9 days departing JACKSON from

Style: Active
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: PYT

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Trip Overview

The west is still very much wild in the National Parks of Yellowstone and the Grand Teton's and is the ultimate destination for budding photographers. Awaiting your arrival are the mesmerising geysers, bubbling pools of mud, towering peaks rising overhead, and the ever-spectacular Old Faithful reminding you of the beauty and rawness of Mother Nature. See a wide array of wildlife on this active tour including birdlife and the mighty Black Bear. Enjoy two nights at a guest ranch to discover that true Wyoming American experience. This shorter 8 day tour encompasses some of America's best!

Included Highlights
  • Guided hikes in Yellowstone National Park
  • Incredible photographic opportunities
  • Breath-taking trails in Grand Teton National Park
  • Witness Old Faithful erupt and endless bubbling geysers
  • Enjoy a true Western experience on a guest ranch including horseback riding
  • Spot elk, deer, moose, beaver and the mighty bear
Tour Facts & Features
Accommodation: 5 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation + 2 twin share guest ranch nights. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: All meals paid locally (One welcome dinner included at ranch).
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+
Wifi: Free wi-fi available in your vehicle (Max 5 users, restrictions apply)

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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 all costs are subject to change.

  • Western saloons - Jackson US$varies
  • Chuckwagon dinner - Jackson US$24-$34
  • Ferry across Jenny Lake - Grand Teton US$15
  • Whitewater rafting on the Snake River - Jackson US$77-$124
  • Horseback riding - Jackson US$65

Day 1: Arrival day in Jackson

Begin your tour in the Western town of Jackson, Wyoming. An area of wide open plains and towering mountain ranges which will take your breath away from the very start. The aerial tram ride offers the perfect introduction to the city, taking you to the top of Rendezvous Mountain for sensational views. Spend your day wandering in and out of the galleries or visit the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar ahead of your welcome meeting this evening at 18:00 hrs.
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: Paid locally

Day 2: Grand Teton National Park & Jackson

Make your way to Grand Teton National Park where you'll see some of the best mountain scenery in the States. Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes and alpine clad meadows, the Teton Range stands proud. Over 60 species of mammals and 300 species of bird call the Jackson Hole area home. You can hike deep into the Teton Mountain Range from the shores of Jenny Lake (ferry not included) up to the 200 foot tall Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point for sensational views over the national park. Commonly sighted wildlife on this trail include moose, deer, Pine Marten, weasel, marmots, River Otters, Steller Jays, tanagers, butterflies and more; giving wonderful photographic opportunities. You can stop at this point or continue further into Cascade Canyon where you may spot moose before returning. Hike or take an optional boat ride back across the lake (additional charge). Tonight you'll return to Jackson.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 3: Grand Teton National Park

This morning you hike the Amphitheatre Lake Trail where you dot in and out of the high mountains on a short steep trail up the eastern slope of Disappointment Peak to two beautiful alpine lakes. Spring and summer reveal wildflower scenes which line your way - a great reminder of the smaller details of the national park which can sometimes be forgotten against the grand scale of the scenery. Black Bear are a common sight but it's also Grizzly country, so be alert! See glorious views of the Snake River winding its way through Jackson Hole as you climb ever higher.

Please note it is not possible for the leader to accompany your walks in Grand Teton due to national park regulations however, you'll be given all the information and maps needed to enjoy your walk.
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals paid locally

Day 4-5: Traditional Guest Ranch

Make your way to the traditional guest ranch, self-contained accommodation with a friendly atmosphere. Make like a cowboy with an included horseback ride through more striking mountain scenery and hit the trails to explore the surrounding area. The peacefulness and rare chance to experience 'Old America' reveals a very different side to the trip and your overall impression of the country. It's also perfect for relaxing whilst being surrounded by views of the magnificent Teton Range with fresh air plus peace and quiet aplenty.
Accommodation: Guest Ranch included | Meals: Welcome dinner included (other meals paid locally)

Day 6: Yellowstone National Park

This morning you make your way to perhaps the most revered and wild national park in the United States, Yellowstone. With the world's largest collection of geysers, this designated UNESCO World Heritage Site is a nature, photography and wildlife lover's paradise. Drive to the Mammoth Hot Springs area for a guided walk on the Beaver Ponds Trail where you can see elk, Mule Deer, beaver dams and the occasional Black Bear. Stop at the thermally active Norris Geyser Basin, where it feels like you're walking on the moon.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 7: Yellowstone National Park

Venture out on a full day guided hike to Seven Mile Hole Trail which, as you'll discover, combines all the best elements of Yellowstone National Park in one trail. You start along the rim of Yellowstone River which will allow you a number of varied viewpoints, some of which you may not see on the more popular trails. Pass through pine forest and meadows with excellent chances of seeing wildlife such as Grizzly Bear, which inhabit the slopes of nearby Mount Washburn. The path descends into the canyon to the river's edge, passing an active geothermal area with several hot pools and vents. This can be a strenuous section of the walk but is hugely rewarding and highly recommended.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 8: Yellowstone & Salt Lake City

See Old Faithful bubbling and erupting for an authentic Yellowstone experience. This bubbling spectacle is one of the main reasons the park was established in 1872 as America's first national park - an idea which has since spread nationwide. The rest of the day is free for further exploration and by following the boardwalk around the hot pools and scorched earth you'll gain a true understanding of what makes Yellowstone such an incredible place. Being primarily a driving national park, your tour leader will be on hand to drive you to some of the more out of the way places including the stunning Lamar Valley. It's here that most of the parks iconic wildlife is spotted, so keep those eyes peeled.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 9: Yellowstone & Jackson

With a free morning you'll head back to Jackson where your tour ends. If time is on your side we recommend spending an extra night here. Wyoming not only offers nature's best backyard, it's also awash with galleries and buzzing cafes.
Meals: Paid locally

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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  • A GBP£150 / US$260 deposit per person is required to book
  • Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
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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 room for every night of the tour excluding the 2 night ranch stay. The number of single rooms 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 and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.

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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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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 designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

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.

  • Twin share:  per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
    Full room:  per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

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Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour 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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