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Northern Pioneer

Green Tortoise USA bus tours - Yellowstone National Park

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Northern Pioneer 2019 Departures:

Round Trip from San Francisco:

  • Sat, Jun 8 - Sun, Jun 16
  • Sat, Jun 29 - Sun, Jul 7
  • Sat, Jul 20 - Sun, Jul 28
  • Sat, Aug 10 - Sun, Aug 18

Trip departs San Francisco at 8:00 AM on Saturday.

Trip ends in San Francisco at 5:30 PM on Sunday.

Initial Deposit: $300
Trip Balance Due By Departure: $730

Total Price: $1,030

*Optional drop-off in Las Vegas or Los Angeles at the end of this trip. Please contact us for details.

Northern Pioneer - 9 Days

Our Northern Pioneer camping adventure brings you right to some of the best-known wilderness spots in the world, delivering an experience you won't soon forget! Take our alternative backpacker bus to experience the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and Zion National Park! Not only do we hike and camp in the well known destinations, but we enjoy some of the west's best kept secrets!

Our ultimate summer backpacking and camping holiday begins with a day of exploring in South Lake Tahoe. This popular spot offers plenty of activity options; from hiking in the gorgeous backcountry to spending the day roaming the lakeshore or browsing local shops and eateries.

The Ruby Mountains of Northern Nevada beckon, luring us to hike to the glacier-carved lakes of Lamoille Canyon. We'll enjoy our first gourmet Green Tortoise dinner together near a cascading waterfall. In Jackson Hole, you'll have the option to raft the class III rapids of Snake River or take a self-guided hike beneath some of the most distinctive mountain peaks on earth.

At Grand Teton National Park, watch for elk and moose as you hike into Paintbrush Canyon, or stroll to the base of Hidden Falls. In Yellowstone, discover a wilderness so incredible it was named the world's first National Park in order to preserve it. Catch the spectacular eruptions of Old Faithful and other geysers, view Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point, and watch for bison grazing in the surrounding meadows.

Our next pursuit is Antelope Island in Utah. Try to catch a glimpse of buffalo, bighorn sheep or antelope on the Great Salt Lake's biggest island. Before we head to the Southwest's glorious Grand Circle, we get the chance to visit Salt Lake City. At Kodachrome Basin State Park, sedimentary pipes colorfully rising above the desert valley provide a view of unparalleled scenery.

In Zion National Park, trek along the Angel's Landing Trail for breathtaking views of Zion Canyon's sheer sandstone cliffs. Then, take an optional inner tube ride down the Virgin River.

Rest in "sleeper coach" comfort on the way to your choice of arrival points: Las Vegas, Los Angeles*, or San Francisco.

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Please note this is a combination trip. Please call our office for details.

* Subject to availability, additional fees may apply.

Flexible Itinerary means that we may alter an itinerary depending on weather, local events, etc. Although we make every attempt to run our trips as advertised, please be aware that the itinerary may change to give you the best trip possible.

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