• Sunrise at the Grand Canyon

    9 Must-Do Experiences in Bryce, Grand Canyon, & Zion

    Three of America’s most spectacular—and coolest—national parks without a single are-we-there-yet moment? You can do it on a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank"><u>Family </u></a>or <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon/" target="_blank">Multisport</a></u> trip to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce, Grand Canyon &amp; Zion</a>. We take care of all of the logistics. Mountain bikes? Check. Mule rides into Bryce Canyon? Check. Timing visits perfectly to canyon rims for sunset, hiking through waterfalls, and great inns with swimming pools? Absolutely! So without further ado, here are 9 of the best experiences in Bryce, Grand Canyon &amp; Zion - all of which will echo in your memory for years to come.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">#1 Sunset at the Grand Canyon (North Rim)</a></b><br>A short walk to a vista point overlooking <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Roaring Springs, Bright Angel Canyon and the South Rim</a> at sunset is epic! Not only are the colors majestic, but you&#39;ll also have the chance to do some awesome birding. Swifts and swallows can often be seen along cliff faces, and, with luck, you may even see a bald eagle. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BwT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">#2 </a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Sunrise at the Grand Canyon</a></b><br>A memorable sunrise walk along the rim of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Grand Canyon</a> allows early risers to enjoy the vibrant colors that reflect off the canyon walls. Our personal favorite trail is the Transept Trail, which follows the canyon&#39;s rim through quaking aspens and ponderosa pines.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BwY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#3 </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Mule Ride into Bryce Canyon</a></b><br>Experience <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce Canyon on mule back</a> along a trail that offers a spectacular viewpoint, where it&#39;s possible to see over 120 miles! On <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys&#39; Bryce adventure</a>, you&#39;ll have many photo opportunities at several vistas, including a favorite natural bridge, which isn&#39;t a bridge at all, but rather a picturesque red rock arch.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Boy" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#4 </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce Amphitheater at Sunrise</a></b><br>Take a sunrise walk along a portion of the Rim Trail overlooking the<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"> Bryce Amphitheater</a>. Bask in the views of the cliff walls and rock formations as they come to life with vibrant gold colors while the sun rises in the distance. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Bp3" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#5 </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park</a></b><br>Stroll through Arizona&#39;s Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park to see stunning, coral-colored dune fields surrounded by red sandstone cliffs and juniper forests. After the walk, if you&#39;re feeling adventurous, you must take advantage of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank">sand surfing down the dunes</a>! <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Boo" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#6 </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Riverside Walk Past Gardens of Wildflowers</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Zion National Park </a>is characterized by a range of colorful canyons, sandstone cliffs, rocky deserts, and cool forested plateaus. Take a stroll along the river, where you&#39;ll enjoy beautiful hanging gardens of wildflowers in the spring and summer, and vibrant foliage in the fall months.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BpX" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#7 </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Explore Zion&#39;s Emerald Pools</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Emerald Pools is a Zion classic</a>: an oasis in the middle of the desert. The walk is a collection of short trails that meander past a small, lushly-vegetated stream that rolls down from the cliffs and forms several breathtaking pools.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BpD" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank"><b>#8 </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank">Bike Through Zion</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Zion National Park</a> is characterized by a range of colorful canyons, sandstone cliffs, rocky deserts and cool forested plateaus. Take a bike ride in the park, which is one of the most bikefriendly national parks in the country. Explore the Par’us Trail, which comes from the Paiute word meaning “bubbling, tumbling water.” This relaxing path winds along the<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"> Virgin River</a> and is ideal for an easy-going ride on flat terrain.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Bot" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank"><b>#9 </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank">Tube Down the Virgin River</a></b><br>Partake in a tubing adventure down <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank">Zion&#39;s Virgin River</a>! Fun, and highly scenic, tubing is a tremendously popular way to see Zion.<br><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SIY&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Bwi" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> 

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    North America: 8 Trips with a Twist

    <h2><b>Closer-to-home trips can be more out-there than you expected.</b></h2>   <p>You expect the exotic in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/asiapacific/" target="_blank">Southeast Asia</a>. But you don’t need to trigger a case of jet lag to have vacation that’s as fun and revelatory as a junket to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/myanmar/" target="_blank">Myanmar</a>. The United States and Canada can serve up plenty of un-vanilla experiences. This year in particular—as the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/national-park-tours/" target="_blank">National Park Service celebrates its 100<sup>th</sup>Anniversary</a> and travelers look to get their thrills in a few fewer days—<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/northamerica/" target="_blank">North American Tours</a> are on a record number of radar screens. And if you think you know everything to expect, think again!<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">GRAND CANYON: RUINS OLDER THAN MACHU PICCHU</a></b></p> <p><img alt="Grand Canyon" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oSz" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Plenty of people go to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce, Grand Canyon and Zion</a> for the geology. Slot canyons so narrow you can touch both sides at once. Chasms so deep that you need binoculars to see the bottom. And then there’s Walhalla Plateau where the ruins left by ancient puebloan people were already 350 years old the Incas were building cities in the Andes. This is our own land’s history, awesome and mysterious unlike anything you’ve ever seen without showing your passport.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska-tours/" target="_blank">ALASKA: ICEBERGS IN A MOUNTAINTOP LAKE</a></b><br> </p> <img alt="Alaska" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oTT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>  <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska-tours/" target="_blank">Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula</a> is plenty exotic (glacier walks, tide-pooling, walking on the Iditarod Trail). But for a pure I-can’t-believe-what-I’m-seeing moment, we vote for the watch icebergs bob on a glacier-fed lake way above sea level. Marooned up there at higher altitude, they’ll never collide with one of those giant cruise ships that blast past the coast. It’s a magical, unexpected place—and one you can enjoy at leisure with a picnic on the lakeshore.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank">QUEBEC: PARIS MEETS NORWAY</a></b><br><br><img alt="Quebec" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oTd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>You think <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank">Québec</a> is going to be one thing, and instead it’s crazy/glorious mash-up. The city is 16<sup>th</sup> Century France, right down to the<br>cobblestones. It’s Saguenay Fjord. (Wait—an honest-to-goodness fjord on the U.S. border? Oh, yes.) Mix in the highest mountains east of the Rockies plus the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil and an elk herd or two. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank">Québec</a> is a combination you’ve never seen before, and that’s a recipe for a brag-worthy vacation.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/charleston/" target="_blank">SOUTH CAROLINA: GEECHEE SPOKEN HERE</a></b></p> <img alt="Charleston Bay" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oTi" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>  <p>Strolling under the Spanish moss in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/charleston/" target="_blank">Charleston and Savannah</a>, the architectural frills and extreme gentility are just as you imagined. But there’s a parallel culture, deep but dwindling, out on coastal islands like St. Helena. The Gullah, descendants of slaves, clustered there and 300-year-old ethnic strains of Africa still run through daily life and the local creole language known as Geechee. In a country that feels more homogenous every day, it’s a revelation to step back to a time when every community was an intensely rooted in faraway places.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada-tours/" target="_blank">CANADIAN ROCKIES: THE STARRIEST SKY ON EARTH</a></b></p> <p><img alt="Canadian Rockies" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oTO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Daytime is very fine in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada-tours/" target="_blank">Canada’s Banff and Jasper National Parks</a>. But it’s the night that will really open your eyes. Jasper is in the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve. Light pollution is nearly non-existent. So find a spot where you can stretch out on your<br>back and just look up. The Milky Way is milky white. The constellations are vivid. Focus for a couple of minutes and you can make out satellites moving across the glittery background. Finally, it makes sense why the ancients who saw this display every night worshiped the skies.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/novascotia/" target="_blank"><b>NOVA SCOTIA: MAKE LIKE THE MI’KMAQS</b></a><br> </p> <img alt="Nova Scotia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oTn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>  <p>Lobstermen and giant tides and being ogled by a whale. All are noble reasons to get yourself off to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/novascotia/" target="_blank">Nova Scotia</a>. Within in a mile or so either side of the Atlantic shore, you can have an amazing time. The Mi’kmaq natives, though, had other ideas that will surprise you. Nova Scotia has an inland too where whisper-quiet forests and mirror-smooth lakes replace the coastal roar. In a canoe, gliding under a wide sky, you see a side of the province that most tourists never even imagine.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/napa/" target="_blank">SONOMA: NOT ALL OLIVES ARE CREATED EQUAL</a></b></p> <img alt="Napa" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oTs" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img> <p><br>In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/napa/" target="_blank">Napa and Sonoma</a>, as in just about every grape-growing region on earth, the soil and climate the vines love is equally hospitable to olive trees. Gnarled, silver-leafed, low-to-the-ground, the yield fruit too hard and bitter for a martini—but just right for oil. Go tasting with an expert and you find that the vocabulary is match for wine: eucalyptus, melon, almond, grassy, buttery, peppery and on and on. You sniff, you slurp, you savor and—unlike a classic wine taster—you’re even encouraged to swallow. <br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/montana-tours/" target="_blank">MONTANA: FLOWERS THAT PAINTED THE SKY</a></b></p> <img alt="Montana" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oTx" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>  <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/montana-tours/" target="_blank">Glacier Park’s</a> amazing Highline Trail runs through a wildflower meadow. Amid the larkspur and forget-me-nots, our favorite is the Indian Paintbrush. In-and-out park visitors are prone to taking pictures of “the pretty red flowers.” With a naturalist, though, you learn that the Ojibwe turned it into shampoo and that because it has no branches it can only be pollinated by hovering insects. Its name comes from the legend of a young brave who received paintbrushes from the Great Spirit in order to paint the sunset. His discarded brushes sprouted to become these blossoms. And you thought they were just pretty flowers.</p>

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    6 Ideas for One-Week Easy GetAways

    <h2>FORGET JET LAG AND TREAT YOURSELF TO AN EXCITING AND VERY MANAGEABLE GETAWAY IN THE U.S. OR CANADA.</h2>   <p>It’s surprisingly easy to fit a fantastic North American vacation into 6 days and 5 nights. Our “one easy week” trips start on Sunday and end the next Friday. In one calendar week, you get the handcrafted Classic Journeys experience—local guides, amazingly scenic walks, and immersion in the region’s culture and history. Though you’re only a time zone or two away from home, you’ll be amazed at how far away you’ll feel.</p> <h4><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska/" target="_blank" title="Alaska travel adventures"><b>ALASKA’S KENAI PENINSULA</b></a></h4> <p><b>The secret to exploring Alaska’s best<br><br><img alt="Alaska Exit Glacier" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mV&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rva" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br><br>“Alaska in a week?” You say. “Too huge to handle.” Oh, no, it’s not! Check a map for the Kenai Peninsula. (It’s the fat protuberance with the serrated bottom edge, just below Anchorage.) As small as it may look, the peninsula is nearly twice the size of New Jersey—and it’s a stunning microcosm of the 49th state’s legendary natural beauty.<br> </p> <p>Right there on the southern shore, you’ll go walking on Exit Glacier. You’ll cruise spectacular Kenai Fjord. There’s a National Wildlife Refuge where you may spot moose, bear, caribou, and Dall sheep. The peninsula is also the site of Alaska’s richest gold mine, the Iditarod Trail (perfect for a walk), plus salmon fisheries, puffin colonies and Resurrection Bay with its humpback whales and orcas. Wild and empty as it looks from many angles, Kenai is also home to native Aleuts, fishermen, artists, miners and naturalists, and you’ll cross all of their paths.</p> <p>It all requires a fair bit of logistical support—plans for a salmon bake, rafts if you’d like to take on the Kenai River, tram tickets for the ride up Mt. Alyeska, specialized glacier guides, and the like. But Classic Journeys handles it all so the whole week of adventure runs like clockwork.</p> <p><b>START YOUR ADVENTURE</b> at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska/" target="_blank" title="Alaska adventure">ClassicJourneys.com/alaska</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaskafamily/" target="_blank" title="Alaska family travel adventure">ClassicJourneys.com/alaskafamily</a>.</p> <h4><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon/" target="_blank" title="Bryce, Zion &amp; Grand Canyon tour">BRYCE, GRAND CANYON &amp; ZION</a></b></h4> <img alt="Bryce Canyon National Park" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mV&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rvf" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>  <p><b>Three fantastic parks in one easy trip</b></p> <p>For most visitors to these three national parks, gee-whiz geology is the whole story. After all, the Grand Canyon is so nearly bottomless that you can barely see the silver thread of Colorado River down below. Amid the spiky crenellations of Bryce’s hoodoos you feel like you’ve landed on some sci-fi planet. In Zion, a silky smooth slot canyon is only a couple of armspans wide—and a dizzying 2,000 feet to the top.</p> <p>But faster than you can say “inconceivable eons of spectacular erosion,” our brains shift to: How and why did it happen? How must the first humans have reacted? What is it like to live with these wild, 50-shades-of-red rockscapes out your back door? There’s a flesh-and-blood story in this world of stone. The treat of this trip is how deep your local guides go into the region’s culture from mysterious Ancient Puebloans to cowboy musicians to tubing on the Virgin River. You take your time to explore on fantastic walks (vs. an average visitor who spends less than half a day at any one park, according to one researcher). You step away from the crowds with experiences that include a chance to search for pottery shards at a protected archeological site on private property.</p> <p>It’s sort of staggering to realize that these remarkable places are no more than a few hours by air from wherever you live in the continental United States.</p> <p><b>RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW</b> at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon/" target="_blank" title="Grand Canyon adventure">ClassicJourneys.com/grandcanyon/</a> or  <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank" title="Grand Canyon adventure">ClassicJourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily</a>.</p> <h4><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/glaciernationalpark/" target="_blank" title="Glacier National Park">MONTANA’S GLACIER PARK</a></b></h4> <img alt="Montana" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mV&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rvz" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>  <p><b>America’s Switzerland in Big Sky Country</b></p> <p>Back in the 1910s, the Great Northern Railway nicknamed Glacier National Park “America’s Switzerland”. Why cross the Atlantic, their argument went, when you can ride our rails to a spanking new park at least as beautiful as the Alps? It’s still a convincing travel idea, especially since you can get to and from Glacier even more quickly, no Pullman reservation required.</p> <p>These days, one easy week is plenty of time to hunt deep-sea fossils high up in the Rockies, train your eye to spot mountain goats and elk, and walk wildflower meadows with a glacier-cooled breeze at your back. Add in a picnic by Avalanche Lake here, a lake steamer ride there, a walk to Twin Falls later, and you have an all-American week you’ll never forget.</p> <p>In fact, Glacier is a great experience in western America’s history and culture. You’ll stay in some of the very timbered lodges the railroad built a century ago to lure travelers. You’ll meet a singer, songwriter and storyteller of the Blackfeet tribe. You’ll take a horseback tour of our friends Don and Nancy’s working ranch, and end the day with a campfire dinner cooked by their ranch hands.</p> <p>Match that, Matterhorn!</p> <p><b>LAUNCH YOUR EXPEDITION</b> at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/glaciernationalpark/" target="_blank" title="Glacier National Park adventure">ClassicJourneys.com/montana</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/glaciernationalparkfamily/" target="_blank" title="Glacier National Park family adventure">ClassicJourneys.com/montanafamily</a>.</p> <h4><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/novascotia/" target="_blank" title="Nova Scotia vacation">NOVA SCOTIA</a></b></h4> <img alt="Nova Scotia fisherman" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mV&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rw4" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Explore a land shaped by sea</b> <p><br>At a latitude of 44˚ 39 ̍ N, Nova Scotia perches almost exactly halfway between the equator and the North Pole. Useless bit of trivia? Maybe. But it also symbolizes some broader truths about this intriguing Canadian province.</p> <p>Take its climate, for instance: Nova Scotia is essentially a gorgeous sliver of land surrounded by the Atlantic, which mellows its temperatures to a range ideal for outdoor excursions. We’ll take plenty of these, whether it’s a stroll through historic Port-Royal (founded two years before the Virginia’s Jamestown settlement) or woodland hikes in lush Kejimkujik National Park. The ocean’s calming influence extends to the Nova Scotian people, among the friendliest anywhere. You’ll meet plenty of them, including local craftsmen and a top-rated chef who teaches you how to cook lobsters.</p> <p>Nova Scotia’s tendencies toward moderation don’t mean you’ll forgo the dramatic, however—rather you’ll find each extreme tempered by the other. The Bay of Fundy—home to the planet’s biggest tidal shift (up to a four-story difference) and 15 species of whales—gives way to the agrarian Annapolis Valley with its peaceful vineyards and 1,000-plus apple orchards. A flood of cultures and histories intersect in Nova Scotia as well, which for you means diverse experiences—perhaps boarding a classic sailing ship one day and touching 5,000-year-old petroglyphs the next. This blend of cultural treasures and natural riches make this vacation a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure—and one of our family’s all-time favorite tours.</p> <p><b>FIND YOUR IDEAL TOUR DATE</b> at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/novascotia/" target="_blank" title="Nova Scotia vacation">Classicjourneys.com/novascotia</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/novascotiafamily/" target="_blank" title="Nova Scotia family vacation">Classicjourneys.com/novascotiafamily</a>.</p> <h4><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canadianrockies/" target="_blank" title="Canadian Rockies adventure">CANADIAN ROCKIES</a></b></h4> <img alt="Canadian Rockies" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mV&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rw9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>  <p><b>Discover beauty above ground and below</b></p> <p>You expect to see jagged, sky-piercing peaks and enchantingly blue glacial lakes while vacationing in the Canadian Rockies. And you won’t be disappointed. But you might be surprised to learn that what first attracted droves of visitors to this area isn’t above ground at all, but the sulfur hot springs that bubbled up from below it—discovered by three railway workers in 1883.</p> <p>Our tour kicks off at the site of this discovery, with a descent into the cave that houses the thermal waters. From there, the journey continues to the iconic Lake Louise, where the first non-native to set eyes on it had a common reaction to this uncommon backdrop: “I never, in all my explorations…saw such a matchless scene…. I felt puny in body, but glorified in spirit and soul.”</p> <p>That sentiment tarries as you trek through Yoho (a Cree word meaning “wow”) and Jasper national parks, likely catching sight of moose, bear and bighorn sheep along the way. It settles deeper as you dine on delectable local specialties in vintage railway cars or, with the Family Journey, raft down the Athabasca River. And it takes root as you cruise on super-scenic Maligne Lake and trek with a knowledgeable local guide across the sprawling Athabasca Glacier, which scientists speculate could disappear within just a generation or two. Here, you’re bound to reflect on the extremes that bookend this tour—the broiling springs on one end, frozen expanses on the other—and conclude you have a novel’s worth of memories.</p> <p><b>GET STARTED</b> at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canadianrockies/" target="_blank" title="Canadian Rockies adventure">Classicjourneys.com/canadianrockies</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canadianrockiesfamily/" target="_blank" title="Canadian Rockies family adventure">Classicjourneys.com/canadianrockiesfamily</a>.</p> <h4><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank" title="Quebec vacation"><b>QUÉBEC and CHARLEVOIX</b></a></h4> <img alt="Montmorency Falls" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mV&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rwE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>  <p><b>Experience European culture close to home</b></p> <p>In some places, history fades silently into the past, kept alive only in isolated museums or dwindling memories. In others, it stays present, carried along from one generation to the next, infusing the culture and molding its course. After mere moments in Québec City, it’s clear that history is alive here. Founded by French explorers more than 400 years ago, this riverside burg is North America’s only walled city. Perhaps the walls help contain the enticing French and British cultural tones that have flourished through the centuries, making it one of the only places on the continent where you could be fooled into thinking you’d crossed the pond.</p> <p>Our tour starts upon cobblestone streets, in cafés and among centuries-old buildings that make it obvious why UNESCO recognizes it as a World Heritage City. In fact, its historical and cultural charms are so engrossing that some travelers miss the area’s natural attractions: 274-foot Montmorency Falls (one-and-a-half times higher than Niagara), an enormous crater that houses seaside villages (including one that birthed Cirque de Soleil), a national park featuring the highest mountains east of the Rockies, and Tadoussac—one of the globe’s best whale-watching destinations.</p> <p>Many of these sites are in the Charlevoix region, which starts just a bit northeast of Québec City. Here, we drift seamlessly from countryside walks along meandering rivers to a visit with our cheesemaker friends at a local farm (where you can, of course, sample their creations) and then on to tours of art galleries or historic homes. This blend of natural and refined, of past and present, can shift your perspective in a welcome way that lingers long after the journey has come to an end.</p> <p><b>BOOK YOUR TOUR TODAY</b> at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank" title="Quebec vacation">ClassicJourneys.com/quebec</a>.</p>

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