7 Days
1 Country

United States

9 Cities

Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona, Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Salt Lake City

10 Meals

3 Dinner with Wines, 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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National Parks Tours

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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Be surrounded by natural beauty on this one-week guided tour that includes the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. Journey to Sedona to marvel at the towering red rocks and explore the funky shops. Then travel to Grand Canyon National Park, where you can board a helicopter or a fixed wing aircraft to fly above the canyon’s floor. Later meet a Local Expert, who will share the history of the natural wonder. Make Travel Matter and hop on an 4x4 vehicle in the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park with a Navajo and learn about their tribal heritage. See the cliff-and-canyon landscape of Zion National Park in comfort.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Phoenix and Travel to Scottsdale

Welcome to Arizona, famous for its scenic road trips, towering Monument Valley, and of course the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. Why not head out and explore Old Scottsdale, a vibrant and unique urban downtown area that introduces you the best of the state? Here, you’ll be surrounded by retro wooden buildings, rodeo inspired artwork and a selection of local stores, all radiating a classic Southwestern flair. Savor a dinner in the company of your fellow travelers.

Downtown Scottsdale and suburbs of Phoenix, USA
Hotel Valley Ho View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Hotel Valley Ho

About the Hotel

Scottsdale, United States

Hotel Valley Ho is a true icon in Downtown Scottsdale. Originally opened in 1956 and restored to its former splendor, this urban retreat blends mid-century modern style with contemporary amenities and nearby attractions.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Bar
  • Gym

Style

  • Resort
Authentic Dining Zuzu Restaurant, Scottsdale, USA​
Dinner in Scottsdale

Mingle over a delightful dinner at your resort's renowned Zuzu Restaurant, named for the beloved matriarch of the family that owns the property.

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Authentic Dining

Day 2

Sedona and the Wonders of the Mighty Grand Canyon

Travel through world-renowned Red Country along the Red Rock Scenic Byway, one of only 20 designated All-American Roads nationwide. Explore bohemian Sedona with its shops and galleries, or simply take in the exceptional beauty of Red Rock Country before you make your way to the Grand Canyon. Follow Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Byway through Coconino National Forest, a breathtaking stretch of road recognized by Rand McNally as one of the Top Five Most Scenic Drives in America.

On arrival, you can take an optional flightseeing tour over the Grand Canyon. Whether you prefer a helicopter or a fixed-wing plane, you'll enjoy magnificent scenery with aerial views from above. Meet your Local Expert 'Canyon Tim' at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to discover its wonders. You'll discover the origins of the five-million-year-old canyon, its rock formations and the human impact on this natural masterpiece. He'll also talk to you about the bountiful flora and fauna, and where you might be able to spot them. 

Vista, Grand Canyon National Park, USA
Grand Canyon National Park Lodge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Grand Canyon National Park Lodge

About the Hotel

Grand Canyon National Park, United States

Centrally located within the National Park, guests will get to enjoy the beauty of the Grand Canyon in every moment of their visit.

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Scenic Byway 12, Bryce Canyon, USA
Scenic Drive Through the Red Rock Scenic Byway

Experience the essence of the great American road trip, as you travel through the Red Rock Scenic Byway. Along your journey you will be immersed in...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Explore Sedona, Sedona, USA
Visit the Shops and Galleries in Sedona

With its red stone formations that create a haunting skyline found nowhere else in the world. This is where Arizona keeps the Old West. And this is...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Grand Canyon National Park​, Grand Canyon, USA​
Meet a Local to Discover the Grand Canyon

Join your Local Expert, Canyon Tim, for an informative talk about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. With over seven years of experience in geology, ...

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Top Rated Highlights

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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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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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

Day 3

Monument Valley and Lake Powell

Early risers will take advantage of the lodge location to witness one of Mother Nature's grandest shows on earth: a sunrise over the Grand Canyon. Travel along the South Rim Desert View Drive, skirting the southern rim of the canyon. Make Travel Matter by supporting the Grand Canyon Conservancy and making a donation to support the development of the Desert Viewpoint Intertribal Cultural Heritage Site. Head to the Cameron Trading Post, one of the oldest and most historic general stores in Arizona. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience in Monument Valley Tribal Park, where Navajo (Diné) Local Experts guide you through the history, culture and heritage of the Navajo Nation. This carefully prepared tour keenly exemplifies the relationship of respect with the land in the valley and the importance placed on preserving the natural treasures found here.  Enjoy a Navajo cookout amid the giant buttes and mesas of this unique landscape. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at your lakefront resort before indulging in a dinner with wine featuring views of Lake Powell.

Rainbow over Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, USA
Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas

About the Hotel

Lake Powell, United States

Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas puts you in the heart of your lake adventures. After a day of adventure, relax with lake or marina views, picture-perfect vistas and breathtaking sunsets.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Pool

Style

  • Traditional
Make Travel Matter Scenic Drive Along Desert View Drive, Arizona
Desert View Inter-tribal Heritage Center

Trace the scenic South Rim of the Grand Canyon along Desert View Drive. See the historic Watchtower built by Mary Colter in the Puebloan style and ...

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Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights Cameron Trading Post Cameron, Arizona
See the Cameron Trading Post

Stop at the historic Trading Post, established in the early 1900s as a place where Native Americans traded wool and livestock.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Landscape, Monument Valley, USA​
Monument Valley Visit

Meet your Navajo Local Experts and board all-terrain vehicles with open sides for a private, off-the-beaten path exploration of this magical valley...

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 4

Leisurely Lake Powell

Today is entirely yours to do as you please. Partake in one of our popular optional experiences, explore on your own, or simply relax by the resort swimming pool with views of Lake Powell. As an optional activity this morning, let yourself be tempted by a gentle trip down the Colorado River. Calmly float down the Colorado, past some of the most awe-inspiring sites, like the iconic Horseshoe Bend and Petroglyph Beach. Tonight, Navajo (Diné) culture takes center stage with a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at Red Heritage. This Navajo-owned preforming arts theater will delight as you see local tribal members sing, share a colorful pow wow dance, flute playing and live drum music over dinner and drinks.

Landscape, Lake Powell, USA
Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas

About the Hotel

Lake Powell, United States

Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas puts you in the heart of your lake adventures. After a day of adventure, relax with lake or marina views, picture-perfect vistas and breathtaking sunsets.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Pool

Style

  • Traditional
Make Travel Matter Enjoy the Red Heritage Native American Dinner and Show in Page, USA
Navajo Dinner in Page

Navajo (Diné) owned and operated, Red Heritage is a Native American Performing Arts Theater showcasing awe inspiring local talent: powwow dancers, ...

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Make Travel Matter

Optional Experiences Take a float trip in Grand Canyon and see Horseshoe Bend and learn the stories of the Puebloan people, USA
Horseshoe Bend Rafting

This float trip lets you enjoy all the sights and stops of Glen Canyon in a convenient half-day format. It starts with a two-mile tunnel drive (and...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy Top of the World Tour on EcoStar Helicopter, landing on Tower Butte, USA
Top of the World Tour with Tower Butte Landing

Combine remarkable views of Horseshoe Bend from the air with an exclusive Tower Butte landing during this incredible tour! Guests lift off on a nar...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Antelope Canyon Guided Tour

Make travel Matter and join the Navajo owned and run guided tour of Antelope Canyon, located on private land within the Navajo Nation. Learn about ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Bryce Canyon Park

Journey across a wide-open landscape punctuated by colorful sandstone cliffs, sagebrush-covered flats, and high ridges dotted with piñon pine and juniper. Travel through Bryce Canyon Country on a portion of the Scenic Highway 89, recognized by National Geographic as the No. 1 Drivers' Drives in the world. You will be struck by the beauty of Bryce Canyon National Park, an otherworldly landscape of red rock pillars known as hoodoos, pink cliffs, and endless vistas. Follow the Rim Trail from Surprise Point to Bryce Point. Stops will be made at the major viewpoints and there will be time for a leisurely walk along Sunset Point or a more physical hike down the canyon. Either way, you will be spellbound by the beauty and majesty of this dramatic natural landscape. 

Peekaboo trail through the Hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park, USA
Zion National Park Lodge View Hotel Details
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Zion National Park Lodge

About the Hotel

Zion National Park, United States

The name “Zion” means a place of peace and refuge. As a sanctuary with over 146,000 acres (60,000 hectares) of cliffs, canyons, diverse plant and animal life, and uninterrupted beauty, Zion is well-named. Its massive sandstone walls, some as high as 3,800 feet (1,160 meters), offer an opportunity for serenity and reflection for all who visit—and Zion Lodge offers the only in-park lodging inside this hiker’s paradise.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights See The Hoodoos At Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
See the Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park

Head to the sandstone cliffs of Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah. Here you will be met by pine trees and red rock pillars. Take a leisur...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Zion National Park, USA
Visit Zion National Park

Connect to history as you wander paths and trails, following in the footsteps of Native Americans and the earliest pioneers. Lush vegetation, wild ...

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 6

Zion National Park

Enjoy a Relaxed Start this morning, as you have a full day to explore the Zion National Park. After a leisurely breakfast, you will tour the canyon aboard a privately chartered open-air vehicle, with live commentary from a Local Expert to show you the many scenic highlights of the canyon. Explore Zion National Park further with Insight Choice. Choose to join your Travel Director for a guided hike to the Emerald Pools. Alternatively, take a self-guided leisurely stroll along the Virgin River Walk and keep your eye out for wildlife.

Angels Landing in Zion National Park, USA
Zion National Park Lodge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Zion National Park Lodge

About the Hotel

Zion National Park, United States

The name “Zion” means a place of peace and refuge. As a sanctuary with over 146,000 acres (60,000 hectares) of cliffs, canyons, diverse plant and animal life, and uninterrupted beauty, Zion is well-named. Its massive sandstone walls, some as high as 3,800 feet (1,160 meters), offer an opportunity for serenity and reflection for all who visit—and Zion Lodge offers the only in-park lodging inside this hiker’s paradise.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Zion Canyon Tram Tour, Zion National Park, USA
Zion National Park Private Open-Air Tram

See the grandeur and natural features of the canyon in total comfort while traveling via private open-air tram with live on-board commentary.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Choice Emerald Pools Zion National Park, Utah
Hike or Stroll Through Zion National Park

Explore the natural beauty of Zion National Park on a guided hike to the famed Emerald Pools. Or, for a more relaxed experience, take a self-guided...

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Insight Choice

Insight Choice Zion National Park, USA
Visit the Zion Nature Center

Visit the Zion Nature Center at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center - The most well known of Zion’s Earth friendly endeavor. Learn about how the Center ...

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Insight Choice

Day 7

Depart Salt Lake City

This morning you’ll bid farewell to the beautiful national parks and your fellow travelers.  You will be taken to Salt Lake City International Airport, where you will arrive at approximately 15:00. Please be aware when arranging your flights. Alternatively,  a transfer to Sheraton Salt Lake city hotel is also provided should you wish to extend your stay.

Skyline, Salt Lake City, USA
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

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Scenic Drive Through the Red Rock Scenic Byway

Experience the essence of the great American road trip, as you travel through the Red Rock Scenic Byway. Along your journey you will be immersed in...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Shops and Galleries in Sedona

With its red stone formations that create a haunting skyline found nowhere else in the world. This is where Arizona keeps the Old West. And this is...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Meet a Local to Discover the Grand Canyon

Join your Local Expert, Canyon Tim, for an informative talk about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. With over seven years of experience in geology, ...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Desert View Inter-tribal Heritage Center

Trace the scenic South Rim of the Grand Canyon along Desert View Drive. See the historic Watchtower built by Mary Colter in the Puebloan style and ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Cameron Trading Post

Stop at the historic Trading Post, established in the early 1900s as a place where Native Americans traded wool and livestock.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Monument Valley Visit

Meet your Navajo Local Experts and board all-terrain vehicles with open sides for a private, off-the-beaten path exploration of this magical valley...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Navajo Dinner in Page

Navajo (Diné) owned and operated, Red Heritage is a Native American Performing Arts Theater showcasing awe inspiring local talent: powwow dancers, ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park

Head to the sandstone cliffs of Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah. Here you will be met by pine trees and red rock pillars. Take a leisur...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Zion National Park

Connect to history as you wander paths and trails, following in the footsteps of Native Americans and the earliest pioneers. Lush vegetation, wild ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Zion National Park Private Open-Air Tram

See the grandeur and natural features of the canyon in total comfort while traveling via private open-air tram with live on-board commentary.

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Hike or Stroll Through Zion National Park

Explore the natural beauty of Zion National Park on a guided hike to the famed Emerald Pools. Or, for a more relaxed experience, take a self-guided...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Visit the Zion Nature Center

Visit the Zion Nature Center at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center - The most well known of Zion’s Earth friendly endeavor. Learn about how the Center ...

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Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

3 Dinner with Wines, 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Dinner in Scottsdale

Mingle over a delightful dinner at your resort's renowned Zuzu Restaurant, named for the beloved matriarch of the family that owns the property.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Hotel Valley Ho
Grand Canyon National Park Lodge
Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas
Zion National Park Lodge

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
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
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
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
Horseshoe Bend Rafting

This float trip lets you enjoy all the sights and stops of Glen Canyon in a convenient half-day format. It starts with a two-mile tunnel drive (and...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Top of the World Tour with Tower Butte Landing

Combine remarkable views of Horseshoe Bend from the air with an exclusive Tower Butte landing during this incredible tour! Guests lift off on a nar...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Antelope Canyon Guided Tour

Make travel Matter and join the Navajo owned and run guided tour of Antelope Canyon, located on private land within the Navajo Nation. Learn about ...

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Additional Cost Applies

USA National Parks

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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