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Auckland and Hawaii Escape

This 7-day, air-inclusive Hawaii and New Zealand vacation takes you to Honolulu and Auckland, offering maximum flexibility at an affordable price.

Your escape to New Zealand and Hawaii begins in Honolulu, the capital city of Hawaii located on the island of Oahu. Take a couple days to explore at your leisure, perhaps heading downtown to see the seat of the Hawaiian State Government and Iolani Palace – the only royal palace in the United States. …

Romantic New York City Vacation

You’ll Love New York City on this special weekend for just the two of you. You’ll see the New York of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (or Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr) from the top of the Empire State Building. Sail on a romantic evening dinner cruise in Manhattan Harbor. Enjoy reserved seats at a hit Broadway show of your choice.

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Accommodations for 2-nights or longer at a midtown Manhattan hotel like the Sheraton…

Aboard the Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim

Williams, Arizona bills itself as the “the gateway to the Grand Canyon,” and for good reason: here, just as would be sightseers have for decades, you can board the Grand Canyon Railway and ride to the canyon’s South Rim. But before we go any further, let’s clear up a few things about the Grand Canyon: it’s a canyon or, in others words, a great big hole in the ground. Like all holes, there are multiple …

Mark Twain Cruise

Few American authors are as beloved as Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain. On this special theme cruise, explore the river that served as his inspiration, complete with a true-to-life Mark Twain impersonator, and a stop in Hannibal, MO, Twain’s hometown. The characters and locations of his literary classics The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn come to life during our exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the town, …

St. Louis to Ottawa (Chicago)

Set off on an amazing journey from the famed Gateway Arch in St. Louis to the soaring skyline of Chicago. As you cruise along the Illinois River you will be treated to some of the most beautiful scenery while visiting amazing port towns steeped in American history which highlight the life and work of Abraham Lincoln. Receive an early booking discount of up to $2,400 if you book by Dec. 30, 2017!

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How (Not) to Visit America’s National Parks in the Summer

The best way to see the National Parks during the busy summer tourist season is simply not to do it. Stay home. Come back in the fall, when there are fewer visitors and lower temperatures. But if summer travel is your only option, as it was for my husband and me, follow these tips to beat the crowds— and the heat.

Start Early: Many National Parks actually close their parking lots during the day, either …

New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop Vacation

Have you always wanted to see the NYC Times Square Ball Drop? Well cross this one off your bucket list, because here’s the perfect way to experience this great event!

We host an exclusive Insider’s View New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop Party in the heart of the Times Square area! There’s an incredible view of all the celebrations and revelry, and we want you to be our guest!

No standing outside in the …

Roundtrip Nashville

A CLASSIC COUNTRY HOLIDAY – Experience the best of the south during a magical time of the year and delight in all of your favorite holiday treats while getting acquainted with the classic, homespun holiday traditions of America’s beloved “Music City,” Nashville, Tennessee. With Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrating its 50th anniversary, there has never been a better time to explore the abundance of exhibits honoring the legacy of American music. …

New England Islands Cruise

Travel with us as we discover the New England Islands on the American Constitution. Each day is filled with customized shore excursions narrated by private island guides and knowledgeable onboard experts. Explore the rich marine history of New Bedford, once known as the whaling capital of the world and the inspiration behind the classic American novel, Moby Dick. While in Nantucket, learn about the island’s early history, the popular rose-covered cottage style homes, and …

Grand New England Cruise

Discover the majestic seafaring heritage of coastal towns and quaint island villages on the 11-day Grand New England cruise. Your elegant small ship will dock in the heart of each historic harbor, amidst working boats and luxurious private yachts. Steps away you will find whaling and maritime museums, scenic bluffs, beaches, cobblestone streets and unique shops.

By meticulously selecting the most captivating ports of call from southern New England to Maine, we offer you this …

Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise

People have been drawn to the spectacular coast of Maine throughout history. As your small ship winds through scenic rivers, sparkling bays, and historic harbors, discover the undeniable magic found along Maine’s coast. From Boothbay to Bar Harbor, Camden to Castine, your journey brings you to charming ports famous for their shipbuilding, beautiful national parks, and quaint historic districts.

Stroll the charming village of Belfast, known for its beautiful Greek Revival architecture, marvel at the …

Visit the Napa Valley as California Wine Country is Open For Business

On Sunday, October 8th, I was enjoying a sun-drenched autumn day while covering the opening of the PGA Tour FedEx Cup circuit, the Safeway Open at the magnificent Silverado Resort & Spa.

At 7 p.m. I was toasting Brendan Steele, the winner of the tournament along with Napa Mayor Jill Techel. Shortly after that; I biked to my downtown Napa home. Two hours later I smelled smoke and figured merely that nearby neighbors must be …

Exploring the Greater Portland Region’s Craft Bounty

Tourists planning an extended vacation to Portland, Oregon should set out to explore the Greater Portland region. This area includes the river route of Lewis and Clark, the fertile wine county of the Northern Willamette Valley, the Columbia River Gorge and  Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory. Scattered throughout this area’s hills and valleys, visitors can find award-winning craft food and beverages surrounded by easy access to Oregon’s natural beauty.

Exploring Sweet and Savory Food

Get caffeinated …

American Revolution & Chesapeake Bay Cruise

Travel back to the dawn of America, on our brand new 11-day American Revolution cruise. Explore the quaint towns and historic cities that have shaped our nation, including Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum with period-specific tradespeople, shopkeepers, and political figures. Step onto the last battlefield of the Revolutionary War in Yorktown, and travel to Jamestown, the site of the first English settlement in the New World. Explore our Nation’s capital and view the Smithsonian …