National Parks and Lodges of the Old West

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9 Days, July 26 – August 3, 2024

$5,395 from Rapid City, South Dakota

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The national parks of the American West are a trove of natural wonders and significant human history. Here, where the buffalo roam and the great mountains rise into snow, where rivers thunder into rapids and the eagle soars, you can find breathing space and glimpse the mythic grandeur of these national treasures.

Over the years, W&L has traveled to these parks many times. We’ve been careful to include overnight stays in several historic park lodges that are, in our opinion, essential to the national parks experience. We are pleased to offer once more a package that combines several of our most beautiful and historic parks — Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, and Custer State Park — with accommodations at Spearfish Canyon Lodge, the State Game Lodge that served as the Summer White House for Calvin Coolidge, and Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park.

In addition to the abundant natural splendor we will encounter, our tour includes introductions to the legends of the Old West in such places as Cody and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We’ll witness one of the world’s largest free-roaming bison herds and enjoy a chuckwagon cook-out. We’ll visit the world’s largest mammoth fossil site, where scientists are excavating remains of woolly mammoths. Our guides are specially trained in wildlife ecology, as well as history and lore, so this will be an educational adventure as well as a terrific holiday. 

With beautiful scenery, abundant flora and fauna, hiking, storytelling, and historic lodges, this trip will be unforgettable.

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