Rockies and Ranching - Montana, Wyoming,
Fly Drive Holidays
A 14 day adventure to the REAL America
Start Jackson, WY |Finish Kalispell, MT
The diverse and intriguing American states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming epitomise the REAL America. Year-round adventure, awe-inspiring
scenery, majestical mountains, shimmering lakes, expansive prairies and tumbling waterfalls await. Not to mention legendary history and heritage, real-life cowboys,
rodeos and ranches, American Indians, iconic National Parks and monuments, plus more wildlife than people. The REAL America has it all.
No REAL America adventure is complete without a visit to the world’s first national park. Yellowstone boasts the world’s most extensive area of geothermal activity,
harbouring more than 10,000 geysers, hot springs and mud pots; the most famous being Old Faithful. A mountain wildland, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of
bison and elk, the park is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.
The REAL America is blessed with an unspoiled, natural beauty that beckons visitors from around the world. Take time to discover it yourself.
DAY 1 – Fly Ireland to Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Arrive Jackson Hole and collect your rental car
Overnight: Jackson, Wyoming
DAY 2 & 3 – Grand Teton National Park and Jackson
Grand Teton National Park is dominated by the Tetons, a 40-mile mountain range that is part of the famed Rocky Mountains. Spend the day exploring the park – drive the 42-mile Scenic Loop, visit Grand Teton National Park Visitors Center, or take the Aerial Tram. Enjoy a hike or wildlife safari, take a boat trip on one of the lakes and visit the town of Jackson which features wooden sidewalks, elk antler arches and shops that range from the chic to the traditional; saddle up at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar or visit the world-famous Silver Dollar Bar.
Overnight: Jackson, Wyoming
DAY 4 & 5 – Jackson to Yellowstone National Park
Get an early start for the nation’s first national park, Yellowstone - best known for the geysers, hot springs and mud pots that make the park one of the most active geothermal areas on the planet. Thee awe-inspiring landscape covers 2,000,000 acres with over 10,000 thermal features and hundreds of animal species. Popular sites include Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Lamar and Hayden Valleys and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its inspirational view of Lower Falls.
Overnight: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
DAY 6 – Yellowstone to Billings
Slowly make your way through Yellowstone towards Billings in Montana via the awe-inspiring Beartooth Highway, an epic mountain road with outstanding views round every corner. Billings boasts a bustling downtown with a number of delicious eateries and microbreweries all within walking distance as well as a unique distillery offering finely-crafted cocktails. Explore nearby Pompey’s Pillar, which contains the only physical evidence of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, or check out Pictograph State Park which features pre-historic cave drawings.
Overnight: Billings, Montana
DAY 7-9 –Ranch stay
Indulge in your own wild west adventure on a typical ranch stay. Choose from a traditional working ranch or a luxurious resort style ranch. Activities can include trail rides, fly-fishing, archery, shooting, ATV trips or simply relaxing around an outdoor pool or enjoying a massage at the on-site spa. Don’t worry if you are a novice rider, many ranches cater for all abilities.
Overnight: Ranch, Montana
DAY 10 – Ranch to Glacier National Park
Stop in at the artsy town of Missoula to visit the Smoke Jumper Visitor Center which tells the story of how elite, highly trained firefighters fight forest fires in remote areas throughout the country. Then head for northern Glacier Country. 90 miles north of Missoula are the crystal clear waters of Flathead Lake and the picturesque small town of Bigfork which has been honoured as one of the 50 Great Towns in the West and brims with art galleries, fine restaurants and high-end boutiques.
Overnight: Whitefish, Montana
DAY 11 & 12 – Glacier National Park
Make your way to the spectacular Glacier National Park, to explore glacial-scoured valleys, towering peaks, tumbling waterfalls, verdant forests and wildflower-strewn meadows. Keep an eye out for grizzly bears, elk, mountain goats and bighorn sheep. Drive the magnificent 85km Going-To-The-Sun-Road, hike some of the 1,126km of trails or take a boat trip on one of the many lakes.
Overnight: Glacier National Park
Return flight from Kalispell to Ireland
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