Continental USA Tours
The United States boasts one of the most varied landscapes in the world—and our escorted vacations across the lower 48 prove it. Whether you want to enjoy an Autumn Leaves Tour in the Northeast, a Dixieland tour in the deep south, one of our great National Parks tours throughout the west, or one of our many Rose Parade tours in California, YMT is proud to offer great travel deals throughout America!
Alaskan Discovery Tour
IntroductionFrom panning for gold in Fairbanks to spotting wildlife in Denali and sailing past glaciers in Kenai Fjords, this is the real Alaska that locals share with visitors to leave them in awe and wanting more. From Fairbanks to Anchorage, see the 49th state's most iconic sights on this 10-day tour.
Discover Alaska and learn why they call it "The Last Frontier!" Begin your journey in beautiful Fairbanks, and visit the machinery and town that were built during the gold rush. From there travel into the Alaskan Interior to Denali National Park. Embark on a Denali Natural History Tour and learn about the history, culture, and natural environment of this 6 million acre park. Continue your journey on to Seward, stopping to visit the Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters on the way. In Seward board a catamaran for our Glacier and Wildlife tour. Guided by a Park Ranger you will see glacier calving, whales, sea otters, sea lions, puffins, eagles, and other wildlife, all from the comfort of your ship. Drive around the brilliantly blue Kenai lake on your way to Homer, the "Halibut Capital of the World." From Homer turn North to the city half of Alaskan's call home, Anchorage! You can bid farewell to the 49th State from Anchorage. But your adventure doesn't have to end there!
You can choose to add a 7 night Inside Passage cruise to your itinerary. Boarding ms Westerdam in Seward, the next stage of your vacation begins! The Inside Passage cruise includes stops in Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park, Homer, Anchorage, Glacier Bay National Park, Haines, Juneau, and Ketchikan. Upon disembarking in Vancouver, your transfer to the airport is included. Click here to view this extended itinerary option.
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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta & Southwestern Tour
This fall tour has it all: historic Western towns, out-of-this-world intrigue in Roswell, Native American culture, the incredible beauty of the desert, stunning sunsets and of course, the spectacle of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.
Enjoy hundreds of colorful balloons soaring at once, floating over the picturesque Sandia Mountains in the quiet morning. The colors are luminous and rich while the technique, skill, and timing is precise. In the evening, you walk among the balloons as the propane burner’s twinkle and illuminate the aircrafts against the black sky backdrop. It happens every autumn in gorgeous New Mexico at the world’s biggest Balloon Festival, The International Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Before or after the festival, we will then take you on a journey to discover the Southwest. Enjoy the great food, and experience the rich and complex history of this hidden corner of America. From the expansive sparkling desert of the White Sands National Monument to the quirky attractions of Roswell and Tombstone, New Mexico and Arizona are waiting to be explored! With such amazing sights, history, and culture this tour is ideal for all!
Autumn Leaves Tour
Imagine traveling through the heart of America’s history while witnessing the kaleidoscopic spectacle of fall colors in the Northeastern United States. Our 14-day Autumn Leaves Tour takes you from Philadelphia to Gettysburg, Niagara Falls, along the shores of Lake Ontario, through the Adirondacks, the Green & White Mountains, Boston, Cape Cod, Bridgeport, New York City and back into Philadelphia against a backdrop of the rich colors of fall.
Our tour begins where our nation began, in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - the cradle of American liberty, where you will see Independence National Historic Park, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Franklin Court. Next you will travel through the colorful fall scenery of picturesque Pennsylvania Dutch Country stopping at an Amish outpost to learn about this traditional way of life before visiting historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - the most important battlefield of the Civil War. You then continue north through Pennsylvania and New York State, stopping at the Corning Museum of Glass which showcases spectacular pieces of glass art and conducts demonstrations of glass blowing.
You will need to bring your passport on this tour as you will cross the Canadian border to the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls where millions of gallons of water spew over the horseshoe-shaped falls creating a powerful sight and sound. The tour continues along the shores of Lake Ontario to Kingston, home to Ft. Henry and the Royal Military College of Canada. Then we take to the water on an included 2.5 hour boat cruise through the 1000 Islands enjoying a fascinating narrative of the area’s history and views of the fabulous summer homes of the rich and famous including Boldt Castle.
Our tour then crosses back into the U.S. and travels through the colorful fall foliage of the beautiful Adirondacks with a stop at Lake Placid, site of the famous “Miracle on Ice” when the US men’s hockey team defeated the Russians in the 1990 Olympic Winter Games. We then journey through the breathtaking Green and White Mountains stopping to visit Franconia Notch State Park and the magnificent Flume Gorge. Turning south, the tour heads into Boston, Massachusetts and where you will enjoy a city tour including following the Freedom Trail, seeing the Boston Common and the Paul Revere House. Next you follow the New England coastline to Cape Cod and visit the Cape Cod National Seashore with its pristine beaches, lighthouses and wild cranberry bogs. There you will have the chance to join fellow travelers for an optional tour to Martha’s Vineyard before heading into Rhode Island for a visit to one of the famous Newport Mansions. Finally, you will discover the “Big Apple” - New York City, with sightseeing including the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building and Central Park before continuing to Philadelphia to depart for home full of memories of a lifetime.
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Canadian Rockies Tour
Straddling the Continental Divide is a swath of the Canadian Rockies that is home to three of the world’s most picturesque mountain landscapes. On our 14-day Canadian Rockies Tour, you will create everlasting memories as you enjoy a scenic drive past snow-capped mountains in a landscape so pristine it will take your breath away.
Our tour begins in Seattle, Washington with the evening at leisure to simply relax at your hotel or perhaps take the Light Rail downtown to visit Pike Place Market or the Space Needle. The next morning, start with a scenic drive through the lush forestlands of the Pacific Northwest to the Columbia River Plateau with included sightseeing of the impressive Grand Coulee Dam and nearby Dry Falls. We continue to travel east into the “Big Sky Country” of Montana passing by the beautiful lakeside communities of Couer d’Alene and Flat Head Lakes. You will discover pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and spectacular lakes as we drive through Glacier National Park in the US and Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada.
Your mountain journey then takes you along Highway 93 through stunning Kootenay National Park, crossing the Continental Divide by Radium Hot Springs and continuing north visiting Bow Falls and Lake Louise in Banff National Park. You will travel along the Icefields Parkway, stopping along the way to experience an included ride aboard a specially designed “snow cat” vehicle onto the massive Athabasca Glacier. Then, visit the small resort town of Jasper in fabulous Jasper National Park which is the largest of Canada’s Rocky Mountain Parks. Within its boundaries there are an abundance of elk, big horn sheep, grizzly bears, mountain lions and wolves making it one of the great protected ecosystems remaining in the Rocky Mountains.
Our tour of Canada’s great national parks continues with a visit to Yoho National Park witnessing its rock walls, waterfalls, snow-topped mountain peaks and silent forests. We then travel through Salmon Arm and into the Lake Okanagan Region called the “Napa of the North” because of its many wineries and delicious wines. The trip nears its end as you enjoy traveling scenic Highway 99 into the Coast Mountain range reaching Whistler, the Olympic mountain resort with European flair. You can visit Olympic Plaza where the medals ceremonies for skiing, bobsled and luge events of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games took place learn about the local Aboriginal culture at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center or simply stroll the village. Your two-week Canadian adventure wraps up in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia with plenty of leisure time to explore the city or take an optional excursion via ferry to Victoria’s Butchart Gardens, before traveling back to Seattle to depart for home.
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Highlights of American History Tour
IntroductionHistory comes alive in this wonderful adventure! This tour takes you from the nation's capital Washington, DC through America's past and present, including Colonial Williamsburg, Gettysburg, and Philadelphia all the way to the Big Apple - New York!
National Parks of the Golden West Tour
America’s National Park System is the envy of the world, and on our 14-day National Parks of the Golden West Tour, experience its magnificence when you visit 9 different US National Parks. Most people only get to see one or two of these parks in their lifetime; seeing so many of them on one tour makes it an exceptional opportunity.
Our tour begins with your arrival in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada with leisure time to enjoy the endless entertainment opportunities. Take a chance at a card game or one-armed bandit, visit a show or simply relax at your hotel. Then the tour is off to see Natural Wonders and it is only befitting to start with a bang: one of the seven Natural Wonders of the world- the majestic Grand Canyon National Park. Enjoy an overnight stay inside the park giving you the opportunity to witness this awe-inspiring landscape both at sunset and sunrise. Next, discover the sacred Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park the Navajo Nation’s equivalent to a national park. Travel west to visit Zion National Park with its massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink and red en route to the astonishingly red glowing Bryce Canyon National Park showing off it’s intricate limestone rock formations created by erosion called “hoodoos." The journey then heads northeast through picturesque Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks enjoying the stunning vistas of naturally formed sandstone cliffs, arches, canyons, domes and bridges throughout.
Headed west, we travel into Utah’s capitol, Salt Lake City and see the lake that gives this city its name, the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere, the unique Great Salt Lake. with it’s nearby The Bonneville Salt Flats, famous as a site for land speed records. Majestic Lake Tahoe awaits with 72 miles of pristine shorelines making it the largest alpine lake in North America. From here it is on to California and another jewel in the National Park system: Yosemite National Park. Witness its extraordinary landscapes of granite cliffs, plunging waterfalls, towering trees, pristine streams and abundant wildlife. Continue through Kings Canyon National Parks and view the famed ancient giant redwoods, some of which tower over 300 feet. Weather permitting, we travel through Death Valley National Park, the lowest point of elevation in North America on the way back into Las Vegas to depart for home full of memories to share for a lifetime.
Rocky Mountains & Western Frontiers
Immerse yourself in America's beautiful western landscapes. Discover quaint towns, historic sights, and majestic landscapes as you journey to Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Salt Lake City, and Rocky Mountain National Park. This tour is sure to leave you captivated.
Rose Parade & Coastal California Tour
Enjoy the highlights of California's two most famous cities, along with the stunning coastline that lies between them. This option adds a four-day extension to our Rose Parade & Los Angeles Tour, so that you can enjoy a leisurely coastal California exploration and end your tour in San Francisco.
Fly to Los Angeles, home to movie glitz and glamour and hub for the great American New Year’s tradition the Rose Parade. Start your trip by attending an included exclusive evening viewing of the stunning, hand-decorated Rose Parade floats. Discover the highlights of LA on a city tour, where you'll have a chance to see the famous Chinese Theatre and the Dolby Theatre where each year the Academy Awards take place (outside viewing). Then, it's time for the big day! You'll watch the unforgettable spectacle of the 130th Tournament of Rose Parade from your reserved grandstand seats. Afterward, take a stunning tour north along California’s coastline to San Francisco, stopping in Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, Big Sur and Monterey. Along the way visit the famed Hearst Castle. End your exciting vacation in the heart of San Francisco for a city tour, including Alcatraz Island – a must see and often inaccessible since admission is limited. This trip is sure to be a highlight of your year!
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Rose Parade & Highlights of Southern California
IntroductionCombine the iconic Rose Parade with some sunny time in Southern California. From the "American Riviera", Santa Barbara, to Palm Springs, an oasis in the desert including a visit to Joshua Tree National Park, and back to the coast and beachy San Diego - this tour will brighten your winter time!
Rose Parade & Los Angeles Tour
Join YMT for one of our most popular tours! Experience the spectacular 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade along with an insider perspective on the famous parade by attending an exclusive evening viewing of the magnificent, hand-decorated floats. Next, enjoy a tour of sunny Los Angeles. Tour the “City of Angels” and see the handprints of famous stars at the Chinese Theatre, along with the Dolby Theatre where each year the Academy Awards take place (outside viewing), Beverly Hills. Then travel to Pasadena to view the unforgettable spectacle of the 130th Tournament of Roses Parade from your reserved grandstand seats. Includes 4 nights hotel accommodations, official Rose Parade Program, YMT seat cushion, sightseeing, knowledgeable guides and porterage at hotels.
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Rose Parade, Grand Canyon & Las Vegas
IntroductionThis tour highlights both man-made and natural icons of the western United States. We've taken our tour of the iconic New Years Parade and included icons of Los Angeles, then we added Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Zion National Park to create this unforgettable Rose Parade package!
Southern Music and Dixieland Tour
Travel down to the historic heart of the south in this music-filled trip through the birthplace of country music, jazz, the blues, and rock and roll. See the towns and streets that shaped America’s greatest artforms—music and history buffs alike will love this tour, where the south comes alive!