Northern Adventure (Until Oct 2016)
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After a day of food, sports, museums and shopping in Chicago, we continue on into the USA’s heartland and across the sprawling plains of Wisconsin.
Next stop: Milwaukee. It’s home to the nation’s largest beer brewers and also Harley Davidson. Learn about the city’s famous brew in a behind the scenes look at the Miller Brewery. What more could you want than an ice cold amber ale while listening to the sweet purr of motorbikes?
Later on we pull into the town of Madison, know for it’s friendly college vibes. If you’re up for a night out, grab a few buddies and hang out as the students do on the popular State Street, where the taverns, local specialty breweries, comedy clubs and bars will have you spoilt for choice.
Cross the Midwest and see the pretty as a picture Minnesota farmlands before hitting the wild yet wonderful state of South Dakota.
We travel across the county’s biggest prairies and enter a region once dominated by the Sioux Tribes – the only Native American Nation to defeat the US army. You’ll learn the background of the city’s name (and maybe even learn how to pronounce it properly) and also visit the SPAM Museum, yes travellers you read that right. Think weird, wacky and most definitely spammy.
After learning about Sioux Falls (Sioux is the name of a native American tribe we'll have you know) and seeing the beautiful landscapes, it is time to move on to Mt. Rushmore, but not without a stop off at Badlands National Park on the way.
An interesting name, and an even more interesting place. You will notice the amazing natural sites of South Dakota go by as we journey through Badlands National Park, past a surreal, lunar landscape of rugged-edged cliffs, sharp spires and crevices. We'll stop off here for a leisurely walk along the Fossil Trail.
It is here we stay for the night, where the excitement really builds in the group, because tomorrow we see the incredible carvings of four past Presidents faces etched into the mountainside. With one week left to go on the trip, it's time to really start making every single moment count with the crew who by now will be feeling like family.
Nature works in very mysterious ways sometimes. Yellowstone National Park is the incredible result of a massive volcanic eruption, and what a sight it is. The scenery is like something out of a film, and if you are lucky (and super quiet) you might even get to experience the wildlife too - this area known for grizzly bears, buffalos and wolves. We'll stop to visit the glorious Old Faithful geyser, the most famous in the world, and with erruptions on the regular it's a must to have the camera at the ready.
It’s back on the coach this morning with wide eyes as we travel through the stunning mountain ranges of Idaho and onto Park City, but not before thrillseekers could take to the Snake River for some rafting to really awaken the body and mind.
Home to the Sundance Film Festival and a helluva lot of snow, Park City definitely has something for everyone, adrenalin junkie or not. Even if you aren’t familiar with wooshing down a ski slope, you’ll be glad to know this is also a summer playground. Tonight, rub shoulders with the locals on a night out with the group.
Back on the coach for yet more incredible nature. Starting to feel in awe of the planet yet?
You’ll get active and join in on a hike with the group through the richly coloured rock formations of the Canyon, culminating at 2400m and some seriously epic views. Bryce Canyon is legitimately one of the most beautiful places in the world, where you’ll find yourself speechless as you make your way through the bizarrely shaped spires and canyons called ‘hoodoos’. Nature satisfaction levels on high, we make tracks to our next destination.
Kanab is our home for the night, where we'll pull up and get cosy. A big day ahead tomorrow, with a new perspective on the incredible Grand Canyon, this time from the North Rim.
Escape to the mind-blowing Grand Canyon once more as we see this wonder from a different angle, the North Rim, a little more off the beaten track from what we saw a few weeks back. Hike along the rim of the canyon at your own pace to really get a feel for the size and drama of it all. There are trails for all levels of ability so no matter your fitness level you will definitely be able to have the full experience. Drink it all in, these are the travel moments you'll be re-telling for years to come.
Northern Adventure (Until Oct 2016)
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- Booked from United Kingdom
- Traveled July 2011
- Level 1 Traveller
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13 July 2011 - 25 July 2011