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Austin Lehman Adventures

02-11-2009

America's Best Kept Secrets
The National Parks Issue February 10, 2009
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John Muir once said, "No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite"
He was right. Our National Parks are our nation's natural jewels, our sanctuaries, our timeless treasures. Established in 1872 with the debut of Yellowstone, America now boasts 58 National Parks each a protected land that is as rare, varied and undeniably beautiful as they come.

Refuges for wildlife, plants and ecosystems and renowned for their extraordinary geological features, our National Parks are, simply put, the best that nature has to offer.

And the best part? They're right in your backyard.
The Magic of Yellowstone National Park
Remember Dorothy's words sung over and over as she skipped along the yellow brick road? "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" Had she been in the magical northwest corner of Wyoming instead of the Land of Oz, she might have been singing, "Geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, mud pots! Elk and moose and grizzlies, oh MY!"

That's right they're all here in Yellowstone National Park, and by the thousands. 10,000 geo-thermal wonders half of all that exist in the entire world. 2,000 buffalo. 20,000 elk. Plus a waterfall twice as high as Niagara Falls, a park that's larger than two entire states, more than 1,000 miles of trails and historic hotels built for the well-to-do a century ago including the largest log structure in the world, the enormous Old Faithful Inn.

Read more about Yellowstone National Park in owner Dan Austin's travel blog, The Magic of Yellowstone

"Yellowstone is a phenomenal place but your 3 guides really made the trip memorable."
Thomas McCarthy, Pennsylvania
America's National Parks have inspired poets, painters and photographers for years. How will they inspire you?
Ride horseback into the heart of the Grand Canyon. Travel by boat deep into Alaska's pristine Glacier Bay. Hike through red-rock slot canyons in Zion Virgin River Narrows and raft the rapids of the Snake River to a backdrop the snow-capped, snaggle-toothed Grand Tetons. From Yosemite to Yellowstone, Crater Lake to Kenai, America's National Parks offer the perfect playground for your next adventure vacation.

Austin-Lehman hosts active, small-group adventure vacations in more than a dozen National Parks throughout the United States. Stay close to home this year on your next family vacation, luxury travel tour or romantic getaway and venture with our homegrown guides off the well-trodden tourist path and into the heart of our country's best-kept secrets.

"Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space."
Ansel Adams
Trips in our National Parks
Yellowstone the Serengeti of the American West
Arriving in Yellowstone National Park is like stepping into a scene on the Discovery Channel. . .
Learn more here
Grand Teton Valley Floors to Jagged Peaks
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