Amidst spectacular scenery and overnighting in extraordinary landmark park lodges that are destinations in themselves, this 10-day journey traces the historical paths and natural splendors of the Old West. See and learn about the storied sights and monuments of four of our most magnificent national parks, travel with an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader, and travel comfortably in a private motor coach. Join us and experience the best of the West!
Day 2: Badlands National Park / Custer State Park
Day 3: Custer State Park / Hot Springs
Day 4: Custer State Park / Spearfish Canyon
Day 5: The Ranch at Ucross / Cody, WY
Day 6: Cody / Yellowstone National Park
Day 7: Yellowstone National Park
Day 8: Grand Teton National Park / Jackson
Day 9: Jackson
Day 10: Depart Jackson
Day 10: Jackson / Grand Teton Wildlife Excursion
Day 11: Jackson / Leisure
Day 12: Depart Jackson
Overnight: The Rushmore Hotel & Suites (R)
Following breakfast, head to Badlands National Park, with more than 244,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie featuring some of the most spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife in the region. Gaze in awe at the layered rock cliffs, towering spires, and narrow canyons that create this amazing landscape. An afternoon safari drive through the Custer State Park reserve takes you to magnificent vistas where herds of bison, elk, bighorn sheep, and other wildlife can be observed along the scenic roads. Beware of the “begging burros” who approach visitors looking for a handout! Later, sample Western specialties at a special chuck wagon cookout.
Overnight: Custer State Game Lodge (B,D)
This morning, travel to Hot Springs to visit the world’s largest mammoth dig site. Founded in 1974 after the first remains were unearthed, it’s now a fully-developed paleontological site and museum, with the remains of more than 61 mammoths.
Overnight: Custer State Game Lodge (B,D)
Today visit one of the world’s largest stone monuments—the iconic Mount Rushmore. Begun in 1927, this remarkable granite sculpture was originally designed to portray the four Presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, from the waist up, but construction ended in 1941 due to budgetary constraints. The stones visages that remain, however, are awe-inspiring in both their beauty and the dedication it took to create them.
Overnight: Spearfish Canyon Lodge (B,D)
Journey through impressive Spearfish Canyon and across the grassy plains of Wyoming. Enjoy leisure time and lunch at an authentic Western ranch amid the brilliant landscape. Afterward, board the motor coach, sit back, relax, and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Bighorn Mountains and Shell Creek Canyon as you travel to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West town of Cody, Wyoming. Originally founded in the 1890’s by the famous man himself, the town now boasts a population of more than 10,000 residents who live and work in the surrounding area.
Overnight: Holiday Inn Cody (B,L)
Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West for a step into the region’s rich past, including Western and Native American history, the life of W.F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Yellowstone, and old firearms.
Overnight: Yellowstone Lodging (B,D)
Head south this morning through vast unspoiled wilderness to Grand Teton National Park—its jagged mountain peaks form a perfect backdrop behind Jenny and Jackson Lakes. The Tetons—the highest at more than 13,700 feet—are the youngest of the Rocky Mountains, but still inspire visitors from all over the world with their majestic beauty.
Overnight: The Rustic Inn (B)
Today is yours to explore on your own. You may choose to wander into Jackson’s lively town square with its famous antler arch, enjoy the many local art galleries, visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art or browse in one of the numerous local boutiques featuring western-style arts and crafts. Those who prefer outdoor activities can enjoy a hike to look for wildlife or take part in an optional float trip down the Snake River.
Overnight: The Rustic Inn (B,D)
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take a complimentary transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)