Wildlife Expeditions Offers Unique Outdoors-oriented Yellowstone New Year’s Eve

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High expectations and dashed hopes have become a hallmark of the New Year’s Eve experience – who hasn’t spent the iconic celebration lamenting traffic, overly crowded clubs, noise and a decided lack of fun? For those weary of yet another New Year’s Eve wishing for more romance, oohs and ahhs, Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools has created a unique new adventure that immerses participants in the spectacular natural environment surrounding Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where meaningful moments abound.

The festivities begin on the morning of Dec. 31, 2017, with Wildlife Expeditions picking guests up from their lodgings. After a hearty hot buffet breakfast in Jackson, a two-hour ride in a wheeled vehicle through Grand Teton National Park guided by experts at seeking out the area’s wildlife will reveal some of the creatures that call it home. Guests have the potential to see elk, moose, bison, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, mule deer, foxes, eagles and more – as well as the jaw-dropping vistas along the way.

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About a mile south of the entrance to Yellowstone National Park – the world’s first national park – guests will transition to a custom Mercedes-Benz snow coach for a magical winter-wonderland odyssey through the West Thumb Geyser Basin and straight up to Old Faithful. Time permitting, guests can then take a short, guided walk, snowshoe or cross-country ski into the Upper Geyser Basin for an even more off-the-beaten-path opportunity to see the striking juxtaposition of the blue-and-green water and rainbow-colored bacteria of the burbling thermal pools, paint pots and geysers against endless, snowy blankets of white.

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That evening, guests will bid farewell to 2017 and welcome 2018 during a special dinner in the elegantly rustic Obsidian Dining Room at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, with the famous geyser itself erupting just outside to mimic the celebratory pop of champagne inside.

The excitement doesn’t end there, though. The next morning, fortified with a hot breakfast, guests have their choice of a guided walk, snowshoe or cross-country ski before returning to Jackson, with more chances to spot wildlife once again from the warmth of a guided vehicle.

This once-in-a-lifetime two-day, one-night experience – which includes all transportation, five meals and a night of lodging in the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, as well as unlimited expertise from veteran Wildlife Expeditions guides – starts from $1,776 per person for a group of 6 (higher per-person rate for smaller groups). Call 877-404-6626 or 307-733-2623 to book this exceptional opportunity.

 

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