NPCA Travel Partners

NPCA's Travel Program partners with experienced operators to ensure professional guides and service for you as members. Our travel partners also share our committment to the parks and local communities through environmental repsonsibility practices.

Our Preferred Travel Partners Include:

Off the Beaten Path

Off The Beaten Path is dedicated to delivering outstanding travel experiences that feature distinctive accommodations, accomplished guides, and out-of-the-ordinary experiences. This commitment is manifest in our company mission to change people’s lives through exceptional travel experiences—a mission that governs our every move, from the time you first contact us to the moment you return home after your travels. Integral to our service is the belief that we are stewards of the regions we serve. We are devoted to protecting and promoting the vitality of our treasured geographic region and its people.

In support of the national parks, Off the Beaten Path will make a donation to NPCA each time an NPCA member travels on one of their departures -- group trips or custom journeys. For more information, please visit Off the Beaten Path online.


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Other Travel Providers Include:

Pacific Islands Institute

Founded in 1989, Pacific Islands Institute is dedicated to providing positive cultural interactions; to ensuring programs are culturally and environmentally sensitive; to involving local people in decision making; and to protecting, sustaining and respecting indigenous cultures and environments. Pacific Islands Institute strives to give people access to unique travel opportunities, to enrich lives through experiential travel, and to encourage global understanding through cultural exchange and appreciation of the natural environment. PII was the recipient of the 2007 Hawaii Ecotourism Association’s Ecotour Operator of the Year Award, the 2006 Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Keep It Hawaii Awards – Koa Award, and many others.

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USI Affinity: Travel Insurance Services


To protect yourself from the loss of deposit and cancellation fees, you are encouraged to purchase travel insurance.

Established in 1973, Travel Insurance Services (TIS) is a national insurance agency/brokerage providing travel related insurance solutions for individuals, groups, organizations and businesses worldwide. TIS is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, California License #0G11911.

Quality Trip Cancellation Coverage and More: You don't expect to cancel your trip or to have a medical emergency while traveling, but it happens. Be prepared with our trip cancellation insurance, Travel Insurance Select®. Easily choose the benefits that you want and need. Have the flexibility to change your trip plans with the popular Cancel for Any Reason option, and enjoy the services of a virtual personal assistant with Concierge Services.

In support of the national parks, USI Affinity will make a donation to NPCA each time your purchase insurance through their NPCA site.


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Black Sheep Adventures

Black Sheep Adventures was founded in 2002 by Fred Ackerman, who strives to provide trip-of-a-lifetime adventures via bike and and on foot. Each tour that Black Sheep Adventures designs balances the desire for exciting and engaging activities while also leaving time to soak in your surrondings and enjoy some relaxation. Black Sheep continues to expand its list of destinations featuring Death Valley, Baja, Cape Cod, Sonoma/Napa, Zion/Bryce, as well as epic bike tour adventures.

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Collette Vacations

Started in 1918, Collette Vacations has earned the distinction of being the oldest vacation tour operator in the United States. Under the leadership of the Sullivan family since 1962, Collette is constantly striving to provide the best products and experiences for travelers on learning vacations. In 1997 Collette established the Alice I. Sullivan Foundation--an endowment fund is named after the matriarch of the Collette family, Mrs. Alice I. Sullivan. The Alice I. Sullivan Foundation donates over $300,000 a year to support worthwhile causes around the world.

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Discovery Tours

For over 35 years, Discovery Tours has specialized in individual and group travel, providing various non-profit organizations with a variety of vacation getaways. Discovery Tours' knowledgeable staff is focused on combining the needs of our travelers, safety and efficient use of time in providing a stimulating travel experience for all ages. Experienced and friendly staff ensures that we fully meet customer expectations offering total peace of mind to travelers. Discovery Tours is Ohio's leading group and educational travel company and has been partnering with NPCA for years.

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Outdoor Adventure River Specialists (O.A.R.S.)

O.A.R.S. was the first oar-powered outfitter permitted to run the Colorado through the Grand Canyon back in 1969. George Wendt, president and founder of O.A.R.S. barely missed being one of the first 1000 people ever to raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. That trip fostered a dream for him, that later came to fruition, forever changing the life of this former middle school science teacher. In 1969, that dream came true; with his friend Ed Gooch, Wendt established Gooch-Wendt Expeditions, running professional trips on the Colorado River. Shortly thereafter, the company was selected as the first small-raft, oar-powered operator in the Grand Canyon, and was appropriately renamed O.A.R.S. (Outdoor Adventure River Specialists). In 1972, Wendt and his wife Pam took over full operation of O.A.R.S. Over the years, O.A.R.S. has become the largest and most diverse river company in the West, yet maintains the priniciples of its roots as a leader in the responsible travel industry. O.A.R.S. shares NPCA's environmental mission by striving to enrich people's lives while providing outstanding adventure experiences and personally encouraging and actively supporting awareness, deeper appreciation, and preservation of our rivers and natural ecosystems -- including those running within America's national parks.


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