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Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872, is exceptional and renowned as the world’s first national park. Yellowstone Park is located near West Yellowstone town and about 7 hours’ drive going north from Salt Lake City, and just 3 hours from Jackson UT.

Yellowstone Park has an area of more than 19,260 square miles. It includes a wonderful array of sights, natural geological wonders, and unique features that have helped make Caravan’s Yellowstone vacation packages a favorite of visiting tourists who flock to Yellowstone to see:

Yellowstone Caldera – Also known as the Yellowstone Super Volcano.

Yellowstone Waterfalls – Yellowstone Park has 290 waterfalls in all including the 308 foot tall Yellowstone Lower Falls and the 109 foot tall Yellowstone Upper Falls.

Natural Hot Springs – Yellowstone National Park has over 10,000 geothermal oddities including hot springs, fumaroles, and the park’s famous geysers.

Old Faithful Geyser – Most Yellowstone vacation packages include a visit to the world’s most famous geyser, Old Faithful, just one of 300 geysers to be found in Yellowstone National Park.

Old Faithful Inn – Another favorite park destination on most Yellowstone vacation package tours, Old Faithful Inn is a timber log hotel built in 1903 and features an enormous 85-foot stone fireplace.

Yellowstone Wildlife – Including grizzlies, the park is famous for its moose, elk, mountain lions, gray wolves and mountain goats.

Petrified Forests – The world’s largest Petrified Forest can be found in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone Park’s Old Faithful Geyser

With more than 3 million tourists visiting Yellowstone National Park yearly, fully escorted Yellowstone family vacation packages have become increasingly popular. During peak days, sometime between July and August, up to 25,000 people will visit to wait for the famous Old Faithful geyser to erupt.

Old Faithful has always been one of the park’s most popular features so families and senior tourists who wish to avoid the crowds may choose to visit during the off-season. Weekdays, early morning visits, or late afternoons are also excellent times to visit Old Faithful Geyser. Caravan’s Yellowstone family vacation packages and senior tours are also fully guided and offer the most convenient way to see Old Faithful.

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone National Park tours require at least 3 full days if one wants to explore most of the park’s most popular attractions. Another popular destination on many Yellowstone vacation package tours is Yellowstone Lake. At an elevation of over 6500 feet above sea level, Yellowstone Lake is the highest fresh water lake in the continental United States and has about 100 natural streams flowing in and out of it. The area also has a unique geothermal feature; a mud volcano.

Yellowstone Park’s Grand Loop Drive

The Grand Loop Drive is the main thoroughfare in Yellowstone National Park. It is a loop similar to the figure 8 and runs over 140 miles throughout Yellowstone Park. Grand Loop Drive is included in virtually all Yellowstone vacation packages and offers plenty of wonderful sights to see.

Yellowstone Grand Loop tours may include Norris Geyser Basin, a desert-looking landscape laden with small craters, bubbling hot springs, and geysers such as the Echinus Geyser. While the sights around Yellowstone Park are thrilling, visitors are warned to keep within the authorized pathways and roadways, mainly because of the dangers associated with getting too close to the acidic waters of the geysers and mud holes.

Mammoth Hot Springs is another stop on the Grand Loop Drive, as well as old Fort Yellowstone, which now serves as the park’s headquarters.

Certain portions of the Yellowstone River Basin show wonderfully laid out basalt columns that were formed by nature yet look more like some Hollywood set design. Grand Loop Drive winds down through Dunraven Pass on Mount Washburn, where you can witness the 50 million year old volcano that enveloped forests. Then there’s Hayden Valley, where you can savor the sights of grassy lands, small lakes and streams and abundant wildlife, like elks, bison and even white pelicans.

Yellowstone All Inclusive Vacation Packages

Mount Rushmore Yellowstone tours by Caravan Tours are fully guided vacation packages that include Old Faithful, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake, and more. These are all inclusive, 8-day tours that also include visits to the Grand Tetons, Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monument.

Caravan’s Yellowstone National Park vacation packages are affordably priced considering all activities, land transportation, meals, and hotel accommodations are included.

Read fellow traveler’s reviews of their Caravan Yellowstone National Park tour experience.

(Editor’s Note – This original post from April 2010 has been updated to reflect current Yellowstone vacation details.)

Grand Teton National Park was named after the highest peak in the park’s Tetons mountain range. Grand Tetons Park in Wyoming is situated some 440 kilometers to the northeast of Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Grand Tetons National Park was established in 1929 and contains a little over 125,000 hectares of prime ecological land. Its terrain includes mountains, canyons, lakes, and a river valley.

The park is very accessible as it has an airport in nearby Jackson Hole making it very easy and convenient to take advantage of the activities possible at Grand Teton.

Tourists and visitors can find a host of things to do in Grand Tetons National Park including outdoor activities like guided nature strolls, slides, bonfire meetings, teepee assemblies, wildlife sightseeing, rafting, mountain climbing, bicycling, boating, fishing, swimming and a whole lot more.

Grand Tetons Facts

The highest peak of the Grand Tetons Mountains rises to an elevation of 13,770 feet above sea level and over 7,000 feet above the Wyoming plains and foothills. In fact, Wyoming has the second highest mean elevation in the United States (behind Colorado) with a mean elevation of 6700 feet above sea level. Visitors to Wyoming, tourists and local alike all marvel at the panoramic scenery of Grand Tetons National Park.

Access to Grand Tetons Park

Like Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons National Park charges standard park entrance fees. Rates range around $10 per individual on foot or bicycle, $15 for individuals riding motorcycles, and $20 per vehicle, all good for up to seven days of stay.

Grand Tetons Visitor Centers

Several visitor centers are available for service to patrons of Grand Tetons Park. The Moose Visitor Center for instance is open every day except December 25. Flagg Ranch Information Station is accessible from June to September. Jenny Lake Visitor Center is also open the same time of the year as Flagg Ranch; while Colter Bay Visitor Center can be visited between May and December yearly.

Other visitor services include:

  • Six camp sites
  • Two tourist ranches
  • Two sets of cabin houses
  • And four lodging inns

Grand Tetons Name Origin

The most common and accepted version for the origin of the Grand Tetons name is that “Grand Tetons” is the French description for female breasts. As the story goes, the term was coined by an early 19th century French journeyman who somehow imagined the mountains to look like the breasts of a woman. Today, the Tetons are deemed as mountains of dreams, impenetrable and protective of the hidden lands that it stands over.

Grand Tetons Park Wildlife

A lot of tourists are mesmerized by the rugged mountains of this park. It has become the precious reminder of the American west, a symbol of toughness and pride. Wildlife is prevalent along the river valley. The abundance of wildlife in Grand Tetons National Park includes among others, otters, beavers, ospreys, bald eagles, various freshwater trout, deer, elk, moose, black bears and grizzly bears.

Different plant and tree species abound the park as well. The park is famous for its wildflower species during the summertime. Even during winter, snowshoeing and skiing activities are popular, making Grand Tetons National Park a tourist destination the whole year round.

Grand Tetons Included in Yellowstone Park Tour

Grand Tetons National Park is included as part of Caravan Tours’ all inclusive Yellowstone Grand Tetons National Park Tour, which also includes guided tours of Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse monument and Little Big Horn.

Caravan Tours have been All Inclusive Tour Operators since 1952 and offer fully escorted 8-day tours of Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore and Grand Tetons; affordably priced at just $1,195.

Visit Caravan’s Rushmore-Yellowstone-Grand Tetons Tour Reviews page to read what others have said about Caravan’s all inclusive fully escorted tour.