Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Glacier National Park, Little Big Horn, Gillette Coal Yards & Deadwood

July 25 – August 2, 2019 

Tour Itinerary:

Image result for econo lodge rawlins wyoming

Econo Lodge, Rawlins, WY

Thursday, July 25th: Depart from Grand Island with continental breakfast served onboard.  We will stop at Grandma Max’s in Big Springs for lunch (on your own).  Then on to Rawlins, WY for our overnight at Econo Lodge.  Supper is included tonight at Cactus Jacks.

Image

Wyoming Frontier Prison, Rawlins, WY

Friday, July 26th: Breakfast included at hotel.   Our morning begins with a tour of the historic Wyoming Frontier Prison.   Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, this prison opened in 1901 and is a remnant of the grizzly past of the Old West.  In over 80 years of operation, this facility also produced brooms, was a  shirt factory, a woolen mill and producer of license plates.  Lunch stop near Rock Springs, WY (on your own).  This afternoon we will check into The Flat Creek Inn, Jackson Hole, WY for a two night stay.

Saturday, July 27th: Rise and shine for our early morning guided tour of the Grand Tetons!  Our guide will take us on the backroads of Jackson Hole to escape the crowds and seek out favorite hotspots for uninterrupted observation of wildlife, including: moose, elk, bison, antelope, mule deer, wolves, black bear, grizzly bear, bald eagles and trumpeter swans.  Lunch on your own with time to explore downtown Jackson Hole.  This afternoon, relax as you enjoy the scenery and the majestic Tetons as we take a scenic 14 mile float trip on the Snake River with the Barker Ewing Company.  Supper provided on the river.

Image result for the Flat Creek inn

Flat Creek Inn, Jackson Hole, WY

Sunday, July 28th: Depart Jackson Hole at sunrise to observe wildlife during their active time in Yellowstone National Park.  This full day, guided tour will take us North into the park for visits to Old Faithful, The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and some of the best of the 10,000 thermal features of the park.  Breakfast and lunch provided.  This afternoon spend time strolling the boardwalks and short, easy trails to gain an in-depth understanding of what makes Yellowstone unique.  Supper stop (on your own) this evening before checking into the Quality Inn, Belgrade, MT.

Monday, July 29th: Breakfast included.  This morning we are headed to Missoula, MT and a guided tour of the Smoke Jumpers School, the largest smoke jumper base in the country.  The visitor center provides an interactive opportunity to learn about this demanding and important occupation.  There is also a gift shop, museum, a 1930’s fire lookout tower and smoke jumper aircraft on the grounds.  You may even see smoke jumpers dispatched to a fire!  Lunch on your own enroute today.  Following our tour we will check in at the Quality Inn, Kalispell, MT.  Supper included tonight at Famous Dave’s.

Tuesday, July 30th: Breakfast included.  Today we board the famous Red Buses for a guided tour of Glacier National Park.  Experience the pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes as we travel the Going-to-the-Sun road!  Picnic lunch at Lake McDonald Lodge included.  Overnight in Great Falls, MT. Supper included.

Wednesday, July 31st: Breakfast included.  Experience the life and artwork of Great Falls “cowboy artist” Charles Marion Russell on our guided tour this morning.  Listed as one of America’s premier Western art museums.  Included is Mr. Russell’s log cabin studio and his two-story wood home which was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1965.  Lunch included at MacKenzie River Pizza Company.  Overnight at the Quality Inn Homestead Park, Billings, MT.  Supper included at the Cracker Barrel.

Thursday, August 1st: Breakfast included.  Relive history as we visit the Little Big Horn Battlefield.  This area memoralizes the US Army’s 7th Calvary and the Lakota and the Cheyennes in one of the Indian’s last battles to preserve their way of life.  Ranger talks and documentaries are shown daily detailing the battle where Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his troops died fighting several thousand Indians in 1876.  Lunch included at the Bozeman Trail Steakhouse.  This afternoon learn how coal is mined in the Powder River Basin on a guided tour of the Eagle Butte Coal Mine in Gillette, WY.  This mine is operated by the Black Jewel Company, one of the nations largest coal companies.  Overnight at Deadwood Gulch Resort & Hotel.  Supper included.

Friday, August 2nd:  Breakfast included.  Departure this morning for home with a stop at the World Famous Wall Drug, a cowboy themed shopping mall that draws over 2 million visitors a year!  We will travel through the Badlands as we make our way to Valentine for lunch (on your own).  Then its back home with wonderful memories of our trip to the National Parks!

Tour Includes:
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Total of 20 Meals (9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 suppers)
  • Admission to:
    • Wyoming Frontier Prison, Rawlins, WY
    • Bar J Chuckwagon Dinner Show, Jackson Hole, WY
    • Guided TOur of The Grand Tetons
    • Scenic Float Trip & Supper on the Snake River
    • Full Day Guided Tour of Yellowstone National Park with Breakfast & Lunch on tour
    • Tour of the Smoke Jumpers School, Missoula, MT
    • Red Bus Tour of Glacier National Park with picnic lunch at Lake McDonald Lodge
    • Tour of the Charles Russel Home and Museum
    • Tour of Little Big Horn Battlefield, Crow Agency, MT
    • Guided Tour of Eagel Butte Coal Mine, Gillette, WY
    • A stop at Wall Drug & drive through the Badlands, SD
  • Escorted by Gannon Travel Associates

Tour Cost:   $2199/person (double occupancy; $2149/person (triple or quad occupancy); $2899/person (single occupancy); $999/child under 12

($200 per person deposit is due with reservation)

Reservations as space is available.  Cancellation Policy:  Deposit is refundable until time of final payment (June 3rd).  Refund amounts for cancellations after final payment date will be determined on the amount refundable to Gannon Travel Associates by the venues.  If cancellations are made July 1st or later, the entire amount is nonrefundable..  No fee will be charged for name changes.

May 2019
S M T W T F S
     
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031