July 2020 – RIC


Wagon Wheels and State Park Trailsmerchants-millpond-state
North Carolina State Parks
Friday – July 10, 2020

It’s always good for the soul to get out into nature and explore our nation’s state parks. Travel south and discover two of North Carolina’s State Parks. At Merchant Millpond State Park, find massive bald cypress trees, beech groves, Spanish moss and exotic wildlife. Enjoy a Ranger Lecture in the Visitor Center followed by a short walk along the Cypress Point Trail for a scenic view of the pond.

Spend the afternoon at Dismal Swamp State Park for a ranger led Wagon Ride into the park. Learn some intriguing Swamp history along the way and take in the flora and fauna that make this a unique and remarkable place to visit. After the wagon trip, there will be time to explore the Visitor Center and see a short film about the park and Dismal Swamp Canal. We can’t visit North Carolina without getting a taste of what they are known for – their Barbeque!

We have a delicious lunch planned in Tarheel, NC.  The town might be small, but they are big on pride when it comes to this North Carolina staple!

$125    HI: 8:30am / 7:00pm     CH: 9:00am / 6:30pm


Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Parkrockies
 July 11, 2020
13 Days

Lush forest, mighty rivers, and immense glaciers welcome visitors to the Canadian Rocky Mountains.   Your flight to Calgary begins an unforgettable tour offering majestic beauty in every direction!  Your tour begins with a two-night stay in Calgary. Highlights here include lunch at the Prince of Wales Hotel in an alpine chalet atmosphere.

Enjoy a relaxing cruise on Upper Waterton Lake in Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park.  Spend two nights in the historic Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier and travel the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road in an iconic 1930’s Red Jammer Touring Car.  Many consider this the most beautiful highway in the world!

Travel north for a two-night stay in the town of Banff inside Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park.  Take a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a breathtaking view of the Banff Village Valley and surrounding mountains.

Visit Chateau Lake Louise located on the vibrant blue glacier-fed waters of Lake Louise.  Next, trade in your motorcoach, for a “sno-coach” and venture onto North America’s largest glacier, the Columbian Icefield’s Athabasca Glacier.  Walk on the incredible Glacier Skywalk, a glass-floored observation platform perched 918 feet above spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls.

Travel further north to the town of Jasper and Jasper National Park, the Canadian Rockies largest park.  Enjoy a narrated cruise on Maligne Lake with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies. Travel back to Calgary along one of the world’s most beautiful mountain highways, the Icefields Parkway.  Unsurpassed scenery paralleling the Great Divide in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, the Columbia Icefields, Bow and Crowfoot Glaciers, Athabasca Falls and Peyto Lake, come into view.

Be sure to bring extra “film” for this tour. You are sure to fill an album or two of photos and memories.Sign up today!  

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National Parks of the Southwest petrified-forest-55503_1280Featuring Six National Parks and Albuquerque
July 18, 2020
13 Days

This holiday is the perfect blend of the beauty of the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque and the amazing National Parks in the Southwest. Explore six National Parks on this incredible journey, enjoy a float trip on the Colorado River, take a scenic cruise on Lake
Powell and so much more!

Start your journey by visiting Dead Horse Point State Park.  Spend 2 nights in Moab at the heart of Utah’s canyon country. Tour Arches National Park with a local guide and embark on a scenic float trip with a picnic lunch along the Colorado River. Travel through Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument and visit Capitol Reef National Park

Continue your journey by touring in Bryce Canyon National Park, then embark on a narrated tour of Zion National Park.  Enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Powell then explore Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim.

Enter Arizona and drive through the Petrified Forest National Park and see the
Painted Desert on you way to Albuquerque, NM to enjoy the Balloon Fiesta including the evening Balloon Glow and spectacular fireworks display. Marvel at the “Mass Ascension” of the balloons above Albuquerque in a spectacular display of sight and sound after which is a visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and ride the Sandia
Peak Aerial Tramway in the Cibola National Forest.  Sign up today!


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