Experience the Wild West as it once was. Visit a number of America’s greatest treasures, including Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Mt Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Spend two nights in the cowboy town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the crown jewel of the Northern Rockies. Experience the Wild West as it once was at Yellowstone National Park, home to an incredible array of wildlife including free-ranging herds of buffalo. Ride in a covered wagon for a night of western hospitality and a chuck wagon dinner with entertainment. Enjoy either a relaxing wildlife float trip or an exciting whitewater rafting adventure. Prepare to be amazed by the Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain sculpture, still in progress. Saddle up for this great American adventure!
AAA Member Benefit
- Receive a $50 per person savings*
AAA VACATIONS® AMENITY
- Receive a $50 per person credit toward a pre-booked optional excursion*
- 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
- 7 nights’ accommodations
- Services of a tour director
- All on-tour transportation and related fees
- Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
- Round trip home to airport sedan service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation (restrictions apply)
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Tour Begins
Welcome to Jackson Hole, America’s most famous cowboy town. Find yourself amid its rare blend of elegance and western charm. 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.
(Hotel: Snow King Resort, Meal: Dinner)
This morning the choice is yours. Enjoy either a relaxing wildlife float trip or an exciting whitewater rafting adventure! Both paths take you along the Snake River and offer dramatic views of a grand landscape complete with a picnic lunch. The rest of the afternoon is yours to experience all that Jackson Hole has to offer.
(Hotel: Snow King Resort, Meals: Breakfast and Lunch)
Jackson Hole – Grant Tetons – Yellowstone
Wind through Grand Teton National Park, home to the youngest peaks in the Rockies. Keep your camera ready as 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 lofty reputation. A park guide joins your group to discuss the past, present and future of the park as you observe its 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!
(Hotel: Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Meals: Breakfast and Dinner)
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.
(Hotel: Holiday Inn Sheridan, Meal: Breakfast)
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.
(Hotel: Alex Johnson Hotel, Meal: Breakfast)
Rapid City – Crazy Horse – Keystone – Rapid City
Today, learn more about this diverse region. Jump into the world of 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 hop on an off-road vehicle to travel deep into the park. A herd of approximately 1300 free roaming buffalo 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 Mt. Rushmore, one of the true icons of the West, during a sound and light show.
(Hotel: Alex Johnson Hotel, Meal: Breakfast)
Rapid City – Badlands – Wall – Rapid City
Today you visit rugged Badlands National Park. Upon arrival at the visitor center, view 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.
(Hotel: Alex Johnson Hotel, Meals: Breakfast and Dinner)
Rapid City – Tour Ends
* Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only and based on Sept 19, 2017 travel date. Other dates available but price may vary. Subject to availability. Airfare is additional. Pricing is in effect at time of printing; call for current rates. Restrictions may apply. AAA Member Benefit: The $50 savings is not included in above price, and will be taken at time of booking. AAA Vacations Amenity must be pre-booked and used on trip, no cash value if unused. Sedan service is available from select cities within a 5-mile radius of more than 90 airport gateways. One transfer per room booking. Additional stops are not permitted on route. Other restrictions may apply. Ask your AAA Travel Consultant for a complete itinerary and further details.