REI private departures include a guided experience into the outdoors and stress-free camp setup and … [+] breakdown.
Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Great Smoky Mountains—these national parks are icons of the American wild. For some, they are backyard playgrounds that harbor a lifetime of memories. For others, they are bucket list destinations that float through the mind’s eye on sleepless nights.
But whether your dreams involve hiking through the sandstone Hoodoos of Utah or summiting alpine peaks in the Sierras, you’ll likely need a crew to reach them. Fortunately, the size of that crew just shrank thanks to REI Adventures, who just lowered their group minimum for private departures from eight to four.
What are REI private departures?
REI bills private departures as small group excursions into the wild. Accompanied by experienced guides, guests are able to lean on local experience to make the most of some of the nation’s most breathtaking natural places. The service launched two decades ago, but is reducing its minimum guest requirement in the wake of COVID-19.
“A bucket list adventure with those closest to you is now easier than ever to schedule. An REI private departure is one of the most competitive offers in the adventure travel industry because other operators require larger groups to qualify and higher per person prices,” said Cynthia Dunbar, REI adventure travel director of sales, service and operations. “With close to 200 REI itineraries to choose from, we are ready to make adventure dreams a reality and help create a lifetime of memories.”