New York to San Francisco overland tour


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Responsible tourism: New York to San Francisco overland tour

We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travelers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.

We have created a 'Travelers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.

This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.

We are proud supporters of the American Hiking Society, which champions conservation issues in the United States and represents millions of hikers committed to preserving America’s vast network of hiking trails and their surrounding ecosystems.

Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.

It is also important that we help to protect the fragile desert environment. In Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon the desert’s natural way to avoid sand erosion is by creating cryptobiotic soil which creates a living crust on the desert floor. This special soil helps the desert to protect itself from wind and rain erosion and promotes plant growth. All our tour leaders encourage our travelers to stick to the path to avoid damaging this special soil which can be hard to see.

When this tour visits Monument Valley, we hire a local Navajo guide to help the group explore the tribal lands in a respectful way. There endorse the zero alcohol policy whilst in the tribal lands. By hiring a local guide this ensures demand for their services remains which further helps promote training for younger generations.

When camping we use only government regulated and approved campsites where recycling is of the utmost importance, and all camping and cooking rubbish is disposed on in a thoughtful and responsible manner.

As well as traveling through some larger cities, we will also travel through, and buy groceries and services at more rural and hard to reach places. This helps bolster smaller economies and contributes to the continuation of smaller businesses. This includes sections of the original Route 66 which are not used as frequently since the new highways came into existence.

Reviews of New York to San Francisco overland tour

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Enjoyed all of it from sleeping in a Hogan in Monument Valley, to staying on the Main Street in Las Vegas.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Can get very hot at night in the west to very cold in the east. Lots of places to do laundry so don't need to take lots of clothes. Basic camping to some lovely hotels, but tents are provided.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very good. Group was very small. Tour guide was very caring and took us to places not on itinerary, so enjoyed the nice surprises.

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