This exciting journey abounding in rich landscapes and historical landmarks reads like an adventure story with tales of Plains Indians, explorers and pioneers. Explore America’s first National Park, Yellowstone offering a variety of firsts. Watch as the steaming geysers erupt in all their glory or at first light view wildlife as they cross over miles of untouched landscape. Gaze in awe at the carved faces of four exalted Presidents on Mount Rushmore and visit Chief Crazy Horse, still a work in progress. Enjoy over two million acres of steaming geysers, thundering waterfalls, crystalline lakes and panoramic views. Join us as we visit these gems of the west and see for yourself the unspoiled beauty and wide open landscapes of the west.
Take time to relax, enjoy the scenery & get-acquainted with fellow passengers as we make our way to our first night stay at 12 Tribes Casino Resort in Omak.
We continue our journey with overnight accommodations at the Historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane.
Today we pass by the historic communities of Coeur d’Alene, Wallace, Butte and Bozeman enroute to Gardiner, our home for the next three nights.
Yellowstone National Park was established as the world’s first national park in 1872 and is also one of the most successful wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Watch for elk, mule deer, antelopes, moose, bighorn sheep & bison as we explore the north loop of the park including Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Canyon & Falls and Canyon Village. Observe coloured mud boil at the Fountain Paint Pots, then watch the magnificent eruption of Old Faithful Geyser, so named as it erupts every 65 – 92 minutes blasting steam and hot water skyward. Continuing through the park, prepare to be awed by steaming vents, deep coloured pools and beds of orange microbes that make up this diverse and unique area. (B)
Yellowstone National Park continued. (B)
Travel “the most scenic 52 miles in America” , the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway. Sights include unusual rock formations, the North Fork of the Shoshone River Canyon and the Buffalo Bill Dam & Reservoir. Arrive into Cody for the night. The town was founded in 1896 by Col. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Buffalo Bill lived up to the romantic idea of the brave, daring frontiersman. Through his personal exploits and his Wild West Show, he became the world’s most well-known American. Our accommodation is at the Holiday Inn at Buffalo Bill Village Resort. This evening stroll the streets of downtown Cody. (B,R)
This morning includes a visit to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West where you can learn more about this brave, daring frontiersman. Our next destination is Deadwood, the largest historic preservation project in the world, making it a National Historic Landmark. Unpack for the next four nights at the Holiday Inn Express centrally located in the heart of the downtown.
Enjoy a narrated drive through downtown Deadwood, then visit the Mt. Moriah Cemetery and the final resting place of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Potato Creek Johnny, Preacher Smith and Seth Bullock. This afternoon we visit the Badlands, 244,000 acres of barren, beautiful landscape. (B)
Mount Rushmore is our first stop, followed by Crazy Horse Monument, the world’s largest mountain carving- in-the-making. (B,D)
Enjoy your final day in Deadwood exploring the historic townsite. Ride the replica San Francisco Trolley along Historic Main Street, then visit Saloon #10, site of the fatal shooting of Wild Bill Hickok and deemed the most famous ‘watering hole’ in the West. (B)
Farewell to Deadwood as we return to Wyoming through Gillette and Sheridan, then follow the Bozeman Trail through the Crow Reserve into Billings, Montana. Visit Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, where Lt. Col. George Custer and the 7th Cavalry Regiment made their last stand against thousands of Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors in 1876. Overnight at the Best Western GranTree. (B)
Follow the Yellowstone River through the ‘Treasure State’ of Montana. We then ascend Lookout Pass of the Bitterroot Range into Idaho and the National Historical town of Wallace. A group dinner is included this evening at the Wallace Inn. (R,D)
We continue our journey west, traveling through Spokane and central Washington. Arrive at the beautiful Tulalip Resort and enjoy the amenities of this wonderful property. (D)
Enjoy the final hours with new-found friends as we return to the Okanagan with fabulous ‘Sun Fun’ travel memories. We bid farewell until your next Sun Fun get-away! (B)
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August 21, 2017