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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 3rd, 2020 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.
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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 the route enjoy 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.
Have lunch at St. Mary’s Lodge before continuing the journey 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 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.
We stay inside the park this evening.
Day 7 : Old Faithful
A park guide joins us today to explore Yellowstone National Park. During our tour we'll make stops at Old Faithful, the most famous geyser in the world, as well as the 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 at the Roof Restaurant.
Our accommodations this evening are in downtown Salt Lake City.
Day 10 : Fly Home
Return home from Salt Lake City with photos and memories of scenic western America.
August 3rd, 2020 - August 12th, 2020
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 06/04/2020
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Liverpool, NY - Holiday Inn
Newark, NJ - Newark Liberty International Airport
Mike joined Colorful Channel 9 as a staff announcer in 1962, one week before the station signed on the air for the first time. Since then, he has been one of Central New York’s best-known (and best loved) personalities. He announced his retirement in June 2008.
Mike covered Good News for NewsChannel 9 for nearly 25 years. For many years, Good News was the final element in NewsChannel 9’s signature nightly newscast.
Mike attended Syracuse University and the Academy of Broadcasting Arts in New York City. He played freshman football for the Orange in 1959. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer in the US Coast Guard Reserve after 30 years of service. After serving in the Gulf War in 1991, he has been a sought-after speaker for veterans and memorial events. In addition, for the past five years Mike has been the drum major for the Central New York Police and Fire Band.
Mike has received the Syracuse Press Club’s highest honors, including the Career Achievement Award.
He hopes to spend more time with his family, travel with his companion Vaudine, and stay busy with freelance broadcasting and public affairs projects. He has previously hosted several Holiday Vacations tours.
Join Mike on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
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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.