a must-see feature of Yellowstone National Park in part because they’re so different from other thermal areas in the area. The fast-growing limestone formations have been described as a cave turned inside out. 

From there you’ll be exiting the park through the rusticated triumphal Roosevelt Arch that has stood welcoming and sending off visitors since 1903. 

Take in Big Sky Country as you make your way for a one-night stay in Montana’s biggest city, Billings.

Visited:
Montana

Day 7: Sitting Bull & Pictograph State Park

Start the morning with a visit to Pictograph State Park. This is a place to contemplate the origins of human habitation in Montana with proof of life dating back over 2,000 years!

From there you’ll make your way to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. The famous battle, also known as Custer’s Last Stand, took place between federal troops led by Custer and Northern Plains Indians led by Sitting Bull. 

The result was one of the greatest upsets in American military history. Then it’s off to Gillette for an evening of relaxation. You’ll need that energy for the last three days!

Visited:
Montana

Day 8: Devils Tower & Deadwood

Wake up and get ready for a close encounter with America’s first National Monument, Devils Tower.  Steven Spielberg made this conic monolith famous around the world on film. 

Enjoy a moderate trek around the base and then it’s off to venture into the Black Hills!

Stop in Sturgis, home to the world’s largest annual motorcycle gathering. Experience the glory days of the gold rush in the city of Deadwood.  Make a stop in downtown Rapid City before arriving at your accommodation in the old mining boomtown of Keystone. 

Tonight, make your way down the road for a lighting ceremony at America’s shrine to democracy. 

Visited:
South Dakota

Day 9: Mount Rushmore 

It’s the last full day of what has been an incredible journey. 

Start the day with a monumental helicopter ride and soar above Black Elk Peak, the tallest point East of the Rocky Mountains.

Explore the granite pillar formations, Sylvan lake and experience a flyby of Mt. Rushmore!  

Familiarize yourself with local Native American Culture and lore at Crazy Horse Memorial. This complex is a work in progress that has been going on for over seventy years! 

The rest of the day you can choose from a vast selection of activities: See the largest heard of American Bison in North America at Custer State Park or venture into the deep and twisting cave systems at Wind Cave National Park. 


Day 10: Departure Day

Today the wilderness wandering comes to an end

As you make your way to the Rapid City Regional Airport reflect on what has hopefully been the road trip of a lifetime. 

Visited:
Rapid City

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Price details

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The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

For 2 Adults
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All year round $2,040

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