Cruises vs Land Cruises: Why we choose land and you should too

Madison Lucas Experience Park Tours

When most people think of group travel, they imagine a packed bus full of picture-taking tourists, or of a traditional cruise ship where the decks are too crowded and the rooms are too cramped. Modern travel trends have tried something new by taking all that is sought after in a traditional cruise and subtracting the water- creating a land cruise. At Experience Park Tours, we prefer land cruises because guests are able to experience the …

4 Steps to Get the Perfect Golf Swing

Madison Lucas Golf

Golf is a classic and mainstream sport that requires attention to detail, precision, and skill. The “perfect swing” is hard to nail, and can be lost very easily without the proper form and power. Take a look at our four steps to get the perfect golf swing and blow your opponents away next time that you are on the course. Set yourself up Stand far enough away from the ball to where you are not …

How to Properly Taste Wine

Madison Lucas Wine

Wine tasting is a modern day passtime and skill that is becoming more and more popular. Experienced and novice wine connoisseurs travel all over, from California to Tuscany, to taste and to develop their palette. Here are some simple steps to look like an expert in the tasting room: LOOK The color, opacity, and viscosity of wine can help tell the age and growing environment of the grapes used. Try holding your glass up to …

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Top 5 Quilting Trends of 2017

Madison Lucas Quilting

New Year, New Quilting Trends! The quilting world is full of timeless traditions carried from generation to generation showing true art and craftsmanship. However, like any existing craft, quilting techniques and trends grow with each coming year. Here are the top five trends from 2017 that have proved to be excellent new additions to quilting traditions. 1. Tribal Prints From bright hues of canary yellow, rust orange, and swamp green, to feathered and textured patterns; …

Top 5 Expert Tips for Audubon in the National Parks

Madison Lucas Audubon

How to make the most out of your Audubon experience Mukul Soman is a photographer, a CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) lighting artist and an audubon extraordinaire based in Washington State. Mukul grew up in a small town in Southern India, and always dreamed of being surrounded by wildlife. “I used to always look at the pictures from the National Geographic Magazines that my school library used to keep, and wondered how these images might have …

Top 5 Things to Pack When Traveling in the National Parks

Madison Lucas National Parks

5 necessities that National Park savvy travelers never forget. If you’re traveling to a National Park, less is more. Don’t be held back by packing excessively. Keep it simple and practical, because once you lay your eyes on Old Faithful erupting in Yellowstone or whales breaching in the Pacific– all you will be concerned with is that moment. Here are our top five things that all National Park fanatics make sure to pack. 1.  Active …

How to Take Remarkable Landscape Photos on a Photography Tour

Madison Lucas National Parks, Photography

Any landscape photographer knows that it isn’t always easy. To get the best possible shot,  you need to roll up your sleeves and head into the great outdoors. Photography tours are a great way to see different landscapes, unique views and to explore the environment in your photos. Here are 5 tips to capture unforgettable moments that create a sense of escaping reality. 1. Location Having a beautiful location makes it hard not to take …

5 Things to Consider When Comparing Tour Company Culinary Options

Madison Lucas Experience Park Tours, Wine

Embrace culture through food.  Travel is about experiencing the story of the area that you are you are visiting. We know how important exploring our guest’s pallets is when it comes to fully indulging in a new environment. Authentic food brings people together, and that is what a luxury tour operator should be all about. Inclusivity The first thing to consider when comparing the meals on different tours is what is included. The last thing …

Enjoy your trip how you choose, surrounded by the beauty of our National Parks

Madison Lucas Experience Park Tours, National Parks

Do what you love. We are here to help.   Many travel companies offer activity scales to make sure that your abilities and interests match the pace of the rest of the group that you are traveling with. If you look around our website, you’ll quickly find that we don’t have specific tours for certain people. This is simply because we take pride in making our National Park group tours flexible, while providing extensive options so …

A World Of Wine In 40 Miles

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Nowhere else exists a place as visually stunning, full of outdoor adventure, wildlife and wildflowers, and with vineyards and eclectic boutique wineries throughout its many diverse micro-climates. The Columbia Gorge has it all. The land, the people and the lifestyle define wine making here. The area is enriched with a strong sense of adventure and taking the “road less traveled.” The winemakers here are iconoclasts and trailblazers, making extraordinary artisan wines in a place of …