From South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore National Memorial to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, U.S. national parks provide travelers first-hand experiences with this country’s most iconic landscapes, historic places and cultural treasures. To celebrate these unique destinations, the Globus family of brands is partnering with the National Park Foundation (NPF)—the official charity of America’s national parks—to provide unique tours and packages in America’s national parks. Plus, this year, as part of this GoParks! partnership, when travelers book a Globus, Cosmos or Monograms U.S. National Parks vacation, Globus will make a donation to the National Park Foundation at no additional cost to travelers.
“National parks give us a unique oasis where postcard views meet real, life-altering experiences,” says Steve Born, v.p. of marketing for the Globus family of brands. “Now, we’re not only giving wanderlust-driven travelers inspired national park vacations, with each booking, we’re also ensuring ongoing conservation of these amazing national treasures.”
From Yosemite to Bryce Canyon, Globus’ portfolio showcases nearly 20 national parks on over 30 different itineraries.
Born notes, “On our GoParks! tours, travelers won’t just briefly walk around the Grand Canyon, they’ll stay overnight on its magnificent rim. And they won’t just see the sites that played a role in the birth of this nation, they’ll hear hidden stories about the struggles of our Founding Fathers, thanks to our expert tour directors.
For instance, on the 10-day America’s National Park itinerary, which goes from Rapid City, SD, to Salt Lake City, UT, travelers will explore Yellowstone National Park (staying two nights inside the park), visit Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse memorials, take a sightseeing tour through Salt Lake City and visit the Buffalo Bill Historic Center in Cody. Rates for this itinerary start at $1,999 pp dbl and departure dates are available May through September 2012.
The 9-day California Classics itinerary, meanwhile,takes travelers from San Francisco to Los Angeles, visiting several of the state’s most famous sites along the way, including Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park, the stunning scenery of Lake Tahoe and the majestic Sierra Mountains, as well as sample wine in Sonoma Valley and visit Solvang, a quaint Danish village founded in 1911 by Danish educators to maintain their heritage. Here, there will also be plenty of opportunities to wander through the town with picturesque buildings and windmills, charming shops featuring Danish imports, and over 30 restaurants. Also included in the itinerary is a visit to the famous Hearst Castle, built by William Randolph Hearst as his private retreat. Rates start at $2,149 pp dbl with departures available from May through October 2012.
Or recommend your clients check out the 9-day Colorado’s National Parks & Trains tour, beginning and ending in Denver. Highlights of this trip include visits to the Colorado Railroad Museum, Garden of Gods—famous for its red rock formations—Mesa Verde National Park and the Vail area, among other stops. Rates start at $1,569 pp dbl and departures are available from June through September 2012.
“There are a vast number of unique experiences national parks can offer any traveler,” says Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “By joining together with the Globus family, we’re giving visitors an easy way to have a one-of-a-kind national park experience while supporting these iconic treasures at the same time.”
For more information, visit globusjourneys.com/goparks.