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Tour Newsletter Dated April 24, 2017

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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

In today's newsletter, I'll tell you about the most popular national parks in the United States and Canada to visit on a tour. Click any link to see a list of itineraries visiting these beloved destinations.

Established as the first U.S. national preserve in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is mostly in Wyoming but spills into neighboring Montana and Idaho. It is beloved for its geysers (Old Faithful being the most famous), hot springs and abundant wildlife. Grizzlies, black bears, bison, elk and moose roam here.

Look for many of those same creatures in Wyoming's nearby Grand Teton National Park, as well as bald eagles and ospreys in the skies. Wildflower season is especially scenic, with blooms typically on display from May through September. You might join a tour company's optional float trip down the Snake River while here.

Yosemite National Park in east-central California is known for its waterfalls (most abundant in spring after the snow melts), wildflower-filled meadows, old sequoias and granite monoliths like El Capitan and Half Dome.

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is one of the world's most studied geological areas. Carved by the Colorado River, it is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and 1 mile deep. Hiking, mule rides and whitewater rafting are popular ways to experience the canyon.

Many of our Grand Canyon itineraries also travel to outstanding locales in southern Utah. Tall limestone spires called hoodoos rise from the floor of Bryce Canyon National Park, their shades of pink, red and orange changing with the rising and setting of the sun. In Zion National Park, massive sandstone cliffs soar above cottonwood trees, waterfalls and the Virgin River. Arches National Park in eastern Utah is prized for its photogenic red rock formations, including more than 2,000 stone archways.

Badlands National Park in South Dakota has rich fossil beds and a rugged landscape of layered rock buttes. Look for bison and bighorn sheep here. It gets its name from the Lakota people, who called it "mako sica" or "land bad." Itineraries that visit the Badlands usually also spend time at Mount Rushmore National Monument, the enormous sculpture of four U.S. presidents.

Acadia National Park takes up most of Mount Desert Island in Maine. It's crisscrossed by hiking trails and carriage roads -- woodland routes built in the early 20th century.

In Alaska, Denali National Park was the first national park established to protect wildlife. Look for bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, peregrine falcons and golden eagles. On clear days, you might catch a glimpse of North America's highest mountain, 20,320-foot Denali (also called Mount McKinley).

Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada, is famous for a natural bridge chiseled through rock by the Kicking Horse River. Yoho is on the western slopes of the Canadian Rockies, and within it are waterfalls, glacial lakes (turquoise Emerald Lake is particularly stunning) and snowcapped summits.

The Canadian Rockies in the province of Alberta lend their spectacular beauty to two national parks. Banff National Park encompasses picturesque valleys, peaks, forests and glaciers. Many tour guests ride the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for views of six mountain ranges. To the north, Jasper National Park offers Maligne Canyon, carved by churning waters. Six bridges throughout the steep gorge provide scenic overlooks.

The parks I mentioned above are just a few of the ones that can be visited on a tour. Here are more to consider:

Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, where lava from Kilauea still flows down to the sea

Katmai National Park in Alaska, a prime spot for observing grizzly bears

Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, which boasts more than 70 peaks that rise above 12,000 feet

Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park and, just across the border, Montana's Glacier National Park, joined in 1932 to create the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, which embraces the Blue Ridge Mountains and sports about 850 species of wildflowers

Everglades National Park in southern Florida, where you can take an airboat ride to seek alligators, blue herons and egrets



Here are this week's Top 20 Tours. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.

1) Prague, Vienna and Budapest, 10 days with Trafalgar. Begins in Prague and ends in Budapest. Save up to 5%. Starting at $1,829. Departures from June 9 through October 13, 2017.

2) Ganges River Cruise Experience, 9 days with G Adventures. Begins and ends in Kolkata. Save 30%. Starting at $1,279. Departures from July 13 through September 21, 2017.

3) Best of Scotland, 7 days with Brendan. Begins in Edinburgh and ends in Glasgow. Save up to 5%. Starting at $1,650. Departures from May 21 through October 8, 2017.

4) Key West & Dry Tortugas Sailing Adventure, 7 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins and ends in Key West. Save 30%. Starting at $1,720. Departures from May 21 through July 9, 2017.

5) Music of the 50s and 60s, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in Louisville and ends in St. Louis. Save $800 per couple, plus receive free shore excursions and more. Starting at $1,899. Departs July 17, 2017.

6) Cossack Explorer, 16 days with CostSaver by Trafalgar. Begins in Copenhagen and ends in Berlin. Save $400 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $2,175. Departures from May 20 through September 30, 2017.

7) Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Ho Chi Minh City and Preak Kdam. Save $500 to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $2,299. Departures from August 7 through December 25, 2017.

8) Spanish Fiesta, 14 days with Globus. Begins and ends in Madrid. Starting at $2,579. Departures from May 15, 2017 through March 26, 2018.

9) Cruise on the Marne Canal from Paris to Epernay, 7 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Paris. Save $500 per couple. Starting at $2,780. Departs July 4, 2017.

10) Country Roads of Croatia, 15 days with Insight. Begins in Zagreb and ends in Dubrovnik. Save up to 5%. Starting at $2,940. Departures from May 12 through October 6, 2017.

11) Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries, 10 days with Collette. Begins and ends in Lima. Save $200 to $700 per couple. Starting at $2,999. Departures from June 24, 2017 through April 21, 2018.

12) Cowboy Country (For Families), 8 days with Tauck. Begins in Jackson and ends in Rapid City. Young travelers receive $200 per person off family departures. Starting at $3,830. Departures from July 4 through August 15, 2017.

13) Romantic Danube, 8 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Budapest and Nuremberg. Fly from $395 to $695 per person, plus companion cruises for free. Starting at $3,948. Departures from March 23 through December 15, 2018.

14) Splendours of Japan, 9 days with Trafalgar. Begins in Tokyo and ends in Osaka. Save up to 5%. Starting at $3,966. Departures from August 20 through December 10, 2017.

15) Irish Supreme, 10 days with CIE Tours. Begins and ends in Dublin. Starting at $4,092. Departures from May 19 through September 29, 2017.

16) The Plains of Africa, 14 days with Collette. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Save $200 to $700 per couple. Starting at $4,989. Departures June 15, 2017 through April 19, 2018.

17) Splendors of Italy, 15 days with Uniworld. Begins in Milan and ends in Rome. Receive a free one-category upgrade, plus save $1,500 to $2,000 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $6,549. Departures from May 12 through October 27, 2017.

18) The Complete South Pacific, 27 days with Collette. Begins in Cairns and ends in Auckland. Save $200 to $1,200 per couple. Starting at $6,999. Departures from August 19, 2017 through April 14, 2018.

19) Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic, 11 days with Quark Expeditions. Save 15% to 20%. Starting at $8,195. Departs June 23 and July 3 & 8, 2017.

20) Adventure to Antarctica - Highlights of the Frozen Continent, 13 days with Hurtigruten. Begins and ends in Buenos Aires. Save up to 25%. Starting at $8,338. Departures from November 6, 2018 through February 15, 2019.

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Alan Fox
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