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Bucket List Destinations



Your travel bucket list is an opportunity for you to write down all the must-see places you want to visit in this lifetime. It inspires you to decide what you really want, to rank the places you’ve dreamt of seeing for years, since childhood, perhaps, and plan accordingly. Here are some of the magnificent destinations that show up most frequently on our guests’ bucket lists:




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Topics: Spain, Alaska, China, US National Parks, Ireland, Rose Parade


6 Hidden National Park Gems



The United States National Parks System covers more than 84 million acres of rivers, mountains, plains and coastlines, attracting over 330 million visitors a year. Many of these visitors flock to the park system’s main attractions—the Grand Canyon lookouts, Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, and the sandstone arches of Utah’s Arches National Park. While these are all amazing sights, you also need to visit these hidden gems:




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Topics: US National Parks


5 Great Guys' Trips



 

Family time, date nights, and your everyday responsible life is terrific, sure, but it’s sometimes very important to get away with the lads. Kick back, talk (or not) about your goals, your concerns, and whether LeBron could ever surpass MJ as basketball’s true Greatest of All Time, on these 5 perfect Guys Trips:




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Topics: Ireland, US National Parks


America's Bucket list - Travel to our National Parks



When westward expansion threatened America’s wildlife and wilderness, a “nation’s park, containing man and beast in all the wild and freshness of their nature’s beauty” was proposed. A century later, the National Parks System now encompasses nearly 400 parks and monuments. These natural wonders, which were set aside for the benefit and enjoyment of the people, are among America’s greatest treasures—bucket list travel destinations you won’t want to miss.




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Topics: US National Parks, Americas


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


Highway to the Sky: The Rocky Mountains Scenic Drive




If you look on a map, you can trace the winding route of US Highway 34 from Estes Park to Grand Lake, Colorado. What you won’t be able to tell in two dimensions is the towering steepness of this “Highway to the Sky.” Also, known as the Trail Ridge, the 48-mile route has been called the All-American Road because the sheer beauty of this journey makes it a tourist destination in its own right.




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Topics: US National Parks, Americas


America’s Best Idea: The History of Our National Parks




The recent controversial decision to drastically reduce the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument has many people wondering just why Americans should care about our National Parks system. To answer the question of why this once-radical idea deserves preserving, we have to go back 150 years to the beginning.




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Topics: US National Parks, Americas


How To Avoid Crowds at National Parks




If you’ve been watching the news, you know the centennial for our National Parks Service created a rush of visitors to the country’s favorite outdoor treasures. The good news is that a new generation of Americans got to experience these amazing landmarks; the bad news is that many were turned away at the gate. To avoid the rush of visitors to the most popular National Parks this summer, here are some tips to consider before you travel:





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Topics: US National Parks, Americas


Journey to Land’s End: Cabo San Lucas’ El Arco




There’s a lot to see in this world -- from the Grand Canyon to the Eiffel Tower, the Sistine Chapel to the lights of Las Vegas -- but something you may have overlooked when making your bucket list is a chunk of rock known as El Arco. Perched at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, The Arch of Mexico is a massive tunnel carved from a 200-foot rock face that slides into the sea. What makes it worth the trip is the pounding force with which the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez at Land’s End, their union so strong it has literally carved through granite.





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Topics: Americas, US National Parks


Journey For One: Five Tips For Traveling Solo




After years at home, many widows and widowers are now finding the courage to explore the world again. The tragedy of having lost a spouse, compounded by the toll of being a caregiver, often times makes travel seem like a luxury from a very distant past. However, the call of the open road eventually finds us all again. Here are some things to consider when making your first solo trip and some tips on how you can make traveling alone a rewarding and liberating experience:





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Topics: Alaska, Europe, Hawaii, US National Parks