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Great National Parks of the West

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Trip Length: 12 Days/ 11 Nights

Prices from: $3,695 pp/do*

Single Price: $5,195 pp

2017 Dates: July 3; Aug 28.

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This unique train holiday, ‘The Great National Parks of the West’, will take you to the most visually stunning of the Western National Parks, plus enjoy two nights in San Francisco – and you’ll ride aboard a 1940’s-era vistadome Streamliner train, the ‘Great Western Limited’.

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Day 1: You’ll arrive by train to Whitefish, Montana for our two-night stay at the Grouse Mountain Lodge. (You may choose to fly to Kalispell, a 15-minute drive by complimentary shuttle.)

Day 2: We’ll start our first morning aboard the red open-air ‘jammer’ buses for a tour over the ‘Going to the Sun’ Road across the Continental Divide. Later, we’ll take a boat cruise on Lake McDonald. Tonight we’ll enjoy our welcome dinner, and get to know our fellow travelers. (CB, D)

Day 3: We’ll take a scenic drive along Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River, and arrive in Bozeman where we’ll spend the evening. (CB, R)

Day 4: Today we’ll drive into Yellowstone National Park, and tour the sights including the Upper Loop and Mammoth Falls. (B)

Day 5: After breakfast, we’ll begin the ultimate Yellowstone tour: Lower Falls, Hayden Valley, Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pot, and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. By the afternoon, we’ll begin our drive south to Grand Teton National Park. (B)

Day 6: Jackson Hole is on the docket today. We’ll experience the stunning mountain scenery from the upclose vantage point of the Snake River on our afternoon float trip. The evening will be at your leisure to explore Jackson Hole. (B)

Day 7: We’ll head South, stopping at the Oregon Trail Historical Center before arriving in Provo, Utah for dinner. Then we’ll board the ‘Great Western Limited’ for our trip west over the Overland Route. After-dinner drinks and dessert in the club car will be available, and overnight accommodations in Pullman sleep cars will offer you a comfortable night’s sleep. (B, D)

Day 8: We’ll see Reno around breakfast time, and continue through the Sierra Nevada Mountains today. You’ll recognize names like Stanford Curve, Donner Lake, Blue Canyon and the American River. We’ll arrive later today in Sacramento where we’ll stay overnight at the Delta King Hotel – the historic paddlewheel-turned-hotel, permanently docked in Old Sacramento. (B, L)

Day 9: It’s just a short scenic drive to Yosemite! We’ll enjoy views of El Capitan, Half Dome, and other parts of this ‘cathedral of Nature’, as John Muir put it, with a complete tour of the Valley floor. We’ll stay at the Yosemite View Lodge on the Merced River. (B)

Day 10: Today we head for San Francisco for our two-night stay at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf! The evening is open for you to explore nearby activities. (B)

Day 11: We can’t visit San Francisco without taking a Bay Cruise – it circles Alcatraz and sails right under the Golden Gate Bridge! The afternoon is open for you to seek out what interests you most: Chinatown, North Beach, Union Square, or take a cable car ride! Tonight we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf. (B, D)

Day 12: You can travel home today, by air or train.

Photo Credit: Uncommon Journeys