National Parks

National Parks really are America's Best Idea. Diverse in geology and geography, they are all areas of outstanding natural beauty and often home to a variety of flora and fauna that is seen nowhere else, not to mention the abundance of outdoor adventure opportunities. The question of which is the best national park is hotly debated. Honestly, we don't think it's a question that even makes sense. The best national parks are the ones where you feel a sense of connection and being at home. All we can tell you is that the national parks we visit are all places we love and eagerly look forward to visiting again and again.

Death Valley Delights - FULL
February 15, 2018 – February 19, 2018

Death Valley is the perfect antidote to the winter blahs! In February the skies are clear and sunny (but not too hot!) and the hiking is excellent. Then there is the fascinating geology, unique ecology, and equally engaging human history. If you long to put away your down jacket and put on your shorts, feel warm sun on your deprived skin, and be totally immersed in a place that has a mythic status for many of us, join us as we explore one of our newest National Parks with a professional geologist. $1725 Rating: [2]  3  4  5

Death Valley Delights - March
March 7, 2018 – March 11, 2018

Death Valley is the perfect antidote to the winter blahs! In March the skies are clear and sunny (but still not too hot!) and the hiking is excellent. Then there is the fascinating geology, unique ecology, and equally engaging human history. If you long to put away your down jacket and put on your shorts, feel warm sun on your deprived skin, and be totally immersed in a place that has a mythic status for many of us, join us as we explore one of our newest National Parks with a professional geologist. $1725 Rating: [2]  3  4  5

Wildflowers & Waterfalls: Exploring the Great Smokies - FULL
April 15, 2018 – April 21, 2018

Spring weather is notoriously fickle in the Great Smokies, but spring wildflowers are not! The diversity of flora and fauna is truly exceptional and your guides know where to find the best wildflowers and the most spectacular views. And by mixing our hiking with a day of whitewater rafting, we experience the full spectrum of the extraordinary variety of ecosystems that exist here. Everyone gets her own private room in our huge luxury cabin on this trip. On this trip we extend a special invitation to women over 50 and to anyone wanting leisurely hikes.  $1975  Rating: 1  [2]  3  4  5   

Exploring Utah's National Parks in Spring - FULL
April 22, 2018 – April 29, 2018

Southern Utah is home to some of the most well known national parks and monuments, and each has its own special magic and unique attractions: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, and Capitol Reef National Parks and Goblin Valley State Park. Day hikes are a great way to explore this magical area and on our "tour du parks" you will gain a new appreciation of the diversity and beauty of southern Utah's geology. $2450  Rating: 1   [2] [3]  4 5  

Hiking Lodge to Lodge on the Appalachian Trail - FULL
May 20, 2018 – May 25, 2018

There are many ways to hike the Appalachian Trail: day hikes, slackpacking, backpacking, and hut to hut. On this trip, however, we do it in style! We'll go lodge to lodge, staying in the lovely and very different lodges that are conveniently spaced along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, while our luggage is transported by van. This part of the AT is well-graded and well-maintained, with climbs rarely exceeding 500 or 1,000 feet, so it is excellent for novice hikers and anyone who enjoys vistas and abundant wildlife. $1795  Rating: 1  2  [3]  [4]    5  


Hiking and Rafting Glacier National Park - FULL
July 28, 2018 – August 4, 2018

Glacier National Park is truly one of the crown jewels of the National Park System. Famous for having more glaciers than anywhere in the lower 48, it is also known for an astounding array of jagged peaks, wildflowers, and abundant wildlife. We'll hike some of Glacier's classic trails, take a day trip to Waterton Park, and finish with an exciting whitewater raft trip on the Flathead River. Please join us for a week of fun, challenge, and beauty during our week in Glacier National Park. Price: $3095  Rating: 1  2  [3]  [4]   5

Hiking Colorado
August 18, 2018 – August 25, 2018

Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is known for lush meadows, high mountain lakes, craggy peaks, diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife. On this trip we start on the west side of the Park and then move over to the eastern side with hikes that vary from moderate to strenuous every day.  $2295 / 1 2 3 4 [5]

Magical Maine
August 25, 2018 – September 1, 2018

Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor have long been a magnet for tourists, especially in the delightful month of August. We will explore this area thoroughly, by bike, hike and kayak. With all this activity, that Maine lobster will taste particularly delightful!  $2750  Rating: [2]  [3]  4  5 

Hiking the Grand Staircase National Parks
September 16, 2018 – September 23, 2018

Spend the week hiking the Grand Staircase, an immense sequence of sedimentary rock layers that stretch from Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, through Zion NP, and Grand Canyon NP. We'll be hiking in those three National Parks, all spectacular and all very different from the others. The Grand Canyon is vast: it is 10 miles from one side to the other and a mile deep. Bryce is famous for its amazing hoodoos, the brightly colored spires of varied shapes; and Zion, with the tallest layer of redwall limestone of any canyon, is both majestic and a much more intimate canyon that fully deserves its name. We have chosen some of the classic trails in each park, designed to give you an experience and understanding that can only be gained by hiking in them. $2495 Rating: 1 2 3 [4] 5

Fall in the Great Smokies - FULL
October 7, 2018 – October 13, 2018

The Great Smokies are known for spectacular fall foliage and beautiful fall weather with crisp days and cool nights! The human history is fascinating and the diversity of flora and fauna is truly exceptional. And by mixing our hiking with a day of whitewater rafting, we experience the full spectrum of the extraordinary variety of ecosystems that exist here. Everyone gets her own private room in our huge luxury cabin on this trip. $1975 Rating: 1  [2]  3  4  5   

Hiking Lodge to Lodge on the AT in Fall - FULL
October 21, 2018 – October 26, 2018

There are many ways to hike the Appalachian Trail: day hikes, slackpacking, backpacking, and hut to hut. On this trip, however, we do it in style! We'll go lodge to lodge, staying in the lovely and very different lodges that are conveniently spaced along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, while our luggage is transported by van. This part of the AT is well-graded and well-maintained, with climbs rarely exceeding 500 or 1,000 feet, so it is excellent for novice hikers and anyone who enjoys vistas and abundant wildlife. $1795  Rating: 1  2  [3]  [4]    5  


Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks
October 26, 2018 – October 30, 2018

Sometimes you just want to fit in as much hiking in a short period as you possibly can, and that is what we have planned for this four-day getaway. We spend three nights in Zion with a day trip over to Bryce for one of its premiere hikes. The cool weather and quiet of late fall are delightful for hiking.  $1425
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