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National Park Tours for Families and Small Groups

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Wonder awaits on a national parks adventure. Discover stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, and heart-pumping activities on a vacation of a lifetime.

They’re called America’s best idea for a reason, and they are always worth exploring. On a National Park tour, you’ll actively explore and experience these protected lands; stepping off the beaten path and discovering a world that not every visitor gets to witness. This is where the true adventure takes place.

The varied geography and climate of the parks offer a range of activities from hiking and biking to rafting, fishing, and even relaxing by a campfire. National Park adventure vacations combine travel with action, allowing you to experience the environment with activities that are ideally suited for your destination.

To help you sort through all the information, we’ve developed a National Parks Vacation Planning Guide. Download it today for expert insights and planning information we’ve gathered over the decades.

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What our guests say about their National Park Adventures

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Yellowstone Adventure - June 2024

Yellowstone

"Yellowstone is always one of my favorite places - probably been there 5 or 6 times. Your guides did a great job making it new again.

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"Yellowstone is always one of my favorite places - probably been there 5 or 6… read more

"Yellowstone is always one of my favorite places - probably been there 5 or 6 times. Your guides did a great job making it new again.

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5 Stars (139 reviews)

R Robert | June 2024

Yellowstone Family Vacation - June 2024

Dianne

"We had 3 generations in our Family on this trip. Each of us had a great time.. our guides, Kevin, Jessi and Jamie went above and beyond! …This adventure made such great memories . Great way to introduce the grandchildren to our National Parks. Looking forward to another trip.

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"We had 3 generations in our Family on this trip. Each of us had a… read more

"We had 3 generations in our Family on this trip. Each of us had a great time.. our guides, Kevin, Jessi and Jamie went above and beyond! …This adventure made such great memories . Great way to introduce the grandchildren to our National Parks. Looking forward to another trip. read less

5 Stars (322 reviews)

D Dianne | June 2024

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - June 2024

Kenai Fjords and Denali

"Where to begin...From the beauty of Alaska, the great weather we had, the activities we participated in, the group of people involved, and most of all, the wonderful, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly guides, I'd have to say it was the best trip ever! With a broad variety of destinations and activities, including great hikes, we were kept busy with long, but enjoyable days. Trip was filled with lots of unexpected surprises from our resourceful and creative guides. Hats off to Derek and Jen! Thanks so much for a fun, memorable trip!

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"Where to begin...From the beauty of Alaska, the great weather we had, the activities we… read more

"Where to begin...From the beauty of Alaska, the great weather we had, the activities we participated in, the group of people involved, and most of all, the wonderful, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly guides, I'd have to say it was the best trip ever! With a broad variety of destinations and activities, including great hikes, we were kept busy with long, but enjoyable days. Trip was filled with lots of unexpected surprises from our resourceful and creative guides. Hats off to Derek and Jen! Thanks so much for a fun, memorable trip! read less

5 Stars (22 reviews)

P Patricia | June 2024

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - June 2024

Derek and Jenny are awesome!

"Guys, I had an amazing time on my trip. My two guides, Derek and Jenny were amazing. The two of them navigated us through Alaska for 7 nights and 8 days. We covered a lot during this time, several hikes, water activities (boat, raft, boat, kayak), and air activities (Denali flight). We even ran into some issues with the wild fire in Denali National Park (not their fault), and they navigated it beautifully. They stayed calm, and found us alternative arrangements for hotel and food. Overall, they were super great and very attentive. They kept us all in good fun spirits, super knowledgeable on everything Alaska, and really made the whole trip. Thank you both and thank you Active Adventures!

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"Guys, I had an amazing time on my trip. My two guides, Derek and Jenny… read more

"Guys, I had an amazing time on my trip. My two guides, Derek and Jenny were amazing. The two of them navigated us through Alaska for 7 nights and 8 days. We covered a lot during this time, several hikes, water activities (boat, raft, boat, kayak), and air activities (Denali flight). We even ran into some issues with the wild fire in Denali National Park (not their fault), and they navigated it beautifully. They stayed calm, and found us alternative arrangements for hotel and food. Overall, they were super great and very attentive. They kept us all in good fun spirits, super knowledgeable on everything Alaska, and really made the whole trip. Thank you both and thank you Active Adventures! read less

5 Stars (22 reviews)

a albert | June 2024

Yellowstone Family Vacation - June 2024

Our best family trip ever!

"We loved Yellowstone! We were blown away by this enormous, diverse and beautiful park! We will never forget this trip thanks to our amazing guides and the two wonderful families we traveled with! A passing hiker commented on what a beautiful family we were, so from that moment on, our group started calling ourselves "The Austin Family!" We just can't imagine a better experience! We are looking forward to booking another trip in the future!

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"We loved Yellowstone! We were blown away by this enormous, diverse and beautiful park! … read more

"We loved Yellowstone! We were blown away by this enormous, diverse and beautiful park! We will never forget this trip thanks to our amazing guides and the two wonderful families we traveled with! A passing hiker commented on what a beautiful family we were, so from that moment on, our group started calling ourselves "The Austin Family!" We just can't imagine a better experience! We are looking forward to booking another trip in the future! read less

5 Stars (322 reviews)

H Heather | June 2024

Grand Canyon Adventure - June 2024

Epic Sights

"Having accommodations inside the Grand Canyon for two nights right along the rim was an awesome experience. The views along the South Kaibab trail were spectacular and it was nice having time to hike additional trails on our own. Our guides went out of their way to make the excursions fun and always had a positive attitude. The activities built around the Grand Canyon - kayaking the Salt River, hiking Watson Lake, and touring Sedona - made it a week not to forget!

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"Having accommodations inside the Grand Canyon for two nights right along the rim was an… read more

"Having accommodations inside the Grand Canyon for two nights right along the rim was an awesome experience. The views along the South Kaibab trail were spectacular and it was nice having time to hike additional trails on our own. Our guides went out of their way to make the excursions fun and always had a positive attitude. The activities built around the Grand Canyon - kayaking the Salt River, hiking Watson Lake, and touring Sedona - made it a week not to forget! read less

5 Stars (29 reviews)

D Derek | June 2024

Yellowstone Family Vacation - June 2024

Family Trip to Yellowstone

"Unbelievable trip with amazing guides! David and Liz were absolutely amazing. This trip goes down as our best family vacation to date. I couldn't be more pleased with everything.

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"Unbelievable trip with amazing guides! David and Liz were absolutely amazing. This trip… read more

"Unbelievable trip with amazing guides! David and Liz were absolutely amazing. This trip goes down as our best family vacation to date. I couldn't be more pleased with everything. read less

5 Stars (322 reviews)

B Brant | June 2024

Yellowstone & Grand Teton Family Vacation - June 2024

Fantastic activities and guides

"Each step of our family trip was supported by the Austin Adventures team, from the travel wallet information provided and collected, through the trip itself. 14 of us ranging in age from 7 to 77 were supported throughout the trip, including gentle encouragement to try challenging activities combined with enthusiastic support while doing so.

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"Each step of our family trip was supported by the Austin Adventures team, from the… read more

"Each step of our family trip was supported by the Austin Adventures team, from the travel wallet information provided and collected, through the trip itself. 14 of us ranging in age from 7 to 77 were supported throughout the trip, including gentle encouragement to try challenging activities combined with enthusiastic support while doing so. read less

5 Stars (167 reviews)

K Keren | June 2024

Yellowstone & Grand Teton Family Vacation - June 2024

Yellowstone and Grand Teton adventure

"I didn't know what to expect but what my family and I got was amazing. I loved the sites, accommodation and the food.
The guides where very helpful, kind, cheerful and always around to lend a hand.
I loved the surprises the guides had in store for us.

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"I didn't know what to expect but what my family and I got was amazing.… read more

"I didn't know what to expect but what my family and I got was amazing. I loved the sites, accommodation and the food.
The guides where very helpful, kind, cheerful and always around to lend a hand.
I loved the surprises the guides had in store for us.
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5 Stars (167 reviews)

Y Yardena | June 2024

Grand Canyon Adventure - June 2024

A Grand Vacation

"Traveling with Austin Adventures is a one-of-a-kind experience. We visited the Grand Canyon and loved it. They plan every detail, which allowed us to enjoy every day without stressing about any of the logistics. Austin Adventures also reserves great accommodations at the rim of the Canyon. We had a spectacular view from our room. Finally, our guides were fantastic. They were knowledgable, organized, and funny. We would happily take another tour with Nicole and Jonathan.

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"Traveling with Austin Adventures is a one-of-a-kind experience. We visited the Grand Canyon and… read more

"Traveling with Austin Adventures is a one-of-a-kind experience. We visited the Grand Canyon and loved it. They plan every detail, which allowed us to enjoy every day without stressing about any of the logistics. Austin Adventures also reserves great accommodations at the rim of the Canyon. We had a spectacular view from our room. Finally, our guides were fantastic. They were knowledgable, organized, and funny. We would happily take another tour with Nicole and Jonathan. read less

4 Stars (29 reviews)

C Craig | June 2024

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - June 2024

Just great!

"Our trip was wonderful from start to finish, the weather was unbelievable---maybe almost a little too warm---but we enjoyed every day and every activity! Our guides, Derek, Jenny and Steve were amazing and made sure that we were well taken care of and had a great time. Some of the activities were a little trying, but our guides made sure that we were safe and looked after. And we had a wonderful time socializing with the whole gang. It was a really great group of like-minded folks, and we had fabulous time learning about one another. A few of the folks had to cut their trip short because of Covid and I feel sorry that they missed the excellent adventures and beautiful views that we had.

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"Our trip was wonderful from start to finish, the weather was unbelievable---maybe almost a little… read more

"Our trip was wonderful from start to finish, the weather was unbelievable---maybe almost a little too warm---but we enjoyed every day and every activity! Our guides, Derek, Jenny and Steve were amazing and made sure that we were well taken care of and had a great time. Some of the activities were a little trying, but our guides made sure that we were safe and looked after. And we had a wonderful time socializing with the whole gang. It was a really great group of like-minded folks, and we had fabulous time learning about one another. A few of the folks had to cut their trip short because of Covid and I feel sorry that they missed the excellent adventures and beautiful views that we had. read less

5 Stars (22 reviews)

L Lesley | June 2024

Banff & Jasper Adventure - June 2024

One of our favorite trips

"I really enjoyed the outdoor adventures offered on this particular trip. The professional guides were very knowledgeable and enjoyed sharing their experiences and stories with the group,

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"I really enjoyed the outdoor adventures offered on this particular trip. The professional guides… read more

"I really enjoyed the outdoor adventures offered on this particular trip. The professional guides were very knowledgeable and enjoyed sharing their experiences and stories with the group, read less

5 Stars (122 reviews)

B Bruce | June 2024

Banff & Jasper Adventure - June 2024

Bruce

"Great trip, I'd highly recommend this trip!

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5 Stars (122 reviews)

B Bruce | June 2024

Banff & Jasper Adventure - June 2024

Amazing Adventure!

"This was definitely by far our favorite trip (right after Patagonia). The breathtaking views, amazing scenery, cool weather, snowy mountains, white water rafting, which was exhilarating....the list can go on and one. My 2 favorites for this trip was the Moraine Lake hike and the Glacier hike. I cannot say enough about our amazing guides, Sydney and Santana. So knowledgeable, professional and and took the most amazing care of us every step of the way.

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"This was definitely by far our favorite trip (right after Patagonia). The breathtaking views, amazing… read more

"This was definitely by far our favorite trip (right after Patagonia). The breathtaking views, amazing scenery, cool weather, snowy mountains, white water rafting, which was exhilarating....the list can go on and one. My 2 favorites for this trip was the Moraine Lake hike and the Glacier hike. I cannot say enough about our amazing guides, Sydney and Santana. So knowledgeable, professional and and took the most amazing care of us every step of the way. read less

5 Stars (122 reviews)

R Regina | June 2024

Yellowstone & Grand Teton Adventure - June 2024

Awesome Adventure with Austin Adventures -- Grand Tetons and Yellowston

"We had a fabulous trip exploring the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. I'm usually the trip planner and this was the first time I've traveled on a pre-planned group trip and everything was perfectly planned. Our three AMAZING guides, Liz, Jessi, and Bryson, executed everything with ease, were always professional, and were super fun! I can't say enough about the guide team. They truly made the trip so enjoyable. I now understand why the percentage of return trips with AA is so high. I can't wait to book my next adventure.

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"We had a fabulous trip exploring the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. I'm usually the… read more

"We had a fabulous trip exploring the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. I'm usually the trip planner and this was the first time I've traveled on a pre-planned group trip and everything was perfectly planned. Our three AMAZING guides, Liz, Jessi, and Bryson, executed everything with ease, were always professional, and were super fun! I can't say enough about the guide team. They truly made the trip so enjoyable. I now understand why the percentage of return trips with AA is so high. I can't wait to book my next adventure. read less

5 Stars (114 reviews)

D Deborah | June 2024

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By paying in full we are able to pass on savings to our guests, but please note that by opting for this payment plan, your booking becomes non-refundable, non-cancellable, and non-changeable. This offer is only valid for reservations where the trip is no sooner than 180 days from the departure date at time of booking.

We highly recommend that you purchase Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance. We recommend Redpoint Insurance – you can find details here.

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We understand your plans can change, and that’s why Active Assurance is available so you can book with complete confidence.

Active Assurance can be purchased at the time of booking, enabling you to receive a full refund up to 61 days out from your trip departure date. For more details, view here.”

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Finding the Best National Parks to Visit

When looking for the best national parks to visit, consider what you'd like to see and do, then consult the experts who explore them for fun.

Several of America’s most incredible national parks are our weekend playgrounds, while others have left an indelible mark on our souls after visiting. Read our list of the best national parks to visit and consider adding one or two of them to your own must-visit list. 

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Small Group National Park Vacations for Adults and Families

National Parks vacations are a great way for families to connect while exploring some of the most unique places on earth. From the geothermal wonders of Yellowstone to the epic views of the Grand Canyon, there are countless treasures for families to experience on a national parks vacation. In a small group led by seasoned pros, you’ll have unparalleled insider access and enjoy included activities that are geared towards families.

Looking for an adult-only national parks vacation? We offer those, too! Our expertise spans generations, allowing you to fully experience your destination in a way that’s fun and memorable. 

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Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Austin Adventures traveler, it’s highly recommended you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of travel delays, missed connections, medical expenses or injury, or lost baggage for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Protection page for more in-depth information and our recommended insurance provider.

What's included on your North America trips?

Accommodation

We've spent years finding places to stay that are quaint, perfectly-located, and comfortable when we take you to the most amazing parts of North America. We offer a wide variety of accommodations on our trips ranging from locally run inns and first-class hotels to resorts, dude ranches and historic national park cabins. Accommodations are selected for their location, unique charm and history, and offer a true feel for the region. We strongly believe in the value of a good night's sleep and our accommodation reflects this. We also like to have somewhere comfortable to relax after the day's activities.

Transport

We're really focused on ensuring that we spend as little time as possible sitting in vehicles, and that we optimise your vacation for adventuring in the great outdoors. Our average driving time is just over two hours a day, and we make plenty of stops for bathroom breaks and sightseeing along the way. We use modern, comfortable 15-passenger vans for all of our transfers and a second van is added to most departures to provide more flexibility and more room to spread out while seeing the sights! Make no mistake - our trips are not typical bus tour vacation packages! Picture more of a road trip with family complete with good music, tasty snacks, and plenty of guide-supplied fun facts along the way to keep you entertained!

Meals

Just about all your meals are included when you travel with Austin Adventures in North America. We provide a wide variety of cuisine - breakfasts are typically eaten at your hotel on your own time in the morning before meeting up with the group. Lunches feature everything from elaborate picnics to roadside cafes to sandwiches trailside. Dinners are usually eaten at our hotel's dining room or a local restaurant with plenty of options to choose from. We easily cater to vegetarians, picky kids, and people with particular dietary needs. All our guides have food safety certificates and are well-practiced in the art of food prep and serving while on-the-move. You'll find the meals are a real highlight of your trip!

All Guiding Services

Each trip features two or three incredible guides and our average guest to guide ratio is 6:1. Our guests are often drawn to North America by the beautiful scenic landscapes, promise of wilderness and clean air - and there's no doubt you'll find all that, though what you may not be expecting is to forge real, genuine friendships with your fellow tripmates, including our wonderful guides. They're hands-down the BEST guides you'll ever come across.

Activities

Any activity described in our itinerary, such as hiking, rafting, horseback riding, kayaking and biking, are included in your trip cost. Our itineraries are pretty jam-packed to maximize our time spent exploring in these amazing places, and your guides will make it clear if there are additional activities available (at your expense).

How many people are there on each of our North America trips?

We generally take up to 18 people per trip, although this can vary, and all our trips have at least two of our guides to look after you (apart from the occasions we have a small group). We have found that our trips tend to attract a particular kind of person and many people have commented that the social scene was one of the highlights of their trip!

Our adult-only departures require a minimum age of 16 years and our family departures require a minimum age of 6 years to join (7 years on our Alaska Family Adventure) and are a great way to meet other like-minded families who like to get outside.
Please note child rates apply to children 12 years and under.

Do you charge a forced single supplement if I'm a solo traveller?

We welcome many solo travelers on our trips – in fact, we get so many solo travelers and they always say it’s a great way to travel alone, but not actually by themselves. You’ll have an incredible adventure sharing your experiences with other like-minded travelers, and the best part is we don't charge extra for solo travelers, providing you don’t mind sharing a room. However, for bookings within 90 days of your chosen departure, a forced single supplement will apply if there is no other guest of the same gender already booked to share with.

If you prefer not to share a room at all, you can upgrade to a single room, if one is available. 

If I book a trip with my children, will I be sharing a room with them?

Active Adventures & Austin Adventures family vacations are naturally about spending time with family and as such, most families opt to share rooms on our trips. At time of booking, families consisting of four guests with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at the guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

What if I need a special diet?

We’re accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • pescatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • no pork (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)
  • picky kids (send us a list of what your child will eat and we'll make sure to have it!)
You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in your travel wallet. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online travel wallet.

 

How much luggage can I bring on the North America trips?

You are allowed one piece of luggage on your trip, plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage should not exceed 50 pounds (23 kilograms) and can be anything from a duffle bag to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase. You’ll also want a good quality backpack sized 25-30 liters (2000 cubic inches) to use throughout the days.

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get cash?

You'll be able to find a reliable ATM once you arrive to start your trip, within the township or at the airport you land in, as national park ATM locations are sparse at best. Aside from tips for your guides, you could bring $200 and go home with change though some people like to bring some cash to cover a round of drinks, a few souvenirs, and dinner on "night on your own", although you could just as easily use a credit card for these purchases too.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size) and we recommend $15-25 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

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Why travel with us

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Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading average 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience.

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Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

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You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. All you need to do is show up!

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Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted partners and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides.

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Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

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"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience.