Tauck Bridges Family Travel

Cowboy Country

Ken Burns American Journeys

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Tauck Bridges
Time of Year
Jun - Aug
Cities & Landmarks
Jackson, Rapid City, Grand Teton National Park, Mt. Rushmore National Monument, Yellowstone National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial
Cowboy Country Wyoming Escorted Family Vacation
Wyoming

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Experience With TAUCK

 

A peek into the story of the Mormon Row Historic District inside Grand Teton National Park and the effort to preserve its historic structures, supported by Tauck

 

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Gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides and drivers

 

A cowboy-sized helping of Wyoming ranch life – with a cookhouse lunch, horseback ride, horse whisperer and roping demonstration at the T-A Guest Ranch

 

A campfire and overnight at the Ranch at Ucross

 

Visits to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial

 

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

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Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

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Families agree – our Wyoming family vacation discovers the best of the American West.

World Travel. Family Discovery.

It's time to hit the trail for a Western adventure... the ultimate South Dakota and Wyoming family vacation. Tauck takes you behind-the-scenes with filmed narratives by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan –  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 T-A 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! Read Less

Exploring Yellowstone National Park

Day 4

A perfect day for a picnic in Yellowstone

Any day spent in Yellowstone National Park is pretty much perfect... but today is even more so, because you'll be exploring America's first national park with an expert from the Yellowstone Forever Institute (formerly The Institute of the Yellowstone Association), the educational arm of the park's official non-profit partner, Yellowstone Forever. The Institute (YFI for short) introduces thousands of folks to the park's natural wonders through programs ranging from one day to several weeks. Today, your YFI expert leads the way as you learn about Yellowstone's rich history, geothermal wonders and amazing wildlife... topped off by a picnic lunch in the wilderness. Perfect!

Family fun at the Cody Nite Rodeo

Day 5

A night at the rodeo

Way out here in Wyoming, nothing promises more real Western fun than an honest-to-goodness rodeo... especially in a town named for the legendary Wild West showman, "Buffalo Bill" Cody, and often called the "Rodeo Capital of the World." Established in 1938 and operating June through August, the Cody Nite Rodeo is the world's longest-running nightly rodeo. Get set for a evening filled with bull riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, rodeo clowns, and even a "calf scramble" for kids 12 and under!

Horseback riding and more...

Day 6

A taste of the cowboy life at a real working Wyoming ranch

Make your way through Wyoming’s breathtaking Bighorn Mountains to an authentic (and fun) western ranch experience at TA Guest Ranch in Buffalo. And when we say “authentic,” we mean it: homesteaded in 1884, this working cattle ranch was once the site of a shootout during the infamous Johnson County War that pitched cowboy against cowboy in these parts in 1892 – you can still see some of the old bullet holes! But today’s visit will be a peaceful one… where you can choose to meet a horse whisperer, learn roping techniques from real cowboys, ride in a horse-drawn wagon, or saddle up for a horseback ride.

Jackson Lake Lodge

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With the Tetons at your doorstep

Spectacular views of the Teton Range are just steps away from your woodland cottage at Jackson Lake Lodge, perched on a bluff with the magnificent Tetons rising from the valley floor in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. Explore the fascinating Snake River, wetlands, lakes, and lush valleys from this National Historic Landmark in the heart of the park.

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Upon arrival and departure, transfers to and from your hotel are included as noted.

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No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

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Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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