Spectacular sights await you on this incredible trip to the Northwest. Multi-colored wastelands, uniquely formed gullies, eroded pinnacles of sandstone, towering waterfalls and majestic snow-capped mountains will astound you with their unbelievable beauty. Marvel at the resort towns, cowboy legends, rodeos and buffalo burgers. The customs and history of this beautiful area will intrigue you as you see, feel, hear and taste it on this fantastic tour.
Day 1 – CORALVILLE, IOWA – We board our deluxe coach and travel through Indiana, Illinois and on to Coralville, Iowa for our first night.
Day 2 – JOHN WAYNE’S BIRTHPLACE – This morning, we will tour John Wayne’s birthplace, located in the small central Iowa town of Winterset. Admission includes the Museum, a guided tour of the Birthplace house, and a small theater with a documentary on John Wayne’s life, with a special welcome by his daughter Aissa. The actor was born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26, 1907 in this modest four-room home and the museum houses the world’s largest collection of John Wayne memorabilia. We overnight in Mitchell, South Dakota. Tour the modest 4-room home where John Wayne was born, and visit the John Wayne Birthplace Museum featuring the largest diversified exhibit of John Wayne artifacts in existence
Day 3 – WALL DRUG STORE – BADLANDS – MT. RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL – This morning, we tour the Badlands National Park. Desolate, arid and eerie, the Badlands are rich in fossil deposits, fantastic landforms and Indian folklore. Our drive brings us into Wall, South Dakota for lunch at the Wall Drug Store, famous for their free ice water. This afternoon, we visit Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, where the faces of four great presidents stand out on a 6,000-foot mountain. Overnight in Spearfish, South Dakota.
Day 4 – BLACK HILLS – SHELL CANYON – Today, we continue our travels through the Black Hills and the Big Horn Mountains. We cross the high elevations of the Big Horn Mountains and pass through Shell Canyon, a scenic gorge, on our way to Cody, Wyoming.
Day 5 – YELLOWSTONE – JACKSON HOLE – Spectacular Yellowstone National Park awaits us today! We will want to take pictures as we walk the paths to thundering waterfalls, thermal steam vents, bubbling mud pots and steaming pools. We see “Old Faithful Geyser” flinging its steamy plume against the blue sky on a consistent schedule. Next, we travel to Jackson Hole, a resort town surrounded by the snow-capped Grand Teton Mountains and the Snake River. We overnight two nights in Jackson, Wyoming.
Day 6 – GRAND TETON MOUNTAINS – This morning, we don our life jackets and climb aboard our rubber float for a relaxing yet exhilarating ride on picturesque Snake River. Our float ride will take us into a quiet, natural world of wildlife, wildflowers and spectacular panoramic views of the Grand Teton Mountains. The afternoon is free and your hotel is in the middle of downtown Jackson, just steps away from the shops!
Day 7 – IDAHO – MISSOULA, MONTANA – Today, we travel through Idaho. As we drive through the state, we see huge fields of potatoes growing in the rich volcanic soil. Overnight in Missoula, Montana.
Day 8 – GOING-TO-THE-SUN-HIGHWAY – We visit one of the most beautiful spots in the world today, Glacier National Park! We enter a land of awesome peaks and thundering waterfalls, emerald glacier lakes and majestic alpine scenery. We enjoy a ride over Glacier’s spectacular Going-To-The-Sun-Road, one of the most outstanding scenic roadways in the world. It takes us through the heart of the park and across the Continental Divide. We cross the border into Canada to overnight in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Day 9 – BANFF NATIONAL PARK – LAKE LOUISE – Today we head to the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, traveling through Calgary and on to Banff National Park. There will be time for lunch and shopping in the quaint town of Banff. This afternoon, we stop at beautiful Lake Louise. With its emerald green waters and castle-like Chateau Lake Louise Hotel, it is one of the most photographed points in Canada. We will drive a portion of the Icefields Parkway, a scenic highway amidst the fantastic beauty of soaring mountains and icy glacial formations. Overnight Lake Louise, Alberta.
Day 10 – COLUMBIA ICEFIELDS & SNOWCOACH – This morning we continue to the heart of the Canadian Rockies, a glorious panorama of endless mountain peaks; creeping, crawling glaciers; shimmering lakes; tumbling rivers and plunging waterfalls. We’ll climb aboard a snowcoach for a ride across the surface of the 1,000-foot Athabasca Glacier, part of the Columbia Icefield, the largest accumulation of ice in the Rockies. Our walk on the glacier is another thrilling, unbelievable experience. After lunch, we retrace our journey on the Icefield Parkway, again seeing the awesome beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Overnight Medicine Hat, Alberta.
Day 11 – SASKATCHEWAN – Today, the landscape reveals level fields and plains as we make our way to the pastoral beauty of Saskatchewan, Canada’s prairie province. Our driver and tour director will give a driving tour of Regina, the capital city of the province. Overnight in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Day 12 – FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA – We depart Canada and cross the border, glad to be back in the USA. We make our way through the rugged state of North Dakota, passing through Rugby, the geographic center of North America, on our way to Fargo, where we overnight.
Day 13 – THUNDER VALLEY INN – This morning we journey to Minneapolis, where we stop for lunch. We continue to Wisconsin Dells, where we enjoy a hearty included dinner at the fabulous Thunder Valley Inn. Overnight Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
Day 14 – HOME – Our trip comes to an end today as we make our way back into Kentucky with plans to share our wonderful trip of the Black Hills, Grand Tetons and Canadian Rockies with family and friends. Meals: 3B, 1D