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!

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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.

What You'll Learn

  • 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 Blankenship fell in love with Earth science in 9th grade and never looked back. She is a geologist, outdoor enthusiast, and award-winning speaker. After two degrees in geology from Duke and Rice Universities, and 30 years in the energy industry, she is pursuing her next career passion: to make the geology of Jackson Hole understandable and fascinating for all. Through innovative displays and clear explanations, Cynthia will delight with a heightened understanding of the powerful forces that created this magical place.

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

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Tim Raben has always enjoyed culture, history, travel, and people. A native of Rapid City, S.D., Tim’s career in insurance with The Harford Insurance Company took him and his wife, Karen, to Illinois, Nebraska, Indiana, New York, and Connecticut. They then worked as business consultants in the Chicago area until they retired in Rapid City in 2004. Since then, Tim and Karen have participated in Road Scholar programs and have enjoyed their roles as group leaders.
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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 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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Cynthia Blankenship fell in love with Earth science in 9th grade and never looked back. She is a geologist, outdoor enthusiast, and award-winning speaker. After two degrees in geology from Duke and Rice Universities, and 30 years in the energy industry, she is pursuing her next career passion: to make the geology of Jackson Hole understandable and fascinating for all. Through innovative displays and clear explanations, Cynthia will delight with a heightened understanding of the powerful forces that created this magical place.
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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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Nikki Heim has been working in the field of natural resource sciences for over 15 years throughout western Canada and the northwestern United States. She held roles in terrestrial wildlife ecology, focusing on understanding population dynamics of medium to large sized carnivores and promoting wildlife co-existence, gaining a foundation in landscape ecology and wildlife management. In her free time, you can find her in the woods playing with her pup Koda, hiking, skiing, climbing, or enjoying improving her skills in nature photography.
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Mike Pflaum recently retired from a four-decade career with the National Park Service in a variety of positions and parks. He served over half of his career in Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, and Badlands. He served as park superintendent or acting park superintendent in six different park areas. Mike holds a B.S. in recreation and park administration, and minor degrees in geology and in earth science. Mike has served as a federal law enforcement officer, EMT, park medic, firefighter, search and rescue technician, and instructor.
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Natallia Fodemski began her career as a group leader in 2009. She started a small business, and led private and group outings including hikes and adventures all over Colorado State, gradually adding other states. In 2019, she graduated from International Guide Academy in Denver with a Certificate of International Tour Director and Guide. She also has years of experience working as a program coordinator at the Center for Creative Leadership and at Colorado College Fine Art Museum.
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