If you are thinking of where to travel next, take a look at our new Spectacular National Parks of the Eastern USA premium guided tour. Discover outstanding natural beauty and wildlife, along with amazing hotels, delicious cuisine and unforgettable experiences that will take you deep into the heart of these lands and their history.
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Running 105 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the full length of the park, is the Skyline Drive. Famous for its stunning vistas, colors and foliage, the Skyline Drive is one of America’s National Scenic Byways. It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park and with 75 outlooks along the route there many vantage points from which you can enjoy spectacular views. Fabulous to visit at any time of year, spring offers the most colorful wildflowers along the drive, as well as blooming azaleas and mountain laurel, and the park is particularly impressive in the fall, when the leaves change to red and crimson.
Travel with Insight and stay at the historic Skyland Lodge inside the park. Relax, reconnect with nature and sip cocktails whilst admiring views of the colorful Shenandoah Valley and one of the most beautiful national parks on the east coast. Enjoy a gentle hike on the Stony Man via Appalachian Trail for some of the best vistas and guests can also choose to take an optional Skyland Trail horseback ride.
NEW RIVER GORGE NATIONAL PARK
Spanning over 70,000 acres, rich in cultural and natural history and offering an abundance of scenic opportunities, this vast national park in northeast USA is the perfect destination for whitewater rafting, cycling, hiking and climbing. A standout feature is the New River Gorge Bridge, the longest single arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere. Visitors can stroll a picturesque boardwalk trail for magnificent bridge views.
Travel with Insight and stay at the Resort at Glade Springs, set just outside the park. More than a hotel, the luxurious resort offers many amenities for you to enjoy during your stay, including a golf course and relaxing spa. Whilst at the park, guests can choose an optional guided Bridge Walk to learn all about the history of this engineering marvel.
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Travel with Insight and discover the importance of agriculture to the park’s ecosystem with a visit to the Mountain Farm Museum. This unique collection of farm buildings has been assembled from locations throughout this great national park of Eastern USA. Highlighting the importance and culture of agriculture within the park, explore a log farmhouse, barn, apple house and working blacksmith shop, to see how families may have lived 100 years ago. Then head to the secluded Collins Creek picnic site to savor a delicious and picturesque picnic lunch while overlooking the Smoky Mountains. Relax, enjoy tasty delights and bask in nature’s beauty.
MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK
The park boast a limestone labyrinth cave system, with more than 400 miles explored, and estimates a potential for another 600 miles in its system. Beautiful, with lots of different formations and colors, the caves feature massive chambers with towering rock formations creating vast underground cathedrals. As well as the caves there is plenty more to do and explore while visiting this beautiful wilderness area, such as hiking, camping, horseback riding, fishing and kayaking.
Travel with Insight and you can choose to join a Park Ranger for a tour of the intricate cave system and learn about thousands of years of human history and rich biodiversity.
SPECTACULAR NATIONAL PARKS OF THE EASTERN USA
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