Celebrate 100 Years of National Parks With Intrepid Travel

New tours showcase the beauty of our national treasures

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••• Experience the Wild West this summer. Image Source/Getty Images

Intrepid Travel launched a new series of tours that will showcase the beauty of our national parks in this centennial year.

The National Parks Service was founded in 1916 by Congress. Yellowstone was the nation’s first national park. It was founded in 1872 and was managed by the federal government until the National Parks Service was created. There are now 59 national parks in the country.

Intrepid Travel is celebrating the centennial of the parks in the best way possible, with several special expeditions, from sailing through the Florida Keys to trekking in Utah.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Set sail for the Dry Tortugas archipelago in the Florida Keys this October with a trip that explores Key West, Dry Tortugas National Park, Marquesas Keys and more.

The journey includes a visit to the micro-nation of the Conch Republic; exploration of the historic coastal fortress of Fort Jefferson; see red-footed, blue-footed and masked boobies at Marquesas Key; snorkel with sea turtles in the Dry Tortugas, and relax with a night on the town in Key West.

The trip begins in Key West and then sets sail for the Dry Tortugas – the most isolated and least-visited national park. Next, sail to the Marquesas and then return to Key West.

Included on the tour are five breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners and overnight accommodations is onboard the boat.

Bryce and Zion National Parks

Explore Bryce and Zion national parks on a two-wheeled road trip that also includes Dixie National Forest in September.

Begin your journey in Sin City before immersing yourself in nature with a ride through Dixie National Forest and then hike in Bryce Canyon National Park. There are chances to see the famous hoodoos from Rainbow Point, see bighorn sheep and elk on the ride to the Virgin River and then explore Zion National Park’s chasms and cascades on foot.

The journey includes two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners. Travel is by bicycle and minibus – as well as on foot. Accommodations include two nights’ camping, two nights’ hotel and two nights in a motel.

Yellowstone National Park

Hike and kayak your way through Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park in September on an action-packed journey that includes Old Faithful, the Fountain Paint Pots, and Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon.

The journey begins in Jackson, Wyo., and then heads to Yellowstone National Park before delving into the Grand Teton National Park and Grassy Island and then returns to Jackson.

The trip includes four breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners. Transportation is in private vehicles and by kayak. Accommodations are in a bush camp for two nights, camping for two nights and two nights in a lodge.

Sequoia National Park

Discover the Sierra Nevada on a unique journey that includes the beautiful Sequoia National Park and hike to one of the highest peaks in the country – Mount Whitney, where you will watch the sun rise over Death Valley National Park. This trip truly caters to the adventurous spirit.

The journey begins in Los Angeles and then heads to Chicken Spring Lake, followed by Rock Creek and Guitar Lake.

Then the real fun begins as guests head to the top of Mount Whitney and Crabtree Meadow.

Included on the journey are five breakfasts, five lunches, and five dinners. Transportation is by private vehicle and a two-night hotel stay is also included as well as five nights bush camping.