slide-2-img As any parent will attest, when the kids are having a ball, so too are mom and dad (and/or grandparents, aunts, uncles). And family travel and our National Parks go together like well, peanut butter and jelly.  We have designed hundreds of custom itineraries for families—and extended and blended families—with accommodations, activities geared to the wants and needs of families who want that artful blend of activities, challenges, chill-out time…time to observe and learn and time to just have fun and play.

As any traveler or guide book will tell you, it’s one thing to merely see a place versus truly experiencing it. Many of our family adventures include the services of one of our private guides. To say they are often what our guests often cite as the reason why their trip was so extraordinary is no exaggeration. Our guides provide a wealth of expertise, years of experience, insider knowledge and special access. They help you to get acclimated and grounded so you’ll get so much more out of the days when you’re on your own.

We—and our expert guides—know it’s often the little things that make the difference between an okay time and a great family adventure vacation. It’s why your guide will have hot chocolate and snacks for the morning wildlife drive and walk. Or a really cool collection of DVD’s, artifacts, spotting scopes in the van for the kids to enjoy. It’s also why we provide detailed driving directions with suggested family-friendly dining suggestions, attractions, and places to pull over, stretch the legs and take that perfect family photo for the next Christmas card.

Your family adventure should not be a race from scenic vista ‘a’ to scenic vista ‘b’. Instead it is time to slow down, relax and treasure what are sure to be timeless moments together. To embrace and celebrate the unexpected, such as a ‘bison jam’ on the road in Yellowstone, a rainbow over the Grand Canyon or watching climbers ascend Yosemite’s El Capitan.