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See a panoply of wildlife and capture amazing photos on this 2-day adventure in two of America’s most revered national parks: Yellowstone and Grand Teton. With the help of your guide, spot impressive animals it would be difficult to find on your own. Visit famous landmarks in the parks and stay overnight at a hotel in Montana, soaking up the wild and pristine beauty of this distinctive region.Day 1: Jackson or Teton Village – Grand Teton – Yellowstone (L)Your 2-day wilderness escape starts in the early morning in Wyoming with pickup from your Jackson or Teton Village area hotel. As you travel by coach among the towering peaks of Grand Teton National Park glowing in the gentle morning light, enjoy complimentary snacks and refreshments and keep your eyes peeled for moose, elk, bison, grizzlies, black bears, wolves, coyotes and eagles. Binoculars will be provided for optimal viewing. Continue to nearby Yellowstone National Park, the first national park ever established, and see two of its many lovely waterfalls: the Upper Falls and Lower Falls. Take in views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, a chasm on the Yellowstone River that cuts up to 1200 feet (366 m) deep. Savor a picnic lunch in this park teeming with animal and plant life as your guide shares facts about the geological and human forces that have shaped this area over thousands of years. Spend the evening in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley – often called the ‘American Serengeti’ – searching for more wildlife. It was here that bison were brought back from the brink of extinction in the early 1900s. Look for these great woolly beasts and herds of elk coming out for their evening meal. Afterward, cross just over the border into Montana and have your own hearty dinner (own expense) at a local restaurant to finish off your day of exploration before settling into your comfortable hotel room for the night. Overnight: Hotel in West Yellowstone or Cooke City, MontanaDay 2: Yellowstone – Jackson or Teton Village Head back to Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley this morning to search for bears and wolves. Wolves were successfully re-introduced to this area in the 1990s, and your chances of seeing one are high. Lamar Valley is also the best place in Yellowstone to spy a grizzly bear, so have your camera ready!Spend the rest of the day taking short and easy hikes around some of the many geothermal features at Yellowstone created by volcanic activity. See famous Old Faithful’s massive eruption of water and the dramatic rock terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs. Reminisce about the most memorable wildlife sightings from your small-group tour as you are driven from Yellowstone back to your hotel in the early evening.
Day 1: Bozeman to Yellowstone National Park8 a.m to 9 a.m. — Your guide picks you up at your hotel in Bozeman to head to Yellowstone National Park. On the way, stop for wildlife and winter scenery photo opportunities. Here, you may see bald eagles, golden eagles, bison, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, and coyote. Overnight stay at Best Western (or similar accommodation) in Gardiner, MontanaDay 2: Gardiner to Cooke City (B)Depart your hotel at 5 a.m. — for guests to have their best chances at seeing wolves we'll depart early and eat breakfast in the field while looking for wolves. The northern range of Yellowstone is where wolves were first reintroduced in 1995 to bring the ecosystem back into its natural balance and has been called one of the best places on Earth to view wolves. Other wildlife you may see are bison, elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, coyote, red foxes, bald eagles, and golden eagles. Overnight stay at Super 8 (or similar accommodation) in Cooke City, Montana Day 3: Wildlife in the morning, afternoon of leisure (B)Depart your hotel at 5 a.m. for game drives. Your first pack territory will be the Lamar Canyon pack. You will post up, drink warm drinks, and wait for the light to present what the morning has to offer. Guides will be communicating with other guides and wolf researchers in the area to offer you the best sightings available for the day. By 11 a.m. you will head back to your hotel for an opportunity to choose from a variety of activities, including an afternoon ski or snowshoe trip (booked by customer, not included), enjoy your mountain cabin, or an afternoon wildlife viewing into Yellowstone National Park.Overnight stay at Super 8 (or similar accommodation) in Cooke City, Montana Day 4: Cooke City to Bozeman (B)Head out at 6 a.m. for a great opportunity to see wolves in their native state. You may witness wolves interacting with other wolf packs in territorial disputes, or see wolves trailing along the river bank during the morning hunt. You may also observe wolves social posturing, howling, eating, or just resting. After the morning wildlife viewing, you will make your way to Mammoth Hot Springs and out the Yellowstone River corridor to Bozeman where you will say our goodbyes.
The tour of Grand Teton National Park will be sent via email so you can print it at your hotel or at home, or download the app if you use iOS. (For android devices, you can download the app for free.) Once your tour is downloaded, you can access it offline on your phone or iPad, and you will be able to travel around the park without the need for internet connection. The tour is packed with all the information you need before starting your adventure. It guides you precisely and is accessible at any time, so you can refer to it as often as you wish.Your route is designed by a seasoned tour guide and will be sent to you within minutes of purchase. You will start from Cooke City to the northeast entrance of Yellowstone, before driving south and beginning your tour at Jackson Lake. You will stop at Jenney Lake, Teton Village, the town of Jackson, Flat Creek, Mormon Row and many more attractions. You will learn about the geology of the Tetons and see plenty of wildlife, as well. This tour serves as a mile-by-mile guide for those who want to sightsee on their own schedule, while enjoying a route selected by an expert.