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Spectacular Canyons and National Parks

13 Day US Parks Tour to Utah, Wyoming & Keystone

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13 Days
1 Country

United States

19 Cities

Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Monument Valley, Page, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Salt Lake City, Alpine, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Yellowstone National Park, West Yellowstone, Cody, Buffalo, Keystone, Mt. Rushmore, Rapid City, Denver

9 Meals

1 Iconic Breakfast, 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 48-52
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Explore the breathtaking beauty of the National Parks in the USA. See the wonders of Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and more with local experts who provide insights into the park's history, geology, and wildlife. From magnific geysers to breathtaking vistas, these guided tours offer an unforgettable experience in the heart of America's natural treasures.

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If it's spectacular sights you're after, this trip delivers and then some. Visiting the mighty Grand Canyon, the Hollywood backdrops of Monument Valley, the twisted hoodoos of Bryce Canyon and the steaming, unpredictable geysers of Yellowstone, expect incredible icons and local insights in equal measure as you journey from Sin City to the fabled, granite chiselled faces of Mount Rushmore.

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Day 1

Arrive Las Vegas

Home to dazzling casinos, glitzy wedding chapels and incredible dining experiences, there’s no better way to kick off your US national parks value tour than in Sin City! Meet up with your Travel Director for a glimpse of what’s to come, then, get right into the bright lights and fun-filled streets however you choose, with a walk through Downtown, head to 'The Strip'...or both! Vegas is your ultimate playground.

View of Las Vegas, USA
Accommodation Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino

Day 2

Las Vegas – Grand Canyon National Park – Flagstaff

Whether you’re a lover of great scenery or classic roadside attractions, iconic Route 66 has got you covered. Today’s destination? The Grand Canyon, one of the world's seven natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take in all the epic vistas of this 2-billion-year-old marvel of nature. Want to make your visit extra special? Why not treat yourself to a once in a lifetime helicopter ride over the North and South Rim? Awestruck, you'll then visit the Grand Canyon Village before arriving in Flagstaff, a laid-back outpost on Route 66.

Sign in Las Vegas, USA
Accommodation Best Western Pony Soldier Inn & Suites
Optional Experiences Enjoy a memorable 25-30 minute helicopter experience over the southern and northern rims of the Grand Canyon, USA
North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight. Bell Aircraft - 25 minutes

The Grand Canyon opens up before you on a memorable helicopter experience over its southern and northern rims. After flying over the Kaibab Nationa...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Take a Helicopter ride to the top of Tower butte, Grand Canyon, USA
Grand Kingdom - 40 Min. EcoStar Helicopter Flight

Soar across the canyon rim on a helicopter flight, watching as the bottom seemingly drops out from under your feet. Gaze deep into the core of the ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon South Rim on a fascinating 45 minute aerial tour, USA
Grand Discovery Air Tour South Rim - 45 Min. Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight

There’s no better way to experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon South Rim than on a fascinating aerial tour offering unobstructed views. Sit b...

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Day 3

Flagstaff – Monument Valley – Page

How to kick off a day of adventure on your US national parks value tour? With an iconic breakfast at Charly's Pub & Grill located in one of the oldest hotels in Flagstaff. Next up: Monument Valley, a symbol of the wild west with its rusty red spindles and buttes reaching 36 meters into the air. Dive into the local history and geology teaming up with a local Navajo guide for a Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Guided Tour, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience.

View of Monument Valley, USA
Accommodation Super 8 by Wyndham, Page
Included Meals Iconic Breakfast
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Landscape, Monument Valley, USA​
Monument Valley Navajo Guided Tour

Learn how the area was known as the ‘Valley Between the Rocks' by the Navajo people who have lived here for centuries as you ride along in an open-...

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Optional Experiences Enjoy the Red Heritage Native American Dinner and Show in Page, USA
Red Heritage Dinner Show

Navajo owned and operated, Red Heritage is a Native American Performing Arts Theater. Colorful powwow dancing, flute playing and live drum music co...

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Day 4

Page – Zion National Park – Bryce Canyon

Ahhh, Zion. Famous for its red and white cliffs, canyons and wildflower meadows, buttes, mesas and natural arches. Walk the many hiking trails, take in the sights of the Virgin River and have your camera ready to capture the unique geological formations. Enjoy lunch at Zion Park Lodge before heading out to Bryce Canyon. Choose to join a chuckwagon dinner at Ebenezer's dinner and show or rest up anticipating adventures in this stunning national park tomorrow.

 

 

River and Mountains in Zion National Park, USA
Accommodation Bryce View Lodge, Bryce Canyon City
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Experiences Enjoy BBQ dinner and show at Bryce Canyon, USA
Ebenezer's Dinner and Show

Whether you’re a foodie or a fan of all things western, giddy up and get ready for an evening of old-fashioned fun, music and great cowboy food in ...

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Day 5

Bryce Canyon National Park – Salt Lake City

Multicoloured 'hoodoos' and large amphitheatres, this can only be Bryce Canyon National Park. Stand in awe at the open areas whipped into shape by centuries of wind and rain. Walk along one of the juniper lined trails to the rim of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. From colorful scenery to colorful cities, Salt Lake City is your next stop on your US national parks value tour. With an evening full of possibilities, why not head to the downtown area for a stop in one of its tempting restaurants, coffeehouses and laidback bars?

View of Bryce Canyon, USA
Accommodation Tru by Hilton Salt Lake City Midvale
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 6

Salt Lake City - Alpine

This morning in Utah's small town feeling capital city, drive by Temple Square, the city's most famous sight. Hey, Wyoming! Where snow-covered mountain ranges seem to rise and fall before your eyes. Arrive in the city of Alpine where three rivers converge against the backdrop of the Tetons. Settle into your hotel this evening situated along the banks of Snake River. Play a round of tennis, stretch out in the indoor, heated swimming pool, or take a stroll through town of Alpine.

The Grand Tetons in Jackson, USA
Accommodation The Flying Saddle Resort, Alpine
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 7

Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Free Time

Today on your US national parks value tour, you won’t be able to take your eyes away from the window as you follow the Snake River through the forest and mountains before arriving at Grand Teton National Park. A stroll around Jackson Town Square gets you a lay of the land and admiring the famous elk antlers that signal the gateway to the park - eager to explore. Feeling the call of the outdoors? Join our Snake River Float Trip Choice Experience for a water adventure through the Tetons. This evening back at your hotel, choose to visit Melvin Brewery for a behind-the-scenes look at this booming Alpine brewery.

Antler arch in Salt Lake City, USA
Accommodation The Flying Saddle Resort, Alpine
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Enjoy a Snake River Float ride through Grand Teton National Park and see wildlife along the way, USA
Snake River Float with Dave Hansen Whitewater & Scenic River Trips

Live the good life surrounded by panoramic views of Grand Teton and Gros Ventre Mountain ranges and the lifeblood of the region - Snake River.  On ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Travellers toasting with beer
Melvin Brewing – Brewery Experience

Whether you’re a beer lover, fan of cool street art or like checking out the local scene, Melvin Brewery on the banks of the Snake River is for you...

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Day 8

Alpine – Yellowstone National Park – West Yellowstone

Hot springs, bubbling mud pots, vast canyons and lush forests as far as the eye can see are yours to behold at Yellowstone National Park. Wildlife seekers, get ready for a treat! Grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk all roam free here. Take your time exploring as you tick off the key sites including the biggest crowd pleaser of them all, Old Faithful, named for its dependable eruption every 44 to 125 minutes.

Buffalos in Jackson, USA
Accommodation Brandin' Iron Inn, West Yellowstone
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 9

West Yellowstone – Yellowstone National Park – Cody

One day at Yellowstone surely isn’t enough, and this morning on your US national parks value tour will take you to Mammoth Hot Springs. Said to look like a cave turned inside out, the soft limestone of this area needs to be seen to be believed. Be dazzled by the gradation of colors and levels before you tick off another hot spot: Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. This 19-mile-long canyon bedazzles in shades of yellow, red, white and pink. You'll then head on to the frontier town of Cody, a lively place with saloons that will keep the high energy of the day going into the night. You can even indulge in a Choice Experience, Welcome to Cody: Chamberlin Inn and Irma Hotel Buffet for drinks and dinner in a historic setting.

 

Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, USA
Accommodation Buffalo Bill Cabin Village, Cody
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Shoshone National Forest and Absaroka Rockies, Cody, USA
Welcome to Cody: Chamberlin Inn and Irma Hotel Buffet

Step back in time at two iconic Cody venues. Kick off with a Welcome Drink in the sunroom of Chamberlin Inn, followed by a short tour of the proper...

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Day 10

Cody – Little Bighorn Battlefield – Buffalo

Big mountains, big lakes and big stretches of uninterrupted skyline... it’s no wonder Montana has earned the nickname ‘Big Sky Country.' On a free morning in Wyoming, discover the area your way with a Choice Experience visit to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Next stop, Little Bighorn Battlefield, the site of the 1876 battle between the US Army's 7th Cavalry and the Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. In Buffalo, your evening is free to explore the city your way.

Native American Memorial in Cody, USA
Accommodation SureStay Plus by Best Western Buffalo
Optional Experiences Buffalo Bill Center Visit Cody, Wyoming
Welcome to the Wild Wild West

Find the true West here at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. From its humble beginning in a log cabin, the Center is now a seve...

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Day 11

Buffalo – Crazy Horse – Keystone

The Black Hills region is a mix of canyons and peaks that bridge the Wyoming and South Dakota border. See how it got its nickname from the dark ponderosa pines that cover the hillsides on your way to Crazy Horse monument which has been under construction for over 70 years. Discover more Native American history on your US national parks value tour by paying a visit to the nearby Indian Museum of North America. Tonight, choose to get your first glimpse of Mount Rushmore, learning more about the nation's patriotic past, present and future with a National Park ranger.

Sylvan Lake in Black Hills, USA
Accommodation Ramada by Wyndham Keystone near Mt Rushmore
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Mount Rushmore’s outdoor amphitheater for an evening lighting ceremony, USA
Mount Rushmore Evening Lighting Ceremony

What to expect at Mount Rushmore? One mind-blowing experience after another. Join a National Park ranger at Mount Rushmore’s outdoor amphitheater f...

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Day 12

Mount Rushmore and Keystone Free Time

Sure to be a highlight: Mount Rushmore. As the largest statue-monument in the world, the stony faces of four of America's presidents carved 18 meters tall into the granite hillside loom large -- bigger and more detailed than you could have imagined. Don't miss you chance to join Badlands National Park Sightseeing, learning about the 99,000 hectares that make up the unique geology.

View of Mount Rushmore, USA
Accommodation Ramada by Wyndham Keystone near Mt Rushmore
Optional Experiences Visit Badlands National Park in southwest South Dakota and see 244,000 acres of pinnacles and spires, USA
Badlands National Park Excursion

Ahhh, the Badlands. Badlands National Park, located just an hour outside of Rapid City, preserves 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles...

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Day 13

Keystone – Depart Denver

As your tour of the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park - not to mention Las Vegas, Monument Valley, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Teton and Mount Rushmore - comes to an end today, you'll no doubt be reflecting on the phenomenal sights and experiences you've had over the past fortnight. The trip promised spectacular canyons and national parks, and we’re sure you’ll agree you saw the best of it. Complimentary airport drop off at Rapid City Regional Airport will be at 9 AM. Complimentary Airport drop off at Denver International Airport will be at 5:00 PM. Please be aware when booking your flights.

Skyline Denver, Colorado, USA

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Monument Valley Navajo Guided Tour

Learn how the area was known as the ‘Valley Between the Rocks' by the Navajo people who have lived here for centuries as you ride along in an open-...

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Many meals included
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
City orientation tours
Extensive variety of Choice Experiences
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight. Bell Aircraft - 25 minutes

The Grand Canyon opens up before you on a memorable helicopter experience over its southern and northern rims. After flying over the Kaibab Nationa...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Grand Kingdom - 40 Min. EcoStar Helicopter Flight

Soar across the canyon rim on a helicopter flight, watching as the bottom seemingly drops out from under your feet. Gaze deep into the core of the ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Grand Discovery Air Tour South Rim - 45 Min. Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight

There’s no better way to experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon South Rim than on a fascinating aerial tour offering unobstructed views. Sit b...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Red Heritage Dinner Show

Navajo owned and operated, Red Heritage is a Native American Performing Arts Theater. Colorful powwow dancing, flute playing and live drum music co...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Ebenezer's Dinner and Show

Whether you’re a foodie or a fan of all things western, giddy up and get ready for an evening of old-fashioned fun, music and great cowboy food in ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Snake River Float with Dave Hansen Whitewater & Scenic River Trips

Live the good life surrounded by panoramic views of Grand Teton and Gros Ventre Mountain ranges and the lifeblood of the region - Snake River.  On ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Melvin Brewing – Brewery Experience

Whether you’re a beer lover, fan of cool street art or like checking out the local scene, Melvin Brewery on the banks of the Snake River is for you...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Welcome to Cody: Chamberlin Inn and Irma Hotel Buffet

Step back in time at two iconic Cody venues. Kick off with a Welcome Drink in the sunroom of Chamberlin Inn, followed by a short tour of the proper...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Welcome to the Wild Wild West

Find the true West here at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. From its humble beginning in a log cabin, the Center is now a seve...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mount Rushmore Evening Lighting Ceremony

What to expect at Mount Rushmore? One mind-blowing experience after another. Join a National Park ranger at Mount Rushmore’s outdoor amphitheater f...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Badlands National Park Excursion

Ahhh, the Badlands. Badlands National Park, located just an hour outside of Rapid City, preserves 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

The National Park system was launched when Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the Territories of Wyoming and Montana. Since this preceded statehood for both territories, they were placed under federal management within the Department of the Interior. Today, the National Park System administers 419 parks! Here are some quick facts about our top national parks in the USA. 

If you're planning to go on a tour of the USA's national parks, there are several important things to know to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience. Here are some key tips:

Pack Appropriately:

  • Depending on the time of year and location, weather conditions can vary greatly. Pack layers, waterproof gear, and appropriate footwear for hiking.
  • Don't forget essentials like water bottles, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a first aid kit.

Stay on Marked Trails:

  • Follow marked trails and paths to protect fragile ecosystems and your own safety.
  • Venturing off marked paths can harm plants, disturb wildlife, and increase the risk of accidents.

Wildlife Safety:

  • Keep a safe distance from wildlife. Use binoculars or a telephoto lens to observe animals from a distance.
  • Never feed wild animals, as it can alter their natural behaviors and potentially lead to dangerous encounters.

Leave No Trace:

  • Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" by packing out all trash, minimizing your impact on the environment, and respecting the natural beauty of the parks.

Photography Etiquette:

  • Take photos responsibly and without disturbing the environment or other visitors.
  • Avoid climbing on delicate formations for the sake of a photo.

Cultural and Historic Sites:

  • Respect cultural and historical sites within the parks. Do not touch or disturb artifacts or structures.

The climate and weather in the USA's national parks can vary significantly due to their diverse geographical locations and elevations. It's important to note that the weather can be unpredictable in many national parks, so it's wise to be prepared for changing conditions. Always check the weather forecast before your trip, especially if you plan to participate in outdoor activities such as hiking or camping. Additionally, higher elevations tend to have cooler temperatures, and conditions can change rapidly, so be sure to pack accordingly and follow park guidelines for safety.

Here's a general overview of the climate and weather considerations for some of the top-visited national parks:

Yellowstone National Park:

  • Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.
  • Summers are short and cool, while winters are cold with heavy snowfall.
  • Weather can change rapidly, even within a single day.
  • Snow can be present even in summer at higher elevations.

Grand Canyon National Park:

  • Located in Arizona.
  • Summers are hot on the canyon floor, with cooler temperatures at higher elevations.
  • Winters can be mild at the bottom but cold at the rim. Snow is possible at the rim.

Yosemite National Park:

  • Located in California.
  • Mild temperatures in the valley during summer, with cooler temperatures at higher elevations.
  • Winters can bring snow to the valley floor and heavy snowfall at higher elevations.

Rocky Mountain National Park:

  • Located in Colorado.
  • Summers are pleasant, but temperatures can drop at night due to high elevation.
  • Winters are cold with heavy snowfall, especially at higher elevations.

Zion National Park:

  • Located in Utah.
  • Summers are hot, particularly in the narrow canyons.
  • Winters are mild in the lower elevations but can be snowy at higher elevations.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

  • Located in Tennessee and North Carolina.
  • Experiences a temperate climate with hot and humid summers and mild winters.
  • Rainfall is common, contributing to the lush vegetation.

Glacier National Park:

  • Located in Montana.
  • Short, cool summers with temperatures varying significantly depending on elevation.
  • Winters are cold with heavy snowfall, and many areas remain inaccessible due to snow.

Bryce Canyon National Park:

  • Located in Utah.
  • Summers are warm during the day and cool at night.
  • Winters are cold with significant snowfall, creating a unique snowy landscape.

Acadia National Park:

  • Located in Maine.
  • Summers are mild and pleasant, but fog can be expected along the coast.
  • Winters are cold, and snowfall is possible.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a trip to Alaska will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Still, it requires careful consideration due to the diverse climate and activities you might encounter. Here's a comprehensive list of packing tips to ensure you're well-prepared:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Sturdy, comfortable hiking shoes or boots with good traction are essential for exploring park trails.
  • Layering is key: Bring a variety of lightweight, moisture-wicking base layers, insulating mid-layers, and waterproof outer layers to adapt to changing weather conditions.
  • A warm jacket: A waterproof and insulated jacket will be essential for colder days.
  • Rain gear: Bring a waterproof jacket, pants, and even a rain cover for your backpack/camera to stay dry during unexpected rain showers.
  • Fleece or sweaters: These provide extra warmth and can be worn over base layers.
  • Quick-dry pants: Opt for comfortable pants that dry quickly if they get wet.
  • Gloves and mittens: Pack lightweight gloves or heavy mittens for colder days.
  • Hats: A warm beanie and a sun hat with a wide brim for sun protection.
  • Polarized sunglasses for glare reduction and eye protection.

Sun Protection:

  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring "Reef-Safe" sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag is useful for carrying essentials like water, snacks, a camera, and any extra clothing layers during excursions.
  • Insect repellent can be essential, especially in parks with dense foliage or during warmer months.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • If you have a National Park Pass or any tour-related documents, keep them easily accessible.
  • Carry a copy of your ID, passport, or driver's license, especially if you're staying in lodges within the park.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember that the specific items you pack may vary based on the park you're visiting and the activities planned during your guided tour.

Since you are traveling within the USA, you won't need to worry about voltage and plug type differences. Just pack your electronic devices as you would for any domestic trip, and you'll be all set to enjoy your guided tour in the United States!

It's important to keep in mind that the focus of national park lodges is often on providing a comfortable and immersive experience that aligns with the natural surroundings. Depending on the lodge's location and the park's preservation priorities, the amenities offered might differ from what you'd find in a typical hotel. As well, the availability of amenities such as air conditioning and hair dryers in national park lodges can vary widely based on the specific lodge and park you're visiting. 

Here's a general idea of what to expect:

Electricity

  • Voltage and Plug Type: As an American traveler, you won't need a voltage converter or plug adapter for your electronic devices within the country.
  • Compatibility: Since you are traveling within the USA, your electronic devices, such as smartphones, laptops, and camera chargers, should be compatible with the standard voltage and plug type used in the country. You can use your regular chargers and power cords without any issues.
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in the USA provide electrical outlets compatible with American plugs. You won't need to worry about adaptors or converters within the country.
  • Airports and Public Places: Airports, train stations, and other public places in the USA will have outlets that match the American standard, so you can quickly charge your devices while on the go.
  • On the Go: We highly suggest bringing a portable power bank for charging devices on the go. You can charge it each night and pack it for your excursions during the day. There's nothing like missing that photo when your camera dies!

Air Conditioning:

  • Many national park lodges are located in areas with cooler temperatures or higher elevations, where air conditioning is not as commonly needed.
  • However, some lodges in warmer regions or lower elevations might offer air conditioning, especially if the climate calls for it.

Hair Dryers:

  • National park lodges often prioritize preserving the natural environment and minimizing their ecological footprint, so some lodges might not provide hair dryers in rooms.
  • However, larger lodges or those near more developed areas might offer hair dryers as part of their room amenities.
  • If having a hair dryer is essential, check with the lodge in advance or consider bringing a compact, travel-sized hair dryer.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included or available on tours that operate in the United States. Guests will be provided local transfer options after booking so they can make their travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

So that you can personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. Optional programs are designed to help you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety while exploring new territories. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history and current health status.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.  

Stay Hydrated: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, and rest in air-conditioned or shaded areas.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medications and carry them in their original packaging, along with a copy of your prescription. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day. You can always ask your Travel Director if there will be any need to bring cash along to tip someone that day. 

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, September 24, 2023
Service
We called to get started. My wife finished the registration on line.
Vacation
The canyons and parks were fabulous. We could not have seen as much on our own in 13 days. The hotels left a lot to be desired. One night in a cabin was more than enough. Two hotels had no elevator or it didn't work. Taking luggage up stairs was difficult being 74. The tour guide was knowledgeable and upbeat. The driver was vigilant and cautious and had a good sense of humor.
Susan Lasher
Review date: Sunday, September 25, 2022
Service
Yes I would buy again. Recommended them already
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you enjoyed your tour of the National Parks. They truly are a sight to behold! We very much appreciate your recommendation and your review. Please let us know when you're ready to travel again--we would love to help you plan your next adventure. Happy Travels!
Monday, September 26, 2022
Vacation
Lived what I saw. Tour director was very knowledgeable and provided more info and options.
Satish Sompura
Review date: Sunday, August 28, 2022
Service
very easy to book the trip, very well organized. Overall good experience.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you enjoyed visiting the national parks and canyons on your trip. They are truly spectacular sites to see! Thank you for choosing us to help you plan and book your trip. We appreciate your feedback. Happy Travels!
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Vacation
Everything was great; hotels and site seeing.
Cynthia Demorest
Review date: Sunday, July 24, 2022
Service
It was very easy and the staff were helpful.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a spectacular time visiting the national parks on your tour. We are so happy to have helped plan this epic trip for you. Thank you for leaving a review. We appreciate your feedback. Happy Travels!
Monday, July 25, 2022
Vacation
Epic road trip. If this was a once in a lifetime trip, I am good.
Nydia Ferdinand
Review date: Thursday, July 7, 2022
Service
My brand new luggage was damaged and no claim report was forwarded to Aon Travel Insurance although I had purchased travel insurance prior to going on the trip. In addition, many people on the tour bus if not all got sick with Covid.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about the damage to your luggage. All insurance claims must be filed by you directly and include all documentation. Feel free to reach out to our team if you have questions on how to file a claim.
Friday, July 8, 2022
Vacation
Didn't enjoyed the tour and felt uncomfortable because many people got sick with COVID-19.
Jean Kinninger
Review date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Service
Great customer service. They booked everything for us
Vacation
Great vacation. Motels were just OK not top rated. Tour guide and bus driver were top notch. Had a great time and saw a lot of great views. Food choices were few because of covid, but not too bad. Just wish more of our motels had restaurants on site.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, May 29, 2017
Service
Mr. Randy Fay counseled me that there was no guarantee that there would be another Spectacular Canyons and National Parks Tour in early June which was closer to our actual 50th Wedding Anniversary. We learned from Tashia, our GET Tour Director that the early May tour was in fact a first trial tour of this type tour. While we enjoyed our tour with Tashia and the places we visited, we were disappointed that we toured at a time in the late Spring when there is an abundance of rain, fog and snow in most of the places we toured. Had Mr. Fay not counseled us to sign up for this early Spring Tour and had there been (do you have the same tour scheduled for early to mid-June?) an early June tour as shown in your catalog we might have enjoyed the Grand Canyon and our anticipated, but cancelled due to weather conditions, fixed wing airplane flight around the Grand Canyon. At age 82, and having health issues, including Lymphoma Cancer, it is extremely unlikely I'll ever have another opportunity to see the Grand Canyon in sunlight instead of fog and clouds. One additional point, your housing at the Buffalo Bill Park Line Shacks was abysmal. The shacks were barely large enough for two people and our luggage and was substandard in that no one would rate it even a One Star let alone your catalog's guaranteed Two and Three Star hotels, etc. I came home from the tour with a bad Sinus and throat cold due to the extreme weather and unheated (initially) condition of the Buffalo Bill Park Line Shacks when we arrived on site. Eight days later (in part due to my compromised Immune System [Chemotherapy], I am still fighting an infection in my left eye due to the Sinus infection and a head cold that began the last few days of the tour and was not helped by the howling winds and low temperatures we encountered in MT and S.D. The tour itself was overall fine. It was the time of year that was not fine!
Vacation
Some were very good such as the Snake River Float, the Covered Wagon Supper and Show at Jackson, WY and the Buffet Supper at the top floor Banquet Room at the Mormon Temple Square in UT. Most of the other options were average and one was mediocre (the Indian supper and amateur Indian dancers). We were pleased with the Tour Director's and Driver's decision to revisit the Crazy Horse National Monument since it was so cloudy and fogged-in the afternoon they originally took us there that no one could even see the monument in progress, let alone take pictures of it.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, May 29, 2017
Service
The trip had exciting places to see, excursions allowed interactions, bus driver and tour director were friendly and very helpful with information about the scenery. Highly recommend this trip for those not familiar with roads and places. Tour director provided great information as to geology, social, economic, and technological developments during the expansion West. GET relieved much stress with a well planned itinerary that included hotels, food and historical places that made a memorable adventure.
Vacation
The tour allows the best opportunity to enjoy all the sites for a great price.
Lawrence Wilson
Review date: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Service
Through purchase and with any questions prior to travel the staff was very helpful and friendly. I have no complaints concerning anything up to the trip.
Vacation
gave a good overview of the areas visited with a very knowledgeable tour director.
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