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Sightseeing cruise at Canyonlands National Park

4 sightseeing cruises at national parks

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posted February 4, 2019
Going on a sightseeing excursion is an exciting experience no matter where you do it, but if the tour happens to be in a national park, that adds to the thrill. The following four companies are among the NTA members offering national park cruises across North America. This diverse batch of suppliers covers sites in Alaska, Wyoming, Utah and Canada’s capital city, Ottawa.

1. Major Marine Tours & Harbor 360 Hotel

Major Marine Tours sightseeing cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park boat tour (Photo by

The beauty of Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park is on display as part of Major Marine’s seven different national park cruise itineraries. As part of each voyage, passengers cruise through the glaciers, fjords and jagged peaks that welcome many species of whales, porpoises, sea lions and shorebirds. Tours vary in length from 3.5 to 8.5 hours and are available from mid-May to September (dates depend on the cruise).

Contact: Jara Haas  |  Anchorage, Alaska  |

2. Triangle X Float Trips

Triangle X Float Trip sightseeing cruise in Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park (Photo by Triangle X Float Trips)

During its season, which goes from mid-June through the end of August, Triangle X offers three 10-mile float tours (sunrise, afternoon and evening) and a 12-mile dinner cruise that showcase Grand Teton National Park. Each of the 2.5- to 3-hour trips offer groups of 12 per raft the chance to see the Teton range, spruce forests, colorful wildflowers, sagebrush plateaus and a variety of wildlife along the Snake River.

Contact: Lauren Turner  |  Moose, Wyoming  |

3. Canyonlands by Night & Day

sightseeing cruise in Canyonlands National Park
unWine’d & Dine Jet Boat Tour (Photo by Canyonlands by Night & Day)

This family-owned company has been operating tours in the shadows of the orange-hued walls of its namesake national park in southeastern Utah since 1963. In addition to the daytime and sunset national park cruises along the Colorado River from May to October, the company has developed two specialized offerings in recent years—the Sound and Light Show Jet Boat Tour and the unWine’d & Dine Jet Boat Tour—that are popular with groups.

Contact: Rachel Paxman  |  Moab, Utah  |

4. Ottawa Boat Cruise

Ottawa Boat Cruise sightseeing cruise in national park
Tour on Ottawa's Rideau Canal (Photo by

Sightseeing rides through the Rideau Canal National Historic Site provide a look at the ancient and modern history of the Canadian capital city. As the tour moves from Ottawa’s bustling urban center out to the city’s less-crowded residential areas, groups can see the diversity of landscapes along the shores of the famous canal. The 90-minute national park cruise tours depart multiple times a day, and the 2019 season goes from May 10 to Oct. 7.

Contact: Julia Oliveira  |  Gatineau, Québec  |

Top photo: Sightseeing tour on the Colorado River offered by Canyonlands by Night & Day
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