Containing some of the world’s richest fossil beds, bison, bighorn sheep and swift fox roaming the protected prairies.
An oasis of pine clad mountains on the great plains with abundant wildlife.
Pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and spectacular lakes.
Home to a collection of extraordinary geysers, hot springs and brimming with wildlife.
Hundreds of miles of hiking in breathtaking landscapes dominated by the Teton Mountain Range.
Buff alo Bill and Wild West memorabilia are showcased in the preserved house, barn and outbuildings.
Marvel at the four presidents carved in granite in the Black Hills.
A city immersed in the Wild West with gaming halls, saloons and gunfights.
An alignment of rocks in a well preserved area sacred to Native Americans.
Conjuring images of the Wild West and Buffalo Bill and the setting for some of the most signifi cant battles between the US Cavalry and Native Americans this is a fascinating area of the US. Home to famous Yellowstone National Park with its amazing geyser displays and the arguably more beautiful Glacier National Park you will find an abundance of wildlife en-route. This is an area of big skies and sprawling wide open plains, cowboys and rolling tumbleweeds.
With Idaho there is much more to be discovered than the potato growing reputation that it is famous for. Lush farmlands, majestic mountains and cascading rivers combine with breathtaking huge open spaces of prairie. The state is big enough to have two time zones – wide open spaces and fresh mountain air define Idaho. Lakes of the deepest sapphire blue are shrouded by deep forests and the recreational activites are abundant. This is where The Horse Whisperer was filmed and grand sweeping vistas of prairie, burnt gold during summer months, highlight the landscape.
The mighty Salmon River traverses spectacular gorges and natural hot springs but its fearsome white waters provide adrenaline pumping rafting trips through Hells Canyon. The Sawtooth Mountain Range pierces the sky in south central Idaho with its jagged mountain peaks and over 300 crystal clear alpine lakes nestled beneath providing a beautiful drive.
Glacier National Park is frequently called ‘Little Switzerland’ with exquisite views of sparkling waterfalls, azure lakes and meadows carpeted with pretty wildfl owers. It is a hikers paradise with over 700 miles of terrain and abundant wildlife spotting – deer, elk, moose, wolves and the grizzly. The Going to the Sun Road snakes through dense green forests and lakes and there are 37 glaciers within the park.
The sky seems so big in Montana and nowhere more so than in Flathead Indian Country where the Indian Reservation encompasses 1.2 million acres. Bison roam on ranges of grassland much as they did before the ‘New World’ existed. Classic views of western plains sweep Charlie Russell Country named for the artist that so brilliantly portrayed the Badlands, buttes, rivers and prairies in his oils watercolours and bronzes.
Beartooth Country crosses over into Wyoming and provides a beautiful drive through woodlands, meadows and waterfalls and culminates in the oldest National Park of Yellowstone.
Yellowstone houses fascinating geysers, hot pools and gurgling mud pots that rovide a performance of steam and spray. Centre stage is Old Faithful which erupts approximately every 75 minutes much to the delight of the waiting visitors. Vibrant colours of yellow, blue, orange and green can be seen at Mammoth Hot Springs provided by a complex combination of limestone and algae. Wildlife is abundant and bears, coyotes, buffalo and wolves roam freely while soaring eagles and ospreys cruise the sky.
South of Yellowstone lies less showy, but equally spectacular, Grand Teton National Park. The youngest mountain range in The Rockies is scattered with sapphire lakes, the prettiest being Jenny Lake. See elk feeding amid the trees and view the Teton Glacier in all its glory.
Wyoming is the ‘cowboy state’ and the Wild West still influences this area. William Frederick Cody or ‘Buffalo Bill’ staged his travelling Wild West Show which starred Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull at one time. he notorious hideouts of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid can still be seen at Hole in the Wall Pass and the US Cavalry clashed with Sioux Indians at Buffalo. The battle of Little Bighorn tells the story of Custer’s Last Stand and his arrogant march into
The Black Hills of South Dakota. Underestimating his adversary he was defeated by Indian warriors such as Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Little Wolf although many casualties were the result. Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer died on the battlefi eld at Little Bighorn but Custer State Park is still very much alive with roaming buffalo in its 71,000 acres. South Dakota is home to the ‘world’s greatest sculpture’, Mount Rushmore. The faces of four exalted presidents of the United States gaze out over their surroundings. Nearby the Crazy Horse Memorial scans the horizon as a tribute to the American Indian Chief.
Deadwood has a colourful heritage of lawless legends such as Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane who are buried here. Old West saloons, dance halls and card parlours were fi lled with outlaws and racketeers and thanks to historic restoration you are transported back to the heady Gold Rush days.
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