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Hi Char,

The trip was just great beginning to end -- the hiking, the scenery, the weather, the food, the guides, our fellow hikers, the accommodations, the overall organization ... All of it.


Paine Towers


Smile, Steve and Lana 

We made all our connections without any hitches and the business class flights down and back were quite comfortable. Our fellow hikers (15 including us) were all from the US, most of them retired, all of them very interesting, and all of them well traveled.  We made some good friends and hope to travel with them again sometime. 

Lago Azul


Moreno Glacier

The cruise was also amazing, but different from the hiking and also different from my other cruise experiences.  The passengers were from all over the world.  We were assigned to a specific table for meals and were paired with a couple from Canada and Scotland.  That was great because it was still international without language barriers.  We were kept busy the entire cruise with zodiac excursions during the daytime, a meeting every evening on the next day's excursions, an interesting program each evening on a relevant subject, and then the meals (which were as good as it gets) and a visit to the bar.   At the bar, all drinks and snacks were free for the asking and beer and soft drinks were self service.  We were even allowed and encouraged visit the bridge.  There was no other entertainment aboard, which we liked.

Char, Lana and I would like to thank Palmer Travel and you in particular for all of the efforts that made our vacation such a memorable one.

Steve and Lana

We would like to extend well wishes to all of those in Brussels Belgium who felt the effects of the awful attacks last week. While we cannot undo what has happened we can offer our prayers and thoughts for you. We pray for all of those involved and for speedy recoveries for the injured. We pray for comfort and peace to the families of those who lost their life in this tragedy.

We hope and pray that the violence comes to an end and that those responsible are brought to justice. Peace be to all.

August 25, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary for the the U.S. National Park System. The Centennial will celebrate the achievements of the past 100 years, but it is really about the future. It’s about kicking off a second century of stewardship for America’s national parks and for communities across the nation.

Most importantly, it’s about inviting you to join them. There are so many parks for you to select from including Everglades, Grand Teton, Yosemite, Redwoods National Forest and of course the Grand Canyon. The National Park System has a website, that helps you locate parks across America.

Of course, Palmer Vacations is a great resource in finding your parks too. We have a host of tour operators that have National Parks tours for 2016 and 2017 available for reservations. Some of the tour operators, such as Globus Tours, are offering discounts for the 2016 programs as they celebrate the 100th anniversary.

Don't hesitate to contact us today to learn more about tours that visit the national parks and to reserve your space before they are sold out.

Below is a paragraph from clients who traveled out west last summer and visited some of the parks.

Our family just returned from a great vacation that Palmer helped us plan. We travelled and spent time in Yosemite, San Francisco, took Amtrak from Oakland to LA, Santa Monica, Las Vegas, and finally the Grand Canyon. We enjoyed every stop and hit all the main points in the 11-12 days we were out of town with a beautiful drive to Yosemite thru the fruit/nut orchards in northern California, hikes to the Yosemite Falls, visiting the redwoods in the national park, driving thru the mountains, Bay cruise in San Francisco Bay, seeing the sea lions at Pier 39, spending time in the wharf, visiting China town, riding the cable cars, crossing golden gate, driving the crooked street, visiting Sausalito, taking an awesome train ride along the Pacific Coast to LA from Oakland, riding bikes from Santa Monica to Venice/Muscle Beach and spending the day in Venice, driving thru the desert of California/Nevada to Las Vegas, seeing a great show in Vegas (Mystere), visiting and touring the Hoover Dam, hiking the grand canyon rim, taking a mule ride in the grand canyon, and it goes on. Thanks! J.K.