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Begins: Rapid City, Ends: Salt Lake City
Day 1 – Rapid City, South Dakota
See some of America’s grandest sights! Your western adventure begins in Rapid City, South Dakota. Transfer from the Rapid City Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle to your centrally located hotel for a two night stay. Rooms are available for check-in after 3:00 p.m. Join Caravan for a 7:00 p.m. welcome briefing.
Day 2 – Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse
Enjoy a morning visit to Mt. Rushmore National Monument and the sculpted faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln. Next, drive to Crazy Horse Memorial. Started over 50 years ago, and still under construction, the memorial is the world’s largest sculpture in progress. Chief Standing Bear told the sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski, “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, too.” The monument is a tribute to the Sioux Lakota Indian leader known as Crazy Horse. Here, Indian artisans showcase their arts and crafts and visit with guests. Visit the Indian Museum of North America. Return through the Black Hills to Rapid City. Free time to explore the historic district and stroll the Presidential Walk with life-size statues of American Presidents. B
Day 3 – Little Big Horn, Montana
Enter the range lands and oil fields of Wyoming and head west across the high plains. Visit the old western cowboy town of Sheridan. Enjoy lunch. Next, enter Montana, “Big Sky Country.” Brief visit to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in the Crow Nation. Here, in 1876, in the Valley of Little Big Horn, combined Sioux and Northern Cheyenne forces led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse overwhelmed General Custer and his cavalry. Continue to Billings, nestled between the Yellowstone River and the Rimrocks. Explorers Lewis & Clark camped near here in 1806. BL
Day 4 – Yellowstone National Park
Journey alongside the Yellowstone River in Montana as you follow the Lewis and Clark Trail to Livingston, Montana film location of "A River Runs Through It" and "The Horse Whisperer." Continue following the Yellowstone River south through Paradise Valley into Yellowstone National Park. Established in 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park in the world. Now over 90 countries have national parks. This 2,219,766 acre park contains almost 300 geysers and over 10,000 hot springs, fumaroles, and mud pots. Look for moose, elk, bison, bears, and wolves. You will visit the major attractions of both Yellowstone’s upper and lower loops on your leisurely visit to the park. Visit Mammoth Hot Springs, one of the best areas in the park for close-up viewing of elk. See the unique terraced pools at Mammoth. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at your lodge, Old Faithful Inn. Old Faithful Geyser is within easy viewing and walking distance of Old Faithful Inn. Every 90 minutes, Old Faithful Geyser shoots thousands of gallons of steaming water into the air. Elevation at Old Faithful is approximately 7,300 feet. B
Day 5 – Yellowstone National Park
Continue your exploration of Yellowstone Park today on the lower loop. Visit Norris Geyser Basin, stop at Fishing Bridge Visitor Center alongside Yellowstone Lake and visit Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon, where you can marvel at the rushing waters of Yellowstone Falls, twice the height of Niagara Falls. Return to Old Faithful Inn by mid afternoon. Leisure time to enjoy your lodge and the nearby geysers. B
Day 6 – Grand Tetons, Jackson
This morning enter Grand Teton National Park. See the jagged, soaring Teton Range with peaks over 12,000 feet. Scenes from the movie “Shane” were filmed here. Stop at pristine Jenny Lake. Weather and river conditions permitting, an unforgettable float trip awaits you on the majestic Snake River. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound as you float through the park. Look for waterfowl, beaver, osprey and eagles. Then, to Jackson. Free time to explore the charming downtown. Stroll the art galleries and western shops. See the Antler Arch at the entrance to historic Jackson town square. You may wish to visit the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, with bar stools made from horse saddles. Elevation in Jackson is approximately 6,300 feet. B
Day 7 – Tetons, Oregon Trail, Idaho
Head south this morning through the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Enter Idaho and travel along the route of the original “Oregon Trail.” Visit the National Oregon Trail Center. Continue to Salt Lake City, Utah, the state capital. Afternoon visit to Temple Square with its spacious gardens and fountains. See the Mormon Tabernacle, home to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (unless closed to the public due to a religious ceremony). Enjoy a farewell dinner. BD
Day 8 – Salt Lake City, Utah
Your tour ends after breakfast. Transfers are provided to the Salt Lake City Airport. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. B
Float Trip on Snake River in Grand Teton National Park –
Crazy Horse Monument –
Yellowstone National Park –
The West: Open plains of the American West –
Yellowstone Park Mudpots, Geysers and Hot Springs –
|May||22**, 23**, 24**, 25**, 26**, 27**, 28**, 29**, 30**, 31**|
|Jun||1*, 2*, 3*, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 11*, 12*, 13*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*, 25*, 26*, 27*, 28*, 29*, 30*|
|Jul||1*, 2*, 3*, 4*, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31|
|Aug||1, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31|
|Sep||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28|
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*indicates Great Value date
|Room Type||Super Value||Great Value||Special Value|
|Double||$ 1295||$ 1395||$ 1495|
Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $219; Triple $199; Single $279
Call 1-800-Caravan. You can reserve space free for up to 3 days, then a $300 deposit per person is due. Full payment due 60 days prior to departure.
$99 Travel Protection Plan
Caravan’s $99 travel protection plan offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation and medical coverage.
Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan. Here is a list of some of the airlines that service this tour.
Meals included are shown by:
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Rapid City, South Dakota
Hilton Garden Inn
Yellowstone Park, Wyoming
Old Faithful Inn
The Virginian Lodge
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.
The Rushmore Hotel is an elegant and artistic hotel located in the heart of Rapid City. The lobby has a marble floor design intricately pieced together with 75 different exotic stones from all over the world. All guest rooms at the Rushmore Hotel have coffeemakers and high speed internet. In Rapid City, “The City of Presidents,” there are now 43 life size bronze statues of former U.S. presidents on city street corners. A statue of President John F. Kennedy and his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. stands outside the hotel.
Hilton Garden Inn
Billings, Montana's largest city, is located in the south-central portion of the state. The Hilton Garden Inn is a modern mid-rise hotel located in the newer retail area of Billings, approximately 1/4 mile from Rimrock Mall. Each of the rooms has complimentary wired and wireless internet access, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, iron & ironing board, and hairdryer. The Hilton Garden Inn's fitness center includes a heated indoor pool and whirlpool. The hotel has a restaurant and lobby bar and is within easy walking distance of several restaurants.
Old Faithful Inn
Old Faithful Inn is a National Park Lodge located inside Yelowstone National Park and within easy viewing and walking distance of Old Faithful Geyser. Staying within Yellowstone enhances your wildlife viewing and sightseeing opportunities. Yellowstone National Park is a visual playground with bubbling hot springs, thunderous waterfalls, fascinating wildlife and steaming geysers. Internet service is available on an hourly or daily basis for a fee. Elevation at Old Faithful is approximately 7,300 feet.
The Virginian Lodge
The Virginian is located in Jackson, Wyoming. Enjoy views of the surrounding mountains from the swimming pool and hot tub. The hotel also is home to a Jackson Hole favorite, The Virginian Saloon, featuring butting ram mounts and packed with artifacts reflecting the regional culture. Elevation at Jackson is approximately 6,300 feet.
The Hilton Salt Lake City is located in the heart of Salt Lake City, two blocks from Temple Square and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The rooms have all the modern amenities, including television, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, phone, voice mail, data port.
Caravan's Rapid City, South Dakota hotel, the Rushmore Hotel provides a courtesy shuttle from the Rapid City Airport (RAP). Upon arrival, request by calling the Rushmore Hotel at 1-605-348-8300 or 1-855-732-3622. The shuttle operates daily from 5:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. Taxis cost $25.00 to $30.00 and take 20 minutes.
Caravan provides departure transfers from the Hilton in Salt Lake City, Utah to the Salt Lake City Airport (SLC). Taxis cost approximately $25.00. Please allow 20 minutes for the drive.
Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan Tours. Here are lists of airlines that service this tour:
||There are about two dozen flights into Rapid City daily. Delta and United (operating as United Express) have the most flights. American has one or two flights a day. Allegiant offers service from Phoenix and Las Vegas.|
||Air Canada, America West, American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Jetblue, Salmon Air, Southwest, Sun Country, United Airlines|
|Salt Lake City|
This is a predominantly casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for most evenings is smart casual.
Virtually everything! Hotels, most meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers in select cities, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation.
Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porter fees, visas, phones, valet, all items of a personal nature, food and beverages not on the regular menu and tips to the Caravan Tour Director and Driver. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.
From cosmopolitan French Canada to the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, Caravan has a tour for every one. Passengers requiring special assistance must be accompanied by an able companion.
A well paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation.
Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and lodges and the capacity of the transportation and motorcoaches used. Usually, the maximum size will range from 36 to 44 passengers.
Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). All meals in Latin America are included. Most meals are included in the USA and Canada. Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Coffee and tea are provided at all meals. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.
Out of courtesy to your fellow tour members, please restrict the use of cell phones to emergency use only when you are on the motorcoach. Please also remember to turn off ringers; cell phone conversations and ringers are intrusive and can spoil other passengers' enjoyment of the tour. Please contact your service provider for information regarding cell phone reception areas: many rural areas do not have cell phone network coverage
“Beyond description, and I’m an English teacher! We chose Caravan for our 50th anniversary celebration and could not have been more pleased. Incredible offerings and accommodations made for personal needs at each stop. Loved the sights and photo ops, a totally comfortable amount. Loved that we could watch beautiful and informative films if we so chose. Never felt tired, and we loved the mini-hikes. Our TD was truly extraordinary, the ✭ director of the year, and all museum guides and assistants were inspirational. We may consider another tour in the future (this was our first), it was such a positive experience. ”Mr. R.B., Englewood, New Jersey
“Looking for a carefree vacation? Caravan takes care of everything. Logistics, including airport and baggage transfers, hotels, sightseeing and activities, and reservations for all the events. Long coach rides can be quite boring, right? No so if you were fortunate enough to have booked the Caravan Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore and Grand Tetons tour in August this year. Our awesome driver guided us as we traversed 1250 miles of spectacular scenery for six days. Mother nature treated us to thrilling views geysers, hot springs, abundant lodgepole pine trees, lakes, rivers and wildlife. Bring your camera so you can capture the significant milestones and awesome sights along the way. The two hour float trip on the Snake River was a relaxing ride, as we were on watch for waterfowl, beaver, osprey, eagles, and big game elk, bison, and deer. The Grand Tetons provide a fantastic backdrop as you take it all in. And don’t worry if you slept through geography and social studies class in high school. Enter our director, a great storyteller with colorful speech and quick wit. Never dull, the daily excursions traveling through the west all rolled up into one incredible trip. ”Mr. C.R., Chattanooga, Tennessee
“When I’m ready for another guided tour, Caravan would be a top choice. I was totally impressed with how organized everything was. So many great activities and sights: the float trip was definitely one of the highlights along with the hikes around the hot springs. Our tour director made the trip so fun, and our driver was excellent, always smiling, helpful and welcoming us aboard. The float trip was really special, and lots of rest and photo stops made our vacation enjoyable.”Mr. & Mrs. A.N., East Syracuse, New York
“Outstanding. I cannot emphasize enough how pleased we were to go on our 2nd trip with Caravan. This was equally, if not better, than our last trip to Yosemite. We had a great time, felt safe, and couldn’t have seen as much or learned as much if we went at it alone. We cannot say enough good things about your staff and our experience. They aced it. Our TD was an excellent animator and director delivering on what was promised and more. We enjoyed all the sights and guided tours, very well chosen. Relaxing, scenic and very memorable, we’d recommend it to anyone. ”Mr. & Mrs. A.M., Abington, Pennsylvania
“This is my third Caravan tour and by far the best. I have highly recommended you to many people and show them your brochure. I was very happy with the provided activities and sights and especially liked our director’s narration about what we were seeing as it greatly enhanced our experience. I never had and probably never will have a finer tour director. ”Mr. J.B., Mount Vernon, Ohio
“I am very happy that I took this tour through history, and happy with all we were able to see and do. We have a beautiful country right here and to be able to finally visit things and learn about them was an amazing experience. So many breathtaking moments along with a narrative by a professional; again, amazing. Even during longer drives, our director kept us informed about where we were and any important history that tied our tour together. He was an excellent tour director. Entertaining, he held my attention and his time management was impeccable. I was impressed with his concern for us and his preparedness; he was a pleasure to travel with for the seven days. Thank you.”Mrs. P.P., Lavallette, New Jersey
“Excellent trip in all aspects and a great value! Caravan took good care of me from the airport arrival to the airport departure. Yellowstone and Grand Tetons were beautiful. Loved the geysers and thermal activity, canyons, waterfalls, mountains and wildlife. Enjoyed the float trip down the river and will certainly consider booking another Caravan adventure in the future. ”Mr. L.R., Lebanon, Ohio
“You folks at Caravan really take care of your customers. Not an ill word was uttered. Nothing but praise and thanks. Our group appreciated a good time, good price and meals. Great tour all around! Thank for the opportunity to express my gratitude to your company. ”Mr. D.B., Bel Air, Maryland
“This entire tour was excellent. We loved every single thing about it. So many amazing sights and amazing places we stopped for gorgeous scenery. This was our 3rd trip with Caravan and it won’t be our last. We have always been very pleased. This trip was packed with exceptional sights and we loved them all. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Yellowstone, Devil’s Tower, Grand Tetons, float trip, Jackson Hole...too many great things to mention. It was a wonderful trip. Would like to commend Caravan on great tour directors and drivers. We loved them on all three trips. Keep up the good work. ”Mrs. L.T., Ector, Texas
“Our neighbors introduced us to Caravan after enjoying their first experience on the Grand Canyon. We were so pleased with our first experience that we signed right up for another and have already passed on a catalogue to interested friends. We found all the hotels to be very nice and each different. There was a good balance between natural beauty and historical significance. Especially appreciated were the Crazy Horse memorial, the Little Bighorn monument, and the Snake River trip. We had a great, caring, considerate and organized director. Everything was excellent, and I think our director made excellent choices. All we hoped for, thanks! ”Mr. & Mrs. W.D., Ludington, Michigan
“We found the entire tour to be very educational. We expected to enjoy the sights, as we went to the Tetons and Yellowstone years ago, but Mount Rushmore was new to us. Our director and driver went off the beaten path to make sure we’d see everything, including a large herd of bison. Great job by both of them! ”Mr. & Mrs. R.F., Boston, Massachusetts
“We truly enjoyed the whole trip. This was the first time we used Caravan and we will definitely use them again. We are happy with the whole experience and would recommend this to everyone. We saw everything we wanted to see and so much more. The float ride by the Tetons was most enjoyable. There was enough stops for what we needed and the photo stops were beautiful sights. All the hotels were very nice and clean. Our favorites were the Old Faithful Inn and Virginian. We thank you for giving us a vacation we will always remember. ”Mrs. V.V., North Royalton, Ohio
“This was our second Caravan tour. We had high expectations and were not disappointed. Caravan does an outstanding job of planning and selection/training of tour directors. We felt there was a good balance between planned activities and time on our own. ”Ms. J.B., Gloversville, New York
“Perfect. All activities and sightseeing spots were worthwhile. Our Snake River float was fantastic, with a great guide. We enjoyed the National Oregon Trail Center. Great photo opportunities, carefully spaced at interesting places with good facilities. Dinner on the last night was the perfect ending to the trip. ”Mrs. M.M., Rutherford, New Jersey
“All in all, the trip was a tremendous value for the price and I will continue to travel with Caravan. Old Faithful Inn was extraordinary! Amazing structure and location, such a wonderful experience!! Great at Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore. Loved the Snake River float and local tour of Yellowstone. Great photo stops at falls and geysers, and great stops and timing for rest. ”Ms. S.T., Portland, Oregon
“We are ready to again with Caravan. We enjoyed this just as much as the Grand Canyon tour, and that’s saying a lot. Great trip, great time. No complaints says it all. We enjoyed all our activities, and my favorite was rafting down the Snake River and viewing the Grand Canyon. We enjoyed our stay at all five hotels, no problems and very comfortable beds. We live in a beautiful country. ”Mr. & Mrs. J.M., Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
“This is our second Caravan trip and believe it to be an excellent value. We were well taken care of from the beginning until the end. Our TD was excellent, very considerate, funny, and knowledgeable. He kept us all on time and explained activities in advance. All the stops were very good with plenty of time to see things. Really enjoyed the rafting trip, Yellowstone and Jackson Hole. The Old Faithful inn was excellent!”Mr. R.P., Venice, Florida
“This was a great trip and I hope I can take another Caravan tour sometime in the future. All of the meals on the tour were wonderful. The sheer number and selection of the places visited were WELL worth the money. Very illuminating, myth bustin' and educational. Our tour director was highly motivated and excited about the tour. He was very professional and always on top of departure schedules, luggage handling, meal tickets, etc... He always tried to keep a running commentary on the sights, history, footnotes, etc..., while on the bus. I can wholeheartedly recommend this tour to anyone who has never visited that part of the country, and would like to see as many national treasures in the shortest amount of time.”Mr. & Mrs. M.F., Staten Island, New York
“Great tours are the best way to assure you see all the highlights.... Our tour director did a great job. He kept everyone on time and informed us the history and points of interest that we were seeing. The overall trip was great, worth every penny we paid. We intend on traveling with you again, and I would feel very comfortable referring you to my friends.”Mr. & Mrs. K.L., Tukwila, Washington
“It was a great tour. Excellent sightseeing, we were always on the go and saw so much in our eight days. That is what I like about Caravan. Our activities are planned so that we see so much. Our driver was outstanding, and our guide was the best! He made the trip extra special. We are already talking about our next tour with Caravan to the Canadian Rockies. ”Mrs. K.D., Montgomery, New York
“My friend who I toured with wanted to get a rental camper and do the National Parks on our own. I was not keen on this idea. I found your website and after reading the comments suggested it to my friend. This was the best decision we made. Enjoyed everything!! No complaints. All hotels were clean, comfortable and met all requests. And my thoughts on your director, well I don’t have enough room...from the minute he introduced himself to our last hug goodbye, I was in awe of his knowledge, facts, demeanor, and personality. Thank you so much. Loved it! ”Ms. P.T., Bakersfield, California
“This was a terrific opportunity to visit many sites in a short period of time. We received quite a history lesson throughout the tour. All of the photo stops were truly amazing, provided many wonderful pictures, and were spaced appropriately. I thought the tour was very good and exceptional value. The itinerary was well thought out and our TD was a true professional. The scenery and routes were truly an unforgettable experience. We look forward to future tours with Caravan and have made recommendations to friends, family and others. Great job! ”Mr. P.P., Lavallette, New Jersey
“A wonderful, well organized tour through some of the most beautiful scenery and sites in the US, led by an experienced guide who educated us all the way. I enjoyed all the sightseeing activities and was amazed by Yellowstone. Rest stops were adequate and we had a lovely new coach. I appreciated the photo stops, got some great photos. We were two women traveling together and had very comfortable accommodations. Thanks! ”Mrs. C.M., Norristown, Pennsylvania
“Wonderful, very happy with our first experience taking a guided tour. We saw more than we expected to see and places I always wanted to see. A lot of credit goes to our director. Loved his stories, so friendly, he made the tour a great experience. We saw and learned so much more than we would have if we had done this on our own. ”Mrs. D.C., Grennville, South Carolina
“Excellent, excellent, excellent. This was a wonderful tour. We saw amazing majestic mountains, green valleys, waterfalls, rivers, and local sights. We had a wonderful tour director who was so knowledgeable about all the sights and wildlife. I learned a lot about this beautiful part of our country. The float was an unforgettable adventure. ”Mrs. A.M., Inverness, Florida These are only the first 25 reviews of this tour... Read all 148 Reviews »
Caravan Tours began selling fully escorted tours in 1952. We have been under the same management and ownership ever since. In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel.
Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. Last year many of our tours sold out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.
Caravan Tours is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), NTA (National Tour Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and an allied member of ACTA (Alliance of Canadian Travel Agencies).
Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices, we in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.
The short answer is “very.” Our surveys are uniformly very positive. However we continually strive to improve our tours, (they are often updated several times in the course of one year), we study all client surveys and suggestions for improvement very carefully.
Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.