It’s National Park Week, reminding us that we can breathe the fresh air, travel through exotic landscapes and behold sights you can’t see anywhere else at the greatest parks the world has to offer. And did know you can discover these natural wonders when you travel with Global Discovery Vacations?
In honor of National Park Week here are the top five parks you can visit near our resorts!
You’ll find geysers galore at Yellowstone, the world’s largest collection highlighted by the impressive Old Faithful. This northern wonder is your ideal spot for adventure and is an absolute dream for the outdoorsmen in the family. Take on some of the thousands of miles of trails, spend a night on a campground, fish and, depending on the season, go skiing and snowmobiling through the vast terrain.
Suggested Resort: Island Park Village Resort (20 minutes from entrance)
Grand Canyon (Arizona)
Every member who stays in Sedona says the trip to the Grand Canyon is well worth the drive. Gaze into the mile deep canyon to fathomless red rocks below from the South Rim. Open year round and with a mostly sunny climate, you’ll get an amazing view no matter when you decide to travel.
Suggested Resort: Sedona, Summit (2 hours away)
Bryce Canyon/Zion (Utah)
Take the red rocks from the Grand Canyon, add a splash of green and hoodoos, and you have this scenic setting of southern Utah. Your hiking options are limitless and the views will leave you breathless. These national parks make up part of the mountainous Grand Staircase formation. You’ve got everything from mountain climbing to river kayaking, but you’ll get just as much out of the area as a spectator. Enjoy an afternoon of solitude while visiting the hidden slot canyons a Kanarraville Falls, Spring Creek and Kolob Canyon.
Suggested Resort: Cedar Breaks Lodge (about an hour and a half from each park)
Great Smoky Mountains (Tennessee)
The perfect setting to the cozy cabin-in-the-woods feel, these black mountains offer great activities for nature enthusiasts. Learn from experts and unique classes during some of the area’s many seasonal events, or explore the trails and historic log buildings on your own. Enjoy the simple pleasures any time of year on the lake or on the slopes.
Suggested Resort: White Oak Lodge and Resort (minutes from the park)
Banff National Park (Banff, Alberta – Canada)
Your alpine adventure in Canada’s oldest National Park features unique activities you won’t find here in the states. In the summer, scale the beautiful charcoal colored mountains, grab a scenic game of golf or take a dip in the hot springs. The winter is just as fruitful with snow tubing, dog sledding and ice tubing.
Suggested Resort: Banff Rocky Mountain Resort (minutes from the park)
National Park Week reminds us how we can see nature as it was intended at these amazing parks! Lucky you, you won’t have to go far to have an unforgettable adventure from a Global Discovery Vacations destination.
Have you explored any National Parks? Tell us your experience in the comments below!
Photo courtesy of member Jeff (Yellowstone Bison) and of Cedar City/Brian Head Tourism Bureau (Zion).