Yellowstone & Grand Teton Adventure
Experience some of America's most dramatic scenery as you take leisurely hikes through historic Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, renowned for plentiful wildlife and geological features ranging from panoramic mountains to waterfalls, geysers, and hot springs.
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
This summer adventure in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons provided a spectacular opportunity to marvel at the amazing landscapes and incredible wildlife offered in both parks. I became lost in the beauty of every moment. A wondrous trip!”
Can't say enough about what a wonderful experience this was for myself and my daughter. The sights, expected and unexpected. We tend to forget what a treasure our National Parks provide for us. I am truly grateful for this opportunity.”
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Join us as we visit historic Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Hike and walk the landscapes that make Yellowstone so unique, from the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the limestone terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, and the geyser basins at Norris and Old Faithful. Then experience the dramatic scenery of the Teton Mountain Range. Unencumbered by foothills, the peaks of the Tetons rise through steep coniferous forest into alpine meadows strewn with wildflowers, past blue and white glaciers to naked granite pinnacles. Marvel at the string of jewel-like lakes, fed by mountain streams that are set tightly against the steep foot of the mountains.
Day 1 - Bozeman, Montana to Yellowstone National Park
Gather in Bozeman this morning with fellow travelers and your Smithsonian Journeys Expert and depart for a drive along the original route of Lewis and Clark over Bozeman Pass to the Yellowstone River, then leave that historic trail and turn south into the Paradise Valley headed straight for Yellowstone National Park. Arrive at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. For our first, easy Yellowstone hike, our Smithsonian Journeys Expert will choose a favorite trail near the springs. We’ll also meander the boardwalks through the fascinating and beautiful travertine mineral terraces, and have a chance to visit the Albright Visitor Center. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner in the historic Mammoth Hot Springs Dining Room. (L,R,D)
Please note: In order to meet the morning group departure on Day 1 from Bozeman airport to Yellowstone National Park, we recommend travelers arrive in to Bozeman the day before. Lodging suggestions and information on meeting the group at the airport will be provided.
Day 2 - Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park
Rise early this morning and head to the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley. Wonderful wildlife viewing will anchor this day as we explore the “American Serengeti.” Take in sweeping vistas of untouched land and use binoculars and spotting scopes to view elk, bison, coyote, raptors, and even bear and wolf. We’ll stop for lunch in Cooke City and enjoy a visit with renowned photographer Dan Hartman at his studio. Dinner is at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Grand Canyon, Hayden Valley, Lake Yellowstone
Travel toward the Old Faithful area over the 8,878-foot Dunraven Pass. Your first stop is the dramatic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, where two staggered falls (the Upper and Lower Falls) spill water twice the height of Niagara. We’ll find the best vantage points for photographs and see more sights on a short hike. Journey through the Hayden Valley—one of the best places in the park to view wildlife. Bison, elk, grizzly bears, coyotes, wolves, and a host of other species live here. Yellowstone provides a nearly unparalleled opportunity to see a full complement of native wildlife, including predators and prey, in their natural habitats. Late in the day arrive at Old Faithful Inn. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Old Faithful Thermal Features
Today learn about geysers, hot pools, and mud pots. Our Study Leader will recommend which features to focus on based on conditions. Possibilities include a hike to off-the-beaten-path spots like Lone Star geyser, as well as other amazing thermal oddities. The famous Upper Geyser Basin holds more active geysers than the rest of the world put together. Tonight, enjoy dinner back at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Grand Teton National Park
Depart Yellowstone for Grand Teton National Park. John D. Rockefeller was central in establishing this majestic park through a gift of private land. There will be opportunities en route to hike and explore. We'll stop at the new Laurance Rockefeller Preserve which boasts the first LEED-certified building in the national park system. Then check in to the Rustic Inn located just outside Jackson and within walking distance from the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Jackson’s town square. Enjoy a group dinner this evening. (B,L, D)
Day 6 - Grand Teton National Park
Early this morning enjoy a float trip along the scenic Snake River through the heart of Grand Teton National Park. This is a calm water float with majestic views and great wildlife-watching opportunities. The day continues with a visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art, perched on a knoll overlooking the National Elk Refuge just outside downtown Jackson. In the afternoon, travel along the "inner road" inside of Grand Teton National Park, stopping along the way to view wildlife and visit mountain lakes. This evening enjoy a festive farewell dinner at a local Jackson restaurant. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Depart Jackson
Following breakfast, the group will be transferred to the Jackson Hole Airport for late morning flights home. (B)