Discover a land of contrasts on this epic journey that combines two distinct areas of the west, each with its own unique personality. Explore America’s first National Park; Yellowstone and watch as steaming geysers erupt in all their glory and view an abundance of wildlife as they meander over miles of untouched landscape. Traverse some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world throughout the state of Utah with its kaleidoscope of red rock, towering spires, deep canyons and gorges.
Our journey south begins with the first night at the 12 Tribes Hotel & Casino in Omak, Washington. Join us this evening for an informal welcome reception and get acquainted with your fellow travellers. (R, MV)
Travelling east through the Spokane Valley, past beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene and into the historic town of Wallace. The town has long been famous as the ‘Silver Capital of the World’ with 1.2 billion ounces of silver produced in Shoshone County since 1884. Soon we enter Montana, a state blessed with large agricultural valleys ringed by snow-capped mountains and a mother-lode of history. The historic town of Butte is our home for the night where its colourful history can be seen in its preserved Victorian uptown business district and stately mansions. Accommodation is at the Best Western Butte Plaza Inn. (R)
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 and bison as we enter the park this afternoon via the North entrance at Gardiner. After an afternoon of incredible sights, settle in for the next two nights at the Stagecoach Inn in West Yellowstone. No visit to Yellowstone is complete without the IMAX experience. Wander over to the theater and immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery, majestic wildlife and vivid color and sound of Yellowstone. (B)
Our Yellowstone adventure continues. Observe colored 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 on the Grand Scenic Loop, prepare to be awed by steaming vents, deep coloured pools and beds of orange microbes that make up this diverse and unique area. (B)
Begin the day at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to watch the intriguing behavior of the grizzly bear in their outdoor compound. The center is also home to three wolf packs where you have an unobstructed view of these animals and their fascinating pack dynamics. Depart south via the Hebgen Lake scenic loop to lunch in Idaho Falls then onto Pocatello, the fifth largest city in the state of Idaho. Discover the Museum of Clean, a museum founded by cleaning expert Don Aslett and dedicated to the history and art of staying clean. This fun, interactive attraction is sure to impress and if we are lucky, Mr. Aslett himself may be on hand to give us a tour. Overnight at the Fairfield Inn & Suites. (B, D)
Prepare for a day of incredible beauty as we journey to the unspoiled natural playground of Flaming Gorge Country. Experience the deep multi-colored canyons, unique geologic features, breathtaking scenic vistas and vast forest landscapes along the national scenic byway that travels through one of the most abundant areas for wildlife and fossils in the west. This afternoon we arrive into the town of Vernal, also known as “Dinosaurland” and home to the largest quarry of prehistoric Jurassic dinosaur bones. Explore the Utah Field House of Natural History Museum which has an extensive collection of dinosaur bones, full-size dinosaur replicas and interactive exhibits that allow you to wander back in time. Overnight at the Holiday Inn Express. (B)
Utah’s dinosaur legacy comes to life at the Dinosaur National Monument located a short distance from the town of Vernal on the Utah / Colorado border, where geological and climatic forces have tilted, warped and eroded the earth’s crust to reveal a treasure trove of fossils. Step inside the stunning glass building, literally erected over the dig site in order to preserve the more than 1,500 fossils that were discovered here. Follow the Diamond Dinosaur Prehistoric Highway to Price and then onto Torrey for our overnight at the Days Inn. (B)
Traveling scenic Hwy 12, wind our way through the spectacular Escalante-Grand Staircase enroute to Bryce Canyon National Park, an immense semi-circular amphitheater of some of Earth’s most colorful rocks which have been sculptured into pillars, spires and mazes by millions of years of erosion. Our overnight is at Ruby’s Inn located at the entrance to Bryce. (B, D)
A scenic day of geological formations beckon as we travel to Zion Canyon National Park via the Zion Mt. Carmel Highway. Climb to an elevation of 5607′ then pass through the 1.1 mile long Zion Tunnel, a truly most remarkable engineering feat. Have your camera ready as you board the Zion Tram for a narrated Zion Canyon scenic drive. Founded as a cotton mission in 1861, St. George will be our home for the next two nights at the Red Lion Hotel. (B)
Join us for a guided tour of St. George that includes the Historical District, the 1863 Utah Mormon Tabernacle and the restored 1871 winter home of Brigham Young. Return to the hotel for a free afternoon before we depart for an evening of ‘Broadway in the Desert’ at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre. Go behind the scenes on a backstage walking tour and learn how the spectacular Broadway in the Desert productions comes together, enjoy a delicious dinner followed by the Broadway production of Cinderella. (B, D)
Travelling north today, visit Cathedral Gorge known for its unique landscape and formations; pass through the historic old town of Pioche and through Ely where the permanently snow-capped mountains of the Great Basin National Park rise to the east. Overnight at the beautiful Montego Bay Casino Resort situated on the Nevada/Utah border town of Wendover. You will find this a welcoming oasis in the middle of the desert. (B, D)
With stops in Jackpot, Mountain Home and Baker City we arrive in Pendleton. Our overnight stay will be at the Red Lion Hotel.
We continue the journey north travelling through Oregon and central Washington. Arrive at the beautiful Embassy Suites this afternoon with plenty of time to enjoy the amenities of this wonderful property. (B, R)
We depart Lynnwood mid-morning. Bid farewell to new-found friends and return home with wonderful memories of bright sunshine and warm, sunny days. (B)
B = Breakfast, CB = Continental Breakfast, L = Lunch, BL = Box Lunch
D = Dinner, HH = Happy Hour, R = Reception
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September 16, 2018