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Triathlon training on the National Parks Walk

Filed in Active by on August 4, 2016
Triathlon training on the National Parks Walk

This weekend, three of the Grand American Adventures team will be participating in this year’s Olympic distance London Triathlon (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run). Iain Shiels (Product Manager), Toby Baxter (Business Development Manager) and myself, Matt Newman (Sales and Reservations Manager), will be swimming in Royal Victoria Dock, biking through the streets of London […]

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Getting Active in the great outdoors

Filed in Active, Americana, Canada by on August 1, 2016
Getting Active in the great outdoors

I’d love to tell you more details about white water rafting, but I have to be honest, my eyes were closed a lot of the time. Periodically our 6ft4 instructor and helmsman would scream “paddle” at the top of his lungs, which I took to be a secret code for me to hold for dear […]

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Walking through wonder – Yellowstone Wildlife Walk

Filed in Active, National Parks, Northwest USA by on July 26, 2016
Walking through wonder – Yellowstone Wildlife Walk

The Yellowstone Wildlife Walk encompasses three of the USA’s most beautiful national parks, offering the chance to see the country’s wildlife up close and personal. With plenty of walking and hiking opportunities, it’s the perfect trip for active nature lovers. We spoke to Sarah Carter, who recently embarked on the Yellowstone Wildlife Walk, about her […]

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Pennies for Parks

Filed in National Parks, The USA by on July 13, 2016
Pennies for Parks

You might know by now that in 2016 the National Park Service (NPS) turns 100 years old; a huge milestone for this pioneering organisation. The service is instrumental in maintaining America’s many incredible parks so that adventurers like us can continue to experience these amazing places up close, year after year. Celebrate the centenary! Of […]

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Discovering the Incas on a trek to Machu Picchu

Filed in Discovery, South America by on July 7, 2016
Discovering the Incas on a trek to Machu Picchu

We spoke to traveller Louis Millington who recently returned from a journey of discovery in Peru. It was on this trip where he uncovered the fascinating history of the Inca people in the most incredible setting of Machu Picchu. We sat down with him to find out about this time there… Sunbeams slant through the […]

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Travelling from New Orleans to Natchez

Filed in Deep South, Discovery by on June 27, 2016
Travelling from New Orleans to Natchez

There are certain words I like for no particular reason. One of them is ‘languid?: “having or showing a disinclination for physical exertion”. It’s not that I’m lazy or move like a sloth, it’s just that when it comes to travel, I think certain places suit being described as languid. Places where time moves more […]

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5 life-changing experiences to have in North America

Filed in Discovery, National Parks, Nature, The USA by on June 2, 2016
5 life-changing experiences to have in North America

Few things possess the power to change your life in quite the same way as travel. Exploring the world can be a catalyst for making changes in your own life, not to mention causing dramatic and positive shifts in your perspective. Photo credit: iStock Of course, when it comes to this transformative ability, not all […]

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The land where the bison roam

Filed in National Parks, Nature, Northwest USA, The USA, Wildlife by on June 2, 2016
The land where the bison roam

Maybe it’s just me. But when I close my eyes and picture the USA, it’s images of skyscrapers and freeways that come to mind first, rather than the ‘Wild West’ and the wide open spaces where the bison roam. Perhaps it’s our increasingly urban lifestyles that draw us to the concrete jungles of Manhattan or […]

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My favourite lesser-known national parks

Filed in National Parks, The USA by on May 5, 2016
My favourite lesser-known national parks

Happy 100th birthday to the National Parks Service of the USA! It was a warm summer’s day in August 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson created the government body that oversee the country’s most spectacular natural sites, some forty-four years after Yellowstone National Park had come into being, and it’s certainly come a long way since […]

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The top 5 most iconic national parks in America

Filed in National Parks, The USA by on April 28, 2016
The top 5 most iconic national parks in America

It’s been a good 100 years for nature. The National Park Service celebrates its centenary in August, and we couldn’t be happier! Thanks to the service’s tireless work, the majesty of nature has been protected and allowed to thrive on the North American continent. More than just glorified nature reserves, many North American national parks […]

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