9926
Park City
Rocky Mountain Grandparent Adventure and Hot-Air Ballooning in Park City
See your grandchild achieve new heights on a high-flying adventure in the Rockies, where you’ll soar in a hot-air balloon, learn about mountain geology and ride a historic train.
Program No. 9926RJ
Length
7 days
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Park City, Utah
D
Best Western Plus Landmark Inn

Afternoon: 4:00 - 5:30 at Best Western Plus Landmark Inn check-in at the front desk for your room assignment. 5:45 Meet Group Leaders in the Conference Room for welcome and receive name badges.

Dinner: 6:00-6:45 Enjoy dinner.

Evening: 7:00 - 8:30 Welcome, introductions, program orientation in the Conference Room.

DAY
2
Hot-Air Ballooning, Olympic Bob Sleigh, Luge & Nordic Jumps
Park City, Utah
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Landmark Inn

Activity note: Dress casual and closed-in shoes. Wear layers as the weather conditions may change without notice. Hat, Sunglasses with Chums or other straps to prevent them falling off, Sun Block, etc. Activities includes: Up and away in a Hot-Air Balloon and soar above the mountains. Explore Utah Olympic Park with a step-on-guide and watch Olympian Athletes in training. Pool Party with Grandchildren and Group Leaders. In the evening, watch a movie as a group.

Breakfast: Enjoy a complementary breakfast in the Hotel.

Morning: Ballooning Vans Leaves. Help Inflate Balloons and Enjoy Hot-Air Ballooning! Then soar to new heights in a hot air balloon and discover the history and science of balloon navigation. Load up to return to the hotel.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch.

Afternoon: Explore Utah's Olympic Park, Bob Sleigh, Luge & Nordic Jumps with step-on Guide and Marvel at Olympic venues from a bird's-eye view (ski-jump 90 & 120 meter ramps or Soldier Hollow, home of Nordic biathlon). Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of 2002 Olympic Games venues, including ski-jump ramps (athletes jump on astro turf during summer), bobsled and luge tracks, and freestyle/aerial ski-jumping athletes using a specially designed pool to train. Visit Museum, Watch Olympic Athletes and Olympic hopefuls practice free-style aerials! Load up to return to the hotel. "Grandchildren Pool Party!" with Group Leaders, (if the Grandparents like to join the pool party they can), and let the Grandparents, have a chance to rejuvenate themselves from all the activities today.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner.

Evening: In the Conference Room dinner Announcements and Group Movie Night: "UP" a 2009 American computer-animated comedy-adventure film centers on an elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen and an earnest young Wilderness Explorer named Russell who fly to South America by floating in a house.

DAY
3
Exp. Adventure Ropes Course, Park City Museum & Mountain Men
Park City, Utah
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Landmark Inn

Activity note: Dress casual and closed-in shoes. Wear layers as the weather conditions may change without notice. Hat, Sunglasses with Chums or other straps to prevent them falling off, Sun Block, etc. Experience an adventure at a Ropes Course. Stroll down Historic Main Street and explore the Park City Museum. Learn all about the history of Mountain Men in the Rocky Mountains.

Breakfast: Enjoy a complementary breakfast in the Hotel.

Morning: Load up and Experience Park City's "Adventure Ropes Course" and Rediscover the magic bond between grandparents and grandchildren at the National Ability Center we challenge each participant to "discover his/her abilities," and this paradigm is applied to the many offerings available throughout this program. Our program offers many levels of challenge which are customized for each participant or group we host. Many of our challenges utilize our high ropes course and test an individual's inner strength while other challenges, such as our team-building programs, are geared towards discovering both the team's ability to work together and each individual's leadership ability. Load up to return to the hotel.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch.

Afternoon: "Silver, Saloons & Snow" Explore the fascinating and colorful history of Park City with a Utah Historian, in the Conference Room. Load Free City Bus. Explore Park City Museum and Historic Main Street with a Park City Historian. What was it like to live in Park City 100 or more years ago? Visit the museum which has to offer: How did early settlers find their way to Park City? After learning about the Kimball Stagecoach, which carried people and mail to Park City, climb aboard a re-created railcar. Look out the train's window and back through time as you watch a film about Park City's place in the frontier West. On the platform outside, meet new arrivals from around the world and learn about their history. Examine the scaled, late 19th century Mega Mine. Surface mining operations such as a mill, Cornish pump, and aerial tramway. Inside the Mega Mine, discover workings, mine bosses on quadricycles, and the Cornish pump and hoist, which travel all the way to the 1,000-foot level. Mining required strong backs, and wreaked havoc on miners' lungs, which was wet and dangerous profession with mining equipment, learn how ore becomes silver, and earn your pay by drilling into the rock face. Climb into an original car from the world's only "Skier Subway" and watch a film explaining Park City's transition from a mining to a skiing town. Step back in time and stay on the right side of the law! Visiting the original territorial jail in the basement of the historic City Hall is an unforgettable experience. Hear stories about "guests" who visited these cells, and learn about some of Park City's more dangerous criminals. Millions of dollars in mineral wealth came out of Park City's mines, but little of it stayed in town. This exhibit explores the great divide between Park City miners (muckers) and the mine owners who chose to live in mansions in Salt Lake City. Take Free City.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner.

Evening: Dinner Announcements and then "Discover Utah's Fascinating Mountain Men" with a Utah Historian. Who would like to be a Mountain Man? Sorry Ladies, these men were single and did not stay in one place very long, so it would be very lonely out in the desert by yourself. Learn about the lives of Mountain Men and how they survive in the harsh winters and hot summers in the Rocky Mountains out in the Old West.(In the Conference Room).

DAY
4
Heber Valley Railway & Provo's Glacier-Carved Canyon
Park City, Utah
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Landmark Inn

Activity note: Dress casual and closed-in shoes. Wear layers as the weather conditions may change without notice. Hat, Sunglasses with Chums or other straps to prevent them falling off, Sun Block, etc. Enjoy an open-air ride on Heber Valley Historic Steam Engine Train down a Glacier-Carved Canyon and then raft on the famous Provo River which runs through the Glacier-Carved Canyon and also known as the best fly fishing in the State.

Breakfast: Enjoy a complementary breakfast in the Hotel.

Morning: Load up for Heber. All Aboard! Experience Provo Canyon with Heber Valley Historic Railway and Explore Provo's Glacier-Carved Canyon! Enjoy an open-air ride on historic "Provo Canyon Limited" Steam Engine Train (also known as the Heber Creeper). The trip parallels Deer Creek Reservoir with both wildlife and water sport enthusiasts on display. Explore Bridal Veil Falls.

Lunch: Enjoy a Picnic Lunch at Vivian Park, by the train tracks, in Provo Canyon.

Afternoon: Walk Across Bridge for Rafting Orientation. Float Down Provo River Exploring the Geologic Wonders of a Glacier-Carved Canyon in 6-8 person rafts. (All guides are certified, and there is no whitewater). Float is through a beautiful, glacier-carved canyon in snow-fed waters. Load up. Return to hotel.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner.

Evening: Dinner Announcements (Regarding tomorrow's activities) Free evening. Or Optional Evening Activity: Free City Bus to Experience Historic Main Street and stroll Main Street with a historian and hear fascinating stories of real Park City residents in the 1800’s who met an untimely death and that their ghost still roaming the area they have died. (From 8:00-9:00 PM, $15-$20 per person charge, cash or credit). Or other activities on your own.

DAY
5
Adventure at Every Turn & The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Park City, Utah
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Landmark Inn

Activity note: Dress casual and closed-in shoes. Wear layers as the weather conditions may change without notice. Hat, Sunglasses with Chums or other straps to prevent them falling off, Sun Block, etc. Experience and enjoy "Adventures at Every Turn" at the base of Park City Mountain Resort. In the evening listen to the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Breakfast: Enjoy a complementary breakfast in the Hotel.

Morning: Distribute Adventure Passes and enjoy and experience "Adventure at Every Turn!" at Park City Mountain Resort near the Main Lodge. Park City Mountain Resort's Alpine Slide is one of the longest slides in the world, with over 3,000 feet of gliding and sliding down a luge-like track. With four tracks to choose from, you can experience a different ride each time! Thrill seekers; meet your match with Utah's only Alpine Coaster. The elevated track winds you through more than a mile of loops, curves and hair-pin curves at speeds up to 30 mph. Just like your favorite roller coaster - but with the refreshing mountain scenery of Park City. Ever wished you could fly? Soar above the tree tops as our Zip Lines propel you 110 feet above Park City Mountain Resort's ski runs at speeds up to 45 miles per hour. On the Zip Rider race your friends to see who's the fastest. Take a ride on the Flying Eagle, a new (two-person) zip line that takes your Park City vacation to new heights. Kids and adults must be at least 42" tall, but no weight minimum. Zip Lines are subject to early closures for reasons including wind, temperature, etc. With the Legacy Launcher's four trampolines it's easy to bounce, flip and fly. Don't worry; each trampoline is equipped with a safety harness. It is the perfect place to try out your tricks, surrounded by mountain views. Don't look down until you reach the top! This is the chance to test your big wall climbing skills, (in a safety climbing harness), while being assisted by trained Climbing Wall attendants. You will conquer this mountain!

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the base of Park City Mountain Resort.

Afternoon: Continue to enjoy and experience "Adventure at Every Turn!" at Park City Mountain Resort.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner.

Evening: Announcements before departure and travel to Salt Lake City. Load up for Salt Lake City. Enjoy and experience the World Famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir Rehearsal on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. The 360 members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir represent men and women from many different backgrounds and professions and range in age from 25 to 60. They reflect a medley of unique lives and experiences and are brought together by their love for singing and their faith. Their incomparable voices are the common chord that unites to form the choral group known all over the world as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The Choir has appeared at 13 world's fairs and expositions, performed at the inaugurations of five U.S. presidents, and sung for numerous worldwide telecasts and special events. Five of the Choir's recordings have achieved "gold record" and two have achieved "platinum record" status. The most popular was the 1959 release of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" recorded with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra which won a Grammy award for Choir conductor Richard P. Condie. (Casual Dress). Load up. Return to hotel.

DAY
6
Hike & Explore Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Park City, Utah
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Landmark Inn

Activity note: Dress casual and closed-in shoes. Wear layers as the weather conditions may change without notice. Hat, Sunglasses with Chums or other straps to prevent them falling off, Sun Block, etc. Enjoy hiking and nature at the Timpanogos Cave National Monument. Explore through the cave with a Certified Ranger and learn all about the history of who discovered it and the formations which grows in the cave.

Breakfast: Enjoy a complementary breakfast in the Hotel.

Morning: Load up for Timpanogos Cave National Monument (Bring at least 2 water bottles(or more) depending on the size of the bottle, sun screen, camera and etc.). Hike Timpanogos Trail. Explore Timpanogos Cave! Enjoy the beautiful mountain, canyon and valley views as you hike Timpanogos Trail (1.5 miles, 1,065-foot increase in elevation; paved trail). By entering the cave, enjoy the unusual formations, some unique to cave, found in the three connected caves. Formed along a fault line, formations include stalactites, stalagmites, siphon straw tubes, flow stone, and a giant "Heart of Timpanogos" complete with Native American legend.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at a Picnic Area, (Directly Across the Street from the Timpanogos Visitor's Center).

Afternoon: Load up. Return to hotel. Free time for swimming, packing, relaxing, etc. and have a chance to rejuvenate from all the activities today.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner.

Evening: Program Finale in the Conference Room in the hotel. Slide Show of our activities, Certificates of Achievement, Passport Stickers, Say our good-byes.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Park City, Utah
B

Breakfast: Enjoy a complementary breakfast in the Hotel.

Morning: Program ends after breakfast. Check-out time-11:00. Happy trails, 'till we meet again and we hope you had a fabulous week and have a safe trip home.