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Five Epic National Parks

9 Day USA Tour from Jackson to Las Vegas

9 Days
1 Country

United States

11 Cities

Jackson, Grand Teton National Park, West Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Pocatello, Salt Lake City, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Williams, Las Vegas

12 Meals

3 Dinners, 8 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 48-52
Tour brand Trafalgar

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If you like hassle free travel with everything handled for you – looking to meet great people, eat great food, enjoy great sightseeing, and have immersive experiences, Trafalgar is for you.  From the iconic not-to-be-missed to one-of-a-kind local experiences, including Be-my-Guest dining and stays with stories, you’ll connect deeper to your destination, and every tour has at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER immersive impact experience included advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offering you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community. As the world’s leading tour company and trusted by more than 5 million guests, Trafalgar tours are simply the best value for your vacation dollar.

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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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Ticking off five National Parks in just nine days, delve into the Old West from the peaks of the Grand Tetons, geysers at Yellowstone National Park and spires of Bryce Canyon. Cap it off with a relaxing tram ride through Zion National Park and a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience in the Grand Canyon.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Howdy Jackson

Get ready for your journey through the Old West and epic national parks in the intrepid adventurer's town of Jackson. Check in to your hotel and enjoy an afternoon strolling past the art galleries in town, ranked as one of the top five art markets in the country, before meeting your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner this evening to kick off your US National Park tour.

Jackson Wyoming, USA
Accommodation 49'er Inn & Suites, Jackson
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Go Wild In Grand Teton National Park

See Grand Teton National Park with the shimmering peaks of the Teton range rising up above alpine forests and lakes. The park is famous for its 45-mile-long Teton Mountain Range, including eight peaks over 3,658 m in elevation. Several glacier carved lakes dominate the park's landscape, Jenny Lake being the most popular. Grand Teton a top-notch destination for wildlife sightings including black bears, gray wolves, eagles and river badgers. This afternoon, opt to sail into the sky on an aerial tram ride to the peak of Rendezvous Mountain offering 360-degree views of the Tetons, Jackson Hole and the Snake River Valley.

Moulton Barn in Grand Teton National Park, USA
Accommodation 49'er Inn & Suites, Jackson
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Enjoy a Snake River Float ride through Grand Teton National Park and see wildlife along the way, USA
Snake River Float Trip

The famed Grand Tetons spring to life on a scenic float trip on Snake River. A designated a Wild and Scenic River by Congress, the Snake meanders s...

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Optional Experiences Take the Jackson Aerial Tram to 4,139 feet with 360-degree views of the Tetons, Jackson Hole valley and surrounding mountains, USA
Jackson Aerial Tramway Ticket

There’s no better way to take in the Tetons, Jackson Hole, the Snake River Valley, Grand Teton National Park and the summit of the Grand Teton than...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Delve Into The Wild Scenery Of The West

Grand Teton National Park promises mountain peaks, lakes and forests. Explore the alpine landscapes, keeping your camera at hand to capture the picturesque backdrop of the 40-mile long Teton Mountain Range for today’s drive. See parts of Yellowstone’s lower loop before arriving in West Yellowstone, the gateway to the world’s oldest national park and a boon for outdoors enthusiasts of all ages. Get a taste of what’s to come tomorrow on your US National Park tour exploring the gateway city of West Yellowstone lined with attractions including the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, The Playmill Theater and Museum of the Yellowstone.

Bison in Grand Teton National Park, USA
Accommodation Gray Wolf Inn & Suites, West Yellowstone
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Moulton Barn in Grand Teton National Park, USA
Visit Grand Teton National Park

Get your cameras ready for Grand Teton National Park’s shimmering peaks of the Teton mountain range rising up above forests and lakes. You’ll love ...

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Day 4

Admire The Geysers Of Yellowstone

See how Yellowstone, America's first National Park, is in a league of its own. From over 500 spouting geysers and bubbling mud pots to turquoise hot springs, this geothermal wonderland is an endless playground. Pay a visit to Old Faithful, watching as its geysers arc high into the air. Stop at more photo-worthy sights including Canyon Village, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Hayden Valley. Have your eagle eyes ready as you try to spot the park’s resident bison, grizzlies and elk while navigating scenic drives and valleys.

Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, USA
Accommodation Gray Wolf Inn & Suites, West Yellowstone
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, USA
Visit Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park. A bucket list destination and a must-see icon. Established as America's first National Park by President Grant in 1872, ...

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Day 5

Salt Lake City and Swore Farms

Get ready for a taste of all things local on your US National Park tour on your journey to Salt Lake City with a stop in Pocatello for a special Be My Guest experience at Swore Farms. At this family owned and operated farm, meet Wendy, mother, farmer and award-winning author for a tour of the farm and greenhouses followed by lunch. Discover the secrets of Wendy’s family's passion for farming and living a rural lifestyle before traveling south. In Utah’s capital, the center of the Mormon religion, delve into history at the Salt Lake City Temple Square and explore on your own. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner.

Salt Lake Utah Temple in Salt Lake City, USA
Accommodation Sheraton Salt Lake City
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Be My Guest Enjoy lunch at Swore Farms in Idaho, USA
Tour and Lunch at Swore Farms

A warm welcome is waiting at family-owned and operated Swore Farms that includes a farm as well as a corn maze and pumpkin patch in the fall. Meet ...

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Family at Ranch in Salt Lake City, USA
Orientation Tour of Salt Lake City

Get ready for the key features and local secrets of Utah's capital on an orientation tour with your Travel Director. Check out its Mormon center an...

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Iconic Experience

Day 6

Unmask Bryce Canyon National Park

Explore the eerie hoodoo spires of Bryce Canyon National Park in one of the country’s most remarkable landscapes. Admire its deep canyons, juniper pine trees and secret hideaways in an amphitheater of rusty red, pink and orange limestone spires. Unlock more other-worldly landscapes at Zion National Park’s towering cream, pink and red cliffs and unusual biodiversity. A stroll along some of its many trails find you following in the footsteps of Native Americans and the earliest pioneers.

People hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park, USA
Accommodation La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of Bryce Canyon National Park, USA
Morning in Bryce Canyon National Park

Hello, hoodoos. As you arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park, enjoy seeing the pink, orange and rusty-red limestone spires, known as hoodoos, rise u...

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Iconic Experience Hiking Trail in Zion National Park, USA
Visit Zion National Park

Unlock geological history as you walk the paths and trails of Zion National Park, following in the footsteps of Native Americans and the earliest p...

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Day 7

A Scenic Ride Through Zion Canyon

Zion Canyon promises soaring canyon walls and the winding Virgin River, and your private tram ride along the valley floor will have you delving into some of the park’s most treasured spots. Next up, we stop at Desert Viewpoint for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience to support the development of the Intertribal Cultural Heritage Site. Here, you will be able to interact with Native Americans from 11 traditionally associated tribes of the Grand Canyon. Connect with local Indigenous artists who will talk about their crafts and share their experiences through storytelling, family histories and cultural demonstrations such as carpet weaving and traditional song and dance performances. Your day ends with a Stays with Stories experience at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in historic Williams just steps away from Route 66.

Desert View Drive, Grand Canyon, Utah
Accommodation Grand Canyon Railway
Included Meals Breakfast
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® View of Grand Canyon, USA
Grand Canyon Inter-tribal Cultural Heritage Site, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience

Feel good knowing you’re doing good visiting Desert Viewpoint Inter-tribal Cultural Heritage Site where members of 11 Indigenous tribes share their...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Iconic Experience Zion Canyon Tram Tour, Zion National Park, USA
Zion National Park Tram Tour

From soaring canyon walls to the winding Virgin River, the valley floor of Zion National Park is an endless playground. You’ll explore this wondero...

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Iconic Experience

Trafalgar Difference Stays with Stories Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, Williams, Arizona, USA
Stays with Stories: Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Step into a bygone era at refurbished Grand Canyon Railway Hotel which was built to serve passengers on the Santa Fe Railroad in 1908. Next door to...

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Trafalgar Difference

Day 8

Visit the Grand Canyon

Visit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Grand Canyon National Park. Experience the park on an optional morning flightseeing ride. Then, take in views on the ground as you learn about this natural spectacle. Celebrate your journey with a Farewell Dinner at Fred Harvey restaurant. Enjoy the restaurant’s railroad atmosphere complete with entrées inspired by recipes used on classic American railroads.

Toroweap Point at Grand Canyon, USA
Accommodation Grand Canyon Railway
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Visit The Grand Canyon National Park in USA
Explore Grand Canyon National Park

One of the seven natural wonders of the world and the second most visited national park in the United States. Explore the Visitor Center and get fa...

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Iconic Experience

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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Optional Experiences

Day 9

One Last Scenic Desert Drive

You’re treated to a classic road trip on iconic Route 66. Slice through desert landscapes bound for the desert playground of Las Vegas where you will be transferred to Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport or consider extending your US National Park tour.

View of Las Vegas, USA
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Along Route 66

Route 66, home to many Americana landmarks, museums and icons from the bygone days. On your journey along this historic route, stop at Kingman and ...

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Snake River Float Trip

The famed Grand Tetons spring to life on a scenic float trip on Snake River. A designated a Wild and Scenic River by Congress, the Snake meanders s...

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Iconic Experience
Visit Grand Teton National Park

Get your cameras ready for Grand Teton National Park’s shimmering peaks of the Teton mountain range rising up above forests and lakes. You’ll love ...

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Visit Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park. A bucket list destination and a must-see icon. Established as America's first National Park by President Grant in 1872, ...

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Be My Guest
Tour and Lunch at Swore Farms

A warm welcome is waiting at family-owned and operated Swore Farms that includes a farm as well as a corn maze and pumpkin patch in the fall. Meet ...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Orientation Tour of Salt Lake City

Get ready for the key features and local secrets of Utah's capital on an orientation tour with your Travel Director. Check out its Mormon center an...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Morning in Bryce Canyon National Park

Hello, hoodoos. As you arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park, enjoy seeing the pink, orange and rusty-red limestone spires, known as hoodoos, rise u...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Zion National Park

Unlock geological history as you walk the paths and trails of Zion National Park, following in the footsteps of Native Americans and the earliest p...

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Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Grand Canyon Inter-tribal Cultural Heritage Site, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience

Feel good knowing you’re doing good visiting Desert Viewpoint Inter-tribal Cultural Heritage Site where members of 11 Indigenous tribes share their...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Zion National Park Tram Tour

From soaring canyon walls to the winding Virgin River, the valley floor of Zion National Park is an endless playground. You’ll explore this wondero...

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Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Stays with Stories: Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Step into a bygone era at refurbished Grand Canyon Railway Hotel which was built to serve passengers on the Santa Fe Railroad in 1908. Next door to...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Grand Canyon National Park

One of the seven natural wonders of the world and the second most visited national park in the United States. Explore the Visitor Center and get fa...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Along Route 66

Route 66, home to many Americana landmarks, museums and icons from the bygone days. On your journey along this historic route, stop at Kingman and ...

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About this trip

All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Optional Experiences and free time
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
All transport and transfers shown
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Geologist Canyon Tim in the Grand Canyon, Wendy Swore from Swore Farms
Visit Jackson, Yellowstone National Park, Glen Canyon Dam, Grand Teton National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Williams, Cameron Trading Post
Visit a farm in Idaho for a tour and hosted lunch
Discover Grand Canyon National Park including Desert View Point
Scenic Cruise Private tram tour through Zion National Park
View Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Desert Viewpoint, Old Faithful

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
Jackson Aerial Tramway Ticket

There’s no better way to take in the Tetons, Jackson Hole, the Snake River Valley, Grand Teton National Park and the summit of the Grand Teton than...

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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
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...

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Additional Cost Applies

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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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Independent Reviews
Susan Gallagher Schwass
Review date: Sunday, August 13, 2023
Service
Get was easy to communicate with regarding the entire trip. Once we booked the trip get sent information on details as well as what we needed to complete on the portal as well as ideas of what to pack and what to do if we had problems.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for booking with us. We look forward to helping you plan another trip very soon.
Monday, August 14, 2023
Vacation
Jack Larsen with Trafalger made the trip not only seamless but fun. He offered historical info about each park and the people who settled there. He added a super good playlist of music to listen to during the longer bus rides and squeezed in a good movie that was filmed in Utah as we traveled through. Having snacks for everyone on the bus helped to quell some appetites and just nice to have available. Jack and Casey,the driver ,seemed to love their jobs and took care of everything every step of the way.
Diane Cismowski
Review date: Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Service
The sights for this "Five Epic National Parks" were long overdue on my bucket list. The trip was everything I could have possibly expected, but it was also everything that far exceeded every expectation - "Epic" and more, including a drive and stay on iconic Rt. 66!! The allotment of time for tour and time for self was well balanced. Our Tour Director, Jack N., and bus driver, Casey, were united as a team to make sure our group of 44 had the best trip ever! The weather cooperated perfectly. I added on an extra 36 hours in Vegas, including a tour of Hoover Dam. I have absolutely no regrets for having taken this trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to see that everything went so well and how much you enjoyed your trip. What a wonderful review! Thank you so much for sharing it.
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Vacation
see prior comment - I had a GREAT time....
Jean Spangenberg
Review date: Sunday, July 23, 2023
Service
Everything handled very professionally.
Vacation
Loved the parks and all the info Miranda gave us.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Service
They did a good job getting our reservation set up.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you enjoyed exploring our nation's epic parks. They are truly magnificent! Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback. Take care!
Monday, October 17, 2022
Vacation
This was a fantastic trip. Beyond our expectations.
Deborah Robinson
Review date: Sunday, October 9, 2022
Service
You made us feel safe, even during COVID 19. You provided a great time at a great pace!
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you really enjoyed your trip to the National Parks. They certainly are epic! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your kind words.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
Educational and informative!
Dennis Carazza
Review date: Sunday, October 9, 2022
Service
The booking agent was outstanding and made the trip planning effortless.
Vacation
The National Parks are awesome and the views spectacular. Really enjoyed the float trip on Snake River. The accommodations and dining locations for the most part below expectations.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 2, 2022
Service
Agents were very helpful in answering questions and setting up my flights. They also made it easy to change the tour I had originally selected to a different one.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had an epic time in the National Parks! We are glad we were able to help you plan and book this wonderful trip. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
Tour team was excellent and travel went without a hitch.
Maryann Pollacchi
Review date: Sunday, October 2, 2022
Service
Would definitely recommend them. Was a flawless, worry free, efficient experience!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you enjoyed your tour of the National Parks. Worry-free travel is what we strive for, and it sounds like we met your expectations in that area. Thank you for your recommendation, review and feedback. We hope you'll think of us the next time you want a worry-free travel experience!
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
We’ll planned and executed. Made the experience worry free!
Virginia Seaver
Review date: Sunday, September 18, 2022
Service
A bit confusing due to Covid Shutdown.
Vacation
Exhaution , but enjpyed the trip
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Service
From the moment we talked to our GET travel agent on the phone for the first time, we had absolutely every question answered and never had to worry about our trip again. My first reaction at seeing the price for our trip out west was “wow, that’s a lot of money!” But after sitting down with my calculator and working out a similar trip … flying in, hotel costs, gas costs, etc …. I realized I was getting a pretty good deal! The best part? We just packed our bags, then showed up where / when GET told us to. I didn’t have to spend my time concentrating on driving and/or getting to places on time. They did it all. The trip itself was carried out by their sister company, Trafalgar. It was excellent from start to finish! It was evident that they’ve done this many times in the past. We’re ready (and booked) to take another with them! Side note: During our trip, a few fellow travelers got sick. We had a wellness director who very efficiently and quickly helped them. Some had to leave the tour. But the tour director made sure they were housed, set up with a rental car, synced with a flight home, and given food vouchers to compensate for the days they had to miss. Then all the remaining travelers were routinely reminded to wash hands, and socially distance in order to keep the rest of us well.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to hear how seamlessly everything went for you on your trip. Thank you for sharing your comments and beautiful photos. We hope to be able to help you plan another vacation very soon!
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Vacation
Excellent site timing, informative sightseeing, and just enough free time to allow us to decompress. We stayed busy … but weren’t overwhelmed. Our tour director was the best we’ve ever had. We felt we saw enough places to satisfy our desires and the hotels were perfect.
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