If variety’s the spice of life, then America gives it all its flavor. From glamorous cities to sensational national parks, and the sheer diversity of everything in between, no other country has as many vacation possibilities as the USA.
Each state is so distinctly different from the rest that the “United States” seems to be comprised of fifty independent countries, each filled with their own unique adventures. A cruise up Alaska’s coast will reveal gargantuan glaciers, fantastic fjords, and a wide array of arctic wildlife. California’s Gold Rush may be over, but Hollywood, the San Francisco Bay, and the San Diego Zoo continue to draw the masses. Arizona is home to not only the Grand Canyon, but also Bryce Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and fantastic golf courses. Florida is not only the nation’s themepark capital, with Disneyworld, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld, but it also has silky-smooth beaches and marvelous Miami. The Statue of Liberty, Broadway, and Times Square make up only a fraction of NYC, the city that never sleeps. The adventures of Hawaii are numerous and the beaches – white, gold, red, black, and even green sanded – are just as plentiful.
These are only the beginning; the adventures are too numerous to list. With so many cosmopolitan cities, wide open land, and a culinary tradition pulled from all regions of the world, it’s no wonder why the visitors haven’t stopped pouring in since 1492. No matter which state you visit, you are sure to enter a state of bliss.
Alaska: 11-Day Sample Itinerary
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Day 1: Anchors Aweigh at Vancouver
Board your cruise ship and set sail for Alaska with a team of Alaska-specialized naturalists. With experts in Alaskan wildlife populations, geography, culture, and history, none of your questions will be left unanswered.
Day 2: Scenic Inside Passage
Cruise through the Inside Passage and admire the breathtaking beauty of the mountainous glaciers. Watch for whales and sea lions as your ship navigates through the labyrinth of fjords and hidden bays that line the Passage.
Day 3: Ketchikan, â€œSalmon Capital of the Worldâ€
Stop at Ketchikan, named in honor of the hundreds of eagles that nest in the mountain forests and ancestral home of the Tlingit people. There is much to do here: Visit Saxman Village and see the largest collection of totem poles. Paddle across a mountain lake surrounded by rainforest in a canoe. Travel by seaplane to the roadless Misty Fjords, whose saw-tooth ridges are shrouded in mists. Or journey to the heart of Tongass National Forest and experience a day in the life of a local Alaskan.
Day 4: Juneau, Home to 38 Gigantic Glaciers
Continue your cruise to Juneau, paradoxically both Alaskaâ€™s cosmopolitan capital and rugged frontier. Containing Juneau Icefield and Mendenhall Glacier, excitement awaits here: Fly to the top of a glacier for a dogsled adventure. Go humpback whale-watching. Or enjoy spectacular views of hanging glaciers and towering peaks as you float past Mendenhall Glacier.
Day 5: Skagway, Gold Rushersâ€™ Home
Stop at Skagway, where fortune hunters, saloon owners, and adventurers flocked in 1896 when gold was discovered in the Klondike. Now you can ride the White Pass Railway for a panoramic view of mountains and glaciers. Travel to the Gold Rush Camp and enjoy salmon prepared over an open fire. Canoe to the face of a glacier on a wilderness safari. Or discover glaciers by helicopter.
Day 6: Adventure at Icy Straight Point
The next stop on your cruise is Icy Straight Point, home to the Tlingit Indians for thousands of years. Located near Glacier Bay National Park, much adventure awaits at Icy Straight Point: Cruise through mountainous landscape, looking for whales and other marine mammals. Go on an exploration of remote bush, searching for brown bears. Discover the regionâ€™s fishing heritage and do some saltwater salmon fishing. Flightsee around Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve and look for eagles. Or go on an off-road adventure around this coastal island.
Day 7: Ever-Expanding Hubbard Glacier
Cruise along Hubbard Glacier, the largest calving glacier in North America, and one of the few glaciers growing rather than shrinking. Routinely calving off icebergs as big as 10-story buildings and sending massive blocks of ice into the sea every few minutes, chances are you will witness a spectacular display courtesy of Hubbard Glacier.
Day 8: Anchor at Seward & Journey to Anchorage
Anchor at Seward, ending your cruise and beginning your land tour. Stand in awe of the 3,000ft. sentry Mt. Marathon, who guards the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park. Board a luxurious motor coach for a scenic ride to Anchorage and the tour the Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC). More than a museum, the ANHC is an engaging and interactive center where people of all ages can experience storytelling, song and dance, and art demonstrations of Alaskaâ€™s Native people.
Day 9: Scenic ride through Talkeetna to Denali
Travel to Talkeetna and continue to Denali, taking in the magnificent scenery from your glass-doomed car. End your voyage at Denali National Park, home of Mt. Denali (also known as Mt. McKinley), North Americaâ€™s highest mountain.
Day 10: Denali National Park & Preserve
Follow a ranger on a Natural History Tour into the Park. See moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves, and grizzly bears as you walk the paths of the glaciated landscape. Watch for migratory birds such as pine grosbeaks and mixed flocks of ptarmigan against the flowered mountains. With more than 650 flowering plant species, 39 mammal species, 167 bird species, 10 fish species, and 1 amphibian, Denali is such to delight.
Day 11: Fairbanks Flight
Enjoy a hearty breakfast of caribou or reindeer sausage (or the regular variety) before boarding your plane for a safe flight home.
The Grand Canyon & Beyond: 8-Day Sample Itinerary
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Day 1: Montezuma Castle Cliff Dwellings
Begin your Western adventure by visiting the ancient cliff dwellings of Montezuma Castle National Monument. These five-story stone apartments were built by the Sinagua Indians into the cliff, which provides natural shade and rain shelter. Stare down into the nearby Montezuma Well, a natural limestone sinkhole that is home to five endemic species.
Days 2 & 3: Sunrise at the Grand Canyon
Journey to the Grand Staircase, where the Grand, Bryce, and Zion Canyons intersect to form colossal stone steps. Camp overnight in the heart of the Grand Canyon National Park. Wake up early for a breathtaking view of the sunrise over the Grand Canyon. Take a guided tour of the rugged East Rim and stop at Moran Point, which provides an unforgettable view of the play of light and shadow on the Canyon, and Desert View Lookout.
Day 4: Rainbow Bridge and Antelope Canyon
Navigate through the rugged canyons of the Navajo Mountain to reach Rainbow Bridge. Long held sacred by Native Americans, this great natural bridge is truly a sight to behold. Board a helicopter to get an aerial view of Rainbow Bridge and the nearby Lake Powell. Drive to the mystical Antelope Canyon, whose deep corridors and smooth edges were eroded over time to form beautiful flowing red, blue, and purple rock walls. Follow your guide to the sunbeams radiating down through openings in the canyonâ€™s roof.
Day 5: Rafting in Glen Canyon
Continue to Glen Canyon for a rafting adventure. Watch the Grand Canyon and ancient Native America petroglyphs go by as you course down the river. Return to land and travel to Kanab, film site of innumerable western movies, for a Western Round-Up and Rodeo show over a cowboyâ€™s BBQ meal.
Day 6: The Amphitheater of Bryce Canyon
Head to the giant natural amphitheater of Bryce Canyon. View the spectacular red, pink, white, and orange of this massive geological structure. Ride like a cowboy on a horse or mule through the Bryce Canyon trails, and follow your guide to hidden natural gems.
Day 7: The Floor of Zion Canyon
Look up from the floor of Zion Canyon (rather than down from the rim) as you walk among spectacular rock formations, sandstone cliffs, and desert landscape. Zion National Park contains four different life zones, allowing for a great diversity of plant and wildlife. See coyotes, kangaroo rats, golden eagles, 19 species of bat, and rattlesnakes, just to name a few.
Day 8: Flight Home
Board your plane for a safe flight home.
California: 11-Day Sample Itinerary
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Days 1 & 2: San Francisco and Wine Country
Liberal, hilly, Victorian, and foggy, no other place on earth is quite like San Francisco, and each of its neighborhoods has its own personality. Stroll through the affluent Nob Hill or America’s oldest Chinatown. Enjoy the surreal beauty of white fog encompassing the Golden Gate or the sun setting over the Victorian row houses. Maneuver the tight hairpin turns of Lombart Street or through the maritime crowds at Fisherman’s Wharf. After you’ve sampled all the city’s specialties, travel over the Gold Gate Bridge to Napa Valley, where you can tour the vineyards and taste some of the world’s best wines.
Day 3: Gold Country and the Sierra Nevada
Journey to the former California Gold Rush town Columbia. Although it now has a tiny population, at its height it was the second largest city in California. Experience the boom-or-bust flair of the city as you pan for gold, and visit the preserved schoolhouse and cemetery. Continue to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yosemite National Park.
Day 4: Yosemite National Park
Massive granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls, clear streams, and giant sequoia groves are just the beginning of the picture-perfect landscape at Yosemite National Park. Hike any of the trails through meadows, around waterfalls, or under glacier-hewn gorges and granite walls. Travel to the top of Glacier Point for a view of Yosemite Valley that will leave you speechless.
Day 5: The Scenic 17-Mile Drive
Drive to Pacific Grove and begin the coastal 17-Mile Drive along the Pacific. Stop to take in scenic vistas of the coastal hills and the Lone Cypress Tree, visit famous Pebble Beach golf course and mansions, and the Del Monte Forest.
Day 6: The Marine Life of Monterey
See the spectacular Kelp Forest, Living Art Jellies, and other marine life exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. One of the largest aquariums in the world, it houses over 350,00 marine plants and animals. Spend the rest of the day playing on the beaches of Monterey, or watching the seals, sea lions, and sea otters that grace the shores year-round.
Day 7: Big Sur and Hearst Castle
Drive along Scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1 for one of the most beautiful drives in the nation. Following Big Sur’s rugged coastline and the Santa Lucia Mountains, Highway 1 provides remarkable vistas. End your drive at the Hearst Castle. With the main house modeled after a 16th-century Spanish cathedral and the outdoor swimming pool featuring an ancient Roman temple front transported whole from Europe, this grandiose 165-room estate also has zebras roaming the grounds.
Day 8: Glamour Galore – Santa Barbara & Los Angeles
Continue down the coast to Santa Barbara, whose skyline is formed by the Santa Ynez Mountains. With miles of beaches, superb shopping along cobbled walkways, outstanding dining, and fresh ocean air, it’s no wonder why the rich and the famous have long flocked to this playground. Leave the playground of Santa Barbara and head to Los Angeles, a virtual amusement park. Location of Hollywood, Disneyland, and Beverly Hills, there is a never-ending stream of entertainment flowing through L.A. Drive down Sunset Boulevard and decide from there if you want to rollerblade at the beach, dine with movie stars, or explore the hidden enclaves.
Day 9: Capistrano, Home of Zorro and the Migrating Swallows
Journey south to San Juan Capistrano, the historic mission town famed for the swallows that arrive every March from Argentina. Capistrano’s rich Spanish heritage also made it the ideal setting for The Mask of Zorro. Explore the town, visiting the Mission Basilica and other historic buildings. Take a scenic rail ride along the Pacific Coast, passing through Del Mar, Encinitas, and Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and ending in San Diego. This outdoor playground has plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, and catching waves. If you prefer to stay on land, head for the mountains, deserts, or gold courses. No matter what your interests, this laid-back beach city has something for you.
Day 10: San Diego Zoo
Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is renowned for its realistic, recreated habitats. Each exhibit features different animals side-by-side as they would be in the wild, amongst their native vegetation. Look for tigers and crocodiles in the Asian rainforest, polar bears and reindeer in the tundra, gorillas and bonobos in the African rainforest, and much more!
Day 11: Journey Home
Board your plane for a safe ride home.
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Colorado’s gorgeous landscape is a stunningly scenic playground for outdoor adventurers, who can enjoy the rough yet relaxed recreation with urban creature comforts. The mountains here are covered for many, many months with snow for skiing, and beautifully colored foliage during the spring, summer, and especially fall. The Rocky Mountains, one of North America’s most beautiful mountain ranges, have a different adventure for each day of the year. As you hike, bike, ski, raft, or horseback ride, you’ll be surrounded by the landscape that inspired “America the Beautiful.”
Whether you come to ski in style or leaf-peep in the fall, you’re sure to see lifestyles of the rich and famous in Aspen. A popular Hollywood hangout, the resorts here are sure to dazzle and delight. In addition, Aspen is a historic town with antiquated buildings set against the backdrop of the majestic Rockies. And of course, the spectacular skiing goes without say.
Rocky Mountain National Park
The Rockies’ verdant valleys, grassy meadows and shimmering lakes – all overlooked by snow covered peaks – are simply unbeatable. The diverse terrain changes with the elevation, and the scent of pine and fir fills the crisp, clean air. Chipmunks and squirrels frolic along the trails while prime wildlife viewing of elk, mule deer, beavers, coyotes, river otters, moose, bighorn sheep, and innumerable songbirds – awaits in every nook of the land.
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From families to honeymooners, the Sunshine State has something for everyone. Most people equate Florida with tropical climate, silky-smooth beaches, Disney, Universal Studios, and the Everglades, but that’s only the beginning!
There is so much to do in Florida the possibilities are endless: Stroll the palm-shaded promenades of Ft. Lauderdale; party and shop ’til you drop in Miami; choose from the 95+ theme parks and attractions of Orlando; visit the historic Amelia Island. All this is enough to fill several vacations, and we haven’t even gotten to Key Largo, the Florida Keys, Daytona Beach, and the countless other locations!
In addition to all this there are a myriad of outdoor pursuits. Dive into water activities like boating and kayaking, or enjoy landlubber diversions like cycling and golfing. With world-renowned amusement parks, fascinating historic districts, and top-rated golf courses, it is no wonder that so many return to Florida year after year.
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The lush rainforests, multi-tiered waterfalls, blue lagoons, and record-setting volcanoes make Hawaii the perfect romantic retreat. The adventures are numerous and the beaches – white, gold, red, black, and even green sanded – are just as plentiful. Each of the six main islands has their own personality and character. Swim alongside dolphins off the Kona Coast or enjoy the secluded beaches of Molokai and Lanai. You can watch the sunset over Waimea Canyon or the sunrise from atop Haleakala Crater. Maui
A common saying is “Maui no ka ‘oi,” or “Maui is the best,” and indeed, Maui is Hawaii’s most popular island. With experiences that include relaxing on and snorkeling from the shores of Big Beach, playing on championship golf courses, Humpback whale watching, and watching the sunrise from atop Haleakala Crater, it’s no wonder Maui is one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations.
The oldest of the Hawaiian islands, Kauai’s natural beauty is unmatched. Here you can kayak down the Wailua River, one of the only navigable rivers in Hawaii; explore the Coconut Coast; hike up “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon; and snuggle close on secluded, white sand beaches. Romance and adventure are sure to flourish amongst the lush greenery and tropical plants of Kauai.
Massachusetts & Rhode Island: 7-Day Sample Itinerary
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Day 1: Step Back in Time at Plymouth Rock
Visit first Plymouth Rock, which marks the Pilgrims’ historic 1620 landing, and the nearby Mayflower II. Then visit Plimouth Plantation, a delight for children and grown ups alike, where “pilgrims” recreate an authentic 17th century village, complete with harvesting, trials, and wedding parties! For dinner savor a fresh seafood feast that only New England could produce.
Day 2: Picturesque Martha’s Vineyard
Vacation spot of the rich and fashionable since the 17th century, today it’s off to Martha’s Vineyard. This charming island has backwater fishing villages set amidst sandy beaches and rolling hills. Head to Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven to see historic stately homes, and then admire the landscape – yacht harbors, sunny beaches, and salt marshes. Try your hand lobster trapping or bird watching.
Day 3: Whale of a Day on Nantucket
Cranberry bogs, pristine beaches, cobblestone streets, and a skyline dotted by steeples and lighthouses: today visit Nantucket. Even more exclusive than Martha’s Vineyard, this tiny island offers the creature comforts of today and the charm of yesteryear. Admire the colonial architecture, preserved landscape, and discover why the wealthy have been drawn here for so long.
Day 4: Cape Cod National Seashore & Whale Watching Cruise
Visit the Cape Cod National Seashore, and discover why artists and poets have been drawn for so long. Head down to the tip of the Cape and observe the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary – a playground for several whale species. If the weather is good, take a cruise and watch the whales frolicking, flipping fins, and sprouting water.
Day 5: Whaling New Bedford & Palatial Newport
Continue onto New Bedford, which was immortalized in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Learn about the history of whaling at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and then continue onto Newport, Rhode Island. This yachting haven has been a summertime favorite since the 19th century, when Vanderbilt and other industrialists built enormous summer “cottages.” Stroll Cliff Walk, set between these affluent mansions and the calming sea.
Day 6: Vanderbilt’s Newport Mansion
Tour The Breakers, the Vanderbilt’s 70-room “summer cottage.” This opulent mansion done in Italian Renaissance style is the epitome of the Gilded Age, and now stands as a National Historic Landmark. Head down to Newport Harbor for a scenic tour of Narragansett Bay, and then explore the rest of Newport.
Day 7: An American Legacy
Head to Quincy, Massachusetts, to visit the Adams National Historical Park, the former home of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, First Ladies, U.S. Ministers, historians, and writers.
New York City
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International center of film, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics is a long way to have come for a city founded by the tired, the poor, the huddled masses. Today the adrenaline-charged energy that fills the City contributes to the allure that draws so many. Many New Yorkers will say they know the best place for everything, but in this extraordinarily diverse city every opinion of “the best” is different. We invite you to form your own opinions.
Discover whether the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island better represents the U.S.’s heritage. See whether the City looks better at dusk from the top of the Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock. Cast your own vote for which Broadway performance deserves the next Tony. Decide whether the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the world’s largest cathedral, is really more impressive than St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Should a museum cover 4-square blocks and house the world’s greatest natural science collection like the Museum of Natural History, contain over two million works of art like the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met), or be sky-lit and feature open-air exhibits like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)? The Yankees or the Mets?
Whether you decide to stick to Manhattan or explore the Outer Boroughs, we are here to help sort through the chaos and plan your vacation from start to finish. NYC may only be 322 square miles but the overwhelming abundance of sights, attractions, and things to do make it challenging to get a big bite of the Big Apple. Whatever your interests, the city that never sleeps has something for people from all walks of life. Frank Sinatra spoke not just for himself, but for millions across the globe when he said, “I want to be a part of it – New York, New York.”
The Old South: 9-Day Sample Itinerary
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Days 1 & 2: St. Augustine, FL & Cruise Embarkment
St. Augustine, America’s oldest European settlement, is a charming historical town replete with a 17th century fort and city gates. Follow your guide through the 18th century Spanish Quarter as she expounds on the unique architecture and balconied houses left by the Spanish Empire. View the exquisite architecture of the Gonzalez-Alvarez House and the walled gardens near the Plaza de la Constitucion. At the end of the day, set sail on your cruise.
Day 3: Amelia Island, FL
With its pristine beauty, temperate climate, and calm waters, it is no wonder that Amelia Island was once the vacation destination of America’s rich and famous. During the 19th century Fernandina Beach was a vibrant Victorian seaport and was residence to fourteen foreign consuls; today it holds quaint historical gems. Enjoy a walking tour of the Victorian-style mansions and cottages in Centre Street.
Day 4: Georgia’s Golden Isles: Jekyll Island & St. Simons Island
Your next stop is Jekyll Island, once location of the richest, most exclusive, and most inaccessible club in the world. During the 19th century, wealthy industrialists and financiers such as the Rockefellers and Pulitzers came to Jekyll Island to enjoy its mild winters. Rediscover the opulent Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Millionaire’s Row, and Tiffany window of Faith Chapel.
Continue onto St. Simons Island, where Vice President Aaron Burr sought refuge after his duel with Alexander Hamilton. Visit the St. Simons Lighthouse, Christ Church, Retreat Plantation, and Fort Frederica on a trolley tour.
Day 5: Scenic Cruise
Cruise through the isolated Low Country toward Savannah on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, passing the beautiful southern coastal scenery. Cruise through Little Mud River, Old Teakettle Creek, and Skidaway Narrows before docking in Savannah.
Day 6: Savannah, GA
Recognized as America’s first planned city, Savannah is a living museum. Explore the monumental historic district, where cobblestone streets are shaded by oaks and lined with wrought iron fences that predate the Civil War. Tour the over 800 historical buildings, vibrantly colored in hues of pink, red, blue, and green.
Day 7: Beaufort, SC & the Intracoastal Waterway
Cruise from Savannah through Ramshorn Cut, Calibogue Sound, and Skull Creek to Beaufort. Ride a horse-drawn carriage led by members of the local historical society, touring Beaufort’s century-old homes, the historic St. Helena Episcopal Church, and other buildings in this tree-shaded community listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Day 8: Charleston, SC
Beautiful Charleston is the epitome of Southern Antebellum days. Narrow cobblestone streets are lined with stately homes, and the historic district is replete with colorfully painted pre-Revolutionary War structures and 18th century buildings with iron work embellishments. Highlights include 18th century Rainbow Row, the neoclassical Nathaniel Russel House, and the 1738 Drayton Hall Plantation.
Day 9: Journey Home
After a hearty southern breakfast, disembark from your cruise ship and transfer to the airport for a safe flight home.
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Lush green mountains and bucolic pastures make Vermont a scenic country retreat. Still mostly rural, the farms that dot the landscape produce the milk, cheese, ice cream, and maple syrup that Vermont is so well known for. Whether you are coming for the Bed & Breakfasts, skiing & snowboarding, or simpler times that still exist, Vermont has the treasures you seek nestled alongside its dusty roads.
Skiing, flower viewing, hiking, and leaf peeping – Stowe is a fantastic destination year-round. One of the oldest winter resorts in Vermont, Stowe has managed to preserve its historic charm, serene landscape, and affluent ambiance.
A resort for all seasons, much of Woodstock is on the National Register of Historic Places. Pastoral, scenic, and elegant, this stunning New England village has been attracting vacationists for over 100 years. Some were so taken with the simplistic grace and glory of Woodstock that they returned year after year, including prominent members of the Rockefeller family. Idyllic country lanes and a boutiquey downtown, Woodstock is simply superb.
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