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Travelling with the Experts – Meet Jay Burleson

Posted on 17-Oct-2019

When embarking on a real adventure, perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain authentic experiences in the most amazing of places, having an expert tour leader, who can not only take you to those places but also provide the knowledge and enthusiasm so you can really live them, will make that trip one to remember.

With over 40 years’ experience in creating the ultimate trips across America, Grand American Adventures has the tour leaders that can deliver on every level to ensure your adventure goes above and far beyond your expectations.


Tour leader Jay Burleson


What makes our guides exceptional tour leaders?


Professionalism, an unbridled passion for exploring and a love of sharing experiences with fellow travellers top the list for the qualities needed to be an expert tour leader. Extensive experience is fundamental too. When your expert tour leader takes you to unique locations, off-the-beaten-track to uncover incredible adventures, you can trust that they have unrivalled local knowledge, that they have grown up hiking the national trails, sleeping under the stars and undertaking pretty much all the activities there are on offer.

They’ve been there and know how to help you discover the hidden gems of the trip. Taking you from A to B and organising your activities is only the start of their mission. A Grand American Adventures’ Expert Tour Guide will work tirelessly and enthusiastically from every angle to ensure you get the best possible experience on your tour.


Meet a tour leader


JayPro photographer Jay fell in love with the outdoors from the age of 15 when on a horseback trip in the Grand Tetons. Moving from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to the Rocky Mountains confirmed his desire to pursue an outdoor career and guiding allowed him to share his passion for nature. Fifteen years into a successful guiding career, Jay loves to introduce travellers to new outdoor experiences.

From Yellowstone's lesser-known geothermal wonders to encouraging travellers up the vertiginous path to Angel’s Landing, his easy-going style has allowed people to quickly relax into the tour and make the most of their adventures, whether they're seasoned travellers or on their first trip. For Jay delivering an experience of a lifetime is his number one aim.


Specialist guides for every trip


With specialist guides on each of our award-winning, in-depth trips, you have the opportunity to soak up a wealth of knowledge, far beyond the scope of the average visitor.


Yellowstone Winter Wildlife

With a professional, lifetime-dedicated wolf and wildlife tracking guide, you will be in safe hands and have the best opportunity to encounter the unique animals of this wintry environment.


Ben Collier - Yellowstone 5


Alaska and Kenai

Our expert maritime guide offers detailed commentary on the wildlife for a full experience, whilst cruising Resurrection Bay; discover spotted sea lions, otters, Dall's Porpoise, puffins and maybe even Orcas and Humpback Whales.


Yellowstone and Teton

Bring to life the secrets that lie beneath the surface with our geology expert in Grand Teton Nation Park and discover the science that led to the Tetons’ rising; awesome in their majesty.




Yosemite and Tahoe

Crossing picturesque bridges, via beautiful waterfalls that create dazzling rainbows; our naturalist guide leads you on one of the most stunning treks in Yosemite Valley, the Mist Trail, in the California wilderness


Olympic & Vancouver Island

An adventurous trek along the wild Pacific coast of Rialto Beach is expertly led with our tour guide. Glimpse the whales, sea lions and otters featuring in this epic landscape of breathtaking views.

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