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Sophie trying the Ziptrek Ecotour in Whistler, British Columbia

Sophie, USA Specialist

I grew up with a love of travel, always looking for new places to explore and interesting activities to do while there. I was lucky to travel to many parts of the world, however, I always had a fascination with North America.

After graduating from Bristol University, I was able to embark on the trip of a lifetime — three months camping around the US and Canada. Taking things back to basics, I fell completely in love with the natural beauty and diversity of the US in particular and the extensive array of landscapes I could traverse.

I have returned to the US many times since, embarking on road trips, visiting spectacular national parks and most recently, following the beautiful Californian coastline and enjoying the stunning, undisturbed beauty of the US Rockies and magnificent Yellowstone National Park. My favourite moments from recent trips include an early morning hike along the Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park, and enjoying the most tranquil and scenic sunset float trip along the Snake River, near Jackson, Wyoming.

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Bison in Grand Teton National Park

I recommend visiting - Jackson - Grand Teton National Park

It’s hard not to love the truly magical scenery of Grand Teton National Park, with its abundance of wildlife, tranquil atmosphere and of course, the stunning Teton Mountain Range. The mountain silhouettes are visible throughout the Jackson Hole Valley, whether you’re exploring the picturesque town, floating down the Snake River, or enjoying the wildlife at the National Elk Refuge. It’s the outdoor lover’s paradise, whether you enjoy a gentle hike, wildlife viewing, or full-on adventure, there’s something for everyone. For me, the peaceful beauty and friendly nature of the area makes it a must-visit.

Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa, Jackson - Grand Teton National Park

I recommend staying at - Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa

First Class

In the heart of the charming town of Jackson, the Rusty Parrot is the perfect retreat after a day exploring the beautiful Grand Teton National Park. A cosy and charming lodge with many luxurious touches, including delicious homemade cookies, the Rusty Parrot is the perfect home-from-home for guests to relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Jackson Hole Valley. The lodge’s combination of character, charm and exemplary service makes it one of my top accommodation choices in the US.

I'll never forget when…

On a recent whale watching trip in Monterey, all I wanted was to catch sight of a humpback whale as I’d never seen them before. It was so grey and cloudy that the sea almost blended into the sky and suddenly, several of these magnificent whales broke the surface, crashing back into the ocean before diving and surfacing again. They were feeding, and continued for the next forty minutes at least as we all watched spellbound; it was by far the best wildlife experience I’ve ever had, and one I would love to experience again.

Photos of Sophie

  • Sophie in Badlands National Park, South Dakota Sophie in Badlands National Park, South Dakota
  • Sophie at Beartooth Pass, Montana Sophie at Beartooth Pass, Montana
  • Sophie in Bute Inlet, British Columbia Sophie in Bute Inlet, British Columbia
  • Sophie at the Golden Gate Bridge, California Sophie at the Golden Gate Bridge, California
  • Sophie at Moraine Lake, Alberta Sophie at Moraine Lake, Alberta
  • Sophie on a motorcycle tour, Jasper, Alberta Sophie on a motorcycle tour, Jasper, Alberta
  • Sophie surfing in California Sophie surfing in California
  • Sophie trying the Ziptrek Ecotour in Whistler, British Columbia Sophie trying the Ziptrek Ecotour in Whistler, British Columbia

Photos taken by Sophie

  • Cowboy at the Cody Nite Rodeo Cowboy at the Cody Nite Rodeo
  • Old Trail Town, Cody Old Trail Town, Cody
  • Humpback Whales, Monterey Humpback Whales, Monterey
  • Humpback Whales, Monterey Humpback Whales, Monterey
  • Humpback Whale fluke, Monterey Humpback Whale fluke, Monterey
  • Alcatraz, San Francisco Alcatraz, San Francisco
  • Grand Teton National Park Grand Teton National Park
  • Grand Prismatic, Yellowstone National Park Grand Prismatic, Yellowstone National Park
  • Pronghorn Antelope, Yellowstone National Park Pronghorn Antelope, Yellowstone National Park
  • Daisy Geyser, Yellowstone National Park Daisy Geyser, Yellowstone National Park
  • Bison grazing in Custer State Park Bison grazing in Custer State Park
  • Bighorn Sheep at Badlands National Park Bighorn Sheep at Badlands National Park