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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


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


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


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: Americas, US National Parks


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


A Sure Bet: Visiting King’s Beach in Lake Tahoe




Just across the border from Nevada, a game of poker began in a small village along Lake Tahoe’s North Shore in 1925. Among the players were an eccentric millionaire who for all intents and purposes owned the town, and a local card shark, bouncer, and bootlegger. After an intense game that lasted the entire night, Joe King held the final hand and the town became forever known as King’s Beach.




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Topics: US National Parks


The Wild West as You’ve Always Imagined It: What to See in Monument Valley




If you’ve ever seen a John Wayne western, chances are you have a pretty good idea of what Monument Valley is like. As the backdrop to dozens of classic films and television series, the stark desert landscape of wind-sculpted buttes and red-rock monoliths has become an unmistakable symbol of the American west.




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Topics: US National Parks


A Burst of Wonder: Traveling to Yellowstone’s Old Faithful




Travel back in history to a time when cell phones were unthinkable, cars did not exist and the only roads were dirt ones. More than a century in the rearview mirror, this was a day when man stumbled headlong into wonder and a legend was born. Let your imagination take you along with the exploration party of Washburn, Lanford and Doane as they amble on horseback through the landscape of the Firehole River Valley.




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Topics: US National Parks


The Big Idea: The Creation of the National Parks System




In 1832, an artist by the name of George Catlin traveled to the northern Great Plains of the United States. He was awestruck by the majestic beauty of the rugged frontier and the scenic views that peppered the remote landscape. But Catlin was also troubled by the destruction of the Indian civilization, wildlife, and wilderness that the westward expansion threatened. He proposed a “nation’s park, containing man and beast, in all the wild[ness] and freshness of their nature’s beauty!”




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Topics: US National Parks