If you’ve ever had a chance to experience Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Park, you already know why both parks are often voted among the best in the U.S. In fact, in the official list of Best U.S. National Parks for 2023 by U.S. News & World Report, Yellowstone and Grand Teton landed the number three and number six spots.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit these two parks, they should definitely be on your list for 2024. With stunning landscapes, incredible wildlife, and plenty of chances for adventure, both national parks are some of our favorites here at Utah Luxury Tours. One of our most popular options for exploring them is our Yellowstone and Grand Teton Scheduled Departure Tour.
As one of our best national park tours, this seven-day tour can accommodate just eight guests, ensuring an intimate, personalized experience. During this week-long adventure, you’ll experience the peaks of Grand Teton, the geysers of Yellowstone, and so much more. Keep reading to learn more about this trip, and how you can book your spot.
Day One: Arrival and Introductions
Day one of our Yellowstone and Grand Teton tours begins in Jackson Hole. A luxurious 15-passenger van will meet you at the Jackson Hole Airport to transfer you to your hotel. There, you’ll get a chance to meet your guide and the other guests and to talk about what the rest of your tour will be like.
Day Two: Grand Teton National Park
Your Yellowstone and Grand Teton tour will kick off with a day of exploring the cool alpine lakes and mountainous peaks of Grand Teton National Park. You’ll enjoy a leisurely boat ride on Jenny Lake, and ascend more than 10,000 feet to the summit of Rendezvous Peak aboard the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram. At the summit, you’ll enjoy incredible 360-degree views of Jackson Hole Valley and the towering mountain ranges that surround you.
After a long day of exploring, you’ll spend the night at Rustic Inn Creekside Resort. This resort is conveniently located just a short walk away from some of Jackson Hole’s delicious fine dining options.
Day Three: Choose Your Adventure
After a restful sleep, you’ll awake to another day of exploring Grand Teton National Park. On day three, you’ll be customizing your trip with your choice of two activities. One option is to take a scenic float on the Snake River. You’ll float between Grand Teton National Park and Bridger Teton National Forest, a 13-mile journey that offers some great views. If a float trip isn’t your thing, you can opt to wander the streets of downtown Jackson Hole instead. Here, you’ll find plenty of shopping, dining, and more.
On day three, you’ll also get to visit Mormon Row, where you’ll learn what life was like for early homesteaders in the area. You’ll also have a chance to capture your own photo of the historic Moulton Barn, the most photographed barn in the U.S.
Day Four: Yellowstone National Park
The second half of your Yellowstone and Grand Teton tour kicks off on day four. You’ll leave Grand Teton National Park behind as you make your way to Yellowstone National Park.
You’ll start your national park tour with a visit to West Thumb, the boiling volcanic caldera located within Yellowstone Lake. Take a stroll on the boardwalk surrounding Upper Geyser Basin, which is home to the world’s largest concentration of hot springs, as well as over 150 geysers. Watch in awe as Old Faithful erupts more than 130 feet into the air.
You’ll spend your evening at Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, which is just a short walk away from some of the many dining options in West Yellowstone.
Day Five: Hiking and Hot Springs
Day five will bring even more exploring in Yellowstone National Park. Today, you’ll hike above the Grand Prismatic mineral pool, and see Mammoth Hot Springs, which features travertine terraces that look like a frozen waterfall, and Tower Falls, with its contrasting lava-formed jagged columns.
Return to Holiday Inn West Yellowstone for another evening of relaxing and dining.
Day Six: Upper and Lower Falls and Wildlife
Day six is all about waterfalls and wildlife. You’ll travel to Lower Falls, which plunges 308 feet into the Yellowstone River—twice the height of Niagara Falls! Then, explore Hayden Valley, a popular spot to watch for elk, bison, wolf, and moose.
You’ll return to the first resort of the trip, Rustic Inn Creekside Resort, this evening. Enjoy a final meal with your new-found friends and rest up after a long week of adventure.
Day Seven: Departure
After a final breakfast, you’ll relax and talk to your guide about any last-minute questions you might have as you travel back to Jackson Hole Airport for your flight home.
2024 Tour Dates
If this Yellowstone and Grand Teton Tour sounds like the perfect itinerary for you, you’re in luck; Utah Luxury Tours will be hosting two scheduled departure tours in 2024! The first tour will run from Monday, July 8 to Sunday, July 14, 2024. The second tour will kick off on Monday, September 9, and end on September 15, 2024.
If you’re thinking about booking either tour date, don’t wait to secure your spot! Inquire today to book your adventure.