BILLINGS, MT, Jan. 26, 2022– Widely recognized as the #1 Family Adventure Travel company in North America, Austin Adventures is primed to wow travelers this season with their top family-focused trips for 2022. The lineup includes the debut of three new destinations, already showing strong bookings to start the year.
Family-focused travel is woven into Austin Adventures’ DNA – with four decades of experience introducing families to special places all around the globe, including the famed National Parks of the West. Austin Adventures’ Top Seven Family Adventures for 2022 feature a combo of new destinations and tried and true favorites – all with good availability.
New Family Adventure Trips for 2022:
New Zealand - New Zealand | South Island Explorer | Family Vacation
Developed in partnership with New Zealand-based Active Adventures, families will explore incredible landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island – from Christchurch to Queenstown and back again. Guests can step away from the busy modern world and into a giant playground of extraordinary natural beauty as they experience jet-boat rides on the Rakaia Gorge, overnighting in Mt. Aspiring National Park and visiting a high-country sheep station near Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park.
This adventure promises the best of the state’s incredible natural landmarks and includes the coastal towns of Boothbay, Camden, Islesboro Island and Bar Harbor. Families will bike in Maine’s Acadia National Park, hike for views of the sprawling coastline and sail across the waves on a 1935 schooner. Lobster is of course included.
North Carolina- North Carolina | Blue Ridge Mountains | Family Vacation
Guests will hike, bike and paddle through a verdant rolling countryside to view thundering waterfalls and rich forests that cover the southeastern Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. During a two-night stay on the sprawling 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate, guests will tour the historic mansion and explore the grounds by bike or on foot.
Returning Favorites Popular for 2022 Include:
Yellowstone - Wyoming | Yellowstone National Park | Family Vacation
On this signature Austin Adventures’ Family Vacation, guests will discover the wilds of Yellowstone National Park and Paradise Valley from the helm of a raft and on the back of a horse. Children can use their Junior Ranger skills to identify elk, bison, wolves and bears. Parents and kids alike can share a giggle over the belches and burps of Mud Volcano and relax together in a soothing thermal pool at the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort.
This family adventure on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula begins with a scenic train ride aboard the famous Alaska Railroad. Kayak the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay alongside seals, sea otters and puffins. Guests hike the panoramic vista of Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield and get up close and personal with orcas and humpback whales on a private nature cruise of the Kenai Fjords. A thundering waterfall cools off everyone’s cheeks on a bike ride to the gold rush town of Hope.
Families explore two of Costa Rica’s most intriguing national parks while searching for iridescent amphibians, sleepy sloths, twisting vines and blooming orchids. Guests will ride through forests and pastures by horseback to reach postcard-perfect views of Arenal Volcano. They will venture into the dense vegetation of Arenal National Park in search of screeching toucans, endangered poison dart frogs and curious spider monkeys; learn to surf in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and boat through the mangroves of the Sierpe River.
The Wild West history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site comes into focus as families hike and raft through Montana’s Glacier National Park. The distinctive accommodations and delicious regional food are complemented by the awe-inspiring grandeur found in one of America’s most celebrated but often overlooked national parks.
Austin Adventures (twice acknowledged by Travel + Leisure Magazine as the #1 Tour and Family Tour Operator in the World) has consistently broken new ground and set a high bar when it comes to family adventures. Kasey Austin, a second-generation Austin Adventures staffer, is intimately involved in trip development and itinerary building as the company’s Head of Operations & USA President. Early on in her career, she was named Outside Magazine’s Family Guide of the Year. A trailblazer in family adventure travel for decades, the Austin family is often referred to as “the First Family of Adventure Travel.”
In 2021 Austin Adventures announced a merger with world-renowned Active Adventures of New Zealand. Active Adventures’ guided adventures featuring hiking, biking, kayaking and more across New Zealand, South America, Europe, the Himalayas, and Africa are now available on the Austin Adventures’ website.
About Active Adventures & Austin Adventures:
With over 60 years of combined experience, Active Adventures and Austin Adventures set the standard for inspiring, all-inclusive, small-group adventures in the most breath-taking regions of the world. Their teams across New Zealand, North America, Peru, Nepal and the Netherlands ensure every detail is looked after. Hand-picked guides with a wealth of experience and local knowledge lead the way as guests enjoy exclusive accommodations, top-notch dining and unique activities showcasing the best of each region.
Each of their 100+ trips are crafted to perfection, encouraging guests to not only challenge themselves physically but also to take a deep dive in the local way of life in every destination. For more information, please visit activeadventures.com and austinadventures.com.
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