One of our favorite things about what we do here at VBT is being able to provide once in a lifetime vacations to 27 different countries on 5 continents around the world. From the glaciers of Patagonia to the jungles of Vietnam, the gorgeous peaks and valleys of New Zealand or the picturesque sea coast of Italy – it’s all there for our guests. However, in 2014 in particular, we are extremely happy to help our travelers explore the immense beauty and natural wonders in our own country via the U.S. National Parks System. VBT is offering 10 vacations to 11 National Parks in 2014, more than doubling our 2013 destinations to the parks.
The National Park Service – which turned 97 years old on August 25th – 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 (in both winter and summer!) and the Grand Canyon. You’ll explore National Historical and Military Parks, and a 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 Grand Canyon, Death Valley and Zion National Parks. A wonderful five day tour of both Zion and the Grand Canyon is new in 2014. The aptly named Walking the American West: Zion & Grand Canyon will take guests from the epic sandstone walls of Zion to the monumental south rim of the Grand Canyon via the Grand Canyon Railway. And after a wonderful day out on the trails you’ll be delighted to stay right in the middle of both parks in fabulous accommodations such as the Zion Lodge and the El Tovar Hotel.
Escape the cold 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 Northwest: Wyoming and Montana
We cap off our newest additions to VBT’s National Park centric vacations in the great states of Wyoming & Montana. We’re offering a fabulous Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s Wilderness tour in the heart of 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 and unprecedented wildlife viewing on a VBT vacation as Yellowstone National Park hosts a vast range of wildlife including bears, elk, bison, and antelope and bighorn sheep.
New this year, we’re also offering Yellowstone in the Winter: Skiing America’s First National Park, a cross-country tour through a wintry wonderland in the wild Wyoming wilderness. In the winter, the steam billowing from the hot springs sparkles as it hits and freezes in the crisp winter air. The wildlife congregates to graze in the Lamar Valley where we’ll experience a winter safari as we observe buffalo, elk, and perhaps even wolves. We’ll wind down our days in two special park lodges, the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.
Travelers can visit three different aspects of the Parks system on our various tours in New England. With VBT, you’ll 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 oceanside 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 our neck of the woods, travelers on our Biking Southern Vermont: A New England Idyll 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.
Take a tour of history with VBT on two 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, where South Carolina got its nickname – the fort is built partially from palmetto trees – and Edgar Allen Poe was once stationed here.
Further inland in the lovely state of Mississippi, you’ll ride along the Natchez Trace Parkway – which traces the 440 mile eponymous path – and take a day to delve deeper in to the history of the civil war with a ride through the Vicksburg National Military Park, which preserves the site of the Battle of Vicksburg on our Mississippi: The Natchez Trace vacation .
For more information regarding, dates, prices and itinerates of these wonderful vacations in the United States please visit vbt.com