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U.S. National Parks

12 days Nature & Wildlife Tours
Follow in the footsteps of the explorers on this tour of North America’s national parks. Each day displays a new destination, and with it new landscapes and adventures. Explore the mysterious cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, gaze into the depths of the Grand Canyon and stand in the shadow of the Grand Tetons. And, within the borders of the parks, discover the amazing cultural and geographic diversity of the American West.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Santa Fe, New Mexico 2 nights Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in Albuquerque & transfer to Santa Fe

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to New Mexico! Arrive in Albuquerque and transfer to your hotel in Santa Fe. Then, meet your fellow travelers at an included welcome dinner.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Santa Fe

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of New Mexico’s capital city, settled by a Spanish conquistador nearly 400 years ago.

• See the Cross of the Martyrs, Loretto Chapel and Saint Francis Cathedral

• Pass through the Plaza in the heart of the city to view the State Capitol Building and Palace of the Governors

• Enter the Wheelwright Gallery

Explore the rest of the city on your own with free time in the afternoon.

Mesa Verde National Park 1 night Hotel info

Day 3: Transfer to Mesa Verde National Park via Durango

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross the Colorado border, stopping in the Old West mining town of Durango, Colorado en route to Mesa Verde.

• Pass by Chimney Rock and Abiquiu Reservoir

• Take in the stunning landscapes that inspired the work of Georgia O’Keeffe

• Explore Durango to feel its frozen-in-time charm

Kayenta, Arizona 1 night Hotel info

Day 4: Mesa Verde National Park & transfer to Kayenta

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a guided tour of Mesa Verde National Park before transferring to Kayenta, Arizona through Monument Valley.

• View fascinating 800-year-old cliff dwellings that honeycomb the walls of the canyon

• Enjoy free time to visit either the gift shop or Spruce Tree House and Museum

• Pass by Monument Valley’s iconic “Mexican Hat,” a sombrero-shaped rock formation

Grand Canyon 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Transfer to Grand Canyon via Cameron Trading Post

Included meals: Breakfast

Stop at the Cameron Trading Post, then arrive at the Grand Canyon where you’ll take a scenic walk along the South Rim with your Tour Director. 

• Marvel at the rocky formations that reflect millions of years of geologic evolution

• View the Colorado River running one mile below

Day 6: Free day at The Grand Canyon

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day at the Grand Canyon exploring the rims and plateaus on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride $199*pp Details

Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Grand Canyon aboard a thrilling half-hour helicopter ride. Soar over the massive canyon, taking in a unique perspective on the striated terrain far below. From high above the Canyon rim, you can begin to fully appreciate the immense scale of this natural wonder. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $209)

Optional Excursion - Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride (Extended Version) $289*pp Details

Allow yourself more time to admire this natural wonder on an extended ride which takes you flying over the eastern gorge of the Grand Canyon, the North Rim, the Dragon Corridor and the Little Colorado River’s confluence with the Colorado. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $299)

Zion National Park 1 night Hotel info

Day 7: Transfer to Zion National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Pass by the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument before arriving in Zion National Park.

• Discover why 19th-century Mormon settlers named Zion after their heavenly city

• View the yellow and orange-hued dramatically eroded sedimentary rocks

• Take in magnificent vistas on an open-air tram ride with commentary

Salt Lake City, Utah 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Transfer to Salt Lake City via Bryce Canyon National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

En route to Utah’s capital city, stop for a visit to Bryce Canyon National Park.

• Tour the park by bus and on foot

• Take in up-close views of its distinctive pink limestone and sandstone formations, including awe-inspiring arches, spires and bridges

• View colorful rock pinnacles known as “hoodoos”

Jackson, Wyoming 3 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Transfer to Jackson

Included meals: Breakfast

Cross into Wyoming on a scenic drive en route to the resort town of Jackson. Then, set out to explore Grand Teton National Park, home to the youngest mountain range in the Rockies.

• Drive through stunning Logan Canyon and past turquoise Bear Lake

• Tour Grand Teton National Park by bus and on foot

• Try to spot elk, coyotes, black bears, wolves and the elusive mountain lion

Day 10: Yellowstone National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Venture out into Yellowstone National Park, designated the world’s first national park in 1872, for a full day of sightseeing.

• Drive through the park with stops for photos 

• See cascading waterfalls, bubbling mud pots and the famous geyser, Old Faithful

• Keep an eye out for the bison, mountain goats, moose and grey wolves that call the park home

Day 11: Free day in Jackson

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in Jackson or add excursions.

Later, gather with your group for a farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - The Grand Tetons by Horseback $79*pp Details

Jackson is home to fewer than 9,000 people, but it’ll feel like the big city after today’s horseback riding excursion through the Grand Tetons. Suitable for riders of every skill level, this trip into Wyoming’s back country will highlight the scenic beauty of the Snake River Valley. As you trot down mountain paths, keep your eyes peeled for the incredible array of wildlife that calls this area home. Please note: This excursion is weather-dependent and runs seasonally from mid-May through August.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Optional Excursion - Snake River Float $69*pp Details

One of the best ways to see the Grand Tetons—the glorious peaks that surround Jackson—is from the Snake River. On a raft ride, you’ll have a great chance of glimpsing some of Wyoming’s wildlife, including soaring eagles and graceful mountain lions. You’ll also get a firsthand view of the site of Ansel Adams’ famous photo. Please note: This excursion is weather-dependent and runs seasonally from mid-May through mid-September. Layered clothing and waterproof shoes are recommended for this excursion.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Santa Fe, New Mexico 2 nights Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in Albuquerque & transfer to Santa Fe

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to New Mexico! Arrive in Albuquerque and transfer to your hotel in Santa Fe. Then, meet your fellow travelers at an included welcome dinner.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Santa Fe

Included meals: Breakfast

Cross the Colorado border, stopping in the Old West mining town of Durango, Colorado en route to Mesa Verde.

• Pass by Chimney Rock and Abiquiu Reservoir

• Take in the stunning landscapes that inspired the work of Georgia O’Keeffe

• Explore Durango to feel its frozen-in-time charm

Mesa Verde National Park 1 night Hotel info

Day 3: Transfer to Mesa Verde National Park via Durango

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross the Colorado border, stopping in the Old West mining town of Durango, Colorado en route to Mesa Verde.

• Pass by Chimney Rock and Abiquiu Reservoir

• Take in the stunning landscapes that inspired the work of Georgia O’Keeffe

• Explore Durango to feel its frozen-in-time charm

Kayenta, Arizona 1 night Hotel info

Day 4: Mesa Verde National Park & transfer to Kayenta

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a guided tour of Mesa Verde National Park before transferring to Kayenta, Arizona through Monument Valley.

• Enter Mesa Verde National Park on a sightseeing tour

• View fascinating 800-year-old cliff dwellings that honeycomb the walls of the canyon

• Enjoy free time to visit either the gift shop or Spruce Tree House and Museum

• Pass by Monument Valley’s iconic “Mexican Hat”, a sombrero-shaped rock formation

Grand Canyon 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Transfer to Grand Canyon via Cameron Trading Post

Included meals: Breakfast

Stop at the Cameron Trading Post, then arrive at the Grand Canyon where you’ll take a scenic walk along the South Rim with your Tour Director. 

• Marvel at the rocky formations that reflect millions of years of geologic evolution

• View the Colorado River running one mile below

Day 6: Free day at The Grand Canyon

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day at the Grand Canyon exploring the rims and plateaus on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride $199*pp Details

Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Grand Canyon aboard a thrilling half-hour helicopter ride. Soar over the massive canyon, taking in a unique perspective on the striated terrain far below. From high above the Canyon rim, you can begin to fully appreciate the immense scale of this natural wonder. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $209)

Optional Excursion - Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride (Extended Version) $289*pp Details

Allow yourself more time to admire this natural wonder on an extended ride which takes you flying over the eastern gorge of the Grand Canyon, the North Rim, the Dragon Corridor and the Little Colorado River’s confluence with the Colorado. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $299)

Zion National Park 1 night Hotel info

Day 7: Transfer to Zion National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Pass by the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument before arriving in Zion National Park.

• Discover why 19th-century Mormon settlers named Zion after their heavenly city

• View the yellow and orange-hued dramatically eroded sedimentary rocks

• Take in magnificent vistas on an open-air tram ride with commentary

Salt Lake City, Utah 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Transfer to Salt Lake City via Bryce Canyon National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

En route to Utah’s capital city, stop for a visit to Bryce Canyon National Park.

• Tour the park by bus and on foot

• Take in up-close views of its distinctive pink limestone and sandstone formations, including awe-inspiring arches, spires and bridges

• View colorful rock pinnacles known as “hoodoos”

Jackson, Wyoming 3 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Transfer to Jackson

Included meals: Breakfast

Cross into Wyoming on a scenic drive en route to the resort town of Jackson. Then, set out to explore Grand Teton National Park, home to the youngest mountain range in the Rockies.

• Drive through stunning Logan Canyon and past turquoise Bear Lake

• Tour Grand Teton National Park by bus and on foot

• Try to spot elk, coyotes, black bears, wolves and the elusive mountain lion

Day 10: Yellowstone National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Venture out into Yellowstone National Park, designated the world’s first national park in 1872, for a full day of sightseeing.

• Drive through the park with stops for photos 

• See cascading waterfalls, bubbling mud pots and the famous geyser, Old Faithful

• Keep an eye out for the bison, mountain goats, moose and grey wolves that call the park home

Day 11: Free day in Jackson

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in Jackson or add excursions.

Later, gather with your group for a farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - The Grand Tetons by Horseback $79*pp Details

Jackson is home to fewer than 9,000 people, but it’ll feel like the big city after today’s horseback riding excursion through the Grand Tetons. Suitable for riders of every skill level, this trip into Wyoming’s back country will highlight the scenic beauty of the Snake River Valley. As you trot down mountain paths, keep your eyes peeled for the incredible array of wildlife that calls this area home. Please note: This excursion is weather-dependent and runs seasonally from mid-May through August.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Optional Excursion - Snake River Float $69*pp Details

One of the best ways to see the Grand Tetons—the glorious peaks that surround Jackson—is from the Snake River. On a raft ride, you’ll have a great chance of glimpsing some of Wyoming’s wildlife, including soaring eagles and graceful mountain lions. You’ll also get a firsthand view of the site of Ansel Adams’ famous photo. Please note: This excursion is weather-dependent and runs seasonally from mid-May through mid-September. Layered clothing and waterproof shoes are recommended for this excursion.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Add Missoula & Glacier National Park $999 pp

Missoula, Montana 1 night

Day 12: Transfer to Missoula

Included meals: Breakfast

Say goodbye to Jackson and drive to Missoula, Montana’s second most populous city.

Glacier National Park Region 2 nights

Day 13: Transfer to Glacier National Park Region

Included meals: Breakfast

On the way to Glacier National Park region, make a stop at the National Bison Range. Then, enjoy free time at your destination or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Lake Flathead Cruise & Dinner $79*pp Details

Begin your evening with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant near Kalispell. Then, set out on a sunset cruise of Flathead Lake, the largest fresh-water lake west of the Great Lakes. Take in breathtaking mountain scenery and marvel at its crystal clear water as you make your way along the banks. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from the end of June through September.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Day 14: Glacier National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Today, hop into an iconic “Red jammer” and venture into Glacier National Park for a full-day guided tour.

• Discover incredible mountain ranges, glaciers, waterfalls and wildflowers

• Look out for bighorn sheep, grizzly bears, moose, river otters and the elusive mountain lion

Day 15: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport in Kalispell for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Grand Canyon, United States
  • Springdale, Utah
  • Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Jackson, Wyoming, United States
Temperature Precipitation
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  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

Valid government-issued identification is required for air travel within the United States. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please be sure to have your required identification with you as well.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Be advised that most domestic airlines impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage, and that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Health

Please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes between 7,000 and 9,000 feet above sea level on this tour. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulty breathing and other health problems with travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks. Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea and lightheadedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest that you drink plenty of fluids and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol. Otherwise, there are no major health risks when traveling to this region. During the summer months, take care for sun exposure and heat. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended for sightseeing. Hiking boots might come in handy, if you plan to do any extensive walking or hiking. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. Restaurants are typically informal in this region of the United States.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine—even if you’re not traveling abroad. After all, the United States contains some of the most varied food in the world. Most of the cuisine is well-known to Americans, but look out for delicious Mexican and Spanish food in New Mexico.

Transportation

Flights arrive in Albuquerque, where a Go Ahead representative escorts you to Santa Fe for hotel check-in. Flights depart from Jackson. All included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Electricity

All regions operate on the U.S. standard 110 volts.

Time Zones

Most of your tour will fall on Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST). Arizona is on Pacific Standard Time (PST) in the summer, which is three hours behind EST; and MST in the winter. For most of your tour, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 10am on tour.

Currency

U.S. dollars will be the currency on your tour.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Grand Canyon, United States
  • Springdale, Utah
  • Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Jackson, Wyoming, United States
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

Valid government-issued identification is required for air travel within the United States. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please be sure to have your required identification with you as well.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Be advised that most domestic airlines impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage, and that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Health

Please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes between 7,000 and 9,000 feet above sea level on this tour. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulty breathing and other health problems with travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks. Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea and lightheadedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest that you drink plenty of fluids and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol. Otherwise, there are no major health risks when traveling to this region. During the summer months, take care for sun exposure and heat. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended for sightseeing. Hiking boots might come in handy, if you plan to do any extensive walking or hiking. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. Restaurants are typically informal in this region of the United States.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine—even if you’re not traveling abroad. After all, the United States contains some of the most varied food in the world. Most of the cuisine is well-known to Americans, but look out for delicious Mexican and Spanish food in New Mexico.

Transportation

Flights arrive in Albuquerque, where a Go Ahead representative escorts you to Santa Fe for hotel check-in. Flights depart from Jackson. All included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Electricity

All regions operate on the U.S. standard 110 volts.

Time Zones

Most of your tour will fall on Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST). Arizona is on Pacific Standard Time (PST) in the summer, which is three hours behind EST; and MST in the winter. For most of your tour, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 10am on tour.

Currency

U.S. dollars will be the currency on your tour.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour director, Steven and great bus driver, Robert

Steven kept us going all day every day! It was one of our best tours yet. We had hot weather, rain, snow, hail and everything in-between and it was all great! The people on the tour with us were very friendly and we all had a ball together. Hope to do another tour with this company next year.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a lifetime!

Our group of 19 joined 30 or so more folks from around the US on this very special tour of US National Parks! Our tour director, Randy was so knowledgable, unflappable and fun to be around! Joey, our driver did a superior job of manuveuring the bus through difficult places and keeping us on schedule. We wished that we could have spent more time in a couple of the parks ~ notably, Bryce and Zion. The US has so many spectacular places to see; we were happy to have experienced so many on one trip! As a side note, it was a treat to travel with so many wonderful folks from around the country! I highly recommend this trip!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

"Go Ahead," you'll enjoy!

If you want stress free travel, then Go Ahead Tours is for you! From the moment that we booked to getting into our car for the ride home, everything was arranged and went off without a glitch. The easy payment plan made for ease of budgeting for our trip. The website was wonderful for preplanning and reviews offered a great deal of insight on our destinations and Tour Director, Stevyn, who was outstanding in every way. All hotels were clean, safe and comfortable. The meals included were all varied and more than filling for our group of well traveled adventurers. Our bus was comfortable and our driver, Dean, very competent, personable and always steady at the wheel. Stevyn offered a wide variety of optional tours which enabled us to round out a truly memorable trip. Each was an outstanding adventure in and of themselves. We had many encounters with wildlife, unforgettable views, sights, adventures and pleasant camaraderie with our fellow travelers. We are already recommending Go Ahead to our traveling friends. As Bob Hope would say: "thanks for the memories!" We have already booked our America The Beautiful Tour!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/13/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

The National Parks Tour was great, thanks to our tour director Nancy and bus drive Dale. They went out of their way to show us everything we could possibly see on every part of the tour. I would recommend this trip highly.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/13/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour Director; Superb Driver

Our tour director Nancy went out of her way to make this a wonderful tour. She learned everyone's name bythe second day, offered reasonably priced optionals in addition to the Go Ahead offerings, kept us wonderfully entertained on the long bus rides, created fair seating for all, and was a genius at logistics. Dale, the driver, also went out of his way to accommodate us, stopping when someone called out a bear, moose, elk etc. so we could take photos, providing transportation for Nancy's optionals, and skillfully managing the switchbacks. Our fellow travelers were good natured, always on time, interesting and fun to be with. I highly recommend this and the other Go Ahead tours I've taken in Europe.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/13/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director!!!

This was a fabulous tour and the BEST tour director and driver I have had. The scenery was beautiful and the weather was great. Our tour director, Nancy went above what any director has done to make our trip the best tour ever. I would love to have her again on our next tour. She is great. The group of people we traveled with made the trip a great success. I wish them all the best and hope to see some of them soon. I can’t wait to go on my next tour the Go Ahead Tours.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Simply Wow!

I have always said, when you book a trip like this, three ingredients are the keys to making it not only memorable, but enjoyable. These keys are: the Tour Director, the driver and your frame of mind that you bring to the trip. Recognizing that this was going to be a travel intensive tour with many miles on a bus suggested a little advance pre-planning to prepare. The Go Ahead site, with previous traveler’s reviews more than prepared us for the incredible trip we were about to embark on. We were prepared for long days, wonderful sights, and yes, forty once strangers with whom we would share our experiences and who would contribute to our memories, stories, pictures and camaraderie. Our driver, Dean, was a pillar of competence and set our minds at ease that we were in safe hands. We watched as Dean cruised us down through the Grand Tetons’ switchback roads in the rain, at night with great skill and even a little humor! Thanks again, Dean, for a job exceedingly well done! Speaking of exceeding, our Tour Director, Stevyn, was nothing short of STELLAR! Over-riding his incredible knowledge of, well everything, was a sincere desire that each of his “Go-Aheaders” were having their “Wow Moments.” Thanks to Stevyn, we had many, I believe we all did. Stevyn's seat rotation system and "left side right side for unloading" was a welcomed destresser, Stevyn offered a variety of optional tours all of which we took advantage of and helped round out our trip of a lifetime- just wow! Had I known of some of these adventures in advance, I would have had them all on my “Bucket List!” They are now, and completed! Thanks again to Go Ahead, Dean, Stevyn and our fellow adventurers. We are already planning our next trip. “America the Beautiful”, here we come!

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

So Many Places, So Little Time

Our bus driver, Dean, was such a nice man and a very accomplished driver. The tour director, Stevyn, did an excellent job guiding and advising us during this tour. He was meticulously organized, very informed and intelligent, had a tremendous sense of humor, possessed a knack for working with people, and knew every detail about the area and parks to which we traveled. This was a good tour and it had many highlights. Besides what was listed in the Go Ahead brochure, Stevyn helped to arrange other small side trips and jaunts. For me, the trip highlights were the helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, staying at Far View Lodge in Mesa Verde, hearing a presentation by a Navaho Code Talker, and walking the trails in Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon. Disappointments were the large group, the type of bus, and trying to see too many days in the allotted time. We met many wonderful people on this tour and we liked them all. However, having 40 some people made for long waits and cumbersome moments. We stayed at several wonderful hotels but arrived late and had to leave very early in the morning, so unfortunately, we didn't get to enjoy the hotels. We had also hoped for more time to do active walks and take hikes. My opinion is that the route needs to be reduced to a smaller area which would provide more time for travelers to enjoy the hotels, cities, and parks, as well as more time to be active.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Really nice...

Enjoyed the tour although 2500 miles of bus riding gets old but it's the only way to see all the parks in that amount of time. Go Ahead is a first class operation all the way, well organized and on schedule, we saw everything that was promised and then some. It's not an highly active tour, there is a minimal amount of activity (walking etc.) when visiting the sites due to time constraints. The tour director Stevyn was great, very knowledgeable, pleasant and well organized, he made the trip fun. The bus driver Dean was an expert navigating the mountain terrain, hats off to him also. The hotels were great, well organized check ins and no problems, luggage was delivered and picked up from the rooms. Its obvious Go ahead has been in this business for quite some time, they do a nice job. The only complaint, too many people on the tour, 42 passengers makes getting on and off the bus time consuming. Overall it was very nice and I'd highly recommend this to anyone.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/1/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Saw so much in 12 days!

After comparing various Western US National Parks tour options, we decided on this tour because it offered the best itinerary in the shortest amount of time (we couldn't take more than 2 weeks due to allotted vacation days from work). We were thrilled with the tour because we saw so much in 12 days....from Mesa Verde in the south to Yellowstone in the north with so many parks in between. Each was unique in its own way. Even though some visits were only for a few hours, we felt it was enough to give us a real taste of each. We especially enjoyed our horseback ride and our Snake River float in the Tetons....what beautiful country! Our fellow travelers were great, the weather was perfect and, in summary, we had a wonderful trip.

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