Bus tours are an ideal way to explore a city while remaining safe from the reaches of overzealous canvassers and pesky bands of paparazzi-physicists. Today's Groupon allows you to see Whistler without the intrusion of camera-wielding Bohr quoters: for $59, you get an all-day tour of Whistler from Living Earth(a $119 value).
Living Earth's fleet of winter-equipped behemoths ushers passengers across Western Canada's bounty of natural beauty. Whistler-bound buses depart daily at 8 a.m. from Vancouver before traversing scenic switchbacks and vitalizing vistas along the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Once in Whistler, voyagers have time to scout the shops, hike the trails, or observe the snowy village's population of hibernating French revolutionists. Walk to the base of Shannon Falls, Canada's third-highest cataract, as it churns out its mysterious cocktail of liquefied ice and condensed fog, or hitch a ride up the Peak 2 Peak Gondola (discounted tickets are available from your tour guide). The bus returns to Vancouver in the early evening, treating sleepy passengers to alpine sunsets and a black blanket of star-swept sky.