"Where do you recommend that's not too far away?"

Oddball has been asked about our favorite locations close-to-home, either here in the United States or in Canada. With so many places to consider, each with its own personality, this was a difficult Top 10 list of close-to-home tours for 2019 to put together. We’ve based it on destinations, logistics, length of trip, and budget-friendliness. Let us help you find the ideal tour for you, or customize the adventure of your dreams.

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These pre-planned departures are perfect for individuals or a small group of friends. Tours allow you to do more & see more, without worrying about the logistics! The dates are set, the details are in place. Simply pick a trip and enjoy your vacation! Prefer to customize a similar roadtrip for yourself? Talk to Cassie – as a former Tour Guide, she knows how to tackle the logistics and customize a trip that fits your pace and budget.

Early Birds! For travel in 2019, book a luxury tour by November 27th & save 10% per person.

#10 Newfoundland + Labrador, Canada

Canada is close to home but offers unique scenery, small towns, and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition to amazing scenery and wildlife, you’ll visit historic sites throughout Newfoundland & Labrador. MORE is included on this 12-day luxury tour! You’ll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will bring this region to life with in-depth knowledge and local insights into the region’s culture, history, and secrets. All of this – and much more – awaits you on this marvelous tour! Highlights include:

  • Rocky Harbour - scenic cruise on Bonne Bay!
  • L'Anse Aux Meadows - a visit to this Viking settlement.
  • Trinity - historic walking tour with a Local Guide.
  • St. John's - traditional screen-in ceremony.

Estimated departures available from mid-June to mid-September.
Estimated tour rate $2,579 per person, a $215 per day average.
Too long? A 7-day adventure is available to only Newfoundland. 
Early Birds! Book by November 27th & save 10% per person.

#9 Utah, Yellowstone, Montana + Seattle

Not your classical route to visit iconic Yellowstone National Park! This 10-day affordable tour finds itself in Cassie’s Top 10 Itineraries due to the difficult distances, especially to the remote Glacier National Park in Montana. Let your professional Driver and Tour Director take care of the logistics, while you relax and enjoy the scenery throughout Wyoming, Montana, and Washington state! Plus, this tour is easily combined with a 7-night cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage. Highlights include

  • Yellowstone NP - wildlife, canyons & geothermal sites!
  • Canyon Earthquake - see results of a 7.4 earthquake!
  • National Bison Range - bison, elk, antelope & mountain sheep.
  • Glacier NP - alpine scenery, jagged peaks, meadows & lakes!
  • Coeur d'Alene, Idaho - surrounded by 55 nearby lakes!

Estimated departures available from July to early-September.
Estimated tour rate $2,069 per person, a $207 per day average.
Not quite right? Other itinerary options are available. Ask Cassie!  
Early Birds! Book by October 23rd & save $50 per person.

#8 Cross-Country Canadian Train Journey

What’s not to love about this cross-country journey across Canada, including a 3-night journey on The Canadian, VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train? This 15-day affordable train+tour combo  itinerary features a cross-country train experience that brings you to the western side of Canada. The tour portion of your trip through the Canadian Rockies begins in Jasper. Highlights include:

  • Toronto & Niagara Falls - visit these gems of eastern Canada!
  • Train! - a 3-day, 3-night journey on The Canadian!
  • Columbia Icefield - enjoy a thrilling Ice Explorer Ride!
  • Banff - outdoor scenery & optional horse drawn wagon ride!
  • Yoho & Glacier NP - visit 2 national parks in one day!
  • Victoria - visit Butchart Gardens & city sightseeing!

Estimated departures available from May to mid-September.
Estimated tour rate $3,715 per person, a $248 per day average.
Rates may vary based on exact departure date. Ask us for details.  
Early Birds! Book by October 23rd & save $50 per person.

#7 West Coast: California, Grand Canyon + Vegas

This 15-day adventure is a MUST if you’re looking for the perfect blend of iconic cities and beautiful landscapes! This 15-day affordable tour can start from Los Angeles (as shown) or San Francisco. There is also a luxury version of this tour, with a similar 15-day itinerary, but includes San Diego! Have questions, talk to Cassie, as she has led tours through each of these destinations. Highlights include:

  • Los Angeles - visit Hollywood & the Santa Monica Pier!
  • Scottsdale - feel like you've traveled to the Old West!
  • Grand Canyon NP - opt for a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride!
  • Las Vegas - this 2-night stay will keep you entertained!
  • Yosemite NP - granite domes & cascading waterfalls!
  • San Francisco - so much to see in the "City by the Bay!"
  • Pacific Coast Drive - enjoy stops along this stunning coast!

Estimated departures available from mid-March thru October.
Estimated tour rate $2,399 per person, a $160 per day average.
Early Birds! Book by October 23rd & save $50 per person.
Luxury tour estimated at $4079 pp. Book by Nov. 27th & save 10%!

#6 Canadian Rockies + Via Rail

The majestic Canadian Rockies are calling! With several itineraries to choose from in this area, we’re showing a 9-day “affordable” tour with an overnight on a train. There are also two luxury itineraries as well – an 11-day luxury tour without the train, and a 13-day luxury tour with the train. The itinerary shown combines perfectly with the Calgary Stampede extension package in July, or a 7-night cruise to Alaska’s Inside Passage. Highlights include:

  • Calgary - visit Olympic Park & Stampede Park!
  • Banff - outdoor scenery & optional helicopter ride!
  • Columbia Icefield- enjoy a thrilling Ice Explorer Ride!
  • Jasper NP - unspoiled beauty of Maligne Lake!
  • Train! - an overnight journey on The Canadian!
  • Victoria - visit Butchart Gardens & city sightseeing!

Estimated departures available from mid-May to mid-September.
Estimated tour rate $2,605 per person, a $290 per day average.
Early Birds! Book by October 23rd & save $50 per person.
Luxury tour estimated at $4079 pp. Book by Nov. 27th & save 10%!

#5 National Parks of Utah + Arizona, plus Vegas

A must-see region of the United States, this itinerary is a classic! This 8-day luxury tour takes care of all the logistics so that you can relax and enjoy the National Parks and cities! You will experience 3 featured “local favorites” and experience MORE with this tour! So if Cassie loves it so much, why isn’t it ranked #1? Highlights include:

  • Scottsdale - feel like you've traveled to the Old West!
  • Grand Canyon NP - opt for a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride!
  • Monument Valley - off-road excursion with a Navajo Guide!
  • Lake Powell - lake cruise & slot canyons!
  • Bryce & Zion NP - two iconic & extremely scenic parks!
  • Vegas - tack on an extra night to explore the city!

Estimated departures available from end-April to mid-October.
Estimated tour rate $2,239 per person, a $280 per day average.
Early Birds! Book by November 27th & save 10% per person.
A similar 11-day loop from Vegas is available at $3319 per person.
A 7-day “affordable” loop from Vegas is offered at $1259 per person.

#4 Nova Scotia + Canadian Maritimes

This makes the Top 10 because it came highly recommended from previous travelers who visited here last Fall! After this 9-day luxury tour ends in Halifax, you can choose to add an optional overnight train ride from Halifax to Montreal! Highlights include:

  • Halifax - get MORE with MORE inclusions!
  • Peggy's Cove - 1 of Canada's most charming villages!
  • Lunenburg - traditional UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hopewell Rocks - witness the wildest tides in the world!
  • Prince Edward Island - Green Gables & folk music party!
  • Cape Breton Highlights - enjoy the scenic beauty of this park!
  • Train to Montreal - optional ride on VIA Rail's "Ocean" train.

Estimated departures available from mid-June to early-October.
Estimated tour rate $2,209 per person, a $246 per day average.
Early Birds! Book by November 27th & save 10% per person.
A similar 8-day “affordable” loop is available at $1343 per person.

#3 Texas Highlights + New Orleans

This almost rated #1. This 12-day affordable itinerary steals Cassie’s heart with 4 of Texas’s biggest cities, a swamp tour in Louisiana, and quite possibly her favorite scenic drive in America! This makes the Top 3 because each city is unique! Highlights include:

  • Dallas - Southfork Ranch & Sixth Floor Museum!
  • Ft. Worth - see the cattle drive & Hall of Fame!
  • Austin - "Keep it Weird" & local music!
  • San Antonio - the Alamo & River Walk cruise!
  • Fredericksburg - visit the Texas White House!
  • Houston - included sightseeing of this southern city!
  • Lafayette - guided visit of plantations and gardens!
  • Swamp tour - this may be the highlight of your trip!
  • New Orleans - Bourbon Street & the French Quarter!

Estimated departures available from February to mid-October.
Estimated tour rate $1,979 per person, a $165 per day average.
Early Birds! Book by October 23rd & save $50 per person.

#2 Chicago, St.Louis, Nashville, Memphis + NOLA

Yes please! Having done this route twice myself, Oddball can vouch that this must-see, must-do 11-day affordable tour is jam-packed with iconic cities & music! Let your professional driver and Tour Director take care of the logistics so that you focus on sightseeing and nightlife! We particularly love that this itinerary includes 2 nights in Chicago, as well as 3 nights in New Orleans. Highlights include:

  • Chicago - Willis Tower, Grant Park & more!
  • St. Louis - ride the Gateway Arch!
  • Nashville - music, music & music history!
  • Memphis - Graceland, Elvis, blues & Beale Street!
  • Train - ride the famous train of story & song!
  • New Orleans - spend 3 nights in this fantastic city!

Estimated departures available from end-March to early-November.
Estimated tour rate $1,839 per person, a $168 per day average.
Early Birds! Book by October 23rd & save $50 per person.

#1 Classic Fall Foliage

Our #1 pick due to the unique scenery during September and October! Yes, the fall foliage is colorful and marvelous at this time of year in New England, but it’s not all you’ll see. You’ll visit historic sites that were key in our nation’s history, and you’ll experience the iconic Acadia National Park. MORE is included on this 9-day luxury tour! You’ll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will bring this region to life with in-depth knowledge and local insights into the region’s culture, history, and secrets. Highlights include:

  • Boston - a city steeped with interesting history!
  • Portland, Maine - cobblestone streets, boutiques & cafes!
  • Acadia NP - enjoy scenery, a carriage ride & a lobster bake!
  • New Hampshire - take in the wildlife & White Mountains!
  • Vermont - visit Woodstock, a farm, and a living museum!
  • Stockbridge- visit Norman Rockwell Studio & Museum.
  • Atlantic Coast- learn about historic coastal towns.

Estimated departures from end-September thru mid-October.
Estimated tour rate $2,779 per person, a $309 per day average.
Early Birds! Book by November 27th & save 10% per person.

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