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


The Northern Lights Show: A guide to seeing Alaska’s Aurora Borealis




While many travelers head to Iceland, Norway, and Northern Scandinavia in search of the phenomenon known as the aurora borealis, you can spot the northern lights much closer to home. The Alaskan Arctic offers clear skies and a superior viewing location to witness this spectacular light show. Here’s your insider’s guide to experiencing our nations own northern lights:




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Topics: Alaska


Alaska’s Iditarod: Experiencing The Last Great Race




It appeared the small town of Nome, Alaska was doomed. Isolated by bad weather and miles of frozen tundra, the diphtheria outbreak of 1925 would surely mean certain death for the men, women, and children trapped in this remote corner of Alaska. Racing against time, teams of heroic sled dogs tore across 700 miles of harsh, unforgiving terrain to deliver the medicine that would stem the outbreak and save the town.




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Topics: Alaska, Americas


The Best Time to Visit Alaska




While summer means swimsuits and sunscreen for many travelers, a growing number are heading north to America’s last frontier. With long days of endless sun, Alaska is full of excitement throughout the summer months but when exactly is the best time to visit? To answer this question, we have to look at three things: daylight, rain, and temperature. We’ll also consider the added bonus of summer travel tours!




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Topics: Alaska, Travel Tips


Rail Travel is Trending



The nostalgia of rail travel is giving way to the rebirth of train-based tourism. From Europe to Alaska, the romance of riding the rails is attracting a whole new crop of train enthusiasts, and movies like Murder on the Orient Express are reigniting the allure. In fact, vintage train travel is one of the travel trends to watch in the upcoming year. Here are three unforgettable train excursions you can enjoy on a YMT Vacations package tour:





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Topics: Alaska, Europe


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


5 top tips for exploring alaska: making the most of an escorted tour




Journeys like YMT Vacations’ Alaskan Discovery Tour are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To make the most out of your group travels to the Frontier State, keep in mind these five tips:




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Topics: Alaska


Heating Up This Summer: Why Alaska Is A Top Summer Travel Destination




There’s no doubt that Alaskan tourism is hot right now. Everyone from families to retirees are heeding the call of the wild and heading to the Frontier State this summer. From an abundance of wildlife to national parks the size of small nations, glaciers that calve off icebergs as large as school busses and a Native American culture where history is carved in wood, Alaska is unlike anywhere else you’ve ever been.




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Topics: Alaska


All-Aboard! Riding the Rails on the Amtrak Coast Starlight




This coastal train tour snakes its way along the Pacific Coast for 1,377 miles from Seattle to Los Angels in the tradition of the golden age of rail travel. The double-decker Superliner is best known for its Sightseer Lounge, a car with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows that offers unsurpassed access to the passing vistas and 360-degree views of the landscape. Here are some tips for your journey aboard the legendary Amtrak Coast Starlight rail line:




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Topics: Alaska


The Improbable Ascent of Denali




It was winter when the four men set out to summit the tallest peak in North America. What today would be an average 20-day climb beginning with a flight from Talkeetna to base camp on the Kahiltna Glacier, took them 93 days. Before they would even begin the climb, the crew would first have to travel 90 miles overland and up a glacier carrying a ton of supplies for the harrowing journey that would last until summer. Prior to their attempt, eight other expeditions had failed, and the year before, an earthquake had destroyed what would have been the easiest route up the face.




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Topics: Alaska