If variety is the ‘spice of life,’ then America is bursting with flavor! Home to a host of exciting cities, awe-inspiring national parks, and incredible diversity at every turn, no other country has as many unique vacation destinations as the United States.

Fantasize about which adventure is calling your name. Is it a cruise along Alaska’s coast exploring enormous glaciers, fantastic fjords, and a wide array of arctic wildlife? Or a trip to California to dine with celebrities in Hollywood, bike the San Francisco Bay, unwind in Wine Country, or be captivated by animals at the San Diego Zoo?

The adventures don’t stop there. Marvel at Arizona’s spectacular canyons: Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Antelope Canyon or head to the ‘Theme Park Capital of the World,’ Orlando, Florida to play in Disneyworld, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld. With so much to see and do in New York City— ‘The City That Never Sleeps’—The Statue of Liberty, Broadway, Central Park and Times Square are just a sampling of must-sees. If beaches are your passion, you will find them from coast to coast and on our islands, too— from Hawaii to the Golden Isles of Georgia.

The list is endless and all the more reason to dedicate time to experiencing this great country and all it has to offer, from sophisticated cities, quaint small towns and national parks to exhilarating outdoor recreation, regional cuisines and historical museums and monuments. Wherever you go, whichever state you visit, you are sure to enter a ‘state of bliss.’

New York State

New York State is more than just the hustle and bustle of New York City—it is a state rich in history, culture, the arts, culinary diversity and spectacular natural landscapes. Visit national and state parks, wiggle your toes in the sand of ocean and lake beaches from the Hamptons to Lake George, hike hundreds of miles of lush forested trails, climb Catskill and Adirondack mountain summits, tour wineries and breweries throughout the state, and navigate the numerous rivers and streams by kayak or canoe. Feel the mist of Niagara Falls on your face or get lost in the boroughs of NYC from Brooklyn to Manhattan! Whether you seek serenity or excitement, New York State has you covered.

New York City

New York City, an international center for the arts, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics, has a tremendous adrenaline-charged energy that contributes to the allure that draws so many visitors each year. Delve into NYC’s heritage and cultural nuances by exploring its diverse neighborhoods. Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or take a cruise around Manhattan. While no longer the world’s tallest building, the wonderful view from the Empire State Building’s observation deck is still a sight to behold. Cast your own vote for which Broadway performance deserves the next Tony Award, immerse yourself in the buzz of Times Square, catch a Yankee or Mets game, or tempt your taste buds with a myriad of culinary choices reflecting exotic global cuisines.

NYC thinks big—the Museum of Natural History, measuring 4-square blocks and comprised of 28 interconnected buildings, is one of the largest museums in the world; the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the largest cathedral in North America; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States.

NYC may only be 322 square miles, but the overwhelming abundance of attractions, and things to do and sights to see can make it challenging to get a big bite of ‘The Big Apple.’ 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.”

Niagara Falls

Delight in one of the natural wonders of the world with a visit to Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the U.S.  Straddling the Canadian border, revel in the sights and sounds of this majestic 188-foot waterfall. Be prepared to get wet on a Maid of the Mist boat tour or test your fear of heights on the Niagara Falls Observation Tower that extends over Niagara Gorge providing the only panoramic view of all three Niagara Falls, including the American Falls. Don’t miss the breathtaking nightly illuminations. Afterward, visit the Cave of the Winds at the falls, stroll through the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens or drive the Niagara Wine Trail, one of the fastest-growing wine regions in New York State.

Adirondack Mountains

Comprised of more than six million acres of lush forests, majestic mountains, beautiful lakes, winding hiking trails and more than 30,000 miles of rivers, streams and brooks, the Adirondacks is a sight to see. No matter what time of year, stunning landscapes await. The Adirondacks enjoys one of the longest fall foliage seasons in the country.

This vast region is home to over 100 charming towns and villages including Lake Placid, Lake George, Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh, Wilmington, Old Forge and Glens Falls, each with its own distinctive personality, things to do and many situated on lakes. The Adirondacks is an adventurers’ paradise. In the mild spring, summer and fall months go hiking, canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, biking, zip-lining and fishing. During the winter months, after a day on superb ski slopes, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, entertain yourself at a fun-filled winter carnival.


Brimming with villages and hamlets, the Hamptons stretches along the southern shore of the eastern portion of Long Island on the Atlantic Ocean, where you will be enchanted by its shingled windmills and dramatic dunes. The Hamptons is a blend of historic character and rural charm where ocean breezes and strolls along white sandy beaches soothe and relax you. Enjoy fantastic seafood at interesting upscale restaurants, shop the many designer boutiques, or hit the links at a large choice of public and private courses. Known for its refined art scene, be sure to visit the Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center, the Parrish Art Museum and Guild Hall, an arts, entertainment and education center.

Watch the speed limit as you drive along Dune Road admiring the ocean views and massive beach houses of the rich and famous. Hike in the Quogue Wildlife Refuge or Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge. Tour the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center & Museum in Southampton. A Hampton’s visit would not be complete without a day spent in newly trendy Montauk, the town at the easternmost end of Long Island. And feel free to venture beyond the Hamptons to the North Fork, where you can ride Greenport’s 100-year-old carousel and sip robust wines at any number of wineries.

The Catskills

Just 90-minutes north of NYC, people come to the Catskills for the rustic ambiance and leave with extraordinary memories and a desire to return! The Catskill Mountains offers something for everyone—romantic couple’s getaways, family-friendly vacations and epic outdoor adventures. Quaint and sometimes quirky small towns like Woodstock (yes, ‘that’ Woodstock), Saugerties, Windham, New Paltz and Catskill are finding a new audience in weekend travelers looking for unique, bucolic destinations far away from the frenetic pace of the city.

Here you will find the Catskill Forest Preserve, Hunter Mountain and Belleayre Mountain ski resorts, and must-see sites such as Kaaterskill Falls and Sunset Rock. Cycling enthusiasts will find some of the best mountain biking trails in the Northeast. Brave a whitewater rafting excursion, swim in glistening lakes, hike some of New York State’s most rugged mountains to enjoy stunning river and valley views below, fly-fish for trout in Willoemoc Creek, or brave the longest zipline canopy in North America! Paddleboard to the historic Hudson-Athens Lighthouse or bike to Bashakill Vineyards to sample a flight of wine. Take a walk across the Hudson River Skywalk, a mile-long pedestrian bridge spanning the Hudson that offers beautiful views of the river and surrounding valley. Abundant with wildlife, scenic waterfalls, serene forests and sinuous hiking trails, artists and writers are drawn to the Catskills for inspiration. This “forever wild” region is outfitted for all.



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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.

Fort Lauderdale

Now a chic and sophisticated city, Fort Lauderdale is lined with promenades for leisurely strolls, canals and waterways reminiscent of Venice, grand yachts, and stylish seaside cafes and bistros. And of course, its reputation of beaches and nightlife have drawn crowds from around the world.

Fort Myers

Fort Myers is an enticing pearl on the Gulf of Florida. The scintillating turquoise water, warmed by a watchful sun, laps the gleaming beaches and awakens the laid-back nature in all of us. The historic district and riverfront walkway provide delightful diversions. The regional center of activity, Fort Myers calls to sunbathers and golfers alike.

Miami & South Beach

Miami and its surrounding beaches sparkle with a cosmopolitan flair – unbelievable shopping, dazzling nightlife, and beach upon golden beach. With kid friendly attractions like the Seaquarium and Parrot Island Jungle mixed in with gourmet restaurants and trendy nightclubs, Miami is great for both families and couples.


This sophisticated beach town caters to the finer things in life. The colorfully ornate mansions that line the beachfront, along with the fine dining and elegant boutiques, all contribute to the ambiance. Romantic beaches, moonlit strolls, and carefree days all characterize this laid-back Gulf town.


More than 95 theme parks jam-packed with thrills and excitement – it’s no wonder why Orlando is the world’s #1 family vacation destination. Experience the magic of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, and then ride the attractions and go behind the scenes at Universal Studios. See the Shamu show at SeaWorld, and discover the secrets of NASA at Kennedy Space Center – there are so many choices you can visit a different theme park everyday of the week.


Known for its city scrapers, Tampa is more than its business veneer. The kid-friendly Busch Gardens Africa, historic district of Ybor City, and downtown museums, make this metropolis a pleasant side trip from the miles of beaches.


The Golden State is an enchanting place to visit, featuring over 1,000 miles of beaches; a mix of world-class cities and picturesque small towns; a diverse landscape encompassing oceans, deserts, mountains and valleys; and some of this country’s most stunning national parks, including Yosemite, Redwood, and Sequoia. Drive along dramatic cliff-lined shores, explore Northern California’s redwood forest, climb the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and hop from region to region and city to city. Start north or south and wind your way along the sinuous California coast on the Pacific Coast Highway, taking in such magnificent landmarks and sights as Wine Country, the Golden Gate Bridge, Big Sur, Hearst Castle, filmmaking capital Hollywood, Coronado Island and so much more. Grab your surfboard or a glass of wine and soak in the wonders of California!

The California Experience: 2-Week Sample Itinerary

Days 1 & 2: San Francisco and Napa Valley

Liberal, hilly, eccentric, and culturally diverse, no other place in the United States is quite like San Francisco. With a multitude of eclectic neighborhoods, experience a different flavor with each street you walk. Saunter through affluent Nob Hill or treat yourself to traditional cuisine in America’s oldest Chinatown. Enjoy the surreal beauty of white fog encompassing the Golden Gate Bridge or the sun setting over Victorian row houses. Maneuver the tight hairpin turns on Lombard Street or ease your way through the maritime crowds at Fisherman’s Wharf.

After you have sampled all of the city’s highlights, travel over the Golden Gate Bridge to Napa Valley, where you can tour magnificent wineries and savor some of the world’s best wines. Roam the hillsides via bike, rent a private car, or join a small tour bus traveling from vineyard to vineyard. Pair your wine with an indulgent meal at several Michelin-star restaurants and bask in the perfect year-round weather!

Day 3: Gold Country in Columbia

Journey to the former California Gold Rush town, Columbia. Although its population is a small fraction of what it once was, during its heyday it was the second-largest city in California. Experience the boom-or-bust heritage of the town as you pan for gold, then visit the preserved schoolhouse and local cemetery. Continue on to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yosemite National Park.

Days 4 & 5: Yosemite National Park & the Sierra Nevada Mountains

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 a range of trails through meadows, around waterfalls, or under glacier-hewn gorges and stone walls. Travel to the top of Glacier Point for a stunning view of Yosemite Valley that will leave you speechless.

Explore the Sierra Nevada terrain as you snap photos of Bridal Veil Falls and connect with the abundant nature that surrounds you. Smell the fragrant wildflowers in Tuolumne Meadows, gaze at the imposing rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome, or swim in the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. With so much amazing acreage to navigate, you will need to visit again!

Day 6: Scenic 17-Mile Drive

Drive to Pacific Grove and begin the coastal ‘17-Mile Drive’ along the Pacific. Stop along the way to take in scenic vistas of the coastal hills and the Lone Cypress Tree, admire the famous Pebble Beach golf course, nearby mansions and the Del Monte Forest.

Days 7 & 8: Monterey & Big Sur

Reflect on 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 aquatic 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.

Continue along scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1, 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 ride at Hearst Castle, whose main house was modeled after a 16th-century Spanish cathedral. The outdoor swimming pool features an ancient Roman temple front transported from Europe and this grandiose 165-room estate even has zebras still grazing in pastures near Highway 1 in San Simeon.

Days 9 & 10: Santa Barbara & Los Angeles

Drive 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 is no wonder the rich and famous have long flocked to this adventure playground. Leave Santa Barbara and head to Los Angeles, home to Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and nearby Disneyland, in Anaheim. A never-ending stream of movie, TV and music entertainment industries and individuals flows through L.A. Drive down Sunset Boulevard and decide from there if you want to rollerblade the Venice beach boardwalk, dine with movie stars at The Ivy, or explore the hidden enclaves of Malibu.

Day 11: San Juan Capistrano

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, Mission San Juan Capistrano and Ronald W. Casper’s Wilderness Park.

Days 12 & 13: San Diego

Take a scenic rail ride along the Pacific Coast from San Juan Capistrano, passing through Encinitas and Cardiff-by-the-Sea, to find yourself in San Diego with a plethora of opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking and catching waves. If you prefer to stay on land, head for the mountains, deserts or plentiful top-ranked golf courses. No matter what your interests, this laid-back beach city has something for everyone.

Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is renowned for its authentically recreated habitats. Each exhibit features different animals’ side-by-side as they would be in the wild. Discover tigers and crocodiles in the Asian rainforest, polar bears and reindeer in the tundra, gorillas and bonobos in the African rainforest, and an amazing array of fascinating species.

Day 14: Journey Home

Fly out of San Diego Airport. Have a safe flight home!


Colorado’s gorgeous landscape is a stunning scenic haven for outdoor adventurers to enjoy year-round recreational activities without sacrificing urban comforts. As you hike the rugged terrain, bike along trails, ski perfect white powder, raft exhilarating rapids, glide through the sky in a hot air balloon or horseback ride through meadows, you will be enveloped by the breathtaking vistas that inspired “America the Beautiful.”

The Rocky Mountains, one of North America’s most beautiful mountain ranges, offer an exciting adventure every day of the year. Majestic snow-covered mountains provide months and months of prime skiing at some of Colorado’s most popular ski resorts like Aspen, Beaver Creek, Vail and Breckenridge. Gaze in awe at the tallest sand dunes found in the U.S. at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Snap selfies at Grand Mesa, the world’s highest flattop mountain. Explore the gold and red hued foliage of aspens and cottonwoods on fall hikes through the hillsides and river valleys. Take a soothing soak in one of Colorado’s amazing geothermal hot springs, even in the middle of winter! A single trip won’t do justice to all there is to see and do—Colorado beckons visitors to return again and again to explore its diverse culture, rich heritage, spectacular scenery, interesting towns and vibrant cities.


Known as ‘The Mile-High City,’ Denver is an eclectic city with a superb dining scene on Restaurant Row, famous craft breweries, and incredible natural surroundings—once you arrive, you will immediately feel the laid-back vibe. For a more urban sensibility, navigate the art districts, wander around the Denver Art Museum, inhale the fragrant scent permeating Denver Botanic Gardens, or check out Larimer Square. Shop the 16 th Street Mall, visit Denver Union Station, or stroll through Civic Center Park. Nature lovers can rent a pedal boat on Washington Park’s Smith Lake, bike along 85 miles of trails, hike numerous trails just outside Denver, or kayak in Confluence Park, one of 205 parks within city limits and the largest city park system in the country. Denver is the gateway to the majestic wonders of Colorado.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the most popular and most visited national parks in the country, has diverse terrain that changes with the elevation –- more than 100 peaks rise above 11,000 feet in altitude. The refreshing scent of pine and fir infuses the crisp, clean air. Verdant valleys, grassy meadows, and shimmering lakes – overlooked by snow-covered peaks – are simply breathtaking. Chipmunks and squirrels frolic along trails and prime wildlife viewing of elk, mule deer, beavers, coyotes, river otters, moose, bighorn sheep, and countless songbirds, awaits at numerous vantage points. At the base of the Rockies, surrounded by wilderness, sits Estes Park, one of the most charming mountain villages in Colorado, truly a must-see!


This bicycle lover’s paradise invites you to explore its urban parks and take in the fresh mountain air. Boulder has a free-spirited, creative ambiance that has fostered trendy shops, cozy cafes, a myriad of breweries (more per capita than any other city in the U.S.) and a thriving arts scene. Climb the striking, reddish-brown Flatirons, Boulder’s most iconic landmark; hike the Royal Arch Trail to see wonderful views of Boulder; watch the sunset atop Flagstaff Mountain and enjoy sensational views of the Continental Divide.

Snow Bunny Nirvana


A holiday utopia is how one could describe Breckenridge during the winter months. After a full day of cruising down the runs at Breckenridge Ski Resort, head downtown to partake in après-ski activities, see the streets ablaze with twinkling holiday lights, icicles forming on perches, and relax by a warm fire in a cozy café. Stroll down historic Main Street popping in and out of eclectic shops, galleries and restaurants. There are numerous winter activities beyond skiing to keep you entertained like snowshoeing, sledding or admiring intricate, larger-than-life works of art created at the International Snow Sculpture Championships every January. This quaint, photogenic town will captivate you with its charm and make you want to stay year-round.

Steamboat Spring

Strap on your skis or grab your snowboard and head to 3,000 skiable acres at Steamboat Ski Resort. Coined as ‘Ski Town, USA,’ this is a prime spot to hit the slopes. If downhill skiing isn’t your thing, spend a day cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snow tubing or snowshoeing; go for a horse-drawn sleigh ride or let a local teach you how to ice fish. For an outstanding panoramic view of the beautiful winter landscape, ride the Steamboat Gondola up the mountain. After a rewarding day of skiing, take a relaxing dip in the famous hot springs to unwind.


Exceptional ski slopes, lavish resorts, three linked base areas known as villages, world-class restaurants, heated pedestrian streets, interesting boutiques and a spirited nightlife combine to make Vail one of the best alpine destinations in Colorado. Vail Mountain Resort is one of the largest ski resorts in the world, with over 5,000 acres of slopes available for skiing and snowboarding, offering breathtaking mountain views at every turn. You will fall in love with this powdery playground and the wealth of winter activities it offers, including snow tubing, snow biking, an alpine coaster and scenic gondola rides.


Whether you come to ski in style or leaf-peep in the fall, you are sure to witness the lifestyles of the rich and famous in Aspen. A popular Hollywood hangout, the resorts here are sure to dazzle and delight. Aspen is an historic silver-mining town that underwent a cultural renaissance in the 1940s. Since then it has become a legendary destination set against the backdrop of the majestic Rockies, known for spectacular skiing. Literally rising up from downtown Aspen, Ajax, the locals’ pet name for Aspen Mountain, gives entirely new meaning to ski-in/ski-out.


Nestled next to San Juan Mountain beneath towering peaks, what Telluride lacks in size—it is only eight blocks wide and twelve blocks long—it makes up for in charm and character. Designated a National Historic Landmark District in1964, the town is brimming with colorful Victorian homes, historic buildings, interesting shops, art galleries, celebrated restaurants and a festive nightlife. Stellar skiing and snowboarding are available at Telluride Ski Resort. This ski mecca pulls out all the stops—creating the first and only free public transportation system of its kind in the country, a 13-minute gondola ride connecting Telluride and the nearby town of Mountain Village.

The Southeast

Spend quality time in the Southeast region of the United States to truly experience its uniquely vibrant culture and infamous Southern hospitality. Compromised of 12 states, you will encounter a myriad of distinctly different adventures depending on whether you stick to the Atlantic coast or venture inland!

The list of places to go and things to do is endless. Play night and day in the Theme Park Capital of the World, Orlando, Florida; soak up the sun in Key West or on Hilton Head Island; visit the Memphis home of the ‘King of Rock,’ Elvis Presley; trek across the beautiful terrain of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in Tennessee, the most visited national park in the U.S., or hike the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. If that’s not enough, explore Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, the longest known cave system in the world; relish relaxing in the laid-back Golden Isles of Georgia; or savor finger-licking good barbeque in North Carolina.

The Southeast is steeped in history, some to be proud of and some to atone for. Tour battlegrounds in West Virginia; relive the spirit of bygone days at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia; marvel at the largest house in the U.S. with over 250 rooms at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina; see where the Civil War began in Charleston, South Carolina; or dive into this country’s musical heritage, much of it birthed in the south.

The Southeast will beckon you to revisit many times as it is full of iconic Southern cities, quaint towns, delicious cuisine, foot-stomping music and exciting coastal water activities such as swimming with dolphins, deep-sea fishing, and parasailing. Here is one snapshot of how you can sample the southeast to get a fantastic feel for the region. Reach out for other personalized itineraries!

The Old South: 9-Day Sample Itinerary

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.

The Old Coastal South: 14-Day Sample Itinerary


Days 1 & 2: St. Augustine, FL

St. Augustine, America’s oldest European settlement, is a charming historical town replete with a 17th-century fort and city gates. Let a guide accompany you through the 18th century Spanish Quarter, highlighting the unique architecture and balconied houses left by the Spanish Empire. Admire the exquisite architecture of the Gonzalez-Alvarez House and the walled gardens near the Plaza de la Constitucion.


Day 3: Amelia Island, FL

With its pristine beauty, temperate climate and calm waters, it is no wonder that Amelia Island was once a prime vacation destination of America’s rich and famous. During the 19th century, Fernandina Beach was a vibrant Victorian seaport and residence to fourteen foreign consuls; today, it is home to quaint historical gems. Enjoy a walking tour of the Victorian-style mansions and cottages along Centre Street.

Days 4 & 5: The Golden Isles of Georgia


Located just off the coast of southern Georgia is a captivating seaside paradise comprised of miles of beautiful beaches and breathtaking marshlands on four barrier islands—St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island and Little St. Simons Island. Each island is rich in culture, history and experiences and has its own distinct personality beckoning visitors seeking rest and rejuvenation along the southern coast.

First stop—Jekyll Island, once the location of the wealthiest and most exclusive vacation club in the world, where wealthy industrialists and financiers such as the Rockefellers and Pulitzers came to enjoy mild winters. Rediscover the opulent Jekyll Island Club Resort, Millionaire’s Row, and the Tiffany window at Faith Chapel. Jekyll Island is a magical mix of tranquility and discovery, where at every turn, you are spellbound by its beautiful oak trees, sun-bleached driftwood beach, and sea turtle enclave. Be it a romantic getaway or a family vacation, your leisurely days will be well spent here.

Continue onto St. Simons Island, the largest of the Golden Isles. With its beautiful beaches and nature trails, be sure to visit the St. Simons Lighthouse and Museum, Maritime Center Museum, and one of its many historical landmarks, including the Bloody Marsh battle site and the ruins of Fort Frederica. See where Vice President Aaron Burr sought refuge after his duel with Alexander Hamilton, wander Christ Church, Retreat Plantation, and Fort Frederica on a trolley tour. One of the island’s big draws is golf—the last PGA tournament of the season is held here each November.

Days 6 & 7: Savannah, GA

Explore the Historic Landmark District, where cobblestone streets are shaded by oaks and lined with wrought iron fences predating the Civil War. Tour more than 22 tree-lined park squares, countless museums, striking monuments, restored 18th-century homes, and the picturesque Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.

Wander iconic cobblestoned River Street to watch boats glide up the river, stopping to eat along the waterfront; stroll through the bustling City Market to explore interesting shops, galleries and restaurants; listen to ghost stories under Spanish moss; and take a horse-drawn carriage ride through manicured parks as your driver shares the rich history of this wonderful city. Savannah has an enchanting soul waiting to be discovered.

Day 8: Hilton Head, SC

Vacationing on Hilton Head Island is synonymous with relaxation. Take a nature tour, a dolphin watch cruise, or explore the local waterways by kayak. If you are craving an adrenaline rush, rent a wave runner, take water skiing lessons, or try your hand at deep-sea fishing on a charter boat. Kick back on the beach after a morning round of golf on one of 33 world-class courses found in the Low Country area that includes Hilton Head Island.

Day 9: Beaufort, SC

Ride a horse-drawn carriage while 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. Beaufort is full of beautiful antebellum mansions, quaint southern charm, and delectable seafood. While here, walk across Woods Memorial Bridge, depicted in the movie, Forrest Gump.

Days 10 & 11: Charleston, SC

Beautiful Charleston is the epitome of Southern Antebellum days. Narrow cobblestone streets are lined with stately homes, the historic district is replete with colorfully painted pre-Revolutionary War structures, and 18th-century buildings feature exquisite ironwork embellishments. Historical highlights include 18th century Rainbow Row, the neoclassical Nathaniel Russel House, the 1738 Drayton Hall Plantation, Fort Sumter and Magnolia Plantation & Gardens.

The French Quarter is an art lover’s paradise, the perfect place to stroll the quaint streets window shopping. Walk along The Battery seawall and promenade overlooking Charleston Harbor, admiring the nearby waterfront antebellum homes. Relish the local ambiance, dine at award-winning restaurants, and if time allows, drive to one of the magnificent beaches such as Folly Beach or Kiawah Island. Charleston will not disappoint.

Days 12 & 13: Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach, a mecca for family beach vacations, has 60 miles of soft, white-sanded beaches, upscale golf courses designed by pros themselves, and a wide variety of activities to keep everyone entertained. Bike the beachfront boardwalks, brave a rollercoaster or a waterpark, horseback ride through Huntington Beach State Park, rent a jet ski and ride the waves through the Intracoastal Waterway, and end your day with live entertainment at The Carolina Opry or Alabama Theatre. Hit one of numerous outlet shopping centers in the area in search of great deals, play a quick round of mini-golf in the ‘Mini-Golf Capital of the World,’ or venture to new heights on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel for an amazing view of the city skyline.

Day 14: Journey Home

Fly out of Myrtle Beach International Airport. Have a safe flight home!


From the Berkshire mountains quaint small towns and amazing ski slopes to the shores of Cape Cod, where visitors can swim, sun and sail, ‘The Bay State” of Massachusetts offers visitors a wealth of great things to do and places to see. Massachusetts storied past is commemorated throughout the state with historical landmarks that provide a window into the founding of our great nation. Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston; visit Plymouth Rock where the Pilgrims landed; relive life as it was in the early 1800s at Old Sturbridge Village; learn about the history of whaling at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the world’s most comprehensive museum dedicated to whales; and dive into the witch hunt hysteria that took hold in 1692 at the Salem Witch Museum. Whether it’s a scenic fall foliage drive, an antiquing road trip, an island beach getaway to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket, a Red Sox game or exploring the many sights, sounds and tastes found in Boston, you will have a ‘wicked’ good time!


Rhode Island

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the USA, but it is truly larger than life! Known as the ‘Ocean State’ for its 400 miles of magnificent coastline, visitors will find so much more here than beautiful beaches and mouth-watering seafood. A rich tapestry of history, culture, seafaring traditions and breathtaking vistas awaits from the capital, Providence, to Block Island, just 13 miles off the coast. Newport steals much of the spotlight with its splendid historic mansions built by this country’s wealthiest families in the late 19th century as ‘summer cottages’; its famed Cliff Walk, offering amazing Atlantic Ocean views; Fort Adams State Park, a must-see for history buffs and home to the annual Newport Jazz Festival; Touro Synagogue, the oldest U.S. synagogue, established in 1658;  and the National Museum of American Illustration, which houses one of the largest collections of illustrated works in the U.S. Get up close to nature at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, go horseback riding on the beach in Greenwich, learn how to surf in Bristol, see the stunning WaterFire display in Providence and take the ferry to Block Island.

Massachusetts & Rhode Island: 12-Day Sample Itinerary

Days 1 & 2: Boston, MA

One of the most preeminent historic cities in the United States, Boston is the birthplace of the American Revolution, and you’ll feel that connection at every twist and turn as you wander the city. Take a self-guided tour on The Freedom Trail and see the sites that played a significant role in America’s past. Ride a swan boat in the Public Garden, walk through the halls of the Museum of Fine Arts, or shop along bustling Newbury Street in cute boutiques. Catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, grab a pint of beer at the infamous Cheers bar, purchase a souvenir from Faneuil Hall Marketplace, or travel back in time at Paul Revere’s House. Take snapshots of the picturesque bridges over The Charles River and get a personal tour of Harvard University with a student. At the end of the day, wash down your clam-chowder and Boston cream pie with a cold Samuel Adams!

Day 3: Quincy, MA

The ‘City of Presidents,’ Quincy, Massachusetts, is home to former Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Take a leisurely walk through the Adams National Historical Park, enjoy a picnic at Marina Bay, or explore the U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum. For a unique experience, catch your own meal while aboard Little Sisters Charter boat out on the harbor.

Day 4: Plymouth, MA

Plymouth Rock, which marks the Pilgrims’ historic 1620 landing, is a celebrated landmark in Massachusetts. Here you’ll see the Mayflower II. Walk around Plymouth Plantation, where “pilgrims” recreate an authentic 17th-century village, complete with harvesting, trials, and wedding parties! For dinner, savor a fresh seafood feast that could only be found in New England.

Days 5 & 6: Cape Cod, MA

Visit the Cape Cod National Seashore and discover why artists and poets have gravitated here 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 spouting water. Cape Cod is an excellent vacation destination, offering relaxing beaches, lovely lighthouses, dramatic dunes, beautiful bluffs, superb biking trail, lots of terrific antique shopping and, of course, savory seafood dining!

Day 7: Nantucket, MA

Cranberry bogs, pristine beaches, cobblestone streets, and a skyline dotted by steeples and lighthouses—ferry to Nantucket today. 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 Nantucket continues to attract vacationers.

Day 8: Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Head to Martha’s Vineyard by ferry and see firsthand why this island vacation spot has been so popular with the rich and fashionable since the 17th century. 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 admire the lovely landscape – yacht-filled harbors, sunny beaches, and salt marshes. Try your hand at lobster trapping or bird watching.

Day 9: New Bedford, MA

Continue onto New Bedford, immortalized in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Learn about the history of whaling at the New Bedford Whaling Museum that features a 66-foot long skeleton of a baby blue whale! Hop aboard the 100-year-old-ship Schooner Ernestina, tour the Rotch-Jones-Duff House, and enjoy the town’s acclaimed signature gardens. Do not forget to stop at New Bedford Harbor, where you can purchase an expedition out to sea where whaling history comes alive.

Day 10: Newport, RI

Tour The Breakers, the Vanderbilt’s 70-room “summer cottage.” This opulent Italian Renaissance-style mansion is the epitome of the Gilded Age and now stands as a National Historic Landmark, as do many of Newport’s famed mansions. Head down to Newport Harbor for a scenic tour on Narragansett Bay and then explore the rest of Newport by foot. Stroll Cliff Walk, passing by affluent mansions along the way and marvel at the gorgeous views of the sea.

Days 11 & 12: Providence, RI

The state’s capital, Providence, is situated on a charming riverfront, located at the tip of Narragansett Bay. The city is compact, eccentric, and politically colorful. The architecture highlights art deco and beaux-art buildings, terracotta facades, and decorative details. Purchase goods at America’s first shopping mall, The Arcade, or traverse historic Benefit Street, a mile-long stretch with elegant period-style homes.

Visit Roger Williams Park Zoo, one of the oldest in the country, home to 40-acres of exotic animals in a naturalistic setting. Gardeners will want to see the nearby Roger Williams Park Botanical Center which has the most extensive public indoor garden in New England. Explore the river on Venetian-style gondolas passing under graceful bridges or roam prestigious college campuses like Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Massachusetts & Rhode Island: 7-Day Sample Itinerary

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.


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.

The Big Island

Go from tropical rainforests to alpine meadows, and from black sand beaches to snowcapped mountains. Hawaii’s diverse landscape provides a paradise for the adventure-minded: snorkel and scuba dive off the Kona Coast, see molten lava flow from Kileauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and stroll hand-in-hand down gold, black, and even green sand beaches. With opportunities to swim alongside dolphins and green sea turtles, the Big Island has romance waiting around every corner.


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.


Home to Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, and over 85% of the state’s population, Oahu is the most populous and developed island in Hawaii. Enjoy Honolulu’s vibrant nightlife, numerous cultural events, and numerous shops. Here you can visit the USS Arizona National Memorial at Pearl Harbor and the Iolani Palace, catch the perfect wave off the North Shore, and doze together on the beaches beneath the Koolau and Waianae mountain ranges.


Visiting Molokai is like traveling back to a simpler time. Quiet and rural, Molokai is the least developed and least touristed island in Hawaii. Here outdoor adventures are apart of life, and you can hike through the lush landscape of Halawa Valley and boat out to see the tallest see cliffs in the world. Watch the rose, coral, and blue sunset, keeping your eyes open for the legendary green flash when the sun touches the water.


Once the largest pineapple plantation in the world, Lanai is now home to two exclusive resorts and would be more aptly nicknamed “The Private Island.” Here you can tee up at championship gold courses, see dolphins, and hike up Munro Trail for views of the five neighboring islands. You will know Lanai is the ultimate destination for luxury, privacy, and romance when you stroll alone with the one you love on the moonlit beach.


Fall in love with Alaska and all it has to offer. Explore the expansive wilderness of our 49th and largest state, fill your lungs with fresh air, and photograph breathtaking vistas of riverbanks winding through valleys. Marvel at the inspiring aerial view of Alaska’s imposing mountain ranges and glaciers from high above in a helicopter, traverse the tundra and even brave a bear-viewing tour. Watch in awe as immense whales propel themselves into the air and then crash back into the ocean, gaze at the night sky to spy the Northern Lights dancing across the horizon or take a boat tour through Kenai Fjords National Park, Prince William Sound or Glacier Bay National Park.

Cruise the Inside Passage to snap panoramic shots of amazing views, magnificent mountains and abundant wildlife. Hike North America’s highest mountain in Denali National Park, kayak past drifting icebergs in glacier-carved fjords, or fish for salmon in the copious rivers of Alaska. Catch a leg of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race or hop aboard the scenic Alaska Railroad. Alaska’s iceberg-dotted waters and majestic landscape will have you wondering whether you are dreaming or actually living a fantasy come true!

Alaska the Great: Cruise and Land Tour

Day 1: Anchors Aweigh at Vancouver

Board your cruise ship and set sail for Alaska accompanied by a team of knowledgeable naturalists, experts in Alaskan wildlife populations, geography, culture and history—none of your questions will be left unanswered!

Day 2: Scenic Inside Passage

Travel through the Inside Passage and admire the breathtaking beauty of spectacular 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, Salmon capital of the world

Stop in Ketchikan, named in honor of the hundreds of eagles that nest in the mountain forests and ancestral home of the Tlingit people. There is so much to do here. Visit Saxman Village to see the most extensive collection of standing totem poles in a single location. Paddle a canoe across a mountain lake surrounded by rainforest. Travel by seaplane to the roadless Misty Fjords, whose saw-tooth ridges are shrouded in mists. Journey to the heart of Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the U.S., 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 Alaska’s cosmopolitan capital and gateway to the rugged frontier. No visit is complete without exploring the Juneau Icefield and Mendenhall Glacier, one of 38 glaciers that flow from the icefield. The glacier empties into a beautiful blue lake punctuated with floating mini icebergs that have calved from the glacier. Juneau is one of the best spots in Alaska for humpback whale-watching—be sure to arrange an excursion to admire these incredible creatures.

Day 5: Skagway, gold rush’s home

Disembark in Skagway, where fortune hunters, saloon owners and adventurers flocked in 1896 when gold was discovered in the Klondike. Ride the White Pass Railway for a panoramic view of mountains and glaciers. Travel to the Gold Rush Camp and savor 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 Strait Point

The next stop on your cruise is Icy Strait Point, located in Alaska’s largest Native Tlingit village of Hoonah, near Glacier Bay National Park. Here you will find a wealth of adventurous activities. Boat through the water surrounded by mountainous landscapes in search of whales and other marine mammals. Look for brown bears on a remote bush exploration. Discover the region’s fishing heritage, do some saltwater salmon fishing or visit the restored 1912 Alaska salmon cannery and museum. Flightsee over Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to spot soaring 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 tidewater glacier in North America, and one of the few glaciers defying climate change by growing rather than shrinking. Routinely calving off icebergs as large as 10-story buildings and sending massive blocks of ice into the sea every few minutes, chances are you will witness a spectacular display!

Day 8: Anchor at Seward & Journey to Anchorage

Anchor at Seward, ending your cruise and beginning your land tour. Stand in awe of the 3,000-foot sentry Mount Marathon, who guards the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park. Board a luxurious motor coach for a scenic ride to Anchorage and then tour 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 Alaska’s Native people.

Day 9: Scenic ride through Talkeetna to Denali

Travel to Talkeetna, the gateway to the vast wilderness of Denali, taking in the magnificent scenery of the Alaska Range along the way. Wander around town enjoying its frontier hospitality, interesting shops, galleries, and a meal of delicious Alaskan king crab or bison meatloaf washed down with a local brew. End your Alaskan journey at Denali National Park and Preserve, home of Mount Denali (also known as Mount McKinley), North America’s highest mountain.

Day 10: Denali National Park and Preserve

Start your day with a natural history tour of the park with a ranger. As you navigate the paths of the glaciated landscape, admire plentiful wildlife in their natural habitat such as moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves, and grizzly bears. Watch for migratory birds like 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 one amphibian species, Denali is a wonderous place to experience!

Day 11: Fairbanks Flight

Enjoy a hearty breakfast of caribou or reindeer sausage before boarding your plane for a safe flight home.

The National Parks

America’s backyard is rich in National Parks with 62 unforgettable terrains to explore, each one abundant in natural wonder, uniquely diverse ecosystems, and endless outdoor endeavors. Every park plays an essential role in our American heritage and the unique environment of each one can be enjoyed in a variety of ways—be it a romantic getaway, a family retreat or simply your desire to connect with awe-inspiring natural landmarks, you will leave a piece of your heart behind.

Travel to the west coast to hike in California’s Yosemite National Park and admire the imposing rock formation, El Capitan, or head to the east coast to Acadia National Park, located entirely on an island off the coast of Maine! Navigate the Rockies in Colorado for breathtaking vistas or head south to Florida to boat through the subtropical preserve, The Everglades, one of the most protected areas in the United States.

Find yourself in Wyoming snapping photos of Old Faithful erupting in Yellowstone National Park or have an out-of-body experience being up close and personal to wildlife in Denali National Park and Reserve in Alaska. Stargaze while lodging inside the Grand Canyon in Arizona or scale the sandstone arches at Arches National Park in Utah.

Experience these revered natural splendors via half-day hikes, rafting excursions, or guided backpacking trips to uncover the extraordinary stories each park has to share. The United States National Parks genuinely has something for everyone, from the beginner explorer to the expert outdoor enthusiast. Rediscover and reconnect with these national treasures from sea to shining sea.

Grand Canyon National Park

“Grand” is still not sufficient enough to describe this massive chasm in Arizona. This majestic park is a mile deep, and at points, up to 18 miles wide! It should come as no surprise that The Grand Canyon is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Gaze into the largest canyon in the world, delicately painted by Mother Nature, to immerse yourself in its vibrant red and orange hues covering over one million acres and be humbled by its size and beauty. If you are interested in exploring the backcountry on your own, walk, bike, or hike the multiple trails throughout the park.

Most travelers prefer to visit the North and South Rims of the canyon because there is so much more to see and do. The Rim Trail offers some of the most spectacular views of the Grand Canyon. The river experience is an adventure you will not want to miss. There are numerous boating options, including canoeing, motorized pontoon boats, and oar rafts, with most providing a smooth river rafting experience. Choose from a myriad of canyon excursions depending on your personal stamina and risk/comfort level, such as mule rides down to the bottom of the canyon, a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway, or marvel at an aerial view of the canyon via helicopter or private plane.

The Grand Canyon & Beyond: 8-Day Sample Itinerary

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 canyon’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 cowboy’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.

Zion National Park

The name Zion, meaning ‘place of refuge,’ was first attributed to Zion Canyon by Mormon pioneers. This serene and magical Utah destination, an easy day trip from either Salt Lake City or Las Vegas, will captivate you day in and day out. In the morning, catch the sun rising over immense cliffs, and in the evening, look above to watch the stars illuminate the night sky for an awe-inspiring spectacle.

Zion National Park is a diverse landscape punctuated with rock towers, mesas, plateaus, deep sandstone canyons, petrified forests, desert swamps, plentiful springs, beautiful waterfalls, a variety of wildlife, and hanging gardens that can all be enjoyed on foot or via shuttle bus. Marvel at Zion Canyon, comprised of apricot-colored Navajo sandstone or hike to The Three Patriarchs, Twin Brother’s Peak, or Horse Ranch Mountains to take in the stunning scenery. Weeping Rock and Great White Throne are picture-perfect destinations within the park.

The park’s historical and recreational areas are a climber’s paradise—scale 2,000-foot steep red cliffs to see the Kolob Arch, bridging 310 feet! Swim in backcountry pools, admire the panoramic vistas from Canyon Overlook, tour Emerald Pools, fish in Virgin River, or ascend to Angel’s Landing. For premier hiking, make your way to The Narrows, one of the most popular, but also challenging trails—more than half the trek can be spent wading through the river, so it is not for novices! If you are short on time, enjoy the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive in the comfort of the park’s shuttle service, led by local rangers filled with interesting and exciting facts!

Bryce National Park

Be enchanted by this park’s limestone rock formations, exceptional amphitheaters, and whimsical hoodoo spires. Hike to the top of Bryce Canyon National Park and see three states with over 200 miles of visibility in any direction you turn! Get breathtaking views of horseshoe-shaped canyons and otherworldly sites like Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce Canyon National Park has excellent stargazing opportunities due to limited light pollution. Imagine camping out under a blanket of stars on a quiet moonless night!
The hoodoos in this park are the most populous of its kind in the world! Formed over thousands of years gaze at the red spires of Thor’s Hammer, The Poodle, and Queen Victoria, to name a few. With its desert looking landscape, there are plentiful fir tree forests that welcome you for a quiet hike. Choose between horseback riding along the Rim Trail, fishing at Mammoth Creek, or mountain biking through Dave’s Hallow or Thunder Mountain; if you would like, do them all!

Acadian National Park

Just off the rugged coast of Southern Maine sits Mount Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park, where visitors are immediately captivated by its diverse landscape—verdant forests, wetlands, rocky shoreline, mountains, granite formations and a host of lovely wildflowers. Roam Acadia on foot, rent a bike to trek the various trails or paddle the many lakes, ponds and beautiful shoreline. A free seasonal shuttle bus from Bar Harbor runs throughout the park. Catch a glimpse of beavers, minks, gray seals and black bears while exploring the park.

Head to Otter Cove, overlooking the magnificent coastline, to watch river otters sliding down hills into the water below. Observe the waves loudly crashing against the rocks at the Thunder Hole natural rock inlet. Swim the cool ocean waters at Sand Beach or take a dip in the milder freshwater of Echo Lake. Muster up the courage to go cliff jumping nearby! Grab lunch at Jordan Pond House Restaurant for stunning views of Jordan Pond and Mount Penobscot; hike the tallest mountain on the North Atlantic coast, Cadillac Mountain; or scale over 47,000 acres of striking granite peaks. Located entirely on an island, Acadia National Park is a hiker’s paradise. You will fall in love with Acadia’s distinctive scenery and spectacular ocean views whether you come to swim in the summer or to enjoy the vibrant red and gold fall foliage.

Yellowstone National Park

Volcanic landscapes, dramatic peaks, verdant forests, stunning mountains, and vast meadows are just a few of the natural wonders you will witness firsthand at Yellowstone National Park. Spanning over 2.2 million acres across Wyoming and into Idaho and Montana, Yellowstone, established in 1872, was the first National Park in America and is considered the flagship of our country’s national park system.

With more than 10,000 thermal hot springs and geysers, this geothermal phenomenon is home to the famous geyser, Old Faithful. For an extraordinary experience, watch it launch streams of steaming water high into the sky every 91 minutes! At every turn you will marvel at whirling multicolored pools scattered throughout the park; abundant wildlife-watching opportunities to spot elk, wolves, buffalo, and bears; and beautiful terrain like Grand Prismatic Spring and Excelsior Geyser Crater. Yellowstone is home to one of the world’s largest petrified forests and has more than 290 waterfalls.

Fill your adventure-seeking trip to Yellowstone with a myriad of recreational outdoor activities—swim in Boiling River, paddle in the pristine waters of Yellowstone Lake, hike through countless pine forests, go camping or participate in ranger-led programs. Yellowstone is a wonderous landscape just waiting to be explored.

Yosemite National Park

If you love the outdoors, Yosemite National Park is the place for you. This popular California park was designated a World Heritage site in 1984 and encompasses almost 1,200 square miles, including part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is home to cascading waterfalls, remarkable granite cliffs, and giant sequoia groves, the largest living organisms in the world! Yosemite’s impressive natural landscape is expansive, inviting you to explore its famed landmarks, fascinating beauty, interesting ecosystems and numerous outdoor adventures.

Hike through Yosemite Valley to reach Half Dome, El Capitan, and The Three Brothers, all astonishingly picturesque vantage points. Admire the tallest falls in North America,

the 2,425-foot Yosemite Falls or make your way to the valley at Tunnel View, where the iconic Bridalveil Fall provides an incredible view of the park. Spot over 400 wildlife species such as black bears, bighorn sheep, and mule deer on your journey through Yosemite, inhaling the heavily scented scarlet monkey flowers growing everywhere. If you choose, take a guided tour to Tuolumne Meadows, surrounded by mountain peaks where you can gaze at the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Yosemite will surely capture your attention, whether you are exploring it from within or driving by.