Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group

Mountains to Monuments (11 days)

Revealed America - National Parks (formerly National Parks Revealed)

Rapid City, SD, United States To Jackson, WY, United States

Valid for Departures Now Through: 14 Jul 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Rapid City, SD United States
Best Available Accommodations Dinner

Arrive Rapid City, SD / Sunset Tour of Badlands National Park

Arrive in Rapid City, South Dakota and secure your rental car (arranged independently).

Meet your private guide and head out for a sunset tour. The Badlands are especially dramatic in the evening, when the towering rock layers absorb the warm sunset hues. Enjoy an introduction to the park's geology and linger on the trail as the moon rises. Continue from the park to a nearby restaurant for dinner with your guide, options are limited but your guide knows the best locations. Return to your hotel in the late evening.

Overnight in or near the National Park in the best available accommodations. Lodging based on double occupancy. (D)

Day 2
Rapid City, SD United States
Best Available Accommodations Lunch, Dinner

Full Day Private Guided Tour of the Black Hills Region

Meet your private guide this morning for a full-day private tour of the Black Hills region, focusing on Mt. Rushmore National Monument, Custer State Park, and Crazy Horse Memorial. A herd of 1,300 bison roam freely throughout Custer State Park, comprising one of the largest publicly- owned herds in the world. Bison and pronghorn antelope can be seen along the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road.

If you wish, your guide will arrange for a visit to the Black Hills Institute in Hill City. It is one of the world's leading organizations in paleontological excavations and preparation since 1974, helping supply museums and collectors the finest in professionally prepared fossils and cast replicas. The Institute has a small museum and an extensive gift shop you can browse.

Note: Mt. Rushmore is such a special place, you may wish to visit the monument in the morning (when the light is especially good for photography) and then return in the early evening when the lights are turned on. Whatever option you choose, your guide will be happy to accommodate you. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon or early evening.

Overnight in or near the National Park in the best available accommodations. Lodging based on double occupancy. (L / D)

Day 3
Cody, WY United States
Best Available Accommodations Dinner

Drive to Cody, WY /Dinner, Show and Cody Nite Rodeo

Following breakfast and check-out, continue six hours to Cody, Wyoming. We recommend taking a detour to Devil's Tower along the way.

A fun way to get oriented to Cody is to take the Cody Trolley tour that lasts one hour. The trolley departs from the Irma Hotel and The Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Three of the many attractions in and near Cody are the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Old Trail Town and the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. Old Trail Town features a collection of historic buildings, furnishings and artifacts. The buildings were disassembled, moved and then reassembled by noted western historian Bob Edgar. One of the preserved cabins was used by Old West outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center is located just 14 miles east of Cody. It is a world-class museum dedicated to the experience of the Japanese Americans that were confined here during WWII. The museum features photographs, artifacts, oral histories and interactive exhibits.

In the evening, you will attend the Cody Nite Rodeo, a real professional rodeo held every summer evening. It includes bronc riding, calf roping, barrel racing and bull riding. The master of ceremonies and rodeo clowns add to the merriment. A barbecue dinner will be served near the rodeo beforehand.

Overnight in the best available accommodations. Lodging based on double occupancy. (D)

Day 4
Cody, WY United States
Best Available Accommodations None

Private Tour of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West / Drive to Yellowstone National Park

After checking out of your hotel this morning, enjoy a private tour of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. The Center features several museums under one roof. Here you can learn about Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Show, learn about the greater Yellowstone ecosystem in the Natural History Museum, explore the lives of the Northern Plains Indian peoples, and see beautiful works of western art.

After your tour, drive 2 hours to Yellowstone National Park.

Overnight in or near the National Park in the best available accommodations. Lodging based on double occupancy.

Day 5
Yellowstone National Park, WY United States
Best Available Accommodations Lunch

Full Day Private Tour of Yellowstone National Park

Today you will have a full day with a private guide to explore Yellowstone, with stops at many of the park's signature destinations, geothermal features, wildlife view sites and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Your guide will lead you on short walks while interpreting the hot springs, fumeroles, mud pots and geysers. Your guide will choose a beautiful area to enjoy a picnic lunch, giving you a chance to relax and enjoy the beauty surrounding you. After lunch, continue your journey through the park. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Overnight in or near the National Park in the best available accommodations. Lodging based on double occupancy. (L)

Day 6
Yellowstone National Park, WY United States
Best Available Accommodations None

Free Day in Yellowstone National Park

Enjoy a full day exploring Yellowstone on your own. Drive to the northeast section of the park to the Lamar Valley for unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities. Stop by Tower Fall, a 132-foot waterfall accessible by a short, paved trail, and cool off in the light mist. We recommend continuing to Mammoth Hot Springs this afternoon, then driving a short distance north to the Boiling River. Bring along your swim suit and take a short hike to the river, where you can soak in natural hot springs. The Boiling River is located on the 45th Parallel, the circle of latitude marking the halfway point between the equator and the North Pole.

Overnight in or near the National Park in the best available accommodations. Lodging based on double occupancy.

Day 7
Yellowstone National Park, WY United States
Best Available Accommodations None

Drive to Grand Teton National Park / Two Hour Trail Ride at Jackson Lake

After checking out of your hotel this morning, begin your journey south to Grand Teton National Park. As you drive south, the road borders Jackson Lake and the massive Teton Range dominates the western skyline.

This afternoon, arrive at Jackson Lake Lodge for a two-hour horseback trail ride. Your wrangler- guide will lead you and your horse through willow flats and pine forest, describing the geology, flora and fauna of the area. Keep an eye out for wildlife, as many species are often active this time of day. Climb to the shores of Emma Matilda Lake and look back at the spectacular views of Signal Mountain and the Grand Tetons.

After your ride, continue on Teton Park Road to the small town of Moose, where the Grand Teton National Park Visitor Center is located. From Moose, proceed south on Moose-Wilson Road to Teton Village. The road is aptly named as moose are sometimes seen along the side of the road. Total transit time to Teton Village is about 3 hours with stops at vista points and for wildlife viewing.

Overnight in or near the National Park in the best available accommodations. Lodging based on double occupancy.

Day 8
Yellowstone National Park, WY United States
Best Available Accommodations None

Morning Whitewater Adventure or Scenic Float Trip on the Snake River / Free Afternoon

Drive to the nearby town of Moose where you will meet your rafting guide for a scenic float on the Snake River. The 10-mile float starts from historic Dead Man's Bar, located just below the Snake River Overlook, to Moose Village. The trip covers the most scenic stretch of the Snake River within the entire Jackson Hole Valley with dramatic views of the iconic Grand Teton range throughout.

The river trip is approximately four hours.

-OR-

The whitewater rafting section of the Snake River is located in the Grand Canyon of the Snake River, considered the deepest gorge on the Snake River in Wyoming. The whitewater stretch of the river is 25 miles south of Jackson, features a mix of Class II/III rapids and is perfect for people of all ages and experience. This is the only whitewater section of the Snake River in the area. The trip lasts between 3.5 and 4 hours, round trip out of downtown Jackson.

Enjoy a free afternoon.

Overnight in or near the National Park in the best available accommodations. Lodging based on double occupancy.

Day 9
Jackson, WY United States
Best Available Accommodations None

Free Day to Explore Jackson

To you have the entire day to explore or relax on your own. Activity options include:

Ride the tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain to take in the spectacular views from the peak (10,500í). The view from the top is spectacular and there are some short hikes available. During the 15 minute ride, the tram ascends 4,139 vertical feet.

Rent canoes or kayaks and paddle on Jenny Lake or Jackson Lake.

Try stand up paddle boarding on nearby String Lake. Note: we can arrange for this to be a private guided activity.

Rent bikes (road or mountain); there are many paved and off-road trails in and around Teton Village.

Take the passenger ferry across Jenny Lake to walk the Cascade Canyon Trail to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point.

Overnight in or near the National Park in the best available accommodations. Lodging based on double occupancy.

Day 10
Jackson, WY United States
Best Available Accommodations None

Private Morning Wildlife Tour of Grand Teton National Park / Afternoon Private Tour of the National Museum of Wildlife Art

At daybreak, meet your private guide at your hotel and travel the nearby Moose-Wilson Road to view moose, elk, beaver and black bears. Your wildlife adventure will continue to locations where you may have the chance to view buffalo and antelope herds along the Gros Ventre River and Antelope Flats. Sweet rolls, coffee and hot chocolate will be served en-route. Your guide will orient you to Grand Teton National Park, so you can enjoy hiking and wildlife viewing on your. You will return to your hotel at about 11:00 AM.

We suggest going into Jackson for lunch and seeing some of the town, which has many galleries, shops and other attractions.

This afternoon, meet a Docent at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson for a private tour. The museum overlooks the 25,000-acre National Elk Refuge, home to the largest elk herd in the world, with a population of more than 14,000 elk. Of this number, more than 7,500 spend the winter here thanks to a supplemental feeding program that has been in place since 1910. The museum collection features more than 550 artists and over 5,000 cataloged items, dating from 2500 BC to the present.

Overnight in or near the National Park in the best available accommodations. Lodging based on double occupancy.

Day 11
Jackson, WY United States
Best Available Accommodations None

Depart Jackson

After checking out of your hotel, drive to the Jackson Airport, return your rental car and depart on the flight of your choice.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Family Vacations
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

HIGHLIGHTS

Full Day Private Tour of Yellowstone National Park | Two Hour Trail Ride at Jackson Lake | Private Morning Wildlife Tour of Grand Teton National Park | Private Tour of the National Museum of Wildlife Art with a Docent | Morning Whitewater Adventure or Scenic Float Trip on the Snake River

| Sunset Tour of Badlands National Park | Full Day Private Guided Tour of the Black Hills Region | Dinner, Show and Cody Nite Rodeo

About Us

Revealed America designs & operates upscale custom tours in & around the National Parks of the western USA. Revealed's services include: Upscale best-in-class accommodations; Privately guided activities by air, 4-wheel vehicle, raft/kayak, balloon, horseback and foot; Local Experts in geology, wildlife, Native culture, art, photography, history & more; Special access to historical, archaeological & Native American sites; Private SUV & air charter services in/between parks; Arrival, departure, pre and post lodging & touring arrangements. One percent of all Revealed America revenues are donated to youth in National Parks programs.

Insider Tip

Tip #1: Go in the fall. Tip #2: Hire one of our private guides. Tip #3: Plan now for summer. Tip #4: Get outside! And out of your comfort zone.

Terms & Conditions

Please contact supplier for detailed terms & conditions.



The trademarks VIRTUOSO, the Globe Swirl Logo and SPECIALISTS IN THE ART OF TRAVEL are registered trademarks of Virtuoso, Ltd. Virtuoso, Ltd. has a U.S. copyright registration for the Globe Swirl Logo, ©2000. All rights reserved. Virtuoso CST#2069091-50. California CST# 2069091; TA# 808 - Registered Iowa Travel Agency; Washington UBI # 601 554 183. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

Reviews and Recommendations for Revealed America - National Parks (formerly National Parks Revealed)

100%

of 17
guests
recommend


Virtuoso Verified Traveler

All reviews are from confirmed guests sharing exclusive insights

Sort reviews by

Highly Recommend

By: Dcooper


Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2014

Travel Advisor:  Ginny Mabry

Excellent service

By: Susan64


Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2014

Upon arriving in Klamath Falls, our daughter became pretty ill and was not able to whitewater raft on the first day of our vacation. I called the customer service number and explained the situation and asked if it would be possible to change to another day. The young woman I spoke with was SO kind and helpful. She took all the information, called the tour company and called me back in a very short period of time. She was able to schedule the tour for later in the week and by that day, we were ALL able to go on the whitewater rafting excursion. Crater Lake National park was spectacular and I would highly recommend this service and location!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Trevino

Fabulous Yellowstone?Grand Tetons trip

By: Amber


Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2016

Mindy organized a wonderful vacation for our family. We enjoyed spending two full days with an absolutely outstanding tour guide at Yellowstone followed by two more half days with the same guide at the Grand Tetons. He gave us an appreciation for the spectacular surroundings and led us to see over 25 species of wildlife. We also had a wonderful time attending a rodeo and biking. Mindy even was able to add a white water rafting trip down the Snake River at the last minute. We are so looking forward to planning our next trip at other national parks with this very knowledgeable and committed organization. Thank you so much!
Travel Advisor:  Mary Porter

Fabulous in every way

By: Mandy


Reviewed on: 21 Jun 2016

Awesome service and tour guides!
Travel Advisor:  Ginny Mabry

Yellowstone Family Trip

By: JoJo#7


Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2017

Most amazing trip ever - memories for a lifetime! Out travel agent, Tina Aikman, planned everything - and National Parks Revealed delivered!!! Fantastic trip!
Travel Advisor:  Tina Aikman

very interesting tours

By: Cackle


Reviewed on: 08 Sep 2016

Great guides, wonderful tours
Travel Advisor:  Martha Gaughen

California family trip

By: Kaye


Reviewed on: 25 Mar 2017

National Parks Revealed booked top notch tour operators as well as accommodations! Each of our operators checked in with us the day before our tour to confirm and were all very professional! They were very knowledgeable and engaged every member of our family during our tour or activity. I would definitely recommend this company to friends and would use again if in the area.
Travel Advisor:  Ashley Newhaller

Canyon tours

By: Holly


Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2017

Our tour guide was amazing. She was beyond knowledgeable about the park, its history, its geology and botany. She was happy, flexible with our requests, and a pleasure to spend the day with.
Travel Advisor:  Lauren Parry

National Parks Revealed

By: Sonny


Reviewed on: 06 May 2017

Guides were polite, informed, protective, and cordial at all times.
Travel Advisor:  Christine Serio

Great experience

By: Wonderful Wyoming


Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2017

National Parks Revealed delivered a great itinerary and took care of last minute changes caused by weather.
Travel Advisor:  Bowden Sarrett

Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks

By: Jim


Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2017

The trip exceeded my expectations. The private tours of the parks were interesting and the tour guides were very kid-friendly. We had a free morning in Page, Arizona and added a trip to Lower Antelope Canyon. This is a "must see" and was the favorite part of our trip for my three children. This slot canyon is 9 miles from Page and is the most visited slot canyon in America. We used Ken's tours and were accommodated within an hour without reservations. One day tours are adequate for the South rim of the Grand Canyon and Bryce. However, my family could have spent several days in Zion. The beauty of all three parks cannot be captured on film. The daily hikes were beautiful and totaled 15 miles spread out over 4 days.
Travel Advisor:  Eve Kilpatrick

Land Portion of Alaska

By: Chris


Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2017

National Parks Revealed put together a great trip for our family including Denali, Talkeetna, Alyeska. Great experiences and very knowledgeable folks leading us. Be aware that in Alaska sometimes weather, or accidents, etc can change plans, but that is just part of it.
Travel Advisor:  Suzette Mack

Mt. Rushmore and Badlands tour

By: Mussy


Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2017

Our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. I really enjoyed my tour and would go again with him.
Travel Advisor:  Cheryl Everhart

Ghost Town Tour-West

By: Keith & Deb Lyell


Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2017

Very enjoyable-beautiful country and wonderful tours.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Prosser

Washington

By: Jean


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2017

This trip was absolutely wonderful. Our guides Cheryl and Leah were very knowledgable and experienced. We had a better experience than we could ever have imagined....even snow! For Australians...a real treat. Nancy and her team produced yet another amazing trip!
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

Grand Canyon 2018

By: Helen


Reviewed on: 15 Apr 2018

It was a delightful experience! We especially enjoyed our guide, Slim Woodruff. She not only enabled us to experience the Canyon but also shared well the history of the Kolb brothers and others in the development of “tourism” so that others could visit and explore the Canyon. When questioned, Slim was knowledgeable of all the support services available to those who live in the park and to those who visit. Our helicopter ride was exciting and definitely memorable also!
Travel Advisor:  Frances Boyce

Review

By: Sam


Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2018

Guide was outstanding. Countryside was magnificent
Travel Advisor:  Marilyn Bennett