Only Have a Few Days, or Do You Have All the Time in the World?
Whether you’re looking to pack all of the fun into one weekend, have a week blocked off on your calendar or are looking to make your once-in-a-lifetime vacation last, Xanterra Travel Collection has a trip to fit your schedule.
Quick Trips (1-4 Days)
Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel
Head to the Grand Canyon on a one-of-a-kind railway, with visual splendor, superb service, and extraordinary Old West entertainment delivered on a 65-mile, 2 ½ hour journey between the retro-cool town of Williams (located right off of Route 66), and the stunning South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Then stay next to the train depot, in the AAA Three-Diamond Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, which provides the luxury of a bygone era.
You don’t come to Death Valley because abundant life flourishes here. Which is exactly why an oasis in the middle of it is so special. Only here can you enjoy two distinct hotel experiences that have undergone a $100 million renaissance – the historic, serene, and peaceful Four Diamond Inn at Death Valley and the family-friendly, adventure-focused Ranch at Death Valley – the energetic epicenter of this True American Oasis located in Death Valley National Park.
A four-season destination inspired by the people, culture, and landscapes of Montana, the new Cedar Creek Lodge and Conference Center blends the comfort of a mountain lodge with modern style at the gateway to Glacier National Park in Columbia Falls. A rich sense of exhilaration infuses every experience, from fly fishing on Whitefish Lake and backcountry adventures in Glacier National Park to championship golf and more.
Long considered one of the seven wonders of the world, visitors flock to see the Grand Canyon’s unique combination of geological color and erosional forms. Grand Canyon National Park Lodges provides the premier in-park lodging at the South Rim – with iconic lodges like El Tovar and Bright Angel – and we are proud to provide you with everything you need to plan and enjoy your visit to the Grand Canyon. When you stay at Grand Canyon National Park Lodges, you’re not just close – you’re there!
The Grand Hotel in Tusayan, Arizona, is a AAA Three-Diamond property, just one mile from the South Rim entrance to Grand Canyon. The rustic, yet elegant hotel has recently renovated guestrooms and comforts and amenities that include an indoor heated pool, hot tub, and the Canyon Star Steakhouse and Saloon – where the specialty is hand-cut steaks and 24 draft beers from around the world.
The name “Zion” means a place of peace and refuge. As a sanctuary with over 146,000 acres of cliffs, canyons, diverse plant and animal life, and uninterrupted beauty, Zion is well-named. Its massive sandstone walls, some as high as 3,800 feet, offer an opportunity for serenity and reflection for all who visit—and Zion Lodge offers the only in-park lodging inside this hiker’s paradise.
At Yellowstone National Park Lodges, you’re invited to discover or rediscover the magic of the world’s first national park – Yellowstone. As proud stewards of the park and this truly extraordinary American wonder, we’ll help you find your ultimate Yellowstone experience—all while working to protect and preserve the park for future generations.
Known for its seemingly endless acres of rugged and breathtaking landscapes, Glacier National Park was established in 1910 and stands today as a monument to wild natural places. Just as the landscape and wildlife are part of the heritage of Glacier National Park, so are the historic lodges and classic Red Buses and their drivers known as “jammers.” With abundant in-park lodging, Glacier National Park Lodges stands ready to welcome the park’s visitors and help create memorable and meaningful experiences to last a lifetime.
Seattle-based Windstar Cruises specializes in small ship vacations that are “180 Degrees from Ordinary®.” Glorious 148- to 310-passenger sailing ships and luxurious 212-passenger motor yacht visit bucket list destinations such as the stunning fjords of Norway, the friendly Greek Isles, ethereal French Polynesia, the wilds of Alaska and the hidden harbors of the Caribbean. We like to say, “upscale, but not uptight.”
Since 1971, Vermont-based VBT has been devoted to providing extraordinary experiences for active travelers in destinations around the world, with stays in places such as castles and quaint farmhouses. VBT’s six- to 14-day small group bicycling and walking trips are offered at various, easy to understand levels of activity.
At Vermont-based Country Walkers, every trail tells a story. For 40 years the company has been leading off-the-beaten-path adventures on foot with expert local guides, providing guests immersive cultural moments complemented by stays in unique boutique accommodations. The tours are offered at various activity levels – the core belief being that walking is a great way to experience the world.
Since 1973, thousands of people have experienced carefully planned, value-priced itineraries with Wisconsin-based Holiday Vacations. What started as a small company providing motorcoach tours to Midwest travelers has grown into a nationwide provider of guided vacations to more than 65 destinations worldwide. Tours are now available by motorcoach, van, air, rail, and cruise.
If you have but one day to spend at the Grand Canyon, you’ll be missing a lot. After all, the national park encompasses 1,904 square miles. And the canyon is six million or so years in the making. But you can make the most of your limited time at the canyon’s South Rim — the hub of visitor activity in Grand Canyon National Park — by following these suggestions.
Family Fun! 10 Great Things To Do with Kids in Death Valley
The largest national park outside Alaska, Death Valley National Park in California spreads over 5,000 square miles of desert and mountains. That’s a lot of ground to cover. But during a stay at The Oasis at Death Valley — with its AAA Four Diamond The Inn at Death Valley and family-friendly The Ranch at Death Valley — you can have a perfect day filled with history and adventure without ever straying from the Furnace Creek area.
While there’s not one way to “do it right,” there are many ways to pack two days with excursions and activities that are alternately entertaining, educational and, at times, appetizing. Assuming you stay at one of the Grand Canyon Lodges, here’s how to fill a two-night visit.
Most people know about Yellowstone’s geysers; Old Faithful, the most famous, shoots steaming spray 100 to 180 feet into the air with regularity. But within Yellowstone’s nearly 3,500 square miles, you can hike forests, take a boat trip, admire a canyon, ride horseback, travel by covered wagon and stagecoach plus look out your car window to see bison, moose, elk, and bighorn sheep. That makes it a perfect family destination.