Anyone can see the Statue of Liberty or say they’ve been to the Grand Canyon. They’re most certainly fantastic spots that deserve their dues. However, we at Grand American Adventures know there’s a lot more to the Americas than guidebook sightseeing.
Instead of identikit snapshots and selfies, how amazing would it be to fill your 2018 photo albums with up-close wildlife experiences, newfound local friends and backcountry wilderness images? Not to mention those times we put our cameras down, and appreciate the world around us.
With over 40 years’ experience in the business, we’re America’s specialists – and we’re ready to show you how to not just see the Americas in 2018, but how to experience them in a way you’ll remember for a lifetime. So sit back, relax, and discover your ultimate 2018 bucket list…
1. Wolf Tracking in Yellowstone National Park, USA
Spotting rare wildlife in its natural habitat is one of the most rewarding national park experiences to be had. In 1995, the Gray Wolf was reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park after an absence of 70 years, to the great benefit of the park’s ecosystem. Although sightings of these private and retiring creatures for your average visitor can be incredibly rare, spending a morning with a professional wildlife tracker ups your chances to spot them considerably.
Be in with a chance of spotting wolves on our Yellowstone & Teton In-Depth tour.
2. Exploring Monument Valley With A Navajo Guide, USA
It’s easy enough to snap a picture in front of the movie-set red rock monoliths in Monument Valley. But to truly dig beneath the surface of this fascinating site, it’s worth getting to know the locals. This majestic site is also home to the Navajo tribe, and taking a tour with a guide from the area not only shows you the spots other visitors won’t see, but also gives a fascinating insight into their culture and way of life.
Explore this western wonder with a local Navajo guide on our Best of the West tour.
3. Watch Whales and Bears Up Close in Canada
The Western coast of Canada is a rugged and beautiful place to explore, and wildlife enthusiasts will be in their element. Taking to the water is one of the best ways to spot some incredible creatures. In Victoria, you’re in with a chance of spotting whales on a Zodiac boat tour. If seeing bears is your dream, then the west coast of Vancouver Island is a prime spot for sighting the local Black Bear residents.
Explore Canada’s wild side on our Canada Wildlife Vancouver Island tour.
4. Wilderness Camping in Wrangell St-Elias, Alaska
Those who travel to truly ‘get away from it all’ can take this to a whole new level, with a wilderness camping experience in the deep wilderness of Alaska’s Wrangell St-Elias National Park. What you lose in facilities (this is basic at best) you’ll gain in incredible sights in this vast and rugged expanse – and nine of the 16 highest peaks in the USA.
Discover some of the world’s most spectacular scenery on our Alaskan Adventure tour.
5. Walk the Appalachian Trail
Don’t worry – at around 2,200 miles long, we’re definitely not advising you to hike the WHOLE THING. However, enjoying a section of this stunning scenic trail provides landscapes to truly savour. For the true backcountry hiking experience, staying in huts en route is a must. As you explore, you’re able to learn from naturalist experts about the trail’s ever-changing foliage and fauna.
Leave civilisation behind and embark on a unforgettable hike on our Appalachian Trail In-Depth tour.
6. Spot Turtles in Tortugero National Park, Costa Rica
From the months of July – October, a visit to Tortugero National Park in Costa Rica provides potential to catch Green Turtles laying their eggs, and even the newly hatched baby turtles making their way to the shore. Along the waterways, you might just encounter more fully-grown specimens, as well as a host of other wildlife in this tranquil and exotic haven.
Explore one of the most biodiverse countries in the world on our Discover Costa Rica tour.
7. Stay at an Authentic Texan Guest Ranch
The secret cowboy or cowgirl inside you just begging to get out? Where better to free your country spirit than in the mighty state of Texas! A stay at the Silver Spur Ranch opens up a whole new world of horse riding, toasting s’mores and delicious home-cooked hospitality.
Journey through the Lone Star State on our Texas Ranger tour.
Feeling inspired? Request a Grand American Adventures brochure to start planning your 2018 adventure.