What Happens in Vegas? Find Out with Our End of Summer Sale

The famous Las Vegas Strip at night
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Now that the heat is receding, kids are back in school and airfares are starting their seasonal drop, it’s a great time to travel: so why not think about the still-sunny West Coast? As part of our End of Summer West Coast tour sale, you can explore one of our favorite cities – Las Vegas – and the wealth of fun diversions it offers beyond the flashing lights and easy lures of its casinos. Here’s just a sample of what you can find when you walk away from the roulette table!

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Top 10 Things You Never Knew about the Crazy Horse Memorial

Many have heard of its very famous neighbor, Mt. Rushmore, the iconic sculpture of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and (Theodore) Roosevelt that was built in the Black Hills of South Dakota in the first half of the 20th Century. But how much do you know about the Crazy Horse Memorial, in many ways a “sister” site to Rushmore, which lies only about 20 miles away?

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Alcatraz: an Island Full of Surprises

Prison display photo from Alcatraz Island
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You may know about the prison island of Alcatraz and its infamous former inmates, who include Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelley, Richard “The Birdman” Stroud, and James “Whitey” Bulger. But how much do you really know? If you’ve never been to this isolated fortress in the middle of San Francisco Bay, we found a few things that might surprise you. Read on!

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TakeTours’ Top 10 Tips for Outlet Shopping

Shopping at Premium Outlets

by Emma Gifford

Admit it: like many consumers, you’re a sucker for a good brand name. Sometimes it’s worth paying that little bit (or maybe more than a little bit) extra for a certain logo or designer brand; especially if you’re loyal to that company’s merchandise, fit, or style. But in this kind of economy, you also want a bargain. What to do?

It’s an easy answer: visit factory outlets and outlet malls.

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Let the Force Guide You…to Disney’s Soundsational Summer!

Sleeping Beauty's Castle Disneyland
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Picture this: you have just won Wimbledon. Or a major league pennant. Or the Superbowl. Or heck, even your local bowling tournament. What do you do next? Go to Disneyland, of course! (Well, at least if you believe the conventional wisdom of Disney commercials.)

But now there’s even more reason to visit this famous entertainment park and quintessentially American vacation spot. This summer, the Disneyland Resort in California is introducing many new shows and rides with what it’s calling the “Disney Soundsational Summer,” a season that promises to be chock full of sensory surprises. Whether you’ve been to Disneyland before or arrive as a fresh newcomer, there are plenty of laughs and thrills to experience: from Mickey’s Soundsational Parade and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disneyland Park, to The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure and Goofy’s Sky School at Disney California Adventure Park, there’s something for kids of all ages. (And, apparently, even for Jedi lords who have gone to the Dark Side. See the video below.)

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