Walk Yellowstone National Park with VBT

OFI an Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park, the large swath of land resting on the Yellowstone plateau in the northwest corner of Wyoming, is home to diverse wildlife, unique geological formations and the most concentrated amount of geothermal activity in the entire world. Originally home to Native Americans some 11,000 years ago, present day Yellowstone history began in 1872, when President Grant signed the “The Act of Dedicationinto law making Yellowstone the first National Park in the world, let alone the United States. Travelers on our Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s Wilderness vacation will get to visit the park and view its famed geysers, traverse its nature trails, get up close to its wildlife and relax in a rustic lodge and lakeside hotel.

The vastness of Yellowstone National Park allows one to visit many times before they can fully experience all the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstonepark has to offer. There are so many things to do in Yellowstone National Park and visiting with VBT takes away the stress of worrying about all of your options and enables you to focus on the few that we have organized on amazing, adventure-filled days during your stay.  During our stay at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel— the oldest hotel in any National Park—we’ll  summit  Elephant Back Mountain on a trail that takes us through shaded old-growth lodge pole pine forests to an overlook offering impressive views of the lake below. Another day, we’ll spend discovering the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, whose oxidizing iron walls give off the appearance of the yellow color, perhaps the namesake of the river that formed the canyon. We’ll walk along the rim of the canyon and stop at spectacular viewpoints of the two largest waterfalls in the park—the Upper and Lower Falls.

Old Faithful Inn Lobby.Our final day of this vacation includes a scenic shuttle ride to the western part of the park so be on the lookout for unique wildlife like bison, elk, wolves, bighorn sheep and more. Once we’ve arrived, we’ll enjoy nature walks to the Grand Prismatic Spring and the Old Faithful Geyser. Our last night is spent in The Old Faithful Inn, a rustic-style lodge that opened in 1904 and was inspired by the great camps of the Adirondacks.  Most of the building materials used, including lodge pole pine and rhyolite stone, were found within a 5 mile radius of the Inn. Guests will enjoy relaxing by the magnificent fireplace or taking in the sunset on one of the giant porches with spectacular views.

Be sure to check back later in the week for a blog discussing some of the park’s geothermal attractions more in-depth. For more information about the rest of our Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s Wilderness​ tour, please visit our website. To request a full catalog with all of our vacations please click here. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868, available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am-3:00pm EST.

Explore Ljubljana, Slovenia with VBT

Ljubljana-skyline
Ljubljana, the vibrant capital, is one of our favorite places to visit in Slovenia—located on the banks of the Ljubljanica River and perfectly situated between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea.  Travelers who take the optional Pre-trip extension on our Slovenia, Austria & Italy biking vacation will get to explore this magical city’s fountains, wide squares, and grand buildings, which are all decorated with the dragon motif—the city’s symbol.  During your stay be sure to take advantage of Ljubljana’s vast network of walking, hiking and bike paths located just outside the city, including some in spectacular underground caves. Other attractions in Ljubljana include the Castle, the Stari Trg (Old Square) and Sv. Nikolaja Cathedral, as well many lovely bridges that lead to riverside cafes where you can mingle with the locals and watch the world go by.

Locks on Butchers BridgeSpeaking of bridges, don’t forget to bring a padlock if you stroll across the Butcher Bridge, which is located west of the central Triple Bridge and open to pedestrians and cyclists. Completed in 2010, this footbridge over the Ljubljanica River connects the gorgeous sculptures—typically of figures from ancient Greek and Roman mythology and even one of Adam and Eve— found on the Petkovšek Embankment with the city’s central market. Similar to the one found on Paris’ Pont des Arts, a wall with locks that represents lovers eternal commitment to each other appeared on the bridge’s steel cables shortly after opening. As Damjan, a Slovenian VBT Trip Leader always says, “Slovenia is the only country with LOVE in the name!”

cavesIf you want to explore Ljubljana’s surroundings during your trip extension, we recommend one of the country’s most famous attractions, the Skocjanske Caves. Located just a short drive from the city, this network of caves consists of 11 interconnected chambers that are about 6 km long in total.  A guided tour of the caves takes 90 minutes and includes stops at two of the main chambers: the Silent Cave and the Murmuring Cave.  The highlight is Europe’s largest cave hall, a gorge that is 480 feet high, 400 feet wide, and almost a thousand feet long and crossed by a narrow bridge that is lit up. Enjoy the great contrast of the gold and brown sleek gorge walls and the jade colored waters of the river that flows through it.  Visiting the caves is a truly mesmerizing experience and a great ending to your stay in this beautiful city!

For more information about the rest of our Slovenia, Austria & Italy biking tour, please visit our website. To request a full catalog with all of our vacations please click here. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868, available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am-3:00pm EST.

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