Caravan all inclusive vacations are a great way to travel worry-free.

One of the main benefits of traveling with Caravan Tours is that outside of your airfare, virtually all other costs are included in the ticket price. Your food, lodging, travel itinerary, plus all activities, outings and even tips are taken care of by Caravan.

Most vacationers find themselves spending very little while on their actual vacation – and usually, it’s only to purchase a few souvenirs here and there.

In addition to handling all your vacation expenses, Caravan all inclusive vacations are also fully guided packages – conducted by professional local tour operators who:

  • Handle all activity payments and tipping
  • Take care of hotel check-ins
  • Keep you on schedule
  • Guide you through the sights and sounds of your vacation destination
  • Make sure your needs are met and you travel in comfort

Guiding travelers on all inclusive vacations since 1952, Caravan Tours currently offers 9 Caravan all inclusive vacations throughout the USA, Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Canada.

Panama Vacations

Panama is a small country in Central America and home to the Panama Canal, which serves as a passageway for ships and vessels travelling from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic ocean and vice versa. Caravan’s all inclusive Panama cruise packages feature cruises on the Panama Canal, while exploring Panama’s rainforests, lakes, rivers and volcanoes.

The highlights of this all inclusive Panama Vacation include:

  • Miraflores Locks
  • “Old Panama” city known as Panama Viejo
  • Gatun Lake cruise featuring hilltop islands
  • Locks Transit cruise
  • Playa Blanca in El Valle
  • Embera Rainforest Indian Village
  • Kuna Indian marketplace

Costa Rica Vacations

Costa Rica features an abundance of beautiful beaches, volcanoes and rainforests so it can be hard to know how to divide your vacation time.  Caravan’s all inclusive Costa Rica vacation lets you experience a little bit of everything. The vacation starts and ends in the capital city, San Jose. Vacationers travel north to visit Poas Volcano and Arenal Volcano, and finally back West to the Pacific coast to enjoy incredible white sandy beaches.

The highlights of this all inclusive Costa Rica Vacation include:

  • Poas Volcano
  • Escalonia Cloud Forest Trail
  • Authentic Costa Rican coffee plantation tour
  • Braulio Carrillo Park and Butterfly Garden
  • Rio Frio River Cruise and Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
  • Guanacaste and Leatherback Turtle National Park
  • Tarcoles River cruise and Carara Biological Reserve
  • Manuel Antonia National Park

USA All Inclusive Vacations

The diversity of our American geography is remarkable and evident in our protected National Parks. Caravan Tours features three national park vacation packages:

Grand Canyon Vacation Packages feature Camelback Mountain, Montezuma Castle, Sedona colony and Oak Creek Canyon – and that is just on your way into Grand Canyon National Park! In addition to accommodations inside the park you will have breathtaking views of Lake Powell, take a jeep tour of Monument Valley’s back country and visit Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park.

Mount Rushmore Vacations are all inclusive and include your lodging and land travel expenses as you journey to see Crazy Horse Memorial, Mt. Rushmore National Monument, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Crow Nation. While on vacation you will cross the continental divide before entering Yellowstone National Park and intersecting the original “Oregon Trail”.

Yosemite Park Vacation Packages are all inclusive California coast tours and start with a night in the romantic city of San Francisco. This is followed by a guided tour of California’s Wine Country plus a Bay Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge. During your all inclusive vacation you will journey into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, see gold mining towns, discover Yosemite National Park, visit the San Joaquin Valley and spend some time at the oceanfront Monterey Bay Aquarium. Before departing California you will also have the opportunity to visit Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills where there’s a good chance you’ll spot some Hollywood celebrities.

Canada All Inclusive Vacations

Canadian Rockies Vacation Packages feature Waterton Park, Glacier National Park, Banff National Park and Jasper. Along the way you will witness majestic scenery, souring mountain tops and ancient glaciers. Ride a vintage tour bus in Glacier National Park, take the Gondola ride up to Sulphur Mountain for 360 degree views of six mountain ranges surrounding Banff, do a float trip along the Bow River and trek along the Icefields near Jasper, Alberta.

Canadian Maritimes Vacation Packages are also all inclusive where you can relax as you settle into the East Coast lifestyle. Visit Cape Breton Island, go whale watching in Nova Scotia, visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, and stay in the charming town of Baddeck. A short ferry ride takes vacationers over to Prince Edward Island, home of Anne of Green Gables. Finally, be inspired by the unique tides in the Bay of Fundy or by Halifax’s oceanfront, or the charming Peggy’s Cove. Along the way your East Coast inspired meals are included in your package price!

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In the past few decades Caravan vacation packages have become one of the most popular and economical ways to travel.

With tourism today, travelers have plenty of options. Once you have an idea of where to go there is no shortage of options including;

  • Self-guided vacations
  • Customized vacation travel
  • Fully escorted vacation packages
  • All inclusive tours
  • Group vacations
  • Budget vacation travel
  • And practically any combination of these

Caravan vacation packages are designed for pampering guests, making them feel special, and providing guests with the ultimate vacation experience.

All Inclusive Vacation Packages

All inclusive vacation packages are very popular with group travelers as all arrangements for hotel stays, airport transfers, and ground travel are taken care of. Most often, hotels and lodges are three and four star quality.

Many vacation packages are also fully escorted so language and local currencies are not an issue for travelers.

All inclusive packages are extremely convenient since every detail is handled for you and included for one affordable all inclusive price. This type of vacation package usually includes all itinerary sightseeing activities and activity fees, and in many cases, gratuities as well.

Specialized Vacations

There are a myriad of specialized vacation packages available for the avid traveler. These may include family getaways, senior holiday packages, or theme based vacation packages such as;

  • Adventure travel
  • Arts and culture tours
  • Ruins & archaeological interest packages
  • Beach holidays
  • Vacation packages for singles or couples
  • And guided travel for special interest groups

Many of these specialized and special interest vacation packages can be customized to suit your requirements and the entire holiday can be set up according to your personal or group needs.

There are even vacation packages centered on specific holidays and events like Mardi Gras or the Olympics. These vacation packages usually include entry to the event as well.

Caravan All Inclusive Tours

Today, most reputable tour companies can be easily researched online offering tours to suit virtually any taste and budget. Tour operators that have been around for a while and are well established generally offer the best value for the money.

Since 1952, Caravan Vacation Packages have given travelers a complete holiday experience at truly affordable prices. Because Caravan deals in volume, hotels and vendors generally offer us excellent discounts. Price breaks such as this allow our tour operators to offer amazing tours. Our Discount Costa Rica Vacation package is a prime example. You can enjoy this tour for much less than what you would pay if you had to book the same activities and hotels on your own.

Caravan vacation packages are all inclusive, fully escorted tours starting as low as $1,195. Come travel with Caravan Tours to Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, or Canada and US destinations like California and New England.

Check Vacation Package Availability or to learn more. visit Why Buy Vacation Packages with Caravan.

Call toll free at 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) for bookings or to speak with our travel experts.

All Caravan guided tours are also all inclusive vacations. That means for one low, all inclusive price, Caravan guests can travel fully guided and enjoy all ground transportation, accommodations, meals and tour itineraries without added costs.

Our Caravan guided tours are some of the very best on the market. Caravan tour operators offer North and Central American guided bus tours including all inclusive tours in Canada, the USA, Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala.

US Guided Tours

Grand Canyon Guided Tours – Have you ever wanted to explore the Grand Canyon with an experienced tour guide? Caravan’s Grand Canyon guided tours are exceptional and also include escorted visits to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. Other destinations on this all inclusive fully guided tour include Sedona, Lake Powell and Monument Valley.

California Guided Tours – Take a guided vacation tour down along the coast of California and enjoy escorted visits to the California redwoods, San Joaquin Valley, California wine country, San Francisco, Monterey, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills and Hollywood. Caravan’s all inclusive fully escorted California tours also include Yosemite National Park guided tours.

Yellowstone Guided ToursCaravan’s all inclusive Yellowstone National Park guided tours explores many of the park’s most popular sites including Old Faithful Geyser and Mammoth Hot Springs. The Yellowstone guided tour also includes visits to Mount Rushmore Memorial, Crazy Horse Monument and the Custer Battlefield.

New England Guided ToursNew England’s fall foliage guided tours are the most popular however Caravan’s New England guided tours also include Martha’s Vineyard, Plymouth Rock, Woodstock, Norman Rockwell Museum and of course a guided bus tour through New England’s Appalachian Mountains.

Canada Guided Tours

Guided Tours of the Canadian Rockies – Caravan’s all inclusive bus tour of the Canadian Rockies includes visits to Waterton Park, Glacier Park, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park and the Columbia Ice Fields.

Guided Tours of the Canada’s Maritime Provinces – Caravan’s all inclusive bus tour of Eastern Canada includes escorted visits to Nova Scotia’s Halifax and Peggy’s Cove. Other destinations include the Fortress of Louisbourg and Cabot Trial on Cape Breton Island, Anne of Green Gables on Prince Edward Island and the Bay of Fundy (home of the world’s highest tides) in New Brunswick.

Latin America Guided Tours

Costa Rica Tours

Traveling fully escorted is absolutely the best way to explore Costa Rica’s many volcanoes, waterfalls, rainforests, cloud forests and National Parks.  Other destinations on Caravan’s guided tours of Costa Rica include San Jose, Leatherback Turtles National Park, Poas and Arenal Volcanoes, and Manuel Antonio National Park.

Guatemala Tours

Caravan’s all inclusive guided tours of Guatemala also include escorted visits to the ancient ruins of Tikal and Copan. Other sites including in this Guatemala guided tour include Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City, Quiriqua, Rio Dulce and Antigua.

Panama Tours

Caravan’s newest all inclusive Central American vacation is the fully guided Panama Canal tour. Travelers will also enjoy escorted visits to Panama City, Old Panama, Playa Blanca, and the rainforest village of the Embera Indians.

All Inclusive Guided Tours by Caravan

Caravan Tours has been offering fully guided tours throughout Central and North America since 1952. Caravan uses knowledgeable local tour guides who are eager to share their history and knowledge.

Visit why buy Caravan guided tours to learn more or check tour availability now.

For bookings, call toll free 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826).

The World’s Largest Sculpture

Chief Crazy Horse Monument has been continually under construction in the Black Hills of South Dakota since 1948. Chief Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain sculpture dedicated to Chief Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota (Sioux Indian) warrior.

Once completed, the Crazy Horse South Dakota monument will depict the upper torso of Chief Crazy Horse mounted on his horse, with his arm outstretched and pointing towards the “land of his ancestors.” The construction is still in progress.

Who Was Chief Crazy Horse?

Chief Crazy Horse and Chief Sitting Bull have gone down in history as the leaders of the Sioux uprising that defeated General Custer in the Battle of Little Big Horn, otherwise known as “Custer’s Last Stand.”

The Crazy Horse mountain memorial includes:

  • Chief Crazy Horse Monument
  • Native American Cultural Center
  • The Indian Museum of North America
  • Crazy Horse Monument History

The Mount Rushmore Monument likely inspired the Chief Crazy Horse Monument. Native Indian Chief Henry Standing Bear wanted to publicly prove that Indian nations had their own heroes too. He wrote a letter to sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski inquiring about his interest in creating a North American monument. Ziolkowski had previously worked on the Mount Rushmore Monument in 1924 under master sculptor Gutzon Borglum and had the experience needed to take on this new monumental project.

Location of Crazy Horse Monument

Crazy Horse Monument is being carved out of Thunderhead Mountain, a place considered to be sacred ground by Native Americans. As you travel south along route 385 (on the southwest side of South Dakota), Thunderhead Mountain and Crazy Horse Memorial can be found almost mid-way between Hill City and Custer City. The location of Crazy Horse Monument in relation to Mount Rushmore is only about 8 miles away.

Size of Crazy Horse Monument

Once completed Chief Crazy Horse memorial dimensions are expected to be 641 feet (195 meters) wide and 563 feet (172 meters) tall, which would make the Chief Crazy Horse Monument the world’s largest mountain carving.

The Crazy Horse Monument will also be the world’s largest sculpture of the human head, measuring in at approximately 87 feet tall. In comparison, the heads of the US Presidents carved into Mount Rushmore Monument are approximately 60 feet tall.

Completion of Crazy Horse Monument

Perhaps the most common question asked is, “When will Crazy Horse Monument be finished?” No one is really sure. The blasting continues and the mountain carving is a work in progress, dependent upon donations and private funding only. Although the US Government has offered to help fund the construction of the Chief Crazy Horse Monument on several occasions, artist and sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and his successors have politely declined.

When Ziolkowski passed away in 1982, the non-profit Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation took over the project and to this day continues to honor Ziolkowski’s intentions to keep funding for the project private while striving for higher educational and cultural goals within their communities. Ziolkowski’s wife Ruth oversees all work on the Crazy Horse Monument with the help of the foundation and their 10 children. Essentially, the foundation collects funds to continue with its project through visitor fees, with more than a million guests visiting each year.

The completion and dedication of the face of Chief Crazy horse occurred in 1998, fifty years after the very first blasting of rock. At this point in time there is still no estimated completion date for the rest of the monument.

Chief Crazy Horse Volksmarch

Each year, the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation hosts many educational, social and cultural events.

For the last 30 years they have organized an Annual Spring Volksmarch where the public is invited to hike 6.2 miles through the Black Hills woodlands to see the actual sculpture in progress up close. This is a very popular event with up 15,000 guests in attendance each year. In 2013, an Annual Fall Volksmarch was introduced, giving guests a second opportunity to hike up to the monument. This is the most popular organized hike in the United States.

Crazy Horse Monument Controversy

There is plenty of controversy to go along with the Chief Crazy Horse South Dakota monument. During his life Crazy Horse did not want his picture taken and following his death, his body was placed in an unnamed location. As such, the Chief Crazy Horse monument is sculpted in likeness of him and is dedicated to both the spirit of Crazy Horse and to all Native Americans.

While Lakota (Indian) Chief Henry Standing Bear acknowledged the sincerity of Chief Crazy Horse’s motives, many Native Americans are still against the construction of this memorial. Some of the people who knew the history of Crazy Horse have likened the monument to a “pollution and desecration of the landscape.”

About Caravan Tours

Caravan Tours, which is still family owned and operated, began offering all inclusive tours back in 1952. We now offer affordable, fully guided, all inclusive tours throughout the United States, Canada, and Central America.

A tour of Chief Crazy Horse monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota is included in our fully escorted, all inclusive Mt Rushmore Yellowstone tour.

Visit our Caravan Mount Rushmore tour reviews page to read what others have said about this exceptionally priced US travel tour. For more tour information about Chief Crazy Horse monument or to book a vacation with Caravan Tours, please call us toll free at 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826).

Where is Mount Rushmore?

Mount Rushmore presidents were carved out of a granite rock face in the Black Hills of South Dakota, USA.

Who Built Mount Rushmore?

Gutzon Borglum, a master sculpture, conceived and carved Mount Rushmore Memorial. He was assisted by over 400 other rock carvers and explosive experts.

When Was Mount Rushmore Built?

Construction of the Black Hills granite rock faced mountain near Keystone South Dakota began in 1927 when Borglum was 60 years old. The sculptures of the Mount Rushmore presidents were not completed when Borglum died in 1941.

Why Did They Carve Mount Rushmore?

Master carver Gutzon Borglum created Mount Rushmore to commemorate America’s first 150 years as a free country. In his own words, Borglum states that the four presidents were chosen to, “Commemorate the founding, growth, preservation, and development to the United States of America.”

Who are the Mount Rushmore Presidents?

Below, is a list of the four Mount Rushmore presidents’ names, along with the dates for their terms in office:

  1. George Washington (US President from 1789 to 97)
  2. Thomas Jefferson (US President from 1801 to 09)
  3. Abraham Lincoln (US President from 1861 to 65)
  4. Theodore Roosevelt (US President from 1901 to 09)

Why These Four Mount Rushmore Presidents?

One of the most common questions asked is this: Why were these presidents chosen for the Mount Rushmore monument?

The United States of America came into being in 1776 and turned 240 years old on July 1st, 2016. Mount Rushmore represents the presidents from each important era spanning 150 years during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

George Washington

President Washington was selected because of his efforts towards democracy in the United States.

Thomas Jefferson

President Jefferson was chosen for his authorship of the Declaration of Independence.

Abraham Lincoln

President Lincoln was chosen because he was responsible for the end of slavery in the United States.

Theodore Roosevelt

President Roosevelt was a personal choice of Borglum’s and was chosen because of his contributions to business, conservation and the creation of the Panama Canal.

11 Mount Rushmore Facts You May Not Know

The sculpted heads of the four American presidents at Mount Rushmore are 60 feet (18.29 meters) high. Here are some answers to some of the most common questions plus a few other interesting facts about Mount Rushmore Monument:

  1. Sculpter Gutzon Borglum was 60 when he began work on Mt Rushmore
  2. Mount Rushmore presidents took 14 years to complete
  3. Mount Rushmore cost less than 1 million dollar to make (over 17 million in today’s dollars)
  4. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum was assisted by over 400 workers
  5. In all, there are 506 steps to reach the summit of Mt Rushmore
  6. The Mount Rushmore sculpture was completed safely with no casualties
  7. Mount Rushmore is approximately 465 feet in total height
  8. Each of the eyes of the Mount Rushmore presidents are 11 feet wide
  9. Each of the president’s noses are about 20 feet high
  10. Each president’s mouth is about 18 feet wide
  11. The elevation of Mount Rushmore monument is about 5,500 feet above sea level

Mount Rushmore Construction

The rock face carving required exceptional talent and precise craftsmanship, and it was definitely very difficult to complete the construction of this historical landmark. The construction workers first began sculpting Mount Rushmore with egg-shaped masses of rock. Huge boulders were cleared with the use of dynamite to carve out the general shapes of the Mount Rushmore presidents’ heads. To finish the sculpture, Gutzon Borglum and his crew had to remove approximately 400 thousand tons of rock from the site.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial rests on more than 500 hectares of land and is part of the Mount Rushmore National Park, under the management of the National Park Service. Nearly 3 million tourists visit Mount Rushmore annually.

About Caravan Tours

Like all Caravan all inclusive tours, the Mount Rushmore Yellowstone tour is exceptionally priced and also includes escorted tours of Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons, and Mammoth Hot Springs.

For more than 65 years, Chicago based Caravan Tours has remained a family run all inclusive tour company and now offers fully guided tours throughout the USA, Canada, and Central America.

You can also visit Caravan’s Mount Rushmore tour reviews page to read what others have said about this Caravan tour. Book your next trip with Caravan and come see the Mount Rushmore Presidents!

To find out more call Caravan Tours toll free at 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826).

For US travelers who want a chance to experience America’s natural wonders of nature along with the USA’s indigenous wildlife, there is no shortage of excellent All Inclusive USA Tours by Caravan Tours, including fully guided US national parks tours.

Guided western national parks tours are the easiest way to get the most out of visiting places like Yellowstone, Yosemite and of course, the Grand Canyon, where knowledgeable tour guides provide much of the history and background information about each national park’s unique attributes.

Grand Canyon National Park Tours

The Grand Canyon has held visitors spellbound since it was first explored in the mid 1800’s. Escorted Grand Canyon US National Parks Tours will help you discover one of the world’s most mesmerizing landscapes, if only for the sheer size of the canyon. For many visitors the vastness and beauty of the Grand Canyon almost amounts to a spiritual experience.

Caravan Tours’ Grand Canyon National Park tour includes both the south rim and the north rim. More adventurous visitors can also take hiking tours deep into the canyon or explore the adventure of river rafting down the Colorado River, over a mile below the Canyon rim.

The all-inclusive Caravan Grand Canyon Tour also includes fully guided tours of two other US National Parks:

  • Bryce Canyon National Park – with its unique rock formations
  • Zion National Park – with its amazing and unique geological formations
  • Grand Teton National Park

Yellowstone National Park

The world’s first national park (and America’s largest) is Yellowstone National Park. For international visitors who to enjoy Caravan Tour’s American national parks tours, Yellowstone is a must. Yellowstone National Park is actually an ancient super volcano boasting over 10,000 geothermal activities including over three hundred geysers, the most famous of which is Old Faithful Geyser. Yellowstone also has 290 cascading waterfalls plus hundreds of mud pots, fumaroles and hot sprints.

Caravan’s Yellowstone & Mt Rushmore tours are extremely popular and also include several other major US attractions including:

  • Mount Rushmore National Monument
  • Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Grand Tetons National Park.

Yosemite National Park

To view El Capitan, the world’s largest exposed granite boulder (3,600 feet high) or places like Bridal Veil Falls, Cathedral Rocks or the 1,410-foot Upper Yosemite Falls (America’s highest waterfalls), visitors should consider taking an escorted California Yosemite National Park tour by Caravan Tours. Yosemite National Park is also a World Heritage site.

Caravan Tours’ Yosemite National Park Tour is included as part of our guided motor coach tour of the California Coast with visits to places like Big Sur, the giant Sequoia redwood forest, San Francisco, Monterey, California wine country, and Hollywood.

Discover Caravan’s US National Parks Tours

It is imperative for visitors who want to enjoy fully escorted US national parks tours to choose a good, well-established tour company. Caravan Tours has been offering fully escorted tours across the USA since 1952.

To make a reservation, call toll free at 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826)

Check out some of Caravan’s tour review pages to read what others have said about Caravans’ all inclusive, fully escorted US national Parks Tours:

Grand Canyon Tours Reviews
Yellowstone Park Tours Reviews
Yosemite Park Tours Reviews

Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872, is exceptional and renowned as the world’s first national park. Yellowstone Park is located near West Yellowstone town and about 7 hours’ drive going north from Salt Lake City, and just 3 hours from Jackson UT.

Yellowstone Park has an area of more than 19,260 square miles. It includes a wonderful array of sights, natural geological wonders, and unique features that have helped make Caravan’s Yellowstone vacation packages a favorite of visiting tourists who flock to Yellowstone to see:

Yellowstone Caldera – Also known as the Yellowstone Super Volcano.

Yellowstone Waterfalls – Yellowstone Park has 290 waterfalls in all including the 308 foot tall Yellowstone Lower Falls and the 109 foot tall Yellowstone Upper Falls.

Natural Hot Springs – Yellowstone National Park has over 10,000 geothermal oddities including hot springs, fumaroles, and the park’s famous geysers.

Old Faithful Geyser – Most Yellowstone vacation packages include a visit to the world’s most famous geyser, Old Faithful, just one of 300 geysers to be found in Yellowstone National Park.

Old Faithful Inn – Another favorite park destination on most Yellowstone vacation package tours, Old Faithful Inn is a timber log hotel built in 1903 and features an enormous 85-foot stone fireplace.

Yellowstone Wildlife – Including grizzlies, the park is famous for its moose, elk, mountain lions, gray wolves and mountain goats.

Petrified Forests – The world’s largest Petrified Forest can be found in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone Park’s Old Faithful Geyser

With more than 3 million tourists visiting Yellowstone National Park yearly, fully escorted Yellowstone family vacation packages have become increasingly popular. During peak days, sometime between July and August, up to 25,000 people will visit to wait for the famous Old Faithful geyser to erupt.

Old Faithful has always been one of the park’s most popular features so families and senior tourists who wish to avoid the crowds may choose to visit during the off-season. Weekdays, early morning visits, or late afternoons are also excellent times to visit Old Faithful Geyser. Caravan’s Yellowstone family vacation packages and senior tours are also fully guided and offer the most convenient way to see Old Faithful.

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone National Park tours require at least 3 full days if one wants to explore most of the park’s most popular attractions. Another popular destination on many Yellowstone vacation package tours is Yellowstone Lake. At an elevation of over 6500 feet above sea level, Yellowstone Lake is the highest fresh water lake in the continental United States and has about 100 natural streams flowing in and out of it. The area also has a unique geothermal feature; a mud volcano.

Yellowstone Park’s Grand Loop Drive

The Grand Loop Drive is the main thoroughfare in Yellowstone National Park. It is a loop similar to the figure 8 and runs over 140 miles throughout Yellowstone Park. Grand Loop Drive is included in virtually all Yellowstone vacation packages and offers plenty of wonderful sights to see.

Yellowstone Grand Loop tours may include Norris Geyser Basin, a desert-looking landscape laden with small craters, bubbling hot springs, and geysers such as the Echinus Geyser. While the sights around Yellowstone Park are thrilling, visitors are warned to keep within the authorized pathways and roadways, mainly because of the dangers associated with getting too close to the acidic waters of the geysers and mud holes.

Mammoth Hot Springs is another stop on the Grand Loop Drive, as well as old Fort Yellowstone, which now serves as the park’s headquarters.

Certain portions of the Yellowstone River Basin show wonderfully laid out basalt columns that were formed by nature yet look more like some Hollywood set design. Grand Loop Drive winds down through Dunraven Pass on Mount Washburn, where you can witness the 50 million year old volcano that enveloped forests. Then there’s Hayden Valley, where you can savor the sights of grassy lands, small lakes and streams and abundant wildlife, like elks, bison and even white pelicans.

Yellowstone All Inclusive Vacation Packages

Mount Rushmore Yellowstone tours by Caravan Tours are fully guided vacation packages that include Old Faithful, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake, and more. These are all inclusive, 8-day tours that also include visits to the Grand Tetons, Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monument.

Caravan’s Yellowstone National Park vacation packages are affordably priced considering all activities, land transportation, meals, and hotel accommodations are included.

Read fellow traveler’s reviews of their Caravan Yellowstone National Park tour experience.

(Editor’s Note – This original post from April 2010 has been updated to reflect current Yellowstone vacation details.)

Sightseeing in the United Stages attracts tourists from around the globe who come to enjoy bus sightseeing tours of our parks, our historic landmarks and our incredibly beautiful landscapes.

The United States is such a diverse country with everything from the deserts of Arizona and the beaches of California to the super volcano of Yellowstone National Park and the rolling Appalachian Mountains of New England.

Tourists can find plenty of different US sightseeing tours to choose from including all inclusive USA sightseeing Tours like those offered by Caravan Tours.

Here are some of the more popular Caravan US bus sightseeing tours;

  • Motor Coach tours to the Grand Canyon
  • Bryce Canyon Sightseeing Tours
  • Zion National Park Sights
  • Yellowstone Sightseeing Tours
  • Yosemite National Park Sightseeing Tours
  • California Coast Sightseeing Tours
  • New England Sightseeing Tours

Grand Canyon Sightseeing

It doesn’t matter if you standing on the Grand Canyon South rim or standing 18 miles across on the north rim; or if you are descending down into the mile deep canyon itself; or if you are river rafting through the canyon on the Colorado River, the effect is the same… sightseeing in the Grand Canyon is absolutely incredible from every perspective.

Bryce Canyon Sightseeing

Along with bus sightseeing tours, backpacking, horseback riding and hiking are a few other great options for taking in Bryce Canyon sights including the incredible display of hoodoos, natural arches, fins and spires as well as Bryce Canyon’s Grand Staircase and Thor’s Hammer, among others. Bryce Canyon is included as part of Caravan’s Grand Canyon fully escorted tour.

Zion National Park Sightseeing

Checkerboard Mesa, the Great Arch, the Beehives, Twin Brothers and the many towering monoliths like the Watchman, West Temple and Temple of Sacrifice are some of the names given to the unique rock formations and other Zion Canyon sights worth exploring. Zion National Park is included on Caravan’s all inclusive Grand Canyon tour.

Yellowstone National Park Sights

Yellowstone is literally one big super volcano with over 10,000 geothermal activities that offer tourists such unique Yellowstone attractions as Old Faithful Geyser, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs. Other Yellowstone sights worth visiting include Upper Yellowstone Falls, Lower Yellowstone Falls, Norris Geyser Basin, Upper Geyer Basin and Mammoth Hot Springs. Caravan’s Yellowstone Park tour also includes visits to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monument.

California Coast Sightseeing

A place like no other, California offers tourists some of the most unique coastal landscapes in the world. Some of the more popular California sights include Big Sur, Napa Valley wine country, the stand of ancient giant redwoods, the cable cars of San Francisco, Monterey and Carmel, Hearst Castle and Hollywood.

Yosemite Sightseeing

Yosemite Valley is also known as the “Incomparable Valley”. A few of the more notable Yosemite sights include the 3600 foot granite monolith El Capitan, the 8840 foot Half Dome, the 650 foot Bridal Veil Falls, and Yosemite Falls, which has a total drop of over 2400 feet making it North America’s tallest waterfalls. Yosemite Park in included as part of Caravan’s fully escorted California Coast tour.

New England Sightseeing

Fall foliage tours are quite popular in New England however there are many other New England sights worth exploring including Atlantic coastal beaches and fishing villages, the home of Mark Twain, Martha’s Vineyard, and the Norman Rockwell Museum.

All Inclusive US Sightseeing Tours by Caravan

Caravan Tours is family run and has been offering fully escorted tours since 1952. All of Caravan’s US sightseeing tours are all inclusive, meaning all meals, activities, accommodations and ground transportation are included for one low incredible price.

Visit Why Buy Caravan Sightseeing Tours to learn more or Check Sightseeing Tour Availability now.

Yellowstone National Park, the world’s very first national park, is a place away from the clutter, noise and pollution of the cities; a place to discover nature.

Yellowstone Park vacations provide tourists with opportunities to view wildlife where they belong, in the wild. In fact, you will find more mammals in Yellowstone National Park than can be found in any other US state including black bears, grizzlies, elk, moose, wolves and bison. Yellowstone is also home to pelicans and trumpeter swans!

Things to Do In Yellowstone Park

Tourists also book Yellowstone Park vacations to come marvel at the world’s largest concentration of active geysers, including Old Faithful geyser. In all, Yellowstone Park has over 300 active geysers and over 10,000 geothermal activities including steaming geysers, hot springs, fumaroles and mud pots.

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone National Park is considered America’s favorite and most famous park for a good reason. Most Yellowstone Park vacations include visits to;

  • Upper Geyser  Basin – with the largest concentration of hot springs in the world it is also home to Old Faithful geyser
  • Midway Geyser Basin – some of the world’s largest hot springs can be found here
  • Lower Geyser Basin – includes the liquid mud pools of Fountain Paint Pots plus geysers, hot springs and steam vent fumaroles
  • Mammoth Hot Springs – features a terraced waterfall-looking limestone landscape
  • Norris Geyser Basin – home of Yellowstone Park’s hottest geysers
  • Mud Volcano – a series of mud pots located near the center of the Yellowstone Caldera
  • Super Volcano – it’s true, Yellowstone caldera is one of the world’s largest and most active super volcanoes

Yellowstone Caldera

The last major eruption of the super volcano in Yellowstone occurred some 60,000 years ago which created what we now know as Yellowstone caldera…the great geyser basin.

Yellowstone Park vacations are very popular and many tourists eventually return for subsequent visits since there is no shortage of exciting things to see and do in Yellowstone. While primarily located in Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park is also shared by Idaho and Montana.

With an impressive area of almost 3500 square miles (just under 900,000 hectares) Yellowstone National Park opened to the public in 1872. The number of people taking Yellowstone Park vacations at that time was about 1000 annually. Today, Yellowstone Park receives over three million visitors a year.

Yellowstone Park Activities

Tourists enjoying Yellowstone Park vacations can explore a host of activities within the park. River rafting has enjoyed immense popularity in recent years. Several rafting companies offer white water tours through Yellowstone Park. Hiking is another favorite vacation activity in Yellowstone. Tourists can enjoy over 1100 miles of hiking trails, 98 percent of which are natural back country hiking trails. Horseback riding is another exemplary activity that can be enjoyed in Yellowstone. Tourists can also enjoy camping, biking, wildlife watching and guided bus tours.

Yellowstone Park Vacations by Caravan

Caravan Tours offers all inclusive Yellowstone Park vacations. These are fully escorted 8-day package tours affordably priced at just $1,195.

Caravan’s Yellowstone Park Vacations are all inclusive and also include visits to the Grand Tetons, Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monument. Visit Caravan’s Yellowstone Park Vacations Review page to read what others have said about Caravan’s all inclusive Yellowstone Park tour.

(Editor’s Note – This original blog post from December 2010 has been updated to better reflect current details about Caravan’s Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore tour.)

America’s First National Park

Caravan is one of America’s top tour companies for fully guided Yellowstone Park tours.

Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone was the first appointed national park in North America and indeed the first national park in the world. Yellowstone National Park has in excess of 19,000 square miles, most of which is mountainous; there are five mountain ranges covering the perimeter of the park.

The majority of Yellowstone Park is in Wyoming, with portions of it occupying Idaho and Montana. Over 80 percent of Yellowstone Park is covered with forest, 5 percent with lakes, and 15 percent is grassland. The park is also located on a high altitude plateau 8,000 feet above sea level.

It is quite perplexing to note that the Yellowstone was only really explored in the 1860s, even though it was home to the local Native American Indians since as early as 9,000 BC.

Yellowstone Park Attractions

With major tourist attractions like Old Faithful geyser (one of over 300 in the park) Yellowstone Park tours have become very popular. Other major Yellowstone attractions on Yellowstone Park tours include unique volcanic rock formations, Yellowstone caldera (a ‘super volcano’) and Yellowstone Lake.

Yellowstone Park History

Around 1807, traveler John Colter reached Yellowstone quite by accident and discovered the unfamiliar geothermic wonders of the region, which he subsequently disseminated to an unbelieving ‘outside world’.

A half a century later in 1856, a certain John Bridges reported ‘boiling springs and spouting water’ in describing Yellowstone but failed to convince others of this tall tale.

The Folsom Expedition in 1869 eventually went on to fully investigate Yellowstone, surveying the vicinity from Yellowstone River to Yellowstone Lake. Their findings ended the supposed myth about Yellowstone and gave credence to the many natural wonders of this remarkable place. Because of growing public interest the area was designated as Yellowstone National Park on March 1, 1872. Within a few short decades, guided Yellowstone Park tours became common, allowing astonished visitors the opportunity to explore one of America’s most incredible natural wonders.

Yellowstone Geysers & Volcanic Activities

Although there are a plenty of natural attractions in Yellowstone Park, the geysers are perhaps the most popular and most visited on Yellowstone Park tours. Yellowstone is home to what some deem to be the earth’s most prolific volcanic hot spots and has a colorful history of strong eruptions. The various volcanic activities in the park can be seen in various manifestations.

Yellowstone Park tours explore geysers that work under pressure and escape the earth as fountains of hot water and steam. Then there are the lower pressured hot springs that have just hot water flowing in them. There are also fumaroles, which let of pure steam at extreme temperatures, plus many mud pots that spew out hot mud combined with steam. These different geothermal anomalies number at around 10,000 within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park.

Old Faithful Geyser

Old Faithful, the most requested destination from travelers on Yellowstone Park tours, is also the world’s most renowned natural geyser. Old Faithful received its name in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition. The expedition was a more complete venture to the Yellowstone area where comprehensive mapping of Yellowstone’s lakes, mountains, geysers, and wildlife was completed. The name of Old Faithful was given to express the uniform eruption of this unique geyser.

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake is another favorite destination of Yellowstone Park tours. Yellowstone Lake envelops the Yellowstone Caldera and is one of the continent’s largest high-level lakes. It is situated at almost 7875 feet above sea level. The deepest portion of Yellowstone Lake is nearly 400 feet deep, its shoreline has a perimeter of 109 miles and the overall area of Yellowstone Lake is roughly 217 square miles. The lake is home to the largest of the swan species, the Trumpeter Swans, which are almost 6 feet long and has a wingspan of nearly 10 feet. Yellowstone Lake also holds what some consider to be the tastiest trout in the world.

About Caravan Tours

For more than 65 years (since 1952) family owned and operated Caravan Tours has been offering highly affordable all inclusive tours throughout the USA, Canada and Central America.

Our Mt Rushmore Yellowstone Park tours are very popular and also include visits to the Grand Tetons, Little Big Horn, and Crazy Horse Monument. Visit our Yellowstone Tour Reviews page to read what others have said about Caravan’s all inclusive Yellowstone National Park tours.

For more information or to make a booking, please call Caravan toll free at 1-800-Caravan (227-2826).