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!

hawai’i volcanoes

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park protects some of the most unique geological, biological, and cultural landscapes in the world. Extending from sea level to the summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet, the park encompasses the summits of two of the world’s most active volcanoes – Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. Research by scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory makes Kīlauea one of the best understood volcanoes in the world, shedding light on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and the beginnings of planet Earth. Each eruption is a reminder of the power of natural processes to change the air we breathe, the ground we walk on, and the sea that surrounds this volcanic island.

Hawaiians consider the park a sacred place, where one can witness creation and destruction all in the same moment. Fire and water collide as fresh lava meets the sea, forming jagged cliffs and colossal plumes of steam that rise from the depths of the earth and reach up into the heavens. This cauldron is also home to nesting sea turtles, thousands of bird species, carnivorous caterpillars, and endless varieties of flora.

Cool off from the heat of a volcanic adventure at the Four Seasons Hualalai resort, only 10 minutes from Kona International Airport. The resort offers an uninterrupted paradise of chic Polynesian style with just a dash of aloha spirit, with authentic Hawaiian architecture, and the finest in modern luxury. With seven pools, a Jack Nicklaus golf course (perhaps the finest in Hawaii), and a massive spa using volcanic mud and local flowers, you are in the perfect position to experience tropical bliss.

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The views from every room at Four Seasons Hualalai are magical with the sea in the distance over the volcanic rock formations. A perfect launching off point to explore the geological wonders that awaits in the southeast part of the island.

 

Jeff Hood, Luxury Travel Advisor, Huffman Travel

zion & the grand circle

After landing at Page Municipal Airport, it only takes 27 minutes to get to the Amangiri resort, which is cradled in the Grand Circle, in easy reach of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and Monument Valley.

If you want to enjoy the majestic and austere beauty of the American Southwest, Amangiri resort should be your outpost. A modernist feat of architecture set among an ancient windswept landscape, Amangiri is a luxury monument of clean-lined sandstone, with a dramatic pool built around the base of a mesa as the hotel’s centerpiece.

Amangiri offers pre-planned outings such as guided hiking tours, early-morning air balloon adventures, kayaking trips at LakePowell, and cultural experiences with Navajo guides. However, the concierge team can make custom arrangements for off-site adventures to the neighboring slot canyons or anything else you’re able to dream up.

You’ll need to pay a visit to the legendary Zion National Park, a peaceful preserve of ancient sandstone, only an hour and a half by car through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Another option would be to borrow one of the BMWs, and head to Horseshoe Bend, a 30-minute drive into Arizona where you’ll view the Colorado River making a 300-degree turn around a 1,000- foot stone mesa.

No matter how you spend your time at Amangiri, be sure to take advantage of the world-class hiking and rock climbing in the area. Rates at Amangiri include breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus a yoga class, two guided hikes each day and use of the impressive on-site spa.

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I can’t get enough of Amangiri: endless jaw-dropping vistas, afternoons spent around the dramatic pool & evenings dining under the shower of stars (no sign of light pollution anywhere)!

 

Shawna Huffman Owen, President & CEO, Huffman Travel