America's National Parks with Go Ahead Tours
Collected by Flash Parker , AFAR Ambassador
How can I accurately describe in words an adventure that takes me through five states, six national parks and a legendary Navajo tribal park, up and over desert mesas, deep into bottomless canyons, out into the rugged backcountry of the Mountain West, and through the very heart of the American Road Trip Experience? A lofty goal, to scribble prose about such an experience – an experience so grand that even photographs fail to capture its essential essence. That said, it sure is fun to try.
622 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Everyone who visits Santa Fe walks along the famed Canyon Road. Originating as an old footpath that once accessed water, it now primarily showcases an expansive range of shops and galleries with Native American art and landscape paintings. A...
Santa Fe, NM, USA
Santa Fe is the country’s oldest capital city (founded in 1610 by Spanish colonists), yet its verve and vigor belie its age. The city’s architectural marvels – many of which are hundreds of years old, like St. Francis Cathedral, Palace of the...
1352 Rufina Cir, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA
America’s oldest capital city always has a new artistic surprise up its sleeve – like the eclectic, eccentric, and batshit crazy Meow Wolf Art Collective. This sprawling interactive art center features space ships, laser harps, retro...
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330, USA
Mesa Verde National Park is a remarkable place, and the Go Ahead park tour is a thrilling, informative showcase of ancestral Puebloan history. Our tour covered many of the park’s highlights, including the Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum, the...
Mile Marker 15, Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330, USA
One of the questions I’m most often asked about my job is “where should I stay…” and I often reply with a “as close to the action as you can get.” Well, you can’t get much closer to the Mesa Verde experience than the Far View Lodge, a stay...
Oljato-Monument Valley, UT 84536, USA
Past the "No Public Allowed" signs, our Navajo guide granted us special permission to access the backcountry of the Navajo Nation reservation in Monument Valley, Utah. This access afforded us beautiful views that are rarely seen by the general...
The colors in Bryce Canyon were astounding. I've never seen reds, greens, and blues quite so vivid in my life. The dazzling sun there intensified the colors so much that I felt as if I had somehow dropped into a Photoshopped world, where all hues...
147 Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA
We had one (all too brief, if you ask me) night in Salt Lake City after our day exploring Bryce Canyon National Park during our Go Ahead Tour. It was ‘round sundown by the time we checked into our hotel, so I took advantage of the pretty city...
Afton, WY 83110, USA
You never do know what you’ll find on the road – even right in your own backyard. Afton, Wyoming, is only a few hundred miles from my town of Sheridan, Wyoming, but this was my first visit to this beautiful little pocket of Wyoming’s southwest. I...
Bear Lake, United States
When on tour with Go Ahead, even the potty breaks are breathtaking. This is the great Bear Lake, straddling the borders of Idaho and Utah. We reached postcard-perfect Bear Lake by driving through Utah’s stunning Logan Valley, itself one of the...
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Wyoming 82190, USA
If this isn’t the country’s most spectacular natural attraction, then it’s on the list. Top 10. Maybe top 5. But I’m a list guy, so I’m quite partial. I’m also a Wyoming guy, and I’ve taken in this view...
Hayden Valley, Wyoming 82190, USA
I’m fortunate to live in Sheridan, Wyoming, and I have the opportunity to visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks a few times each year – and no matter how often I visit, I never get tired of scenes like this. Nowhere else I’ve ever been...
Wyoming rolled out their most impressive goodbye party on the final day of our remarkable Go Ahead National Parks tour. Meet Willow, an adult grizzly female, and her juvenile cub, post-lunch. During our free morning in Grand Teton, I was out...
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