Just a line following our recent trip to USA which you helped to organise and book .....
We had a really great time and everything went more or less like clockwork. All the destinations and hotels worked out great. Did lots of wildlife viewing, hiking and general sightseeing. The contrasts in the holiday between The Black Hills, Badlands, prairies, Wounded Knee etc and then the national parks of Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone and Grand Teton made for a holiday of very varying experiences. Each was very special in its own way.
Highlight of the wildlife was a grizzly bear eating an elk - viewed from about 50-60 yds away. Also saw bison, moose, elk, various other deer, wolf, marmot, prairie dogs, chipmunks, osprey, eagle, vulture.
We did 2800 miles from Denver back to Jackson Hole, so we were glad we opted to fly back from Jackson Hole to Denver - rather than doing a full circular trip. Driving did not seem stressful or too much. We were glad we opted for an SUV - which was on your advice - thanks.
Favourite hotels were Alex Johnson, Occidental and Rusty Parrot. Favourite urban destinations were Cody, Red Lodge and Jackson. Excellent micro brewpubs with great bar food found in Rapid City, Red Lodge, Jackson. Worst food and drink found in Yellowstone - but that has been our experience in the past in US national parks. Poor choices, poor quality and chaotic service. Luckily the wildlife and scenery compensates - but one does question Xanterra's monopoly.
So - thank you very much for your help with the planning and bookings. Also - and most of all - thank you so much for your friendliness which accompanied the competence and efficiency. We would certainly contact you again when we next plan a US holiday. Utah and around - could be next!