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On New Year’s Eve, welcome 2021 with a toast to the enduring earth as Old Faithful pops its cork ’round midnight.
Meet your expert naturalist guide in Bozeman, Montana, and leave the driving to us. You’ll head straight down Paradise Valley to Yellowstone National Park, staying the first night in Mammoth Hot Springs to explore the fascinating travertine terraces there. Walk or snowshoe the boardwalks and trails, and photograph the elk or bison that might be lounging among the buildings. The next day is devoted to wildlife watching in the famous Lamar Valley. Your guide has a special knack for spotting wildlife, and can fill you in on the habits and conservation stories of the wolves, coyotes, bighorn sheep, and herds of elk and bison you might see.
Day three brings the snow coach ride to Old Faithful! The coach is a special tracked vehicle for traveling the closed, snow-packed roads, and you’re among the relative few travelers to experience this quiet, pristine winter view of Yellowstone. Barring a “bison jam” where you have to wait for a group of bison to move out of the way, you’ll arrive at Old Faithful Snow Lodge with time to relax by the fireplace before a nice New Year dinner. Raise a hearty toast to America’s first national park and your own spirit of adventure! Happy 2021!
Your time in the Old Faithful area centers on exploring Yellowstone’s fascinating geothermal features–colorful hot pools, steaming geysers, and bubbling mud pots. Ramble the boardwalks, and if you’d like, your guide will teach you the fundamentals of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing so you can venture out in that very special winter way.
Spend the final evening of this great adventure at a Montana classic, the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort, where a fabulous farewell dinner and soothing soak in the naturally-fed hot springs pools make the perfect ending. After breakfast return to Bozeman for flights home. What a super start to the new year…