Why would I do a guided tour in the US when I could just drive?
There is no better way to unearth America’s natural wonders than journeying through the raw, rugged beauty of its iconic countryside. With 60 protected national parks to tempt you, you won’t know where to head first! Here is a list of reasons why going guided is an excellent choice when discovering America’s national parks.
An organized itinerary makes it so easy! With so many parks and sites to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start and what to prioritize. A guided trip takes away the stress of figuring out the route to take, where to start, where to end and everything in between. From the hotel you stay in to the tickets to get you into the parks, every detail of your journey is taken care of for you.
No driving means more down time! Who said an American road trip needs to be exhausting? What better way to relax after a day of exploring than on a coach back to your cozy hotel? You simply sit back and relax. All the transportation is taken care of for you. You don’t have to think about park entry fees or parking, and you’ll be dropped off in the most relevant spots.
You are right smack in the middle of the action! You’ll not only have experiences planned out for you, you’ll be placed in conveniently located hotels, close to where the action is. Staying in the parks allows you to witness them in all their natural glory once the crowds have left. It also gives you more time to spot the local wildlife.
You have guides that have all the insider knowledge! Two of the most challenging things you face when traveling is the fear of missing a local highlight and managing to find time to engage with the locals. On a guided trip, you have local guides that are experts. They are very passionate and knowledgeable about what there is to see and do.
You get access to the best experiences! Having access to the local way of life and to the local guides means you’ll get more authentic experiences.
You can do it your way! Contrary to belief, doing guided tours doesn’t mean you need to relinquish your adventurous ways. Whether you’re an eager outdoorsy type or you prefer to simply visit a destinations highlights, you can tailor your guided trips to suit you. Being situated in the parks and receiving plenty of downtime throughout your journey means you can head out for some walks at your own pace or simply enjoy some downtime with a glass of wine, admiring the breathtaking views from the comfort of your lodge.
My husband and I personally love to take off in the car with no plan in mind but if there are things we really want to see and do; we choose to go on a guided tour. Our main reason…. the person driving misses so much. And when we do stop and explore, we don’t truly understand the significant of what we are experiencing. If you want plan a journey of discovery, a guided tour is the way to go. Happy travels!