Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

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Available Departures
  • May 27-Jun 3, 2023
  • Jun 10-17, 2023
  • Jun 24-Jul 1, 2023
  • Jul 22-29, 2023
  • Aug 19-26, 2023
  • Sep 2-9, 2023
  • Sep 9-16, 2023
  • Sep 16-23, 2023
  • Sep 23-30, 2023
  • From vast canyons to alpine lakes, explore Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons with a National Geographic Expert, on the lookout for grizzlies, bison, bighorn sheep, and elusive gray wolves.
  • Meet a renowned wildlife photographer at his home studio.
  • Discover Yellowstone’s geothermal landscape of bubbling mud pots, brilliantly colored hot springs, and erupting geysers—including legendary Old Faithful.
  • Float on the Snake River beneath the peaks of the Teton Range.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Explore two of America’s greatest natural treasures: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. On daily excursions, discover Yellowstone’s wilderness and geothermal wonders, and venture into magnificent valleys to spot bison, bears, elk, eagles, and coyotes. Peer into the yawning abyss of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and witness Old Faithful’s thrilling eruptions. Then head south to the awesomely jagged peaks of the Teton Range. Go on a ranger-led hike in a glacial valley, float down the wildlife-rich Snake River, and ride the tram to the top of Rendezvous Peak.

Day 1: Bozeman, Montana
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Arrive in Bozeman, Montana, and transfer to our hotel. Gather late this afternoon for an after-hours visit to the Museum of the Rockies, followed by a welcome dinner and reception at the museum.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:The Lark or similar
Day 2: Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming
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The next morning, travel to Yellowstone National Park—the world’s first national park. On the way to Yellowstone, we'll stop for a picnic lunch in the shadows of the Absaroka mountains as we travel through Paradise Valley. Once we arrive in Yellowstone, we have the rest of the day to explore the steaming travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins
Day 3: Lamar Valley
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Rise early and head to the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley, where gray wolves were first restored to Yellowstone in 1995. Be on the lookout for bison, bears, elk, eagles, and elusive gray wolves in this sweeping glacial valley. After lunch, we meet with a renowned wildlife photographer in his home studio and learn about his experiences photographing for National Geographic. Enjoy hikes and wildlife sightings on the way back to Mammoth Hot Springs later this afternoon.4

Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins
Day 4: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone/Hayden Valley
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This morning we head south to the dramatic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, where two staggered falls spill water twice the height of Niagara. Walk along the rim to view the cascading waterfalls set against a dazzling red and gold palette. In Hayden Valley, look for bison, coyotes, elk, and perhaps even a grizzly. Then trace the shores of Yellowstone Lake, stopping for hikes along the way, and continue up and over the Continental Divide to the Upper Geyser Basin, home to Yellowstone’s most famous geyser, Old Faithful.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Old Faithful Snow Lodge or Old Faithful Inn
Day 5: Old Faithful/Upper Geyser Basin
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Today we discover and learn about the otherworldly geothermal landscape of the Upper Geyser Basin. Numbering more than 300, Yellowstone’s geysers make up two-thirds of all those found in the world. Explore the area with our expert, and marvel at steaming fumaroles, belching mud pots, and gem-colored mineral pools. Tonight, listen to a fascinating presentation from our expert, who will introduce the next destination on our trip. Then enjoy a private dinner at the lodge.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Old Faithful Snow Lodge or Old Faithful Inn
Day 6: Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park
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Enjoy a final stroll in the Upper Geyser Basin before we continue south to Grand Teton National Park, where saw-toothed, snowy peaks rise from the valley floor. After enjoying the spectacular scenery on our drive and a picnic lunch, visit the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center to learn more about Grand Teton, then continue to the historic Murie Ranch, a peaceful cluster of buildings where the Wilderness Act was born. We're treated to a private presentation about the history of the ranch and its importance in ushering in the modern conservation movement. This afternoon, check in to Jackson Lake Lodge inside the National Park.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Jackson Lake Lodge
Day 7: Grand Teton National Park/Jackson, Wyoming
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This morning, join a docent for a tour of the National Museum of Wildlife Art. After lunch, set out on a scenic float trip on the Snake River—a great place for spotting a variety of wildlife, including moose. Gather for a farewell dinner this evening.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Jackson Lake Lodge
Day 8: Jackson
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After breakfast, transfer to the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) and catch your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast