Yellowstone & the West

Yellowstone & the West
Wed, Aug 18th, 2021
to
Tue, Aug 24th, 2021
  • • "Triple" : Two Beds: $1730
  • • "Quad" : Two Beds: $1710
  • • "Single" : One Bed: $2250
"Double":

One or Two Beds: $1750

7 Day Motorcoach Tour including the North Dakota Badlands, Medora, Little Bighorn Battlefield, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Cody and the Big Horn Mountains!

*Riley Tours purchases the Group Deluxe Protection plan with Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption on behalf of all tour passengers*



Tour Highlights:

Painted Canyon Overlook
Pitchfork Fondue
Medora Musical
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Yellowstone National Park Guided Tour
Old Faithful & Other Geysers
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone & Falls
West Yellowstone, WY
Grand Teton National Park
Chapel of Transfiguration
Included Lunch at Jackson Lake Lodge
Jackson, WY
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Included DInner at Irma's in Cody, WY
Cody Night Rodeo
Big Horn Mountains
Shell Falls
Spearfish Canyon
Wall Drug

Day 1 Medora, ND
Today we travel to our first destination, Medora. We will make a stop at Painted Canyon Overlook along the way. After checking into our accommodations we’ll head out to the Pitchfork Fondue. On the menu tonight is a savory slab o’ top choice steak fondued on a pitchfork, western style! Then add baked potatoes, baked beans, cole slaw, fresh fruits and vegetables, garlic toast, cinnamon sugar doughnuts, brownies, lemonade, coffee, and water to complete the Fondue experience. Tonight, we will take in a performance of the Medora Musical, a western style musical, proudly dedicated to the legacy of America’s 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, and the time he spent in North Dakota’s Badlands. (D)

Day 2 Livingston, MT
This morning we’ll make our way west to Montana and visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield. We’ll see the monument, cemetery, the 7th Calvary and Indian Memorials. This area memorializes the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Indians last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Here on June 25 and 26 of 1876, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer died fighting several thousand Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. Afterwards, we’ll continue to our overnight destination in Livingston, the first gateway town to Yellowstone National Park. (B, L)

Day 3 West Yellowstone, MT
An experienced local guide will join us today for a tour of the awe-inspiring Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park and home to some 10,000 thermal features, over 500 hundred of which are geysers. We will view many of the popular geysers and geothermal features including the famous Old Faithful, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Yellowstone Falls. Keep a watch out for wildlife, the park is home to many! Our overnight is outside of the park in the popular town of West Yellowstone. The rest of the evening is on your own to explore. Many restaurants and shops are located along the main street which is a short walk from our hotel. (B)

Day 4 Jackson, WY
We’ll travel back through the southern part of YSNP then into the awe inspiring Grand Teton National Park, named after the Grand Teton, the tallest mountain in the Teton Range. While here you will see why few landscapes in the world are as striking and memorable as that of Grand Teton National Park. Many stops along the way will be made for pictures of this wondrous Mountain Range. We’ll enjoy an included lunch at Jackson Lake Lodge this afternoon. The hotel is perched on a bluff overlooking Jackson Lake with the Teton Range as a backdrop. We’ll have some time to explore the hotel and get pictures. After lunch, we’ll drive over to the Chapel of Transfiguration, and you’ll wish this was the view you had in church every Sunday. Our accommodations for the night are in Jackson, Wyoming. Jackson is located in Jackson Hole, a 48-mile long valley surrounded by jagged mountain peaks and is home to the National Elk Refuge. Its a paradise for winter sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts, offering year-round activities for vacationers visiting during both the winter and summer months. Our accommodations are located close to the Heart of downtown near town square, known for its antler arch entrance and boardwalk-lined shops and more restaurants than you can imagine to choose from. (B, L)

Day 5 Cody, WY
We’ll make our way back through GTNP and YSNP this morning before we travel along the North Fork Highway to Cody. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as we make our way through the beautiful Shoshone Canyon. The North Fork of the Shoshone River flows nearby our route as we drive through the heart of the Shoshone National Forest. The canyon is a narrow valley with extremely steep slopes and vertical cliffs. Some of which have names! We’ll pass the 325 feet high Buffalo Bill Dam as we get closer to Cody, the city is named after William Frederick Cody, primarily known as Buffalo Bill. Upon arrival into town, we’ll head over to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and learn about his life. The center consists of five museums and a research library featuring art and artifacts of the American West. Afterwards, we check into our hotel before we feast on an included dinner at the Irma Hotel. Buffalo Bill built the hotel in 1902 and named it for his daughter, Irma. Tonight, we will attend the Cody Nite Rodeo. It is the longest running and the only place that rodeos every night (June-August) for more than 75 years. It’s no wonder Cody is the “Rodeo Capitol of the World!” (B, D)

Day 6 Rapid City, SD
Today we’ll travel through the beautiful Big Horn Mountains/National Forest, a sister range of the Rocky Mountains. Take in the unique and diverse land with it’s grass prairies, evergreen forests, mountain meadows, rugged alpine peaks, dramatic canyons, arid desert lands and cascading waterfalls. We’ll cross into South Dakota making our way to Rapid City for our overnight this evening. (B)

Day 7 Home
We skirt across South Dakota today making a stop at the famous Wall Drug along the way. Spend the rest of the recalling all of the wonderful things experienced on this tour as we make our way back home. (B)
2 dinners 
2 lunches and 
6 continental breakfasts

Yellowstone & the West Gallery


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