B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Monday, 4 Sep 2017: Arrive Bozeman MT; Depart for West Yellowstone; Welcome Dinner (D)
Schedule arrival into Bozeman Airport no later than 2:30pm. Once everyone has arrived, we will depart for West Yellowstone. Tonight we'll get together for a Welcome Dinner to become better acquainted. Overnight West Yellowstone - 3 nights
Tuesday, 5 Sep 2017: Yellowstone Upper Loop with Mammoth Hot Springs (B,L)
Today we do the Upper Loop road in Yellowstone. Our adventure today begins at Mammoth Hot Springs, one of Yellowstone’s most unique, beautiful and fascinating areas. We will take the Lower Terrace Trail, as it is one of the best ways to see this area. After a picnic lunch stop we'll also visit the “Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone,” where the Yellowstone River has carved a canyon, complete with spectacular waterfalls! We'll continue discovering more of America's first national park as we make our way back to our hotel. Note: The order of the stops, and any additional stops are based on Tour Leader discretion.
Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017: Yellowstone Lake; Hayden Valley; Old Faithful Geyser (B,D)
Today we cover the Lower Loop at Yellowstone. As we drive through Hayden Valley, we are likely to see herds of bison, scattered elk and the occasional grizzly bear. This route takes us along Yellowstone Lake, the largest lake at high elevation in North America. The day would not be complete without a stop at Old Faithful. Here you will have time to see the world's most famous geyser and walk the boardwalks that wind around mud pots, steam vents and other geothermal wonders. Note: The order of the stops, and any additional stops are based on Tour Leader discretion.
Thursday, 7 Sep 2017: Cody, WY; Buffalo Bill Historical Center; Western Show (B,D)
Cody was founded in 1896 by the living legend, Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who at the age of 41 was one of the most famous men in the world. Today the town commemorates its founder with a wonderful museum and nightly rodeo events. Today we travel east to Cody. Begin with a visit to the fascinating Buffalo Bill Historical Museum, which highlights history and myth, art and native culture, firearms technology and natural history. Some free time will give you an opportunity to visit Cody’s historic downtown filled with western art, furniture galleries and unique shopping opportunities. We will visit a Western revue this evening. Overnight Cody - 1 night
Friday, 8 Sep 2017: Rapid City via Bighorn Scenic Highway (B)
The Bighorn Scenic Highway winds past thick forest, lush meadows, waterfalls and deep canyons. Shell Creek Canyon and Shell Falls create some of the most spectacular scenery along the route. The 120-foot plunge of Shell Falls is accompanied by nature trails and interpretive signs. We will continue on to Rapid City with a stop in Sheridan, WY. Overnight Rapid City - 2 nights
Saturday, 9 Sep 2017: Badlands National Park; Farewell Dinner (B,D)
Today we drive to Badlands National Park. The park consists of nearly 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed-grass prairie in the United States. We begin with an overview at the visitor center. A drive along the Badlands Loop Road features spectacular scenery. Bring your binoculars! You may spy bison or pronghorn antelope grazing, spot a coyote stalking rodents, or perhaps catch a glimpse of bighorn sheep. The park is the site of the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America.
Sunday, 10 Sep 2017: Return Home from Rapid City, SD (B)
Sadly, our time together has come to an end. Based on the departure time you provide WTT, your Tour Leader will organize travelers into small groups so you can ride-share to the airport if you wish.