2022 National Parks & Lodges of the Old West

May 26 – June 3, 2022
Tour Operator: Orbridge (Read more details) 
Waitlist: Email to join the waitlist
Price: From $4,995 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 9 days
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Inspiration, a connection to the past, and nature’s beauty are the gifts of this 10-day American expedition. Accompanied by an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader, 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 cook-out, 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.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Arrive in Rapid City
  • Day 2 : Rapid City/Badlands National Park/Rapid City
  • Day 3 : Rapid City/Custer State Park/Hot Springs/Custer State Park
  • Day 4 : Custer State Park/Mount Rushmore
  • Day 5 : Clearmont, WY/Cody
  • Day 6 : Cody | Yellowstone National Park
  • Day 7 : Yellowstone National Park
  • Day 8 : Yellowstone National Park/Grand Teton National Park
  • Day 9 : Depart Jackson


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a Carolina Alumni member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the tour operator directly if you have any concerns participating in the tour. 

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All 2022 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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