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  • Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone, named the first national park in 1872, is still as popular as ever. Probably its most famous attraction, Old Faithful is just one of the park's many steaming geysers.

    • Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone NP

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    • Hot Springs, Yellowstone NP

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    • Bison & Calf in Yellowstone NP

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    • Yellowstone Falls

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    Take a boat ride out on Lake Yellowstone, hike the geyser or wilderness trails or go wildlife watching to see bear, moose, buffalo and a myriad of birds.

    A few facts and figures:

    • Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first National Park

    • 2,219,789 acres (Larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined)

    • Wildlife - 7 species of ungulates (bison, moose, elk, pronghorn), 2 species of bear and 67 other mammals, 322 species of birds, 16 species of fish and of course the gray wolf.

    • Plants - There are over 1,100 species of native plants, more than 200 species of exotic plants and over 400 species of thermopholes.

    • Geology - The park is home to one of the world's largest calderas with over 10,000 thermal features and more than 300 geysers. It has one of the world's largest petrifiied forests. It has over 290 waterfalls with the 308' Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River as it's showpiece.

    • Yellowstone Lake is the largest (132 sq. mi.) high altitude (7,732') lake in north america.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Take in the Cheyenne Frontier Days annual rodeo for all things western. It's held over a ten day period every July.

    • Top Tip 2

      If you're heading west from Cheyenne, make sure you take Route 130, the snowy Ridge Scenic Byway. The spectacular scenery makes it a worthwhile detour.

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  • The Wonders of Wyoming

    Begins in and ends in Denver, Colorado

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: May to September

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Wyoming

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    • Saratoga

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    • Horses

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    • Rock Springs

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    • Cheyenne

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    • Buffalo

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    Arrive Denver

    Depart the UK on your scheduled flight to Denver. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

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    Denver

    Today you are free to explore the ‘Mile High City’ of Denver. You may choose to take the U.S. Mint tour, visit the Molly Brown House Museum or experience the wide choice of shopping options.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

    100Mi/161Km

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    Cheyenne

    This morning you will take Route 25 north to begin your adventure. Stop off for lunch at Fort Collins and perhaps make a final stop at the Terry Bison Ranch before arrival in Cheyenne.

    Hotel: Nagle Warren Mansion

    147Mi/237Km

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    Fort Laramie & Lusk

    Today will take you on an historical journey to Fort Laramie: once a western gateway for some 350,000 pioneers who crossed the Oregon Trail, now a restored site with park rangers in period costume. Mid afternoon, continue your drive to the small town of Lusk.

    Hotel: Best Western Pioneer, Lusk

    149Mi/240km

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    Rapid City

    Today head across the border into South Dakota. This scenic drive will bring you through Custer State Park to the magnificent site of Mount Rushmore and on to Rapid City.

    Hotel: The Rushmore Hotel, Rapid City

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    Rapid City

    This morning, we suggest you take the 95 mile drive to Badlands National Park to view the striking sight of spires and gorges.

    Hotel: The Rushmore Hotel, Rapid City

    224Mi/360Km

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    Clearmont

    Today will take you back into Wyoming, but not before a brief stop at the historic town of Deadwood. Once across the state line, you will venture into the Black Hills National Forest, home to eerie Devils Tower.

    Hotel: Ranch at Ucross

    178Mi/286Km

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    Cody

    Today, why not take a horseback ride, play tennis or relax by the pool at this great ranch before venturing through the Bighorn National Forest to Cody? Once in Cody visit the Old Trail Town, an authentic recreation of the 1890’s Old West.

    Hotel: Best Western Premier Ivy Inn

    77Mi/124Km

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    Yellowstone National Park

    This morning visit the Buffalo Bill Historic Centre, housing memorabilia of the showman William ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody. It’s a short drive from here to the pretty Lake Yellowstone area of Yellowstone.

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel

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    Yellowstone National Park

    Today is yours to explore this magical National Park. Take a boat on Lake Yellowstone, drive up to Mammoth Hot Springs or try the Geyser hike. Watch out for the buffalo roaming freely!

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel

    98Mi/158Km

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    Jackson

    A short drive today brings you through Grand Teton National Park, home to both bear and moose, and on to the picturesque town of Jackson.

    Hotel: Rustic Inn Creekside Resort

    180Mi/290Km

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    Rock Springs

    An early start today as you set out through Teton National Forest to the towns of Dubois and Lander. Enjoy a leisurely drive to the quaint city of Rock Springs, where you spend the evening.

    Hotel: Hampton Inn Rock Springs

    155Mi/250Km

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    Saratoga

    You may wish to take a trip to the Flaming Gorge before driving to Saratoga. Your hotel is home to some of the area’s natural hot springs, so take some time to relax in the hot pools.

    Hotel: Saratoga Hot Springs Resort

    230Mi/370Km

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    Estes Park

    Today, enjoy your leisurely drive into Colorado, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Medicine Bow Mountains. Then drive on to Estes Park, where you will spend your last night.

    Hotel: Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park

    75Mi/121Km

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    Journey home

    Spend your last morning relaxing before your short drive back to Denver, where you will return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2465 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. Due to the nature of the locations featured, certain hotels are tourist class only. Park admission fees are not included. 

    National Parks & Scenic Byways

    Begins in and ends in Jackson, Wyoming

    21 Days / 20 Nights

    Departures: May to September

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Grand Teton National Park

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    • Horse Riding in the Tetons

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    • Grand Prismatic, Yellowstone National Park

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    • Rocky Mountains

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    • Grizzly Bear

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    Arrive Jackson

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Jackson. Upon arrival, collect your car and make the short journey to Teton Village which provides your base for the next two nights.

    Hotel: Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa

    14Mi/23Km

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    Teton Village

    Grand Teton National Park is often overshadowed by its larger neighbour Yellowstone National Park, however it is equally beautiful and provides greater opportunity to see Wyoming’s bear and moose population. Your hotel sits just a few minutes south of the park in Teton Village, which is a quaint town offering a selection of restaurants and shops.

    Hotel: Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa

    96Mi/155Km

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    Yellowstone National Park

    Today, you head north past Jenny Lake to majestic Yellowstone National Park. Although spanning across three US states, 96% of the park is located in Wyoming. Sitting on Yellowstone Plateau, the park has lakes and waterfalls, mountains and valleys, a petrified forest and of course the infamous geothermal geysers. There is so much to see and do, we have allowed two nights staying at a hotel within the park, overlooking tranquil Lake Yellowstone.

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel

    265Mi/427Km

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    Philipsburg

    It is time to venture into Montana, and today's drive takes you through Gold West Country. You may decide to stop at the World Museum of Mining in Butte or at the Virginia and Nevada City Mines which are two preserved mining camps from the 1860’s gold rush era, before arrival at the luxurious Ranch at Rock Creek where excellent service, personalised activities and gourmet dining await. The concierge service will talk you through the activities available and plan your stay so you experience everything offered. Try fly fishing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, biking, hiking and of course the horseback riding to amazing view points across the Montana plains.

    Hotel: The Ranch at Rock Creek

    228Mi/367Km

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    Whitefish Lake / Glacier National Park

    Departing Gold West Country you head north and cross into Glacier Country, home to Flathead Indian Reservation. En route we suggest a stop at National Bison Range which protects one of the most important remaining herds of American Bison and at Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in western USA at almost 200 square miles. Your hotel is located at Whitefish, overlooking the lake and offers a plethora of outdoor recreation. No stay in this region would be complete without visiting Glacier National Park. This natural haven has more than 700 miles of maintained trails, sparkling lakes, alpine glaciers and deep forests to explore.

    Hotel: Lodge at Whitefish Lake

    212Mi/341Km

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    Darby

    Returning south, your journey passes through the traditional large town of Missoula, and the small town of Hamilton which houses Daly Mansion, the historic home of 19th century industrialist Marcus Daly. Covering 46 lush acres it is filled with artefacts and exhibits from the era. Next it’s on to your second ranch experience. A member of the prestigious Relais and Chateau Collection, Triple Creek is a luxurious adult only ranch. Take to the water on a white water rafting or scenic river floating trip whilst back on land, hiking, biking, horseback riding and all-terrain vehicle tours beckon you to give them a try.

    Hotel: Triple Creek Ranch

    90Mi/145Km

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    McCall

    It is a short drive today into Idaho, but wonderfully scenic so keep your camera’s close by. We suggest you follow the Wild & Scenic River Corridor for the most beautiful views. This route includes the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway which hugs the Clearwater and Lochsa Rivers. En route visit Nez Perce National Historic Park and take a small detour to Hells Canyon National Recreation Area where you can see Hells Canyon Dam and drive the parks scenic byway. Your hotel for the next two nights sits on the shores of Payette Lake, offering an idyllic retreat with many recreational opportunities.

    Hotel: Shore Lodge

    218Mi/351Km

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    Sun Valley

    This morning’s delight is the Payette River Scenic Byway, which journeys alongside the wet and wild Payette River and grandiose Boise National Forest. Next, take the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway and make a stop at turbulent South Fork, where whitewater rafting is the top attraction. It’s a brief journey along the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway before finally taking the Sawtooth Scenic Byway to your destination of Sun Valley.

    Hotel: Sun Valley Lodge

    239Mi/385Km

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    Jackson

    Journey a portion of the Peaks to Glaciers Scenic Byway this morning and see Craters of the Moon National Monument and Lost River Valley, before crossing the state line back into Wyoming. This evening is yours to unwind at the amazing Amangani, one of the most luxurious hotels in Jackson Hole.

    Hotel: Amangani

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    Journey home

    You may decide to spend your last morning relaxing by the pool before making the short drive back to Jackson Airport, where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £8275 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

  • Wake up to Wildlife Bus Tour

    Yellowstone National Park

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    • Wake up to Wildlife Tour - Yellowstone NP

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    • Moose in Yellowstone National Park

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    Dawn is really the best time to search out the wild things, so you’ll leave Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Canyon Lodge, or Roosevelt Lodge bright and early and head for Lamar Valley. Here, expansive views provide great opportunities to find spectacular mega fauna grazing or hunting on the open hillsides and your guide will know where the action has been as of late (as you’re looking for genuinely wild animals, there are no guarantees of course!).

    The Historic Yellow Bus will be provisioned with muffins and juice for all aboard. If you really want to take your best chance to glimpse the great beasts, Wake Up to Wildlife!

    Duration: 4 Hours

    Prices

    From £105 per person.

    Circle of Fire Lower Loop Tour

    Yellowstone National Park

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    • Geyser - Yellowstone National Park

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    • Grand Prismatic - Yellowstone National Park

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    This tour will introduce you to the highlights that are along the lower portion of Yellowstone's figure eight road system. The major sights include the Upper and Lower Geyser Basins, Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, and Norris Geyser Basin. A lunch stop (location varies) is scheduled on this tour. Lunch is not included in tour price. After you have completed the tour you can decide what you want to revisit for more exploring.

    Tour vehicle depends on the number of passengers participating in the tour, and a Historic Yellow Bus is not guaranteed.

    Duration: 9 Hours

    Prices

    From £95 per person.

    Yellowstone Horse Ride

    Yellowstone National Park

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    • Yellowstone Horse Ride

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    Choose either the Roosevelt 1 hour horseback tour or the Canyon 1 hour horseback tour.

    Roosevelt 1 Hour Ride:
    This ride goes through sagebrush flats along Garnet Hill. It then goes up a hill and across a stream from a view of Pleasant Valley and Hellroaring Mountain. It loops around and heads back to the corral through the other side of the Valley.

    Canyon 1 Hour Ride:
    This ride goes through an open meadow adjacent to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (not visible from the trail). The ride follows Cascade Creek through a wooded area and returns to
    the corral through a series of meadows and pine forests.

    Prices

    From £55 per person.

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