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Montana: Glacier National Park Whitewater Rafting Trip

1. Montana: Glacier National Park Whitewater Rafting Trip

Enjoy an exciting half-day Glacier National Park whitewater rafting trip on the middle fork section of the Flathead River. Manoeuvre the raft through 9 different rapids by following the simple paddle commands of the guide. The trip winds about 8 miles through the John F. Stevens Canyon. The rapids are rated class 2 and 3, making for a fun and splashy family-friendly whitewater rafting adventure. Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure and check-in at the office before meeting your friendly river guides. Leave your belongings in your car and your car keys for you at the front desk. Next, take a short 10-minute bus ride to the river. Your guide will launch the boat there, give you safety instructions, and you'll begin floating down the beautiful river. The journey starts on a 4-mile mellow section of the river, giving you plenty of time to learn to paddle and to adjust to being on the water. The rapids come on the second 4 miles of the trip and photographs of each boat are taken in the rapid named Bonecrusher. The raft will stop periodically to let you jump in and experience a dip in glacial water if you choose. You'll float under Glacier National Park's historic Belton Bridge towards the end of the trip. At the end of the trip, it's a short walk back from the river to the local partner's office in the village of West Glacier. The length of the trip depends on the river flow. In June through early July, it lasts about 2.5 hours, from mid-July to early August, about 3 hours, and from mid-August through the end of the season, approximately 3.5 hours. Safety and fun are the top priorities. Guides undergo training in river rescue techniques, first aid, and more. Many guides return year after year. If conditions call for wetsuits, fleece, and river shoes, or if you would prefer to wear splash gear, it is always available at no extra cost. Helmets and life jackets are mandatory and provided.

West Yellowstone: Yellowstone Day Tour Including Entry Fee

2. West Yellowstone: Yellowstone Day Tour Including Entry Fee

Immerse yourself in the landscape and wildlife of the Yellowstone National Park on this van tour from West Yellowstone. Learn about its history from your guide, see the many incredible sights it has to offer, and enjoy a delicious lunch. Depart from West Yellowstone, Montana at 8:30 AM and enter Yellowstone National Park through the West Gate. Tour the Lower Loop with stops at notable points of interest including Old Faithful and the Geyser Basins. See sights like the Grand Prismatic Spring, Fountain Paint Pots, Artist Point, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Hayden Valley. Throughout, also enjoy many great views of Yellowstone Lake. Learn about the Park from your knowledgeable guide, including its geothermal features, geology, and wildlife. Enjoy numerous photos of the surroundings and wildlife and, at the mid-point of the tour, a delicious picnic-style lunch. The tour concludes at 5:30 PM back in West Yellowstone.

West Glacier: Glacier National Park Scenic Raft Trip

3. West Glacier: Glacier National Park Scenic Raft Trip

Feel the excitement of this adrenaline-fuelled river rafting trip on the Flathead River. Soak in the picturesque surroundings while you splash your way through the Glacier National Park accompanied by a guide. Start your trip with a 5-minute bus ride down to the West Glacier. From there, you will pass through a steep, walled canyon and admire stunning views of Glacier National Park. Arrive at the path where the middle and north forks of the Flathead River converge to form the southern tip of Glacier National Park. Learn about the flora, fauna, and history of the area while escorting you down one of the most pristine rivers in the world. You may get the chance to see eagles, osprey, deer, and maybe even an elusive bear or moose. Your guide will take the raft out of the water near the Blankenship Bridge. Get immersed in the spectacular beauty of the area during the scenic rafting tour.  Finally, take a 15-minute bus ride back to your base where you can take pictures.

Glacier National Park: Self-Guided Driving Tour

4. Glacier National Park: Self-Guided Driving Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 50+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Glacier National Park in 2-3 hours. Once downloaded, your tour begins at either Saint Mary on the park’s eastern end or West Glacier on the park’s western side. From Saint Mary, you’ll cruise alongside Saint Mary Lake and discover why it’s so clear. You’ll also get acquainted with the park’s distant past, from the Blackfoot Confederacy to early colonization. A couple of overlooks offer spectacular views of the lake and the tiny Wild Goose Island within—one of the park’s most popular spots for photos. Beyond that you’ll hear about a disastrous gold rush before arriving at Sun Point Nature Trail, a super short walk leading to an amazing vista. Then there’s another trail to Saint Mary Falls, a sparkling waterfall with a distinctive turquoise hue. Jackson Glacier Overlook waits ahead, offering your first good look at one of the park’s five active glaciers. After that, you’ll hear all about how these glaciers have impacted the landscape, as well as the man who decided they were a resource worth protecting. Hidden Lake Trail is next, perfect for those seeking a little seclusion. Then you’ll reach Paradise Meadow, one of the best vistas in the entire park (and one you’ll definitely want to remember with a few photos)! Next, you’ll pass the strange, not-quite-waterfall of the Weeping Wall, before reaching Bird Woman Falls Overlook, which is named for the famous Native guide Sacagawea. You’ll learn all about the local fauna as you head toward the West Tunnel, which boasts observation windows featuring incredible views of Heaven’s Peak. Then, cross the continental divide and hear how wildfires have impacted the park over the years. The Trail of the Cedars is next, offering an easy, accessible hike that’s a favorite among visitors for good reason. As you pass Lake McDonald Lodge, next, you’ll get to know the park’s marine wildlife and find out how some reptiles and amphibians survive in such a cold climate. Finally, you’ll arrive at Apgar Village on the park’s western end, where your tour will conclude. The tour starting in West Glacier follows the same route in the opposite direction.

Jackson: 2-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour with Lunches

5. Jackson: 2-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour with Lunches

Explore Yellowstone National Park in its entirety on this 2-day guided tour. Discover the highlights of the park including the Old Faithful Area, Norris Geyser Basin, Lake Yellowstone, and a wide variety of natural landmarks. Enjoy included pickup and lunches. Start out from Jackson, Wyoming, and head north on the first day through Yellowstone, taking in about half of the park. Spend the night at the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort located to the north of the park, or at a cozy hotel in the charming town of Gardiner. On the second day, head south to see the rest of Yellowstone, ultimately returning to Jackson, Wyoming in the evening. Your tour includes the Upper and Lower loops of Yellowstone National Park. Visit all major points of interest, and enjoy a number of opportunities to take short hikes on boardwalks in many of the Geyser Basins and within the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Major points of interest include: • Upper Geyser Basin (the Old Faithful Area)• Midway Geyser Basin• Firehole Lake Loop• Fountain Paint Pots• Firehole River Canyon• Gibbon Falls • Artist Paint Pots• Norris Geyser Basin• Roaring Mountain• Gardiner's Hole• The Golden Gate• The Hoodoos• Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace• Gardiner River• The Boiling River• Roosevelt Arch• Undine Falls• Blacktail Plateau• Petrified Tree• Roosevelt area• Lamar Valley• Tower Falls• Dunraven Pass• Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (upper and lower falls)• Hayden Valley• Sulphur Cauldron• Mud Volcano Area• Fishing Bridge• Lake Yellowstone

Gardiner: Yellowstone River Half-Day Whitewater Rafting

6. Gardiner: Yellowstone River Half-Day Whitewater Rafting

Experience rafting in one of the remote areas along the Yellowstone River. Your guides will travel down the rapids and floating sections of the river with you before you’re taken back to your meeting point at the end of the trip.After meeting at the departure point, you'll get fully geared up for rafting. All equipment is included. Once you're all geared up, you'll be transported by bus to the river entrance where you will meet your river guide.From there, your experience begins as you paddle and splash along 8 miles of gorgeous river. There is a splendid mixture of rapids and calm floating sections to appease every adventure level. You'll be picked up 2 hours later and taken back to the meeting point where you'll have access to changing room facilities and view the rafting images taken of you and your crew.

Yellowstone: Self-Guided Tour of National Park Highlights

7. Yellowstone: Self-Guided Tour of National Park Highlights

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 142+ miles-long tour covers the essentials of Yellowstone National Park in 5-6 hours. Commence your exploration of Yellowstone National Park at one of its five entrances, ready to traverse the spectacular Grand Loop that spans the entire park. This magnificent journey, a figure-eight route, encompasses an array of astonishing points of interest. Venture through the Mammoth Hot Springs, a geothermal wonder that's an absolute feast for the eyes. Observe the cascading terraces of hot springs, and be captivated by the vibrant colors, the result of heat-loving bacteria. Delve into the remarkable history of the area, including tales of early explorers and settlers. Continue to Tower Fall, a 132-foot waterfall that's a visual masterpiece. Here, you'll learn about its geological formation and the fascinating flora and fauna that thrive in its surroundings. Next, cross the iconic Roosevelt Arch, the stately stone structure that marks the park's North Entrance, embodying the ethos, "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People." As you journey along the Grand Loop, you'll pass by the Hayden Valley, known for its wildlife abundance. We'll guide you through the best spots for observing bison, elk, and possibly even a bear or a pack of wolves, all while sharing lesser-known facts about these magnificent creatures. Witness the awe-inspiring show of Old Faithful, the world-renowned geyser known for its predictable eruptions. We'll also guide you to other geothermal marvels nearby, such as the Grand Geyser and Castle Geyser, each with their own spectacular displays and intriguing stories. Prepare to be mesmerized by the Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in the U.S. and a riot of colors. Learn about the microorganisms that create this stunning visual effect and the fascinating uses they have in modern science. Experience the eerie beauty of the Petrified Forest, home to ancient trees turned to stone over the millennia. Hear about its formation and how it has contributed to our understanding of the Earth's past. Finally, unwind by the tranquil Yellowstone Lake, one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America. Look out for waterfowl, otters, and even moose that frequent its shores, as you listen to stories about the lake's geological history and its importance to the park's ecosystem. With a landscape brimming with geothermal wonders, rich wildlife, and breathtaking vistas, Yellowstone National Park is a testament to the grandeur of nature. A journey here is a step into a world of awe-inspiring beauty and ecological diversity, an experience that you'll cherish for a lifetime. So, don't wait any longer - come and immerse yourself in the wonder that is Yellowstone!

Glacier National Park: Whitewater Rafting with Dinner

8. Glacier National Park: Whitewater Rafting with Dinner

Discover your adventurous side and go on a whitewater rafting trip as you enjoy views of Glacier National Park. Check-in at the Village of West Glacier half an hour prior to trip departure.   Get a healthy dose of fresh mountain air and enjoy a perfect summer afternoon. Swim in one of the cleanest rivers in the world and go on a thrilling whitewater rafting trip that combines calm floating with class II-III whitewater rapids.  Once you have worked up an appetite, enjoy a delicious riverside barbecue dinner of steak, chicken, or veggie burger. Munch on fresh sides, salads, and dessert to go along with your meal.  End your trip at the bridge in West Glacier and go for a short walk back to the original meeting point. Make your memories last forever with an opportunity to purchase trip photos and souvenirs.

From Gardiner: Yellowstone River Scenic Float

9. From Gardiner: Yellowstone River Scenic Float

A guide will expertly row your raft down the river, avoiding major rapids and splashing through some of the more mild rapids to cool you off. Enjoy 6 miles of stunning scenery as you float down the incredible Yellowstone River. Pick up interesting insights into the area from your guide. Arrive at the meeting point for a quick and easy check-in with minimal paperwork and fuss. There are dressing rooms for your convenience. When it's time to hit the road, leave all your worries behind as you board the bus and then the shuttle across town to the river access point. After a safety briefing, hop aboard to enter the Yellowstone River. Bring your waterproof cameras on this Yellowstone float trip to ensure you capture every moment of your tour. It is not uncommon to see wildlife such as Osprey birds, geese, deer, and maybe even a Bald Eagle. Marvel at unbelievable views of the Gallatin and Absaroka mountain ranges, sitting to the east of the Yellowstone River.

Yellowstone & Grand Tetons: 4-Day/3-Night Wildlife Adventure

10. Yellowstone & Grand Tetons: 4-Day/3-Night Wildlife Adventure

Visit world-famous Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks on this 4-day, 3-night adventure. Accommodation with breakfast is included. Your expert, naturalist guide will lead you through the famous landmarks and show you an unforgettable collection of mountains, geysers, and wildlife. Get the chance to see bison, elk, moose, eagles, mule deer, grizzly, black bears, and more. This tour will give you the best chance of possibly seeing the elusive grey wolf in the spring, summer, and fall months. Day 1: Grand Teton Dusk Adventure Begin your adventure on a gorgeous evening wildlife safari in Grand Teton National Park. Enjoy an evening filled with wildlife watching in Grand Teton National Park. Look out for bison, moose, bald eagles, pronghorn, coyotes, and mule deer. Keep your eyes open and cameras ready for possible bear sightings as well. Night 1: Accommodation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at the 49'er Inn and Suites (or similar and subject to availability) Day 2: Grand Teton and Yellowstone Wildlife Depart early from Jackson, Wyoming, to explore more of Grand Teton National Park and then head into Yellowstone National Park and stop to observe more wildlife along the way. Take advantage of a day filled with history, park landmarks, wildlife, and world-famous scenery. Discover Oxbow Bend, Jackson Lake, Yellowstone Lake, West Thumb Geyser Basin, Hayden Valley, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Rest for the night in the famous cowboy town of Cody, Wyoming. Night 2: Lodge accommodation in Cody, Wyoming, at the Cody Inn (or similar and subject to availability) Day 3: Yellowstone Wildlife & Scenic Upper Loop Adventure Begin your day with a visit to the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum. After lunch, make your way through the scenic Chief Joseph Highway. If time allows, take an evening safari in the famous Lamar Valley of Yellowstone and be on the lookout for wolves, bears, bison, and much more along the way. Lodge in the fun and remote mining town of Cooke City, MT. Night 3: Lodge accommodation in Cooke City, Montana, at the Alpine Motel (or similar and subject to availability) Day 4: Hydrothermals, Wildlife Viewing, and Old Faithful After an early morning wildlife safari in Lamar Valley, spend the last day of touring focusing on Yellowstone's major hydrothermal features. Stop at the Roosevelt Arch, and take the opportunity to walk around the boardwalks at Mammoth Hot Springs, Fountain Paint Pots and Mud Pots, and the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser. Explore and shop at The Old Faithful Inn before making your way back through Grand Teton National Park, viewing wildlife, and returning to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The adventure ends in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and drop-off at Jackson area hotels between 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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There were 3 main attractions we wanted to see, Old Faithful which was amazing and we had a great view. Bison - we had seen herds of them on tv/movies, so we were excited to be taken to an area where they were known to congregate and not disappointed, fabulous! Grand Prismatic Spring - unfortunately, by the time we arrived here, there was such a crowd and queue to park, our guide made the decision not to stop here, which we kind of understood but none the less disappointed.

Very informative! Loved being able to start at either end of the park. Adaptable to our own schedule. Stopped where we wanted without worrying about time. If I changed anything, it would be to tell me the expected time it takes to complete the tour. Tell me that before I buy it. You do not want to get stuck in this park after dark!

What a great tour! We loved all of the history - fun trivia and background about the area. The narrator has a great voice and was enjoyable to listen to. The tour was easy to upload and follow. Love it all! I would buy a driving tour like this for all of our adventures if I could.

Great couple of days exploring Yellowstone with small group and very knowledgeable guide Rohan. Lots of awe-inspiring sights and learnt a lot about the history of Yellowstone natural wonders.

Enlightening and useful yellowstone tour. The download was easy and the autoplay function as we drove in the park was just great. We will do this again during future travels.