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Making the most of the Wild Rockies

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Vicki Tester

 

We know how appealing the Rockies of both the USA and Canada are. Many of our clients return time after time to explore further. It is a year round destination if you like your skiing and winter activities.

One of the attractions is being in the pristine mountains and with all of the wildlife around you. Camping out for a night enhances the getting back to nature feel. For those wanting more of this, there is the chance to join a horse pack trek of 3 or 4 or more days through beautiful country, with mules bringing up your camping equipment and food.

What could be better than stretching out by the camp fire after a day in the saddle, feeling well fed and gazing up at a host of stars above you? You will certainly see much of the wildlife that lives here but if you wanted to learn more about it, you could join a trek on which the guide will teach you about tracking and seeing these animals and birds to your best advantage.

For more information on making this part of your own bespoke tailor made holiday call us on – 01323 446550 or email info@expereinceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks

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Travelling through stunning countryside, with opportunities for wildlife watching and plenty of outdoor activity, this itinerary covers the best parts of these two stunning national parks in the USA over a two week itinerary.

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Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks

Travelling through stunning countryside, with opportunities for wildlife watching and plenty of outdoor activity, this itinerary covers the best parts of these two stunning national parks in the USA over a two week itinerary.

 

Day 1: Salt Lake City

Day 2: Jackson

Day 3: Grand Teton National Park

Day 5: Yellowstone National Park

Day 7: Cody

Day 9: Yellowstone via the Beartooth Highway

Day 11: Helena

Day 12: Glacier National Park

Day 15: Depart Kalispell or Missoula

 

Yellowstone & Glacier

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Day 1: Salt Lake City

Arrive into Salt Lake City today, overnight here before starting your road trip tomorrow.

Salt Lake City 1 night

 

Day 2: Jackson

Collect your car and head north into the cowboy State of Wyoming; The wonderful village of Jackson is a great stop with excellent shops, restaurants, bars and galleries.

Jackson 1 night

 

Day 3: Grand Teton National Park

Continue your drive today heading into Grand Teton National Park. Stunning scenery includes the summit of Grand Teton and the plains of the valley floor here.

Grand Tetons 2 nights

 

Day 5: Yellowstone National Park

Today you head into stunning Yellowstone National Park through the south entrance for the first of two stays in the area. Abundant wildlife, rugged peaks and wilderness make up much of this incredible area.  The amazing geysers and thermal hot spots throughout Yellowstone are a big draw for visitors.

Yellowstone National Park 2 nights

 

Day 7: Cody

Depart through the Eastern Entrance of Yellowstone to the little town of Cody – this is a stunning drive through the Shoshone National Forest. Home to Buffalo Bill, no visit to Cody is complete without a tour of the famous Buffalo Bill Centre of the West which features five museums under one roof. In the evening take a drive to the edge of town to watch a rodeo.

Cody 2 nights

 

Day 9: Yellowstone via the Beartooth Highway

For todays drive head along one of the most spectacular alpine highways in North America, the Beartooth Highway. With sweeping views of snow-covered mountains and crystal clear alpine lakes as you wind your way to the summit and back down.  Return into Yellowstone through the Lamar Valley – a great wildlife viewing area.

Yellowstone 2 nights

 

Day 11: Helena

Leaving Yellowstone via the north entrance, drive on into the state of Montana. The drive takes you past rolling hills and mountains and on to Montana’s State Capital, Helena. Take a trolley tour through the Last Chance Gulch, the bustling and vibrant historic downtown area has great restaurants, micro breweries, bars and shops.

Helena 1 night

 

Day 12: Glacier National Park

Continue to Glacier National Park. This gorgeous park, straddling the US/Canada border boasts pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a paradise for walkers and adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude.  Drive the 50 miles along the stunning Going-to-the- Sun Road and spend three nights spent at two different areas of the park.

Glacier National Park 3 nights

 

Day 15: Depart Kalispell or Missoula

Say goodbye to Montana and head to the airport for the onward or homeward journey.

Yellowstone & Glacier

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

Yellowstone & Glacier

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Yellowstone & Glacier

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Planning your holiday – It’s never too early (or late)

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Yvonne Dann

 

It’s never too early or too late to start planning your next holiday adventure.  With news from the USA that the Tioga Pass road, at Yosemite National Park, California, recently opened for the summer season following the annual closures for the winter, it is good to remember that some of the popular National and Provincial Parks in the USA and in Canada have quite a short summer season.  With more and more people looking to visit these beautiful areas, it is also wise idea to think about making your plans well in advance.  Others are of course open year round, and accommodation all round can become extremely busy during peak months.

Whether you are thinking of planning a wonderful last minute trip this year or a fantastic self drive trip for next year, we are here to help.  Stay in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, renowned for the diversity of plant and animal life.  Travel through the Grand Teton National Park and on to Yellowstone National park, with wildlife, geysers, hot springs and mudpots, and on to Glacier National Park – being sure to travel the length of the magnificent ‘Going to the Sun’ Road.  The National Parks of the Canyonlands feature towering peaks, incredible rock formations, giant lakes and deep canyons, and further west Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and then Yosemite.

Within Canada, think about visiting the famous Canadian Rocky Mountains, home to the National Parks of Jasper and Banff and further south, Waterton National Park – close to the border with the USA.  Kluane National Park in the Yukon, for somewhere a little more off the beaten path, Grasslands National Park and Prince Albert National Park are both found in Saskatchewan, and further east in Ontario is Algonquin Provincial Park where water adventures await you.  The Parc National de la Jacques Cartier is found in the province with French flare, Quebec, and the Atlantic Provinces bring you places such as stunning Gros Morne National park on Newfoundland, where the ancient landscape is a Unesco World Heritage site.

 These are just a few of the sights that you could visit for yourself – there is so much more to explore. 

 The same applies to the rest of the world – if you are thinking of Australia or New Zealand, Africa or South America contact us now to start planning your bespoke tailor made holiday. 

 Tel: 01323446550   email:  info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Yvonne Dann

Yvonne Dann

 

Yvonne Dann

Yvonne Dann

Ranches of Wild West

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Vicki Tester

 

Some lucky clients are already packing their bags to experience the ranches of the rolling plains and/or the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States. July and August are the busiest months for this type of holiday and the wild flowers are at their spectacular best. Only the very tops of the highest mountains have snow still on them. The long days ensure that you make the most of your time here.

The activities are those that you would expect here but also include some that you may not have thought of, such as going to guide school to improve (or learn) wilderness skills. One of the most popular activities is riding tours which vary in length from half a day to 2/3 days out in the mountains. At the end a day of being in the saddle you will camp out in one of many camps deep in the wilderness; with a fire going and your guide cooking a hearty and well earned meal.

Picture courtesy of Catherine Brewer

Picture courtesy of Catherine Brewer

If you prefer two wheels, then mountain bike trails and equipment is there or you could rely upon your legs to get you in to the beautiful wilderness. It is all about tailor making your trip to what you want to do. It can be as energetic or as laid back as you want. Or a mixture of both.

It is not too late to book something in the fall, when it is more peaceful, the days are shorter and crisper and the leaves on the trees are changing in to their autumn colours. In these regions you have the chance of seeing black bears, grizzlies, moose, big horn sheep and different sorts of deer. If you are really lucky you may see a cougar.

 So if you ever wanted to try the cowboy life or just wanted to get back to nature, then let us help you plan your own bespoke, tailor made holiday – either for this autumn or for next summer.  Please contact us on 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Catherine Brewer

Picture courtesy of Catherine Brewer

 

 
Picture courtesy of Catherine Brewer

Ride the Train across Canada

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Vicki Tester

 

Just imagine! Three nights and four days crossing Canada’s vast expanses while train staff look after you in style.  A delicious meal with the northern lakes rolling by; or a  360-degree view of the golden prairies and then an aperitif at the foot of the Rockies. These are just some of the pleasures that await you on board the Canadian, VIA Rail’s great transcontinental train.

You wake up and open the curtains to be greeted by the majestic Rocky Mountains slowly emerging from a veil of clouds. You prepare quickly for breakfast, spurred on by the gentle rocking of the train and the promise of freshly brewed coffee.

After leisurely savouring your breakfast omelette, you collect your book and head to the Skyline car. There, you can sip your drink, read, socialize… and scan the panoramic view for a glimpse of elk moving across the valley.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

The Toronto-Vancouver train, which takes four days to travel between one of Canada’s largest cities and the Pacific Coast, lets you see the breadth of the country like never before.

Take in boreal forests reflecting on the surface of the Great Lakes; Prairie sunsets painting vast skies in shades of fire and Mountain peaks towering above as the train winds through the Rockies.

Choose the relaxing ambience and attentive service of budget travel in Economy class, or upgrade to the pleasures of a cosy bed, a gourmet table and exclusive access to stylish lounges in Sleeper Touring class.

Add on time to explore at either end of your bespoke tailor made journey and you will have a holiday that will give you a good flavour of Canada.

To get started on your bespoke tailor made Canada holiday please call us on 01323 446550 or email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

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