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Geysers to Glaciers (8710)

10 Day Tour from Salt Lake City to Seattle

2020 Tour Details

Breathtaking glacier lakes, rugged mountains, stunning waterfalls, fascinating geysers, and the “big sky”—these and much more wait for you on this National Parks tour. Your tour starts in Salt Lake City, ends in Seattle, and overnights along the way in Jackson, West Yellowstone, Helena, Kalispell, and Spokane.

Visit Yellowstone National Park, where you’ll view the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Stand in awe as you hear the roar of the water and view the glorious falls of Yellowstone’s impressive Upper and Lower Falls, almost twice as high as Niagara Falls. Witness Old Faithful Geyser as it explodes into the air, and admire the herds of bison, elk, and other wildlife as you travel the park.

A highlight of this western National Parks tour is your ride on the vintage Red Jammer bus in Glacier National Park, with its pristine forests, jagged mountains, alpine meadows, and gorgeous lakes. You’ll drive along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of North America’s most spectacular roadways. Hugging the mountainside, witness stunning scenery along the way. Words and photos cannot capture the beauty—you must witness it in person!

This National Parks tour also includes sightseeing in Seattle, and a visit to the Smokejumper’s Visitor Center for an in-depth guided tour of the jump base. Scenic drives will let you discover why Montana is called Big Sky Country.

For the value-minded traveler, this tour is the perfect vacation!
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 Tour Highlights

SALT LAKE CITY
Orientation tour
JACKSON
Visit the Wild West town
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing; visit the Earthquake Lake Visitors Center
HELENA
Sightseeing by trolley
MISSOULA
Guided tour of the Smokejumper Visitor Center
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Travel along Going-to-the-Sun Road in Red Jammer buses
WALLACE
Guided tour of the Sierra Silver Mine
SEATTLE
Sightseeing; visit Pike Place Market

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Yellowstone National Park

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

4 breakfast, 3 continental breakfasts

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 SALT LAKE CITY

Welcome to Salt Lake City! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 SALT LAKE CITY–JACKSON

Salt Lake City is the center of the Mormon religion, where Brigham Young declared to his followers, “This is the place.” Our orientation tour will show you the best of the vibrant capital of Utah, including Temple Square with its impressive six-spired temple and adjacent tabernacle. Continue north to the Wild West town of Jackson. Free time to explore the shops and museums of historic downtown.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 JACKSON–WEST YELLOWSTONE

This morning, make your way into America’s first national park, YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. Spend the next two nights in West Yellowstone, the west entrance and gateway community to the national park.

Day 4 WEST YELLOWSTONE. DAY EXCURSION TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Today, you will see the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its Upper and Lower Falls. Watch for herds of bison, and view many of Yellowstone’s geothermal sites, including Old Faithful Geyser.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 5 WEST YELLOWSTONE–EARTHQUAKE LAKE VISITORS CENTER–HELENA

Today, we continue through Montana’s Big Sky Country. Travel past bison, see bighorn sheep and elk habitat, and take in views of Hebgen Lake with its crystal-blue water and picture–perfect mountain backdrop. Marvel at the forces of nature unleashed at Quake Lake and visit the EARTHQUAKE LAKE VISITORS CENTER. Upon arrival in Helena, step aboard the LAST CHANCE TROLLEY for a historic tour and experience Helena’s colorful past. See Last Chance Gulch, including the Capital Complex, the historic homes on Helena’s West Side, and the early-day mining district.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 6 HELENA–MISSOULA–KALISPELL

Today, we make our way to Missoula, a major lumber center and home of the U.S. Forest Service and the Smokejumpers’ training center. Visit the SMOKEJUMPER Visitor Center for an in-depth guided tour of the jump base and working facility of the smokejumpers. Learn about the jump gear, parachutes, cargo, and aircraft used by the brave men and women in this demanding occupation. Continue along the shores of Flathead Lake, lined with cherry orchards and one of America’s largest freshwater lakes.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 KALISPELL–GLACIER NATIONAL PARK–GOING-TO-THE-SUN ROAD–KALISPELL

Upon entering GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, board the famous vintage RED JAMMER BUSES that will take you along one of North America’s most spectacular highways: Going-to-the-Sun Road. After crossing 6,664-foot-high Logan Pass, enter a geographical wonderland of alpine scenery, where jagged peaks, deep-green forests, pristine lakes, and meadows dominate the landscape.

NOTE:
The visit to Logan Pass is normally possible from mid-June to mid-September. If unable to travel to Logan Pass, alternative sightseeing on the Red Jammer buses will be provided.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 KALISPELL–WALLACE–SPOKANE

This morning, visit Wallace, Idaho, and tour the SIERRA SILVER MINE, where you travel underground with an experienced miner and learn the history of mining in this region. There’s time to explore this small historic city before continuing to Spokane, Washington, for the night.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 SPOKANE–SEATTLE

This morning, we make our way to Seattle, the “Emerald City.” This afternoon, sightseeing includes the Seattle Center, site of the 1962 World Fair and the 605-foot-high Space Needle. We’ll also stop at the colorful Pike Place Market.

Day 10 SEATTLE

Your vacation ends this morning. You can explore more of Seattle independently with extra nights.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

DEREK LUNDGREN

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

The Western United States' national parks have some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet, and provide experiences and memories that last a lifetime. Where else can you see wild animals roam free among natural wonders and stunning canyons? It's my great honor to introduce travelers to these beautiful places as I tell the little-known facts and stories that bring each destination to life.

Tour Director - DEREK LUNDGREN

 Accommodations

Jackson
West Yellowstone
Helena
Kalispell
Spokane
Seattle

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 CAD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 CAD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 CAD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


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