EVERYBODY NEEDS BEAUTY AS WELL AS BREAD, PLACES TO PLAY IN AND PRAY IN, WHERE NATURE MAY HEAL AND GIVE STRENGTH TO BODY AND SOUL ALIKE.
This quote from mountaineer and “father of the national parks” John Muir speaks to the genesis of the uniquely American idea to preserve land for public use. Before 1872, there was no precedent for setting aside land for preservation and enjoyment anywhere in the world. However, when photographs and paintings featuring the sublime beauty of Yellowstone were presented before Congress, they were compelled to withdraw the region from public action. Shortly thereafter, President Ulysses S. Grant signed The Act of Dedication, marking Yellowstone as the very first national park in the world on March 1, 1872.
Since that time, 58 national parks have been marked for preservation in the United States, encompassing more than 84 million acres of wildlands and historic sites. Volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, valleys, caves, and rock formations are just a few of the treasures that are protected inside the United States. Beyond the borders of the United States, there are more than 6,500 national parks and nature reserves where you can find equally pristine and unique landscapes.
With so many different parks and a short summer season to enjoy them, Jet Linx clients can count on the expert travel advisors at our Elevated Lifestyle partner, Huffman Travel, to craft the perfect itinerary. Jet Linx is ready to transport you to the most majestic, awe-inspiring landscapes on the planet. But first, we will leave you with the most difficult dilemma – choosing where to go!
Acadia National Park encompasses oceans, mountains, and forests via 158 miles of hiking trails. This delightful park was formed due to the vision and donations of private citizens who anticipated the dangers that overdevelopment would bring to this coastal wonderland. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., played a critical role by building the now famous carriage roads and donated over 11,000 acres of land in the formation of this seaside park.
Acadia is famed for its woodlands, rocky beaches and glacier-scoured granite peaks such as Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the United States’ East Coast. Moose, bear, whales, and seabirds are all fixtures of the landscape, as well as Maine’s famous lighthouses and idyllic bayside towns such as Bar Harbor. The entire park sits on Mt. Desert Island, which is the largest island off of Maine and a worthy sightseeing spot in itself.
For a true VIP experience, consider yachting around the bays and inlets of Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park with Chantal Ma Vie, a 180-foot yacht that sleeps up to 12 guests in six rooms. It was refitted in 2011 and boasts two Jacuzzis with one on the large, open sun deck and the other just inches from the waterline. The interior is light pickled ash and oak with silk wall coverings. The yacht boasts an impressive array of water toys sure to entertain and tantalize guests. Spacious interior accommodations and a seasoned crew offer the perfect yacht for family charters and superior cruising. There is no more luxurious way to enjoy Acadia National Park.
There’s something freeing about gliding on the waters around Acadia, launching your paddle board, and showing up in time for an impromptu pebble beach picnic set up by the crew.
Geoffrey Ravoire, Luxury Travel Advisor, Huffman Travel
Everglades National Park is a fragile ecosystem that is home to 36 threatened or protected species such as the elusive Florida panther and the feared American crocodile. Lovers of wildlife will rejoice in the Everglades, as there are also 350 species of birds, 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish, 40 species of mammals, and 50 species of reptiles. The park is the most significant breeding ground for tropical wading birds in North America and contains the largest mangrove ecosystem (trees with tangled roots above ground) in the Western Hemisphere.
Because much of the park is underwater or inaccessible by foot, we recommend booking an aerial tour from Miami, or a private guided excursion with Wild Lime Adventures. Wild Lime Adventures comes at the recommendation of the Four Seasons Surf Club in Miami, and they take guests on airboat rides, swamp walks, and other personalized tours of the Everglades, Key West, and Miami.
After touring the Everglades, the luxury high-rises of Miami will be a welcome retreat. Consider one of two different hotels in Miami: Faena Hotel and the Four Seasons Surfclub. Faena Hotel features 169 fabulously designed rooms and suites that the sophisticated, welltraveled guest would enjoy. The hotel is the cornerstone of a four-block cultural center aptly named the Faena District, which is a haven for urbanites seeking the finer things that Miami has to offer. FAENA.COM/MIAMI-BEACH
If you’re looking for a more classic, luxury Miami hotel, look no further than the Four Seasons Surf Club. Long ago it was the seaside holiday getaway for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elizabeth Taylor, and Winston Churchill. In 2017, after five years of planning and three years of renovation, the sprawling oceanfront property experienced a full revival. The hotel rests in front of 900 feet of white sand beach, but also offers three pools, all with concierge service. FOURSEASONS.COM/SURFSIDE
Follow in the steps of Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and Winston Churchill, and discover the iconic Surf Club in a new age and new glory. Perfect!
Krista Wissinger, Luxury Travel Advisor, Huffman Travel
While Kenai Fjords National Park is not as famous as Yellowstone or Yosemite, it is no less impressive. Resting on part of the Kenai Peninsula, the park is famous for the Harding Icefield, which is fed by 38 different glaciers. The famous fjords are a result of the glaciers moving down the mountains, away from the ice field. Wildlife thrives in the frigid waters and lush forests that surround the ice, and it’s not uncommon to see wolves, lynx, brown bear, moose, mountain goats, otters, seals, eagles, orca, whales and dolphins. Rustic villages dot the landscape, providing you a chance to experience a world – and a culture – largely untouched by time.
Opportunities for kayaking, mountaineering, and fishing abound in this Alaskan wilderness. Areas for hiking are limited, and while backcountry hiking is an option, it is not recommended, even for experienced backpackers. The Harding Icefield Trail offers a popular and safe hike – however, many visitors to the park choose to view the glaciers and sublime scenery from the comfort of a cruise ship, yacht, or helicopter.
Seabourn offers luxury cruises all up and down the coast of Alaska, including the Kenai Peninsula. Their luxury vessels are far smaller than standard cruise liners, allowing unparalleled curated voyages to some of the most remote and beautiful locations on the planet. All Seabourn ships feel more like a private club, with spas, ocean-front suites, world-class dining, and round-the-clock concierge service. These all-inclusive voyages are the perfect way to experience the beauty of the fjords with family and friends.
I am a big fan of cruises. They take you to places that are otherwise difficult to reach, and enable a connection with nature, in the greatest comfort.
Tony Huffman, Founder & Chairman, Huffman Travel