Monument Valley is the heart of the Navajo Nation. In the dozens of times I have visited over the years, every single time has been an amazing experience. Of all of the destinations we visit in the desert southwest of the United States, Monument Valley is probably the one that will hold a special corner of your heart for the rest of your life. Today was a wonderful day because not only did we get to see the timeless beauty of this amazing place, but we also got a peek into an ancient culture on our guided tour of the valley with our Navajo guide, Cecil.
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Topics: USA Southwest, Discovery, Our View
Nashville! Music City. Hillbilly Hollywood. When a kid has a country music dream, they will inevitably make their way to this Mecca of country music. Thankfully for us, our dream was only to hear great country music, and that was a dream which came true several times over during our stay.
Topics: Tour Leaders, USA Deep South, Our View
On most of my lodging tours I try to include an evening getting away from restaurants, and have a real American BBQ somewhere beautiful. There is a perfect opportunity at Dead Horse Point State Park to do just that.
Topics: USA Southwest, National Parks, Tour Leaders, Our View
When my Godson, Toby, came back from his holiday in California this summer, everything was “awesome”. The flight over? Definitely awesome. Driving through the desert? Really awesome. The food? Cheeseburgers were really, really awesome and so were S’mores – ie biscuits with marshmallow and chocolate that are so yummy, you always want “some more”. And the Grand Canyon? Go on, have a guess.
Topics: Family Adventures, USA, Our View
At 35km long and 19km wide, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in the United States. It is also our second deepest lake at right around 500 meters deep. It contains enough water to provide every man, woman and child in the country with 200 liters of water a day, every day, for 5 years! That’s a lot of water.
Originally inhabited by the Washoe people, it was rediscovered by legendary western scout and mountain man Kit Carson in 1844. When the Comstock Lode of silver was discovered in nearby Virginia City, people came in droves to the area. Thankfully some of these early settlers saw the beauty of the lake and its tourism potential and set out to preserve it. Today, the environmental group Keep Tahoe Blue keeps up this vigilant watch.
Topics: USA Southwest, Tour Leaders, Our View
Alaska has always been somewhere I have always wanted to visit and when my colleaugue Iain returned from his 13 day Alaska, Wildlife & Wilderness tour, I couldn't wait to hear all about it! Here are a few of the questions I asked him...
Topics: Alaska, Wildlife, Our View
I remember vividly looking at various magazine advertisements for outdoor gear as a kid. You know, the picture of the perfect couple – standing on the edge of a cliff in awe of the scenery that appears just too perfect to be real? Their bodies erected tall, each with one leg bent, chins up and hiking poles held at a perfect angle. To this you can add their hair which usually flowed gently into the wind as they stood so proudly into the foreground of a spotless sky – a view that could inspire entire generations to boycott western civilization as if it were obsolete.
Topics: Canada, Tour Leaders, Our View
Floating half way between the USA and Latin America, Cuba is a country that is rich in culture and heritage. The people, the architecture and the landscape will leave you feeling fascinated and eager to learn more about this wonderful country. Our sales expert Danielle visited Cuba along with her husband on The Taste of Cuba tour and I asked her what they thought...
Topics: Discovery, Central America, Our View
I have recently spent some time in Brazil and I can safely say that it was one of the best holidays I have ever been on. The people, the beaches, the food, the wildlife, the drinks (in particular the caipirinhas) all add up to make your trip truly amazing. I really wanted to get to the very heart of Brazil and I figured there was no better way to do it than join the Grand American Adventures tour on a Cruise through the Heart of the Amazon finishing with some downtime in Rio.
Topics: Discovery, South America, Wildlife, Our View
Everyone always has that one place that they have always dreamt about visiting and for Grand American Adventures' graphic designer Aneesa, that place was Costa Rica. In her day to day life, Aneesa is often working out what looks good, using colours to make something that extra bit special, so it's no surprise that she was drawn to the vibrant and colourful country of Costa Rica. I spoke to Aneesa to find out what it was like finally visiting the emerald rainforests and seeing some of the worlds most unique species.
Topics: Discovery, Central America, Wildlife, Our View