Blue Monday. Synonymous for post-Christmas blues, long, dark evenings and a general sense of gloom in the air, this National Awareness Day isn’t normally a cause for celebration. However, at Grand American Adventures we think this is a perfect opportunity to start planning your next year of unforgettable adventures across the Americas. In keeping with the blue theme, we’ve handpicked a couple of our favourite blue destinations to spark your spirit of wanderlust this January!
- Canadian Rockies Wilderness Walk
If you’re looking for shimmering crystal-clear lakes, towering cobalt blue glaciers and babbling brooks, British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies delivers. On this epic journey through the great outdoors, enjoy spectacular views of Saskatchewan Glacier, an exhilarating walk to the Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park and sweeping panoramas of Moraine Lake. Should you wish to tear yourself away from nature’s blue masterpieces on our Canadian Rockies Wilderness Walk, you’ll discover this region is brimming with wildlife. It’s not uncommon when hiking along this extensive network of trails to catch sights of soaring eagles, deer, moose and black bears in their natural habitat.
2. Hawaii Islands Adventure
Ever thought of kick-starting your 2020 in Hawaii? Of course, you have. Aside from its sugary white sands, fuchsia pink sunsets and lush forests, many venture to this tropical paradise for the spectacular snorkelling opportunities. Boasting a seemingly endless stream of technicolour coral reefs and deep turquoise grottoes, enjoy a snorkelling adventure and Zodiac tour in Kealakekua Bay in search of bluestripe butterflyfish, Potter’s Angelfish and the blue dotty Yellow-tail Wrasse, for an adventure you won’t forget. On our Hawaiian Island Adventure, you’ll also get the chance to visit Pearl Harbour and delve into the traditional customs of the Hawaiian culture at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park.
3. Alaska, Fjords and Glaciers
Take an unforgettable cruise into some of the most remote areas of Alaska’s South-eastern region. On your travels, enjoy awe-inspiring views of towering cobalt blue icebergs, glittering glaciers and if you’re lucky, catch glimpses of blue whales jumping in the icy deep near Stephens Passage. With visits to Dawes Glacier and the ice rich Endicott Arm, you can also take on an exploration in the Misty Fjords National Monument, and discover the Tongass backcountry by paddle board, skiff and kayak to truly embrace the elements.
4. Churchill Polar Bear Experience
Experience a world that remains virtually untouched by human hands in the icy blue landscapes of Churchill, Manitoba. Known to many as the Polar Bear Capital of the World, the cool coastline on the western shores of Hudson Bay are also a great hotspot to capture natures very own turquoise light show, the Northern Lights. On the Churchill Polar Bear Experience, you will; visit the historic Cape Merry and famous “Polar Bear Jail”; enjoy two exhilarating arctic crawler excursions for wildlife sightings and experience an unforgettable evening dog mushing through the snow to complete this epic Canadian journey.
5. A Taste of Cuba
Whether you head to the heart of Old Havana and bask in the beauty of its striking colonial blue houses, grab a Cuba Blue cocktail for a twist on the classic Cuban El Presidente, or enjoy a dip in the turquoise Caribbean ocean on your way to Cienfuegos, you’ll soon find vibrant blues are everywhere you look in Cuba. For a true Taste of Cuba, we travel from the charming streets of Havana to the colourful cobblestone alleyways of Trinidad. Enjoy a locally led walk through the lush Topes de Collantes National Park and trek through tobacco plantations in Vinales Valley. Next, pick up the pace with a mojito cocktail class and salsa dancing experience, and end your night in one of the locals favourite Casa de Trova live music venues, for an evening you won’t forget. This all-encompassing trip is bound to leave you speechless.