National Parks and Lodges of the Old West

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JUL. 25 - AUG. 3, 2015 $3,895
Rapid City, Custer State Park, Spearfish Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Jackson
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National Parks and Lodges of the Old West

JUL. 25 - AUG. 3, 2015
Rapid City, Custer State Park, Spearfish Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Jackson

Embark on an expedition tracing the historical parks and natural splendors of the American West. Explore the palisades of Badlands National Park, discover 26,000-year-old woolly mammoth remains in Hot Springs, S.D., see free-roaming bison herds in Custer State Park and relish a classic chuck wagon cookout. Marvel at the wonders of Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park. After every daily adventure, bask in the luxury of extravagant lodges, such as President Calvin Coolidge’s Summer White House.

Cost: $3,895
Orbridge
Activity Level: Moderate Activity
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  • Experience the diverse wonders of our National Parks accompanied by two Orbridge Expedition Leaders
  • Overnight in landmark lodges that are national treasures themselves.
  • Enjoy a chuck wagon cook-out after a visit to Custer State Park, a wildlife reserve with scenic lakes, dramatic granite spires, and lush grasslands where bison herds roam.
  • Marvel at the grandeur of Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and the world’s largest mammoth site, where scientists are excavating remains of woolly mammoths from 26,000 years ago.
  • See the dramatic effects of Yellowstone’s volcanically active caldera with visits to otherworldly geothermal sites including Fountain Paint Pots and Old Faithful Geyser.
  • Relax: Included are full guiding services of Orbridge Expedition Leaders, 9 nights accommodations, all gratuities, airport transfers for guests on suggested flights, luggage porterage, and meals including 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 6 dinners.
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310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
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  • Our group made everything better – it felt like we were traveling with new friends from day one."
    Debra Stevenson ’74, M.S. ’77, Traveler
  • Great way to travel and see the sights in our own back yard – and – have someone else carry the bags for you!"
    Jim Schreiber ’63, Traveler

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DAY 1 | Arrive in Rapid City, SD
Overnight: Adoba Eco Hotel
(R)

DAY 2 | Badlands Nat’l Park / Custer St. Pk.
Buffalo safari, canyon cook-out
Overnight: State Game Lodge
(B,D)

DAY 3 | Custer St. Pk. / Hot Springs, SD
Mammoth dig site, Crazy Horse Memorial
Overnight: State Game Lodge
(B,D)

DAY 4 | Custer St. Pk. / Spearfish Canyon
Mount Rushmore, Tatanka museum
Overnight: Spearfish Canyon Lodge
(B,D)

DAY 5 | U-Cross Ranch / Cody, WY
Ranch life, Bighorn Mountains
Overnight: Holiday Inn Cody
(B,L)

DAY 6 | Cody / Yellowstone Nat’l Park
Buffalo Bill, Old West, Old Faithful
Overnight: Yellowstone Lodging
(B,D)

DAY 7 | Yellowstone Nat’l Park
Geothermal highlights, park sightseeing
Overnight: Yellowstone Lodging
(B,D)

DAY 8 | Grand Teton Nat’l Park / Jackson
Scenic drive: western plains and mountains
Overnight: Rustic Inn
(B)

DAY 9 | Jackson
Leisure activities, farewell dinner
Overnight: Rustic Inn
(B,D)

DAY 10 | Depart Jackson
(B)

Accommodations

Historic Lodges*:
State Game Lodge
The State Game Lodge in Custer State Park served as the “Summer White House” for President Calvin Coolidge and was visited by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Yellowstone Lodging
Depending on availability (confirmed by National Park Service in 2015), guests will stay at historic Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Old Faithful Inn, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, or Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.

Rustic Inn Creekside Resort & Spa
Rustic Inn offers the finest Western accommodations, seven lush acres adjacent to the National Elk Refuge, and nearby access to Jackson’s downtown scene.

Additional Hotels
Spearfish Canyon Lodge, Adoba Eco Hotel
(Rapid City), Holiday Inn Cody.

*May change due to park confirmation and reservation restrictions.

Pricing

Pricing: $3,895*-$4,995 

Optional Jackson Hole Extension:
$745*

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (3.6 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • Our group made everything better – it felt like we were traveling with new friends from day one."
    Debra Stevenson ’74, M.S. ’77, Traveler
  • Great way to travel and see the sights in our own back yard – and – have someone else carry the bags for you!"
    Jim Schreiber ’63, Traveler

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Orbridge. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions

Written cancellations from time of booking up to 90 days prior to departure will be assessed a minimum administrative fee of approximately $250; within 90 days of departure, refunds vary according to the policies of each tour operator. Please read the cancellation clauses contained within the brochure for this tour carefully.

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Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (3.6 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • Our group made everything better – it felt like we were traveling with new friends from day one."
    Debra Stevenson ’74, M.S. ’77, Traveler
  • Great way to travel and see the sights in our own back yard – and – have someone else carry the bags for you!"
    Jim Schreiber ’63, Traveler