Midwest Travel
Writers AssociationAugust 26–30, 2015

Yellowstone Country Itinerary

Monday, August 24
Pre-trips in partnership with the Wyoming Office of Tourism
Tuesday, Aug. 25
Board arrives
Dinner with board members and hosts
Early delegate arrivals
Wednesday, Aug. 26
8 a.m. — noon Board meeting at Holiday Inn
Noon Board lunch at Holiday Inn
Delegates arrive
6 p.m. Opening reception, heavy hors d’oeuvres, Chamberlin Inn patio
8 p.m. Dan Miller Cowboy Music Revue
Thursday, August 27
Breakfast at Holiday Inn
8 a.m. Depart for Yellowstone National Park through East Gate, transportation by Powder River motorcoach
11:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. Soup, Salad, Sandwich bar set up in Old Faithful Snow Lodge meeting room
Lunch at leisure
1 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. Explore Old Faithful Village
Guided walking tours of geyser basin
Guided walking tours of Old Faithful Inn
Walk boardwalk on own
Browse gift shops
Tour the Visitor Education Center
Bicycle geyser basin
3:30 p.m. Depart for Lake Yellowstone
5:00 p.m. Arrive Lake Yellowstone
5:30 — 8 p.m. Staggered dinner reservations; coupons provided, alcohol on own
Evening Lake Yellowstone Hotel walking tours
Music in Sun Room
Overnight Lake Yellowstone Hotel
Breakfast at Holiday Inn
8:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Tour Chief Joseph Scenic Byway
Afternoon free for variety of activities
-River float trip
-Heart Mountain WWII Visitor Center
-Pahaska Tepee, Buffalo Bill Cody’s Hunting Lodge
-Horseback riding at a nearby guest ranch
-Explore Buffalo Bill Center of the West
-Conduct research at BBCW
-Explore downtown Cody.
5 p.m. Return to Holiday Inn
6 p.m. Depart Holiday Inn for dine-a-round dinners
Friday, August 28
Breakfast at Lake Yellowstone Hotel
8 a.m. Depart for Canyon, with wildlife stops in Hayden Valley
Arrive Canyon; explore village
View Artists Point
Visit Canyon Village, Canyon Lodge and new lodge buildings
Guided walks
12:30 p.m. Pick up box lunches; depart Canyon for
Cody through Northeast Gate
4:30 p.m. Arrive Cody, check in Holiday Inn
Breakfast at Holiday Inn
8:30 a.m. Depart Holiday Inn for pre-determined activities and lunch.
5:30 p.m. Drinks, dinner at Irma Hotel
7:30 p.m. Depart for Cody Nite Rodeo
10 p.m. Return to Holiday Inn
Saturday, August 29
7:30 a.m. Breakfast/business meeting at Holiday Inn
8:45 a.m. Depart for Buffalo Bill Center of the West (BBCW)
9 — 10 a.m. Professional Development sessions (two meeting rooms)
10 a.m. — 11 a.m. Vice Presidents sessions (two meeting rooms)
11 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Media marketplace and lunch at BBCW
1:30 p.m. Depart for afternoon tours
Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center
Old Trail Town
River float trip
Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center
Galleries and explore town on own
Cody Trolley tours
6 p.m. Final dinner/gala at BBCW
Sunday, August 30
Departures for home and post trips

Did you know?

President U.S. Grant signed the papers declaring Yellowstone the world’s first national park in 1872. President Grant never actually visited the park.