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'Where the wild things are' in the USA & Canada

Published January 16th, 2020

Like to lose yourself in the wilderness? The air up there, in the mountains, really is better in Canada. Prefer the desert to downtown? There are so many places to get kick up the dirt in the United States.

Experiencing summer in the USA & Canada is an all-time travel high, this is your year to get out there and explore. Next step? Check out our great big USA & Canada SALE! There’s deals on flights to Los Angeles, & big savings on tours with Contiki, Topdeck & Busabout—what are you waiting for?

Here’s some of the best places to experience the ‘Land of the Free’ in the USA & the ‘Great White North’ in Canada...

USA

Zion National Park, Utah

Stunning red-rock desert created by wind, water and snow is contrasted by unique high-altitude forests. Making for a hiking and rock climbing wonderland, and more stunning  vistas than you can poke a stick at. 

The ‘shot’: Observation Point


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Monument Valley, Arizona

At Monument Valley Tribal Park you’ll experience some of the most majestic and most photographed points on earth. This fascinating red-sand desert region on the Arizona-Utah border is known for the towering sandstone buttes. Windows down, hair flying in the wind moments await. And hiking, always hiking.

The ‘shot’: Forrest Gump’s Road


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Grand Canyon, Arizona

Jaw-dropping wild right here. Take a scenic helicopter ride, traipse along the rim, or hike into one of the deepest canyons on earth—more than 600km of historic back-country trails lead into the canyon.

The ‘shot’: Horseshoe Bend


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Yosemite National Park, California

Best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 2000sq km, you can find deep valleys, giant sequoia trees and wilderness for days. Lace-up your hiking boots and keep your eyes peeled for bears, coyotes and the all-American golden eagle.

The ‘shot’: Tunnel View


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Canada

It’s not all about chasing powder in Canada, there’s so many reasons to visit in the summer too.

Niagara Falls, Ontario 

A natural division between Canada and the US, the massive Niagara Falls is impressive, to say the least. The Niagara River and the entire Great Lakes Basin is a legacy of the last Ice Age (just a casual 18,000 years ago). More cool facts: the Great Lakes contain about 18% of the world’s supply of surface freshwater. Get up-close-and-wet with the falls is on a River Cruise, take a helicopter ride above the falls—or—even wilder, zip-line across them.

The ‘shot’: Horseshoe Falls


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Yoho National Park, British Columbia

The Canadian Rockies are big on wilderness, and there’s lots of land to cover. Start with the Yoho National Park, home to the epic Takakkaw Falls and the heavenly Lake O’Hara. Make the most of the sunny summer weather by hiking and camping around the lakes.

The ‘shot’: Opabin Plateau


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lake Louise, Banff

‘That’ emerald-coloured lake you’ve seen in every inspo picture for Canada, this part of the Rockies is famous for its glacier-fed lake surrounded by towering mountain peaks. Simple nature at its finest. Hiking and canoeing are big on the agenda here.

The ‘shot’: The waters edge


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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These wild & free locations feature on epic tours with Contiki, Topdeck & along Busabout routes in North America. And, we’ve got the right flights to get you there! Get in touch to find out more!

 

Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.