Alaska sometimes feels like its own country rather than the 49th state of the USA. Situated in the far northwest of Northern America, Alaska is the largest state by area and shares its border with the Canadian Yukon Territory. A trip to Alaska will leave you captivated, with its rugged charm, unique culture and pristine wilderness and coastline. With a state so vast, we thought we would help you out with a few activities that are a must in this wild and wonderful state.
Ever had the urge to get away and do something totally out of the ordinary? To swap your drive to work with sandboarding down colossal dunes, or your time in the office with rafting through the wilderness? Your knee-jerk reaction those thoughts might be disregard them as flights of fancy - but do you really want to? Do you even have to?
The Grand Canyon sparks ideas of a vast expanse going on as far as the eye can see, barren, dry and lacking mercy in a harsh environment; yet blessed with incredible vistas and chameleon colours, which change with the rise and fall of the sun.
Finding the right clothes for your hike can be surprisingly tricky. Factors such as the length of your trip, the weather (as well as how changeable it is expected to be!) and the kind of terrain you'll be facing are all important factors to consider.
This guide will help you navigate the sea of options available, from getting to grips with the number and type of layers you need to the best materials for your trip.
The USA is truly a nation of superlatives. Boasting everything from the biggest trees to the grandest of canyons, it also plays host to some of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant cities on the planet. But because it is so ubiquitous in our everyday lives - films, music and food from America saturate our shores - it is easy to think that this behemoth of a country has no surprises left to offer us. Little could be further from the truth.
As soon as everyone heard that Hollywood were making Cheryl Strayed's Pacific Crest Trail journey into a movie we couldn't have been more excited. Not just because it takes place in an area of the world that we are all so passionate about, but also because we all love a good ole' fashioned adventure! Nothing depicts adventure more than heading off with everything you need on your back and heading into the great unknown. In Cheryl's case she was going through some pretty dark times and felt that taking herself on this epic journey would help her find the person she once was. Everyone has their own reasons for taking themselves on adventure, I'm sure you have yours.
Jackson, Wyoming is a beautiful old west town located at the base of the Grand Teton mountain range. World renowned for its natural beauty, Jackson is also the base for dozens of interesting and exciting excursions. With so much to choose from, we had to get a jump on the day to make the most of our time there.
With most jobs you have the odd perk, but working for a travel company, the perks can be utterly amazing! Every year, depending on availability the Grand American Adventures team have the opportunity to join a tour group on an adventure of a lifetime.
LET’S face it, at the end of the day a trip to New York is all about bragging to your mates in the pub when you get home. Empire State Building? Tick. Central Park? Tick. Fifth Avenue? Tick. Swam round the Statue of Liberty? Whoa, hold on there buddy. What’s that? Yes it’s true. Once a year you can see the Big Apple from a very soggy perspective by swimming 1.2km around the Statue of Liberty. All you have to do is log on at NYC Swim, pay a registration fee of $130 and prove you can cover 1500m in 35 minutes or less - someone at your local pool can vouch for you - and then come mid August, off you go.