2023 National Parks and Lodges of the Old West

June 1 – 9, 2023 – Waitlist
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Trip Operator: Orbridge (Read more and reserve online)
Price: From $4,995 (airfare additional)
Trip Length: 9 days
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Journey with fellow alumni and friends to celebrate the American West’s magnificent National Parks, tracing legends and storied monuments along the way.

From Mount Rushmore to Old Faithful — and from Spearfish Canyon to the Snake River — you will see the best of the Old West and traverse its beautiful vistas in style and comfort. Wonderfully historic hotels and lodges are a highlight of this program, including landmark lodging within the parks themselves.

Indulge in the geological phenomena of hot springs in South Dakota and journey through Badlands National Park, known as nature’s surreal masterpiece, where impressive herds of bison roam, and dazzling, dramatic pinnacles rise over the largest undisturbed mixed-grass prairie in the U.S.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Arrive in Rapid City, S.D.
  • Day 2 : Rapid City/Badlands National Park/Spearfish Canyon
  • Day 3 : Spearfish Canyon/Mount Rushmore/Custer State Park
  • Day 4 : Custer/Hot Springs/Custer
  • Day 5 : Custer/Cody, Wyo.
  • Day 6 : Cody/Yellowstone National Park
  • Day 7 : Yellowstone National Park
  • Day 8 : Yellowstone National Park/Grand Teton National Park/Jackson
  • Day 9 : Jackson/Idaho Falls/Depart


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 become a Carolina Alumni member 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.

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All 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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