NATIONAL PARK TOURS
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Travel can be one of the most rewarding experiences a family can have together. Our family tours let you rediscover the joy of travel with the whole family and make memories that last well after you arrive home. From meeting a real-life cowLooking to get closer to nature in the world’s most beautiful landscapes? Our national parks tours take you hiking, flying, cruising and stargazing in some of the best national parks in the world. From exploring the Canadian Rockies or the giant sequoias of Yosemite, to cruising the wild fjords of Patagonia or witnessing the billowing volcanoes of Hawaii, a nature trip with Trafalgar takes you back to the great outdoors.boy in Montana, or spotting monkeys in Costa Rica, to experiencing life as a gladiator in Rome, the world is your playground with our family holidays.
Ancient canyons, churning waterfalls & majestic mountains
The world's protected national parks are some of the most beautiful places on earth. Ancient canyons and forests, glittering lakes and waterfalls, mountains that stretch far into the starlit sky - and that's just scratching the surface of what makes these destinations so special.
From the iconic to the unexpected
Our nature travel experiences take you from the greatest natural wonders to the hidden gems. Take to the skies for a scenic flight over the Grand Canyon or feel the spray of Victoria Falls. See the waters of Old Faithful in Yellowstone, or the dramatic towers of Torres del Paine. Walk through a real lava tube at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, marvel at the magical cascades of Plitvice, or watch for grizzly bears as you float through Grand Teton.
Nature by Night
Our nature tours blend discovery with comfort and reveal the stories behind the places you stay. Lodge at the El Rancho Hotel like Western movie stars in the American Southwest, or stay at a private safari lodge in the Kruger bush in South Africa. From a hotel in the Rocky Mountains to a forest lodge in Sequoia National Park or the rugged Patagonia landscape, we’ll take you to the heart of the national parks.
Dive into ancient cultures
You’ll go beyond the natural treasures on our national park trips. Join your Local Specialist to explore the ancient cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan people in Mesa Verde or meet the elusive indigenous tribes of Tayrona in Colombia. Learn about Maasai culture in the Maasai Mara or learn the traditions of the people of Lake Titicaca in Peru. From Africa to North America, we'll ensure you’ll deeply connect to the real stories and history of these mindblowing lands.
All you need to know about
National Park Tours
How many national parks are in the USA?
Where can you see wildlife in Africa?
There are currently 62 national parks in the USA. Of these parks, 14 are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and 21 are UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. The US National Park Service’s records have registered over 14 billion visits across the parks since 1904, with 318 million visits in 2018 alone. The most popular park is the Great Smoky Mountains with 11,421,200 visits.
Africa’s national parks are the top places to see wildlife, from the iconic Big Five to the rarer species. Some of the best national parks for wildlife spotting are the Serengeti in Tanzania, Kruger in South Africa, Etosha in Namibia, the Maasai Mara in Kenya and Gonarezhou in Zimbabwe. You can visit all of these destinations with Trafalgar’s national park tours.
What are the most beautiful national parks?
Which national parks are free?
There are dozens of breathtaking national parks around the world. Some of our favourite national parks holidays include exploring amongst the giant sequoia trees of Yosemite, the hot springs and alpine forests of Yellowstone and the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. We also love the ancient landscapes of the Serengeti, the burning sunsets of the Maasai Mara and the wild bushland of Kruger National Park.
There are several entrance fee-free days to the US national parks, but you can also find some national parks that are free to enter all year round. These include the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina, Cumberland Gap in Virginia, Channel Islands National Park in California, North Cascades National Park in Washington, and Biscayne National Park in Florida.