Heading down through the Old West, this family holiday reveals the excitement of the land of cowboys, Native Americans and the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. You'll enjoy Insider moments like… listening to tall tales of the Wild West on your historic rail journey to the Grand Canyon. Touching the layered rocks as our expert geologist explains how this natural wonder was formed over the course of 1.7 billion years, then discovering the West of the movies as you cruise through incredible Monument Valley during a four wheel drive exploration. Venturing into the ancient Montezuma Castle cliff dwellings, you imagine the life of the Sinagua Indians, and trace the steps of real life cowboys.
A deep discovery of Alaska, this vast and intriguing state is uncovered through its national parks, like Denali and Kenai Fjords, and towns like Fairbanks, Anchorage and Seward.You’ll enjoy Insider moments like... seeing Alaskan traditions in action, from authentic birch bowls being carved in a Fairbanks workshop to Ulu knives being crafted in a factory in Anchorage, where you learn the manufacturing process and hear how this carved tool was developed by the Inuits for their use in the wild. It’s also spending time with locals, like the expert we introduce you to in Fairbanks; looking after the sled dogs at the kennels of the late Iditarod champion, Susan Butcher, they share stories and insights about the tradition.
An epic exploration, east meets west on this grand trip across Canada, taking you coast to coast on VIA Rail's renowned train, The Canadian.You'll enjoy Insider moments like… getting an inside look at Canada's stunning scenery – by rail and road. On the east coast, it's uncovering the lush wine-growing region of the Niagara Peninsula. On the west coast, it's encountering the dramatic Rockies, from the forests to the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield and Icefields Parkway. And, of course, it's meeting locals, like our vintner friends in British Columbia, who invite you to taste their wines and dine with them.
Blazing a trail around the natural wonders of the west, you'll see canyons, monuments and monoliths from Monument Valley to the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks.You'll enjoy Insider moments like... taking walks through national parks with locals who understand the history, nature and formation of some of America's most famous landmarks. At Zion National Park, a naturalist guides you through the park and reveals its hidden secrets and stories. At Lake Powell, we meet a local who takes you deep inside the landscape to talk about the ecology and perhaps even see some desert wildlife. While, in the Grand Canyon, our geologist helps you see beyond the scale and into the detail of how it formed.
Awe-inspiring volcanoes, royal beaches and the Sleeping Giant mountain ridge mark your progress, on this laid-back journey of discovery of Oahu, Hawaii, Maui and Kauai.You'll enjoy Insider moments like... imagining the rumble of the earth beneath your feet as you explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii, home to the world's largest and most active volcano. Listening to stories of recent eruptions, it's learning about the geology of the island at the Jaggar Museum. And feeling the hairs on the back of your arms stand on end as you walk through a real lava tube, before soaking up the stunning view of the caldera – carved from millions of years of volcanic activity.
This trip blends old west towns like Jackson, Cody, Sheridan and Montpelier, national parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton, and historic monuments like Devil's Tower and Mount Rushmore.You'll enjoy Insider moments like… joining the owner of Sheridan's PO News and Flagstaff Café, an old world eatery in this historic western town. With its store established in 1910, the café's mix of home-style American fare, downtown setting and welcoming atmosphere is the perfect backdrop to your host's stories of the town's colourful past as the capital of the Bighorn region. In Yellowstone, we meet another local character who takes you on a walk among the geysers, hot springs and mud pots of the world's oldest national park.
Grizzly bears, spectacular rock formations, thunderous waterfalls and the tranquil emerald waters of glacial lakes – take in the best of the Rocky Mountains on this in-depth exploration.You'll enjoy Insider moments like… finding out what to do if you come face-to-face with a bear in the Rockies – our wildlife expert also tells you about some of the 52 other types of mammal that roam Jasper National Park. It's strolling around Lake Louise, hearing how the water gets its emerald sparkle and about the area's geology and history. And it's driving beneath snowcapped peaks, before venturing onto Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer. You could even experience the thrill of the world's largest rodeo with our Calgary Stampede option.
Exciting moments in U.S. history are uncovered in this East Coast family encounter, from the Declaration of Independence to the Battle of Gettysburg.You'll enjoy Insider moments like… standing in the very spots history was made while our local historians' stories reveal all–like how the Battle of Gettysburg was won. Spend time with an Amish expert and create your own candy bar at Hershey's Chocolate World.