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Round Trip from Philadelphia
Double $1,699 pp
Itinerary: August 10 - 17, 2007
Day 1 - Aug. 10: Arrive Salt Lake City, Utah - Join Collette for a tour through some of America's most spectacular natural treasures: the national parks of Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. Your tour begins in Salt Lake City, the "City of the Saints," where you will enjoy a two-night stay. Embraced by the massive Wasatch and Oquirrhs Mountains, Salt Lake has all of the attractions of a big city with the scenic splendor of the Wild West. (D)
Day 2 - Aug. 11: Salt Lake City - Begin the day witha comprehensive tour of Salt Lake City, including the state capitol building, the charming residential district, and the Great Salt Lake, for which the city is named. Following your tour, pay a visit to the impressive Kennecott Copper Mine to see one of the largest manmade excavations in the world. Here you will take in incredible views of the mine and learn about the fascinating refinery process. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to do as you please. Perhaps you will explore Temple Square, one of Utah's most visited attractions. A beautifully landscaped 10-acre squarein the heart of downtown, Temple Square is where you'll find the impressive 6-spired granite Salt Lake Temple and the domed Tabeernacle, home of the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Tabernacle organ. Afterward, enjoy a night out on the town at one of countless restaurants, bars, or cafes Salt Lake City has to offer (B)
Day 3 - Aug. 12: Salt Lake City - Blackfooot, Idaho - Idaho Falls. Travel north today to the small town of Blackfoot, Idaho to visit the Idaho Potato Expo. Here, in "The Potato Capital of the World" you will learn about the history, agriculture and importance of the spectacular spud. Then continue on to lovely Idaho Falls, your home for the next 5 nights. The city was originally founded as Taylor's Crossing because of the toll placed along the Snake River. It was later renamed Idaho Falls after the raging rapids that flow through the city. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner with your fellow travelers and settle in for a relaxing night in this quiet little city. (B, D)
Day 4 - Aug. 13: Idaho Falls - Rexburg - Craters of the Moon - Idaho Falls. - This morning you will travel to Yellowstone Bear World, an idyllic wildlife sanctuary where you'll get up close and personal with Rocky Mountain elk, American bison, timber wolves, Arctic wolves, black bears and grizzly bears! You'll even have the opportujhity to feed some of these magnificent animals during your tour. It's sure to be one of the true highlights of your trip and an unforgettable memory. Afterword, travel to Craters of the Moon National Park, where you'll find approximately 75 square miles of volcanic cinder cones, spatter cones, and lava tubes. These unique, moon-like landscapes prompted President Calvin Coolidge to declare it a national monument in 1924. We think you'll agree: this park is truly out of this world! (B>
Day 5 - Aug. 14: Idaho Falls - Grand Tetons - Jackson Hole - Idaho Falls. Travel into the "Cowboy State" of Wyoming to visit Grand Teton National Park. This spectacular national park features the massive Teton Mountain Range, which is the youngest in the Rockies but contains some of North America's oldest rock. Approximately twelve Teton peaks rise above 12,000 feet and support a dozen mountain glaciers. Impressive as they are, however, none can compare to the Grand Teton, which towers more than a mile above the valley of Jackson Hole at a staggering 13,770 feet! Take in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Alpine landscape before traveling to the ski town of Jackson Hole. Tonight you'll enjoy a fun-filled evening of cowboy entertainment and cuisine at the Bar J Chuckwagon*. (B, D)
Day 6 - Aug. 15: Idaho Falls - Yellowstone National Park - Idaho Falls. A delightful day of sightseeing is in store for you today as you visit the incomparable Yellowstone National Park. The first and oldest national park in the world, Yellowstone sprawls across 3,470 square miles in three western states. It is famous for its geysers, hot springs, and incredible wildlife including large, free-ranging herds of buffalo. Upon arrival, take a scenic drive to observe the park's unspoiled natural splendor. Of course, you couldn't visit Yellowstone without seeing its most famous attraction: Old Faithful. Watch in amazement as this predictable geyser erups, sending a fountain of steam more than 60 feet in the air! It's sure to be a sight you'll never forget. (B)
Day 7 - Aug. 16: Idaho Falls - Pocatello - Idaho Falls. Begin your day with a visit to the Museum of Idaho, a wonderful facility that preserves and showcases the natural and cultural history of Idaho and the Intermountain West. Here you will learn about the early history of Idaho Falls and Atomic Power and take in one of its nationally-acclaimed changing exhibits. This afternoon, travel to Pocatello to learn about the Oregon Trail, a significant migration route used by pioneersw who were heading west to settle new territory. Visit the Fort Hall Replica to learn about life at the fort during the 19th century. You'll also learn the historical methods of bead bracelet-making and even have the opportunity to make your own bracelet as a souvenir. Tonight, enjoy a taste of history during a delicious barn-style Dutch Oven feast. (B, D)
Day 8 - Aug. 17: Idaho Falls - Salt Lake City - Tour Ends. Your tour ends today, leaving you with many wonderful memories of the beautiful and diverse northern national parks. (B)
Your Itineerary at a Glance:
Day 1, 2 - Sheraton, Salt Lake City, UT
Day 3 - 7 - Le Ritz Hotel, Idaho Falls, ID
This tour includes traveling to high altitudes and may not be suitable for some clients. We suggestyou consult your physician if you have any concerns.
- "Leisure Stays" are tours in which the itineraries are designed to allow for multiple-night stays in tow or more cities. This allows you a more leisurely pace and more time to explore the destinations on your own.
- "Value Stay" tours provide all the primary experiences a standard Collette tour offers. These vacations have fewer inclusions and meals, and my stay at 3-4 star hotels, or hetels not as centrally located.
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