A Grand American Adventure for the Experience of a Lifetime
Guest Blogger: Adriana Frederick
Why not try a holiday with a difference this year and take an American adventure you will never forget? America has a diverse and stunning landscape to discover in a wide variety of active holidays, which could involve walking, hiking, horse riding, exploring wildlife, and national parks.
Unparalleled Access to Nature
America can offer such a great variety of experiences to the outdoor enthusiast. It has some of the best national parks in the world, where you can take in the spectacular scenery while doing an activity you love. You will be spoilt for choice with such notable destinations as The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Arches, and Glacier National Parks. The Grand Canyon in Arizona, carved away by the Colorado River, is a sight to behold and the size of it will leave you in awe. It is 277 miles long, 16 miles wide, and up to 1 mile deep; it is nature at its most spectacular. It is a wonderful area for hiking as there are many established trails but for a bird’s-eye view, try to squeeze in a scenic flight over the Canyon.
Also at the top of the tree for Grand American Adventures (GAA) is a trip to the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, which has been operated as a park since 1872. It is immense in size, covering three states and a geographer’s dream, as it has one of the highest concentrations of geothermal activity in the world. The most famous geyser is known as ‘Old Faithful’. It is also a haven for wildlife enthusiasts with bears, bison, elk, and wolves to be spotted.
No GAA would be complete without experiencing some Native American culture and where better to do it than in Monument Valley, the homeland of the Navajo Nation? This is another stunning valley with intriguing rock formations to explore. Join Native Americans around a campfire to experience their culture through song and dance and take a guided 4 x 4 tour to wonder at the red sandstone landscape.
Take to the Road and the Cities of America
Another fantastic way to see America is on a road trip and there is none better than the famous Route 66, which has been immortalized in cinema and song. This was the first direct route from the Midwest to the Pacific, crossing eight states on the way and you can make stops at places of interest, including the Grand Canyon.
Explore the Deep South and all it has to offer in Memphis and New Orleans. A heady mix of southern cuisine, music, and a sail down the Mississippi will leave you feeling like you are in another era. Don’t forget to make a stop in Las Vegas, otherwise known as ‘Sin City’. It’s not known as the entertainment capital of the world for nothing. Enjoy the casinos, shows, adrenaline-pumping roller coasters and shopping in the most fun place on the planet! After the thrill of Vegas, head to San Francisco to enjoy a more relaxed time in one of the West coast’s most beautiful cities. Take in the sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Get around on the cable cars, explore Fisherman’s Wharf, and head up to Coit Tower for some of the best views of the city.
About the Author
Adriana Frederick writes regularly on adventure travel for a range of travel and culture websites and blogs. She is passionate about GAA holidays, where you can combine adventure with tourism for a more unique experience.