Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service with Travelsphere
America’s National Park Service is celebrating its centenary in 2016, so it will be a memorable year to visit the incredible natural wonders of Yellowstone, Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon.
Travelsphere, the pioneering global escorted tour company, has been organising holidays to the National Parks for over 20 years.
Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, they safeguard these more than 400 places and share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year.
The National Park Service and National Park Foundation are working closely with partners and stakeholders across the country to ensure that the Centennial is more than a birthday. They are encouraging people everywhere to explore, learn, be inspired or simply have fun in their 407 national parks.
The first National Park, Yellowstone, was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872, followed by Mackinac National Park in 1875 (decommissioned in 1895), and then Rock Creek Park (later merged into National Capital Parks), Sequoia and Yosemite in 1890.
Travelsphere offers six holidays which include visits to various National Parks including its headliner, Epic Wonders of the National Parks, on this 17‑day adventure, travellers will visit eight National Parks and seven states along with visits to Mount Rushmore and the awe-inspiring Monument Valley. Among the National Parks that are including in this holiday are Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and the Mesa Verde National Park.
Travelsphere Tour Manager Tim Boaler said, “America’s National Parks are a true wonder to behold. It's difficult to focus on one single thing, as there is so much to admire about our National Parks tour.
“My own personal favourites would have to be, Yellowstone, as there is not another place like it on earth, the view of a herd of buffalo grazing in front of one of the major geysers is not one you could ever see anywhere else. Bryce Canyon, as the colours and rock shapes are so vivid and with a little imagination you can see anything you want in them.
“Zion Canyon has to be mentioned where it is easy to get away from people, sit in solitude and gaze at the sheer natural beauty of the world, and of course The Arches, where you really feel as though you are starring in an old western movie,” added Tim.
Yosemite National Park is featured in Travelsphere’s 14-day Best of the West holiday and its 16-day Complete California while San Francisco to Vancouver and the Oregon Coast takes in the giant trees of the Redwood National Park.
The Trans-American Adventure, is a journey across the USA by train calling at the Grand Canyon National Park and the Joshua Tree National Park; with a visit to the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains during the America’s Historic East holiday.