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30+ Excursions You Shouldn’t Cheap Out On

I recommend the Burgess Shale Walcott Quarry hike in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada.

It’s $70 Canadian, plus a $11 booking or $59.50 for seniors. To protect the fossils, there is no recourse but to go with a guide. The quarry itself is amazing, and the hike there and back is spectacular; glacier views, rocky peaks, roaring waterfalls, verdant valleys, and turquoise alpine lakes. For what it gains you, the price is a terrific bargain. The Mount Stephen trilobites hike is also well worth doing if less varied.” – Daniela Gadotti

“I ask around or ask the people leaving the tour. If you are low on time, an excursion can be a way to get a lot of facts about your destination. If you aren’t low on time, then take a few days to decide. Look around and get a feel for the idea.

I recommend the railroad trip to the Grand Canyon and bus tour. I spent the extra money for the dome car and it was worth every penny. I also took the boat tour of San Diego Harbor. Good time.” – William Hesse, 1996 Dodge W3500, 2003 Lance Lite 835

“Last summer we drove the Dempster Highway to Inuvik. We were looking forward to a trip by boat to Tuktoyaktuk returning to Inuvik by air until we found out the price. My sister and brother-in-law had done this a few years ago and the price was $200 per person. Well now the price is over $900 for a couple.

The distance involved is approximately 120 kilometers (74 miles). We decided it was a total rip off even if it was the only time we would be there and refused to pay the asking price. Next summer you will be able to drive to Tuktoyaktuk on a new road that is under construction, so I think they were just trying to gouge people when they had the chance.

When we were in Skagway, we took the narrow gauge White Pass rail trip. It starts in Skagway traveling up slowly through the pass to Carcross. What a trip! The scenery is breathtaking and the history of the trail of 98 is something to behold. The price was $120 per person, and well worth it. I would recommend it to everyone.” – Bill Londry, 2011 Chevrolet 2500HD, 2016 Adventurer 86FB

“Linda and I did the flight from Inuvik, a $1000 for the two of us and I was skeptical of the cost.  The boat trip and flight made for a long day, so we opted for the flights.

On the way up the pilot takes a non direct flight and points out many sights and takes you over some of the larger pings in the area and try to find wildlife.

Flying over the Mackenzie Delta was breath taking.  During our tour we were met by a native Inuit woman who took us on a tour of the town, which included going down into the communal freezer – an underground structure dug out of the permafrost.  It was spectacular!  She took us back to her house and invited us in for a taste of the Inuit traditional food – Beluga.

We were also given the opportunity to take a swim in the Arctic Ocean, bathing suit optional, and received a tacky certificate indicating our accomplishment from putting your foot in to skinny dipping.  Linda got her feet wet and I went for a swim; I have swam in colder glacier feed lakes.  We also got to climb the local pingo for a view of the area.  On the flight back we went over the road that was being constructed to link Inuvik to Tukoyaktuk all year round and over the defunct Naval Radio Station.

It was a trip of a lifetime.  I will most likely go back to drive the road to Tuk, but it will be by no means be the same as flying over the delta.  If you want a cheaper price get five to seven people together and you will get a deal.

If you go to Alaska, get the discount tour book and do the tours.” – Eckhart Franz, 2006 Chevy 3500, 2005 Adventurer 90FWS

“I usually research on Trip Advisor and just go with the majority before we make a decision. There are always both happy and sad people.

I recommend the XPLOR zip-line park in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. It’s a full day, 14 zips, cave ATV-ing, cenote river swim, and an amazing buffet. It’s priced right now at about $135 USD per person. The price includes everything except the photos that they take of you.

It’s extremely safe. We have been twice now. There are lots of stairs. If you go, the only suitable footwear is water shoes, and definitely not flip-flops. It’s worth every penny.” – Steve Lymer, 2011 Ford F350, 2013 Arctic Fox 811S

“It depends on what it is. If it’s an opportunity to see something really great, we may do it. If it includes things like, “Ample shopping opportunities” we say, “Forget it!”

I recommend the glacier cruise from Valdez, Alaska out to the Mears Glacier. There is beautiful scenery and ample wildlife. While we were there, the glacier was on the move with tremendous banging, rumbling, and calving.  Just great.

Also, (of course!) the bus trip through Denali National Park is worth it.” – Audrey Ruccio, 2008 Ford F450, 2008 Host Everest

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