Canyons, Geysers and Mountains! Visit These 6 National Parks With GDV!

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!

Yellowstone (Idaho)

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)

Grand Canyon

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)

Kolob Canyons

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).

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.

13 thoughts on “Canyons, Geysers and Mountains! Visit These 6 National Parks With GDV!

  1. What happened to the website that we renewed our membership for — we don’t care about Twitter and Facebook and all the blogs — we want to see the list of specials for resorts that you used to send out every week or two. We won’t be renewing unless those special offers come back.

    • Hi Peggy,

      We’re sorry to hear you’re disappointed with the frequency of Special Buys. There is no set schedule for them, though we did just have one a couple of weeks ago.
      Your membership has many great benefits even without the specials, and we’d be glad to help show you how to take full advantage of those perks. If you have any questions, you can always call Customer Relations at 800-879-7779.

      -Global Discovery Vacations

  2. I second what Peggy just said. The monthly specials were great.
    I did get the last specials and appreciate it. We have enjoyed several of the locations so far and have not had any bad experiences yet.
    Any time I have called for assistance the staff has been very helpful.
    Thank you

    • Thanks for the feedback Marshel. We’re glad to hear about all of your positive experiences and we’ll be sure to pass that along!

      -Happy Travels

  3. Hmmm, the picture posted for Grand Canyon looks more like “horse shoe” bend just below Lake Powell.

    • You are correct Marshel. Horse Shoe Bend is a scenic area a few hours north of Sedona, AZ, and you can take tours to that area of the Grand Canyon from the South Rim.

  4. I agree with the member who preferred the e-mails and information on the website rather than facebook, twitter, etc. I do not consider those valid means of communication. The specials are nice and we have used several, but we understand that they are only available at random times & places.

    We have been very happy with our membership for almost ten years now and hope you will stay with the standards you have had in offerings and in communication. Thanks.

    • Hi Jerry,

      We appreciate the feedback, and we do make sure that we share our information on all platforms. We want to provide members with great deals while also providing helpful information on the destinations we provide, so we do have to use a wide range of communication.

      -Happy Travels!

  5. We don’t use facebook or twitter. If we are missing info from global because of this change, we wouldn’t have even known about it except for reading the comments listed here.

    • Hi Joan,

      All of our specials, news and recent blog postings are accessible through our member’s only website. You can also get the information directly by subscribing to our email newsletter. We haven’t stopped the way we communicate, we’ve just added more ways to spread even more news about the benefits of membership. Hope this helps!

      -Happy Travels

  6. I called Global about 2 weeks ago, left a message and never received the return phone call. I find it very difficult to book a vacation in Florida in February. I find it difficult in a lot of situations. Where we want to vacation is never available. Help.

    • Hi Debra,

      We apologize for the delay in getting back with you. We have forwarded your message to a representative and someone should be giving you a call.

      -Global Discovery Vacations

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