Good Times Travel
17132 Magnolia St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand Teton National Park & National Park Lodge Stays
Activity Level 4
Pace Level 3
Embark on a spectacular journey to discover three of our nation’s most spectacular national parks! From majestic, glacier-formed lakes beneath snow-capped mountains in Glacier National Park, to the bubbling mud pots and explosive geysers in Yellowstone National Park, to the majestic peaks in Grand Teton National Park, this unique Montana and Wyoming itinerary features sought-after, inside-the-national-park accommodations and utilizes regional airports to maximize our time in these majestic parks at the time of year when the weather is most favorable.
Optional transfers from our departure points will have us at LAX this morning for a scheduled, non-stop flight arriving in Kalispell, Montana this afternoon. Those guests making their own flight arrangements can request the group’s flight schedule to coordinate a flight arrival time that would allow them to be included on the complimentary transfer to the hotel. This afternoon we’ll tour the Conrad Mansion, the 26-room Victorian mansion that was the home of Charles Conrad, Kalispell’s founder. Enjoy dinner on your own in downtown Kalispell, a vibrant mountain town tucked between the splendorous mountains of Glacier National Park and the crystal blue water of Flathead Lake.
Following an included breakfast, we’ll travel to Glacier National Park where we’ll enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own at the historic Lake McDonald Lodge which sits on the shores of Lake McDonald. We’ll then board vintage, 1930s Red Buses or “Jammers” and travel through the heart of Glacier National Park on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, crossing the Continental Divide at the 6,664-foot high, Logan Pass. Along the journey, we’ll stop at the Logan Pass Visitor Center and pass through a geographical wonderland of alpine scenery featuring jagged peaks, deep green forests, pristine lakes and meadows. Your experienced driver-guide will provide in-depth commentary and point out any bald eagles, bear, moose, deer and mountain goats we may encounter. The Red Buses are both a symbol of the park and a reminder of a time when adventurous travel was done with style. This afternoon we’ll arrive at the Many Glacier Hotel where we’ll enjoy a two-night stay in “lakeside” rooms. Located in the northeastern area of Glacier National Park known as the “Switzerland of North America," this historic lodge is located on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake in a spectacular lakeside setting. This secluded national park lodge features rustic, yet comfortable rooms offering modest amenities and old-world style accommodations.
After an included breakfast, we’ll enjoy the morning at leisure for your own exploration around the Many Glacier Hotel and Swiftcurrent Lake. Considered to be the “heart of the park,” Many Glacier is surrounded by massive mountains, active glaciers, sparkling lakes, abundant wildlife and is a hiker’s paradise. This afternoon we’ll see the glaciers in this magical valley from the seats of two historic wooden boats on a unique two-boat, two-lake cruise. We’ll cruise to the opposite end of Swiftcurrent Lake, dock, disembark and then cruise to the head of Lake Josephine. We return to the Many Glacier Hotel with the balance of the evening at leisure.
Following an included breakfast, we’ll visit the Glacier Park Lodge. Known as “Big Trees Lodge,” this historic hotel built in 1913 features immense Douglas Fir logs that were brought in by train and assembled by a crew of 75 men over a year and a half. We’ll enjoy an included lunch before we arrive in Helena for an overnight stay and included dinner at a locals’ favorite.
After an included breakfast, we’ll continue south, arriving in Yellowstone National Park this afternoon. We’ll begin our exploration of our nation’s first national park at Mammoth Hot Springs where we can walk along the boardwalks through the Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces for up-close views of these steaming hydrothermal features that resemble an inside-out cave. We continue along Yellowstone’s incredibly beautiful Upper Loop to the Roosevelt Lodge. Onboard a covered, horse-drawn wagon, we’ll ride out to Pleasant Valley where the cooks are dishin’ up some real cowboy grub at Yellowstone’s iconic Old West Dinner Cookout along with a singin’ cowboy. We continue to Canyon Lodge this evening where we’ll enjoy a two-night stay at this national park lodge that features the most recently-renovated rooms in Yellowstone National Park.
Following an included breakfast, we’ll join a local guide for an entire day exploring our nation’s oldest and most spectacular national park! This is a mysterious land of steaming geysers, bubbling mud pots, fumaroles and hot springs – in fact, it contains more geothermal features than the rest of the world combined! We’ll visit both the Upper Falls and Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, travel through the scenic Hayden Valley, visit Fountain Paint Pot and Grand Prismatic Spring, and witness the eruption of the Old Faithful Geyser. Along the way, we’ll enjoy an included boxed lunch and we may encounter herds of buffalo and other wildlife.
After an included breakfast, we’ll travel south to Grand Teton National Park where America’s youngest and most rugged mountains pierce the clouds in majestic splendor. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own at the historic Jackson Lake Lodge before we board rafts for a guided float trip along the Snake River through Grand Teton National Park. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for moose and elk to beavers and bald eagles. We continue to the historic and trendy Western town of Jackson with time at leisure to browse Jackson’s charming town square.
Following an included breakfast and sightseeing, to include the Mormon Row Historic District, we’ll arrive at the Jackson Hole Airport for our return flight to Los Angeles. Those guests making their own flight arrangements can request the group’s flight schedule to coordinate a flight departure time that would allow them to be included on the complimentary transfer to the airport. Back in Los Angeles, those guests with pre-arranged transfers will be returned to their respective destinations. Note: The maximum elevation on this tour is over 8,000 feet. The walking can be strenuous due to the high elevations. Travelers should be in good health and must be able to walk reasonable distances. While we make every effort to operate our tours as outlined in the itinerary, we ask for your patience, understanding and flexibility and to retain a sense of adventure while traveling with us. Situations may arise that necessitate changes to the itinerary. Should we need to adjust the itinerary either prior to or while on tour, these changes will be communicated to you and only done when absolutely necessary.
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