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Backroads Family Yellowstone National Park Vacations


May, 2013
A Better Way to See the World
National Park Vacations: Gawk at a Geyser, Marvel at a Moose


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  It's been more than three decades since we first resolved to explore the planet actively—and to share that passion with our guests. And during the past 34 incredible years, we've kept our promise of redefining what a family vacation can be and bringing you a better way to discover and connect with the world.
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Longer days and warmer nights. Kids restlessly eyeing the school calendar. It can only mean one thing—summer's on the horizon! And since there's still time to start planning your carefree, fun-filled and truly unforgettable vacation, why not consider national park'ing with Backroads? You can choose between Premiere Inns, Casual Inns or Deluxe Camping.

There's definitely something irresistible (not to mention easy) about traveling actively in North America's national parks with us. Biking in Zion's red-rock canyon, hiking in Yosemite's flower-filled meadows, kayaking on a tranquil Yellowstone'll feel the satisfaction of exploring under your own power and the exhilaration of sharing incredible surroundings with your whole family. And we've designed our trips to help you get the most out of your national park adventure.

From the Canadian Rockies to the rocky coast of Maine, summer vacation has never been so fun! Read on for a few ideas to inspire your next trip...

I hope to see you on the road or trail this year,
Alison Iles Signature
Alison Iles
Family Trips Manager, with Backroads for 22 years

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The West

Alaska's Kenai Peninsula sets the stage for an unforgettable family adventure: hike beneath snow-clad mountains to an awe-inspiring glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, pedal the peninsula's wooded roads and marvel at marine life on Kachemak Bay. The sheer grandeur of Yosemite will thrill you: Half Dome, Glacier Point, giant sequoias. Wow! North America's West is chock-full of jaw-droppers—and Backroads brings you the best.

Choose: Premiere Inns | Casual Inns | Deluxe Camping
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The Southwest

Ever seen a gorgeous gorge? In Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks—where ever-changing orange, amber and red sandstone always dazzles—you'll discover lots of 'em. Marvel at the play of light and shadow across the Grand Canyon's endless expanse. Wander in an otherworldly landscape of spires, arches and hoodoos in Bryce. Pedal across high desert, traipse through a narrow slot canyon and hike sky-high for spectacular views in Zion. You don't have to travel clear across the world to immerse yourself in some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on the planet!

Choose: Casual Inns | Deluxe Camping
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East Coast

Salt air. Tasty seafood. The mountains and beaches of Maine's Acadia National Park. Biking past historic lighthouses. Scaling granite! Picking wild blueberries. Charming New England fishing villages with welcoming shops, galleries and cafés. It's all here for you to enjoy in magnificent Maine. Québec's Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park sets the stage for exploration. Hike to a viewpoint for a breathtaking panorama. Play on sand dunes left behind by age-old glacier activity. Kayak the mighty St. Lawrence River. And look for breaching beluga, minke and fin whales during a boat ride with a naturalist.

Choose: Premiere Inns
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Rocky Mountains

The Canadian Rockies' Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks provide adventures galore as you spin and hike amid mighty peaks, vast ice fields and glacial lakes. Kids especially love rock climbing and making a splash on a river rafting trip. In Montana's Glacier National Park, kids have a blast riding horses and cooking out with real cow pokes at a historic ranch. And you'll all have fun visiting Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park, a joint World Heritage site shared by the United States and Canada. In Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park, hike to the very edge of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and kayak over geothermal features on Yellowstone Lake. Then have a blast white-water rafting in nearby Grand Teton National Park.

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