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Cowboy Country

2016 Prices From $3,263 for 8 Days - Tauck Bridges

Stories by Ken Burns It's time to hit the trail for a Western adventure... the ultimate family South Dakota and Wyoming vacation. Tauck takes you behind-the-scenes with filmed narratives by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan –  creators of "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" – who share personal stories of the dreamers, visionaries, and unsung heroes who shaped the preservation of the national parks. The first pioneers had to raft down wilderness rivers, just like you will when you explore the Snake River. You'll have a chance to look for beaver, elk, bison and more as you travel to Yellowstone National Park, where Old Faithful shoots its plume of steam skyward every hour – and you'll be staying in a lodge just steps away! Nothing says "Wild West" like Buffalo Bill and a buckin' bronco rodeo; learn more about them when you spend the night in historic Cody. Live the life of a cowboy by day at the TA Guest Ranch in Wyoming, site of a Johnson County War shootout, and by night with a stay at The Ranch at Ucross, a real dude ranch up in the Bighorn Mountains. Everything is larger than life in the West – especially Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota's Black Hills, where the faces of four former presidents are sculpted in stone – and the purple mountains' majesty of the Tetons, where you'll enjoy a two-night stay in a classic western lodge!


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    Day 1

    Arrive Jackson, Wyoming and Grand Teton Nat'l Park



    Day 2

    Raft down the Snake River and explore Jackson and the Tetons


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    Day 3

    Meet an artist in the Tetons and on to amazing Yellowstone


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    Day 4

    Mud pots and more on a perfect day in Yellowstone


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    Day 5

    Learn about Buffalo Bill's West and go to a rodeo in Cody


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    Day 6

    The Bighorn Mountains and a double helping of cowboy life down on the ranch


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    Day 7

    A tale of two carvings in the Black Hills – Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore


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    Day 8

    Journey Home



    Note: For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in day-by-day descriptions, participation is at your own risk; a signed liability waiver will be required.

Stories by Ken Burns



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