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A Trip for Every Mother

Mothers come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Some express their love quietly, while others shout it out for everyone to hear. All of them love us, and on Mother’s Day, we get to remind them we love them right back. 

This Mother’s Day, why confine yourself to gifts of flowers and brunch? Show the mom in our life you really care by giving her the trip of a lifetime. Perhaps she’d like a romantic cruise for two, or maybe a land adventure. It all depends on what type of mom you have.

While we can’t say for sure which trip your mom would like best, we do know a little about what certain types of moms like. So, here’s a list of the most common moms we see on our tours, and the type of tours we most often see them on.

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Topics: Americas, Europe, US National Parks, River Cruises, History, Balloon Fiesta, Rose Parade, Hawaii, Asia, Alaska, New England/Canada

The Rose Queen Turns 100: The Tournament of Roses History

It was 1905 when a dark-haired girl named Hallie Woods sat solemnly on top of a float adorned with roses. Surrounded by a group of her classmates, this serious-faced student from Pasadena High school made her way down Colorado Boulevard to the cheers of the city. It was the first time in history a Rose Queen would make the storied trip. Ms. Woods was selected as the first Queen of the Tournament of Roses from among 16 other contestants, all of whom rode alongside her on a horse-drawn wagon she decorated herself.

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Topics: Rose Parade, Americas, History

Exploring Cologne’s Cathedral and Other Must-See Sites

You may have to catch your breath a time or two as you climb the 509 steps to the dizzying heights of the Cologne Cathedral gallery. Housed in the 318-foot south tower, it is the highest church tower in the entire world, and once the tallest man made construction of any kind on the planet. 

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Topics: Europe, History, River Cruises

A Total Eclipse of the Sun: Cody, Wyoming in August

This August everything will go dark as the moon passes between the sun and the earth. The solar eclipse, slated for August 21, will the first to be visible from the continental U.S. in almost four decades.

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Topics: Americas, History

Exploring Shanghai’s French Concession

In a city of 20 million residents, there is always noise. Horns blare and subway car doors slam shut on the world’s longest metro system as jack hammers pound out the soundtrack for the growth of a skyline that continues to rise. But below the cacophony and bright lights, in the shadow of the 6,000 high-rises that race each other toward the sun, there is another Shanghai -- the Former French Concession.

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Topics: Asia, History

The Elk Arches of Jackson Hole: Wonders of the Rocky Mountains and the Western Frontiers

When you pass through Jackson Hole, Wyoming it’s hard not to notice the elk. There are thousands of these deer-like animals, which migrate here out of the high meadows to winter at the National Elk Refuge. Roaming across the grassy plains of sagebrush, the largest herd on the planet finds sanctuary here in the shadow of the Grand Tetons. As a tribute to this native herd, as well as the town’s old west heritage and natural beauty, there are four enormous arches which anchor the town square -- arches constructed of actual elk antlers.

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Topics: Americas, History

Casas Colgadas: The Hanging Houses of Cuenca, Spain

Like the modern metropolises of today, the ancient city of Cuenca, Spain was overcrowded and out of livable space when it began constructing the medieval equivalent of skyscrapers. These “rascacielos,” built more than likely during the 15th century, were sometimes as high as seven or eight stories. Now while that may not seem like much by today’s standards, consider that they were built into the limestone bedrock of a cliff where they hung precariously over a deep gorge.

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Topics: Europe, History