Our journey westward continues to the town of Cody, named for William F Cody, better known as the pioneering ‘wild west’ showman Buffalo Bill. We stop for lunch and an optional visit to the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre, which details his life as a Pony Express rider, civil war soldier, hunter and impresario in engaging fashion, en route to Yellowstone.
Considered by many authorities to be the world’s foremost natural preserve, Yellowstone National Park is quite unforgettable. This high plateau, surrounded by higher mountains, almost 9,000km² in area and straddling the border of three states, is packed with natural wonders - half of the world’s geothermal features (including the iconic ‘Old Faithful’ geyser) may be found here, along with hundreds of documented species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles, many endangered and found here in greater abundance than anywhere else.
Our hotel, the Gray Wolf Inn, is perfectly located for exploring this amazing region in the company of an expert local guide. We’ll appreciate the enchanting mountains and waterfalls, marvel at the volcanic ‘sideshows’ and try to shoot the perfect picture of the park’s ‘megafauna’ - characterful wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves and herds of bison.