3 independent reviews for National Parks holiday in America, Western explorer

Reviews for National Parks holiday in America, Western explorer

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review 12 Apr 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Although I enjoyed all aspects of this trip, the most memorable for me was in Zion NP, the ascent to Scouts Corner [Angels Landing] - although along with many other hikers.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

That travel at this time of year can still be cold and people should have adequate warm gear.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Difficult to comment on this in this part of the world; certainly tour & meal with the Navajo at Monument Valley would relate to benefiting the Navajo people. Also on tour where we [participants] often bought food together for lunch &/or breakfast, thus avoiding extra packaging and waste. Evening meals in local restaurants also benefited to the local economy as well as the policy of staying in paths in hiking areas although there were in most cases very crowded!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

As I said above I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, the scenery - especially in the parks and the travel companions & guide/driver as we all related well to one another - as two major aspects towards a very good vacation. Four & a half stars!

review 9 Oct 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

All of it was incredible but climbing Angel's Landing was the highlight, it was extreme!!!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Go and enjoy it! Be prepared for the hiking, make sure you've got sensible gear and check the temperatures before you go, the weather was quite warm when we were there (Sept/Oct), some of the hikes are pretty strenuous but they're all worth it. And there were always loads of options if you didn't fancy a big hike.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. Staying at hotels and buying from local shops helps support businesses and local workers. We followed the National Parks' "leave no trace" policy to reduce environmental impacts and learnt a lot about the flora and fauna of the environment we were exploring. We spent some time with Navajo guides which brings income to them and helps us become more aware of different cultures.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Amazing, the best vacation I've ever had!

review 14 Sep 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

So many highlights! Hiking to Angels landing & sunrise in Bryce canyon plus of course helicopter flight in Grand Canyon.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Bring flexible attitude and relax.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our stay in the Navajo reservation fits this criteria.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very worthwhile & enjoyable.

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