8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton

Your Escape Details

Enjoy a seven night adventure exploring some of the magnificent US Northern National Parks. Your guided tour will take you to the iconic sculpture of Mt. Rushmore, the spectacular scenery and natural wonders of Yellowstone and the jagged peaks of the Grand Tetons. Along the way you will explore quaint western towns and breathtaking scenery

8 Amazing Days

This trip is focused on the National Parks, nature, wildlife, and history. It is a bit more standard than our typical adventures in order to ensure you get to see the most interesting scenery, towns and history over a vast area.

Our service is second to none, from your decision to join our tour, throughout the trip and when you get home, we will be there for you.

Each escape brings you experiences you wouldn’t find on your own.

Tour begins September 3-10, 2019

Special Features

  • Crazy Horse Memorial, started over 50 years ago and still incomplete
  • Mount Rushmore, the iconic massive carved sculpture of the faces of four U.S. presidents
  • Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 as the first national park in the United States and the World
  • Discover dramatic Grand Teton National Park with its jagged peaks, glaciers, lakes and dense forests
  • Salt Lake City Tabernacle, home of the world-famous Tabernacle Choir and Temple Square


All sightseeing and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable weather conditions and seasonality. In those instances, and until the roads are available for travel, often unpredictable until the last moment, roads, routes and sites will be amended.

DAY 1, Sunday – Arrive in Rapid City
Arrive in Rapid City, gateway to South Dakota’s Black Hills and iconic
Mount Rushmore, this city’s downtown displays life-size bronze
sculptures of past U.S. presidents. Transfer independently to the hotel.
Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the
adventure filled tour that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Drink. Your
tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at
approximately 7PM on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5PM on Day 1 of
the itinerary or earlier.
Overnight: Rapid City

DAY 2, Monday – Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore 
This morning, head to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.* The
faces of four American presidents – George Washington, Thomas
Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln – are carved into the granite mountainside high above the treetops of the Black Hills. The
carving took 14 years to complete and serves today as a priceless shrine
of democracy. This afternoon visit the Crazy Horse Memorial that started over 50 years ago by Chief Henry Standing Bear who invited sculptors to carve a mountain honoring the heritage, tradition, and culture of North American Indians. Today, this tribute is still incomplete. After lunch on
your own, return to Rapid City. Tonight, a Welcome Dinner celebrates
your arrival.
*Renovations of the facilities at Mt Rushmore are scheduled to take place
beginning Fall 2018 and last for approximately 18 months. Views from the Grand Terrace may not be possible. 
Overnight: Rapid City
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday – Drive to Cody
Morning departure to Sheridan, Wyoming set halfway between
Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore, with its dramatic vistas of the striking Big Horn mountains. After lunch, continue to Cody for an afternoon
arrival. Evening is at leisure to enjoy Cody on your own.
Overnight: Cody
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Wednesday – Arrive in Yellowstone, Hayden Valley
An extraordinary experience as you enter spectacular Yellowstone
National Park, a breathtaking natural wonderland established in 1872 as the first national park in the United States. Yellowstone is home to
countless hot springs and two-thirds of all of the geysers in the world,
highlighted by its awe-inspiring rock formations and the famed geyser, “Old Faithful”. Upon arrival, cross over the Yellowstone River into the
Lower Loop. Continue towards the Hayden Valley to see its incredible
thermal features. See the Mud Volcano, with its rhythmic belching of
steam and flashing tongue of water. The caldron exploded onto the landscape in 1948, blowing trees out by their roots and covering the
surrounding forest with mud. All the while, be on the lookout for bison,
bears, elk, and eagles in this sweeping glacial valley.
Overnight: Yellowstone National Park
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Thursday – Explore Yellowstone, Old Faithful
Begin the day in Yellowstone with a visit the dramatic Grand Canyon of
the Yellowstone with its turbulent River – 24 miles of twisting, sheer rock cliffs carved 1200 feet deep. Then on to Mammoth Hot Springs, a large
complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine, created thousands of years ago. Continue to the Lower Geyser Basin to Fountain Paint Pots along the Firehole River. After on to the highlight of the day – legendary
“Old Faithful”. The thrilling eruptions shoot up into the air approximately every 90 minutes as high as 184 feet. Enjoy free time on the site to hike,
have dinner at your leisure and see the eruption one more time. En route to your hotel, cross the Continental Divide – here, water flows on one side to the Gulf of Mexico, and the other side flows to the Pacific Ocean.
Overnight: Yellowstone National Park
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Friday – Grand Teton National Park
Depart Yellowstone for magnificent Grand Teton National Park in
northwest Wyoming with its jagged peaks, glaciers, lakes and dense
forests rich with wildlife. Multiple photo stops on your way to Colter Bay where you stop at the visitor center. Continue past picturesque mountain vistas before visiting the Chapel of the Transfiguration, built in 1925 at
the south entrance of Grand Teton National Park. Depart for Jackson.
Here, there’s time to shop in the town’s many stores for genuine cowboy
gear or join the optional Snake River Scenic Float with Lunch. Surround
yourself with stunning scenery as you glide down the beautiful Snake
River. Learn about the history of Jackson Hole & Grand Teton, the
geology, flora, and fauna of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Tonight,
try one of the homey restaurants with local country cooking. Be sure to
stop at the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, with its awesome Wild
West displays, known worldwide for its lively western dancing.
Optional: Snake River Scenic Float with Lunch (PM)
Overnight: Jackson
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Saturday – Salt Lake City
Today, leave rugged Wyoming for Salt Lake City, Utah. Here, tour historic Temple Square*; the centerpiece of this beautifully landscaped 10-acre
plot of ground in the heart of downtown Salt Lake is the six-spired Salt
Lake Temple. Also located on the Square is the domed Tabernacle, home of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. At this evening’s
Farewell Dinner, share wonderful memories of your western adventure with your newfound friends.
*Some departures will feature alternate sightseeing due to local events.
Details to be advised locally.
Overnight: Salt Lake City
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday – Return Home
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight.
Meals: Breakfast

National Parks route and program may vary according to weather
conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration

Your Investment

Your investment is $2356.48 per person based on double occupancy including airfare out of Boston. (Price can change if you choose a different flight or airport.) If you prefer to travel solo, the investment is $3117.88 with air as above.

Deposit amount is $608 per person. Final payment is due 60 days prior to travel.

Please note, there is limited space on this departure however alternative dates are available.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Boston-Rapid City, Salt Lake City-Boston
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Rapid City
    • 1 night Cody
    • 2 nights Yellowstone National Park
    • 1 night Jackson
    • 1 night Salt Lake City
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 10 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Your Trip Does Not Include

  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional tours
  • Gratuities

How We Make Your Escape Awesome!

We are ready to answer your questions throughout the process via phone or email.

Once you sign up and pay your deposit:

  • We will send you a link to your My Trips account. You can view your trip details any time from your PC or Mobile Phone.
  • We will send you arrival and departure details so you can make your flight arrangements.
  • We will email you your final payment reminder about 1 week before it is due.
  • About two-three months before the trip we will send significant details like packing lists, further itinerary details, etc.
  • One month before the trip we will mail you your travel documents (or pass them out at a gathering for those local).

Facebook Group

You will be invited to a private Facebook group where you can meet, virtually, your fellow travelers, discuss the trip, make any preparation plans together, and share your excitement.

So, Is this Trip for You?

This moderately active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. There are two long bus rides necessary to cover the territory (Rapid City to Cody and Jackson to Salt Lake City). The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, steps and slopes. The altitude in the National Parks varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. Hotels in National Parks provide limited amenities.

This Trip is Not for You If…

  • Travel is stressful and sometimes you find yourself anxious and frustrated when things don’t go perfectly as planned.
  • New things, new situations, aren’t really your thing.
  • Too much walking for long distances is tough.
  • Traveling by coach on a guided tour is not for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often will I change accommodations during the trip?

Please refer to the itinerary. Accommodations change regularly.

Can I extend my stay?

Absolutely, adding a pre or post stay always enhances a trip. You spent the money to get there, why not stay a while? We will be happy to help you make plans.

What airport do I fly into and out of?

You will fly into Rapid City and out of Salt Lake City.

Who do I contact for other questions and travel advice?

Call us at 860-779-6531 or send an email to lwhittemore@cruiseplanners.com

What is the age group of my potential fellow travelers?

Our guests typically range in age from 45-75. They tend to be of an age where they are either already retired and traveling is an objective for them, or are getting close. There are some tours that attract a younger group, sometimes adult children of a traveler in the group will join the tour.

In any case, our travelers are in good health, active and adventurous.

I’m not a tour person, will this be too much of a standard tour for me?

This tour is a escorted coach tour. This is the simplest way to navigate such vast territory. You will have time on your own to hike or explore in the parks and towns.

We would love to have you join us! We will do our best to provide the opportunities and activities that allow you to make amazing memories and lasting friendships. We are looking forward to traveling with you.

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