Grand Teton & Yellowstone

Introduction

It’s time to check two incredible national parks off your bucket list! Begin your adventure by exploring Grand Teton National Park. Hike and camp with your new group of friends, opt for some heart pumping optional activities, then continue on to Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy numerous hot springs, geysers, including Old Faithful, and even go on a wilderness tracking expedition. End your week-long journey in historic Salt Lake City before wrapping up an epic 7 days adventure with your new friends.

What's Included

  • 7 days/6 nights accommodation in rustic hotels and camping sites
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Entrance into Grand Teton National Park
  • Entrance into Yellowstone National Park
  • Yellowstone wildlife and wolf tracking tour
  • Guided Hikes in Yellowstone National Park
  • Camping Equipment (tents, sleeping pad, cooking supplies)
  • Ground Transportation (private vehicle)
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Free time to explore Grand Teton National Park on your own
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences Community  

Travelers are responsible for transportation to and from trip.
Public transportation and optional activities are not included.

Highlights

  • Explore Grand Teton National Park 
  • View Grand Prismatic Spring - the largest hot springs in the United States
  • Multiple hikes through Yellowstone National Park
  • Visit the famous Old Faithful geyser
  • Relax in natural hot springs
  • Track wolves and other wildlife
  • Meander through historic Salt Lake City

Is this Trip for You?

If you love spending time in nature and Yellowstone National Park has been on your bucket list for a while, you should definitely join this trip!

You’ll begin and end your adventure in historic Salt Lake City, Utah but spend the rest of your week hiking, camping, and exploring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Age requirement: 21+

-Group size: 10-13

-Physical rating: Moderate. There will be some hikes of medium difficulty.

Travel Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Before your trip you'll have the opportunity to join a custom Facebook Group and connect with others members of your group. Many travelers meet in the airport, or for pre-trip drinks if they are from the same city. Others coordinate plans to stay in a location after their trip.

During your adventure, our Trip Leaders do their best to foster an open, supportive environment, where people feel safe to truly be themselves.

After your trip, you'll be an official U30X Alumni, and part of our large online Travel Community where you'll have access to our network of thousands of past travelers. We are constantly hosting meetups that range from simple happy hours to hikes, to outdoor movie nights.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo, but they all leave with friends.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

All breakfasts are included, other than breakfast on Day 1.

Most lunches will be pre-packed picnic lunches to allow for optimal time exploring in the National Parks. 

Dinners at camp will be cooked by your Trip Leader, but everyone will be asked to pitch in and prepare dinner as a team.

Most meal menus will be American-style cuisine with Mexican influences and several dining options for all tastes.

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • Eggs, cereal, potato hash browns, fruit, toast, coffee, tea

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Fajitas, burgers, salads, pasta

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Some meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.

Transport

You will be traveling by private, locally-owned, ground transportation. There will be early departures on some days in order to optimize time.

  • Private ground transportation to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
  • Private ground transportation to and from Salt Lake City, Utah

Taxis and other public transportation are not included unless specified on the itinerary.

Accommodation

You will be staying in shared rooms in rustic lodges and hotel/motels and shared double occupancy tents while camping. 

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality. 
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
Private room options are available upon request and subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge).

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate in any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of $200,000 USD for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ensure that all the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance.

We recommend using either Wanderwell or World Nomads to purchase your policy. The Wanderwell “Preferred Plan” or the World Nomads “Explorer Plan” will cover all included activities on U30X trips. Wanderwell donates at least one percent of your insurance purchase to Explore Austin, a sustainable youth outdoor education program, via 1% for the Planet, selected by Under30Experiences.

If you have travel insurance with your credit card we require proof of purchase of the trip in the form of a receipt or credit card statement on a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage, and emergency contact telephone number.

Cancellation Policy

Very Flexible.

Give us at least 30 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.

If you have an emergency cancellation that is less than 30 days before your trip, please refer to your travel insurance company as they may cover you for some expenses. 

We are not able to transfer trips or hold experience credits within 30 days of the trip because we have already secured reservations on your behalf.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.

The goal of the Trip Leader is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eateries, and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the regions visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects.

Packing List

Please be eco-friendly!

  • Bring a reusable water bottle to refill where clean water is available.
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping.
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment. 

We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and organically inspired when possible.

Passport & Visas

Passports are not required for US residents to visit Utah and Wyoming. If you are not a US citizen, please make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  

Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

The tap water in Utah and Wyoming is safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep North America beautiful. 

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD coverage.

Please consult with your doctor before traveling regarding physical activity and vaccinations.

No inoculations are required to enter California if you are from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests routine vaccines for all travelers. Required vaccines should go through CDC, recommended vaccines should be through your doctor.

More specific health information for travelers to the United States can be found at the  Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Money & Currency

The official currency in the United States is the US Dollar (USD).

We suggest bringing $200 USD in cash to be used at establishments that do not accept credit cards.

This is not a total cash amount that you should expect to spend on your trip. Please consider your own spending habits for additional expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

ATMs are available in the cities and towns we visit. Although you can withdraw cash from any ATM, it's a good idea to come with some local currency just in case.

Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling.

For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the XE Currency Exchange App.

Safety & Security

Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance, and passport/photo ID/Real ID with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room. Don’t leave valuables unattended.

Although most parts of North America are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering around any town at night, especially alone. We recommend staying in small groups when traveling at night.

Make sure you have the address of your hotel in the event that you're separated from your Trip Leader.

Weather

Temperatures during the day will be warmer than at night. Be sure to pack layers to accommodate for temperature changes.

Highs during the day will be comfortable in the low 70s.

Lows in the evening and overnight will be cool, in the low 40s.

cultural information

Grand Teton National Park

Towering high above majestic wildlife, alpine terrain, and pristine lakes, the Teton Mountain Range stands as a monument to the people who fought to protect it. This mountain range led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park, established in 1929, complete with over two hundred miles of trails spread across 310,000 acres. 

Yellowstone National Park

Established as a national park in 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant, Yellowstone National Park was the first national park in the United States and is also believed to be the first national park in the world. Yellowstone also plays home to the largest, and most famous, megafauna in the contiguous United States, including bison, wolves, and even grizzly bears.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Founded in 1847, Salt Lake City is the capital of Utah and the world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). This capital city gained its name due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, though the word “great” was dropped from the city’s name in 1868.

Key Phrases in Salt Lake City:

Pleased to meet you

  • Pleasetameetcha

I appreciate you

  • appreciatecha

Hell

  • H-E- double toothpicks

Optional Activities

Whitewater rafting the Snake River - $87 USD

Horseback riding (2 hr ride) - $65 USD


While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, Trip Leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Trip leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.


Staying longer or arriving early?

Make a stop to see Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve or take a short road trip and check out Zion National Park.

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