TakeTours gets romantic for Valentine’s Day

Come here and give us a big smooch! We love our customers and we want to help you show your significant other how much you love them!

Check out our collection of romantic getaways with unique itineraries. Show him/her how creative you are with a helicopter ride, river cruise, or even horseback riding. Featuring destinations all over the world, we’ve got that special trip that will help you deliver the “wow factor” this Valentine’s Day.

As recent research from Cornell University shows, a vacation is the best way to get the most happiness out of your purchase!

“If you’re conflicted about whether to spend money on a material good or personal experience, the research says you’ll get much more satisfaction – and for longer – if you choose the experience. Most of us, it turns out, get more bang from the experiential buck. Indeed, when people are asked to recall their most significant material and experiential purchases over the previous five years, they report that the experience brought more joy, was a source of more enduring satisfaction and was more clearly ‘money well spent’.” – (Gary Belski & Tom Gilovich, Time.com)

So forget the jewelry, and give a gift they will never ever forget. After your trip, get back to us on Facebook to let us know how your trip went!

Enjoy the upcoming Holiday Season with TakeTours

Have big plans for the holidays? Shopping, cooking, decorating… when are you supposed to relax and enjoy the season with your family? If you aren’t careful, errands can overwhelm, and the holidays become a source of stress.

Take some of the worry out of your Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas! Booking a special holiday trip with TakeTours.com is a sure-fire way to create happiness and joy with those you love. Highlighting the best regional attractions, we’ve put together a list of incredible getaways that the whole family will love. Available departures for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, and more, are filling up fast! Make use of the great Buy 2 Get 2 Free promotions, as well as new markdowns for destinations all across the country.

 

3-Day Sequoia, Reno, Napa Tour from Los Angeles – $158

2-Day Niagara Falls and Outlet Shopping Tour – $305

3-Day Orlando Tour – 3 Theme Parks with Airport Transfers – $320

Boston to Washington DC, Bal, Philly and New York 3-Day Tour – $198

 

 

New 9/11 Memorial to Open this Weekend at Ground Zero

World Trade Center Towers as they stood before September 11, 2001
World Trade Center Towers 1 and 2 as they stood before the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. (Photo courtesy of {link url=}pinging{/link})

Where were you on 9/11?

It’s a question many people can easily answer, and one that has led many sightseeing tours of New York City to include “Ground Zero” on their itineraries (the space that was once occupied by the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center.) In fact, tourism began almost immediately after the stunning attacks on September 11, 2001, when onlookers came in masses to see the gaping spot where the Towers once stood, and to leave their own small remembrances nearby.

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Why We Love Labor Day, or, Thank You, Grover Cleveland!

Beach umbrella Labor Day Vacation
Spend Labor Day at the beach {link url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinkerroll21/2682334357/}(photo courtesy of downing.amanda){/link}

Ask any American what Labor Day is all about, and you might get a blank stare, a response like “it’s the end of the summer,” “kids go back to school,” or, if you’re lucky enough to come across a die-hard American football fan, “it’s the beginning of the NFL season, baby!” Some–a very few–may have an idea that it has something to do with labor unions, but they won’t be able to tell you much more than that.

Many don’t know that the holiday was created, rather reluctantly, in 1894, by President Grover Cleveland. Never a big fan of the unions, Cleveland ordered the U.S. military to attack railway workers at the Pullman plant in Illinois when they went on strike about pay decreases earlier that year. After 34 men died, and a national outcry from other union workers, Cleveland created the holiday to prevent riots. The legislation was rushed through Congress and unanimously approved 6 days later.

President Grover Cleveland
President Grover Cleveland Created Labor Day

Of course, the day was meant to celebrate the achievements of the labor movement, what Cleveland and Congress called “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” with parades, speeches, and special festivals for labor union members and their families. But now, with the decline of labor union membership in much of the Western world (in the U.S. it is now about 12% of the population, although it was once as high as 40%), the meaning of the day has been diluted down to one idea: relax. You work enough. Today, you don’t have to.

And that’s why we here at TakeTours love Labor Day so much. Is there any other holiday that has so few expectations? Is there any other holiday that says “you deserve a vacation” in quite the same way? So treat yourself this Labor Day Weekend. It’s not too late to book one of our many Labor Day Tour and Vacation Deals. Just don’t forget, wherever you may be–sipping something cold on the beach in Hawaii, careening down the steep hill of a rollercoaster at Disneyland, or hiking through Yellowstone Park–to say “Thank you, Grover Cleveland.”

Happy 144th Birthday, Canada!

Too often at this time of year we forget the Canadians. While on the Fourth of July Americans are busy at barbecues, parades and concerts, lighting fireworks late into the night, and generating lots of noise about declaring their independence from the British in 1776, many forget that just a few days before, Canadians are celebrating the birth of their country, too. (What’s a Canuck got to do to get a little attention, eh?)

A display of Canadian patriotism for Canada Day
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So we decided to do a little bit of research on this important holiday, and find out what it’s all about!

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