Wyoming & Montana Summer Tour Overview
Visit three of America’s greatest National Parks on one great adventure: Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier National Park.
Get ready to see for yourself why the scenery and geological phenomenon of Yellowstone were so inspiring that this area became the first National Park in 1872. Admire the vast wilderness, incredible geysers, and unique land formations that bring people out west year after year!
In Grand Teton, discover the best the Rockies have to offer and experience the raw beauty of the jagged mountain peaks, winding rivers, and turquoise alpine lakes. Try your hand at the high ropes course at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and ride the alpine coaster at Snow King!
For our final stop, we’ll head to Glacier – a showcase of melting glaciers, alpine meadows, carved valleys, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness steeped in human history. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, and the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Fill your time with plenty of outdoor activities, including whitewater rafting, paddle boarding, fly fishing, and hiking.
This is the perfect trip for travelers looking to explore the great outdoors with a small group of like-minded peers.
During this program, you will…
- Visit three of America’s most incredible National Parks
- Hike the stunning trails in Grand Teton National Park
- Soak in a natural hot spring
- Enjoy a traditional Western rodeo
- Spot a variety of wildlife including bison, elk, and bears
- Horseback ride in Yellowstone Valley
- Go fly fishing in Montana
- Watch Old Faithful erupt in Yellowstone National Park
- Swim in the crystal clear water of Jenny Lake
- Zipline through the stunning mountain scenery
- White water raft on one of the best rivers in the states
- Explore the charming town of Jackson
- Zip down the mountain on an alpine coaster
- Take a drive on the world-renowned “Go to the sun” road.
Can’t get enough adventure? Choose the longer version of this program which also visits Colorado & Utah in one continuous group by joining our joining our hugely popular USA for Middle School: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, & Montana program.
DAYS 1-5: JACKSON, WYOMING & GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Welcome to Wyoming! Our home base in charming Jackson, Wyoming is the perfect jump-off point to explore everything Grand Teton National Park has to offer! There are plenty of hiking opportunities for all skill levels and every day will be a new adventure. Admire the mountain views and go for a dip in the vibrant blue alpine lakes or paddle board on the famous Jenny Lake! To get the adrenaline going, test your high ropes skills at the Jackson Hole course, and ride the famous tram to the top of the resort while you’re there! Back in town, we’ll zipline and ride the alpine coaster at Snow King Mountain Park! When you’ve had your fill of action packed adventure for the day, grab a photo under the iconic antler arch in downtown Jackson and spend time exploring one of the quaintest towns in America.
DAYS 5-7: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Get ready to see for yourself why the scenery and geological phenomenon of Yellowstone were so inspiring that this area became the first National Park in 1872. Within Yellowstone’s boundaries, it’ll feel like we’ve left planet Earth. Bubbling hot spring pools of vibrant color and spouting geysers provide a window to the super-volcanic activity below. Be amazed by the plethora of wildlife that roams the park, including bison, elk, wolves, and bears! Discover some of the most famous sites in the park, including Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring along with some lesser-known gems. We’ll see the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and take in the park by horseback! Attend a traditional rodeo, go horseback riding, and truly immerse yourself in the wild west of Wyoming.
DAY 7 & 8: BUTTE & MISSOULA, MONTANA
On our way to Glacier National Park, we’ll stop through some of Montana’s most iconic towns like Butte, a place infamous for the Berkeley Pit, a giant former copper mine, and magical Missoula! The last major city in America before the landscape gives way to sweeping glaciated mountains all the way to Canada.
DAYS 8-10: GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
In Glacier National Park you can’t miss the alpine lake hikes and glaciated valleys it’s known for. We’ll stand amongst the rainbow rocks of Lake Macdonald and try our hand at fly fishing! Visit the nearby town of Whitefish for a chance to cool off at the lake and see what the Glacier adventure park has to offer!
Explore melting glaciers, alpine meadows, carved valleys, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, there is plenty to do in this majestic park. Experience the awe of “Going to sun road” as we take a drive stopping at scenic vistas along the way.
DAY 11: DEPART FCA
Enjoy a fancy final dinner with all your new friends and then head to the airport. The memories and friendships we have made will last a lifetime!
Authenticity is ingrained in everything we do. Eat, stay, and travel like a local.
Check out what past travelers have to say about TFT and discover why we are consistently awarded “Top Youth Travel Organization” year after year.
"A HUGE THANK YOU to you to the trip leaders for providing an extraordinary travel experience for our group of middle school students! My husband and I have been blown away by the numbers and depth of activities -- and extremely appreciative to you for your extraordinarily thoughtful (and detail packed) emails and photos/videos! We have looked forward to your updates every day. It is clear how invested you are, and how much you care. Thank you!"
"Thank you for giving Kat such a great experience. She had a wonderful time. You guys are terrific. The great parental bonus -- and I'm sure you hear this all the time -- is the photographs and the daily email. We get to see what the kids are seeing and we get to see the group and we get to see our teen. What could be better? Viewing the pictures became our evening ritual: out on the deck overlooking suburbia, sipping cold drinks, and oohing and ahhing over the photos, feeling almost like we were there. I'm sure you're awash in praise like this -- as you should be. Kat had such an enriching trip. Thank you very much! With any luck she'll be back next summer."
"I can not tell you how much she truly loved it!! I can not tell you how much you and your staff to say thank you for keeping my baby safe and allowing her to experience once in a life time event in her life. Marissa is so emotional, expressing how much she will miss everyone. To think before she hopped on the plane she was so nervous that she will not make any friends. I am truly amazed the beautiful things you guys accomplished. Marissa is hooked and she is already saving and planning for next year. We thank you again for the experience."
Travel with us and discover why we are consistently winning awards for Top Youth Travel Organization.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is unique about the USA for Middle School: Wyoming & Montana trip?
Participants of the USA for Middle School: Wyoming & Montana trip love the opportunity to explore three of America’s greatest national parks. From Yellowstone to the Grand Tetons, to Glacier National Park you will experience nature’s finest views and trails!
What kind of teen typically participates in this program? What are the requirements to join?
Teens from all over the world join this program! Typically, our participants are culturally curious individuals who are excited to make new friends, experience something unique, and interested in stepping out of their comfort zones and expanding their horizons.
This program is exclusively for students who are currently in grades 9th through 12th and approximately 14 to 18 years old. Students living outside of the USA are welcome to join!
What do students like most about the USA for Middle School: Wyoming & Montana trip?
This program is a road trip designed with teens in mind. USA for Middle School: Wyoming & Montana has intimate-sized groups which makes this an incredible experience for everyone on board. You’ll see cities and spend time outdoors in some of the greatest places North America has to offer while building lifelong friendships with like-minded peers.
Where do we stay?
Our hotels are specifically chosen to be in safe areas and well-suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. This means we do not use large, impersonal chain hotels on the outskirts of cities. We prefer to select smaller, family-run hotels where we establish personal relationships with the owners.
All accommodations on this trip have been selected to ensure quality while still maintaining character of the places we are visiting.
For safety reasons, we do not publish the names of the accommodations we use. We do not feel it is safe to publish the name of a hotel where a group of teenagers is staying abroad. After registering, participants and parents are given access to our secure parent website where you will be able to see the names of all of the accommodations for a trip.
Do most travelers go on their own?
Yes! In fact, over 75% of students who travel with us choose to come independently. This encourages teens to step further outside their comfort zone and make new friends. We believe that one of the most rewarding and exciting elements of travel is the new friendships that form along the way. When we travel by ourselves, we are bound to make new friends from all over the country and even the world. The best part is, you can travel again with your new friends on another TFT program the next summer!
If you are thinking about joining a TFT program by yourself but you are feeling unsure, please let us know! We have plenty of references from solo travelers who had great experiences and would be happy to chat with you about it.
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! We ask that if you do come with a friend, you and your friend(s) maintain openness to meeting new people and sharing this special experience with the entire group.
What is included?
Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, chaperones and guides, program related activities, program related activity admissions, taxes and tips.
Not included in cost (this not intended to be an exhaustive list): airfare; visas and visa application fees; lunches; personal and medical expenses; activities and admissions that are not program-related or referenced in the itinerary; beverages other than filtered water at meals; participant expenses that are outside of the program description, such as excess baggage fees and damage to hotels; expenses related to unforeseen circumstances, such as transportation strikes and natural disasters.
What is the average group size?
We pride ourselves on small group sizes to create a more authentic and personalized experience. Our group sizes fall between 13 and 24 students – the perfect size to facilitate new friendships without feeling lost in a crowd! We believe smaller groups eliminate the likelihood of cliques, and allows for a well-rounded, healthy group dynamic.
Who leads the program?
Our staff is a cut above the rest! We seek out two main characteristics in our counselors – extensive knowledge of and experience in our destinations, and a passion for working with teens. Our staff’s backgrounds include living abroad and working in summer camps or other educational settings. Team members are proven leaders and role models, who connect easily with others and form genuine friendships with each student – all while bringing each destination to life.
We celebrate diversity! Our staff represents 49 different nationalities, speak a combined total of 21 languages, and visited 142 countries. Additionally, 80% of our staff lived or worked abroad in their lives. With so many unique experiences to share, you are sure to gain a global perspective.
Our average minimum ratios are one staff member to every seven participants. Each program has one Trip Director with several support staff, depending on the group size. Directors must be at least 25 years old within the calendar year and have prior experience working with TFT.
What are the safety qualifications for our staff?
Our staff members undergo a rigorous hiring process. They receive the same background check as school educators, an extensive training process to go over all safety precautions and protocols, and are required to be certified in CPR and First Aid. We exclusively hire responsible, multi-talented individuals who are safety-minded and are as passionate about teen travel as we are.
How does this program connect to other programs?
Our program dates are designed specifically so that participants can opt to combine trips throughout the summer. When connecting to another program, your counselor will escort you to the airport on the last day of the program and assist you in meeting your next group at your new destination.
What is the food like on this program?
In a word – delicious! At TFT, we believe food is an integral aspect of the travel experience, and we make an effort to eat at authentic establishments whenever possible. There is no better way to immerse ourselves in the culture of a place than through sampling the local delicacies. We stray away from westernized restaurants and chains that cater to tourists, because every true traveler knows the best food is found where the locals are eating!
Of course, we are always willing and able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergies, and other dietary restrictions.
Do we ever get time to go off on our own?
Our staff and teens are nearly always together, but we do provide the opportunity to break up into smaller groups to allow for flexibility and customization within the itinerary.
We offer free time in defined safe areas – for example, shopping in a market or exploring a museum. During these times, students remain in groups of at least two and are given no more than an hour. Of course, the counselors remain nearby and available. Additionally, a lifeguard-certified counselor supervises the campers any time they are involved in water activities.
Do I need any vaccinations for this program?
We recommend checking with your family doctor regarding vaccinations and medical advice for the destination you are visiting. For more information, please check the World Health Organization’s website. Upon registration, we provide a list of recommended vaccinations that can be discussed further with your doctor. For Specific questions pertaining to the COVID-19 vaccine, click here.
What kind of visa do you need for this trip?
When joining a TFT trip from outside of the US, please be sure to check your country’s specific visa requirements.