The Western Frontier including Yellowstone with Gary Dolphin

Dates: July 14-22, 2021
Duration: 9 Days

Explore the West’s best-known National Parks and iconic sites such as the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Little Bighorn, Yellowstone, Grand Teton and so much more! See amazing wildlife, gold-mining towns, stunning scenery of timbered mountains, rugged rock formations, canyons, grasslands, streams, and lakes. A vacation to highlight our wonderful U.S.A. National Parks!

Wednesday, July 14: Arrive in Rapid City

Today arrive in Rapid City and check into your hotel for a three-night stay.

 

Thursday, July 15: Rapid City-Badlands Nat’l Park-Fort Hays

Today travel to the unusual and well-known Wall Drug Store, famous for its “Free Ice Water”. Then drive through Badlands National Park, located between the White and Cheyenne Rivers. The area contains spectacular examples of weathering, erosion, fantastic ridges, cliffs and canyons of variegated color. This evening visit the Fort Hays Dances with Wolves Movie Set to see some of the original buildings used in the Oscar winning film and enjoy a delicious supper with a bit of western entertainment at your Welcome Dinner & Cowboy Cookout. (B, D)

 

Friday, July 16: Mt. Rushmore-Crazy Horse

This morning visit Mt. Rushmore featuring the awesome sculptures of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln. Each face is 60 feet high and is carved into the rugged granite mountainside with intricate perfection. Continue onto the Crazy Horse Memorial, still in progress. View the giant mountainside sculpture of the famous Indian Chief astride his pony. Following dinner experience Mt. Rushmore at Night to see this American treasure illuminated in a whole new light. (B,D)

 

Saturday, July 17:  Deadwood-Devil’s Tower-Sheridan

Today travel to Deadwood, made famous by Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, both buried in the town’s Mt. Moriah Cemetery on Boot Hill. Later stop to visit the “flying saucer” haunted Devil’s Tower National Monument, a gigantic volcanic neck rising from the prairie and an area sacred to the Kiowa, Sioux and Blackfeet Tribes. Late afternoon arrive in the cattletown of Sheridan situated at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains and check into your hotel. (B)

 

Sunday, July 18: Sheridan-Cody-West Yellowstone

Journey this morning into southern Montana to visit Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, the site commemorating one of America’s most famous battles. Tour the battlegrounds where Custer was defeated by approximately 7,000 Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors, and visit the museum. Then continue your scenic drive through the Bighorn Mountains, arriving in Buffalo Bill’s Cody, and visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, an interesting museum of Native American culture, natural history and western art. Late afternoon arrive in the Yellowstone Park area for a two-night stay. (B, D)

 

Monday, July 19: Yellowstone National Park

Enjoy the day exploring Yellowstone National Park. With over 10,000 hot springs, thundering waterfalls, geysers and endless forests, Yellowstone inspires awe. Some of the park highlights include Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone Lake and Yellowstone Canyon. The park is also home to an astounding array of elk, bear and buffalo. (B)

 

Tuesday, July 20: West Yellowstone-Grand Teton NP-Jackson

Today travel south through Grand Teton National Park, the 485-square mile scenic park features the Teton Mountain Range, one of the youngest ranges on the continent, lakes, glaciers, wildlife and snowfields. Later arrive in the quiet cowboy town of Jackson for your overnight stay. The city has developed into an amazing getaway for people from all walks of life where the Old West and New are splendidly combined. Be sure to visit the colorful Million Dollar Cowboy Bar with its saddle-shaped barstools. (B)

 

Wednesday, July 21: Jackson-Salt Lake City

Today travel into Utah. Enroute wind along the shores of beautiful Bear Lake before climbing the Wasatch Mountains. Later arrive in Salt Lake City, “The City of Saints” founded by Brigham Young in 1847. On arrival enjoy a panoramic Salt Lake City Tour featuring Temple Square with its lovely landscaping and famous Tabernacle, the State Capitol, and the University of Utah—site of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers. (B, D)

 

Thursday, July 22: Salt Lake City-Flight Home

Today depart from Salt Lake City filled with wonderful memories of your travel experience. (B)

Highlights

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Badlands National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Mount Rushmore at Night
  • Devil’s Tower
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Fort Hays
  • Jackson Hole Valley
  • Deadwood
  • Buffalo Bill Historical Center
  • Salt Lake City Tour
  • Wall Drug Store
  • Cowboy Cookout
  • Rapid City

Inclusions

  • Escorted by TLDU’s Lori Nietert
  • 8 Nights Hotel Accommodations
  • 12 Meals: 8 Breakfasts (B), 4 Dinners (D)
  • Sightseeing per Itinerary
  • Admissions per Itinerary
  • Baggage Handling

 

For more information about this tour and to request a full brochure – contact: travel@duagency.com