The Great North America Total Solar Eclipse Tour

Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons

August 14 - 23, 2017

Grand Tetons
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The 2017 total solar eclipse path crosses some of North America’s most rugged and most beautiful landscapes. Take a ride on the river-of-no- return as you jet boat through Hells Canyon down the Snake River and white water raft a full day on the Salmon River. Explore America’s greatest parks: Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.

The team of astronomical lecturers will guide you through the USA northwest night sky as you travel the Old West with hip cowboy roundups, rushing rivers and stunning National Parks

No background in science is expected.

Prismatic Pool, Yellowstone
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Grand Tetons
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Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone
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Yellowstone Falls
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American Bison
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Itinerary

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hometown — Boise, ID

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Upon arrival in Boise, you are met and transferred to the hotel. Later this afternoon, board the Boise Trolley to explore the sights of the Idaho State Capitol, parks along the Boise River, impressive residential neighborhoods and the Old State Penitentiary Historic Site. Boise is also home to a large Basque community. Enjoy a special Basque Welcome Orientation Dinner.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hells Canyon Jet Boat — Riggins, ID

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Today we take a jet boat ride on the river-of-no-return, Snake River, through Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. North America’s deepest river gorge, the steep black basalt walls reach a maximum depth of 7,913 feet. Our “Wild Sheep Tour” departs just north of the Hells Canyon Dam, and includes a delightful riverside lunch buffet. Your journey resumes with a two-night stay in Riggins, spectacularly situated at the confluence of the Salmon and Little Salmon Rivers.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Salmon River Whitewater Rafting

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One of the highlights of our trip is sure to be the splendid, full-day white water-rafting excursion through pristine wilderness backcountry on the Salmon River. A picnic lunch will be served on the riverbank. A special treat this evening will be a barbecue cookout dinner overlooking the rivers.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sun Valley, ID

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The scenic drive through McCall, Cascade, Stanley and Sawtooth National Recreation Area offers breathtaking panoramic vistas at Banner and Galena Summits.   

Friday, August 18, 2017

Craters of the Moon — Yellowstone

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Craters of the Moon
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After breakfast, continue to the extraordinary Craters of the Moon National Monument, home of some of the nation’s most awe inspiring lava fields, craters, cinder cones and lava tubes, the result of intense volcanic activity more than 2,000 years ago. Arriving in magnificent Yellowstone National Park this afternoon, you’ll be guests for the next two nights at a park lodge.   

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Yellowstone

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A full day of sightseeing in Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, features outstanding natural spectacles, including renowned geysers and thermal basins. Our tour begins with the awesome 1,200 foot-deep Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and views from Inspiration and Lookout Points. Next travel through Dunraven Pass and Tower Junction to the terraced forma- tions of Mammoth Hot Springs. Finally, we’ll explore Norris Geyser Basin, filled with an incredible variety of steam vents, mud pots, geysers and hot springs, before returning to your park lodge for dinner this evening.   

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Grand Teton — Jackson Hole, WY

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Old Faithful
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After breakfast you’ll head for Old Faithful Geyser, named for its regular eruptions every 80 and 90 minutes for some 150 years. Then, traveling along Rockefeller Memorial Parkway into beautiful Grand Teton National Park, you’ll see Jackson and Jenny Lakes, the Chapel of the Transfiguration, and the rugged, towering Teton Mountains. We’ll reach Jackson Hole this afternoon, where two overnight accommodations await in this picturesque community.
After check-in and refreshing, join the Astronomical Team for Preparation for tomorrow’s eclipse.   

Monday, August 21, 2017

Great American Eclipse

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Preparations for viewing the total eclipse.
Transfer to the specially selected eclipse-viewing site.
Tonight put on your best cowboy/cowgirl gear and giddy-up for the Grand Teton Covered Wagon Bar-B-Que and Entertainment. Return to the hotel for overnight.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Jackson Hole — Twin Falls, ID

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After breakfast we will check-out and head to Twin Falls where we will visit the Museum of Idaho, documenting milestones in history of the first white explorers, Lewis and Clark in 1805-06.
Following an afternoon stop at spectacular Shoshone Falls, known as the “Niagara of the West,” we’ll arrive at nearby accom- modations in Twin Falls. Tonight savor a delicious Farewell Dinner at the Canyon Crest Dining Center overlooking the Snake River Canyon.   

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Boise, ID — Home

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Filled with memories of an exceptional astronomical, travel experience, transfer back to Boise International Airport for flights homeward. Or, extend your stay with the variety of offers.

Shoshone Falls
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Salmon River

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