Yellowstone and Grand Teton Summer Tour for Middle School Overview
Visit two of America’s greatest National Parks — Yellowstone and Grand Teton — on this exciting outdoor adventure. 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. Go mountain biking at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, zipline, and ride the alpine coaster at Snow King!
Fill your time with plenty of outdoor activities, including whitewater rafting, paddle-boarding, and hiking.
This is the perfect trip for travelers looking to explore the great outdoors with a small group of like-minded peers.
This program limits exposure to outside groups and the majority of our time will be spent outdoors where we can easily social distance and ensure the health and safety of our participants.
During this program, you will…
- Visit two of America’s most incredible National Parks
- Hike the stunning trails in Grand Teton National Park
- Hike to hidden waterfalls
- Soak in a natural hot spring
- Tour Yellowstone with a naturalist and learn about the unique wildlife and ecosystems
- Spot a variety of wildlife including bison, elk, and bears
- Horseback ride below the Tetons
- Watch Old Faithful erupt in Yellowstone National Park
- Swim in the crystal clear water of Jenny Lake
- Get your adrenaline pumping while mountain biking (or hiking for non bikers!)
- Zipline through the stunning mountain scenery
- White water raft one of the best rivers in the states
- Explore the charming town of Jackson Hole
- Zip down the mountain on an alpine coaster
Can’t get enough adventure? Most travelers choose to extend their National Park Adventure by joining our hugely popular USA for Middle School: Utah & Wyoming National Parks Adventure program or our hugely popular USA for Middle School: Colorado, Utah & Wyoming National Parks Adventure program.
DAY 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, and get a major adrenaline rush with a thrilling whitewater rafting trip. Mountain bike the trails at Jackson Hole Mountain resort, go ziplining, and ride the alpine coaster at Snow King Mountain Park!
DAYS 5-10: 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!
DAY 10-11: FINAL EVENING & DEPART JACKSON, WY
Frequently Asked Questions
What is unique about USA for Middle School: Wyoming, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park Adventure?
Participants of the USA for Middle School: Wyoming, Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks Adventure love the opportunity to explore two of America’s greatest national parks. From Yellowstone to the Grand Tetons, 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 middle school students and open to students all over the world!
What do participants like the most about USA for Middle School: Wyoming, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park Adventure?
This program is a road trip designed with teens in mind. USA for Middle School: Wyoming, Yellowstone & Grand Tetons National Park Adventure has intimate sized groups which make 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 14 and 21 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 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.
Families who sign up for more than one program will also receive a 15% discount on the lesser-priced program.
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.