Planning a 2-person trip for this summer. Unfortunately, between our availability and what isn't sold out yet -- looks like we'll be traveling to these national parks during the hottest time of summer (July or August). My top questions are about the heat and about the tour companies.
1) What is the reality of the tour experience during these hot, hot summer days? For example, do people just go from A/C bus to outside to take quick photo and return quickly to A/C bus? Or is it bearable for short hikes and exploring? This will be my first bus tour, so I'm having a hard time picturing it.
2) I'd also like recommendations on tour companies. We're considering Caravan Tours (bigger groups, buses, looks well-organized, hotel stays, affordable), Lost Wages Tours ("glamping", smaller groups, no Trip Advisor reviews...), and National Geographic Expeditions (science/history aspect is appealing but can't figure out why the cost is 3x the others).
I promise to post a trip report in return for advice - thanks!