JG Worldwide Acquires Discover Outdoors

WHY IT RATES: JG Worldwide is recognized for its carefully curated brands. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer

The leading hospitality firm, JG Worldwide, has announced the acquisition of Discover Outdoors, a DMC renowned for their outdoor adventures in the US, further expanding its investment in inspired experiential travel.

JG Worldwide is a carefully curated network of brands specialized in the travel and tourism industry. The group and its founder, Jena Gardner, are recognized for the global portfolio of distinctive brands, including consultancy firm JG Black Book and award-winning tour operators including Heritage Tours and Revealed America. The company’s mission is to lead the world to inspired destinations and to harness the strength of the global travel industry to preserve the planet’s natural and cultural treasures.

Discover Outdoors began operations in 2004 as an adventure travel outfitter offering day trips, camping and multi-day excursions aimed at city dwellers across the Northeast. The company today is known for its meaningful and community-based outdoor experiences, led by some of the top guides in the industry. Now with a loyal and growing community and vision to connect more travelers with the outdoors, Discover Outdoors is expanding, launching new itineraries for 2019 that will spotlight more of the top natural wonders out west including the National Parks, nature reserves and the backcountry.

Jena Gardner, founder and CEO of JG Worldwide shares, “I am thrilled to expand our portfolio with the addition of Discover Outdoors, a company that shares our values of inspiring people to connect with new places. With their passion for nature, outdoor expertise and deep connection with their clients, I know Discover Outdoors will become the premier North America adventure operator, and I look forward to working alongside Kirk and his seasoned team to build upon all of their success to date.”

Kirk Reynolds, founder of Discover Outdoors shares, “We’re taking our model and replicating it across the country, building teams in the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains, the Southwest, California and Alaska. That means we will have more trips in North America’s most beautiful destinations with guides that you can trust. It’s an ambitious dream, but one that will give our travelers a rich and quality experience in many of our treasured parks across the continent.”

Top curated and guided adventures for 2019 with Discover Outdoors include:

Alaska Backpacking and Wildlife: Eight days of adventure in Alaska. This starts with four days of hiking and backpacking along the Kesugi Ridge with open views of the tundra and Denali National Park. The backcountry experience is followed by a wilderness tour in Denali National Park, biking in Chugach, and kayaking and hiking in the Kenai Peninsula.

North Cascades Weekend: A three day trip to the rugged and beautiful North Cascades National Park. Hike the Sahale arm with one night to camp on the trail before ascending to the glacier to view wildflowers, marmots, and massive carved peaks.

Wonderland Trail: Backpack the stunning Northern Loop of Mount Rainier on the Wonderland trail – one of the most beautiful and diverse hiking trails in the United States. From dense old growth forests to colorful wildflower fields to barren glacial moraines, these six days will bring together the best that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Wind River Backpacking: Six days in the remote wild of Wyoming’s Wind River Range. A chance to experience areas that few people see on a challenging trip into the heart of the northern Rockies.

Yellowstone Camping: Five days to explore Yellowstone National Park through day hikes, wilderness tours, and group camping. An opportunity to hike past waterfalls and streams and observe the beautiful wildlife throughout the park.

Escalante and Utah Canyons: A week exploring the hidden gems of Utah. Backpack into the Escalante Gorge to observe beautiful landscapes and learn about the history of the many indigenous people who lived in the area, then travel to see the stunning and famous arches and slot canyons of Utah.

Moab and Canyonlands: An unforgettable trip to Capitol Reef, Moab and the Canyonlands to explore the fascinating desert landscape and camp in the open wilderness. No two days are the same when traveling through the region enjoying day hikes and learning about the land.

Joshua Tree Weekend: Three days in the unique and dramatic Joshua Tree National Park. Hike its many fascinating trails, scramble along its massive rock formations, and camp under the stars.

High Sierra Backcountry: Five days in the remote wilderness of the High Sierra. Hike over beautiful mountain passes and along untouched mountain lakes in the Pioneer Basin. The trip is capped off by a visit to Yosemite National Park to take in the famous views of Half Dome and El Capitan.

San Gorgonio Mountains: Four days of backpacking in Southern California’s highest mountains. Observe unique and fascinating vegetation, enjoy wide open views from on top of the peaks, and travel along the full length of Sand to Snow National Monument.

SOURCE: JG Worldwide press release.

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