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Treasures of the Mountain West

Yellowstone, Pioneer Trails and the Great Salt Lake

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Jun 16 - Jun 23, 2018 | Aug 25 - Sep 01, 2018
8 days | 7 nights • 16 meals
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$2177

Start your four-state adventure in Salt Lake City touring historic Temple Square, and experiencing a live, moving performance by the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. You’ll also explore Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake with a naturalist. Learn about Idaho’s most famous crop from potato farmer Pat Rowe. Visit the world’s first nuclear power plant. View highlights of Yellowstone including Old Faithful, the most famous geyser in the world, the Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls, and the Park’s multicolored Grand Canyon. Have your camera ready to capture breathtaking views of the Grand Tetons and spend two nights in Jackson, WY. Learn of the brave pioneers that headed west on the Oregon and California Trails and much more on this exciting frontier journey.

  • Guided highlight tours of Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks
  • Salt Lake City tour including Music and the Spoken Word performed by the
  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Expert-led tour of Antelope Island State Park
  • National Oregon/California Trail Center
  • Cowboy cookout, entertainment and covered-wagon ride at Cache Creek Canyon
  • Meet working cheese makers, orchard owners and potato farmers
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    DAY 1—WELCOME TO SALT LAKE CITY

    Welcome to SLC, capital of Utah, where you’ll join your Discovery Director and fellow travelers for a welcome reception.

    DAY 2—SLC TOUR/MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR

    Your morning starts with a live, moving performance of Music and the Spoken Word with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Next, a member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints will take you on a tour of historic Temple Square in Salt Lake City. After lunch, stroll amongst the blooms at the 100-acre Red Butte Gardens operated by the University of Utah. B, L

    DAY 3—ANTELOPE ISLAND/POTATO FARM

    Travel out to Antelope Island State Park in the middle of the Great Salt Lake, where a naturalist will talk about the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere, and the animals and history of the island. Next, you’ll learn about Idaho’s most famous export...potatoes of course! Farmer

    Pat Rowe will show you his fields of robust spuds. A tasty dinner is included this evening at the Fairview Inn. B, L, D

    DAY 4—POTATO MUSEUM/EBR-1/MESA FALLS

    This morning starts with a stop at the Idaho Potato Museum, showcasing Idaho’s famous potatoes. Next, you’ll get a rare and fascinating glimpse into the early days of nuclear energy at the Experimental Breeder Reactor No. 1 (EBR-I) Atomic Museum, a National Historic Landmark where usable electricity was generated from atomic energy for the first time in 1951. On the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway, you’ll wind through rugged mountains and fertile valleys, past rivers and waterfalls en route to Montana’s West Yellowstone for the evening. B, L

    DAY 5—YELLOWSTONE TOUR/JACKSON

    Today, visit America’s first national park. At nearly 3,500 square miles, this vast wilderness set atop a volcanic hot spot extends across parts of three states, and is home to hundreds of species of plant and wildlife, from bears to bison to bald eagles. You’ll view such famous sites as Old

    Faithful, the Paintpots, Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls, and much more. After innumerable picture-perfect sights, you’ll continue south on the John D Rockefeller Parkway into Grand Teton National Park. Enjoy the evening on your own to explore the famous streets of Jackson, WY. B, L

    DAY 6—GRAND TETONS/COVERED WAGON COOKOUT

    Get ready to explore the stunning Grand Tetons. You’ll stop to visit the quaint Chapel of the Transfiguration and take in many other scenic vistas. Lunch will be in the Mural Room at the Lodge at Jenny Lake. Tonight offers a fun western adventure on a horse-drawn covered wagon into beautiful Cache Creek Canyon. A savory, home-cooked dutch oven meal awaits you at our cowboy camp, followed by great western music and some cowboy humor from the Bar T 5 Band. B, L, D

    DAY 7—SODA SPRINGS/OREGON TRAIL CENTER/ROCKHILL CREAMERY

    The scenery changes on the way south through the Gros Ventre Wilderness and the high desert of Wyoming. Once a pioneer town known as the “Oregon Trail Oasis,” Idaho’s Soda Springs is named for the hundreds of sulfurous natural springs dotting the area, and is now famous for its “captive geyser” released hourly by a timer. Next, at the National Oregon/California Trail Center Museum in Montpelier, experience what it was like to be a pioneer on the trails that headed west in the 1800s. Later, Pete Schropp and Jennifer Hines welcome you to Rockhill Creamery, where their six cows make gourmet cheeses, which you will get to sample. Tonight, overnight back in Utah. B, L, D

    DAY 8—PETTINGILL‘S ORCHARD/HOME

    Heading back to Salt Lake, you’ll pass through beautiful canyons. On the way, visit the festive Pettingill’s Orchard and Fruit Stand to enjoy a tasty treat and some last beautiful Mountain West views before saying good-bye to new friends! B

    Jun 16-23 | Aug 25-Sep 1

    Depart/Return: Salt Lake City, UT

    Price Per Person: Double: $2,177; Single: $2,895

    Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $228/night


    Average Temps 

    High upper 80s / low upper 60s, evenings can be cooler in the mountain areas.

    Time Zone

    Mountain

    Arrival Time 

    Schedule your flight to arrive by 4:00 p.m. on Day 1.

    Departure Time 

    Schedule your flight home anytime after 1:30 p.m. on Day 8.

    Vehicle Parking 

    Free parking is available during the tour at our starting hotel.

    Walking Distance

    Moderate walking and standing is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking can be on uneven surfaces.

    Currency 

    US Dollar

    Hotel Amenities 

    Refrigerators, microwaves, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, WiFi, coffee makers, swimming pools and exercise rooms throughout tour.

    Additional Information 

    Elevations reach 7,700 feet on this tour.

    Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.

    Updates

    Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TMW

    Travel Protection Available?

    Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/insurance

    Terms & Conditions

    Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions on our website at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/terms

    Groups

    Have a group? We can make your group's vacation cost-effective and easy, with discounts for groups as small as five and other benefits. Learn more at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/groups.

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