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This land is our land: Explore the National Parks with your group during the off-season

Getting out into nature has many benefits. It clears your mind, brings you closer to your travel friends and offers you the chance to see something completely unique. Our National Parks are a treasure that has something for everyone in your group. This fall is the perfect time to explore with smaller crowds. Making the trip this year could save you money. As soon as next year, bus group entry fees may be increasing for all parks, so make the most of the off-season and go explore! Most of those featured below are celebrating 100 years in the park system.


Scotts Bluff National Monument — Nebraska
One park that is celebrating its centennial this year is Scotts Bluff in Nebraska. What better way to visit part of the Oregon and Mormon trail than by bus? It will be like your very own pioneer adventure, with your favorite people. The towering bluffs helped adventurers find new homes in the American West, and are now preserved as a landmark of that journey. The land stands out because it is filled with land formations that are in stark contrast to the plains of surrounding Nebraska and South Dakota. Bring your group to this great park to learn all about the first people to inhabit this land, and those who dared to set out across the unknown through it.

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Zion National Park — Utah
Zion National park is a very popular park, with over 4 million visitors a year. Trails like Angelís Landing and The Narrows can have waits of over an hour during the peak season. So bring your group during the off-season, and enjoy these locations and many more at your leisure. No matter what route your group chooses, you will find sweeping vistas and sandstone canyons that youíll never forget. Getting to your destination is easier than ever, Trailways will get you to the park and the town of Springdale, Utah, will shuttle you to your desired trailhead. Getting out into the wilderness is easier than ever, and your group will have memories they will cherish forever. If you keep your eye on the sky, you might even catch a glimpse at the legendary California Condor.

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Bryce Canyon National Park — Utah
Towering orange hoodoos against a blue sky is a truly breathtaking sight that can be found only at Bryce Canyon National Park. Here youíll find the largest concentration of these rock formations in the world. A trip during the off season will allow your group to explore the canyons of Grand Staircase without the summer heat. Your group can experience the best of Bryce Canyon - horseback riding, hiking, and geology and astronomy talks - without waiting in lines.

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Yucca House National Monument — Colorado
ďExperience a sense of discovery by visiting a site that has remained largely untouched for the past 800 years.Ē Yucca House National Monument is the largest archeological site in southwest Colorado, preserving the community center it once was for the Ancestral Puebloan people as early as 1150. Southwest Colorado is a beautiful place that must be seen in person, where the mountains meet the desert. Experience it with your group and you will see why these ancient people cherished it and why its continued preservation is important. While you are there, have your Trailways bus take you to more of the Ancestral Puebloan sites that have been uncovered in the region.

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Crater Lake National Park — Oregon
Oregonís only national park is a gem that should not be missed. The doughnut shaped lake was formed from the collapse of a volcano over 7,000 years ago, and is so clear you can see the bottom. Your group can take in a 360-degree view of this wonder with a bike or car ride around the rim. This challenge will bring your group together as your traverse this pristine section of the Cascade Mountain range. Stick around for multiple days at a campsite, and get down into the crater with a boat tour.

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Katmai National Park — Alaska
For those looking for a grand adventure, Alaska is the perfect destination for your group. Katmai National Park gives a glimpse at the true wilderness that you crave. Get up close to grizzly bears, salmon, and glaciers. When the park was originally established in 1918, it was meant to protect the area affected by a volcanic eruption, and since then has become one of the wildest refuges in Alaska. When your group isnít just soaking up the scenery, there are lots of activities to try as well. Boat through the lakes and streams, hike in the backcountry, or do your best bear impression with some fishing.

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Acadia National Park — Maine
Getting to the highest peak in the United States is an incredible way to bring your group closer together, you can even take your dog-loving and four-legged friends along for the hike of their lives. Spend the afternoon looking over the Atlantic Ocean or even paddling through the harbor of Acadia National Park. This park in the far Northeast is very popular, so waiting a little can be to your advantage. In the autumn, you can take in the fall foliage and winter allows for unique recreation.

Sharing the experience of exploring one of our national treasures with others is sure to leave you wanting more. The joy of the outdoors is amplified by spending time with those we love. Take advantage of smaller crowds and cheaper prices at our National Parks during this off season, you wonít regret it. Trailways will ensure the trip is carefree so that you can enjoy the journey and not have to worry about the details.

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