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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


Top 10 Things to Do on Prince Edward Island



Prince Edward Island’s tiny capital of Charlottetown is a quaint coastal city and one of the jewels of Canada’s southeast coast. With walking tours and local markets, culinary adventures and a strong literary history, this charming island community is an amazing escape for travelers looking to experience a slower pace of life. Here are our top 10 to do’s across Canada’s Prince Edward Island:




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Topics: New England/Canada


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


A French Vacation Without the Passport: Traveling to Quebec City



Strolling down the cobblestone streets, the sound of church bells tolling from a cathedral drowns out the French pleasantries spoken by the passersby. The smell of fresh-baked croissants drifts through the air and dappled sunlight spills across gabled rooftops. It’s easy to think you’ve arrived in France, but despite the Old European charm, you are wrong. This is the Vieux-Québec, the old section of Canada’s Quebec City.




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Topics: Americas, New England/Canada


A Mansion on the Water: New York’s Boldt Castle




In the middle of the St. Lawrence River a castle rises from the waters. Imposing stone turrets and fireplaces soar over the small speck of tree-lined land that sits amidst 1000 other islands in upstate New York. Heart Island, as it is called, was the dream of millionaire hotel magnate George C. Boldt back at the turn of the last century. A tribute to his wife, Louise, this summer home was an elaborate love letter to the woman who passed away just months before the castle’s completion. Stricken, Boldt immediately halted construction, never to return to the home he had so long dreamed of.




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Topics: New England/Canada


Click It!: 8 Tips for Photographing Autumn Foliage




Each fall, New England is set ablaze in an explosion of autumn foliage. Throughout the Adirondacks and Vermont’s Green Mountains, the verdant leaves of summer begin to give way to brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows. The days linger a little while longer as the crisp air hints at the coming of winter. And all along the backcountry roads, “leaf-peepers” arrive to catch a glimpse of the spectacle. You can capture this amazing techni-color landscape on film or create a digital record of the experience. To ensure you get the best shots, keep in mind these top 8 tips for photographing New England’s fall foliage:




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Topics: New England/Canada


Alexander Keith’s Brewery: What To Do in Halifax, Nova Scotia




Founded in 1820 by a Scottish immigrant, Alexander Keith’s Brewery is one of the oldest commercial breweries in all of North America -- not surprising since it sits in a city known to have more pubs per capita than almost any place in Canada. As Halifax’s most famous brew master, and also its mayor, Keith devoted his life to the crafting of fine beer, flavorful ales that ranged from India Pale to Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale.




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Topics: New England/Canada


Your New England Travels: 8 Easy Steps for Eating Lobster




New England is known for its many flavors. From cranberry bogs to fresh-harvested apples, creamy chowder to a heaping mound of whole-belly clams, there is much to savor. But just ask any respectable Yankee about his favorite place to eat and chances are you’ll get an earful about an out-of-the-way seafood shack and the perfection of a fresh-steamed lobster. So the next time you find yourself down east, order one up for yourself. But before you do, make sure you know how it’s done. Here are a few easy steps that will have you cracking lobster like a native:




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Topics: New England/Canada


Escape to Central Park



In 1853 the State Legislature of New York set aside more than 750 acres of land in the heart of Manhattan Island to create what would become the nation’s first major public park -- Central Park. It was believed that the creation of a great park would improve public health and contribute to the formation of a civil society. In time, the success of Central Park would inspire the urban park movement that would lead to similar endeavors throughout the nation and define nineteenth century America.

Whether you choose to walk a portion of the park, pick a favorite spot to read a book or rent a bike to peddle the massive park loop, there’s plenty to see and do. And there’s almost no better time to explore Central Park than during the crisp days of autumn. With concerts and movies on the lawn and the vibrant colors of the changing leaves it’s an experience you’ll always remember. Here are some of the sights you’ll see on your escape to New York’s natural oasis -- Central Park:




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Topics: Americas, New England/Canada


The Red Line: Walking Boston’s Freedom Trail




The Freedom Trail is a two-and-a-half mile red line that snakes its way through the city of Boston to 16 historically significant sites. From museums and meeting houses to churches and cemeteries, this walking trail is a living history experience that helps you trace the evolution of America. Follow after the 18th-century-clad Freedom Trail Players as they share with you tales of high treason and secret conspiracies and bring the story of our nation to life. Here are the sites along the walking Freedom Trail tour of Boston...where every step tells a story.




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Topics: Americas, New England/Canada