Following the royals through North America
Afterward, since PEI is known for its fresh seafood and quaint fishing villages, hop in the car for a scenic road trip eastward, and keep driving until you reach the town of Georgetown. There, Tranquility Cove Adventures features all-inclusive lobstering trips off Fisherman’s Warf. Your guide, a third generation lobster fisherman, will show you the ropes, from hooking the buoy to weighing your catch. On the boat, you will enjoy an all-you-can-eat feast of the Wild Atlantic lobsters (and the occasional rock crab) that you catch.
The last Canadian destination for the prince and princess is Calgary, Alberta. There, the newlyweds will attend the Calgary Stampede, for which Calgary has become famous. In addition to watching cowboys and cattle, there will be live country music events around the city and free pancake breakfasts to boot.
About an hour-and-a-half from the Calgary airport, Banff National Park, arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world, merits at least a daytrip. Spend your day hiking, mountain biking, riding the Banff Gondola or soaking in the Banff Upper Hot Springs. If you decide to stay overnight, the Rimrock Resort Hotel, perched on Sulphur Mountain, is located right in the park. There, the rooms boast incredible views of the Canadian Rockies. Have dinner at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, another establishment featured in Wine Spectator for its selection of 16,000 wines.
Following Alberta, it has been reported that the royals will fly to Los Angeles. According to People Magazine, the couple’s Californian excursion may also include visits to San Francisco and Yosemite National Park.
Instead of seeking out celebrities in LA, visit the Griffith Observatory for actual star watching. Get an astronomy lesson at one of the observatory’s several space exhibits and then check out the Zeiss Telescope and the Ceolostat and Solar Telescopes. To connect with astronomy novices and nerds alike, Griffith will also be hosting a public star party on 9 July. Take a look at the Griffith Observatory’s online sky report to help better plan your trip.
If you want to experience the city like Hollywood royalty, stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, where the beds are reportedly extremely comfortable and plenty of celebrities stay in private cottages.
After a star-studded trip to LA, head north to San Francisco. If you are there on 4 July, do not miss the Independence Day waterfront celebration at Pier 39. Get a couple scoops of ice cream from one of the area vendors and watch the fireworks display.
Also on the waterfront is the Hotel Vitale, a boutique hotel with views of the San Francisco Bay. On the rooftop, relax in the soothing hot baths at the outdoor Spa Vitale. The hotel offers wine country tours throughout Napa Valley as well.
Although camping is common in Yosemite National Park, luxury accommodations do exist. The Four-Diamond rated Tenaya Lodge is a gorgeous mountain resort hidden within the forest. Opt for a customizable “Romance Package”: spa suite, jetted tub, amenities like champagne and chocolate-covered cherries, and activities such as hiking at night and enjoying couples’ spa treatments.
For a more rugged trip, go horseback riding along the many trails throughout Yosemite. You can book a guided tour with Tenaya’s concierge. The Giant Sequoia half-day trail ride takes you into Mariposa Grove, where the breathtaking 2,000-year-old redwood trees live.
These trips of relaxation, ruggedness and entertainment will allow you to vacation like royalty throughout Canada and the US. Whether you plan on recreating the royal North American itinerary or you happen to be in any of these cities when the prince and princess come to town, luxury and excitement await.