There has been huge interest in national park vacations since the pandemic. On the one hand, this is great – we like to see people getting into nature and enjoying our national parks.
On the other hand, national parks are BUSY. With a population in the United States of over 334 million people, a slightly uptick in visitation can have huge effects. And that doesn’t count foreign visitors!
Of course, we at Zephyr Adventures often visit popular locations around the world. Figuring out when, where, and how to visit these places to maximize your experience is what we do. And we can do that with National Parks too.
Alumni Survey of National Park Vacations
So we recently conducted a survey of our alumni asking whether they were interested in us adding more national park vacations and, if so, which ones. The result? 50% of respondents told us they are very interested in having us offer more national park vacations and 95% are either somewhat or very interested. Here are the top parks of interest to you out of the 14 we included in the survey:
- Grand Canyon & Zion
- Grand Teton
- Mount Rainier
In 2024 we plan to offer six different tours in national parks and are working on that now. However, the interesting thing about this list is we are already offering trips to two of these locations this year. We have recently revamped our July 16 – 19 Best of Yellowstone Hiking Adventure to be as much about the hiking as it is about the animal viewing and geothermal features – the three make Yellowstone the most amazing park in the world. And from August 6 – 10 we are running our Glacier National Park Hiking Adventure, guided by our recently-retired and much-beloved guide Kris Keys. (Note we also have a Banff Multisport Adventure running from September 21 – 25, which was not included in our survey since it is in Canada.)
Look for a few new adventures to be announced by September 1st for 2024!