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1. It’s the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service
And the NPS predicts that park accommodations will fill up fast in 2016.

2. Book last-minute spring travel, or plan ahead for fall
According to this Lonely Planet infographic, May visitors can still beat the crowds while enjoying pleasant weather at most U.S. National Parks! And the Washington Post reports that October is the best month of national parks travel. Book your fall vacation in advance to take advantage of early booking savings.

3.  There’s still time to plan a summer vacation if you choose an escorted tour
Most years, Yellowstone’s summer lodging is booked solid by the end of January! Deal News editor Paula Bradley recommends booking an escorted national parks tour to save on peak summer dates. “When you add up the cost of the flight, car rental, and accommodation, the price creeps up pretty quickly,” she says. “It’s hard to compare these packages to booking everything separately, because the value comes in part from un-quantifiable luxuries like having a driver and a tour guide.” And since escorted tours reserve hotel space in advance, they’re often bookable long after retail lodging sells out.

Bradley says the best package she found was Gate 1 Travel’s 8 Day Classic National Parks tour to Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore & Grand Teton.

Thanks for the shout out, Deal News! We couldn’t agree more. Book an escorted national parks tour today for your next family vacation in the beautiful American outdoors.

Posted by Gate 1 Travel

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