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Tour Newsletter Dated May 2, 2016

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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 preserves.
The U.S. National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act creating a single organization that would oversee the preserves. There were 35 national parks and monuments in existence at the time, including Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872. Yellowstone is mostly in Wyoming but spills into neighboring Montana and Idaho. It's known for its geysers, hot springs and abundant wildlife like grizzlies, black bears, bison, elk and moose.

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) Amazing Spain and Portugal Winter, 10 days with Insight. Begins and ends in Madrid. Save up to 7.5%. Starting at $1,660. Departures from November 4, 2016 through March 24, 2017.
2) 9 Day Golden Triangle of India, 9 days with Gate 1 Travel. Begins and ends in New Delhi. Save $200 per couple. Starting at $599. Departures from June 13, 2016 through April 20, 2017.
3) Highlights of Taiwan, 8 days with SITA Tours. Begins and ends in Taipei. Starting at $1,265. Departures from May 21 through December 10, 2016.
4) From Paris to the Norman Coast, 5 days with CroisiEurope. Begins in Paris and ends in Honfleur. Companion saves 40%. Starting at $1,304. Departures from July 2 through August 26, 2016.

5) Highlights of Germany, 12 days with CostSaver by Trafalgar. Begins and ends in Frankfurt. Save $600 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $1,550. Departs June 17, August 5 & 26 and September 16, 2016.
6) Greek Island Escapade (Small Group Journey), 10 days with Keytours Vacations. Begins in Athens and ends in Santorini. Save $200 per couple. Starting at $1,645. Departures from June 10 through October 21, 2016.

7) Taste of Devon, Cornwall & Wales, 8 days with CIE Tours. Begins in Dublin and ends in Windsor. Save $300 per couple. Starting at $1,698. Departures from June 12 through October 30, 2016.
8) Warsaw, the Baltics & Helsinki, 9 days with Globus. Begins in Warsaw and ends in Helsinki. Receive a $200 per couple air credit when you purchase this tour and flights. Starting at $1,799. Departures from June 19 through September 11, 2016.
9) Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap. Save $1,500 per couple. Starting at $2,299. Departures from August 8 through December 26, 2016.
10) The Classic Autumn Voyage Roundtrip, 12 days with Hurtigruten. Begins and ends in Bergen. Save up to 25%. Starting at $2,398. Departures from September 1 through October 31, 2016.

11) America's Canyonlands, 8 days with Tauck. Begins in Phoenix and ends in Las Vegas. Receive one pre-tour hotel night in Scottsdale. Starting at $3,290. Departures from June 24 through October 15, 2016.
12) Gorillas & Game Parks, 16 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Save 10%. Starting at $3,310. Departures from May 28 through December 10, 2016.

13) South Pacific Wonders, 15 days with Collette Vacations. Begins in Cairns and ends in Queenstown. Save $500 per couple. Starting at $3,399. Departures from January 17 through March 21, 2017.  

14) 10 Day Three Islander, 10 days with Perillo Tours. Begins in Honolulu and ends in Kauai. Travelers ages 12 and under save $1,800 per person. Starting at $3,690. Departures from May 16 through December 1, 2016.
15) Irish Supreme, 10 days with CIE Tours. Begins and ends in Dublin. Save 5%. Starting at $3,906. Departures from April 7 through September 29, 2017.
16) Peru (For Families), 9 days with Adventures by Disney. Begins and ends in Lima. Save with early booking discounts. Prices shown reflect discount. Starting at $4,199. Departures from March 20 through October 7, 2017.

17) Gems of Northern Italy, 10 days with Uniworld. Begins in Milan and ends in Venice. Save $3,600 to $5,200 per couple. Starting at $4,299. Departures from July 22 through October 21, 2016.

18) Rockies and Vancouver Island Circle, 10 days with Rocky Mountaineer. Begins and ends in Calgary. Receive one free pre- or post-tour hotel night. Starting at $5,511. Departures from May 17 through October 7, 2016.
19) Cities of Light, 12 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Paris and Prague. Companion cruises for free, plus enjoy reduced airfare from select gateways. Starting at $5,948. Departures from April 27 through December 7, 2017.

20) Introduction to Spitsbergen, 9 days with Quark Expeditions. Begins and ends in Longyearbyen. Save 20%. Starting at $6,895. Departs June 15 & 20 and July 18, 2017.
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Alan Fox
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