One of our favorite things about what we do here at VBT is being able to provide once in a lifetime vacations to over 25 different countries throughout 5 of the worlds continents around the world. From the beaches of Costa Rica to the jungles of Vietnam, the gorgeous peaks of New Zealand or the picturesque sea coast of Italy – that are so many destinations full of rich and diverse beauty for our guests to discover. However, in 2014 in particular, we are extremely excited to help our travelers explore the immense beauty and natural wonders in our own country with 8 vacations that visit National Parks.
The National Park Service—which turns 98 years old in August—does an astounding job preserving the rich historical, cultural and geographical treasures of this great country. With VBT, you’ll be able to visit multiple aspects of this nearly century-old parks system. We’ll take you to the “crown jewels” of the Parks Service like Yellowstone National Park and Acadia. You’ll explore National Historical and Military Parks, ride through a National Monument and even bike along a National Seashore! All the while knowing you’ll have comfortable accommodations and delectable regional cuisine waiting for you at every stop. So join us in 2014 and we’ll help you experience magical places in every corner of these United States in a way that one just cannot do while driving through in a car.
Perhaps the most diverse types of natural wonders and terrain that VBT will take travelers to 2014 are Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Death Valley National Parks. One of our newest additions to VBT’s National Park vacations is the fabulous Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s Wilderness tour which brings travelers into the heart of both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. For unspoiled splendor and sweeping wonder, perhaps no other places embody American idealism like Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. You’ll explore jagged granite peaks, pristine alpine lakes, towering geyser eruptions, colorful hot springs, and unprecedented wildlife viewing on a VBT vacation as Yellowstone is renowned for its vast range of wildlife including bears, elk, bison, and antelope and bighorn sheep.
Escape the chill in the air this fall on our new Winter Sun: Cycling California’s Death Valley vacation. Travelers will ride through, rich hues of otherworldly beauty while hexagon-laced salt flats paint the horizon and the wide open space reminds you why you ride. Conquer challenging climbs with staggeringly scenic rewards or just go at your own pace along the flat desert floor. Every night culminates in comfort at the renowned 4-diamond Inn at Furnace Creek.
Travelers can visit three different aspects of the Parks system on our various tours in New England. Immerse yourself in the coastal delights of Acadia National Park both by foot—on our new Coastal Maine: Walking Acadia tour—and by bike, along the famous carriage roads and other beautiful ocean-side roads on Maine Coast: Purely Acadia, a classic vacation for VBT for many years.
If biking by the ocean is a passion of yours, join us on a lovely rail trail ride through the protected Cape Cod National Seashore on our Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard bicycling vacation. You’ll bask in the ocean scenery before stopping to learn about the area at the Salt Pond Visitor Center. In VBT’s neck of the woods, travelers on our new Biking Southern Vermont: A New England Idyll vacation will walk along the carriage trails of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, VT —a beautiful pastoral site that preserves where Frederick Billings established a managed forest and a progressive dairy farm.
Learn about American history on two biking vacations that visit a National Monument, Parkway and Military Park. On our Charleston to Savannah: A Southern Reel, cycle through the seaside Fort Moultrie, part of Fort Sumter National Monument. The fort is made up of a series of citadels on Sullivan’s Island that were constructed out palmetto logs—hence South Carolina’s nickname—and Edgar Allen Poe was once stationed here.
Further inland, our Mississippi: The Natchez Trace vacation features lovely ride along sections of the Natchez Trace Parkway, which follows the 440 mile eponymous path that was created by Native Americans and used for centuries thereafter by explorers, traders and immigrants. Guest on this tour will also enjoy a day delving deeper into American Civil War history on a ride through the Vicksburg National Military Park, which preserves the site of the Battle of Vicksburg.
For more information regarding, dates, prices and itineraries of these wonderful vacations in the United States please visit vbt.com. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.