Journey to the Great Outdoors

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Nothing rejuvenates the body, mind and an adventurous spirit quite like a trip to the great outdoors. From glaciers to mountain ranges and spectacular national parks, the world’s most magnificent natural wonders are waiting to be discovered.

But where to begin? Let these guided travel tours lead the way!

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Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park

If glaciers are your thing, the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park tour is for you. This seven-night tour includes visits to Calgary, Banff, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Waterton Lakes National Park, Glacier National Park and more. Ride in an open-air Jammer down Going-to-the-Sun Road, which leads across the Continental Divide and offers breathtaking views of Glacier National Park. At the Columbia Icefield Skywalk, you can brave a walk across a glass bridge to see the Sunwapta Valley below. Or you can take a ride across the huge Athabasca Glacier.

National Parks of America

America is rich with beautiful natural landscapes that we can explore in our own backyard. The National Parks of America tour will take you out west to see five of our most majestic national parks. Travelers will get breathtaking sights of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion and more. You can see Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse monument, before learning more about the historical context of these sites from a Lakota guide. This 12-night tour is best for travelers looking for a moderate level of activity and a maximum level of natural beauty.

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Caribou bull in Denali National Park in late Fall.

Alaska: America’s Last Frontier

The remote grandeur of our biggest state awaits on the Alaska: America’s Last Frontier tour. On this eight-night trip, travelers can learn the art of gold panning, get up close and personal with dog sled riding, embark on a glacier cruise, ride in a domed railcar and more. The highlight of the trip is the full-day tundra wilderness tour through the majestic Denali National Park. As you travel through Alaska, you’ll meet the locals and get an insight into their way of life and indigenous culture. Not enough Alaska for you? You can opt into a “flightseeing” tour to get a bird’s-eye view of Denali National Park. You’ll even land on a glacier.

Peaks of Europe: The Alps to the Dolomites

North America isn’t the only place with picturesque mountains! Head abroad for the 12-night Peaks of Europe: The Alps to the Dolomites tour, which winds through France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and Italy. This storybook tour includes visits to Mont Blanc, the Bernese Oberland, the Lauterbrunnen Valley and the frosty Jungfraujoch, also known as the “Top of Europe.” You’ll also journey into the Dolomites to visit ski towns, vineyards and lush landscapes. This tour is best for travelers who are ready to be active on their adventure. It’s also a small group tour, which makes for a more intimate and personalized experience.

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Photographing the Aurora Borealis in Iceland.

The Northern Lights of Finland

Travel under the magical glow of the aurora on the seven-night Northern Lights of Finland tour, which features the best of everything Finland has to offer. You can tour Helsinki, adventure through Lapland, sleep in a glass igloo, go on a reindeer safari and even lead a dog sled team. Learn about the culture of the indigenous Sami people while taking in the natural beauty of snowy white grounds and night skies filled with the northern lights. Plus, don’t forget to hit the sauna before you head home. This small group tour is best for travelers who are open to being active and getting a little chilly.

Exploring New Zealand’s Wonders

The rolling hills and lush landscapes of New Zealand will make you feel like you’ve walked straight into a fantasy novel. The epic, 18-night Exploring New Zealand’s Wonders tour features geothermal springs, grand fjords, ice fields, giant kauri trees and more. Travelers will see Auckland, the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Mount Cook, Dunedin and Queenstown. It’s an immensely thorough tour that completely immerses travelers in the country – you can even learn about Maori culture over an authentic Hangi dinner. At the end of the tour, your small group will feel almost like a fellowship.

Are you looking for a chance to explore the great outdoors? Contact your AAA travel advisor and plan your next getaway today!

What’s the best experience you’ve had when traveling out in nature? Tell us your story in the comments below.

Featured image: Peyto Lake, Banff National Park


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