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Get inspired for your next Club Wyndham vacation and experience some breathtaking U.S. national parks through Google Earth’s virtual tours. Just sit back, relax, and start putting together your national park bucket list.
Grand Canyon National Park | Arizona
Take in stunning geological history at Grand Canyon National Park, one of the world’s largest canyons and arguably the most iconic landscape in America. You can explore the South Rim or go on a virtual hike down the popular Bright Angel Trail, where you’ll descend into the canyon to discover one of the most remarkable natural wonders in the world.
Nearby Resort: Club Wyndham Flagstaff
Joshua Tree National Park | California
Virtually wander where the high Mojave Desert meets the low Colorado Desert at the weird but wonderful Joshua Tree National Park. Nicknamed “J-Tree” by the locals, this magical place is home to more than 400 climbing formations, wacky namesake trees, and a mystifying landscape that evokes creativity within everyone who visits.
Nearby Resort: Club Wyndham Indio
Rocky Mountains National Park | Colorado
When the mountains call there’s no better answer than Rocky Mountains National Park. Showcasing postcard-worthy mountain peaks, like the famous Longs Peak, you can take a virtual trek to elevations as high as 14,259 feet. Take in lush pine trees, crystal-clear mountain lakes, and breathtaking views as far as the eye can see.
Nearby Resort: Club Wyndham Resort at Avon
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park |Hawaii
Founded in 1916, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been shaped by the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea. On this virtual tour, a park ranger — and Hawaiian native — shares the history of the land, the people who live there, and Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes. Explore the Nahuku lava tube, which was formed by a flow of molten hot lava, and see the volcanic cliffs and sea arches found at the end of the Chain of Craters scenic drive.
Nearby Resort: Club Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort
Yellowstone National Park | Montana
Resting on top of a dormant volcano, behold the wonders of America’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone remains one of the country’s most popular and largest national parks in the U.S. The park is peppered with a vast ecosystem, colorful hot springs, mudpots, extraordinary waterfalls, and perhaps the park’s best-known attraction: The Old Faithful geyser. Erupting nearly 20 times a day, you can watch Old Faithful shoot water 100 to 180 feet in the air in an extraordinary display.
Nearby Resort: WorldMark West Yellowstone
Great Smoky Mountains | Tennessee
Witness the majesty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Explore the unbroken chain of mountains that runs the span of the park and take in the views from Clingmans Dome, the park’s highest peak. Meander through wildflower fields, forests, and waterfalls — you might even catch a distant glimpse of the American Black Bear, the symbol of the Smokies.
Bryce Canyon National Park | Utah
Discover Bryce Canyon National Park and the Earth’s largest collection of red rock pillars. On this virtual tour, learn how these towers are formed, gaze up at 250-year-old Douglas fir trees from Wall Street, and follow a ranger on horseback down Peekaboo Loop Trail, one of the more strenuous trails in the park. When the sun goes down, a new show begins — here, the night sky is darker than almost any other place in the United States. A park ranger points out different constellations that normally go unseen due to light pollution.
Nearby Resort: WorldMark Estancia