National Parks And Lodges

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National Parks And Lodges - Grand American Adventures
National Parks And Lodges - Grand American Adventures
2 reviews
San Francisco
+12 Destinations
Western USA


  • Visit San Francisco’s famous Alcatraz
  • Trek the epic Yosemite National Park
  • Enjoy Death Valley’s extreme landscapes
  • Watch herds of bison at Yellowstone
Age range
16 to 99 year olds
Hotel, Lodge
Max Group Size
Private Vehicle
Start in San Francisco and end in Jackson! With the discovery tour National Parks And Lodges, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through San Francisco, USA and 12 other destinations in USA. National Parks And Lodges is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • National Parks And Lodges reviewer 1
    Written on September 10, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    I knew the National Parks of western USA would feature canyons, mesas, buttes, granite monoliths and hot springs, but I wss astounded by the the vast expanses of such rugged beauty. To "see" the parks was one thing; to "experience" them was another. Our Tour Leader, Josh, made it his mission throughout the trip to optimise our experiences. We had (optional) early wake ups so we could venture out and watch the sun rise over amazing landscapes; we had picnic lunches in places with 360 degree "wow factor"; we watched the sun go down over some of nature's best horizons; and even the full moon rising over The Needles. And that was just the start or end of the days! Add to this the wildlife sightings from mighty bison to cheeky chipmunks and the result is awesome memories and sooooo many photos! But photos don't do justice to what we saw and did and it's hard to find enough superlatives when relating this trip to others. Arriving in Sin City was a shock to the senses after the serenity of the parks, but true to form, Josh ensured we rolled into town appropriately, with the van rocking to Elvis and "Viva! Las Vegas". My only negative comment relates to the discomfort and unsuitability of the vehicle, but I note in responses to other reviews that GAA will have upgraded vehicles in 2014. I say "Viva Josh and GAA!"
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  • National Parks And Lodges reviewer 2
    Written on July 23, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    Our guide, Evan, made this holiday very enjoyable. The major thing that let the holiday down was the transport. It was an adapted Ford van which the brochure claimed to have "individual captain seats" for "added comfort". Well, the back row of bench seating for 3 people was not individual or comfortable. The configuration of seats further forward in either two together (very cramped and with limited forward view due to the height and closeness of the row of seats in front) were also not at all comfortable. There was a lack of leg room and appallingly stiff seat belts that cut into your neck as they crossed your body. All of the party were reduced to trying to stuff something between neck and seat belt to prevent it chaving. It was such a disappointment when the transport had been so promoted in the literature, especially for people that had just had a long air flight and then were faced with squashed and uncomfortable seating when the trip covered over 3,000 miles in 16 days. Also, the brochure was less than truthful about the arrival time in each destination. Eg Lake Tahoe "various hikes from easy to strenuous, mountain biking, watersports". As we arrived late afternoon it would have been impossible to do any of these activities. As it happened, the only activity that we actually wanted to do was the sunset cruise which was fine. But it just gave the impression that you would have more time in the resort than we actually did. Similarly in Jackson "wildlife viewing, whitewater rafting, various hikes easy to strenuous" no time for any of these should we have wanted to as did not arrive until later in afternoon and left the next day. MORE HONESTY IN THE BROCHURE WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER! The saving grace of the holiday was Evan. He was brilliant, very knowledgeable, helpful to everyone and always went the "extra mile" for everyone and with humour as well. A real credit to your company. It is such a shame that the pre travel information and the transport did not live up to a similarly high standard.
    Grand American Adventures commented on this review
    Thank you for your feedback and great to hear you enjoyed your tour with only good things to say about the leader. We invest a large amount of time into training and pleased to hear your positive feedback. Regarding the vehicle we are sorry to hear you found this below the expected standard. We are in the process of purchasing a fleet of new vans for 2014 which are larger, wider and offer greater space within the van. The seatbelt issue will be addressed as well in favour of waist belts to eliminate the problem of feeling constricted. We are investing a substantial amount of money into our Grand American Adventures vehicles in 2014 and think you will appreciate the comfortable travel on future trips. It is always good for us to receive comments from travellers and continue to improve our tours.
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  1. Day 1: Arrival day in San Francisco
  2. Day 2: San Francisco and Yosemite National Park
  3. Day 3: Yosemite National Park
  4. Day 4: Death Valley National Park
  5. Day 5: Zion National Park
  6. Day 6: Zion - Bryce Canyon National Park
  7. Day 7-8: Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim)
  8. Day 9: Monument Valley
  9. Day 10-11: Moab / Arches National Park
  10. Day 12: Salt Lake City
  11. Day 13-14: Salt Lake City and Yellowstone National Park
  12. Day 15: Grand Teton National Park and Jackson

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  • Transport

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    Covering a total distance of approx 2,444 km.
    • San Francisco (USA)
    • 258 km
    • Yosemite NP (USA)
    • 254 km
    • Death Valley NP (USA)
    • 371 km
    • Zion National Park (USA)
    • 80 km
    • Bryce Canyon National Park (USA)
    • 80 km
    • Zion National Park (USA)
    • 171 km
    • Grand Canyon National Park (USA)
    • 191 km
    • Monument Valley (USA)
    • 182 km
    • Moab (USA)
    • 18 km
    • Arches National Park (USA)
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