Take in the highlights of some of North America’s most alluring national parks on this immersive, multi-country journey. Discover breathtaking wildlif…
Calgary Tower, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Glacier National Park, Old Faithful, The Grand Tetons
On this guided tour, you’ll walk for at least 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and ice, with some steep inclines a…
Welcome to Canada! Arrive at your hotel in Calgary and settle in before getting to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.
Head out on a sightseeing coach tour of Calgary, a lively city that served as the site of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
• Enjoy panoramic city views from the observation deck at the top of Calgary Tower
• Drive by City Hall, Canada Olympic Park, and the winding Bow River
• Make a photo stop at the vast Calgary Stampede grounds, where an annual festival and tournament-style rodeo are hosted
Later, drive into the mountains to get to know Banff’s dramatic landscapes. Sit down for an included dinner this evening.
Journey into Banff National Park to Lake Louise, a mirror-like glacial lake known as Canada’s “diamond in the wilderness.”
• Discover a landscape rich in wildlife and history
• Stroll along the glittering shores of Lake Louise and take in staggering vistas of the towering Victoria Glacier
• Visit the grand Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, an iconic hotel located on the lake’s eastern shore
Later this afternoon, explore on your own or add an excursion.
Step inside a glass-enclosed gondola and ascend over 2,000 feet up Sulphur Mountain, which is named for the hot springs located on its slopes. Spend time exploring the mountain's main observation deck, where you can enjoy a wide variety of food options, interactive exhibits, a multi-sensory theater, and more. Then, take a stroll along the boardwalk to admire panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains, the Bow Valley and Banff National Park below, and the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, which is a national historic site of Canada. Please note: Warm clothing including a sweater or jacket is recommended.3 hours and departs in the afternoonSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.
Enjoy a free day in Banff to explore at your leisure or add an excursion.
Soak in the beauty of one of the most scenic drives in North America as you journey along the Icefields Parkway. Keep your eyes open for a variety of wildlife such as bears, elk, and moose as you drive along this highway, which stretches for almost 150 miles past stunning lakes, soaring mountains, and picturesque valleys. Stop to admire Peyto Lake before arriving at the Columbia Icefield Centre, where you’ll learn more about Jasper National Park. Enjoy free time for lunch before boarding a snow coach and traveling up to the Athabasca Glacier for a short walk on the ice. Please note: Mountain weather changes fast, and the stop at Peyto Lake is weather-dependent. Additionally, access to Peyto Lake is closed for the summer of 2019. We recommend wearing extra layers and walking shoes or sneakers, as walking may involve steep inclines. This excursion is seasonal and runs from May through mid-October. It is also weather-dependent through late spring and early summer.9 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.
Transfer into the United States to Montana today. Before crossing the border, stop to admire some of Alberta’s scenic gems.
• Drive south to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO-listed site that serves as a telling remnant from the time of the First Nations people
• Continue on to Waterton Lakes National Park, a picturesque area dotted with rugged mountains and dense wilderness
• Enjoy afternoon tea at the charming Prince of Wales Hotel, which is perched on a bluff and flanked by a curtain of mountains
Hop in a Red Jammer car and make your way along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, a national landmark considered to be one of the world’s most scenic drives. (Please note: Activities in Glacier National Park may vary depending on the season and weather conditions.)
• Marvel at cedar forests, rocky cliffs, and glacial lakes as you wind your way through Glacier National Park, which makes up a portion of the UNESCO-listed International Peace Park
• Appreciate the wilderness of the park and take in the sight of melting glaciers that experts estimate will be gone within the coming decades
Then, take in views of the changing landscape as you continue on to Missoula for dinner.
(Please note: Early June and September departures may overnight in Kalispell instead of Missoula.)
Learn about the area's culture as you make your way to the Yellowstone region today.
• Stop at the Smokejumper Visitor Center, the largest smokejumper base in the U.S.
• Join a smokejumper for a tour of the headquarters to see the equipment used to fight fires
Continue on to the Yellowstone region and sit down for an included dinner this evening.
Drive into Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, designated the world’s first national park in 1872, to discover its unique landscape and vast array of animal life with your Tour Director leading the way.
• Make a photo stop at the Fountain Paint Pot, a colorful, geothermal mudpot located in the Lower Geyser Basin
• Stroll along the boardwalks around Old Faithful, a famous, frequently erupting cone-type geyser that reaches between 100 and 200 feet high
• Head to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which was created by the erosive forces of water thousands of years ago
• Stop at the canyon’s Upper and Lower Falls for sweeping perspectives of the area at Inspiration Point and Artist Point
• Drive further north to spend free time at the ethereal, terraced Mammoth Hot Springs before making your way back to West Yellowstone
Enjoy a scenic drive to Jackson, one of the West’s premier arts communities. Stop along the way for photo ops in Grand Teton National Park, an area that has a human history dating back over 10,000 years.
• Explore the Grand Tetons, the youngest mountain range in the Rockies
• Try to spot elk, coyotes, black bears, wolves, bison and the elusive mountain lion
Upon arrival in Jackson, take a free afternoon to explore on your own.
Spend a free day in Jackson or add an excursion.
Then, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner this evening.
One of the best ways to see the Grand Tetons—the glorious peaks that surround Jackson—is from the Snake River. On a raft ride, you’ll have a great chance of glimpsing some of Wyoming’s wildlife, including soaring eagles and graceful elk. You’ll also get a firsthand view of the site of Ansel Adams’ famous photo. Please note: This excursion is weather-dependent and runs seasonally from mid-May through mid-September. Layered clothing and waterproof shoes are recommended.3 hours and departs in the afternoonSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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