Faculty

Carrie Janney, John L. Nau III Professor of the American Civil War, Director of the John L. Nau Center for Civil War History and a former historian for the National Park Service

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Pricing

$4,995 per person, double occupancy, land only.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,000 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

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Overview

Inspiration, a connection to the past, and nature’s beauty are the gifts of this 10-day American expedition. Accompanied by an expert Expedition Leader as well as UVA historian Carrie Janney, trace the historic paths and natural splendors of the Old West. See and learn about the storied sights and monuments of Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Spearfish Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park. Witness bison herds, savor a chuck wagon cookout, see Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial, visit a wooly mammoth dig site, and, at the volcanically active caldera of Yellowstone, observe otherworldly geothermal sites. Wonderfully atmospheric hotels and lodges are a highlight of this program, including landmark lodging within the parks themselves. Traveling comfortably in a private motor coach, there is no better way to see our national parks.

Program Highlights

  • Experience the diverse wonders of our National Parks accompanied by an Orbridge Expedition Leader.
  • Enjoy a chuck wagon cookout during a visit to Custer State Park—a wildlife reserve with scenic lakes, dramatic granite spires, and lush grasslands where bison herds roam.
  • Marvel at the grandeur of Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and the world’s largest mammoth site, where scientists are excavating remains of Columbian and woolly mammoths from 26,000 years ago.
  • See the dramatic effects of Yellowstone’s volcanically active caldera and visit otherworldly geothermal sites including Old Faithful Geyser.

Faculty

Carrie Janney, John L. Nau III Professor of the American Civil War, Director of the John L. Nau Center for Civil War History and a former historian for the National Park Service

Caroline E. Janney is the John L. Nau III Professor of the American Civil War and Director of the John L. Nau Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she worked as a historian for the National Park Service and taught at Purdue University. An active public lecturer, she has given presentations at locations across the globe. She is a speaker with the Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lectureship program and a recipient of the Kenneth T. Kofmehl Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award from Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts. She serves as a co-editor of the University of North Carolina Press’s Civil War America Series and is the past president of the Society of Civil War Historians. She has published five books, most recently Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation and Petersburg to Appomattox: The End of the War in Virginia (both University of North Carolina Press).

Itinerary

Day 1 - June 5, 2019

Arrive in Rapid City, SD

Arrive in Rapid City—South Dakota’s second largest city—and transfer to your hotel where you will meet your Expedition Leader and traveling companions for a welcome drink and expedition briefing. Rapid City’s location at the eastern slope of the Black Hills Mountain Range gives visitors easy access to all the surrounding attractions—from the beautiful state and national parks, to the manmade wonders like Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial. Take a stroll around beautiful downtown and learn about the 1972 Mill Creek floods that devastated so much of the area.
Overnight: The Alex Johnson Hotel
(Reception)

Day 2 - June 6, 2019

Badlands National Park / Custer State Park

Custer State Park Museum

Following breakfast, head to Badlands National Park, with more than 244,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie featuring some of the most spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife in the region. Gaze in awe at the layered rock cliffs, towering spires, and narrow canyons that create this amazing landscape. An afternoon safari drive through the Custer State Park reserve takes you to magnificent vistas where herds of bison, elk, bighorn sheep, and other wildlife can be observed along the scenic roads. Beware of the “begging burros” who approach visitors looking for a handout! Later, sample Western specialties at a special chuck wagon cookout.

Tonight, stay in Custer State Game Lodge. Built in 1920, this impressive stone and wood lodge surrounded by stately trees is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lodge served as the “Summer White House” for President Calvin Coolidge in 1927, who saw it as a quiet retreat from the heat, bugs, and crowds of Washington D.C. President Dwight D. Eisenhower also visited the lodge in 1953, while on a visit to the Black Hills area.

Custer State Game Lodge
Breakfast, Dinner (B,D)

Day 3 - June 7, 2019

Custer State Park / Hot Springs

This morning, travel to Hot Springs to visit the world’s largest mammoth dig site. Founded in 1974 after the first remains were unearthed, it’s now a fully-developed paleontological site and museum, with the remains of more than 61 mammoths.

After a short tour, stroll the boardwalk over the dig area and see the paleontology laboratory.

Continue to Crazy Horse Memorial—still a work in progress—located in the heart of the Black Hills. Under construction since 1948, when completed it may become the world’s largest sculpture. Experience an audio-visual program featuring sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski’s life and work, the Crazy Horse project, and the culture, tradition, and living heritage of Native Americans. Visit the base of Crazy Horse Memorial and enjoy free time to explore on your own.

Spend the night deep in the heart of one of the most breathtakingly beautiful canyons in the world.

Spearfish Canyon Lodge
(B,D)

Day 4 - June 8, 2019

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

Today visit one of the world’s largest stone monuments—the iconic Mount Rushmore. Begun in 1927, this remarkable granite sculpture was originally designed to portray the four Presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, from the waist up, but construction ended in 1941 due to budgetary constraints. The stone visages that remain, however, are awe-inspiring in both their beauty and the dedication it took to create them.

During free time, perhaps explore the Visitor’s Center or Sculptor’s Studio, or take the 422-stair Presidential Hike Trail, allowing you an up-close perspective of the sculpture and a chance to spot local wildlife.

Afterward, visit the iconic western town of Deadwood.

This evening, enjoy leisure time at the lodge for a walk or hike before rejoining the group for dinner.

Spearfish Canyon Lodge
(B,D)

Day 5 - June 9, 2019

Ranch at Ucross / Cody, WY

Journey through impressive Spearfish Canyon and across the grassy plains of Wyoming. Delight in leisure time and lunch at an authentic Western ranch amid the brilliant landscape. Afterward, board the motor coach, sit back, relax, and embrace the spectacular scenery of Bighorn Mountains and Shell Creek Canyon as you travel to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West town of Cody, Wyoming. Originally founded in the 1890’s by the famous man himself, the town now boasts a population of more than 10,000 residents who live and work in the surrounding area.
Holiday Inn Cody
(B,L)

Days 6-7 - June 10-11, 2019

Cody / Yellowstone National Park

Roosevelt Arch, Yellowstone NP

Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West for a step into the region’s rich past, including Western and Native American history, the life of W.F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Yellowstone, and old firearms.

Continuing on, pass through Shoshone National Forest to Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 as the world’s first national park. See the Park’s Upper and Lower Falls, and take time to spot for wildlife in Hayden Valley. Watch in awe as Old Faithful Geyser erupts to heights between 106 and 185 feet.

A stop at the Fountain Paint Pot Nature Trail is an opportunity to witness all four types of geothermal features found throughout the world, including bubbling mud pots.

At Mammoth Hot Springs admire how the steamy limestone terraces and hot springs overlook the visitor facilities. Perhaps visit the Albright Visitor Center and Museum, with its interactive displays, orientation area, and educational ranger talks.

Day 6 – Old Faithful Snow Lodge
(B,D)

Day 7 – Canyon Lodge
(B,D)

Day 8 - June 12, 2019

Grand Teton National Park / Jackson

Head south this morning through vast unspoiled wilderness to Grand Teton National Park—its jagged mountain peaks form a perfect backdrop behind Jenny and Jackson Lakes. The Tetons—the highest at more than 13,700 feet—are the youngest of the Rocky Mountains, but still inspire visitors from all over the world with their majestic beauty.

Continue on to the Western town of Jackson, Wyoming, and relish in an afternoon and evening at your leisure.
The Rustic Inn
(B)

Day 9 - June 13, 2019

Jackson

Today is yours to explore on your own. You may choose to wander into Jackson’s lively town square with its famous antler arch, stop into the many local art galleries, visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art or browse in one of the numerous local boutiques featuring western-style arts and crafts. Those who prefer outdoor activities can embark on a hike to look for wildlife or take part in an optional float trip down the Snake River.

This evening, join a farewell dinner hosted by your Expedition Leader to celebrate the grand adventures from your trip.
The Rustic Inn
(B,D)

Day 10 - June 14, 2019

Depart Jackson

After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take a complimentary transfer to the airport for flights home.
(B)

Optional Post-Tour Extension: Jackson / Grand Teton Wildlife Excursion

Day 10, June 14, 2019: Jackson / Grand Teton Wildlife Excursion
Wildlife experts will guide you to the park’s viewing hotspots while also providing details about the area’s history, landmarks, and geography.
Rustic Inn (B)

Day 11, June 15, 2019: Jackson / Leisure
Take advantage of the wildlife viewing, enjoy various outdoor activities, take a docent led tour of the National Museum of Wildlife Art, explore downtown Jackson’s shops and restaurants or relax at the Rustic Inn’s resort and spa.

Your stay includes admission to the National Museum of Wildlife Art, which features more than 550 artists and over 5,000 cataloged items. Dating from 2500 B.C. to the present, the collection chronicles much of the history of wildlife in art, focusing primarily on European and American painting and sculpture. The collection of American art from the 19th and 20th centuries is particularly strong, recording European exploration of the American West. Many of these works predate photography, making them vital representations of the frontier era in the history of the United States. Located approximately 1.5 miles from the Rustic Inn, the museum is a short taxi ride from the Inn or from Jackson’s town center, hop on the free START bus to the museum.
Rustic Inn (B)

Day 12, June 16, 2019: Depart Jackson
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take a complimentary transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

Post-Tour Extension
Jackson / Grand Teton Wildlife Excursion
3 days/2 nights for $795 per person, double occupancy. (Single supplement: $995)

Please note that the extension is not escorted by an Orbridge Expedition Leader. Included sightseeing is accompanied by a local guide. Group space may not be available within 90 days of departure.

Accommodations

The Alex Johnson Hotel
Enjoy newly renovated guestrooms, locally inspired foods, sustainable initiatives and outstanding customer service.

Custer State Game Lodge
Set in a beautiful mountain valley and surrounded by a ponderosa pine forest, this gracious stone and wood lodge served as the “Summer White House” for President Calvin Coolidge in 1927 and was visited by President Dwight D. Eisenhower for several days in 1953. Note: The lodge does not have an elevator.

Spearfish Canyon Lodge
Nestled alongside lofty pines and spectacular limestone cliffs, Spearfish Canyon Lodge was built and decorated in the style of the old lodges of the West with heavy log walls and a 40-foot stone fireplace. Note: The lodge does not have an elevator.

Holiday Inn Cody at Buffalo Bill Village
Note: The inn does not have an elevator.
Room Amenities: Climate control, TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea making facilities, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

Old Faithful Inn
Built in 1903, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, the Inn is considered the largest log structure in the world. Its rustic decor features a hand-crafted clock made of copper, wood, and iron displayed in the towering lobby. Room Amenities: Phone, coffee-making facilities, bathroom sundries, and hair dryer.

Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Creekside Resort and Spa
Adjacent to the National Elk Refuge, guests can easily take advantage of everything Jackson and its spectacular environs have to offer. After a long day of activities, relax in the Inn’s outdoor heated pool and hot tub, or take a walk down beautifully landscaped trails along the aspen-laden Flat Creek where you can enjoy the enchanting surroundings.

NOTE: While specific properties are secured well in advance, it is sometimes necessary to substitute hotels or lodges with as-good or better options.

Meals

9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 6 dinners

Program Fees

$4,995 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,000 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Price includes:
9 nights accommodations; 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 6 dinners; full guiding services of an Orbridge Expedition Leader; admission and park fees; luggage porterage; all gratuities; and airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times.

Does not include:
Airfare, Meals as noted above and on itinerary, and anything not specifically listed as included.

How to Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $850 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately 6 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via check, ACH, money order, credit card

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

General Terms & Conditions

Registration, Deposits and Final Payment. To confirm and secure your reservation, a deposit of $850 per person per program, a deposit for any extension(s), and any non-refundable advanced payments, payable by check, ACH, money order, wire transfer of same day U.S. funds, or major credit card, is due at the time of registration. Final payment, including any extension(s) and optional(s), is payable by check, ACH, money order, or wire transfer of same day U.S. funds and due no later than 90 days prior to the scheduled program departure date. If your reservation is made between the final payment due date and the date the program starts, the entire cost of the program, including any extension(s) and optional(s), is due at the time of registration by check, money order, or wire transfer of same day U.S. funds. Final payments made by credit card are subject to a 2% transaction fee. If final payment is not received by Orbridge by the final payment due date, Orbridge may, at any time and with or without notice, cancel your reservation in its sole discretion with no right of refund. All payments we receive from you are herein defined as “Payments.”
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Cancellations and Refunds. All cancellations must be submitted to Orbridge in writing and will be subject to a cancellation fee (“Cancellation Fee”) as follows: (a) if the cancellation notice is received by Orbridge 275 or more calendar days prior to the scheduled departure date, all deposits will be fully refunded; (b) if the cancellation notice is received by Orbridge between 274 and 151 days prior to the scheduled departure date, the Cancellation Fee will be $500 per person per program and $300 per person per program for extensions; (c) if the cancellation notice is received by Orbridge between 150 days prior to the scheduled departure date and the day before the final payment due date, the Cancellation Fee will be the full deposit per person per program including any extension; (d) if the cancellation notice is received by Orbridge on the final payment due date or closer to the scheduled departure date, the Cancellation Fee will be the full program price. In addition to and not in lieu of the foregoing, a Cancellation Fee equal to 100% of the carrier charge applies to all non-refundable airfares due to your cancellation made at any time prior to the scheduled program departure date, as applicable. Refunds, if any, of any Payments in excess of the aggregate Cancellation Fee shall be processed within 30 calendar days of our receipt of your written notice.
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