The Nation’s Vacation Ambassadors

At the end July we left Delaware and started to travel cross country. Our journey took us a little more than 2,500 miles in about two weeks time. We stopped at as many national parks, monuments and memorials as possible: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, Yellowstone and Grand Teton

We made it to Seattle on time and then hopped on a flight to Alaska to begin our expedition as the The Nation’s Vacation: Why I Heart The Parks Ambassadors. 

What is The Nation’s Vacation?

Nation’s Vacation by Aramark is “a collection of activities, experiences, and places to stay within some of America’s greatest National Parks and protected lands. It’s mission is to inspire unforgettable and authentic experiences that reflect the culture that surrounds these once-in-a-lifetime places.”

The places we’ll be visiting as the Nation’s Vacation Ambassadors include:

  1. Denali National Park
  2. Glacier Bay National Park
  3. Olympic National Park
  4. Zephyr Cove
  5. Asilomar
  6. Yosemite National Park

And just as an FYI, the following locations, though we aren’t visiting them, are also part of the Nation’s Vacation family and are totally worth visiting. Put ’em on your list!

  1. Lake Mead
  2. Kartchner Caverns
  3. Bushkill Falls
  4. Patagonia Lake
  5. Lake Powell
  6. Mesa Verde National Park
  7. Togwotee

Nation’s Vacation Expedition

The first leg of our first expedition took us out to Denali Park Village in Denali National Park and Preserve and Glacier Bay Lodge and Tours in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

While in Denali National Park and Glacier Bay National Park we tasted as much of the food as possible, got out to experience as many of the best things to do as possible and got you some inside information on the best places to stay. 

We’ll have our trip reports as soon as possible after we visit. Stay tuned!

Are you ready?! Come join us, Caroline Whatley and Erin McGrady, on our adventure by following along on @nationsvacation and by using the hashtags #NationsVacation #WhyIHeartTheParks and #AuthenticAsheville

To learn more about the Nation’s Vacation, head on over to their website:

Published by Erin McGrady

Erin McGrady is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer exploring Asheville and beyond. My work focuses on sharing about LGBTQ safe spaces, camper van life, and the outdoors.

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