How to Book Your Trip

After years of visiting national parks, I know a thing or two about planning outdoorsy vacations. I’ve learned through trial and error what companies make for a great travel experience and what companies to avoid.

So I’ve put together a list of my favorite travel companies to help you plan an epic (and stress-free!) national park trip.

Keep reading to explore my favorite tools for booking flights, hotels, rental cars, and more!

Book Flights


The best flight search tool out there, you can compare flights to and from multiple airports and filter by the airline.

Google Flights

If you aren’t quite ready to book but want to get a general idea of the available flights, this is the tool for you.

Scott’s Flights

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Book Lodging

With everything from boutique hotels to national park lodges, gives you access to exclusive deals and a rewards program.


Airbnb is the best way to book private rental homes near national parks, which is great for those traveling in groups or cooking their own meals. is the go-to site for camping in national parks. Here you can research campgrounds, plus book and manage camping reservations.

Book Transportation

For researching rental cars, use You’ll get access to exclusive deals from all the popular brands, from Hertz to Budget.


Outdoorsy connects you with vans and RVs for rent. This is the perfect way to explore national parks, particularly for those who want to try out van life.

The National Park Service website is the best place to research information on park shuttles, vehicle restrictions, and parking regulations.

Book Tours

GyPSy Guide

This audio tour app is just like having a tour guide in your pocket. With tons of national park tours, you’ll discover the history of the park, local tips, and more.


As the world’s largest marketplace for tours and activities, Viator offers tons of national park tours, best for making day trips to national parks.

The National Park Service offers all kinds of free and paid tours in the parks, from ranger-led activities to moonlit hikes.

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