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All Of Yellowstone Tour From San Francisco In Just 72 Hours!
You have an early start on the first day, as you need to catch a flight from the San Francisco airport, where the tour starts, to Salt Lake. You can be back in Salt Lake, where the tour ends, just 72 hours after leaving LA!
The tour includes three nights’ hotel stay, full upper loop and lower loop tours, and the shuttle to and from Salt Lake City. You have multiple options for the departure after your third night stay, enabling you to be back in Salt Lake as early as 6:40 AM on the fourth day.
Soon after landing in Salt Lake on the first day, you will travel by shuttle, making several stops along the way, to West Yellowstone. Please remember that the driver is not a guide and this is an unescorted leg of your tour. You will be dropped off at West Yellowstone Lodge to check-in and then are free to wander West Yellowstone, taking advantage of all the stores, the IMAX theater, and the Grizzly And Wolf Discovery Center where you are guaranteed to see grizzly bears, wolves and otters!
On day two you’ll do the lower loop, offering guided viewing of much of Yellowstone’s geothermal areas, while still providing great wildlife viewing opportunities along the rivers and in Hayden Valley. You will take the time to watch Old Faithful erupt, explore the historic Old Faithful Inn and wander the boardwalks of the Lower, Midway and Upper Geyser Basins checking out all four kinds of thermal features present in the park. You will then go to West Thumb on Yellowstone Lake, up through Hayden Valley and on to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, where you will stop at both the Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls before returning to West Yellowstone. A sack lunch is once again provided today. Please view the entire lower loop itinerary.
On the third day you get to experience the full Yellowstone upper loop tour, which includes a guide offering insights on the geology, latest park updates and ecological studies. You will experience waterfalls, walks around geothermal features, take in the historic park headquarters, and wildlife viewing in the Lamar Valley – often called “America’s Serengeti” – due to the abundance of wildlife such as bison, pronghorns, elk, and depending on the season and time of day, bears or even wolves. A sack lunch is provided today. Please view the entire upper loop itinerary.
Once you return from your upper loop tour, you will be free to wander town briefly until your shuttle picks you up at 6pm to take you to your hotel in East Idaho. Please remember that the shuttle driver is not a guide and this is an unescorted leg of your tour.
In the morning you will catch the shuttle back to Salt Lake City. It will pick you up at your hotel, make several stops along the way, and drop you off either at a central downtown location near Temple Square or at the Salt Lake City Airport. Please let us know which of the below departure times to book you for in the comments area.
Other Yellowstone Tours From San Francisco
Depart 2.05 a.m. Arrive 6.45 a.m.
Depart 3.35 a.m. Arrive 8.15 a.m. (Only Monday through Friday)
Depart 5.05 a.m. Arrive 9.45 a.m.
Depart 7.05 a.m. Arrive 11.40 a.m.
Depart 9.05 a.m. Arrive 1.40 p.m.
Depart 11.05 a.m. Arrive 4 p.m.
The tour ends either at the Salt Lake City airport, or downtown Salt Lake, opposite Temple Square. If you prefer, we can get you a flight back to San Francisco, at an additional charge. Depending on how far ahead you book, and the day on which you’re flying, the cost of the flight starts at about $60.00.
We regret that cancellations and changes will not be accepted, and refunds will not be given. Half the amount may be charged to your card when you make the booking, and the balance will be charged 45 days from the tour date. An attempted or purported cancellation will result in the entire amount being charged to your card immediately.
The credit/debit card you used must be with you when you travel, and should be in your name. If you are booking for someone else, please let us know as you will need to complete the credit card authorization documentation, which we will send you.
This tour starts at the San Francisco airport. When you get to Salt Lake, a shuttle will transport you between Salt Lake and West Yellowstone. The tour end point is the Salt Lake City airport and a central Salt Lake downtown location. We can assist you with getting a flight back to San Francisco, if you prefer, at an additional cost.
This is a small group tour, with the possible exception of the shuttle between Salt Lake and West Yellowstone, where a bus may be used. The shuttle may make several stops on the way to east Idaho.
Parts of this tour may be provided by other vendors we use.
Times are approximate. The itinerary may change without notice, and we cannot be responsible for the consequences of delays. At the beginning and end, of the season, road closures and weather conditions may prevent this tour being run as detailed. In particular, the road from Old Faithful to Grand Teton generally opens in mid-May. General road maintenance in the park may affect the way this tour operates.
Two nights’ lodging are included at West Yellowstone Lodge or similar, in West Yellowstone, and one night at the Americinn or similar, in Rexburg.
Please do not make any plans that depend on this tour, until you receive our confirmation email.
The entrance fee to Yellowstone is included.
Two picnic or sack lunches, and one hotel breakfast are the only meals included.
If you leave it too late to book, this tour may cost more as a result of higher flight prices. We will always advise you beforehand, and see if you still want to continue.
There will almost certainly be a checked luggage fee on the flight, which you will need to pay.