12 days departing SALT LAKE CITY from

Style: Eclipse
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: PYQ

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Trip Overview

On August 21, 2017, millions of people around the United States will enjoy nature's grandest show, a total eclipse of the sun. This is a rare opportunity to view this celestial wonder. In the middle of the Rocky Mountain Range there are three celebrated national parks offering the most varied scenery and wildlife: the spires and azure lakes of Grand Teton, the towering sentinel peaks and broad valleys of Glacier and of course the vigorous geology and wildlife of Yellowstone. Specialist local guides accompany you to spot and track wildlife including bison, bears, wolves, coyotes and eagles. From colourful meadows with wildflowers and mighty canyons to geothermal volcanic pools and glaciated rocky spires, this is a full-on walking trip with some seriously dramatic views.

Included Highlights
  • Enjoy nature's grandest show - a total eclipse of the sun
  • Dedicated wildlife and wolf tracking guide in Yellowstone
  • Visit the geysers of Yellowstone, including Old Faithful
  • Walks accompanied by specialists in geology, Glacier wilderness and wolf tracking
  • Endless wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Incredible hikes and trails
  • Four nights in Yellowstone National Park
  • Two nights in Jackson/Grand Teton National Park
  • Two nights in Glacier National Park
Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 9 nights camping and 2 hotel nights with equipment (except sleeping bag). For your own tent request our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates and Prices' tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 7 dinners
Guided: Two professional tour leaders for extra support, plus specialist guides in Yellowstone and Glacier National Park
Group size: Maximum 12
Age range: 18+
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle. Maximum of five users at one time

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Western saloons - Jackson US$varies
  • Chuck wagon dinner - Jackson US$25-$35
  • Mountain biking - Jackson US$30-$70
  • Aerial tram - Jackson US$23

Day 1: Arrival in Salt Lake City

Welcome to Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah and the gateway to five incredible national parks. Set in a beautiful location at the foot of Utah's Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake is the home of the worldwide headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons. A welcome meeting will be conducted at 18:00 hrs in your hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 2: Salt Lake City and Jackson/Grand Teton National Park

Leave Salt Lake City behind, cross Idaho and pass through the beautiful Targhee National Forest en route to the valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This mountain resort is popular during the winter months as skiers flock to the area, whilst summer sees walkers and other thrill seekers enjoying the area and its proximity to Grand Teton National Park.

Famed for its iconic soaring fang-like peaks, the 64km Grand Teton Range explodes out of the ground with its jagged mountains. Rocky spires, lakes and forests fill the park, with more than 10 pinnacles reaching over 12,000ft. Rich in fauna, inhabitants of the area include bison, elk, Black and Grizzly Bear, Bighorn Sheep, moose and Mule Deer, all of which have been seen on our trips. Upon arrival, opt to take the ferry across Jenny Lake and hike up to Inspiration Point and beyond following the stream. It is common place to see moose and bear whilst hiking the trail.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Lunch and dinner included

Day 3: Total Solar Eclipse / Jackson

This days itinerary is completely weather dependent but we will do our very best to ensure you have the best vantage spot available to observe this incredible natural phenomenon. It is August 21st 2017 and millions of people around the United States will enjoy nature's grandest show, a total eclipse of the sun. This is a rare opportunity to view this celestial wonder. The total eclipse will be visible from our location around the Jackson Hole area. Our private vehicle will be on hand to deliver you to the centre line of the eclipse track if possible. Climate projections for the area are very positive, but if there is a possibility of local cloud, the coach can be diverted to another location. The eclipse is a certainty but weather is a factor and despite advertising a suggested itinerary for the day prior to the eclipse, it is important this be used as a guideline only in order to pick a site with a greater chance of visibility. You will be provided with safety viewing glasses for the occasion.

Depending on available time afterwards you could take an optional aerial tram ride to the top of Rendezvous Mountain for 360 degree views of the Snake River Valley and Grand Teton National Park or simply explore the town as Jackson Hole which maintains an authentic 'Wild West' feel.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 4: Yellowstone National Park

It's a beautiful drive to the very first and most revered national park in America, Yellowstone, and your home for the next four nights. Part of the highway clings to the side of the 24km long Jackson Lake and the expansive ice-blue water reflects the Teton Range on a clear day. Entering Yellowstone, the scenery starts to change from striking jagged peaks to colourful open meadows and rolling terrain. See how the regular lava flows have flattened the largest geological features in the south of the park. This afternoon, take a walk amidst this fascinating volcanic environment before returning to set up camp. Yellowstone is home to an incredible variety of wildlife so always keep your camera at the ready!
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone overflows with geothermal features; geysers, bubbling mud pools, multi-coloured hot springs and fumaroles! The park is famous for its volcanic history and there are estimated to be around 10,000 thermal features - nowhere else on earth (not even Iceland or New Zealand) can boast this concentration of geysers which are scattered amongst several distinct geyser basins. Spend half a day with a local geology guide to explore the many effects of volcanism and enjoy walks around some of the parks most interesting features. The brightly coloured springs, caused by the hot, nutrient-rich water being more suitable for different species of coloured bacteria at different temperatures, are a particular photographic highlight.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Yellowstone National Park

When Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872, Northern Rocky Mountain Wolves (a subspecies of the Grey Wolf) were native to the area. In the years after, predator control saw the decline of this remarkable species but following a reintroduction programme there are now thought to be more than 1,000 wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Area. You spend a full day with a specialist wolf tracking guide, venturing into the parks wilderness by foot and by vehicle to learn about these extraordinary animals. Your guide will explain how wolves live and hunt together in Yellowstone and how the pack hierarchy works. It's important to note that you may not always be lucky enough to see wolves, however this is our goal and at the same time you're likely to see numerous other wildlife species as you explore the park.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Yellowstone National Park

Today you take your newfound knowledge of Yellowstone's wildlife and geology on a wilderness walk in the park, leaving some of the well-known geysers and crowds behind to explore the wilds together. Your route will depend on the group's general ability and fitness but it's likely to involve a walk to view the Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls. More strenuous options are available if you're feeling more energetic - simply ask you leader for your options. You'll also visit the Mammoth Hot Springs which literally feels like being on another planet.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Bozeman, Montana

Departing Yellowstone you make your way to the city of Bozeman in Montana. Often called 'Big Sky Country', you can hit up the historical side of Bozeman and head out to sample some of the local cuisine including chunky steaks and American hospitality. This is also your chance to sleep in a bed and sample a bit of luxury before reverting back to camping.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 9: Glacier National Park

Continue through the mountains of Montana to the famed Glacier National Park where you'll spend the next two nights exploring this immense expanse. Keep your eyes peeled for deer and bear which frequent this area, as well as stunning scenery and glacial lakes. You'll have time on arrival for a short walk to stretch your legs and to admire some of the scenery and prepare you for a big day of hiking tomorrow.
Accommodation: Camping included | Lunch and dinner included

NB: The National Park Service regulates guided hikes in Glacier. Tomorrow you will be led by a national park guide but on other days your tour leaders are not permitted to walk with you on trails. They will however provide detailed briefings, directions, maps and transportation.

Day 10: Glacier National Park

Spend the day exploring the heart of the park with a Glacier National Park wilderness guide along the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Stopping en route for regular walks, your guide will help you try to spot some of the huge variety of animal species for which this park is renowned for including Grizzly Bear, wolverine and lynx. Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goat, coyote and wolves are also common, so make sure you keep your camera at the ready! If conditions are right your guide will take you on the Iceberg Lake or Hidden Lake Trail for more striking mountain scenes and wildflowers.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 11: Coeur d'Alene

You leave Glacier behind and make your way towards Coeur d'Alene in the state of Idaho. You'll pass through small historic towns in Idaho's 'Silver Valley', which was once the `silver capital of the world'. After reaching Coeur d'Alene, there may be time to walk the trail through forested areas which hugs the watery edge of the lake. If it's a hot day make sure you don't forget your swimsuit, but be careful, the water can be bracing! A good option for the afternoon is to enjoy a drink down by the marina and then watch the sunset over the sparkling lake.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 12: Coeur d'Alene and Seattle

Crossing into the state of Washington you make your way towards Seattle, your final destination. Today's journey takes you past the border of Mount Rainier National Park where the imposing Mount Rainier stands; at 4,392m this is Washington's highest volcano! Upon arrival to Seattle your tour ends back at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)

Solo Sleepers   Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own tent for every night of the tour. The number of single tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request basis.

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Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer tailor-made private departures for any of our published tours enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Tailored itineraries and departure dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions).

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Clarion Hotel


This hotel is conveniently located next to Seattle-Tacoma Airport, with a 24 courtesy shuttle and is adjacent to the Light Link Rail to downtown Seattle.

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.

Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City


Centrally located, enjoy the numerous dining options, fitness center, in-hotel shops and boutiques, plus various services and free wifi.

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      Based on single, twin or double room.

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Travel Insurance

We recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. You MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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