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Explore the Treasures of the U.S. National Parks with VBT

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The National Park Service—which recently had its 98th birthday—is our nation’s finest organization dedicated to preserving the rich historical, cultural and geographical treasures of this great country. In 2014, travelers will be able to visit 7 National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites from coast to coast—inldugin Colonia National Historical Park on our newest domestic tour:  Colonial Virginia: Riding the Road to Independence​. With VBT you’ll be able to discover the breathtaking beauty our nation’s most cherished parks at your own pace—by bike or on foot—as well as stay in wonderful accommodations often in the heart of the park. Keep reading to learn about all the areas in the National Park Service that you can explore with VBT.

Colonial National Historic Park
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Travelers on our new Colonial Virginia: Riding the Road to Independence tour will journey back into American history on an exciting adventure that traces our country’s founding. Guests will visit Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg and the Yorktown Battlefield—where the British Army surrendered. Our 4-star accommodation at the Kingsmill Resort will pamper us at the end of each rewarding day.

Death Valley National Park

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.

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Immerse yourself in the delights of Acadia National Park as you cruise along the interior carriage roads or along the coastal Park Loop road Maine Coast: Purely Acadia, a classic vacation for VBT for many years.


Cape Cod National Seashore

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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.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
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Fort Sumter National Monument
On our Charleston to Savannah: A Southern Reel tour, travelers will bike to and 100_2034-Lexplore Fort Moultrie—part of Fort Sumter National Monument. This historic 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.

Natchez Trace Historical Park & Vicksburg National Military Park
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Travelers on our Mississippi: The Natchez Trace​ tour enjoy lovely rides 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. They’ll also enjoy a day delving deeper into American Civil War history on a bike 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 www.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.