Alpine Wonders of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Bozeman to Jackson
- Duration: 7 Days (approx.)
- Location: BOZEMAN, MT
- Product code: ALPINEB2J
Day 1: Arrival to Gallatin National Forest
Preferred Lodging: 320 Guest Ranch: Gallatin Gateway, MT
Our trip begins with farm to table dining at Montana Ale Works. Next, we’ll board the Adventure Coach and drive through the Gallatin National Forest to check in at the rustic 320 Guest Ranch. Enjoy general relaxation amidst the iconic Gallatin River landscape. In the evening, we’ll gather at the 320 Saloon for an authentic cowboy dinner.
Day 2: Yellowstone Lower Grand Loop & Hayden Valley
Preferred Lodging: Explorer Cabins: West Yellowstone, MT
The early morning hours offer the best natural light for photos and the greatest opportunity for viewing animals. We’ll begin our day in Yellowstone National Park aboard the Adventure Coach as we explore the geological wonders inside the caldera of the Super Volcano. Driving along the Fire Hole river, we’ll visit key areas such as Midway Geyser Basins where you’ll find outstanding colors of steamy blue, bright green and rusty orange. We’ll break for lunch at the historic Old Faithful Lodge and await the eruption of the famous geyser before continuing around to West Thumb Geyser. Reaching the alpine waters of Lake Yellowstone for panoramic views of the Gros Ventre Mountains, we’ll continue along the Yellowstone River where the golden hours of the day bring us to Mud Volcano in Hayden Valley. Capture the sunset as elk, moose, bears and wolves emerge into the valley on this scenic drive through the heart of Yellowstone. After an in-field dinner, we’ll board the Adventure Coach to make our way to our Explorer Cabins in West Yellowstone.
Day 3: Yellowstone Upper Grand Loop & Lamar Valley
Preferred Lodging: Explorer Cabins: West Yellowstone , MT
We’ll rise early, as today is a day for discovering the majestic scenery and vibrant wildlife of this treasured American region. Boarding the Adventure Coach, our morning brings us to key destinations such as Norris Geyser Basin and Roaring Mountain. We’ll continue our exploration to the northern end of the Grand Loop of Yellowstone at Mammoth Hot Springs. Home to the Historic Fort Yellowstone, this location boasts expansive views of the surrounding valley, Swan Lake, and the vibrant orange and white travertine terraces. We’ll stop to savor an in-field lunch prepared by our chef during this scenic journey. Continuing east through Roosevelt Junction, the landscape uncovers the cascading waters of Tower Fall where guests may take the short hike to the bottom or simply view it from the top. As the evening approaches, we’ll carefully dissect the wonders of Lamar Valley behind the lens where bison, grizzly bears, wolves, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and Roosevelt elk highlight this trek through the heart of Yellowstone’s showcase of wildlife. Take in the sunset as you are served light appetizers that reflect local fare of the region. The evening will conclude back at the Explorer Cabins in West Yellowstone.
Day 4: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park
Preferred Lodging: Jackson Lake Lodge: Moran, MT
Take the morning to relax and enjoy your private cabins. Head into town for breakfast or enjoy light breakfast fare aboard the Adventure Coach. Our first stop in the park brings us to Canyon Village where we’ll learn of the history and geography of Yellowstone at the Visitor Education Center. Continuing along the Yellowstone River, we’ll take a scenic drive out to Artist’s Point to view the Upper Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Multiple hiking opportunities await you, as the canyon offers a variety of perspectives of the Upper and Lower falls. Next, we’ll venture back to Hayden Valley for prime wildlife-viewing before making our way into Grand Teton National Park. Enjoy this scenic drive along the Grand Teton mountain range as we approach Jackson Lake Lodge where you’ll find breathtaking views of Mount Moran. The wetlands just outside of the lodge provide the perfect setting to spot a moose and are a beautiful destination for a sunset diner. The evening is yours to relax at this historic destination.
Day 5: Jenny Lake, Mormon Row, and Grand Teton Loop
Preferred Lodging: Jackson Lake Lodge: Moran, MT
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the lodge as we gear up for a full day of exploration. We’ll begin with a trip to the shores of Jenny Lake, situated at the base of the Grand Teton mountain range. There are a variety of ways to enjoy the lake, including a walk through the Visitor’s Center, a round-trip hike to Hidden Falls or Moose Pond, boarding a scenic boat tour, or simply relaxing with a cooling refreshment in the crisp mountain air. A scenic drive along the Grand Teton Loop will provide multiple photo opportunities for elk, pronghorn and bison – and of course the Grand Tetons where we’ll visit key regions such as the historic barns and settlements on Mormon Row. As the evening approaches, we’ll enjoy an in-field dinner at one of our favorite Grand Teton turnouts. Relax and take in the scenery before we return back to our accommodations at the majestic Jackson Lake Lodge.
Day 6: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Preferred Lodging: Spring Creek Ranch: Jackson, WY
Take the morning to enjoy your last few moments admiring the views from Jackson Lake Lodge. Today, we will board the Adventure Coach to head south for a full immersion into the Western heritage of Wyoming’s favorite resort town. Nestled between the Grand Teton and Gros Ventre mountain ranges, the valley of Jackson Hole is home to an authentic cowboy town with options for all ages – featuring art galleries, unique dining, a robust shopping district and iconic cowboy bars. The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, known for its leather saddle barstools and Hand Fire Pizza, where we’ll be stopping for lunch, are both unique spots to grab a memorable beer or cocktail. For those who want to get on the water, take a scenic float or whitewater raft on the Snake River’s Class II and Class III rapids with views of majestic wildlife and scenery. Wet and wild or dry and relaxing, either is a fun way to experience this beautiful area! Take the time to explore the shops in Jackson Square before we check in to our mountain-view accommodations at Spring Creek Ranch. Later, we’ll gather to enjoy a sunset dinner at the ranches restaurant, The Granary, offering upscale dining and gorgeous panoramic views of the Grand Teton mountain range.
Day 7: The Journey Home
After a morning spent soaking up the last few hours of vacation, we’ll depart for Jackson Airport. If you have the time to hang around, Jackson offers a variety of unique activities that we highly recommend. The Adventure Coach will escort you to the airport or to your hotel if you have scheduled post-trip accommodations. We hope you enjoy your time traveling with us. Thank you for choosing Experience Park Tours.