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Cassie’s Top 10 Close-to-Home Adventures for 2018

“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 into Canada. With so many places to choose from, each with their own personality, this was a difficult Top 10 list of close-to-home tours for 2018 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.

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! Book a luxury tour by November 28th & 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 sights 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—await you on this marvelous tour! Highlights include:

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

Estimated departures available from mid-June to mid-September.
Estimated tour rate $2,639 per person, a $220 per day average.
Too long? A shorter 7-Day adventure is available to just Newfoundland.
Early Birds! Book by November 28th & save 10% per person.


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#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 – alphine scenery, jagged peaks, meadows & lakes!
    • Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – surrounded by 55 nearby lakes!

Estimated departures available from July to mid-September.
Estimated tour rate $2,129 per person, a $213 per day average.
Not quite right? Other itinerary options are available. Ask Cassie!


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#8 Great Canadian Train Journey, from Toronto to Vancouver

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 itinerary is featured as both a 13-day luxury train+tour combo, or as a 15-day affordable train+tour combo, following very similar routes. After your cross-country train experience brings you to Jasper, you will begin the tour portion of your trip through the Canadian Rockies. Highlights include:

    • Toronto & Niagara Falls – visit these gems of eastern Canada!
    • Train! – 3-day, 3-night journey on The Canadian!
    • Columbia Icefield – thrilling Ice Explorer Ride!
    • Banff – outdoor scenery including Bow Falls!
    • British Columbia Wine Country – enough said!!!
    • Victoria – visit Butchart Gardens & city sightseeing!

Estimated departures available from May to September.
“Affordable” tour rate $3,326 per person, a $222 per day average.
Estimated luxury tour rate $4,450 per person, a $342 per day average.
Early Birds! Book by November 28th & save 10% per person. (luxury only)


Rates.may.vary based on exact departure date. Ask Cassie for details.


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#7 West Coast Adventure: 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 – stay 2 or 3 nights in this fantastic city!
    • 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 $2,339 per person, a $156 per day average.
Roundtrip San Francisco at $2269 per person, a $152 per day average.
Luxury estimated at $3939 per person. Book by Nov. 28th & save 10%!


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#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 as well as an 11-day luxury tour that both feature a ride on VIA Rail’s infamous “Canadian” train. This itinerary combines perfectly with the Calgary Stampede extension package, or a 7-night cruise to Alaska’s Inside Passage. Highlights include:

    • Calgary – visit Olympic Park & Stampede Park!
    • Banff – outdoor scenery including Bow Falls!
    • Columbia Icefield – 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 May to September.
“Affordable” tour rate $2,445 per person, a $272 per day average.
Estimated luxury tour rate $4,514 per person, a $347 per day average.
Early Birds! Book by November 28th & save 10% per person. (luxury only)


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#5 National Parks of Utah & Arizona, plus Las 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 this city!

Estimated departures available from end-April to mid-October.
Estimated tour rate $2,229 per person, a $279 per day average.
Early Birds! Book by November 28th & save 10% per person.
An 11-day loop from Vegas is available at $3229 per person.
A 7-day “affordable” loop from Vegas is available at $1239 per person.


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#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 through September.
Estimated tour rate $2,082 per person, a $231 per day average.
Early Birds! Book by November 28th & save 10% per person.
“Affordable” tour rate $1,275 per person, a $160 per day average.


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#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 iconic 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 $1,969 per person, a $164 per day average.


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#2 Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans

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 mid-March to mid-November.
Estimated tour rate $1,929 per person, a $175 per day average.


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#1 Colorado + 4 Historic Train Journeys

Colorado is jammed-packed with activity! Topping our #1 Close-to-Home Adventures for 2018, this 9-day affordable tour features 4 scenic train rides and 2 National Parks! Plus you’ll visit small towns iconic to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. How can this NOT be #1?! With a limited summer season, early registration is encouraged!

    • Colorado Springs – marvel at the Garden of the Gods!
    • Pikes Peak – ride the Cog Railway to the top!
    • Cañon City – experience the Royal Gorge Route Railroad!
    • Alamosa – travel on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad!
    • Durango – Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad!
    • Mesa Verde – walk in the footsteps of Ancestral Puebloans!
    • Vail – visit this icon mountain resort town!
    • Rocky Mountain NP – experience scenic mountain terrain!

Estimated departures available from mid-June to early October.
Estimated tour rate $1,849 per person, a $206 per day average.
Luxury itinerary at $2799 per person. Book by Nov. 28th & save 10%!


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