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The Top 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the West

Grand canyon

The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a sought-after status, and in America’s vast and dramatic west, it protects a number of the USA’s open spaces and natural wonders. From overawing canyons to the serenity of ancient forests, these world heritage sites represent the very best of the phenomenal landscapes of this vast and varied nation. Recognising their significance protects these special places, and by visiting you cement their importance and help to protect them for future generations to enjoy.

Here are the top 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of western USA:

Greek island hopping with Thanos

Thanos in Evia, Greece

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and for our veteran Exodus Guide, Thanos Mamas, this pretty much encompasses the entirety of the Aegean Greek Islands. Leaving no family-run restaurant, bustling market stall or local square unturned, you could say Thanos is the ultimate “man about town”. And for us, this comes as no surprise.

Discover the United Kingdom – on foot, by bike or on the water

Cotswolds

This summer, many of us will be looking to explore our own back yard – and why not. You may not think it, but the United Kingdom is a holiday destination to be reckoned with. As a country, we have stunning national parks that have inspired some of the world’s best literary geniuses. We have wild, murky lochs that continue to spark international intrigue into the whereabouts of Nessie, and we also have an enchanting Area of Natural Beauty that was born above a bedrock of Jurassic limestone. Intrigued? We are too.

Italian traditions with Vania De Paoli

Dolomites Vania

Home to some of the world’s greatest works of art like the intricate Sistine Chapel frescos and renowned culinary delights such as velvety cannoli, Italy is also a country steeped in century-old traditions that most Italian families continue to celebrate and cherish to this day. Vania De Paoli, one of our local guides and winner of the Exodus Travels Leader of the Year Awards in 2019, couldn’t agree more – a huge part of her cultural identity is all about embracing her country’s traditions.

Travel across the United Kingdom: Adventure on your doorstep

exodus UK

We’re proud to live in a nation steeped in layers of tradition and fascinating history. One of the best ways to fully appreciate the unique cultures, charms and distinct local flavours each part of the United Kingdom has to offer is on foot and by bike. Our Exodus self-guided Walking Holidays and Cycling Holidays are well-waymarked and specifically designed for those looking to travel to the beat of their own drum in their own backyard.

Our favourite travel shows we’re watching during lockdown

Race across the world, BBC iPlayer

While we love the thrill of getting lost in a truly gripping travel book, we also can’t deny the immense satisfaction of binge-watching an inspiring travel series that gets us excited for when the world reopens again. TV travelogues have a huge role to play right now in these unprecedented times, as they help give us that much needed escapism to idly fantasise about all the destinations we’re wanting to travel to when lockdown is over.

Our Top Family Activities in the USA

Rafting in the Grand Canyon

Seeing the world through the eyes of your children is a truly special experience, everything is new, exciting and fun for them. There are some pretty incredible and inspiring places in the States, some of which are even educational (just don’t tell the kids)! We’ve chosen our favourite places across the USA that your kids will find utterly fantastic and we bet you that you’ll have just as much fun as them.

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