Day 1: Glacier National Park in Montana and the Snake River in Idaho are our featured attractions on this exciting tour. This morning we travel across central Kansas arriving near Kearney, NE, to visit the Platte River Archway. We travel on to Ogallala where we spend the night.
2: Today we travel west across the panhandle of Nebraska along the North Platte River to Scottsbluff to visit the Scotts Bluff National Monument. A museum at the visitor center relates the history and art of the Oregon and California trails and Scotts Bluff. We travel across western and central Wyoming to Casper for our night’s lodging.
3: Our first stop is the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Here Custer and the 210 men of the 7th Cavalry Regiment made their last stand against several thousand Lakota and Cheyenne. We overnight in Livingston, MT.
4: This morning we travel to Butte where we board the Old No. 1. This replica of an early open streetcar gives us a tour of the city. We also visit the World Museum of Mining & 1899 Mining Camp. A walk-through mining display details the processes and equipment involved in underground mining. We travel to Helena for the night.
5: The Montana State Capitol is our first attraction for today. It is topped by a dome of Montana copper and was built in 1899. Next we board “The Last Chancer”, an automotive tour train, for a tour through the present and past of Helena. We spend the next two nights in Kalispell.
6: This is our day to enjoy the beautiful Glacier National Park. Going-To-The-Sun Road, acclaimed as one of the outstanding scenic roadways of the world, traverses the width of the park. The 52-mile route affords magnificent views of some of Glacier National Park’s loveliest scenery. After our wonderful day in the park, we travel back to Kalispell for the night.
7: As we leave Kalispell this morning, we follow the shoreline of Flathead Lake on our way to Missoula. We visit the Smokejumpers Base Aerial Fire Depot, where displays include dioramas, historical photographs, and artifacts relating to the history of firefighting in the forest service. Smokejumpers offer firsthand accounts of firefighting and smokejumping. We travel to Clarkston, ID, for the next two nights.
8: Our adventure today takes us on a jet boat excursion through Hells Canyon—North America’s deepest river gorge, carved out by the Snake River. Cruising up the Snake River, we are surrounded by awe-inspiring natural beauty. The breathtaking thrill of our adventure combines with the magnificent landscape and delightful climate to make our trip an unforgettable river experience. Breakfast and lunch are included today.
9: Today we travel to Spaulding to visit one of the sites in the Nez Perce National Historical Park, which reflects the history and culture of the Nez Perce people. We travel south to Boise for the night.
10: Before leaving Boise we make a brief stop at the Idaho State Capitol. We continue south and east traveling into Utah to visit the Golden Spike National Historic Site. This marks the place where the Union Pacific and Central Pacific rails met to form the nation’s first transcontinental railroad in 1869. A golden spike was the last one driven to make this connection. Night in Layton, UT.
11: This morning we have a tour of Temple Square. In the afternoon we travel to Green River where we spend the night.
12: Today we continue traveling south and east into Colorado to visit the Colorado National Monument, seamed with canyons more than 600 feet deep, before continuing to Denver for night.
13: Today we relax and remember the things we have experienced throughout the northwest.