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Glacier National Park
Gates of the Mountains Boat Tour
Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Elk in Grand Teton National Park
Bar T 5 Covered Wagon Cookout
Lewis & Clark National Historic Interpretive Center
Departs: July 17th, 2019 Tour Dates & Pricing
The ultimate Northern Rockies touring experience with breathtaking natural wonders in three famous national parks. Witness spectacular views atop Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana, then board classic red vintage touring cars for an exciting drive along Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road. Learn about the Lewis & Clark Trail in Great Falls and Helena. In Yellowstone National Park, enjoy a tour of this incredible land with a park guide. Watch for wildlife! Next, experience jaw-dropping views in Grand Teton National Park. Delicious meals on tour include a covered wagon ride and barbecue cookout in Jackson, Wyoming and in Salt Lake City, a gourmet dinner buffet with extraordinary views of downtown at The Roof Restaurant.
Hosted By: Ryan Michaels
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Day 1 : Fly to Spokane
We fly to Spokane and check-in to our hotel for a one-night stay. The evening is at leisure to get acquainted with your fellow traveling companions.
Day 2 : Montana
We travel through Washington and Idaho into Montana’s Big Sky Country and view some of the most spectacular scenery our nation has to offer. We enjoy a Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch in Missoula, MT before continuing our journey north. Along our route enjoy incredible views of Flathead Lake and the surrounding Flathead National Forrest. Accommodations are in Whitefish this evening.
Day 3 : Going-to-the-Sun Road
After an included breakfast, we board vintage red touring cars for a journey on one of the world’s most scenic routes, the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Glacier National Park features over 20 glaciers and 200 lakes as standing reminders of the last ice age. Wildlife in Glacier National Park includes bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk and moose. Enjoy lunch today at St. Mary’s Lodge, then continue our journey with a scenic trek to Great Falls, where we enjoy our overnight accommodations.
Day 4 : Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
We begin our day with a tour of the Lewis & Clark Historic Trail Interpretive Center and relive the explorers’ brave journey. Overlooking the scenic Missouri River, this center includes exhibits, artifacts, films, and a two-story diorama of the expedition’s portage of the river’s waterfalls. Our next two nights are in Helena, Montana’s capital city.
Day 5 : Gates of the Mountains
After a relaxing morning, we depart for a tour of Helena. Highlights of the tour include a stop at the Montana state Capitol Building and the Cathedral of St. Helena. During our visits we learn all about the storied history of Montana’s capital city and marvel at the Gothic-style cathedral, which rivals those in Europe with its stunning towers and stained glass windows. Majestic scenery envelopes us this afternoon during a boat tour through the Gates of the Mountains. These spectacular limestone cliffs and sheer rock walls were described by Lewis as “a most sublime and extraordinary spectacle.”
Day 6 : Yellowstone
This afternoon we arrive in Gardiner, Montana, the original gateway to America’s first national park. We have lunch on our own and free time in the Mammoth Hot Springs area before departing through the northern loop of Yellowstone. Yellowstone was established in 1872 to protect a large variety of wildlife and preserve the world’s most extraordinary collection of geysers and hot springs. We stay inside the park this evening.
Day 7 : Old Faithful
A park guide joins us today to explore Yellowstone National Park. We stop at Old Faithful, the most famous geyser in the world, before viewing the paintpots, bubbling hot springs mixed with clay. Have your camera ready to capture stunning views of the Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls and the multicolored Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Our scenic drive takes us through Hayden Valley, a region of lush forest meadows. Watch for bison and other wildlife! We depart Yellowstone this afternoon and settle in for a comfortable two-night stay in Jackson, Wyoming.
Day 8 : The Grand Tetons
This morning we visit Grand Teton National Park. At the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center, there is time to view a video and explore the fantastic exhibit on the history of Grand Teton National Park. We make several photo stops and visit the Chapel of the Transfiguration, a rustic log church with glorious views of the majestic Tetons. Our included dinner tonight features a covered wagon ride in Cache Creek Canyon. Enjoy a tasty barbecue cookout along with the music and songs of the old West!
Day 9 : Salt Lake City
Another scenic drive takes us from Jackson into Utah and Salt Lake City. Tonight we celebrate with our new friends at a special Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner at the Roof Restaurant. Our accommodations this evening are in downtown Salt Lake City.
Day 10 : Fly Home
We return home from Salt Lake City with photos and memories of scenic western America.
July 17th, 2019 - July 26th, 2019
Category - Occupancy
Price (Per Person)
Final Payment Date: 05/3/2019
WJHG TV Pickup Locations:
Panama City, FL - Panama City Bay City International Airport
Born and raised in the tropical climate of Sarasota, FL, weather has always been an interest in Ryan’s life. Now it is a passion. Whether it’s bringing you your local forecast, tracking hurricanes, live severe weather coverage, or storm chasing, his passion is his job and everyday is just as exciting as last.
Ryan graduated from The Florida State University in 2008 with a degree in Meteorology. While attending, Ryan was privileged to get started in broadcast meteorology through the university’s program 4FSU Weather. A half an hour show covering all weather, local, national, and headlines. It was produced and run solely by the students in the meteorology program; one of the only of it’s kind in the nation. Interests became passion very quickly.
After graduating, Ryan took a job as the Weekend Meteorologist and Weekday Reporter for WJFW Newswatch12 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Talk about a climate change! But Ryan’s forecasting and knowledge of the atmosphere expanded tenfold, as weather is very dynamic across the Upper Midwest. He received a promotion to Morning Meteorologist at the end of 2012, and that’s where he really found his niche as a Meteorologist. He says, “If you walk out the door after watching my forecast, prepared for the day’s weather, carrying a smile with you as you go, then I consider my job completed.”
In 2014, Ryan had the opportunity to move back to his home state of Florida. He took a job with WJHG NewsChannel 7 in Panama City Beach as the Morning Meteorologist. While he still does miss the occasional 24″ snow storm, having the opportunity to further his knowledge and forecasting abilities in tropical weather has always been a childhood dream. Ryan says he looks forward to the solving the daily weather puzzles the Panhandle has to offer! Plus you can’t beat playing golf year round! Ryan is an avid golfer, so if you see him on one of the many beautiful courses the Panhandle has to offer, feel free to say hi!
Join Ryan and WJHG TV viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime!