Family camping holiday in America
Description of Family camping holiday in America
This twelve day family camping holiday in America is a superb adventure through North America’s great western national parks. Camping among canyons and granite peaks, hoodoos and habitats for great wildlife, your journey will take you through some of the most memorable landscapes on the continent. The advantages of this being a small group tour is that all your campsites are booked for you, with guides to get you from one spot to the next during the summer months when booking can be tricky. Especially around hotspots like Grand Canyon National Park.
As well as the national parks, we also visit Monument Valley which is a Navajo reservation where you will be led around by a Navajo guide and learn a lot about the indigenous culture of this area of magnificent red sandstone monoliths, a sacred site for the Navajo people. Sleeping under the stars here is a particularly special experience.
Every day brings something spectacular on this holiday really, with the Sierra Nevada Mountains, forests and granite facades of Yosemite already well known. But national parks like Zion also proffer winding canyons and rivers which are perfect for family hikes, or perhaps a horse riding expedition. Whatever you choose, you can get all the advice you need from your tour leader who will organise any trips that you might be interested in, and also handle all the logistics of getting from one glorious campsite to the next.
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PlanetWe are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.
We have created a 'Travellers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.
This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.
We are proud supporters of Bay Area Wilderness Training (www.bawt.org) a charity based in Oakland California which works to connect disadvantaged children in the local urban area with the great outdoors. Their work helps to provide these young people with life changing experiences which they can
apply to everyday life. Everyone booking with Grand American Adventures has the option to donate £1/$1/€1 to support this well-deserved charity and we will match this donation.
PeopleWhenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.
We spend a significant amount of time at various National Parks on this tour, the included entrance fees help to preserve the status and upkeep of the park on a continued and sustainable basis. Interaction with National Park Rangers helps to preserve this role as an employment opportunity for local people and future generations.
In Monument Valley, we use a Navajo guide to show you their native lands. This gives you an opportunity to interact with and understand the community on an individual level; it also puts money back into the local economy to help sustain the future of their community.
It is also important that we help to protect the fragile desert environment. The desert’s natural way to avoid sand erosion is by creating cryptobiotic soil which creates a living crust on the desert floor. This special soil helps the desert to protect itself from wind and rain erosion and promotes plant growth. All our tour leaders encourage our travellers to stick to the path to avoid damaging this special soil which can be hard to see.
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