Wild West Cowboys and Buffalos End Denver

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Wild West Cowboys and Buffalos End Denver
History comes alive on this family adventure into the wild west. Admire the peaks of the Grand Tetons, travel and watch Old Faithful put on a show at Yellowstone and see the vastness of South Dakota's Badlands on this epic National Parks tour. Enjoy a potato-inspired lunch in Blackfoot, ID, home of the Idaho potato, before you meet a local artist over a Be My Guest experience at By Western Hands Art Gallery. From standing in awe at Mount Rushmore to saying ‘hi’ to Buffalo Bill in Cody, these experiences will have your family reminiscing for years.
Sightseeing highlights
  • Explore Montana's Indigenous culture and community in Billings
  • Discover Jackson Hole, Cody, Billings, Keystone, Rapid City
  • Visit Badlands National Park, Oglala Lakota Living History Museum, Idaho Potato Museum, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the Black Hills, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore
  • By Western Hands Art Gallery and Museum, dedicated to the education, conservation, and perpetuation of western design and craftmanship.
Iconic Experience
  • Idaho Falls: Enjoy a self-guided visit of the Idaho Potato Museum where you'll learn about the many facets of the potato industry from planting and irrigation to harvesting and processing. After your tour you'll get to taste a real Idaho baked potato with all the fixings followed by Potato Ice Cream.
  • Grand Teton National Park: Head to Grand Teton National Park for sightseeing of its alpine landscapes featuring eight peaks towering 12,000 feet above. At the Craig Thomas Visitor Center, gaze out at the Teton Range rising above. Inside the Center, explore the themes of place, people, preservation, mountaineering and Native Americans as you contemplate the past and future of this park. With your Travel Director enhancing your visit through narrative, drive by Jenny Lake, a glacier-carved lake at the base of the Teton Mountains.
  • Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone National Park. A bucket list destination and a must-see icon. Established as America's first National Park by President Grant in 1872, Yellowstone is famous for its hot springs, bubbling mud pots, vast canyons and lush forests and a variety of terrain including alpine mountains, prairies, valleys and waterfalls as well as a diversity of nature including the hydrothermal features. Explore the Southern Loop of Yellowstone with your Travel Director who shows you the must-sees and highlights, paired with background information of this huge, ever-changing national park. See the splendour of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, keep an eye out for bison in Hayden Valley, and witness Old Faithful blow off some steam.
  • Cody: Jump into the playground of the wild west. Glimpse into the "Spirit of the West" at the Buffalo Bill Center for the West Museum complex. Boasting five museums on its campus, this “Smithsonian of the West” will immerse you in the sounds and sights of the Wild West. You'll feel like you've been transported back to a time of cowboys and cowgirls, outlaws and Native American warriors.
  • Black Hills: Unlock the history of Crazy Horse Memorial. Learn how construction began in 1948 after Henry Standing Bear, a Lakota elder, commissioned Korczak Ziolkowski, who worked on construction of Mount Rushmore. While the original idea was to carve a face into rock like Mount Rushmore, the monument will ultimately have a full body and horse. There is no completion date yet, but the face of Crazy Horse was completed in 1998 at 87 feet 6 inches (26.7 m) high. Enhance your visit exploring The Indian Museum of North America that is also part of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.
  • Badlands National Park: Enjoy the spectacular sights as you make your way through Badlands Loop Road.
  • Mount Rushmore: The grand faces of Mount Rushmore National Memorial await. View the faces of four of America’s most important presidents - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt - dramatically etched into the granite rock. Mount Rushmore tells the story of the birth, growth, development and preservation of the United States. From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today, visitors will come face to face (literally) with the rich heritage we all share.

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