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Wild West Cowboys and Buffalos - End Rapid City

9 Days 1 Country 7 Cities

Say 'Howdy' to the Old West on this family adventure of a lifetime. Visit Jackson, Mount Rushmore and more.

"The trip was an exciting adventure"

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About this trip

Stetsons, saddles and spectacular Mount Rushmore-this Wild West family adventure takes in the frontier town of Jackson, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… sitting in Oregon Trail-themed booths, enjoying a recreation of life in the Old West performed by actors, over a hearty BBQ lunch. Go back in time to visit a gun shop, mercantile, and a ride in a covered wagon.


Trip type: Family Experience

Trip code: DWWA

8 Nights

accommodation

14 Meals
  • 8 full breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners.

  • 2 lunches.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • View Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial

    • Visit Jackson, the Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park, Cody, 320 Guest Ranch, Black Hills, Bear Country USA


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 full breakfasts.

    • 4 dinners.

    • 2 lunches.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Day 1

Arrive Salt Lake City

Day 2

Salt Lake City – Montpelier – Jackson

Day 3

Jackson – Grand Teton National Park – 320 Guest Ranch

Day 4

320 Guest Ranch – Yellowstone National Park (2 Nights)

Day 5

Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 6

Yellowstone National Park – Cody – Sheridan

Day 7

Sheridan – Keystone – Rapid City (2 Nights)

Day 8

Rapid City and Black Hills Excursion

Day 9

Depart Rapid City

Day 1

Arrive Salt Lake City Day 1 - Arrive Salt Lake City

Welcome to Salt Lake City. Arrive at your hotel and enjoy some time on your own this afternoon to relax or venture out to see some of the main attractions. This evening, meet your fellow adventurers at 6 p.m. for a Kick-off Party with your Travel Director.

Hotel

Little America

Meals

  • Kick-Off Party

Hotel

Little America

Meals

  • Kick-Off Party

Day 1

Day 2

Salt Lake City – Montpelier – Jackson Day 2 - Salt Lake City – Montpelier – Jackson

Put on your cowboy hats, pull up your boots and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime. Head north and enter Wyoming for your first encounter with the mighty Rocky Mountains. Follow trails blazed by rugged mountain men centuries ago. Stop at the Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier to get a glimpse into the thrills and challenges of the Old Trail. Enjoy lunch in a covered wagon before crossing the famous Oregon Trail to the authentic Old West town of Jackson. Passing through the town's famous landmark arch of tangled elk antlers, take a walk back in time as you explore the Town Square with its Western boardwalks, craft boutiques and ice cream shops—all surrounded by the majestic Rockies. This evening, take a wagon ride out to the river for a rib-stickin' Chuckwagon Regional Meal.

Hotel

Rustic Inn Creekside Resort and Spa

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Rustic Inn Creekside Resort and Spa

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Regional Meal

Day 2

Day 3

Jackson – Grand Teton National Park – 320 Guest Ranch Day 3 - Jackson – Grand Teton National Park – 320 Guest Ranch

Rise early if you'd like to rollick down the Snake River on a scenic optional wilderness float trip (seasonal). Later, discover dramatic Grand Teton National Park. Travel onward to Montana's Big Sky Country and settle in for big fun at an 1898 homestead where you will enjoy a classic Western dinner.

Hotel

320 Guest Ranch Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

320 Guest Ranch Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Snake River Float Trip Through Grand Teton National Park

This gentle 10-mile float trip runs entirely within Grand Teton National Park, and covers the most scenic stretch of the Snake River in the Jackson Hole Valley. The Snake River is a lifeline to the park’s bison, elk, moose, beaver, pronghorn, deer, bear and 300 different species of birds, including osprey and eagles. Your experienced guide offers in-depth information on the geology of the Grand Tetons and the habitats of the animals you may see. Although we can’t guarantee multiple animal sightings, your chances of spotting wildlife on the Snake River – with its lush willows to feed on and deep-water pools for animals to swim in – are greater here than anywhere else in the park. Operates late May – mid Sep, subject to weather conditions. Tour length: 3 hours. (Minimum: 12 passengers).

Adult Price: US$81.00

Day 3

Day 4

320 Guest Ranch – Yellowstone National Park (2 Nights) Day 4 - 320 Guest Ranch – Yellowstone National Park (2 Nights)

Giddy up cowboys and girls. There are many fun choices on the Ranch this morning: join a whitewater rafting trip down the Gallatin River or saddle up and ride with a real-life horse wrangler in the Montana wilderness. After lunch at the Ranch, visit The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone before entering one of America's most famous National Parks, Yellowstone. Enjoy a two night stay inside Yellowstone National Park, where each lodge has its own unique setting and atmosphere. Lodges featured are the Old Faithful Inn, Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Grant Village, and the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Specific lodges will be confirmed in your documents.

Hotel

National Park Lodges

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch

Hotel

National Park Lodges

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 4

Day 5

Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing and Free Time Day 5 - Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing and Free Time

Discover Yellowstone's most amazing natural wonders, including the thundering Yellowstone Falls, a multitude of hot gushing geysers and countless brilliantly coloured simmering thermal springs, bubbling mud pools and hissing steam vents, highlighted with a visit to Old Faithful, which has been spouting steam water regularly for thousands of years. Do you know how to to locate a bear or tell what it's been eating? Join your Local Specialist for a guided stroll around the boardwalks of Yellowstone and learn the answer, plus even more cool facts about the park's abundance of wildlife.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

Day 6

Yellowstone National Park – Cody – Sheridan Day 6 - Yellowstone National Park – Cody – Sheridan

This morning, say farewell to majestic Yellowstone. Head east to the town of Cody, named for its most famous native son, Buffalo Bill. Get a glimpse into the fascinating history of the American West at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West where you'll experience the culture of the cowboy, the role of the firearm in the early days and the culture and art of the Plains Indians. Then it's on to Sheridan to check in to your hotel.

Hotel

Holiday Inn Sheridan

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Holiday Inn Sheridan

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 6

Day 7

Sheridan – Keystone – Rapid City (2 Nights) Day 7 - Sheridan – Keystone – Rapid City (2 Nights)

After a hearty breakfast, your journey continues on to South Dakota. Visit Crazy Horse Memorial where you'll gaze in awe at the towering tribute to legendary Lakota leader Crazy Horse being carved into the mountain and discover the culture of his people. The evening is yours to explore in Rapid City. Or perhaps take an optional trip to the moving Mount Rushmore Lighting Ceremony, a chance to see one of America's most famous landmarks from a different perspective.

Hotel

Alex Johnson

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Alex Johnson

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Mount Rushmore Evening Lighting Ceremony

Join a park ranger at Mount Rushmore’s outdoor amphitheater for this moving patriotic program and sculpture lighting ceremony. The program begins with a short inspirational talk, focusing on the presidents, patriotism and the nation’s history, and is followed by a 20 minute film, “Freedom: America’s Lasting Legacy.” Watch in wonder as the evening ulminates in the slow exposure of light to the monument until it is fully illuminated. Be sure to bundle up as the evenings can be cool. Operates seasonally, starting at 9 p.m. May – Aug; 8 p.m. mid Aug – Sep. Tour length: 2 hours. (Minimum: 15 passengers)

Adult Price: US$25.00

Day 7

Day 8

Rapid City and Black Hills Excursion Day 8 - Rapid City and Black Hills Excursion

The first stop this morning is Bear Country USA, a wildlife park featuring the world's largest private viewing habitat of American black bear. Enjoy a drive through this spectacular and unique park and walk through the Wildlife Center, where younger and smaller animals frolic in their outdoor exhibits. Next, head to the famous Black Hills of South Dakota to view one of America's most iconic landmarks: the presidents sculpted at Mount Rushmore. You have seen the pictures of Mount Rushmore, but they pale in comparison to seeing this majestic site in person. It took 400 artisans 14 years to carve the sculptures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln into the mountain. This evening, join your fellow adventurers at a Farewell Dinner featuring a Native American dancer.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 8

Day 9

Depart Rapid City Day 9 - Depart Rapid City

Your Wild West adventure comes to an end after breakfast. Say so long to your newfound friends this morning and transfer to the Rapid City Regional Airport for your flight home.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 9

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    320 Guest Ranch, Big Sky, Montana, USA An 1898 homestead brought to life by Montana's first female doctor, this Authentic Accommodation was first used as a getaway for her friends and family. Word quickly spread and the charming ranch soon opened to the public. With activities like horseback riding, whitewater rafting and real life horse wranglers, there's loads of fun in store for the whole family.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    Join a Local Specialist in Yellowstone National Park.

  • Trafalgar Cares
    Crazy Horse Memorial You'll discover why the Crazy Horse Memorial is only possible thanks to your visit, and how the foundation preserves the heritage of Native American Indians. Stephen Yellowhawk You'll discover how Stephen shares and promotes his tribe's history through traditional dance and song, and help support his work with Native American diabetic patients. Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center You'll experience the conservation projects of Yellowstone National Park and find out more about their work with wolves and grizzly bears.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • View Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial

    • Visit Jackson, the Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park, Cody, 320 Guest Ranch, Black Hills, Bear Country USA


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 full breakfasts.

    • 4 dinners.

    • 2 lunches.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 17 Reviews

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    Service rating : We had a great tour guide and driver. They kept everything on time, baggage to rooms which was great. Had a great group of people in our group. Thank You.Product : Would like to have seen more around S.D. like the fishery etc. Was nice to see between Rapid City and Denver but

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    Service rating : My experience on this trip was fabulous from start to finish. I had been warned that there would be grumpy people on the trip and I found that not to be true at all. Everyone was congenial, Carolyn is a super travel director, Ken is an excellent driver and was a wonderful

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    Service rating : It was perfect-----SIMPLY THE BEST!!!!Product : LOTS OF CHOICES GOOD SELECTIONS

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    Excellent tour guide-very knowledgeable-terrific driver. Saw fantastic treasures of this great country. Excellent accommodations and food that was provided.

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    Service rating : Absolutely fabulous. Greatest tour director,driver,and itinerary.Product : Superb. Would have loved more time in Jackson.

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