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Wyoming/Montana/Alberta

The Best of the Grand Tetons to Banff: Iconic National Parks

Program No. 20524RJ
Explore six national parks — Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier, Waterton, Banff and Jasper — and discover unique waypoints like Old Faithful, Many Glacier, Lake Louise and much more!
Length
12 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
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5,899

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Jul 11 - Jul 22, 2023
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5,899
Jul 18 - Jul 29, 2023
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5,899
Aug 1 - Aug 12, 2023
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Aug 8 - Aug 19, 2023
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Aug 15 - Aug 26, 2023
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Aug 22 - Sep 2, 2023
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Aug 29 - Sep 9, 2023
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Sep 5 - Sep 16, 2023
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DATES & starting prices
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Jul 11 - Jul 22, 2023
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8,029
Jul 18 - Jul 29, 2023
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8,029
Aug 1 - Aug 12, 2023
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8,029
Aug 8 - Aug 19, 2023
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8,029
Aug 15 - Aug 26, 2023
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8,029
Aug 22 - Sep 2, 2023
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8,029
Aug 29 - Sep 9, 2023
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8,029
Sep 5 - Sep 16, 2023
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8,029

At a Glance

Prepare yourself for an adventure of monumental proportions — a journey through six national parks in Wyoming, Montana and Alberta Canada. The Rocky Mountain colossus must be seen to be appreciated, and your journey will take you to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, Waterton, Banff and Jasper national parks. Experience famous waypoints like Jackson Hole, Old Faithful Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs and Lake Louise as you learn about the geology, history, flora and fauna of the Rocky Mountains.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile daily. Standing for up to three hours. Elevations up to 8,041 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Visit the massive Columbia Icefield and venture by Snow Coach onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier.
  • Experience the Crown of the Continent via the Going-to-the-Sun Road as we traverse Logan Pass aboard Red Buses in magnificent Glacier National Park.
  • Discover Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, and bear witness to an aboriginal hunting practice that was used by native people of the North American plains for almost 6,000 years.

General Notes

Transit days include one six-hour and two three-hour drives. Field trips and transit days include stops along the way, and coach is equipped with lavatory.
Featured Expert
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Cynthia Blankenship
Cynthia fell in love with Earth Science in 9th grade. Cynthia received her BS in geology from Duke University, and her MA in geology from Rice University. Cynthia worked with BP as a geologist for 27 years. Upon retirement from BP, Cynthia moved to Jackson Hole with her husband and three children. In Jackson, she formed her own consulting company, and is involved in several non-profit organizations. Cynthia is looking forward to sharing her knowledge of the local geology with Road Scholar groups.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Penny Island View biography
Penny Island has many stories to share about Deadwood, South Dakota. An elementary teacher for 37 years who made history “come alive” for her students, she retired in May 2012. Penny has a B.S. in elementary education and special education, and a master’s degree from St. Scholastica in curriculum and instruction. Fun times for Penny are spending time with family, hunting in the Black Hills for old mining towns and spending time at her cabin in the mining town of Galena. She also enjoys reading, quilting, driving her 1934 street rods, and sharing her knowledge of this area with visitors.
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Jack Gladstone View biography
Jack Gladstone is a storysmith and troubadour from the Blackfeet Nation of Montana. Regarded as a cultural bridge builder, he produces programs on indigenous history and tradition. Jack has released 15 critically-acclaimed CDs, and garnered the prestigious Best Historical Recording from the Native American Music Association. A former college instructor and Smithsonian scholar, Jack has opened shows for Rita Coolidge, Garrison Keillor and Bonnie Raitt.
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Morag Mottram View biography
Morag Mottram was born in Scotland but has lived in Canada since she was seven. She has been involved with the fitness industry since 1992 while living in Toronto, and continued after moving to the Bow Valley in 2004. As a certified personal trainer and fitness appraiser through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, she leads hikes and programs within the Bow Valley. In addition fitness and leading, Morag enjoys kayaking and canoeing, hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, music, reading and baking.
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Timothy Raben View biography
Tim Raben grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota and attended the University of South Dakota and North Central College in Illinois. Tim and his wife Karen saw much of the country during his career in insurance. Following the insurance career, Tim and Karen were business consultants in the Chicago area until 2004 when they retired back to Rapid City. Tim has always enjoyed culture, history, travel and people. Tim loves running and achieved a lifetime goal by completing the Boston Marathon.
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Amy Bowen was born and raised in Northern New Jersey but she has spent most of her adult life in California, 60 miles north of San Francisco. Amy holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University as well as a teaching credential from Sonoma State. She is proud to have raised two children, one of whom is not yet too old to be swept up in cross country road trip adventures during his school holidays. Her favorite destinations include National Parks and the Rocky Mountains.
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Cynthia Blankenship View biography
Cynthia fell in love with Earth Science in 9th grade. Cynthia received her BS in geology from Duke University, and her MA in geology from Rice University. Cynthia worked with BP as a geologist for 27 years. Upon retirement from BP, Cynthia moved to Jackson Hole with her husband and three children. In Jackson, she formed her own consulting company, and is involved in several non-profit organizations. Cynthia is looking forward to sharing her knowledge of the local geology with Road Scholar groups.
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Michael Snyder View biography
Michael Snyder grew up on a family-owned cattle ranch in the Black Hills, where he helped herd cattle, cut hay, and fix fence. He attended South Dakota State University and landed an internship as a legislative aide for the South Dakota State Legislature. He then participated in an International Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy, and graduated after another internship for his U.S. Senator in Washington, D.C. Michael works as a group leader, substitute teacher, basketball referee, and continues to help out on the ranch.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Wildflowers of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
by Richard Shaw
The purpose of this paperback book is to picture and describe the beautiful wildflowers of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks as well as the other areas included in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Rocky Mountains; Smithsonian Natural Histotry Series
by Scott Elias
The Rocky Mountains are one of the Earth's most spectacular geological features, containing vast stretches that remain wild and untamed. Hikers on mountain trails often see the wilderness just as Lewis and Clark saw it almost 200 years ago. The diversity of life found along the Rockies' 2,000-mile range is so varied that the mountains are divided into three regions: the Northern, Central, and Southern Rocky Mountains. Scott A. Elias discusses the unique features of each region in his comprehensive natural history of "the backbone of the continent." Elias examines the physical environment of each of the three regions, looking at geology, important land forms, climatology, soils, water resources, and paleontology. Equally detailed chapters examine botany, invertebrate zoology, native fishes of the plains and mountains, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. Elias also includes a history of the native peoples and a synthesis of activities since the Spanish colonial period in the Southern Rockies. Conservation topics are woven throughout the book and the final pages examine the problems of overuse and overcrowding in national and state parks. Elias offers recommendations to alleviate these problems and stresses that the Rockies are a national treasure and should be treated as such.
Crown of the Continent
by Ralph Waldt
A professional naturalist's incredible, personal portrait of America's largest and most pristine wilderness in the lower 48 states: the Northern Continental Divide ecosystem in Montana, Alberta, and British Columbia. This vast area includes two national parks in two countries (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes in Canada), three designated wilderness areas including the famous Bob Marshall Wilderness. This book describes the area's geology, wildlife, plant life, and crucial environmental issues with over 150 stunning photographs.
Wildflowers of Glacier National Park
by Shannon Fitzpatrick Kimball and Peter Lesica
Wildflowers of Glacier National park and Surrounding Areas is a user-friendly guide featuring over 300 of Glacier National Park's most common plant species. From wildflowers to trees to grasses and sedges, this book features beautiful photographs, detailed descriptions, notes on habitat and fun facts for each plant. It's a perfect plant reference for anyone with an interest in the natural history and splendor of Glacier National Park. The index lists plants both by their common and scientific names.
The Great Divide: The Rocky Mountains in the American Mind
by Gary Ferguson
For most of our Nation's history, Americans have identified with the "purple mountain majesties" of the Rockies. Trappers and debutantes, miners and missionaries, artists and drinkers, escaped slaves, independent women abandoning hoopskirts, and assorted black sheep of respectable families have all sought refuge and inspiration there. This spectacular landscape has always offered a sense of freedom from crowds and conformity--a world, as Frederic Remington described it, "beyond derby hats and mortgages bearing eight percent." Gary Ferguson spins magnificent tales about the vivid characters who have peopled this majestic region, from the original Indian inhabitants and their interactions with European explorers, to the delirious victims of gold rush fever, to hippies in the Sixties, to today's adventure travelers in high-tech outerwear toting satellite phones into the wild. Throughout, he explores the ebbs and flows of America's attitude toward the vast expanses that embody our sense of freedom.
Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone
by George Black
Empire of Shadows is the epic story of the conquest of Yellowstone, a landscape uninhabited, inaccessible and shrouded in myth in the aftermath of the Civil War. In a radical reinterpretation of the nineteenth century West, George Black casts Yellowstone's creation as the culmination of three interwoven strands of history - the passion for exploration, the violence of the Indian Wars and the "civilizing" of the frontier - and charts its course through the lives of those who sought to lay bare its mysteries: Lt. Gustavus Cheyney Doane, a gifted but tormented cavalryman known as "the man who invented Wonderland"; the ambitious former vigilante leader Nathaniel Langford; scientist Ferdinand Hayden, who brought photographer William Henry Jackson and painter Thomas Moran to Yellowstone; and Gen. Phil Sheridan, Civil War hero and architect of the Indian Wars, who finally succeeded in having the new National Park placed under the protection of the US Cavalry. George Blacks Empire of Shadows is a groundbreaking historical account of the origins of Americas majestic national landmark.





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