Signature Experiences: Truly memorable insights of North America
In a land so full of highlights, you’re going to be seeking the very best experiences. On Insight Vacations' tours of the USA and Canada there are discoveries to be made that will stay with you forever...here are our top 10.
Stories of the Sioux
The gold-rush town of Deadwood, South Dakota was infamous in the old west for its lawless ways and known for its outlaw residents like Calamity Jane. A local expert will amaze with tales or the town’s violent origins before you will get a unique chance to meet a member of the Lakota tribe and talk of the Native American’s turbulent history and the wild frontier times of the USA.
The Amish communities of Pennsylvania are a fascinating and important part of American culture, living as they did when they arrived in the US in the 18th Century. Visit Lancaster County and step back in time as you tour the rural areas and learn about the simple and agricultural lifestyle of the Amish.
Wallace, Idaho is a historic town, one of the most famous mining areas of the Silver Valley region of America. Upon arriving here, you will meet an experienced miner who will not only educate on the process and history of his industry but will also bring you on a fascinating, personal tour of the main drift of the Sierra silver mine.
A Royal Tour
The Hawaiian Islands have a rich cultural heritage dating back centuries so educating visitors of this history is of great importance to the Hawaiian people. During your tour of ‘The Big Island’, you will benefit from meeting Sunshine Chip, a local historian who will tell stories of her proud people whilst guiding you through Hulihe’e Palace.
A Historic Drive
Glacier National Park is a stunning area in the Rocky Mountains and a favourite for many self-drive itineraries. But why navigate these mountain roads yourself when you can be driven in classic bus built especially for this purpose. Board a Redjammer and learn about the incredible scenery from your expert driver-guide.
Law of the Land
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, famously known as the Mounties, have become of symbol of Canadian culture around the world. On your visit to capital city Ottawa, you will be lucky enough to meet and talk with a retired Mountie and hear about his adventures during his time in the police force that “always gets his man”.
Way out west
The backdrop of Monument Valley is one of the most famous, most filmed, locations in the world and area extremely important to the Native American people. Your guide, themselves a member of the Navajo tribe, will take you on an exciting all-terrain vehicle tour though this dusty land that may seem familiar to any western fans.
Off to the races
The largest city of ‘bluegrass state’ Kentucky is Louisville, home to America’s most famous race, the Kentucky Derby. After a guided tour of the race grounds and thoroughbred farm, you will meet Charles Woods Jnr, a spirited ex-jockey who before regaling unbelievable stories of his time racing, will take you on a special ‘inside the vault’ tour of the Derby museum.
Tales of the sea
The UNESCO Heritage site of Lunenburg is one of the best surviving examples of original British settlements in Canada and here you will have the unique opportunity to meet a retired local fisherman. The fishing industry is the most important part of this community so hear how the lifestyle has changed over the years and enjoy perhaps a few tall tales.
Home of the King
Memphis, Tennessee is hallowed ground to many music lovers and known as the birthplace of rock and roll. Nowhere is this more evident than Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. Here, a very special treat awaits you as, before dining at the mansion, you will spend the evening talking with close friend of Elvis’, George Klein.