USA Road Trip: Northwest National Parks

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Las Vegas to Seattle

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Now's the time to explore the United States on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. It's called "shinrin-yoku" in Japan but you can experience the restorative effects of forest bathing in the national parks of America's northwest on this 14-day tour. You'll witness how landscapes change from rocky canyons to colourful geysers in Yellowstone (the world's first national park), and spot icy formations in Glacier National Park. With your accommodations, transportation, and park fees covered, you can simply focus on soaking in the scenery and having the most tree-mendous time ever.

What’s included

  • Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Zion National Park Visit
  • Bryce Canyon National Park Visit
  • Arches National Park Visit
  • Dead Horse Point State Park Visit
  • Grand Teton National Park Visit
  • Yellowstone National Park Visit
  • Glacier National Park Visit
  • Free time in Moab and Glenwood Springs
  • Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • See bryce canyon's famous hoodoo rock formations
  • Hike past towering canyon walls in zion national park
  • Explore the dramatic landscapes of yellowstone national park
  • Opt to hike or drive to glacier national park's continental divide
  • Visit seattle's famous pike place market for today's catch

Itinerary

Las Vegas Arrive at any time. It’s time to make some memories! Join your group for a night out in Las Vegas. Head to Fremont Street where you will check out open air restaurants, shops, and nightlife.The choice is yours, just make sure you take loads of pictures because you’ll definitely want to remember this special night.
Las Vegas/Zion National Park Zoom past towering cliffs and massive canyon walls as you enter Zion National Park and ready yourself for loads of exploring! Looking for a challenge? Hike to Observation Point on the Angel's Landing trail and take in the panoramic views of the park stretching out beneath you. Hoping for even more adventure? Head deep into the Narrows and hike through slot canyons with water flowing through them. Searching for more of a relaxing day? Simply walk along any of the other trails you can find and immerse yourself in this beautiful place.
Bryce Canyon NP/Moab Head out early for Bryce Canyon, where you’ll have a chance to walk amongst the famous hoodoos. Check out the amphitheatre and Queen’s Garden trail to take some fun pictures with your adventure buddies! In the afternoon head towards Moab along Scenic Byway 12 passing Grand Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park along the way. If you enjoy slot canyons and sandstone cliffs this may be your favourite part of the trip yet!
Moab Welcome to Utah’s adventure capital—Moab! Get ready for a morning of endless adventure; from rafting through rapids, to hitting the trails on a mountain bike there’s so many ways to enjoy yourself in this natural playground. In the afternoon head out on a hike through some pretty surreal rock formations in Arches National Park with your group. The fun doesn’t stop here, you’ll end the day watching a gorgeous sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park.
Moab/Glenwood Springs Welcome to colourful Colorado! Get ready for things to get radical as you arrive in Glenwood Springs, where you can hike at nearby Hanging Lake, rent a bike in Glenwood Canyon, or go for a swim in the world’s largest hot springs pool.
Glenwood Springs/Flaming Gorge Reservoir Next up...good ole’ Wyoming! Spend the day reflecting, laughing, and relaxing as you travel to Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Get out, stretch those legs and maybe hike along the canyon rim, or explore the reservoir shoreline by kayak. Then, get ready for a show as you watch the sinking sun reflect off the red canyon walls and see how this canyon earned its name—don’t forget your camera!
Flaming Gorge Reservoir/Jackson “Yee-haw!” It’s off to the ‘ol mountain town of Jackson Hole—gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Marvel and pose at the town square’s elk antler arches and explore the countryside or take a horseback ride during a free afternoon. Then, enjoy a night out in with a true wild western atmosphere and visit a cowboy bar. Step back in time, imagine the run-down saloons and outlaws of the Old West, and try your hand at a little Western line dancing with your travel family at the Million Dollar Bar.
Jackson/Yellowstone National Park It’s off to Grand Teton National Park—home to some of the youngest mountains in the world. You’ll spend the day taking it all in. Grab your camera and your friends before immersing yourself in one of the top 10 visited parks in the U.S. Take a hike among the towering peaks, a quick dip into Jackson Lake, or keep your eyes peeled for signs of wildlife before crossing the Continental Divide en route to Yellowstone National Park, where you will stop for the night.
Yellowstone National Park Wow! Today you’ll visit the world’s first national park and discover the highlights of the Southern Loop. Expect things like, colourful geysers, powerful waterfalls, and scenic beauty around every corner. Snap a photo of the Grand Prismatic Spring—the largest hot spring in America, or queue in excitement as you wait for famous geyser, Old Faithful to erupt. Surround yourself with thick forests, towering mountains, lunar-like landscapes and get ready to embrace the bizarre in Yellowstone.
Yellowstone National Park/Bozeman You guessed it! Today it’s the North Loops turn for a little love and exploration. Spend the day taking loads of photos and experiencing highlights like, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, scenic Grand Loop Road, and the ever-evolving geometrical terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs in Fort Yellowstone. Then it’s time to hit the road again to the university town of Bozeman, Montana. Get ready for an evening of free time to make some memories.
Bozeman/Glacier National Park Let's keep moving through Montana; known as Big Sky Country. Travel through stunning scenery beneath miles of open sky along the way to Glacier National Park. Smile, learn, and laugh your way through largely untouched land, with over 20 glaciers, and 200 lakes and streams. The park has 730 miles of trails for you to enjoy so it should be easy to hike until you drop.
Glacier National Park Another day, another chance to get out there and live your best life. Grab a friend or maybe a few and in your free time continue exploring Glacier NP with its many glaciers, lakes and streams with your free time. Feel the wind in your hair as you ride along the Going-to-the-Sun road, (voted one of the most scenic drives in the world), or take a selfie once you reach the Continental Divide. Your only real job today is to have a blast!
Glacier National Park/Coeur d'Alene “The Hills are alive…” okay, we know wrong country, but you’ll be wanting to sing this loud and proud as you drive further west to beautiful Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho! Surrounded by over 50 lakes, this town is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. There’s plenty to do and time to do it; walk the floating boardwalk, go mountain biking, or take part in water-sports on Lake Coeur d’Alene as the day goes by.
Coeur d'Alene/Seattle It’s on to the beautiful, moody, and wild Pacific Northwest. Watch as mountains give way to lush old growth forests and a world of green as you pass into the evergreen state of Washington on the way to Seattle. Trip ends on arrival to Seattle.
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