Deals in National Parks this Summer

In this quarantine world, so many people are eager to get in their car and go somewhere for a change of scenery.  The Xanterra Travel Collection, an award-winning globally diversified travel company is offering a Week of Wanderlust Sale from July 3-9, 2020.  This year’s sale has a a variety of properties with plenty of open space. Each special is offering a generous cancellation policy, so travelers can book now with confidence and travel when they’re ready.


The Oasis at Death Valley (National Park) is offering 30% off hotel stays at the beautifully renovated historic AAA Four-Diamond Inn at Death Valley and newly revitalized, family-friendly Ranch at Death Valley. This special is valid for select overnight stays between Oct.1, 2020 and Jan. 15, 2021 for the Inn at Death Valley and July 10, 2020 and Jan. 15, 2021 for the Ranch at Death Valley.


Grand Canyon South Rim – 30% off in-park lodging at Maswik Lodge North, Thunderbird Lodge, Kachina Lodge, Bright Angel Lodge, and 20% off the crown jewel, El Tovar during select dates July 10, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021 and Oct. 15 to March 1, 2021. The lodges are either in or within walking distance to the Historic District and rim of the Grand Canyon that includes Lookout Studio and Hopi House.

Zion National Park – 30% off overnight stays inside the park at Zion National Park Lodge on select dates between Nov. 2, 2020 and March 5, 2021.

Cedar Creek Lodge, the gateway to Glacier National Park – 30% off room rates on select dates from Aug. 16, 2020 and March 31, 2021.


The Grand Canyon  Railway & Hotel (Williams, AZ) – 30% off train tickets on one of America’s great train rides within steps of the Grand Canyon’s fabled South Rim. Up to 30% off on overnight stays at The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, AZ where the trains begins for select dates between July 10, 2020 to March 1, 2021.

The Grand Hotel (just outside of Grand Canyon National Park) – 30% off daily rates at the only AAA Three-Diamond hotel near the Grand Canyon in Tusayan (just one mile from the South Rim entrance) on select dates between July 10, 2020 and March 1, 2021.

The Oasis Death Valley

With the recent rain, desert wildflowers are rising from the parched ground at the largest U.S. National Park outside of Alaska. While the density of wildflowers varies each year, the fact that wildflowers bloom in one of the driest destinations in the world, defies logic and reason.

With a population under 300 people during spring, Death Valley gets thousands of visitors to witness its spectacular beauty.

One of the most dazzling vistas is from The Oasis at Death Valley National Park. Located about 5 hours from Los Angeles, Death Valley offers some of the most unique landscapes in the world. The original episode of the Star Wars epic films made in the 1970s and The Return of the Jedi released in 1983 were both filmed here.

Formerly known as the iconic Furnace Creek Resort, the 66-room Inn, dating back to the 1920s, is a true American oasis with date palm trees, gardens and a spring-fed 85-degree pool. The resort officially reopened on February 1, 2018 after a multi-million dollars renaissance to bring The Inn back to its glory. The amenities and facilities are updated to appeal to today’s traveler. Waking up in the morning, a pink sunrise bathes The Oasis with light. At nightfall, the star-filled skies and light desert wind rustle historic palm trees.

With an average temperature in March of 82 degrees and 90 degrees in April, visitors wear comfortable, casual cotton clothing while exploring the Devil’s Golf Course, Badwater Basin, Artist Palette Drive, Dante’s View and the Twenty Mule Team Canyon.
Now is the ideal time to book a trip to see the incredible display of flowers, and the newly renovated The Oasis Death Valley.

This article was featured in the March, 2018 issue of NOT BORN YESTERDAY.

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