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By Alexa Paolella, American Cruise Lines
Photographs courtesy of American Cruise Lines
After the long pause in travel, many folks would like to get out exploring again this year. The good news is that there are many wonderful options for a safe and luxurious travel experience close to home in the U.S.
American Cruise Lines has 15 small ships and riverboats cruising exclusively on U.S. rivers and coastlines this year (itineraries have no foreign ports of call). Some of the company’s cruises also offer amazing extension packages on land both pre- and post-cruise, so now that you are finally out of the house, you can make it count.
This season, American has added three- and seven-night National Parks Post-Cruise Packages which allow guests to extend their cruise experience and enjoy personalized guided explorations on land in several of our nation’s most famous national parks. After all, America is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse nations on earth, and exploring in your own backyard offers more exciting opportunities than ever before.
Spring through early fall, American offers very unique riverboat cruises on the Columbia & Snake Rivers which visit Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. This year, with the company’s new National Parks Post-Cruise Packages, guests will also be able to visit Wyoming and Montana, delighting in guided explorations through three national parks: Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton. All National Parks Post Cruise Packages offer guests a private guide throughout their journey, as well as specialized guides and park rangers for daily explorations.
The seven-night National Parks Post-Cruise Package begins in Clarkston, WA, highlighted by an exhilarating Jet Boat Adventure through Hells Canyon, and lunch at a private ranch within the canyon—North America’s deepest. The adventure continues with an overnight visit to the picturesque lakefront town of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, followed by two days of personalized exploration in Glacier National Park, known for its glacier-carved peaks, ancient forests, and turquoise lakes, and includes a two-night stay in West Glacier, Montana.
Next, guests travel onward for two days of discovery in Yellowstone National Park,including a visit to Old Faithful and a two night stay in West Yellowstone, MT. Guests will marvel at the many natural wonders Yellowstone has to offer—from majestic wildlife and colorful geyser basins, to glacial lakes and waterfalls.
After Yellowstone, guests will experience Grand Teton National Park, where lucky visitors may see gigantic bison grazing, just as they have for thousands of years. The package also features a two-night stay in Jackson, Wyoming, situated at the base of the Grand Tetons, showcasing rodeos, shopping, western art galleries, and the most dramatic alpine scenery in the United States.
American Cruise Lines is also offering a shorter three-night National Parks Post-Cruise Package which also follows select Columbia & Snake Rivers cruises, and includes the Hells Canyon Jet Boat Adventure in Clarkston, WA; an overnight in Coeur d’Alene, ID; and a guided exploration of Glacier National Park with two nights in West Glacier, MT. Both the three and seven-night post-cruise packages include meals, concierge luggage service, and private transportation to nearby airports.
American’s 2022 domestic cruise season just began at the end of February—and their small ships and riverboats explore the country’s great rivers and picturesque coastlines in over 33 states through December. American also offers domestic Flat Rate airfare, Complimentary Pre-Cruise hotel stays, as well as one-night Post-Cruise Packages on select 2022 itineraries, so it is easier than ever to get back out exploring our great country again.