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Explore the Treasures of the US National Parks with VBT

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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.

The West
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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.

Death Valley_Lead for webEscape 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.

The Northeast
IMG_0779Travelers 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.

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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 Idyllvacation 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.

The Southeast
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.

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Further inland, our Mississippi: The Natchez Trace​ vacation features lovely ride along sections of the Natchez VicksburgTrace 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.

A Memorable Adventure to Start VBT’s New Yellowstone & Grand Teton Walking Vacation

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A fun way to start any VBT vacation is the welcome reception we hold at the beginning of each trip. This is a great way to ease in to your vacation and get to know your VBT Trip leaders as well as your fellow travelers. Depending on the destination, these welcome receptions can be anything from cocktails on a hotel terrace overlooking the Tuscan countryside to a dinner on the barge as we float down the Loing River in France, or even a warm-up bike ride followed by drinks in the Bohemian city of Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic.  However, on our new walking vacation—Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s Wilderness—we embark on our tour with a unique, western flavor…a riverside cookout followed by rafting down the illustrious Snake River in northwest Wyoming.

The first day of this vacation includes several stops en route to Grand Teton National Park, like the famed “Mormon Row”Jackson Lodge of iconic western homesteads—including the famous John Moulton Barn.  We’ll have time to take photos at this beautiful overlook often populated by herds of buffalo and elk, which are very common around these old homesteads. After a stop at the Grand Teton National Park Visitor Center to get our National Park Passport stamped and pick up souvenirs, we check in to our home for the first two days, the Jackson Lake Lodge—the largest and most famous hotel in the park. Early this evening, we’ll transfer to the Snake River for our very special welcome reception.

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Snake RaftOur festivities kick off with a fabulous, authentic western cookout on the river banks that features fresh river trout and charbroiled steak. After our meal, we’ll board large rafts for a scenic trip down the Snake River. The Snake is an iconic western river whose headwaters are just north of nearby Jackson Lake. Lucky for us, the views from the Snake’s first 50 miles are some of the most impressive in the river’s 1,000 mile journey before emptying into the Columbia River in eastern Washington. This evening we’ll relax along a beautiful 10 mile stretch of the river with breathtaking panoramic views of the Teton Range—punctuated by the iconic Grand Teton—to the west. After our evening float, we’ll head back to relax at our charming park lodge full of anticipation for the natural discoveries that will come in the days ahead…

To request a catalog or learn more about this vacation or any of our other exciting trips to US National Parks please visit www.vbt.com. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868, available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST.