Novelist George A. Moore once wrote, “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” That’s a sentiment many of our travelers share after they realize that the same expertise which makes Gate 1 the leader in value-packed international tours also makes us the best choice for exploring the wonders right here in the United States.
Now in our fourth year of offering USA escorted tours, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in requests to book domestic travel. So we’ve created 7 more ways to see the world while staying close to home. Now more than ever, the only thing you have to decide is which marvelous corner of this land to explore first.
Join us on one of these exclusive trips and learn what thousands of Gate 1 travelers already know. Reserving even your domestic travel with us saves you countless hours of planning—arranging airfare and car rental, researching sites to visit and making sure you have driving directions, hoping you’ve picked a decent restaurant for your meals. Plus, our tour managers provide more endless insight than you ever would ever gain on your own. What’s more, our buying power with travel providers ensures you the lowest possible price. In fact, if you were to try to duplicate any of our trips on your own, you would pay far more.
2016: Brand New Tours & Grand Old Parks!
2016 is the perfect time for discoveries at home as we celebrate the National Parks Service centennial anniversary. The National Parks Service has been protecting our greatest natural resources since 1916, ensuring that the country’s pristine environments remain untouched, while still allowing visitors the chance to experience the wildest, most memorable locales on the continent. As Marty Seslow, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Gate 1 Travel explains, “From hiking in Yellowstone to viewing the mesmerizing the Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite, many of our U.S. packages feature can’t-miss activities that the whole family can enjoy together in the great outdoors.”
To celebrate, we’ve added 7 new escorted tours with multiple dates available this coming year. Several of these are national park-focused and all of them, like most Gate 1 USA tours, feature at least one treasure managed by the National Parks Service. From coast to coast, each offers an in-depth look at the best of what man and Mother Nature alike have created in our country.
Here’s a peek at our newest Gate 1 Travel USA tours in 2016. And to learn more and reserve your space, just click on the trip name to visit our newly updated website!
This tour begins with 2 nights in Portland, the most cosmopolitan city in Oregon. From the bustle of its Courthouse Square shops and eateries to the perfumed air of the Rose Test Garden, you’ll discover its urbane pleasures before diving into the state’s natural bounty. Follow the twisting Columbia Rivers Gorge as it cuts through the Cascade Mountains, and pause for a delectable lunch and wine tastings in the lush vineyards of the Willamette Valley. After a night in coastal Newport, take to the untamed sands in a thrilling Dune Buggy ride in the Oregon Dunes Recreation Park. Two nights in the artistic oasis of Ashland offers a perfect home base for exploring wonders like crystal-clear Crater Lake, one of the nation’s true gems. Bookend an overnight stay in Eureka with two visits to jaw-dropping Redwood forests, including the Avenue of the Giants, home to nature’s living skyscrapers. Then see towers of the man-made variety as you cross San Francisco’s shining Golden Gate Bridge to conclude your journey in the “City by the Bay.”
This four-state journey features an epic array of America’s most iconic destinations. Begin in Scottsdale, the city whose “Old West meets the New West” flavor inspired Frank Lloyd Wright. Then stop at Montezuma Castle, an enigmatic pre-historic Native American dwelling place, before seeing why so many artists are drawn to the epic Red Rocks of Sedona. Nothing does the 280-mile Grand Canyon justice more than standing on its very rim, and you’ll do just that, soaking in the breathtaking splendor before you. Vast Lake Powell is sure to make an impression as well. You will also experience a quartet of national parks, each with its own flavor: Bryce Canyon, with its fanciful “hoodoo” spires; Zion National Park, where eagles and falcons soar between towering peaks and above desert oases; Grand Teton, bursting with jagged crests and glaciers; and, of course, majestic Yellowstone, the very first National Park. Your discoveries along the way will include three human achievements as well: the Salt Lake City Tabernacle, Mount Rushmore, and the Crazy Horse Memorial—a wonder as yet unfinished.
The essence of old New Mexico awaits you as your tour begins with 2 nights in Albuquerque. You’ll visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for a rich introduction to the history of the Pueblo peoples, whose culture will be on display throughout your travels. Then travel to the Bandelier Monument, where early Puebloans carved homes into the face of sheer rock walls. You’ll visit the “Lourdes of the USA,” the Santuario de Chimayo, a pilgrimage site in a town also known for its handwoven textiles. You’ll visit a family-owned weaving shop here to witness their artistry before continuing on to Taos. At the Taos Pueblo, you’ll encounter more than a millennium’s worth of Pueblo history, in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then cross the Rio Grande, drinking in truly spectacular vistas, on your way to Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O’Keefe lived and painted. Wrapping up your tour in Santa Fe, a town with over 100 galleries, you’ll see more than 1,000 of the painter’s works in a museum bearing her name. And you’ll visit the oldest public building still in use, the adobe Palace of the Governors; its doors have been open for business since 1610.
Texas holds a special place in the American imagination, a place where cowboys rode beneath open skies and oil barons found black gold deep in the earth. Start your tour in Dallas with a taste of history at the JFK Memorial and Sixth Floor Museum overlooking Dealey Plaza, the scene of one of our great national tragedies. Catch a glimpse of dynasties both political and cinematic when you visit the George W. Bush Library and enjoy dinner at Southfork Ranch, home of the Ewing clan of TV fame. After a visit to the Fort Worth Stockyards where you’ll witness the commotion of a longhorn cattle drive, spend 2 nights in Austin, the Texan capital. Here, you visit the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park, and see where the President and his beloved Lady Bird lived. Next, your tour leads you to San Antonio, where you’ll stroll the glittering River Walk, and soak up enchanting Spanish architecture. Continuing on, you’ll pause at the Alamo, known worldwide as a symbol of bravery, before you wrap up your journey in Houston. Conclude your discoveries with a note of inspiration when you visit NASA, ever-reaching for the stars.
Country, rhythm & blues, and rock n’ roll—the roots of America’s music run deep in the south. Begin your tour in Nashville, where you’ll follow in Elvis Presley’s footsteps at historic RCA Studio B, one of the oldest remaining recording studios in the U.S. Then stroll along
Nashville’s Walk of Fame on Music Mile. Country takes center stage for a night when you settle in for a show at the Grand Ole Opry. (Be sure to keep an eye out for the next big star!) Next, experience the many musical styles of Memphis, visiting both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the American Soul Museum, here in the city where soul music was born. Next, immerse yourself in the lifestyles of legends. Stop by Graceland, Elvis’s over-the-top 14-acre estate, and travel to Indianola, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, to tour the BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center. Then steep yourself in 19th-century Cajun culture, from Louisiana’s Frogmore Plantation to New Orleans’ jazzy French Quarter, where a chef will teach you the secrets of classic local cuisine.
Discover the rich cultural diversity and sweeping natural beauty of Michigan, starting with two nights near Detroit, where you’ll learn about the ingenious achievements of American inventors at the Henry Ford Museum. Then travel further back in time to the storybook “Little Bavarian” village of Frankenmuth, founded by German immigrants in the 1800s; its quaint covered bridge and old world carriages will charm you. After a night in Bay City, board a ferry for an enchanting trip to lovely Mackinac Island, a wooded retreat from the bustle of the world. No cars here—so you’ll explore this Victorian world on foot and by horse-drawn carriage. Continuing to Traverse City, prepare yourself for a cacophony of delights at the Music House Museum, full of antique nickelodeons, music boxes, and pipe organs – many of them in fine working order! Your tour draws to a close as you reach new heights—literally—in Chicago, taking in the views from 1,000 feet above the city at 360 Chicago (formerly the Hancock Observatory).
See where it all began when you trace the footsteps of America’s early revolutionaries in Boston. Explore from the Old North Church, made famous by Longfellow’s poetic account of Paul Revere, to the lush Boston Common and Public Gardens. Then head for the Big Apple, where a panoramic bus tour will prepare you for discoveries on your own in the city that never sleeps. You’ll also visit the majestic Statue of Liberty and historic Ellis Island’s Immigration Museum. Then pause to reflect at the sobering 9/11 Memorial. Travel south to Philadelphia, where you’ll see Ben Franklin’s favorite city and take in the renowned holdings of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Conclude your tour in the nation’s capital, home to America’s finest monuments including the FDR, Vietnam and Lincoln Memorials. And stroll the epic park that defines the heart of the city and the nation: the National Mall.
Explore the Americas with Gate 1 Travel at Unmatched Value!
There are so many other ways to explore the U.S. with Gate 1 Travel, from sea to shining sea. Just follow this link for details and to view our latest videos, and you’re on your way to enjoying Gate 1’s convenience and ease … the unmatched value of our buying power … magnificent and awe-inspiring destinations … and a comprehensive trip made all the more fascinating by our expert tour managers.
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