Which National Parks Tour Is For You

Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2017

Which National Parks Tour is for you? The classic tour takes you to national parks, monuments and historic sites in the United States from Maine to Hawaii, east and west. You can join a small group tour with hands-on sight-doing, interacting with places you visit, not just seeing them and be as active as you wish with hiking, snowshoeing, bicycling and river rafting. The American West tours mainly operate from April through early October, while you can visit Hawaii all year long. The Eastern US tours have a shorter visiting period, varying by what states you might want to visit. Philadelphia and Washington are best to visit in April, May or June and then again in September and October. The summer months are exceptionally hot. Michigan and Mackinac Island are lovely in June, July and August, while New England is best to visit in June, July, September and October. The Canadian National Parks are best to visit from May through early October.

Your first sight of the Grand Canyon is like no other place on earth. Clouds, shadows and the shifting sun keep transforming the landscape. As the sun flames in the west, the canyon walls turn red. The Grand Canyon sprawls wide open, revealing two billion years of Earth's history. Here is where air meets land and the sunbeams dance. Oranges and pinks dance and dazzle as sunlight plays over Bryce Canyon, where wind and rain have sculpted the quirky hoodoos. The warm colors glow at sunrise and sunset. Zion National Park gives us the windswept red cliffs and hidden canyons as a river carves its way through Navajo sandstone at Glen Canyon. Explore Lake Powell in the evening with a colorful drama of the Utah sunset.

In the Great American West everything is big. Wyoming comprises part of Big Sky Country, where the heavens appear to stretch on forever. The Teton Mountains, crowned by Grand Teton seemingly bursts up out of the floor of the glacial valley to loom majestically over everything below. This is Jackson Hole. Yellowstone, with its gushing geysers, and hot springs are the largest concentration of geothermal features on Earth. Taste the cowboy life at a working ranch and rodeo. From monumental Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse in South Dakota's Black Hills to the spirit of Buffalo Bill, the Great American West is yours to conquer.

In Yellowstone National Park you can join a wildlife safari with grizzly bears and grey wolves. Head out on a whitewater rafting adventure along the Snake River. Yellowstone in winter is alluring while you watch bison, elks, wolves and bighorn sheep wander across snow-covered valleys. See steaming pools contrast with frozen wastes that surround them and waterfalls partially freeze into ice bridges. Ride a horse-drawn sleigh through the snowy expanse of the Natural Elk refuge. For warmth in this frozen world, geysers like Old Faithful erupt into the frigid air, billowing steam and spume that paint white masks on the faces of bison. A dip in Chico Hot Springs will get you toasty warm for a while. Yosemite and Sequoia are places of giants, from rocks and trees to men and memories that grow larger with retelling. They are living, breathing, lasting reminders of the man who fought to save them in 1890 so that you could savor them in the future. Granite formations tower thousands of feet over an emerald valley. The night skies of Sequoia National Park shine with thousands of stars that are visible to the naked eye.

The national parks of Hawaii protect the sacred bond between the land and its people. Giant lava tubes take visitors through molten tunnels to surreal landscapes. Rainforests ring craters with trails lush with wildlife. Maui forms the sacred centerpiece of the Island's National Park at Mount Haleakala. Hawaii is one of the most wondrous places on Earth. Kilauea is considered the world's only drive-in volcano navigating the 10 mile crater rim road.

Banff is to Canadians what Yellowstone is to Americans, their countries first and foremost national park. This is home to hot springs, bighorn sheep, elk and bears.  Jasper National Park, painted with icefields and glaciers is a vast remote wilderness, where you'll find rushing whitewater’s of the Athabasca River, waterfalls, canyons, crystal lakes and endless panoramas of mountains jutting into the sky. Take a flightseeing excursion in Alberta over a trio of sister peaks nicknamed Faith, Hope and charity giving you the gift of endless views.

Family Adventures Near Yellowstone National Park

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Yellowstone National Park is full of a lot of adventures for your family. While there are many things to do inside of the park, there are even more things to do in the cities nearby. From digging for dinosaur bones to taking a stage coach tour, your family can easily spend a week or two in the area taking part in the following activities.

Go To A Rodeo In Cody, Wyoming

Starting in 1938, The Cody Nite Rodeo is one of the most beloved events in Cody. This nightly rodeo takes place during the summer and the action kicks off at 8 p.m. It is suggested that attendees purchase tickets in advance as they are known to sell out.

Dig For Dinosaurs In Thermopolis, Wyoming

At the Wyoming Dinosaur Museum visitors can dig for dinosaur bones. Participants attend “The Dig For A Day” program where they learn about local geology and paleontology, digging techniques and how to collect data. They leave for the digging site at 8:30 a.m. and return around 5 p.m. Lunch is provided as well as tools for digging. This program is available seven days a week starting late in the spring and ending in the early fall.

Gem Mountain In Philipsburg, Montana

Visitors to Gem Mountain can purchase a bucket of dirt and sort through it to find sapphires. After they find their treasures they can wash them and either take them home or have them undergo heat treating and faceting so that they can be made into a piece of jewelry. For those that don’t want to mine for gems they can just walk around and explore the area and try to spot some wildlife. Gem Mountain is the oldest and largest sapphire mine in Montana. The mine does close during the winter season so it’s recommended that visitors check to see if it is open before planning a trip there.

Take A Stage Coach Tour In Virginia City, Montana

Visitors can visit Virginia City Overland Stagecoach to listen to a narrated tour as they make their way up Alder Gulch. They can learn about stagecoach travel and see the city’s first jail and hospital as well as the first gold discovery site in Virginia City. A ride on a stagecoach is much smoother than you might think and gives an interesting insight to the history of the area, especially the “Gold Rush Era”. The tours last 30, 60 or 120 minutes.

Watch A Show At The Playmill Theatre In West Yellowstone, Montana

The Playmill Theatre is great for families because it aims to promote family values. The cast is very interactive with the audience and even shows them to their seats when they first arrive. They will also bring them fudge, souvenirs, programs and basically anything else they need. Each show begins with a sing-a-long and a variety show. Soon afterwards the production that is featured for the night will begin. During the summer guests can see Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables or Disney’s Beauty And The Beast. Shows have been taking place at The Playmill Theatre for 50 years.

Yellowstone National Park

Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015

Located in the north west of U.S.A is Yellowstone, a national park of the superlative in which the impressive white water of Old Faithful is today one of the most famous and most photographed natural spectacles in the world. Indeed, for more than a century this mighty geyser has been the proud and unique landmark of the oldest national park in the United States.

The Yellowstone National Park is famous for its highly visible geological processes. The area close to Old Faithful not only features a number of geysers but also numerous hot springs that highlight the tremendous thermal power that lies beneath the earth's surface.

Today the Grand Geyser is the largest active geyser in the world. Its huge eruptions occur every eight to fourteen hours and last for nine to twelve minutes and can sometimes reach a height of sixty metres.

The Yellowstone is one of the largest volcanoes in the world. Because it is located directly above a geological hot spot, a huge cave constantly fills with magma. It is situated at a depth of eight kilometres and is the reason for the park's visible geo-thermal activity.

Some kilometres south of Nymph Lake is another geothermal area, the Norris Geyser Basin. This area is unique among the landscapes of Yellowstone Park as it is not only the park's hottest area but also boasts the largest geyser in the world, Steamboat Geyser.

Although Yellowstone National Park is important for North America's plant and wild life, this nine thousand square kilometre nature reserve is primarily a geological park.

Amazing, fantastic, incredible and wonderful: how can you put into words a place that provides so many remarkable glimpses of the inner workings of Planet Earth?

Grand Canyon National Park Lodges

Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014

Located entirely in northern Arizona, the park encompasses 277 miles of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. One of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world, Grand Canyon is unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers to visitors on the rim. Grand Canyon National Park is a World Heritage Site.

Comprised of six distinctive lodges on the South Rim, and Phantom Ranch on the floor of the canyon, Grand Canyon National Park Lodges provides visitor services including lodging, fine and casual dining, in-park motorcoach tours, retail shops in unique, historic buildings, and the famous Grand Canyon mule rides. All lodges are within walking distance of the South Rim. With a wide variety of accommodation styles and rates, staying inside the park with us is the best way to make the most of your Grand Canyon visit. Grand Canyon National Park Lodges, an Amfac Parks and Resorts Company, is authorized by the National Park Service to provide visitor services within Grand Canyon National Park. Open all year, Grand Canyon National Park Lodges operates the only lodging within the park at the South Rim. We're not just close, we're there!

Jackson Lake Lodge Grand Teton National Park

Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2014

Towering more than a mile above the valley of Jackson Hole, the Grand Teton rises to 13,770 feet. Twelve Teton peaks reach above 12,000 feet and support a dozen mountain glaciers. The west side of the range slopes gently, showing the angle of tilt of the Earth's crust. The Teton Range is the youngest range in the Rockies and displays some of North America's oldest rocks.

A full service resort hotel located in the heart of Grand Teton National Park. The Lodge is situated on a bluff overlooking Willow Flats, offering spectacular views across the water of Jackson Lake to the skyline of the Teton Mountain Range. There are 385 guestrooms, each with two double beds. In keeping with the nature of the national park, clocks, televisions and radios are not provided. The Lodge features two restaurants, a cocktail lounge, gift shops, outdoor heated swimming pool, medical clinic, business center, service station and concierge. In addition, there is an activity desk offering horseback riding, scenic Snake River float trips, bus tours of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, guided lake fishing, fly fishing and scenic cruises on Jackson Lake.

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