To celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary we decided to take advantage of our WorldMark Ownership and travel around some of the USA’s National Parks. We stayed at WorldMark resorts in St George, Wolf Creek, West Yellowstone, Steamboat Springs, Estes Park, Santa Fe, Pinetops, Phoenix and Las Vegas. On this incredible journey we travelled over 10,000kms in six weeks and saw some magnificent scenery and wildlife.
In St George, Utah, we purchased an America The Beautiful Annual Pass ($80 per vehicle) and then visited Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
In Yellowstone National Park we felt we must have been adopted by the bison herds as they surrounded our car, so often. Old Faithful and the hot springs in the thermal areas were notable highlights. The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Centre, across the road from WorldMark West Yellowstone, was well worth a visit.
While at WorldMark Estes Park, we were amazed to see huge bull elk grazing outside our unit. In fact one twelve point elk provided my husband with the best excuse as to why he could not do the laundry, since the elk was right outside the door blocking access. Luckily for us, Trail Ridge Road (US34) in the Rocky Mountains National Park, which had been closed for several weeks due to snow, opened on our last day here. We were able to experience the exhilaration of driving over the mountain summit at over 12 000 feet (approx 3 660m).
At WorldMark Santa Fe it was great to be able to leave the car parked at the unit and walk into the old town centre, to experience the history and art of the US’s oldest State capital.
From WorldMark Pinetop it was just a short drive to Fort Apache and the Petrified Forest National Park, with its amazing collection of petrified logs.
WorldMark Phoenix was right beside the South Mountain reserve, with many excellent walking and mountain bike trails. After walking at altitude for some weeks, we found climbing the hills in the Reserve was a breeze.
We stayed at WorldMark Las Vegas – Spencer Street for the second time. While it’s the oldest and smallest of the WorldMark resorts there, we love the way we are made to feel like part of the family. Edna, the receptionist was a real gem, a very helpful lady. The resort is a quiet oasis just ten minutes from the Strip by shuttle.
If asked which was our favourite stay, we simply could not choose one. They were all great and we love that all unit are well equipped and very comfortable – a home away from home.
Mike & Monica, WorldMarkSP Owners since 2004