Most of us visit a national park the same way: We drive or hike through it and perhaps stay in a lodge for a few nights to experience it. But what if you had a private tour guide who could show you things you might otherwise miss?
That’s exactly what a park expert named Marty Behr and his company, National Parks Revealed, promises. He spent two years visiting the major national parks of the West getting to know guides and learning about the parks. Now his company will put together a bespoke tour for you, complete with luxury accommodations and a private tour guide.
The most popular parks, he says, are Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. And getting you away from crowds there is his company’s specialty. He suggests visiting during the shoulder seasons—spring and fall—and having a guide who knows where the best spots are.
He also says if you can hike, getting 100 or 200 feet above the normal tourist spots delivers a more meaningful experience. He uses safari-style, four-wheel drive vehicles and can set up a back-country base camp complete with canvas-wall tents and cowboy cooks for a family getaway.
Now THAT sounds like fun.