NATIONAL PARKS

ICONIC WEST

Look up a list of the largest states in the US. You’ll find 15 of the top 20 are west of the Mississippi. And forty of our nation’s 59 national parks are in the west, along with hundreds of other attractions managed by either the National Park Service or by individual states. Simply put, the west is a massive playground and the perfect setting for an Iconic West vacation.

There is something so soul-stirring about the west. Perhaps no one has said it better than author and historian Wallace Stegner: “One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native home of hope. When it fully learns that cooperation, not rugged individualism, is the quality that most characterizes and preserves it, then it will have achieved itself and outlived its origins. Then it has a chance to create a society to match its scenery.”

A list of Iconic West attractions is a veritable ‘who’s who’ of some of the planet’s very best, be it natural or manmade. Mountains, canyons, glaciers, rivers, forests, plains, valleys, deserts, the Pacific Coast. The ‘big 3’ – Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone. San Francisco, the Napa Valley, Los Angeles, Disneyland, Las Vegas, Route 66. Native American and western US history and culture. Winemaking, farm-to-table dining, craft brewing and distilling. It’s all this and so much more. And to experience an Iconic West vacation in a richer, deeper and ultimately more meaningful way, you’ll want our private guides and outfitters at your side. Think of them as an outdoor version of a concierge and tailor…they customize each day based on who you are and what you wish to experience. They are experts in family travel. And not only do they know the off-the-tourist-path trails and the best ‘hidden gems’, they are actively engaged in preserving and protecting our wild spaces and places.

HIGHLIGHTS

HISTORIC ROUTE 66


HISTORIC ROUTE 66

Nothing says Americana quite like a Historic Route 66 vacation, a trip that will take you along the “Mother Road” from Chicago to Santa Monica, past chaps and cowboy hats at Oklahoma City’s National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, to giant steaks and shooting arcades in Amarillo, to the mesmerizing beauty of Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park. By the time you glimpse Santa Monica’s famous Ferris wheel, you’ll have eaten plates of chili fries, snapped your photo beside classic cars and soaked in all of the weird, yet unmissable sights this famed route has to offer.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Trust our veteran local guides to know which stops are worth it as you sail along on your Route 66 vacation. We promise a few tricks up our sleeve to wow even the most jaded of traveler, sure to make you fall in love with America all over again. Where else could you dress in period costume and have dinner in a historic home with Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln? You will paddleboat along the mighty Mississippi and tour Meramec Caves and the famous Jesse James Hideout. In Kansas – Route 66’s shortest stretch – stop in to the National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum. Indulge in to-die-for ice cream at Swan Brothers Dairy Farm and pose beside a 66-foot lighted pop bottle in Arcadia. Drop into the renowned Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo and tour Albuquerque’s Old Town. Arizona’s Walnut Canyon National Monument enchants with its preserved Native American cliff dwellings. And finally, roll into Santa Monica and snap a final photo at the “Santa Monica 66 – End of the Trail” sign.

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> Grand Canyon
> Joshua Tree National Park
> Los Angeles, Beverly Hills & Santa Monica

SCENIC COASTAL HIGHWAY 1


SCENIC COASTAL HIGHWAY 1

Whatever you call it – the “PCH,” “Pacific Coast Highway” or, like the locals, “Highway 1” – a Scenic Coastal Highway 1 vacation is the quintessential way to experience the riches of California. Glamorous and rugged all at once, this meandering, sometimes isolated, sometimes peppered with charming coastal towns, and yet always with the Pacific horizon in view, iconic roadway is true California. Pull over and drink in a kaleidoscopic sunset and perhaps glimpse a migrating pod of whales. Photograph dramatic cliffs hewn away by ages of relentless pounding surf. Picnic at hidden beaches, lunch with the locals in quaint fishing towns and feel that magical road trip vibe – your worries and cares left behind and a long stretch of road – and discovery – ahead.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Our local experts have mastered the Scenic Coastal Highway 1 vacation, curating itineraries that are brimming with outdoor activities inspired by beautiful beaches, lush green valleys and not-to-be-missed national parks. Try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding in the peaceful waters of Marina del Rey. Head inland to Yosemite National Park and catch a glimpse of Half Dome and El Capitan. Kayak and snorkel in Channel Islands National Park. Pass under the Golden Gate Bridge on a private catamaran sail. Ride the Ferris wheel on the Santa Cruz boardwalk. Since this is the road trip of a lifetime, spend a day with the pros testing the limits of the Audi S Models. Heed the “Call of the Wild” and take a private, guided hike on a noted author’s ranch, through the winery and to the peak of Sonoma Mountain. And, of course, don’t miss a VIP experience at Universal Studios Hollywood – this is California, after all!

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> Los Angeles, Beverly Hills & Santa Monica
> San Diego
> Santa Barbara & Channel Islands

US HIGHWAY 89


US HIGHWAY 89 (“NATIONAL PARKS HIGHWAY”)

Looking for the ultimate western US road trip? It doesn’t get any better than iconic US Route 89, an incredible north-south US highway with two sections – the first from Flagstaff, Arizona, to the southern entrance of Yellowstone National Park; the second from the northern entrance of the Park to the US-Canada border. Known to some as the National Park Highway, this route connects seven national parks in the American West and branches off to 14 other national parks and national monuments.

WHAT WE REVEAL
A US Highway 89 vacation is the epic national park road trip – if you have the time. As daunting as its 1,252 miles may be, we can craft journeys as short or as long as you wish along the road that showcases the parks most dear to our country. Capture the giant saguaro at sunset at Saguaro National Park. Marvel at the Grand Canyon or hike along its floor. Drive through stunning sandstone formations in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Choke up with emotion (and grab your camera) as the incredible Grand Tetons come into view. See the power of Yellowstone National Park’s geysers and meet its resident elk and bison. Head into Glacier National Park – making sure not to miss the access to the renowned Going-to-the-Sun Road. You’ll see the most famous of landmarks and those you never thought you’d encounter, from Utah’s Big Rock Candy Mountain to Montana’s Piegan Pass. Overpowering in scale and iconic in what it reveals, a US Highway 89 vacation is the backbone of our country’s big backyard.

COMBINE WITH
> Grand Canyon
> Yellowstone National Park
> Glacier National Park

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