Touring Multiple National Parks
The national parks of the American southwest are a treasure, protected by Theodore Roosevelt in order to remain open and wild spaces for anyone and everyone to enjoy. Roosevelt's wisdom in protecting them from encroachment has annoyed and irritated developers and speculators for many years, who have fought to overturn his legislation in order to extract natural resources that lay beneath the earth's surface in these wide open spaces. Roosevelt realized that it is more important for the soul of the nation to have areas of great beauty or scientific interest be unspoiled, due to the fact that once they are encroached upon there is no way to return them to their previous state. He understood that citizens of this country and all over the world need to be able to explore areas that have not been touched by human hands in order to fully understand their place in the universe, and the true meaning of life. For this reason, he created legislation that stands to this day to protect specific areas in the United States from development of any kind. These spaces are open for the public to enjoy, and are truly owned by all Americans.
The southwestern portion of the United States is home to many of these protected areas, and through our national parks system people are free to explore their scenic beauty at their leisure. In most instances, the biggest problem that a visitor will face is actually getting to the parks themselves, as they are generally quite remote from the nearest city. Planning your trip to visit many of these spaces can be challenging for this reason, and very well might be best to be left in the capable hands of professional touring companies who specialize in national parks tours. By planning your trip to have an origination point that involves the pickup and transport by a professional tour company, you will save yourself the effort of driving to and from the parks, as well as the stress of trying to figure out what elements are the best to explore. Companies that bill themselves as "adventure tours" actually specialize in a form of national park tour that is very close to self-exploration, allowing you to explore the parks in the way you desire.
Most tour companies that offer tours of the southwestern national parks will put together packages that include several areas and overnight camping. This is due to the remote nature of parks like Zion, Bryce, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon from the nearest city that has airport service. In general, the closest major cities to these areas is Las Vegas or Salt Lake City, and each of them is about a four hour trek to the closest park. Once you are in the vicinity of the first park, however, you will find that the distance to the second or third is far less than the initial drive. This is why so many of the touring companies that are based in Las Vegas offer exploration tours of these areas as part of a multiple day tour, actually visiting each of them and potentially Antelope Canyon as well. By packaging the parks into a single drive that spans multiple days, a tourist can experience more of the diversity that the parks offer while minimizing the driving time in between. This way, you do not have to visit Bryce on one trip to Las Vegas and Zion on another, instead being able to experience them all in one single trip. This proves to satisfy most people who have never experienced the wonders of the southwestern parks, allowing them to see the differences and beauty of them all at once.
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