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America’s Cowboy Country with Collette Tours
September 2, 2018 - September 9, 2018$3799.00 – $5149.00
All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from BWI.
- Round Trip Air from Baltimore Washington International Airport, Air taxes and fees/surcharges and hotel transfers.
- Choice of Wildlife Float Trip of Whitewater Rafting on Snake River
- Grand Tetons
- Yellowstone National Park
- Buffalo Bill Center of the West
- Cray Horse Memorial
- Mount Rushmore
- Bandlands National Park
Day 1 – Sunday, September 2, 2018 Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Welcome to Jackson Hole. America’s most famous cowboy town. Find yourself amid it’s rare blend of elegance and western charm. The afternoon is yours to get acquainted with this amiable town an experience all that Jackson Hole has to offer.
Day 2 – Monday, September 3, 2018 Jackson Hole, Wyoming
This morning the choice is yours. Enjoy a relaxing wildlife float trip or an exciting whitewater rafting adventure! Both paths take you along the Snake River and offer up dramatic views of a grand landscape complete with a picnic lunch. Get your first taste of the Old West at your welcome dinner where your ride in a covered wagon takes you past the Cache Creek Canyon for a night of western hospitality at a chuck wagon dinner with entertainment. (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Tuesday, September 2, 2018 Jackson Hole – Grand Tetons
Yellowstone Wind through Grand Teton National Park, home to the youngest peaks in the Rockies, keep your camera ready. There are plenty of opportunities to take photos. Next, visit incomparable Yellowstone National Park, the first and oldest National Park in the world. Yellowstone, a true symbol of the west, stretches across 3,470 square miles and touches three western states. Famous for its geysers, hot springs and incredible wildlife including free – ranging herds of buffalo – Yellowstone lives up to its reputation. A park guide joins your group to discuss the past, present and future of the park as you observe the unspoiled natural splendor. Of course, no visit to Yellowstone would be complete without seeing its most famous attraction: Old Faithful. Watch in amazement as the geyser erupts, sending a fountain of steam more than 90 feet in the air! (B, D)
Day 4 – Wednesday, September 5, 2018 Yellowstone – Cody – Sheridan
Begin your day with a journey along Lake Yellowstone and over Sylvan Pass. From the mountains to the prairies, the scenery is simply astounding. Pass through Cody and visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West – A tribute to one of the most colorful figures of the Old West. Before turning in for the night in Sheridan, make your way through the incredible Bighorn Mountains and cross through the territory of the Great Sioux Nation. (B)
Day 5 – Thursday, September 6, 2018 Sheridan – Deadwood – Rapid City, South Dakota
En route to Rapid City, stop in Deadwood, a rowdy, rambling western town that has been named a National Historic Landmark. Recreations of turn of the century street lamps light the way through the restored architecture. A local guide introduces you to the history of the city, including a visit to Mount Moriah Cemetery, final resting place of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and other figures from the Wild West. You’ll also make a stop at Kevin Costner’s Tatanka: “Story of the Bison.” This interpretive center features large, awe-inspiring sculptures depicting the relationship of bison and the Lakota Native Americans. Enjoy some time to ramble through Deadwood where gold, gambling and gunpowder were once the order of the day, Later return to Rapid City to enjoy leisure time for independent exploration. (B)
Day 6 – Friday, September 7, 2018 Rapid City – Crazy Horse – Keystone Rapid City
Today, learn more about the diverse region, jump into the world Black Hills gold on a tour through Riddle’s Black Hills Gold and Diamond Factory. See skilled artisans handcraft South Dakota’s official state jewelry. Then it is on to Custer State Park where you’ll ride into the park in search of the herd of approximately 1,300 free roaming buffalo (or bison) that grace the woods of Custer, along with pronghorn antelope and elk. Your guide will fill you in on the history and fun facts about the park’s wildlife. Next, prepare to be amazed by the Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain sculpture still in progress. The memorial includes the Indian Museum of North America. Native American Cultural Center, the sculptor’s studio, an orientation center and theaters. Many Native American artists and craftspeople practice their art at the memorial and are on hand to discuss the influence their culture has on their work. Make a stop in the Old West town of Keystone to have dinner on your own before stopping to see the illumination of Mr. Rushmore, one of the true icons of the West, during a sound and light show. (B)
Day 7 – Saturday, September 8, 2018 Rapid City – Badlands – Wall -Rapid City
Today you will visit the rugged Badlands national Park. Upon arrival at the visitor center, views its informative exhibits and displays and watch a film that introduces you to the area. Follow The Badlands Loop Road, a wonder of rock formations and vibrant colors caused by mineral deposits. Next, enjoy a stop at Wall Drug, a classic store from 1936, where there is time for lunch and browsing. This evening, a Lakota Native American will join you before your farewell dinner to discuss his dedication to his community and the Native American way of life, past and present. (B, D)
Day 8 – Sunday, September 9, 2018 Rapid City – Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories. (B)
Itinerary at a Glance
Days 1, 2 – The Lodge at Jackson Hole, Jackson, Wyoming
Day 3 – Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Yellowstone National Park
Day 4 – Holiday Inn Sheridan, Sheridan Wyoming
Day 5 – 7, Alex Johnson Hotel, Rapid City, South Dakota