Backroads Names Top US National Park Destinations for Centennial Celebration
Popular Summer Travel Bookings Outside of USA include Canadian Rockies, Costa Brava, Croatia, Holland & Belgium, Iceland, Tuscan Coast and More
Berkeley, CA (March 29, 2016) Backroads, the leading active travel company, named the five most popular trips featuring US National Parks for celebrating the park centennial anniversary this summer—Yellowstone & Tetons, Bryce & Zion, Glacier & Waterton Lakes, Maine and Alaska—based on Backroads summer bookings. The Canadian Rockies national park is also a popular travel destination this summer. Outside of the United States, Europe continues to trend up as a popular summer spot especially to the waterside locations of Croatia, Iceland, Italy’s Tuscan Coast, Spain’s Costa Brava and the canals of Holland.
National Parks are a unique part of the United States, allowing visitors to see protected land and ecosystems as well as geology and wildlife. With many national park celebrations planned, and hotel rooms in very high demand this summer, the timing is perfect for an active getaway organized by Backroads. The company has secured hard-to-get hotel reservations and handles all planning and logistics, enabling guests of all ages to unplug, relax and actively enjoy the parks and their natural splendor. Backroads currently offers the most trips to the US National Parks of any active travel company and has done so since the company’s inception more than 37 years ago. Backroads’ itineraries are created to encompass the best the parks have to offer while giving guests a great sense of journey.
Backroads top trips to the national parks this summer include:
Yellowstone & Tetons Multisport Adventure Tour - Discover the Wonders of Wyoming's Wild Preserves
Bryce & Zion Walking & Hiking Tours, Biking Tours - Utah’s Phenomenal National Parks
Maine Biking Tours - In Acadia National Park & Along Penobscot Bay
Glacier & Waterton Lakes Biking Tour - Epic Grandeur in Montana's & Alberta's National Parks
Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula Multisport Adventure Tour - An Adventure from Seward to Homer
Alaska’s Prince William Sound to Denali Multisport Adventure Tour - From Icebergs & Marvelous Marine Life to the "Great One"
“Everyone loves our national parks and this summer we’re happy to help families explore and enjoy the centennial celebration,” said Backroads Founder and CEO Tom Hale. “Whether seeing a national park for the first time, the nostalgia of taking the family back to where you once vacationed, or just wanting to unplug, there is something very special about getting out and enjoying nature actively. We invite those who haven’t planned their summer travel yet, to come along on an unforgettable active vacation and leave all the planning to us.”
In addition to the national parks, other destinations that are popular this summer with Backroads guests are locations along the water, and on the water, in Europe. Backroads Active River Cruises continue to be a guest favorite, with summer departures along the Danube, Rhine, Seine and Portugal’s Douro rivers. Backroads is also seeing strong guest bookings for Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, Italy’s Tuscan Coast Bike Tour, Pyrenees to Costa Brava Bike Tour and Walking & Hiking Tour, Holland & Belgium Bike Tour, and Iceland Multisport Adventure Tours.
For those wishing to avoid the summer crowds and wanting to see a national park in a different season, Backroads offers a very special Yellowstone Winter Snow Adventure Tour with dogsledding, ice-skating, animal safaris and the chance to see Yellowstone’s splendors in their winter environment.
Backroads’ National Park family trips offer a range of activities for both parents and kids—separately and together—such as hiking, biking, rafting and kayaking. Backroads runs National Parks trips in the following regions:
Western & Pacific U.S. National Park Trips
Alaska - Kenai Peninsula; Prince William Sound to Denali Bryce & Zion Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon Crater Lake Death Valley Hawaii Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Redwood Empire San Juan Islands, Victoria & Olympic National Park Yosemite
Information on all Backroads National Park trips can be found here:
Backroads was founded in 1979 by Tom Hale. The company has been in business for more than 37 years and hosts thousands of guests in hundreds of locations across the globe, 80% of whom are repeat guests or referrals from past guests. Backroads was named one of the top 100 places to work by Outside magazine in 2015, and is a founding member of the Adventure Collection. For more information, please visit www.backroads.com or call 800-462-2848 daily, 6 am - 6 pm, Pacific time.