Hi all, new here to bear with me lol,
soon ill be heading to america ( in the planning stages now ), for 2 months, my goal is to tour the national parks, i have had a look at tour groups but 90% of them states it was either rushed, or rushed and over crowded, thats somthing i dont want, is to be rushed and over crowded, not really into the camping side of things ( i do that enough here in australia ) so far on my itinerary is as follows
- Yosemite national park
- colorado rockys
- great smokey mountains
- zion natonal park
Canada - not sure yet
Alaska - not sure yet
can anyone recommend any tour groups that fit the description? or any recommendations as to what to do,
thanks in advance
In Canada I love both the National Parks in the Rockies (Banff, Jasper, etc - you can just think of them as one big park), and particularly the west coast of Vancouver Island, the Pacific Rim National Park. Absolutely amazing old growth rainforest just south of Tofino, and significantly quieter than Banff e.a., which rank just behind Yosemite as some of the more crowded national parks I've visited.
I did them all independently, though. The very idea of visiting them with a tour group makes me shudder. What is it in particular that makes you want to do that? If it's just driving on the other side of the road which is making you hesitant of doing this by yourself, I can tell you that you'll grow used to that very swiftly, and the roads in these parks tend to be very easy driving. (If it's driving at all, then that's a bit of a bigger barrier. There tends to be some transport options which still let you go hike independently, but they're few and far between.)
I agree with Sander that the Rockies are beautiful. There are some gorgeous areas around the Great Lakes, and Algonquin Park in Ontario and further east as well. Drumheller in Northern Alberta is completely different than anywhere else as well. It really depends on when you're going and what direction you're coming from as 2 months, while a lot of time, isn't much given the distances you're looking to cover.
I'm not aware of any organized tours in Canada that do justice to the Rocky Mountain and West Coast Parks. Self drive is BY FAR the best possible way to tour the Parks.
Good luck with your research.
spend some time at NPS.gov and explore
[ Edit: Edited on 11-Oct-2015, at 13:37 by katzgar ]
For Canada, I remembered that the tour we encountered everywhere while travelling around back then was Moose. Had a distinct "Oz Experience" type of vibe, but if you're of that age group, and moderately interested in their "adventure activities", that might actually not be too bad a fit. They offer the option to linger for a couple of extra days in Banff, which should help offset the otherwise rushed itinerary.
I'm not sure about any other I suggest you Alaska .Wrangell-St. Elias National Park represents everything that is compelling about Alaska .Be sure to stop at the park’s main visitor center, located outside the park in Copper Center, for the latest on road conditions as well as maps and books.