Ahhh, Vegas. The only city in the world where you’ll find the Eiffel Tower across the road from the Statue of Liberty, where you’ll see Captain America strolling down the Strip with Chewbacca and Optimus Prime and be offered discount passes to machine gun shooting ranges by middle-aged women wearing horribly offensive t-shirts.
When you’ve traveled in a region before, know something of its language and think nothing of toting a guidebook, it can be tempting to think there’s little to be gained from organised group travel.
Make no mistake, lunchtime is a battlefield. For every glorious taco or triumphant baguette, a hundred bowls of ramen are left unslurped, a thousand sushi rolls sit unmunched and one greasy box of fish and chips goes unregretted.
Callum Snape is an adventure travel and freelance photographer from Banff, Alberta. At least, that’s what his website says. We reckon he could well be a secret agent, who’s sole mission is to bring as much of Alberta’s beauty into the world as possible. And if that is the case, Agent Snape, mission complete.
I’ll be honest, when I first heard of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump I thought it was a joke. I mean who would call a place that, honestly?
If someone gave you paper and pencil and asked you to list the 50 US states, we’re guessing Utah wouldn’t leap to mind first.
It doesn’t make much sense. You head into the Great Outdoors to get away from people and soak up a little quiet time, but then you follow the crowds of holiday makers to the same old destinations. Nothing against Yosemite, Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon (we’re big fans, honest), but if you want your nature with a slice of solitude, maybe it’s time to try something a little different.
Most people make a beeline for one of two places when they touch down in the States. If they’re on the East Coast, it’s New York. On the West, they’ll land in LA and head straight for the bright lights of Vegas like moths to a flashing neon flame. And hey, we’re not judging. If you want ridiculously tasty Reubens, Tom Jones in white pants or a replica Eiffel Tower, you ain’t going to get them anywhere else.