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Hosted By: Holly Thompson
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 before enjoying a delicious barbecue cookout and covered wagon ride.
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August 10th, 2023 - August 19th, 2023
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 06/11/2023
Day 1 : Fly to Missoula
We fly to Missoula 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 north from Missoula to Whitefish, viewing some of the most spectacular scenery our nation has to offer in Montana’s Big Sky Country. Along the way, we stop for a Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch in Polson and incredible views of Flathead Lake and the surrounding Flathead National Forest. 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 at St. Mary’s Lodge before continuing the journey to Great Falls where we arrive at 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 day in Great Falls includes a visit to the C.M. Russell Museum, an art complex that’s whose primary focus is the signature “cowboy art” of Charles Marion Russell. 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 visit, 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 unfolds before us during an afternoon boat tour through the Gates of the Mountains. The spectacular limestone cliffs and sheer rock walls were described by Meriwether 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. 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 have free time in the Mammoth Hot Springs area before traveling through the northern loop of Yellowstone. Our accommodations this evening are in West Yellowstone.
Day 7 : Old Faithful
A park guide joins us to explore Yellowstone National Park. During our tour we make stops at Old Faithful, the world's most famous geyser, and the Artists Paintpots, bubbling hot springs mixed with clay. Have your camera ready to capture stunning views of Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls and the multicolored Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. A 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 Salt Lake City. Tonight we celebrate with our new friends at a special Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner. Our accommodations this evening are in downtown Salt Lake City.
Day 10 : Fly Home
WSMV TV Pickup Locations:
Nashville, TN - Nashville International Airport
Holly Thompson is a nine-time Emmy Award and multiple Associated Press award-winning journalist who’s ready to wake you up in the mornings! She co-anchors WSMV4 Today and anchors WSMV4 at Noon.
Holly recently celebrated her 25th anniversary with WSMV4. She’s the recipient of the “Woman of the Decade” Impacting the Community Award from the Hendersonville Chamber.
Holly is spokesperson for the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition and works with events involving: Christmas 4 Kids, Begin Anew of Middle Tennessee, MTSU’s Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center. She’s served as a “Big Sister” in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program and as a board member of the American Heart Association. She’s also a motivational speaker for business groups and Christian conferences.
Holly and her husband live in Hendersonville with their two sons.
Join Holly and WSMV TV viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
Tour days tend to be shorter in length, at a relaxed pace, and include lots of unscheduled time for leisure. Expect standing and walking for extended periods of time on flat surfaces, mostly low altitudes, and consistent temperatures.
Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.