For the ultimate in America and western USA park adventure, this is the trip for you. No expense is spared or unique moment wasted to make this a unique and unforgettable tour. Best taken with your family and friends, this is a tour that no one else offers. While visiting 12 national parks in 11 western states, this tour can be completed on a motorcycle, car or in an RV. Each night we'll stay in comfortable lodging while visiting incredible parks throughout the tour. We have experts and speakers entertain us all along the way with insight that comes from these stakeholders researched and empirical knowledge of their region. These experts include writers, movie makers, authors, cartographers, photographers and of course, National Park Rangers.
Interactive tour map here. Anton L. Westgard worked for many of the original "Good Road" promoters such as the National Highways Assocation, the American Automobile Association (AAA) as well as for the US government Office Of Public Roads as a scout and pathfinder. The Yellowstone Highway Association entertained an idea proposed in September, 1915 by future NPS director Stephen T. Mather about creating an entire loop of connected highways that visited 12 western national parks. The primary leaders of the Yellowstone Highway Association agreed and proceeded to create the National Park To Park Highway Association in 1916. In July, 1920, A.L. Westgard pre scouted the entire P2P path for the rest of the delegation to use just prior to the offical Park To Park Highway Tour, officially dedicated on Aug. 26, 1920 at Overland Park, Denver, CO. Westgard had been driving all across america for years and this was new path was one of his major accomplishments gained from that previous experience.
One of the most notable accomplishments of the good-roads movement, in relation to the national parks, was the August, 1920 establishment and designation of a great, connected highway between the major national parks of the Far West. The purpose of the National Park-to-Park Highway was three-fold: 1) to make scenic areas more accessible to the public, 2) to aid further development of the West by bringing its industrial resources to the attention of the traveling public, and 3) to attract new settlement. The National Park-to-Park Highway Association (NPPHA) accomplished the undertaking, in cooperation with the American Automobile Association (AAA) and other western organizations. The official designation tour began in Denver, Colorado, on August 26, 1920, "At which time," Stephen Mather reported, "I formally dedicated the National Park-to-Park Highway with appropriate ceremonies to the American people." The 4,700-mile-long circle tour passed through nine western states, crossed every main transcontinental highway and touched most of the north and south highways west of the Rocky Mountains. The only parks in the southwest included on this route were Mesa Verde, Petrified Forest, and the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Mather envisioned the Park-to-Park Highway as "but a nucleus of a great interpark road system which will be developed later on." Report of the Director of the National Park Service, 1920 here
Note: The final day in the tour itinerary is the departure day. No activities are planned unless otherwise specifically included at time of booking.
Approximate Total Miles: 5,793
Average Miles Per Day: 300
Riding Conditions: Paved, gentle sweeps, maintained roads
Riding And Driving Difficulty: Easy
Exploring Days: Portland, OR., Los Angeles, CA.
Highlights: Denver Mint, Cheyenne Rail Depot, Cheyenne-Deadwood Stage Line, CanAm Highway (US85), Pony Express, Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail, Bozeman Trail, Old Faithful, Yellowstone Trail, Going To The Sun Road, US 99, historic highways, various species of plants, animal wildlife, California bay area, Sequoia trees, Route 66, Rocky Mountains
Optional activities: Helicopter tours of Grand Canyon $250, Universal Studios Hollywood $129, Disneyland $90 per day, Hollywood Tour $60 PP
Tour Departure: 6 or more
Included Vehicle: Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, Chevy Camaro or equivalent.
Included Motorcycle: Harley Davidson - Other make and model motorcycles may incur additional charges. BMW and Indian models are available.
RV: Guests will not stay in the hotel. Instead, they will stay in the RV. Upgrade to lodging each night available.