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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


Cinco de Mayo and the Real Mexico




Cinco de Mayo is more than just sombreros, mariachi bands and bottomless margaritas. In fact, the holiday has as much to do with the Latin experience during the American Civil War as it does with Mexico itself.




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Topics: Americas


Slowing Down the Pace of Travel: The Relaxed Fall Foliage Tour



While the idea of visiting 7 states and 2 countries in just 14 days can sound daunting, the trip is as easy as a warm September breeze on YMT Vacations’ Autumn Leaves Tour. The secret to making such a journey manageable is pace and timing. Group tours are notorious for hurrying guests onto waiting buses and rushing from stop to stop with little time to appreciate the experience—but that’s not the case on this YMT itinerary.  Our tours are designed specifically so that you can experience the destinations at a pace that allows you to take in the amazing places we visit, and to return home refreshed, invigorated, and full of wonderful new memories, stories, and friendships.





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Topics: Americas


Up, Up and Away: 10 Facts and Tips for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta



As opening day approaches, Balloon Fiesta Park becomes a parking lot of semitrailers and panel trucks. In this makeshift city volunteers rush to set up booths in anticipation of the 900,000 people who will soon be looking skyward, snapping photos and shopping for everything from T-shirts to soda, folk art to funnel cake.




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Topics: Americas, Balloon Fiesta


Off The Beaten Path: The New Orleans You May Not Know




You’ve probably heard of Cafe Du Monde and Commander’s Palace, Bourbon Street and Preservation Hall, but what about the lesser-known side of New Orleans? The places locals visit that tourists rarely do. Here are some sights that may not be on your travel radar and some tips for experiencing another side of NOLA:




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Topics: Americas


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: Americas, US National Parks


Guiding Lights: New England’s Lighthouses




Coastal New England is a slice of Americana. A place where centuries-old clapboard houses sit alongside mansions built by Quaker sea captains, and the sounds of waves provide the backdrop for clam shacks where salty old men still tell tales. Up and down this 6,000 mile stretch of Yankee coastline are the postcard-worthy views New England is known for and towering over them all are the iconic images of lighthouses.




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Topics: Americas, New England/Canada


Top Things to Do in Cody, Wyoming




Saddle up for a visit to the western town of Cody, Wyoming where cowboys barrel race at the nightly summer rodeo and anglers fly fish on pristine waters. Here are the top six things to do and see in this Rocky Mountain town:




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Topics: 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: Americas, US National Parks


To Beat the Band: The Sounds of the 130th Tournament of Roses Parade




There’s a quiet hush that descends upon the crowds as the shadow of a B-1 Stealth bomber passes over the Tournament of Roses Parade. However, the silence that marks the start of the nation’s favorite parade is quickly broken by the beating of snare drums and blaring trumpets. On January 1, 2019, the parade will again set off down Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard for the 130th time -- and scoring the event will be 20 of the world’s most-talented marching bands.




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Topics: Americas, Rose Parade