Private Jet Tours Are a Stupid Way to See National Parks

Charter company to toast NPS with worst B-day gift imaginable

August 23, 2016 9:00 am

You. A private jet. Luxury hotels. And eight of America’s most iconic National Parks.

That’s the nuts and bolts of Privel Experience, a high-flying National Parks tour celebrating the National Park Service’s centennial, a yearlong fête the official date of which is this Thursday.

It’ll run you $48,898. It’ll host just 11 total guests. And it’s a one-time-only, 12-day sojourn that kicks off September 18-29 (full itinerary).

Experience-wise, each leg is jam-packed and near-impossible to find elsewhere: You’ll fly over the Grand Tetons in a hot air balloon. You’ll take a private Red Bus up the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier Park. You’ll drive across the Canyons in a muscle car.

But if the National Parks mean that much to you, the real question is, Why?

Private jets aren’t exactly the most economic way to expend carbon, making them a major contributor to global warming and air pollution. This affects the Parks, whose 2016 report card from last year ranked Privel’s itinerary below average.

National Parks were created for public good: places where we can all gather, democratically, to experience our country’s raw and impressive beauty. But it seems some Americans — namely, those who can afford to — would rather fly 30,000 feet above that notion. A pox on them.

We certainly endorse spending money on frivolous things. Just not this one.

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