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NorthAmerica The National Parks Centennial Celebration michelle marie arean luxe lodging First stop, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, home to the Grand Teton Lodge Company's Jenny Lake Lodge. Offering a four-diamond cabin experience, the lodge hits the high marks with inclusive gourmet breakfasts, nightly 5-course dinners, horseback riding and use of cruiser bikes. Cabin categories come in freestanding single-room log cabins, duplex cabins, or cabin suites that include a sitting parlor and wood-burning stove. These Old West-style accommodations, surrounded by towering pine trees and abundant wildlife, are home base for an outdoor adventure that includes walking to nearby glacial lakes, hiking or biking, and looking out for elk or moose. Photo-ops, to be sure, and come June, the 88 january 2016 lodge will offer a photo workshop-starting at $429-for guests who want to focus on capturing the experience. Beyond snapping away, guests can enjoy rafting on Snake River, fishing, boat cruises, canoeing, and kayaking. Another Grand Teton Lodge Company property, Jackson Lake Lodge, offers stunning views of Jackson Lake and the Teton Range-in fact, you'll find plenty of gaping guests looking through the lobby's massive windows at the panoramic surroundings. The 385-room property, a full-service eco-hotel with suites in the main lodge as well as cottage guestrooms, has several on-property restaurants, retail shops, a heated pool, a playground, and an exhibit featuring Native American artifacts and Western art. Guests can sign up for various activities, including rafting the Snake River, going on a Jackson Lake boat cruise, tagging along on a narrated national park tour, golfing, fishing, hiking, or going on a canoe or kayak ride. giving back Tell clients who care about sustainability that during the 2016 centennial both Mayflower Tours and Collette have partnered with the nonprofit organization Tourism Cares to support the organization's work with the National Parks. For example, Mayflower Tours will donate money to Tourism Cares on behalf of every Mayflower Tours National Park traveler, and Collette has committed to giving money on a per passenger basis, as well. During the centennial year, Mayflower Tours offers 15 itineraries that visit a National Park, including the 7-day Cherry Blossom Time itinerary featuring Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg. This itinerary departs on April 15, 2016 with rates starting at $1,789 pp twin, and includes an array of experiences, including touring three National Park areas. Guests take a guided tour of the Washington, D.C. National Mall Area with the FDR, Vietnam, and Lincoln memorials; go on a Skyline drive through Shenandoah National Park; and visit the Jamestown Settlement and Powhatan Indian Village. Other National Park tours to keep on the radar are the 8-day Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and Wine Country, starting at $2,599; and the 9-day Washington's Waterways and National Parks, featuring Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks. Rates for the latter start at $1,969 pp. " One of the core values of Collette is social responsibility, so for 2016 we are working in cooperation with Tourism Cares to give money to the National Parks. " Whether packed into the family station -Yellowstone National wagon and taking a Park was the nation's cross-country road first national park. trip, or hopping on a plane and flying in from city dwellings, visiting the U.S. national parks has been a summer travel tradition for as long as one can remember. In fact, for almost 100 years, as Aug. 25, 2016 marks the National Park Service's 100th birthday. In celebration of this big centennial, many tour operators have added unique National Park itineraries to their portfolios, and lodges, too, are participating in the celebration. -Paula Twidale, Executive Vice President, Collette

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend January 2016

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: On Your 2016 Radar
Tour Talk: Travel Impressions
River Cruising: What’s Hot Now
2016 Delta Air Lines Caribbean, Mexico & Latin America Guide
5 Places to Hang in Tokyo
The National Parks: Centennial Celebration
Universal Orlando
Value Travel
Egypt is Hot!

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