Explore two of America’s greatest natural treasures: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. On daily excursions, discover Yellowstone’s wilderness and geothermal wonders, and venture into magnificent valleys to spot bison, bears, elk, eagles, and coyotes. Peer into the yawning abyss of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and witness Old Faithful’s thrilling eruptions. Then head south to the awesomely jagged peaks of the Teton Range. Go on a ranger-led hike in a glacial valley, raft down the wildlife-rich Snake River, and cruise the emerald waters of Jenny Lake.
From sweeping valleys to vast canyons and alpine lakes, explore Yellowstone National Park in search of grizzlies, bison, bighorn sheep, and the elusive gray wolf.
Discover Yellowstone's thermal landscape of bubbling mud pots, brilliantly colored hot springs, and erupting geysers—including iconic Old Faithful.
Hike among glacial valleys with peaks towering above, and learn about the geology and history of Grand Teton National Park.
Float on the winding Snake River beneath the jagged peaks of the Teton Range.
Itinerary - 7 Days
Day 1 — Bozeman, Montana/Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming
Arrive in Bozeman and travel to Yellowstone National Park—the world's first national park. At the historic village of Mammoth Hot Springs, stroll along travertine terraces sculpted by hot springs. Later, gather for a welcome reception and dinner. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins (D)
Day 2 — Lamar Valley
Rise early to drive to the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley, where gray wolves were first restored to Yellowstone in 1995. Be on the lookout for bison, bears, elk, eagles, and the elusive wolf in this sweeping glacial valley. Return to Mammoth and enjoy an afternoon hike to see beaver ponds, or explore what remains of the original Fort Yellowstone. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins (B,L,D)
Day 3 — Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a spectacular, 20-mile chasm. Walk along the rim to view cascading waterfalls set against a dazzling red and gold palette. In Hayden Valley, look for bison, coyotes, elk, and perhaps even a grizzly. Then trace the scenic shores of Yellowstone Lake, and continue up and over the Continental Divide to the Upper Geyser Basin, home to Yellowstone's most famous geyser, Old Faithful. Old Faithful Snow Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Upper, Midway, and Lower Geyser Basins
Greet the day with the clockwork eruption of Old Faithful. With more than 300 geysers, Yellowstone's geysers make up two thirds of all those found in the world. Explore this stunning geothermal landscape with our expert, and marvel at steaming fumaroles, belching mud pots, and gem-colored mineral pools. Old Faithful Snow Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Grand Teton National Park/Jackson
Journey south to the Teton Range, where saw-toothed, snowy peaks rise from the valley floor.
Take a scenic cruise on the emerald waters of
Jenny Lake. Then continue to Jackson, a lively
mountain town with Old West flair, and learn about its history on a guided walk.
The Lexington at Jackson Hole Hotel & Suites (B,L)
Day 6 — Grand Teton National Park
Head back into Grand Teton National Park and
to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. Enjoy
a ranger-led hike in a glacially carved valley to
Phelps Lake, and learn the history, both natural
and human, of this spectacular park. Later, visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art, or explore
Jackson’s quaint streets. Then gather for a farewell
dinner at one of Jackson’s fine restaurants. The Lexington at Jackson Hole Hotel & Suites (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Jenny Lake/Jackson
Enjoy a float trip on the Snake River this morning,
and search for bald eagles, moose, and other
wildlife. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your
return flight home. (B,L)
Few people know Yellowstone country better than wildlife biologist Jeremy Schmidt. Jeremy has spent more than 30 years in the area, working as a winter keeper, park ranger, naturalist, photographer, and author. His writing includes several books for National Geographic and articles for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. His knowledge of Yellowstone and the Tetons will enrich your experience in these magnificent parks.
Jeremy will join the following departures:
Aug 18 - 24, 2013 Sep 01 - 07, 2013 Sep 09 - 15, 2013