The Polar Bear is perhaps one of the most fascinating of the bear species, only to be found in the far Northern hemisphere. Grand American Adventures’ Product Manager Iain Shiels lived out a boyhood dream of sighting these amazing creatures in their natural habit – a breathtaking experience.
Without a doubt the Yellowstone Wildlife Walks tour has one of the best itineraries of any Grand American Adventures tours. With three nights in the towering peaks and rugged wilderness of Glacier National Park, two nights in Jackson Hole Wyoming, allowing ample time to wander the breathtaking scenery of Grand Tetons National Park. Bear, elk, moose, big horn sheep, mountain goat and a seemingly endless variety of birds are plentiful.
But it is Yellowstone this tour is named after and you're given four days to explore the 2.2 million acres of wilderness; bison become an ordinary sight in the vast meadows, elk walk beside humans in the historic Mammoth village, and as we experienced recently, sometimes the grizzlies and black bears seem to go on parade and offer once in a lifetime experiences seeing these awesome predators.
The beauty of travel is that every day is its own mini adventure, you go places you’ve only read about, see things you hardly knew existed. But on every trip there’s that one special day, a thing I like to call THE BEST DAY EVER. Today was that day.
There is no greater experience than getting out into the national parks of North America and seeing some of the world’s most incredible wildlife. The array of different species from one state to the next is phenomenal, but it is the ‘big 3’ that every intrepid traveller is just dying to spot, and capture on camera; wolves, bears and whales! This year we have some amazing wildlife tours that will give you a greater opportunity of spotting these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
While you're likely to have heard of the USA's 'big 5' animals, which include the likes of bears and bison, you may be less familiar with the country's smaller, but no less important, creatures. We have put together our own 'little 5', which are great fun to try to spot during our tours.
The USA is home to some truly iconic wildlife. Black Bears roaming solitary through the forest. Coyotes speeding after their prey. Moose proudly bearing their six-foot antlers. It's little wonder that, for travellers, the nation's wonderful wildlife acts as such a strong draw.
When most people book a Grand American Adventures tour, they are looking to leave behind the grind of their everyday lives, and escape to the wild National Parks of North America.
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...
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.
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.