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USA's National Parks

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Visit the USA's National Parks


America's great national parks are a genuine highlight for many visitors to the US. as well as a host of verdant green forests and spectacular mountain scenery, America is also home to volcanic carters and arid deserts, which form some of the world's most fascinating protected areas. And don't forget the USA's indigenous wildlife; bears, bald eagles, rattlesnakes and many others thrive within these diverse habitats.

Dramatic Landscapes

The big hitters are undoubtedly the epic Grand Canyon – one of the wonders of the natural world – and the otherworldly volcanoes of Yellowstone, regarded as the oldest national park on Earth. Millions of years of geological history are exposed within the layered bands of red rock in the Grand Canyon, the perfect place to take in a sunrise or sunset or charter a helicopter for an unrivalled aerial view. Yellowstone, sitting atop a volcanic hotspot, showcases alpine rivers and gushing hot springs against a backdrop of lush green forest, best experienced up close and on the ground.

Geyser at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

An Explorer's Paradise

Just north, in Yosemite, a wilderness of imposing mountains, dense forests and roaring falls pave the way for unforgettable hikes and lodge stays, while the mesas of Monument Valley that rise up from the Arizona Desert have come to symbolise the American Wild West thanks to numerous appearances in film and TV. Less-visited national parks are well worth a visit, too, from Colorado's monolithic Black Canyon to Alaska's snow-topped Denali and Alberta's hoodoo-dotted badlands.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Wyoming

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado

The Wilderness Experience

Some 34 million hectares has been preserved as National Park in 49 of the 50 USA states, most offering a full range of facilities and lodges alongside and a variety of brilliant outdoor activities to make the most of the spectacular surrounds. Our tailor-made itineraries will get you as close to true wilderness as you wish, with stays in snow lodges, canyon-side hotels and lakeside spas designed to truly immerse you in nature. From your accommodation, you'll be able to hike or take a guided tour to spot wildlife or take in some of the USA's most panoramic vistas.

Mountains in Denali, Alaska
Denali, Alaska


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Top itineraries in USA's National Parks

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA

Highlights of the American West

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,790 pp incl. flights

Driving between San Francisco and Las Vegas, this curated road trip takes in the beauty of Yosemite National Park, austere Death Valley and the ever-spectacular Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Canyon Country & National Parks fly-drive

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,690 pp incl. flights

This epic fly-drive brings you right among some of the USA's most spectacular wilderness, from the Wild-West grandeur of Monument Valley to the world-wonder beauty of the Grand Canyon.

Bryce Canyon - Utah

America's captivating Canyonlands with Tauck

9-day escorted tour from £5,295 pp incl. flights

Starting with the Grand Canyon, let expert-led escorted touring bring you to the jagged red-rock bluffs and sweeping plains of some of America’s most impressive national parks.

Rocky Mountaineer, USA

Rocky Mountaineer USA: Colorado Rockies to the Red Rocks Explorer

10-day rail & small-group coach journey from £5,230 pp incl. flights

Experience the Rocky Mountaineer on this captivating journey by rail and road, which takes in the best of the American Southwest, including three of Utah's "Mighty 5" National Parks.

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Top places to stay in USA's National Parks

Sun Mountain Lodge

Sun Mountain Lodge, Washington

Traditional lodge

Dubbed a 'resort for all seasons', this pleasant lodge in the foothills of the North Cascades mountain range provides activities for all times of the year; from cross country skiing to hiking, rafting, horseback riding, rock climbing and lake activities. There are award-winning dining options includ

Ranch at Ucross

Ranch at Ucross, Wyoming

Traditional ranch

This scenic guest ranch is a good location for an overnight stay (available May to September only) during a drive between the Black Hills of South Dakota/Devils Tower and the Yellowstone Park areas. Rate includes lodging, one horseback ride, deluxe breakfast buffet, deluxe dinner buffet, baggage, ta

Gouldings Lodge

Goulding's Lodge, Utah

Contemporary lodge

A convenient base from which to explore the spectacular Monument Valley, home to the famous buttes and mesas rising up from the endless desert that have become synonymous with the American West thanks to their inclusion in countless film and TV westerns. The lodge and its rooms are simple in design

The George Washington

The George Washington, Virginia

Historic hotel

Originally built in 1924 and having recently undergone a major refurbishment, The George Washington is located in downtown Winchester and features a Roman-style indoor swimming pool. Voted “Wyndham Hotel of the Year” in 2011, this is the perfect place from which to explore both the Shenandoah Valley

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Where to go in USA's National Parks

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park


From twisted spires and arching rocks to mighty rivers and red-rock deserts framed by snow-capped peaks, Moab's Arches and Canyonlands national parks are Utah's adventure capital. Explore it all on activities that range from hikes and bike rides to river rafting and rock climbing.

Zion National Park, USA


Reshaped over millenia by wind, rain and ice, Zion Canyon lies at the very heart of its national park namesake. A six-mile scenic road will introduce you to its red-and-white cliffs framed by wild meadows and hanging gardens, while guided hikes bring you to spectacular overlooks.

Monument Valley, Arizona

Monument Valley

The famous buttes and mesas of Monument Valley rise up along scenic Highway 163. These ancient rocks, famed for their starring role in countless Hollywood Westerns, are a stunning backdrop to ancient trails, horseback routes and the home of the Navajo – America's largest tribe.

Hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon

Characterised by its cavernous amphitheatres filled with blazing red-rock spires and hoodoos, Bryce Canyon is a visual treat best seen at dawn or dusk. It's rugged beauty is best explored on an 18-mile scenic road that runs along its rim, or on guided hikes that plunge to the canyon floor.

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When to go to USA's National Parks

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Many make the canyon pilgrimage in summer, when schools are out and the sun is at its fiercest. However, with frosty winters, enjoy temperate climes from March to May and September to November when crowds start thinning out. Placed apart, check individual forecasts for each park. The domed spires of Bryce Canyon, for example, receive a wintery dusting of snow due to their high elevation.

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    The vision of 19th century artist, George Catlin, America’s National Parks Service has grown from humble beginnings, starting with just one park. The veritable grandfather of it all – Yellowstone – was once protected from poachers and misuse by the U.S. Army, a trend that continued to the second na…

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