North America Hiking & Adventure Tours

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Explore world-renowned national parks on our North America hiking and adventure tours.

We've partnered with Austin Adventures, a world-class company located in Montana, to bring you these incredible North America adventure tours. Add in our signature New Zealand touch of inspired, thoughtful service, and you'll discover parts of the USA you've never even heard of. You'll be blown away by the array of unique landscapes and natural wonders we'll explore. From hiking along the intimate waterfalls of The Narrows in Zion National Park, biking under towering red sandstone cliffs in Bryce Canyon, taking a dip in hidden swimming holes and witnessing the fascinating geothermal features of Yellowstone National Park, you'll be left in awe at the natural splendours of these breathtaking regions. We don't stop there, though. We'll also explore the San Juan Islands, Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska and the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. These USA hiking tours will get you well off the beaten path via hiking, biking and kayaking. You'll feel like a first explorer as you discover some of the best hiking trails in the United States.

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- March 2022

Winter in Yellowstone and Big Sky 2022.

"Great trip, Steve and Eliza our guides were terrific not to mention lots of fun.… read more

"Great trip, Steve and Eliza our guides were terrific not to mention lots of fun. Well organized tour, accommodation and food was wonderful. Already booked for Canada in 2023! read less

4 Stars (1 reviews)

Elsie, United States

- November 2021

Scenery and Food

"Excellent restaurants, not just the food but the views.
Beautiful location and great food.
The islands are… read more

"Excellent restaurants, not just the food but the views.
Beautiful location and great food.
The islands are beautiful and the activities allowed us to see some of their best spots. read less

4 Stars (8 reviews)

Mauricio, United States

- September 2021

A magical trip to a magical place

"The tour guides Bryan and Carrie were fabulous. Their knowledge and enthusiasm captivated everyone in… read more

"The tour guides Bryan and Carrie were fabulous. Their knowledge and enthusiasm captivated everyone in the group and we all learned so much and saw so much. Yellowstone is a wonderful place and would be a great place to visit no matter what but the tour that was organized for us was so special and offered so many wonders to take in. The planning was exceptional and the execution was amazing. Great time with plenty of great memories. read less

5 Stars (16 reviews)

Mimi, United States

- September 2021

Packed days in Grand Teton and Yellowstone

"The Coyote trip was a great way to see as much of the Grand Teton… read more

"The Coyote trip was a great way to see as much of the Grand Teton and Yellowstone as you could pack into 6 days. Every day was filled with some sort of adventure; we were able to see a great variety of wildlife and geological features. I enjoyed the hiking and biking and it was at a pace that was welcoming to all levels. It was really special to be able to stay within Yellowstone and at Jenny Lake Lodge and have incredible views and quick assess to the parks in the next days. read less

4 Stars (6 reviews)

Kristen, United States

- September 2021

Orcas trip - pure enjoyment

"Every day was full of activity & adventure with hikes in beautiful forest of ferns… read more

"Every day was full of activity & adventure with hikes in beautiful forest of ferns and lakes, biking in winding local roads and kayaking in safe waters.. and the whale watch with local experts. Guides surprised us with lovely picnics and provided safe, considerate, fun guidance on all daily activities! Ready for another. read less

5 Stars (8 reviews)

Peggy, United States

- September 2021

Loved the outdoor activities!

"The hiking, biking and kayaking were all excellent. The weather was perfect for us… read more

"The hiking, biking and kayaking were all excellent. The weather was perfect for us except for the one day in which we were biking. We loved Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor and Orca Island. Each were unique and exciting at the same time read less

4 Stars (8 reviews)

Jackie, United States

- September 2021

Whew!

"Not kidding about the ACTIVE part. It was such good fun: the hiking, the biking,… read more

"Not kidding about the ACTIVE part. It was such good fun: the hiking, the biking, the kayaking and oh the orcas! The guides, Steve and Grace, are both so wonderful and attentive. We felt safe and well-taken care of. The itinerary was just filled with awesome activities. We had a great time! read less

5 Stars (8 reviews)

Mary, United States

- September 2021

Great Experience

"Great experience with wonderful knowledgeable guides! read more

"Great experience with wonderful knowledgeable guides! read less

4 Stars (6 reviews)

Jeanine, United States

- September 2021

Amazing Trip!

"I've wanted to go to Alaska for years, but I'm not a cruise person. … read more

"I've wanted to go to Alaska for years, but I'm not a cruise person. This Active Adventures trip let us experience part of this beautiful state in the ways I like best. I loved the hiking and biking, the Kenai Fjords tour was incredible, and the guides could not have been better. We're usually ready to go home at the end of the vacation, but we were not even starting to get tired of our adventure, our guides, or our other group members. Before we were home, I was already checking to see if Active traveled to other parts of Alaska, because I would like to explore the Inside Passage. read less

5 Stars (11 reviews)

Kristin, United States

- September 2021

Favorite US vacation

"This was my favorite US vacation. The mix of scenery, outdoor activities, and animal viewing… read more

"This was my favorite US vacation. The mix of scenery, outdoor activities, and animal viewing was beyond expectations. I shared many pictures with my associates at work, and many of them mentioned a desire to travel to Alaska and asked for my itinerary. read less

5 Stars (11 reviews)

Jim, United States

- September 2021

Yellowstone and Teton Tour

"This tour included incredible views of the amazing Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, including… read more

"This tour included incredible views of the amazing Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, including a variety of wildlife! We were able to enjoy the vast, picturesque landscapes through our hikes, riding the bike paths, and rafting down the Snake River. Our guides were knowledgeable, fun, and professional. If you are considering this tour, be sure to know your activity level; some in the tour were unable to complete the daily activities while others didn't find it difficult enough. We were active most of the day, but at an easy to moderate level. read less

4 Stars (6 reviews)

Emily, United States

- September 2021

So much I didn’t understand about Yellowstone

"I booked this trip because Covid made it difficult to travel internationally & I'm so… read more

"I booked this trip because Covid made it difficult to travel internationally & I'm so happy I did. I had always planned on “doing “ the US national parks when I was older feeling they would be less arduous. While Yellowstone can be enjoyed by visiting what’s near the road, this trip took you much further into the park. The dangers of Yellowstone should NOT be underestimated and the trip leaders were excellent at advising & guiding us to wonderful, beautiful off the beaten path places safely. The Thermal features go well beyond Old Faithful, the hikes very varied & lodging in the National Parks was a treat. read less

4 Stars (6 reviews)

Katie, United States

- September 2021

Alaska Awesome

"A fantastic trip that checked off all the must-see and do’s in Alaska. Our guides,… read more

"A fantastic trip that checked off all the must-see and do’s in Alaska. Our guides, Gabrielle, Liz and Nicco did a great job tending to our every need and found solutions to all the itinerary challenges (weather, restaurant closures, flat tires). read less

5 Stars (11 reviews)

Jay, United States

- September 2021

Caribou Alaska Trip

"Liz, Nicco and Gabrielle were fantastic guides who worked really well together. They were always… read more

"Liz, Nicco and Gabrielle were fantastic guides who worked really well together. They were always checking on us to make sure we were ok and bent over backwards to ensure we had a great time, were enjoying our trip and were well fed. Our accommodations were excellent and I especially liked that we stayed in one spot multiple nights. I highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for a spectacular Alaskan experience! read less

5 Stars (11 reviews)

Sherri, United States

- August 2021

Amazing Trip!

"Our trip to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park was outstanding. Heather, Katie and… read more

"Our trip to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park was outstanding. Heather, Katie and Jessi were wonderful guides. Thank you for making my summer so special! read less

5 Stars (6 reviews)

Greg, United States

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North America Travel FAQs

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Austin Adventures traveler, it’s highly recommended you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of travel delays, missed connections, medical expenses or injury, or lost baggage for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Protection page for more in-depth information and our recommended insurance provider.

What's included on your North America trips?

Accommodation

We've spent years finding places to stay that are quaint, perfectly-located, and comfortable when we take you to the most amazing parts of North America. We offer a wide variety of accommodations on our trips ranging from locally run inns and first-class hotels to resorts, dude ranches and historic national park cabins. Accommodations are selected for their location, unique charm and history, and offer a true feel for the region. We strongly believe in the value of a good night's sleep and our accommodation reflects this. We also like to have somewhere comfortable to relax after the day's activities.

Transport

We're really focused on ensuring that we spend as little time as possible sitting in vehicles, and that we optimise your vacation for adventuring in the great outdoors. Our average driving time is just over two hours a day, and we make plenty of stops for bathroom breaks and sightseeing along the way. We use modern, comfortable 15-passenger vans for all of our transfers and a second van is added to most departures to provide more flexibility and more room to spread out while seeing the sights! Make no mistake - our trips are not typical bus tour vacation packages! Picture more of a road trip with family complete with good music, tasty snacks, and plenty of guide-supplied fun facts along the way to keep you entertained!

Meals

Just about all your meals are included when you travel with Austin Adventures in North America. We provide a wide variety of cuisine - breakfasts are typically eaten at your hotel on your own time in the morning before meeting up with the group. Lunches feature everything from elaborate picnics to roadside cafes to sandwiches trailside. Dinners are usually eaten at our hotel's dining room or a local restaurant with plenty of options to choose from. We easily cater to vegetarians, picky kids, and people with particular dietary needs. All our guides have food safety certificates and are well-practiced in the art of food prep and serving while on-the-move. You'll find the meals are a real highlight of your trip!

All Guiding Services

Each trip features two or three incredible guides and our average guest to guide ratio is 6:1. Our guests are often drawn to North America by the beautiful scenic landscapes, promise of wilderness and clean air - and there's no doubt you'll find all that, though what you may not be expecting is to forge real, genuine friendships with your fellow tripmates, including our wonderful guides. They're hands-down the BEST guides you'll ever come across.

Activities

Any activity described in our itinerary, such as hiking, rafting, horseback riding, kayaking and biking, are included in your trip cost. Our itineraries are pretty jam-packed to maximize our time spent exploring in these amazing places, and your guides will make it clear if there are additional activities available (at your expense).

How many people are there on each of our North America trips?

We get a real variety of people on our trips and they all seem to have one thing in common – a love of the outdoors! Our trips can accommodate up to 22 guests, depending on each departure. Our adult-only departures require a minimum age of 16 years and generally feature a mix of singles, couples and friends, and our family departures require a minimum age of 6 years to join (7 years on our Alaska Family Adventure) and are a great way to meet other like-minded families who like to get outside.
Please note child rates apply to children 12 years and under.

Do you charge a forced single supplement if I'm a solo traveller?

We regularly accommodate single guests on our group trips and there’s no forced single supplement if you don’t mind sharing a room (you might even get a room to yourself sometimes). If you prefer not to share a room at all, you can upgrade to a single room.
PLEASE NOTE: If you book within 90 days and you’re a Forced single, you’ll be required to pay for your own room.

If I book a trip with my children, will I be sharing a room with them?

Active Adventures & Austin Adventures family vacations are naturally about spending time with family and as such, most families opt to share rooms on our trips. At time of booking, families consisting of four guests with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at the guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

What if I need a special diet?

We’re accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • pescatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • no pork (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)
  • picky kids (send us a list of what your child will eat and we'll make sure to have it!)
You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in your travel wallet. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online travel wallet.

 

How much luggage can I bring on the North America trips?

You'll need one piece of luggage, plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage can be a soft sided duffel or a suitcase with wheels, and you'll need a good quality 18-24 liter daypack to carry with you throughout the days on the trails.

As far as extra luggage goes, if there's not too much (such as one small extra bag per person) then it shouldn't be a problem to fit it in our luggage trailer during the trip. If you've got more than that, then all major airports have luggage facilities available on a weekly basis, or if you are staying at a pre-trip hotel they may be able to store it for you until you return too.

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get cash?

You'll be able to find a reliable ATM once you arrive to start your trip, within the township or at the airport you land in, as national park ATM locations are sparse at best. Aside from tips for your guides, you could bring $200 and go home with change though some people like to bring some cash to cover a round of drinks, a few souvenirs, and dinner on "night on your own", although you could just as easily use a credit card for these purchases too.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size) and we recommend $15-25 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

Is there a number to call in an emergency? How can my family, friends or colleagues contact me

Please contact our office using the details below. If the office is unattended (outside of business hours), dial the extension for the emergency line. If no one immediately responds, please leave a message so we can pick it up and return your call as soon as we can.
Free phone 1 800 661 9073
Email: service@austinadventures.com

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