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NorthAmerica Explore the Great Outdoors Via Rail Travel Michelle Marie Arean Whether it's kayaking with Beluga whales or glacier hiking in Alaska, rail journeys in the U.S. and Canada get travelers into the heart of outdoor exploration. Cross Country to the National Parks What better time to visit the United States' national parks by rail, if not during the National Park Service's Centennial celebration. Amtrak Vacations' 11-day Yellowstone to Yosemite by Rail itinerary takes guests from the east to the west of the U.S. with various scenic stops along the way: in Chicago for a hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour; in Yellowstone National Park for a lower loop bus tour; in Salt Lake City for a narrated tour of its sights and history; and in San Francisco for a day tour of Yosemite National Park, where visitors have over two hours to hike, or shop in Yosemite Village. The package, starting at $2,099 pp, includes a 1-way Amtrak ride from Chicago to Salt Lake City, and Salt Lake City to San Francisco on the California Zephyr in Coach accommodations, plus a roundtrip shuttle transfer from Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone, hotel accommodations for eight nights and two nights on board Amtrak, as well as one dinner in Chicago. 26 july 2016 Canadian Discoveries VIA Rail's Winnipeg-Churchill itinerary takes clients on an Arctic adventure that has them getting up-close to polar bears-from the safety of Tundra buggies, of course-and taking in the Northern Lights swaying across the Arctic skies. Those traveling in the summertime can also check off kayaking with Beluga whales under the midnight sun. Call for rates. Rocky Mountaineer's Golden Circle via Whistler itinerary takes travelers on a 10-day journey that includes five days aboard Rocky Mountaineer's GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf service with stops in Vancouver, Whistler and Jasper. During this journey, guests have the opportunity to participate in various adventurous excursions (for those not included in the Rocky Mountaineer rate, the company does work with agents to coordinate activities). For instance, while in Vancouver guests can go springtime skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, take a sea-to-sky adventure to Horseshoe Bay, go on a Zodiac tour via Sewell's Marina through Howe Sound, or take a sea-to-sky gondola ride. In Jasper, travelers can take a hike up to the Jasper Sky Tram, and at Icefields Parkway they can enjoy the Glacier Ice Explorer, a helicopter tour over the Rockies, or take a drive from Icefields Parkway to Banff. Winter activities in Banff and Lake Louise include a canyon ice walk, ice fishing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and springtime skiing. Rates start at $4,550 pp and include 10-night hotel accommodations, a Jasper Highlights Tour, Icefields Parkway Tour, Yoho Park Tour, a National Park Pass, rail station transfers, and luggage handling. Alaskan Adventures Alaska Railroad, meanwhile, affords travelers the opportunity to get up-close to majestic glaciers on the Glacier Hike on Spencer Glacier itinerary available now through Sept. 19, 2016. This tour takes guests on an adventure-filled journey that includes a train ride, a kayak ride, and a hike on a glacier, all in a day's work. The 12.5-hour day starts off aboard the Glacier Discovery Train, which will take guests to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop-an area only accessible by train. While there, guests depart to Spencer Lake for a view of Spencer Glacier. Then they're off to paddle among the blue icebergs as they cross the lake by kayak, and then gear up to hike the far side of the glacier where they'll find ice caves and

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend July 2016

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: Escape the Ordinary
Tour Talk: Rail Travel in Europe
Expedition Cruising: Adventure of a Lifetime
Onboard Review: Holland America’s MS Koningsdam
Do Like the Locals in Latin America
Only on These Islands
Travel Advisor Corner: Dining Out on International
Onsite Review: Barbados
Explore Israel Off the Well-Trodden Road
Onsite Review: South Africa: From Beach to Bush
Explore the Great Outdoors via Rail Travel
Onsite Review: Club Med Sandpiper Bay
Singular Experiences
Onsite Review: At Home in Thuringia, Germany
Journeys Beyond the Ordinary
Come Aboard: India Rail Travel

Recommend July 2016