Dates: September 8 - September 16, 2018
Total Duration: 9 days
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Active
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
Region: North America And Caribbean
The belief that "wild nature" should be protected for posterity became a reality when President
Ulysses S. Grant signed into law the establishment of Yellowstone National Park, the first national park anywhere in the world, on March 1, 1872. Conservation, preservation, education, and enjoyment are all important aspects of a national park designation, and within the national parks visited during our this adventure, there is much to see, learn about, and enjoy. On this extraordinary 9-day journey to three iconic national parks in the western United States—Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier—immerse yourself in the spectacular geological wonders and diverse wildlife of Wyoming and Montana, as well as the cultural and historical treasures of the Old West.
Gaze in awe at the herds of buffalo that roam the plains, and the extraordinary thermal activity at Norris Geyser Basin and Mammoth Hot Springs, within Yellowstone National Park. Look for elk from a special viewing platform at the National Elk Refuge in Grand Teton National Park. Ride in iconic red "jammers" along the spectacular Going-to-the-Sun Road, a National Historic Landmark in Glacier National Park. Take a boat tour along the Missouri River to the Gates of the Mountains, named by Meriwether Lewis during the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1805.
An important adjunct to the conservation and preservation focus of the National Park System are the many historic hotels and lodges that have been a vital part of visiting the parks for more than a century. As you explore Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier, you will stay at some of these renowned facilities, and visit a few others. Their walls resonate with the experiences of long-ago park visitors who journeyed to the wilderness aboard stage coaches, trains, and wagons, but who nonetheless felt the same awe and amazement as you are sure to feel today.