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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: August 12th, 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: Mark Holley
NewsChannel 7 Chief Meteorologist
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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.
August 12th, 2019 - August 21st, 2019
Category - Occupancy
Price (Per Person)
Final Payment Date: 05/29/2019
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Wisconsin Rapids, WI - Walmart Supercenter
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - MSP International Airport
Mark comes to WSAW after working at WEAU in Eau Claire for almost 6 years. Mark was born in Pottstown, PA and attended UWSP before transferring to Mississippi State. He received a degree in Broadcast Meteorology in 2005 and his National Weather Association Seal of Approval in 2009. Mark’s love for weather, farming and other outdoor activities makes him a perfect fit for NewsChannel 7. Mark became chief meteorologist in the Spring of 2017.
Mark loves everything about Wisconsin: Packers, Badgers, brats, farming, making maple syrup, cheese, snow and milk! Mark has a wide range of hobbies. His favorite quote is “Other than my wife and son, hunting and fishing is my life.” Mark also competes in the world’s largest pig wrestling competition in Caldron Falls, WI. Mark and Jackie were married September 22, 2012. Jackie gave birth to their first child, Sawyer, in the Fall of 2015.
Join Mark and NewsChannel 7 viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.