National Park Adventures
Discover the wild west on horseback outside Yellowstone or the dramatic soaring peaks of Grand Teton National Park. Bring the kids to the breathtaking Grand Canyon or head over to California's Yosemite National Park and stand in awe below the famous granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half-Dome. Our travel experts can help you find the perfect trip to include iconic sites and hidden gems that will delight every traveler! Helicopter over volcanoes at Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park, kayak in the shadow of glaciers in Alaska, explore archeological sites at Mesa Verde, or board down massive sand dunes in Great Sand Dunes in Colorado. Ready to plan your trip? Austin Adventures has over 20 itineraries to help you plan your escape. Where will you go?
Glacier National Park, Montana
Seeing a fifty-foot-long, forty-ton humpback whale breach from the still waters of Glacier Bay is a memory that won’t soon be forgotten by you or your children. Whale breaches come often at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, where over three million acres of frozen tundra and glaciers welcome an average 500,000 visitors a year.
Known to the Native Americans as the "Shining Mountains" and the "Backbone of the World," Glacier National Park preserves over a million acres of old growth forests, alpine lakes, rugged mountains and sweeping wildflower meadows. Boasting more than 750 miles of maintained trails, one of the most scenic stretches of paved road in North America and a river equally as suited for rafting as it is gazing at the surrounding beauty, the Park's unique, glacier-carved terrain is an adventurer's paradise.
Hike backcountry trails for a jaw-dropping view of history laden sedimentary cliffs and jagged ice fields reflected perfectly in the azure blue waters of Iceberg Lake. Step into the set of The River Wild as you raft the unspoiled waters of the Flathead. By day, witness the wildlife and natural beauty of the park up close and personal. By night, raise a glass to your day's adventure before retiring to the comfort of your historic mountain resort, chalet, or lodge.
The Grand Canyon, Arizon
There’s no photo that can capture the magnificent scope of America’s iconic Grand Canyon National Park, so you’re going to have to see it in person. Fortunately, the views are impressive no matter how old or young you are.
Float down the Salt River by inflatable kayak or hop on a bike and follow an old railroad through Prescott's Granite Dells, a winding "rail to trail" conversion through large granite boulders and exposed bedrock. Cross the Colorado Plateau on the Grand Canyon Railway, keeping an eye out for elk, pronghorn and bald eagles. Whether you hike or ride a trusty mule down into the canyon, bike or ramble along its rim, fly over, or raft through on the Colorado River—there are many ways to soak up the canyon's magnificence.
Your time in the park is likely to be spent seeking out the best views of the canyon, wondrous in its multi-colored orange and red layers, at a length of 277 miles. For the best views, opt for Desert View Drive along the southern of the canyon, where a twenty-five-mile stretch features six canyon viewpoints and four picnic areas, perfect for unforgettable al fresco dining.
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Wyoming
From the world’s first national park to the Rocky Mountains youngest range, explore the majesty of northwestern Wyoming and the hidden gems of the wild, wild west by bicycle, foot, kayak and raft.
Pedal winding bike paths under the shadows of Grand Teton, Middle Teton, Teewinot, Nez Perce and Mt. Owen, the five peaks of the Cathedral Group in Grand Teton National Park. Hike past mud pots and steam vents to the emerald green Clear Lake. Trek the "back way" into Upper Geyser Basin for a viewing of the famous geyser, Old Faithful.Tackle the Class II-III rapids of the Snake River, keeping your eyes peeled for bald eagles and great blue herons.Kayak the pristine waters of Jackson Lake, enjoying a backdrop of the jagged Teton Range. Seek out roaring waterfalls, ride horses, come eye-to-eye with a 1,500-pound bull moose and tackle the class III and IV rapids of the Snake River.
Explore Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where Western chic meets cowboy color, and enjoy Western hospitality and regional cuisine at its finest.
There are over 400 National Parks to explore all over the country but we've just highlighted a few. Which one will you visit? Let us help you plan your family adventure. Ask us about special promotions!