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WILDLIFE VIEWING

There is something in us that longs to connect in some way with the other living things we share our planet with. If you’re one of those people, then have we got the trip for you. Though they may not be as tied to wildlife as Africa in traveler’s minds, the American West, California and Alaska all offer countless opportunities to observe and learn about wildlife during your vacation.

The wildlife of the American West is deeply woven into the history and culture of the region. It’s no wonder that the bison is the National Mammal of the US – its presence in herds as far as the eye could see was at the center of life and culture for numerous Great Plains tribes and it remains an enduring symbol of the West. Its fellow inhabitants of the region – elk, moose, wolf, wild mustangs, grizzly and black bears and the Golden Eagle, the National Bird – also conjure up images and emotions of the great wild places of America. California’s abundance of wildlife includes countless marine animals, including humpback whales, sea lions and dolphins. And Alaska’s wildlife is one of its main draws. Polar bears, brown bears, black bears, caribou, moose, mountain goats, wolf, and Dall sheep rule on land, while the marine attractions extend beyond the salmon – which offer a spectacular show of course – to humpback whales, orca, beluga whales, and bowhead whales, as well as seals and sea lions.

HIGHLIGHTS

Kayaking in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary


Kayaking in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Take a private guided kayak excursion in Monterey Bay’s Elkhorn Slough. The Elkhorn Slough is abundant with life ranging from minute creatures to harbor seals, sea otters and an array of shorebirds. The Slough, protected from the large swells of the Monterey Bay, is a perfect introduction to sea kayaking and marine wildlife.

COMBINE WITH:
> Monterey
> Carmel
> San Francisco Bay Area

Private Wildlife Tour of Grand Teton National Park


Private Wildlife Tour of Grand Teton National Park

Start your private guided tour by traveling the Moose-Wilson Road to view moose, elk, beaver and black bears. Continue on to special spots where you may have the chance to view bison and antelope herds along the Gros Ventre River and Antelope Flats.

COMBINE WITH:
> Grand Teton National Park
> Yellowstone National Park
> Jackson

Alaska Bear Viewing in Chigmit Mountains


Alaska Bear Viewing in Chigmit Mountains

Following a safety orientation about bear habitat, your private naturalist guide will escort you onto a covered pontoon boat to head out for some up close bear viewing. From the safety of the boat, you’ll have the opportunity to see Black and Brown beats fishing for salmon or cavorting with their cubs.

COMBINE WITH:
> Anchorage
> Kenai Peninsula & Kenai Fjords National Park

Private Birding Tour in New Mexico


Private Birding Tour in New Mexico

Enjoy a private guided birdwatching tour on a NM ranch, widely considered one of the finest birdwatching sanctuaries in North America. With exquisite and diverse habitats, from lush riparian zones to arid, rocky slopes and cliffs, the ranch hosts a large number of species who migrate through the region, as well as many species that call the ranch home year-round. In the winter, over 20,000 sandhill cranes hang out there, along with tens of thousands of snow geese.

COMBINE WITH:
> Mesa Verde National Park & Durango
> White Sands National Monument
> Big Bend National Park

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