The great American road trip is back and it's returning with a little 21st century style. The southern half of Yellowstone has reopened and so has the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Slowly but surely, places are opening up and we’re emerging from our homes and ready to hit the road. You might still be wary of hopping on a plane or staying in a big city. That’s why the first step in our Great American Getaway is all about getting away from it all.
The mere mention of the term RV might conjure up images of Cousin Eddie emptying the septic tank in “Christmas Vacation,” but the RVs of today are well-furnished, clean and equipped with all the technology you need to make for a smooth family road trip. There’s a range of luxury RVs that accommodate varying budgets. Our partners such as Abercrombie & Kent and American Excursionist offer RV packages that fit your style. There are options for self-drive or with a driver, and you can spend every night on the RV and or retire to a nice lodge for the night while the driver takes care of the vehicle.
It’s easy to practice social distancing in an RV while carving out some quality family or couple time away from home. You don’t have to worry about constant unpacking and repacking, and you can be close to the outdoors action without having to worry about the lack of nearby accommodations. Of course, you can’t just park anywhere you want for the night. That’s where a well-crafted itinerary planned out with your travel advisor comes in.
Sensing “a nostalgic craving for the American road trip,” as U.S. operations manager Kirk Reynolds put it, A&K has developed local and regional itineraries of six to eight nights highlighting national parks, the Rockies and Texas to name a few. Excursionist also offers national parks itineraries in the West and from the Berkshires to Acadia. You can even get your kicks on Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, or in Canada when the time comes.
Villas, Cabins, and Condos
No matter what part of the country you live in, our partners offer freestanding structures for those not quite sure about jumping back into a high-rise hotel just yet. There are many options that are part of a resort and come with all the attendant amenities, such as Stone Water Cove on Table Rock Lake in the Ozarks, any number of places in Napa Valley or the Ocean House in Rhode Island.
For those who want even more space, our travel partners have expanded their domestic collections by adding more private homes in the US. We now have access to vetted properties from Montana to Miami. Hilton Head bookings are available immediately, and there are new offerings in Nashville, Charleston, Savannah, Martha’s Vineyard. Every home or condo comes with an updated guideline for cleanliness that owners must follow. Our suppliers are also looking into
modifying cancellation policies in the event of a COVID-19 resurgence.
Nothing says back to nature like sleeping under the stars. Pitching a tent in the backyard and dragging out a couple of sleeping bags probably doesn’t cut it anymore after weeks stuck at home.
With glamping, you can sleep in a cozy bed with a fire going in a semi-permanent tent complete with your own private bathroom and shower. Instead of your back porch, you have the glory of a national park or another part of the great outdoors to explore and our travel partners can provide us with special access for you to enjoy. Imagine a kitchen serving up gourmet fare and S’more making around the campfire at night.
During the day, enjoy a private guided excursion, and take in awe-inspiring experiences. how about lunch on the rim of the Grand Canyon after a morning of hiking, or riding a zipline through the canopy of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Whichever option you choose, let’s rediscover America this summer!