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Top 4 European Rivers to Experience on a River Cruise

A river cruise is one of the best ways to see a lot of Europe’s most stunning scenery on one easy and fun trip. Much like an ocean cruise, you get the benefit of living aboard a comfortable floating hotel. All your needs are taken care of on the water, and you get to enjoy port stops at the most iconic destinations along your route.

European river cruises enable you to get the most out of your time in Europe. They take travelers from great city to great city, past lush countryside, towering castles, ancient villages, and climbing vineyards. You will be able to see countless landmarks in style and comfort. River cruising is an exceptional way to travel.

Four of the best rivers to cruise in Europe are the Danube, the Rhone, the Rhine, and the Douro. Learn about these rivers, including what you can see as you cruise down them with YMT Vacations.

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Topics: River Cruises, Travel Inspiration

Travel Trivia Quiz with YMT Vacations

Put your travel trivia knowledge to the test with this fun, interactive quiz!

Our world is full of landscapes, creatures, and vistas just waiting to be experienced. Delve into the quiz and discover facts about places near and far — and maybe even get inspired to plan your next global getaway!

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Topics: Quizzes, Travel Inspiration

Top 7 Sights to See at Flume Gorge

Tucked within the White Mountains of New Hampshire lies Flume Gorge, an 800-foot ravine with massive granite walls that extend up to 90 feet high. It cuts a deep fissure through the serene wooded landscape and was first discovered in 1808 by 93-year-old “Aunt” Jess Guernsey on a fishing trip. Not only is Flume Gorge one of the most beautiful gorges in New Hampshire, it’s also considered one of America’s most beautiful State Parks.

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Topics: Americas, Travel Inspiration

8 Machu Picchu Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Since its “rediscovery” in 1911, the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu have fascinated archaeologists, historians, engineers, and travelers all over the world. The vast complex was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, and in 2007, it became one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

If you’re one of the over one million people who will experience a Machu Picchu tour this year, we’ve gathered 8 facts about Machu Picchu that will spark your curiosity about this captivating and beloved destination.

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Topics: Americas, Travel Inspiration

Quiz: What National Park Should You Visit?

The United States boast some of the world’s best National Parks. The 62 parks protect over 52 million acres and are filled with beautiful scenery, diverse ecosystems and wildlife. Ranging from 0.02 acres to over 13 million, each park recounts a fascinating history of our natural world. From custom experiences atop the nation's highest peaks to guided tours of some of the world's longest-living trees, YMT Vacations makes it easy to decide which national parks to visit.

Each national park displays incredible features that make for unique vacation experiences based on your interests. Not sure which park to visit first? Take this quiz and get match to the park best suited for you!

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Topics: Quizzes, Travel Inspiration

8 Historical Sites of Egypt

Egypt’s culture and historical sites have held our attention and sparked our imagination for thousands of years. Its colorful myths, all-powerful pharaohs, burial rituals, and reverence for cats are irresistible to everyone from children to retirees. And nothing captures our interest more than the epic, iconic monuments that Egyptians erected over the course of its millennia in power.

Egypt is on many people’s bucket list. From pyramids to grand temples and lavish tombs, these are the must-see sites of this can’t miss destination.

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Topics: International Travel, Travel Inspiration, Africa

Maine: The Way Life Should Be

Maine changed its state slogan from Vacationland to “the way life should be.” Which is a lot more accurate. The 23rd state is known for its slower pace, open spaces, and spectacular scenery. Maine’s long coastline and thickly forested interior are ruggedly and expansively beautiful. Granite mountains look out over quaint towns, and Maine’s rocky shores are the first place in America to greet the sunrise.

People visit here, move here, and stay here because there’s room and opportunity to enjoy life. There’s no reason to rush. The seasons change when they change, the fish will bite when they’re ready, and Mainers move on Maine Time.

YMT’s Coastal Maine & Acadia tour is a relaxing, peaceful, delightful journey through America’s Easternmost state. A memorable mixture of tours, activities, and free time allows guests to experience Maine at its fullest.

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Topics: US National Parks, Guest Stories, Travel Inspiration

Quiz: What Should Be Your Next Summer Getaway?

The long days of summer are meant to be cherished. This is the season for barbecues and beaches, stargazing and relaxation. It's also the best time of the year to get out of town on the perfect summer vacation! There are so many incredible destinations across the United States, so where should you go? Take this quiz to find out!

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Topics: Travel Inspiration

Most Visited National Parks in the US

America’s national parks are so precious that they are nationally protected and preserved as a birthright for all future generations. These natural wonders make us feel small—and we can’t help but marvel at their extraordinary beauty. Popular parks receive over a million visitors annually. The 10 most visited parks welcome more than 3 million people each year.

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Topics: US National Parks, Travel Inspiration

12 Must-See Thailand Temples

Thailand’s temples, or wats, are among its most popular tourist attractions. There are over 30,000 Buddhist and Hindu wats found across this Southeast Asian country. They are sacred places that many people visit every day to pray, meditate, and seek counsel from monks.

Thailand’s wats are colorful, ornately decorated complexes that are as beautiful as they are sacred. With multi-layered roofs, bell-shaped stupa towers, holy relics, and elaborate ornamentation, they are some of the most impressive religious structures in the world.

With so many options, how do you choose which Thailand temples to visit? Easy. You start with this list.

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Topics: Asia, Travel Inspiration

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