8-Day Yellowstone National Park, Mt. Rushmore and Lake Tahoe Tour from San Francisco

  • Tour code: 452-2335
  • Available: Fri (May - Aug); Tue (Apr - Oct)
  • Depart from: San Francisco, CA
  • Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
From USD$968

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Highlights:

Visit Yellowstone, WY, Salt Lake City, UT, San Francisco, CA, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SD, Grand Teton National Park, WY, Casper, WY, Devils Tower, WY.

Pricing Details

Single: $1468
Double (/Person): $968
Third Person Adult: $198
Child (Age 2-9): $198
Fourth Person Adult: $738
Child (Age 2-9): $738

Note: *Price in USD is based on the lowest price per person per room over the next 30 days. Exact prices are displayed when you select a date.

  • Buy 2 Get 3rd Discounted details:
    • Price have been adjusted to reflect the discount
    • Cancellation of 3rd discounted passenger must be made at least 3 days before departure.
    • No-show (or late cancellation) of 3rd discounted passenger will be no refund for the reserved bus seat.
  • San Francisco Hotel Surcharge: Due to convention in San Francisco (check-in dates in Bay Area on Jan 29-31, Mar 19-22, Apr 15-19, May 17-21, Jul 9-11, Aug 8-10, Sep 23-27, Oct 3-5, 12-15, 27-31 and Nov 1, 9-11), Hotel may not available and we will find other hotels. Please note surcharge may apply, we will notify you of any price change and await your acceptance.
  • A separate seat is required for child who is 0-8 yrs old. Please bring it on your own or rent it from us, the rental fee for the safety seat is $25/person/day.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 San Francisco
  • Day 2 San Francisco - Sacramento - Wendover(511 miles)
  • Day 3 Wendover - Casper(530 miles)
  • Day 4 Casper - Crazy Horse - Mount Rushmore - Devils Tower - Gillette(366 miles)
  • Day 5 Gillette - Yellowstone National Park(251 miles)
  • Day 6 Yellowstone National Park - Grand Teton National Park - Jackson Hole - Salt Lake City(330 miles)
  • Day 7 Salt Lake City - The Bonneville Salt Flats - Reno(437 miles)
  • Day 8 Reno - Lake Tahoe - San Francisco(236 miles)
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Day 1 San Francisco

Guests should book flights that will arrive at the San Francisco airport before 11:00am if they would like to join an optional city tour that visits the Civic Center, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, Fisherman's Wharf, Market Street, and Chinatown. Those who arrive after 11:00am will be considered voluntary forfeit and no refunds will be given.

San Francisco, the heart of central California's Bay Area, is famous for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, its unique culture, and its position at the forefront of technological innovation. Beautiful weather and waterfront views await visitors as well!

  • Always Visit
    The iconic arches of San Francisco, California's Golden Gate Bridge are known the world over as a symbol of California and the San Francisco Bay area. From movies to postcards, the Golden Gate Bridge is an American icon.
    Duration: Approx. 30 Minutes
  • Always Visit
    This San Francisco neighborhood is a popular tourist area due to its lovely scenery and abundance of shops, restaurants, museums, and other attractions. The area also hosts several annual events, such as a July 4th fireworks show.
    Duration: Approx. 2 Hours 30 Minutes
  • Always Visit
    Golden Gate Park is the fifth most-visited park in the United States and is actually 20% larger than New York's Central Park. This San Francisco landmark stretched from the waterfront over three miles into the city itself.
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    The Civic Center area is the center of government in San Francisco. Its features two large plazas, and its main attraction is the San Francisco City Hall. The Hall has a recognizable gold-outlined dome, the fifth-largest in the world.
    Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 10:00am - 2:00pm|Duration: 45 Minutes to 1 Hour
  • Always Visit
    San Francisco's Twin Peaks are two prominent hills near the center of the city. Each one stands at about 922 feet tall, and they offer amazing views of the Bay Area all the way down to the water.
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    The grandiosely-named Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California is a huge, ornate outdoor structure that is part of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Its amazing architecture has made it popular for weddings and photography.
    Duration: Approx. 3 Hours
  • Always Visit
    Market Street is an important major road in San Francisco, and has been the location of many important events in the city, usually parades. It has been compared to New York City's Broadway in terms of importance and effect.
  • Always Visit
    San Francisco's incredibly famous Chinatown neighborhood in the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Established in 1848, this once-small enclave has grown to over 100,000 residents and draws tons of tourists annually.
  • Always Available
    Take a boat ride around one of the most famous and historical bays in the United States, the famous San Francisco Bay. Guests can enjoy the scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $32; Child (5-17 yrs) $22|Opening Hours: Closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour
Standard Hotel: Red Roof Inn SFO or similar
Dulexe Hotel: Hilton SFO/Double tree by Hilton hotel SFO/Hilton Garden Inn SFO/Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Day 2 San Francisco - Sacramento - Wendover(511 miles)

Today we will visit the California State Capital - Sacramento. In the afternoon we will head through the famous Donner Pass and enter Nevada - nicknamed the Silver State. We will stay overnight in Wendover.

Founded in 1849, Sacramento was at the heart of the gold rush, Pony Express, and first trans-continental railroad. Today it serves as the capital of the state of California and one of its most important cities.

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    At the State Capitol, the past, present and future of California interact with equal force. The building serves as both a museum and the state's working seat of government. Visitors to the Capitol can at once experience California's rich history and witness the making of history through the modern lawmaking process.
Standard Hotel: Quality Inn Wendover

Day 3 Wendover - Casper(530 miles)

We will travel through the Great Salt Desert in the morning. The saline lake covers an area of around 1,700 square miles but is subject to substantial fluctuations. In the afternoon we will drive along the Emigration Canyon into Echo Canyon, visit the once traveled Oregon Trail. The highlights of the trail also include the historical landmarks of Independence Rock and Devil's Gate. Overnight stay in Casper.

Casper is a city in and the county seat of Natrona County, Wyoming, United States. Casper is also called "The Oil City" and has a long history of oil boomtown and cowboy culture. In 2010, Casper was named the highest-ranked family-friendly small city in the West, and ranked eighth overall in the nation in Forbes magazine's list of "the best small cities to raise a family".

  • Always Visit
    This granite monolith sits in the Independence Rock State Historic Site in central Wyoming. The rock served as an important landmark for those travelling west via the Oregon Trail in the middle of the 19th century.
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    The Devil's Gate is a natural rock formation that served as an important landmark on the Oregon Trail and helped guide pioneers westward across the barren United States of the 19th century.
Standard Hotel: Parkway Plaza Hotel

Day 4 Casper - Crazy Horse - Mount Rushmore - Devils Tower - Gillette(366 miles)

Today we will visit Crazy Horse Memorial in the morning. Then we will visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Next we will continue to Devil's Tower National Monument and spend the night in Gillette.

Crazy Horse Memorial is the world's largest sculpture-in-progress, and frequent drilling and mountain blasts make each visit unique. When completed, Crazy Horse Memorial will stand 563 feet tall by 641 feet long.

  • Always Visit
    This in-construction monument to famous Native American war hero Crazy Horse is currently being carved into the side of Thunderhead Mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The completed sculpture would be the largest in the world.

This famous United States monument in the Black Hills of western South Dakota depicts the busts of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The 60-foot tall statues are carved right into the side of the mountains.

The first declared United States National Monument. It'is an igneous intrusion or laccolith located in the Black Hills near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County. A monolithic rock formation that rises 1,267 feet above the surrounding land and was once the neck of an active volcano.

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    This massive monolith in the Black Hills of Wyoming was the nation's first national monument, anointed by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. In recent years, climbing the rock has become popular. The stone column is considered sacred by many Native Americans.
Standard Hotel: Ramada Hotel Gillette or similar

Day 5 Gillette - Yellowstone National Park(251 miles)

Today, we will visit Yellowstone National Park, the oldest in the U.S., where we will see the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone Falls, Mud Volcano, and Mammoth Hot Springs. There is also a diverse array of wildlife that inhabits the park, including elk, moose, and bears. We will spend the night in West Yellowstone.

The largest, oldest, and most famous national park displays a fascinating scenery of hot springs, geysers, canyons & waterfalls, and nature everywhere you look!

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    The Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River in Wyoming are the largest by volume in the Rocky Mountains of the western United States, and they stand more than 300 feet tall-- almost twice as high as Niagara Falls.
    Duration: Approx. 30 Minutes
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    This impressive gap in the earth in the first large canyon on the Yellowstone River. It is 24 miles long, and can reach a quarter-mile in depth and 3/4 a mile in width. It is gorgeously colored.
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    This large complex of hot springs is impressive both for its unique beauty as well as its scale. Formed hundreds of thousands of years ago by volcanic and seismic activity, these springs are one of Yellowstone's most popular spots.
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    The Mud Volcano blew itself apart in the early 20th century, but visitors can still see the impressive crater and other geothermal features in the surrounding area, such as the Mud Cauldron, Black Dragon's Caldron, and Dragon's Mouth Spring.
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    Located a quarter-mile upstream of the larger Lower Falls, the Upper Yellowstone River Falls plunge 109 feet down an eroded lava cliff into the basin below. The area below the falls has been subject to heavier erosion than above.
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    The third largest hot spring in the world, the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring gets its color from bacteria around its rim that feed off of the mineral-rich water. In the summer months, the hot spring is a vivid red-orange shade.
Standard Hotel: Yellowstone Country Inn or Dude & Roundup or Travelers Lodge or similar

Day 6 Yellowstone National Park - Grand Teton National Park - Jackson Hole - Salt Lake City(330 miles)

After breakfast, we will continue exploring Yellowstone National Park, making a stop at Old Faithful. Then, we will drive along the Snake River to reach Grand Teton National Park, where we will have some time to see this breathtaking landscape. After a stop in Jackson Hole, WY, we will drive to Salt Lake City, where we will spend the night.

The largest, oldest, and most famous national park displays a fascinating scenery of hot springs, geysers, canyons & waterfalls, and nature everywhere you look!

  • Always Visit
    Old Faithful is a cone geyser in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. It is one of the park's most well-known natural features, and is famous for its predictability. It generally erupts every 91 minutes.

Grand Teton National Park is is located in the Rocky Mountains, Northwest Wyoming. Grand Teton National Park is noted for its stunning mountain vistas, its shimmering alpine lakes and its abundant wildlife.

Standard Hotel: Red Lion Inn downtown/Four Points hotel Airport in Salt Lake City or similar

Day 7 Salt Lake City - The Bonneville Salt Flats - Reno(437 miles)

We will visit Utah State Capitol Building and Temple Square. Then we will head to the Bonneville Salt Flats. We will arrive in Reno, Nevada in the afternoon.

Utah's gorgeous capital city sits amidst the mountains of the American Southwest on the shores of the breathtaking Great Salt Lake. The city is steeped in history and architecture in addition to wondrous vistas and scenery.

  • Always Visit
    The home of all of the governmental processes for the state of Utah, the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. The building is done in the ornate neoclassical revival style, purposefully reminiscent of the nation capitol in DC.
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    Approximately ten acres in size, Temple Square is the center of religious activity for the Church of Latter Day Saints, housing the Temple and Tabernacle that are central to the religion.

Tooele is a city in Utah, approximately 30 minutes west of Salt Lake City. It offers stunning views of the nearby Oquirrh Mountains and Great Salt Lake. The Tooele Arts festival is a popular annual event that attracts many artists and musicians.

  • Always Available
    One of the prominent salt flats in western hemisphere, and considered the twin sister of Bolivia's Solar de Uyuni, the Bonneville Salt Flats are a favorite among photographers who enjoy mountain range scenery. Given its flat terrain, the area is known for speed trials available to the public throughout the summer and fall.

West Coast is inspirational for its scenery and lifestyle. desert landscapes, lush forests and windswept bays provide the backdrop to huge cities and sprawling suburbs.Whether you're looking for art, entertainment, history or culture, West Coast USA truly has it all.

Standard Hotel: Harrah's Hotel and Casino in Reno or similar

Day 8 Reno - Lake Tahoe - San Francisco(236 miles)

In the morning, we will visit Virginia City and then go to visit Lake Tahoe. In the afternoon, we will make our way back to San Francisco. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.

West Coast is inspirational for its scenery and lifestyle. desert landscapes, lush forests and windswept bays provide the backdrop to huge cities and sprawling suburbs.Whether you're looking for art, entertainment, history or culture, West Coast USA truly has it all.

  • Always Visit
    Silver and gold made the old mining town Virginia City, one that is recognized as the character of Nevada. Guests will experienced its boomtime as they visit historic buildings, some of its open mines.

The scenic Lake Tahoe nestled in the crook of California is the largest alpine lake in North America. In addition to being a wonderful place to swim, fish, and boat, Lake Tahoe features winter activities like skiing and snowboarding.

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