Spending Thanksgiving Abroad

How to Avoid the Holiday Stress

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Thanksgiving is a beloved in the U.S. because of all the great food and drink available (turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy… oh, sorry, is that distracting?). But the more people traveling and driving around can make the whole thing a little overwhelming? Is it really worth it to get stuck in traffic for three hours just to spend the day pretending to enjoy the company of your relatives?

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How to Have a Spooky Halloween Adventure

Halloween – The Ultimate Fall Celebration

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Carve up your jack o’lanterns!

Boo! Halloween is right around the corner, and people around the world are in the mood for spooky season. Get your costumes ready, decorate your houses, and get ready for all the trick-or-treaters. There’s nothing quite as scary as a bunch of children dressed as Wonder Woman trying to get candy, right?

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Discover New Worlds This Columbus Day

Kick Off the Fall Season with a Columbus Day Weekend GetawayDiscover New Worlds This Columbus Day

Columbus Day Weekend is almost here, and if you’ve waited until the last minute to book a getaway for the holiday weekend, then it’s time to head over to TakeTours.com, where you can find great deals on exciting getaways to make the most of the fall season! Just like Columbus discovered the New World, you can discover eye-opening new experiences at these thrilling destinations.

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What to Pack for a Perfect Yellowstone Trip

Do you know what to pack for that perfect Yellowstone trip?

What to Pack for a Perfect Yellowstone Trip
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For those who crave adventure in the great outdoors, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is a paradise. It was the very first national park in the United States, covering over 3,000 square miles of majestic wilderness and attracting over 3 million visitors every year.

There are many possible accommodations in the park, depending on your personal needs. Anyone who is ready to answer the call of the wild with a resounding, Yes! can get the full Yellowstone experience by pitching a tent at one of the many campgrounds. On the other side of the coin, for those who love the outdoors, but want a warm, comfortable bed to sleep in, there are fantastic lodges in the park, available all year round.

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Fall’s Well That Ends Well

Fall’s Well That Ends Well – Foliage At Its Best!

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Fall, Autumn, The Harvest Season, Fall’s Well That Ends Well. Whatever name you use to describe the months of September to November, there’s one thing for sure: the leaves will change colors from their normal green to shades of red, yellow, orange, and brown, creating a vibrant display that amazes all who are lucky enough to see it. The best places to see these marvelous displays are the northeastern United States and Canada. Lucky for you, TakeTours has been eagerly preparing for this season. We’ve got a whole line of tours waiting just for you, so you and your friends and family can explore the beautiful, rolling hills of New England, upstate New York, and Canada without all the usual fuss that comes with traveling. You won’t have to worry about driving long distances. You won’t have to worry about booking a hotel. You just won’t have to worry when you book with TakeTours! We’ve included descriptions of some of the most popular tours below, but be sure to visit our Fall Foliage Deals Page to explore all the foliage tours we have to offer.

Fall Foliage Tours from New York

There are some truly fantastic fall foliage tours from New York that you can find on TakeTours.com. First, consider what direction you want to go. If you book this 4-Day Niagara Falls, Toronto, Montreal Tour from $200, not only will you spend two days at Niagara Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders in the region, you’ll also cross the border into Canada, getting the chance to sightsee around Toronto, known for the architectural genius of buildings like the CN Tower, and Montreal, the French-Canadian metropolis that mixes elements of American and Canadian cities. The Niagara area amazes all who visit, full of incredible vantage points that allow you to see the area in full view, such as the Skylon Tower, where you’ll get to eat lunch in the revolving restaurant at the top. You’ll also get the chance to see the Thundering Waters Cultural Show to learn about the history of Native Americans in the area. On the border between New York and Canada, you will find the Thousand Islands region. After a boat tour in this area, you will see the amazing fall foliage set against the backdrop of picturesque lakes and islands.

By booking this 3-Day Acadia National Park, Maine Coast, Head Light House Tour, starting at just $137 per person, you’ll get to travel through the brilliant foliage of New England while visiting many historic attractions. On the first day, as you make your way up to Portland, Maine, you’ll stop in Salem, Massachusetts to visit the Salem Witch Museum to learn about the spooky and horrifying history of the witch trials conducted here in the 1600s. Once in Maine, you’ll stop by the Head Light, which has guided ships safely into Portland’s harbor since it was first lit in 1791. Acadia National Park is a delightful place. Located on Mount Desert Island, it is home to Cadillac Mountain, which provides incredible views of the island, the coast of Maine, and the ocean. Also on the island is the quaint fishing town of Bar Harbor. From here, you’ll go on a cruise around the island’s coastline. On the way back to New York, you’ll stop by York’s the Wild Kingdom, a small zoo and amusement park in Maine, and the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut to learn about all kinds of animals from both land and sea.

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Fall Foliage Tours from Boston

Fall in New England has always been a special time. The region seems to come alive as the leaves change, quite literally. It is this time of year when the region’s most popular crops are ready for harvests, like pumpkins, squash, apples, and more. Boston is New England’s main hub, and you can book plenty of fall foliage tours from Boston on TakeTours. Bostonians can also head up to Mount Desert Island and Bar Harbor by booking a 2-Day Maine Acadia National Park Tour, which starts at $165, a great getaway for anyone who needs just one night away from their busy lives.

For those who can’t find the time for a multi-day tour, don’t worry! You can experience the magic of fall in just a single day on something like booking this 1-Day Mt Washington Tour – The Highest Peak in New England for as little as $58. New Hampshire is home to the White Mountains, which are usually considered a top destination in the winter for their fantastic ski areas. But not as many people know that the White Mountains are one of the best places in New England to view the fall foliage. The Conway Scenic Railway is a quick and relaxed way to see the whole area. You will board a vintage train that winds its way through the mountains, looking out the window in awe at the wide open landscape of red and yellow leaves that stretch out as far as you can see. Later on, at the Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park, you’ll have a variety of fun activities to choose from, like zip-lines, tubing, and even a mountain roller coaster!

If you’d prefer to stick to New England’s exquisite coastline, we’ve got you covered, too, by booking a 1-Day Maine Beautiful Coastline, Lobstering Trip from $65. When you first get to Maine, you will stop by Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, the town’s cute little harbor. Due to its modest size and appearance, you wouldn’t guess that it is such a popular place to visit. Here, you will board a lobster fishing boat and take a cruise, where you’ll learn the ins and outs of how to catch lobster. Lobster fishing has been an important part of Maine’s economy since the 1800s. At the end of the cruise, you’ll be treated to a delicious lobster meal. The soft meat underneath the hard, red shell of these odd-looking creatures is a delicacy – and it only tastes better dipped in warm butter. It’s a messy meal: you’ll get a bib and a special cracker to break open their shells. But it’s all worth it for a taste like that! On the way back to Boston, you’ll stop by the Nubble Lighthouse and the Kittery Premium Outlets for some discount shopping.

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Fall Foliage Tours from Canada

Oh, Canada! The United States’ friendly neighbor to the north is a wide open country filled with picturesque mountain ranges and beautiful scenery – and new to TakeTours this year, are fall foliage tours from Canada! If you’re starting out from the Montreal-area, head out into the countryside of Quebec by booking a 1-Day Mont Tremblant, Saint-Sauveur Tour from Montreal starting from $34. For this insanely low rate, you’ll get a full day exploring the quaint village of Saint-Sauveur, which is full of elegant, European-style architecture, a cruise on the beautiful Lac-des-Sables, and finally, to Mont-Tremblant. Once there, you will be able to explore the wonderful mountain village and ride a gondola up to the summit to see unrivaled views of the Laurentian Mountains. Then, you’ll be back in Montreal in time for dinner!

Booking this 4-Day Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore Tour from Toronto from $260 is a great way to see three of the most historic cities in the United States. Double-decker bus tours aren’t exclusive to London, England. You’ll get to take one of the Philadelphia, the first U.S. capital. The next day, you’ll find yourself in Washington, D.C., the current capital, where you’ll visit the biggest and best monuments and memorials, like the towering Washington Monument, the grand Lincoln Memorial, and the solemn Vietnam Veterans Memorial. There will also be time to see some of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, none more thrilling than the National Air and Space Museum. On top of all this, you’ll get to see the outside of the U.S. Capitol building, where the country’s congress passes laws, and the White House, where President Barack Obama and his family reside. Additionally, you’ll make visits to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, which has been in function since the 1700s, and Penn’s Cave in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, before the long journey back to Toronto. This tour is definitely one for you history buffs out there!

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Don’t let yourself get stuck inside all autumn and miss the most dynamic and picture-perfect season of them all. Visit TakeTours.com to find the tour that interests you the most. With thousands of options to choose from, there is no shortage of amazing getaways waiting for you. Cozy up with your laptop, a tall pumpkin-spiced latte (or hot apple cider, perhaps?), and book now!