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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 Glacier: Glacier National Park Scenic Raft Trip

2. 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.

West Yellowstone: Yellowstone Day Tour Including Entry Fee

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

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

Glacier National Park: Self-Guided Driving Tour

6. 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! 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.

Gardiner: Yellowstone National Park Wildlife Guided Tour

7. Gardiner: Yellowstone National Park Wildlife Guided Tour

Join this half-day tour from Gardiner and explore the incredible natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park with your educated guide. Learn about wildlife movement patterns through the park and how to best spot the herds of animals. Enjoy a delicious, packed breakfast and lunch along the way! Meet your guide at the designated point or be collected from your hotel in Gardiner to begin your half-day tour. Ride in comfort in the SUV vehicle as you cover as much ground as possible. Spot the amazing herds of animals constantly moving through the park in search ofgreener pastures. Travel to wildlife hot spots with your experienced guide and make sure you have your camera ready to capture these unforgettable memories!  For those who like to get even closer to nature, there will be the option of a short hike during the tour. Your knowledgeable guide will show you where to safely observe the wildlife both in the vehicle and on foot so you can feel completely relaxed during your Yellowstone experience. 

From Gardiner: Yellowstone River Scenic Float

8. 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.

Glacier National Park: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

9. Glacier National Park: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Make the most of your time at Glacier National Park with this self-guided audio driving tour. Hit all the main spots of the park and learn all about this incredible natural landscape at your own pace. Embark on an iconic route through Glacier National Park, created specifically for visitors to drive over the Continental Divide. While it's a short, steep 50 miles, make sure you spend most of a full day or longer taking in the numerous beautiful viewpoints including mountain views, alpine flower filled meadows, and waterfalls. Choose how your day unfolds. Either follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full, or multi day sightseeing trips using the audio guide on the app. Hit the major highlights of the park, including Haystack Falls, Logan Pass, Oberlin Bend, among many others, and get your fill of nature during your stay in Montana.

Yellowstone: Day Tour with Lake Cruise, Wildlife, and Lunch

10. Yellowstone: Day Tour with Lake Cruise, Wildlife, and Lunch

Lower Geyser Basin (Fountain Paint Pot Trail) - Midway Geyser Basin (Grand Prismatic Spring) - Old Faithful and Old Faithful Visitor Center - Upper Geyser Basin Pool Trail (including Morning Glory Pool) - Yellowstone Lake - Yellowstone Grand Canyon (Upper and Lower Falls) Departing at 9 o'clock in the morning, just 5 minutes from the hotel, we will enter the world-renowned Yellowstone National Park. Covered by primitive forests, Yellowstone National Park is the first national park in the United States, a pristine and beautiful world that is peaceful and charming. However, underground lies the largest active volcano on Earth, waiting for you to discover its amazing and immense energy. Driving east along the Madison River for about 30 minutes, accompanied by various wild animals whizzing past our window, we will arrive at Yellowstone National Park's most famous geothermal area. First, we will visit the Upper, Mid, and Lower Geyser Basins of Yellowstone National Park, observing various different geothermal landscape segments such as hot springs, geysers, fumaroles, mud pots, and more. Leaving the geothermal area, we will go to the beautiful mountain lake, Yellowstone Lake, where you can stroll along the lake shore trail to enjoy the lake view and the hot springs along the shore. You can also go boating on the lake for a unique experience. Finally, we will go to the magnificent Yellowstone Grand Canyon, where you can see the Yellowstone Falls plunging 3,000 feet and the colorful weathered volcanic rocks. We will return to West Yellowstone town to end the day's itinerary. Lower Geyser Basin (Paint Pot Trail): 40 minutes Grand Prismatic Spring - 40 minutes Old Faithful and Old Faithful Visitor Center - 90 minutes Upper Geyser Basin Trail - 60 minutes (including Morning Glory Pool) Yellowstone Lake - 60 minutes Yellowstone Grand Canyon (Lower Falls) - 30 minutes Ends of the itinerary. We will return to the West Yellowstone town. Optional Activities: Yellowstone Lake Cruise Board the Lake Queen II for a one-hour guided tour on the largest freshwater lake in the United States at over 7,000 feet above sea level. The boat departs from Bridge Bay Marina and cruises around Yellowstone Lake with up to seven different departure times to choose from. Along the way, you will learn about the history of the lake, see the SS E.C. Waters, and other amazing sights in the area. You can observe eagles, shorebirds, and occasionally deer and bison along the shoreline.

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We had an amazing time with our guide George! He shared so much information with us about the history and geology of the park. We saw so many amazing things. Also, we saw so much wildlife! He put us on grizzlies, moose, river otters, elk, etc. he brought a ton of optics to help us get a great view from a safe distance. George went above and beyond all expectations we had. He also is a great photographer and got amazing shots of us with the different falls and features of Yellowstone!I highly recommend this tour!

Everything was great! Not too much walking, not too much riding. Opportunity to roam around the Old Faithful area and visit the gift shop. Lunch was very relaxing in a quiet remote area.

Nate was phenomenal! Not only was he very knowledgeable, but funny and engaging. We could not have been more fulfilled in our Yellowstone venture

We didn’t know what to expect, we hoped for haft of what we got, this was one of the best things my wife and I have ever done ✅

Loved every minute of it !! Felt we saw everything possible in both National Parks !! Also The Cody Museum was a huge plus !!