for the young and the Young-at-Heart
Xanterra Parks & Resorts is renowned for legendary hospitality with a softer footprint. From traveling through one of the greatest natural wonders in the world aboard a historic train to embarking on some of the greatest tours on Earth, we’re also proud to deliver once-in-a-lifetime adventures for the young and the young-at-heart.
National & State Parks
Create your own adventure, or talk with our staff to discover pre-packaged adventures that await you. All across the country, Xanterra Parks & Resorts is helping travelers get out and enjoy the amazing natural wonders this country has to offer. Whether watching wild buffalo at Yellowstone, taking in breathtaking views at Zion, experiencing the intensity of Death Valley, or exploring the geological wonders of Crater Lake, Xanterra’s National Park locations are sure to exceed your vacation expectations.
Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel
From its yesteryears of transporting ore through the Wild West to our present day journeys in the heart of the canyon, the Grand Canyon Railway has enchanted millions of people from around the world since 1901. For those fortunate to have traveled on this iconic train, the Grand Canyon Railway is more than just a mode of transportation.
It’s a legendary journey to an extraordinary place, where you’ll take an unforgettable ride on one of our lovingly restored cars and hear folklore and tales from a crew who are still bewitched by their spectacular surroundings. Be entertained by authentic characters and musicians who bring the Old West to life. And lose yourself in the majesty, the magnificence that is Grand Canyon National Park.
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
With the acquisition of VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations in 2012, Xanterra Parks & Resorts is now able to offer deluxe, small group bicycling, walking and cross-country skiing tours worldwide, including destinations in Europe, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Vietnam, Thailand, Peru, Argentina, Canada and the United States. Each trip focuses on creating life-changing vacations including all accommodations, meals, two expert local trip leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities, and full vehicle support. Unlike other companies, VBT also includes international airfare in its trip cost.
VBT is consistently in the top rankings by Travel + Leisure readers in the “World’s Best Tour Operator” category and was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
Recognized as one of the world’s best tour operators, Austin Adventures has been sharing their love of adventure with guests since 1974. Their longtime insider’s knowledge and extensive contacts in each destination allow them to create cultural and artistic adventures that give an in-depth feel for the local people and their way of life. There is a maximum of 12 guests on adult trips and 18 on family excursions—allowing travelers a much more intimate and authentic experience, with a guest-to-guide ratio of never more than 6:1. From intense activity to kick-backed relaxation or something in between, Austin Adventures offers unforgettable adventure vacations for every taste, every person.
Offering unparalleled customer service, individualized attention, and absolute peace of mind when traveling, Country Walkers is committed to facilitating authentic cultural experiences for their guests. Every itinerary is meticulously planned and updated often, so you’re getting the best of a region, not the best of five years ago. There is also a strong focus on responsible travel and sustainable tourism, which makes the company a very natural addition to the Xanterra Parks & Resorts family. Expect the exceptional with Country Walkers, where adventures are more than a simple vacation: It’s a total way of experiencing the world.