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ARRIVAL IN BILLINGS, MT. The
trip begins in Billings, Montana, a gateway to the West. Our hotel is
located in downtown Billings and within walking distance to art galleries,
museums, antique shops, coffee shops, and restaurants. The tour begins
with a welcome dinner at Walker’s Grill, an upscale restaurant across
the street from the Crowne Plaza.
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza
DAY TWO. CODY, WYOMING- RAFT, MUSEUM, AND RODEO. From Billings we drive to Cody, Wyoming, home of the famous Buffalo Bill Historical Museum. The museum has memorabilia of Bufflo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, a gallery of western art, a Native American wing, a natural history wing, and contemporary art exhibit. That afternoon, we’ll raft on the Shoshone River.
In the evening, we’ll go to the Cody night rodeo,
where we’ll see cowboys and cowgirls compete in stock events such as
barrel racing, bronc riding, steer wrestling, and bull riding. Hee-haw!
DAY THREE. YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. From Cody, we drive up the Wapiti (Elk) Valley and through the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. We’ll driver over a pass, along Yellowstone Lake, and through the Hayden Valley. Bisected by the lazy arcs of the Yellowstone River, the Hayden Valley is a vast expanse of fertile grassland that teems with life. This morning, we drive along the Hayden Valley in the hopes of seeing some of Yellowstone’s famous wildlife. If we are lucky, we will see bison, elk, deer, coyote, moose, and even grizzly bear.
From the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone you can view the awe-inspiring Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. The walls of the 1,200 foot deep canyon are painted in shades of red, orange, yellow, and gold. We’ll hike to the brink of the falls and overlook the gushing water dropping over 300 feet.
For the next three evenings, we’ll be at the Lake
Hotel, on the shores of Yellowstone Lake.
DAY FOUR. GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK. We drive south to Grand Teton National Park where we’ll gaze at the majestic Grand Tetons. In the afternoon, we’ll take a scenic float trip down the Snake River. The lazy journey down the Snake affords incomparable views of the Tetons as well as opportunities to see elk, moose, beaver, bison, and bald eagle.
In the late afternoon, you’ll be able to wander
the streets of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Do some shopping, kickback in a
saloon or relax on an outdoor patio for a drink. Chose from one of
Jackson’s many restaurants- from burgers and fries to sushi, Jackson has
YELLOWSTONE SIGHTS AND OLD FAITHFUL GEYSER.
Today, we explore Yellowstone’s “lower loop.”
Yellowstone National Park contains over one third of the world’s geysers
and hot springs. Of course no trip to Yellowstone is complete without
getting your picture taken at the Old Faithful Gesyer. That evening
we’ll enjoy an outdoor picnic under the big sky.
DAY SIX. THE BEARTOOTH HIGHWAY TO RED LODGE, MONTANA. The day begins with a morning hike up Mount Washburn where you’ll have panoramic views of Yellowstone. Then we’ll exit the park through the northeast and pass through Cooke City, Montana.
Charles Kuralt called the Beartooth Highway “the
most scenic road in America.” We’ll stop at the highway’s 10,800
foot summit to view the magnificent Beartooth Mountains. In the late
afternoon, we’ll arrive in the western town of Red Lodge, Montana and
check into the Pollard Hotel in downtown Red Lodge.
SADDLE AND PEDAL. Grab your cowboy
hats and boots and saddle up! In the morning we’ll horseback ride on a
Montana ranch. In the afternoon, we’ll head up the Beartooth Highway to
over 10,000 feet and bike downhill to the valley floor below. Yippie!
DAY EIGHT. DEPARTURE. After a short drive to Billings, we say our farewells. Happy trails!
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