Top Ten National Park Family Adventures for 2014! Celebrate Our National Parks!


Thought since We are celebrating National Park week, I would share some great trip ideas from our friends at Austin Adventures.

“Our National Parks are just incredible to behold,” explains Dan Austin, President of Austin Adventures (

“Every Park is different and with every trip we plan, we take great care to get beyond the beaten path to experience what makes it so special and extraordinary.”

For the 2014 season Austin’s company has arranged 10 unique six-day/five-night programs in the Western U.S. and Canada expressly designed for families with children ages 7 and up (min age 5 for Yellowstone Family Adventure).  National Parks visited include Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Yosemite, Kenai Fjords, Bryce, Zion, Wind Cave, Banff and Jasper.  There are multiple departures of all trips.

New for this season, Austin Adventures guests will enjoy unprecedented “insider’s access” and advantages that Austin attributes to a recent partnership between his company and Xanterra Parks & Resorts®. This partnership brings “access to things like hard-to-get hotel rooms, off-the-tourist-track itineraries and local specialists whose expertise adds unique perspective to travel experiences.”

ALA_extended_family_in_Alaska_smAs each and every park is different activities will vary by what the terrain offers. The South Dakota Family in the Black Hills focuses on a host of dedicated Rails to Trails bike routes and a day exploring underground wonders. Alaska Family on the Kenai Peninsula explores the wilderness by train, small ship, sea kayak, bicycle and on foot.

Montana Family Great Western Adventure (named a 2014 Tour of a Lifetime by National Geographic Traveler) displays the Wild West from Little Big Horn to the Beartooth Mountains to Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley and Cody’s rollicking rodeo.

Yosemite_Family_smNear and inside the parks are exemplary accommodations and culinary experiences representative of the history and traditions of the region. After a day of rafting and hiking, parents often enjoy an al fresco glass of wine as their children splash in the swimming pool.
“Each National Park has its own set of challenges, from white water rapids to rigorous treks. Our guides create a secure and rewarding environment to accomplish the challenges while having a ton of fun along the way,” Austin says.

For a comprehensive 2014 catalog, call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail

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2 Responses to Top Ten National Park Family Adventures for 2014! Celebrate Our National Parks!

  1. Cyndie says:

    I think going to out National Parks is one of the most amazing things to do as a family. I have always wanted to see the Black Hills.

  2. I’ve traveled all over Europe, but no the US. I need to make a trip to some of these national parks! Thanks for the list!
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