Unless you’re living under a rock — or Zion’s hoodoos — you know national parks travel is booming. In 2018, tourism to national parks exceeded 300 million visits for the fourth consecutive year, according to National Park Service data. The 318 million visits in 2018 marks the third highest total since tracking started in 1904.
But for those traveling with teens, a walk in the park isn’t, well, just that. That’s where Intrepid Travel’s national parks tours come in. They enable exploration of America’s Best Idea without having to worry about finding accommodations or in-destination transportation.
Group tours are limited to ages 15 and older. Intrepid Travel also offers custom trips for private groups, which can be organized for a family with younger kids and include activities for their ages and abilities.
“Intrepid’s small-group tours in the national parks allow families the benefit of traveling through these beautiful destinations without the hassle of having to find accommodations or worrying about the logistics and scheduling, which any parent knows is essential when planning a family getaway,” said Darshika Jones, director of North America for Intrepid Travel. “Travelers visiting the national parks with Intrepid get the advantage of having a local tour leader who knows the park like the back of their hand and can find those secret vantage points, which is ideal when you’re competing with hordes of other visitors.”
Intrepid’s summer tours for 2019 include:
• Utah Parks Circuit: Utah’s national parks may not have the name recognition of Yosemite or Yellowstone, but that doesn’t mean the vistas and experiences aren’t equally remarkable. On this eight-day tour (from $1,665 per person), guests leave the Las Vegas launching pad to venture into Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and Arches National Park. Travelers will also visit Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, known for the awe-inspiring Horseshoe Bend and water activities on Lake Powell. Standouts of this trip include camping under the majestic Angels Landing in Zion and hiking in Bryce Canyon.
• USA National Parks Explorer: This 18-day bonanza covers a lot of ground: Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Joshua Tree National Park and the Manzanar National Historic Site. With the tour commencing in San Francisco, expect highlights ranging from Yosemite’s striking sequoias and granite cliffs to the sprawling beauty of the Grand Canyon. This Southwest road trip starts at $5,904 per person.
• Mount Rushmore to Yellowstone: This 10-day journey (from $3,606 per person) kicks off in Denver before heading to South Dakota to explore the wild and wonderful Badlands National Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Along with a pit stop in Deadwood (yes, the famed gold rush town from the eponymous HBO show), you’ll also visit Wind Cave National Park,Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.
Visit IntrepidTravel.com for tour dates, pricing and availability.
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