Experience a true celestial spectacle, a total solar eclipse, as you spend six days exploring historic Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

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 Teton Range in Wyoming.  Credit: Patrick Wagner  Yellowstone Falls. Credit: Leighton Lum  Bison grazing in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park. Credit: Patrick Wagner

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

A Journey Through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons

8 days from $6,295

Experience a true celestial spectacle, a total solar eclipse, as you spend six days exploring historic Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

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Overview

For the first time in 26 years a total solar eclipse will be visible in the U.S. During this unique tour, experience the natural wonders of two of America’s most historic national parks—Yellowstone National Park (est. 1872) and Grand Teton National Park (est. 1929)—and witness the amazing site of the total solar eclipse amid this natural beauty.*

Highlights Include

  • Total Solar Eclipse: Amid the powerful landscape of the Teton Mountain Range, take in the mesmerizing minutes of the total solar eclipse, accompanied by Dr. Charles Alcock, Director of the Harvard- Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Enjoy short hikes and scenic stops to round out the day as the partial eclipse lasts into the afternoon.
  • Grand Teton National Park: Take a float trip on the scenic Snake River through the heart of the park and enjoy vistas of the majestic mountains and great wildlife-watching opportunities. Travel along the “inner road” of the park, stopping along the way to view wildlife and visit mountain lakes. Visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art, perched on a knoll overlooking the National Elk Refuge just outside downtown Jackson, your home for three nights.
  • Yellowstone National Park: Spend three days exploring this historic national park, renowned for its plentiful wildlife and fascinating geology, featuring geysers, hot pools, and mud pots. In Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley, take in sweeping vistas of pristine landscapes with bison, elk, grizzly bear, coyote, wolf, and raptors. Traveling the full breadth of the park, you’ll learn about its fascinating geology at Mammoth Hot Springs, Lone Star Geyser, Upper Geyser Basin, Old Faithful, and the magnificent waterfalls at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
  • Taylor Planetarium: Enjoy a private dinner at the Taylor Planetarium in Bozeman’s Museum of the Rockies. 

*Despite being in a prime location to experience the total solar eclipse, this event is weather dependent. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Bozeman, Montana

After individual arrivals in Bozeman, Montana, pick up a complimentary transfer to the hotel. Later, depart for the Museum of the Rockies, a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate Museum that focuses on paleontology, Native American history, and Montana history. The museum is also home to the hi-tech Taylor Planetarium, where you will gather for remarks by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert and Smithsonian Journeys naturalist guide. Afterwards, enjoy a festive dinner at the museum. (R,D)

Day 2 — Bozeman to Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Depart Bozeman and travel to Yellowstone National Park. You’ll follow the historic trail of the Corps of Discovery Expedition, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, over Bozeman Pass to the Yellowstone River, then turn south and drive through Paradise Valley to your hotel and Yellowstone National Park.

Begin to experience some of the remarkable geology at Yellowstone National Park as your Smithsonian Journeys naturalist guide leads a walk along a favorite trail near Mammoth Hot Springs. You’ll also follow the boardwalks through the fascinating and beautiful travertine mineral terraces and have time to visit the Albright Visitor Center. Enjoy dinner together at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, then continue to Gardiner, Montana and check into your hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

Early this morning, head to the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley. Explore the “American Serengeti" as you take in sweeping vistas of natural, untouched land and use binoculars and spotting scopes to view elk, bison, coyote, raptors, and even bear and wolf. Stop for lunch in Cooke City and meet renowned photographer Dan Hartman in his studio. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner will be on your own and dining options in Gardiner will be provided. (B,L)

Day 4 — Hayden Valley, Lake Yellowstone and Old Faithful

En route to the Old Faithful area drive over the 8,878-foot Dunraven Pass. Stopping at the dramatic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, marvel at the rushing water cascading over two staggered waterfalls, over twice the height of Niagara Falls. Enjoy time to find the best vantage points for photographs and see more sights on a short hike. Then travel through the broad Hayden Valley—one of the best places in the park to view wildlife. Bison, elk, grizzly bear, coyote, wolf, and a host of other species live here. Yellowstone provides a nearly unparalleled opportunity to see a full complement of native American wildlife, including predators and prey, in their natural habitats. Arrive at your park lodge, located near Old Faithful, in time to refresh before dinner. After dessert, view an eruption of Old Faithful in the soft evening light. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Old Faithful Thermal Features, Grand Teton National Park

Learn about the bizarre and fascinating features of geysers, hot pools, and mud pots from your Smithsonian Journeys naturalist. Hike off the beaten path to spots such as Lone Star geyser and other amazing thermal oddities. The famous Upper Geyser Basin holds more active geysers than the rest of the world put together.

Depart the Old Faithful area and travel south to Grand Teton National Park. John D. Rockefeller Jr. played a central role in establishing the park through a gift of private land. Take in the stunning views and stop for photo opportunities along the way. Arrive at the Laurence Rockefeller Preserve, which boasts the first LEED-certified building in the national park system, where you’ll take short walks along the preserve trails at the base of the Teton Range.

Late in the afternoon, arrive in Jackson and check into your hotel. This evening will be at leisure to relax at the inn or explore the charming hamlet of Jackson, which features shops, galleries, and casual and fine dining establishments. (B,L)

Day 6 — Total Solar Eclipse

Returning to the area of the Teton Mountain Range in the morning, take in the mesmerizing minutes of the total solar eclipse amid this amazing landscape. Your Smithsonian Journeys Experts provide further insight into astronomy and the natural environment throughout the day. Enjoy short hikes and scenic stops to round out the day as the partial eclipse lasts into the afternoon, then return to Jackson. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Grand Teton National Park

Enjoy another full day in Grand Teton National Park. Take a float trip on the scenic Snake River through the heart of the park. This is a calm water raft experience featuring majestic views of the landscape and great wildlife-watching opportunities. Later, visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art, perched on a knoll overlooking the National Elk Refuge just outside downtown Jackson. You’ll also travel along the “inner road” inside the park, stopping along the way to view wildlife and visit mountain lakes. This evening, gather for a farewell reception and dinner to share photos and recount stories from the week. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Depart Jackson

After breakfast, check out of your hotel. Individual transfers are provided to Jackson Hole Airport for flights home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)