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Straddling the Rio Grande River and bordered to the east by the Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a mesmerizing high-desert city bedazzled by silver, turquoise, and chili peppers—the very epitome of the American Southwest. Ride the tram up Sandia Peak for a stunning city panorama. Stroll through the charming cobblestoned Old Town with its labyrinth of adobe shops. Check out the Native American exhibits, performances, and demonstrations at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Find out what makes the International Balloon Fiesta one of the city's premier annual events at the Balloon Museum. Or maybe just pass the time in a local cantina to figure out your favorite salsa...red or green!
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Albuquerque, New Mexico. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Plus, your Local Host will share local Albuquerque insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Old Town Albuquerque was founded in 1706. Today you can stroll the historic Plaza, dine at one of the many restaurants, take a guided tour, visit museums, or shop at over 150 stores and galleries. Take time to explore this favorite hang-out for tourists and locals alike.
A trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrains. You'll see some of nature's more dramatic scenery unfold before you. Perhaps enjoy dinner at the top and view the magnificent sunset over the Land of Enchantment.
Get your kicks at this historic 50's style dinner located on Albuquerque's Route 66. The menu features burgers, milkshakes, Blue Plate specials and more. The restaurant also features a full soda fountain and a swinging jukebox.
New Mexico is the oldest wine growing region in the United States. Sun soaked soil and cool desert nights make it the perfect place for growing grapes for Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. There are several wineries in the Albuquerque area that are open for touring and tasting.
Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago. Spend time at the visitor's center, take part in a ranger led program, or hike one of the viewing trails.
Spend some time in this interesting neighborhood of Albuquerque. This historic district is bursting with eclectic shops, swank dining, and fun nightlife. Route 66 neon signs and architecture combined with predominantly locally-owned businesses make Nob Hill in Albuquerque a hip and fashionable part of town.
Representing 19 Pueblos of the greater Southwest, the IPCC showcases the history of the Pueblo people through mediums such as jewelry, baskets, photographs, paintings, murals, and archaeological objects. The Museum also houses a gift shop, restaurant, and dance demonstrations.
The Unser Racing Museum educates and immerses the visitor in the exciting world of racing. Take a guided tour and learn about the Unser family history, then explore on your own, seeing and interacting with racing history as it happened. The museum spans the early days of racing from Pikes Peak and Indianapolis to the latest technology, including a racing simulator that puts you in the driver's seat. Don't miss the trophy room!
Home for millennia to Native American tribes such as the Shoshone, Nez Perce, Blackfeet, Crow, and Sioux, and settled in the 1800s as a farming community, the area that became Bozeman, Montana, is today a hip little town with a quasi-bohemian atmosphere. Just 93 miles north of Yellowstone, here you'll find Montana State University, as well as a vibrant downtown filled with shops and restaurants. While here, learn about the geology, wildlife, people, and history of the Rocky Mountains at the Museum of the Rockies. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the Norris Hot Springs. Or maybe head outdoors for a little biking, skiing, fishing, golfing, hiking, or white-water rafting in Gallatin National Forest.
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The museum showcases one of the largest and most important dinosaur collections in the world. In addition to its incredible dinosaur collection, the museum also houses regional artifacts from native tribes in Montana, fur traders, gold seekers, and the first settler. In the Museum's newest edition, learners of all ages will be able to explore the science and history of Yellowstone.
Historic downtown Bozeman is home to restaurants, shopping, arts and culture. Walk the quaint streets and explore the art galleries, shop for Western artwork, a favorite Montana souvenir or grab a bite to eat at one of the many casual and fine dining restaurants.
For more than 100 years, visitors have come to relax and rejuvenate in these natural hot springs. Located just minutes from Bozeman, the facility includes 9 different pools and dry and wet saunas. After a day of sightseeing enjoy a soak. It's the perfect way to feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
From a simple hour hike to a half or full day, the potential for hiking in the Bozeman area is endless and inviting. Enjoy excellent views of the area as you travel through alpine meadows and past lakes and waterfalls. A few local favorites include Elephanthead (4 miles), Pine Creek (5 miles), and Elbow Lake (6.5 miles).
Just about 15 miles south of Bozeman is the beautiful Hyalite Canyon. Recreational opportunities abound in the canyon. Enjoy a picnic, go mountain biking, canoe, watch birds, or take photographs. At the top of the paved road is access to Hyalite Dam and Reservoir with opportunities for fishing and non-motorized boating. You may also want to try a hike to beautiful Grotto Falls (2.5 miles)
"Buffalo Bill" Cody definitely knew where to build a town. Founded in 1887, Cody, Wyoming's Western charm delights visitors thronging through the eastern gateway to magnificent Yellowstone National Park. The world-class Buffalo Bill Historical Center, summertime Cody Nite Rodeo, Buffalo Bill Dam, Old Trail Town (a collection of historic pioneer buildings and artifacts), Buffalo Bill State Park, and wild mustang tours are all worth checking out, while fun activities include trolley tours through town, rafting and kayaking, mountain biking, fly fishing, hiking, and trail rides.
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Once a thriving shipbuilding and commercial center, Coos Bay-with a population of almost 16,000-is now the largest city on the Oregon Coast. With the dramatic coastline and many coves as a backdrop, Coos Bay offers spectacular sunsets, tide pools, massive old-growth forests, and lots of fish. Nearby is the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, with wind-sculpted sand dunes stretching 500 feet above sea level—perfect for hiking, sandboarding, and ATV tours. Shore Acres State Park showcases a "garden for all seasons," and historic lighthouses, a must-see on any trip to the Oregon Coast, are within a short driving distance.
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Located in southwestern Colorado, Durango is surrounded by the breathtaking San Juan Mountains and offers activities for all desires. Shop in historic downtown Durango, hike and mountain bike through gorgeous scenery, kayak or raft on the Animas River, and enjoy the culinary delights at Durango's unique restaurants (downtown Durango has more local restaurants per capita than San Francisco). Explore the ancient cliff dwellings at nearby Mesa Verde National Park, where the Ancestral Pueblo people lived for over 700 years. For a special treat, ride the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a historic train journey with views of waterfalls, wildlife, and mountain peaks.
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Located on Humboldt Bay near preserves of thousand-year-old giant Redwoods, Eureka was a major player in the historic West Coast lumber trade. It is home to a significant collection of Victorian homes, including the beautiful Carson Mansion; bay cruises on a 1910 motor launch; and a 1920s movie theater that still shows silent films with live musical accompaniment. Other attractions include nearby Redwood National Park, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, and Arcata Marsh & Bird Sanctuary. Notable activities: hiking and wildlife viewing; sport and deep-sea fishing; and whitewater rafting on the Trinity, Klamath, and Eel Rivers. Eureka also lands more rockfish, Dungeness crab, salmon, shrimp, and oysters than any other region in California, so fresh seafood is plentiful!
Gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, glamorous Jackson, Wyoming, is a delightful combination of eclectic Old West ambiance and beautiful alpine scenery. Throughout the years it has been a favorite getaway for celebrities, politicians, and royalty from around the world. Interesting highlights are: the Town Square with unique elk antler arches at each of its four corners; the National Museum of Wildlife Art; and the National Elk Refuge, which protects land for more than 5,000 elk that migrate here each winter. Popular activities include skiing, hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, chuck wagon cookouts, shopping, wildlife viewing, and an appealing night scene.
As the gateway to magnificent Glacier National Park, Kalispell is the ideal base camp for getting out and exploring one of North America's most breathtaking regions. Spend some time browsing through some of its many art galleries and antique shops, or tour the Victorian-era Conrad Mansion Museum. It's also just seven miles from glacial Flathead Lake—remnant of an ancient inland sea and one of America's largest natural freshwater lakes. Maybe visit some of the cherry, apple, pear, and plum orchards or vineyards that are located around the lake…or spend some time hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, golfing, or windsurfing.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Kalispell, Montana. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Plus, your Local Host will share local Kalispell insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Climb into one of the historic red Glacier National Park busses, also known as Jammers, and travel from one side of the park to the other. The trip travels along the Going-to-the-Sun Road and past spectacular scenery. Bring along you camera as you never know when you might run into the park's wildlife. Leave the driving to someone else and enjoy!
Visit the most beautifully preserved pre-1900 mansion in Montana and experience the elegance of a bygone era. Take a guided tour and learn more about the history of this home, the family who lived here, and their impact on the development of Kalispell.
This charming Museum contains art formerly located in the Carnegie Library. The museum focuses on the works of Montana artists, both contemporary and historic. Public tours are available and highlight the permanent and changing exhibitions.
Enjoy awe-inspiring views from a historic wooden boat. Your knowledgeable captain guides you through the wonders of Glacier National Park's past and present. Sit back, relax and ply the turquoise waters. Scenic tours depart from Lake McDonald, Many Glacier, St. Mary Lake, and Two Medicine.
Travel to nearby Flathead Lake State Park where outdoor activities abound. You can swim, snorkel, sail, kayak, hike, or just let the waves lap at your feet. This pristine lake is a vacationer's paradise. If time permits, visit Wild Horse Island, home to wild horses, bighorn sheep, mule deer, bald eagles and more.
This half-day hike is one of the most popular in Glacier National Park due to the destination. Travel along a boardwalk and cross the amazing blue waters of Avalanche Creek. Follow the Creek upwards through the forest until it reaches the foot of Avalanche Lake. The lake is rimmed with steep cliffs on three sides with numerous waterfalls cascading downward from the hanging valley. Don't forget your camera on this hike!
Stumptown Art Studio is a place where young and old alike may come to express their creative nature and to learn about the world of art. The Studio offers "walk in" glass fusing, ceramic painting and mosaic making ever day of the week along with classes, workshops, and exhibits. Perfect for a rainy day or any day you are feeling creative!
Situated in the Mojave Desert and surrounded by rugged mountains, Las Vegas, Nevada, has transformed over the last century from a sleepy little frontier town to its current iteration as an ultra-neon "Sin City." One of the most popular destinations in the world, glitzy Vegas boasts an unbelievable collection of glamorous, over-the-top mega-casino resorts on the famous "Strip," as well as top-notch entertainment and excellent shopping and dining. Popular things to experience: the whimsical Bellagio fountain display, whitewater rafting in the Black Canyon, a visit of the Hoover Dam, flightseeing over the Grand Canyon, a Cirque du Soleil performance—and where else could you take in the panoramic views from atop the "Eiffel Tower" or get married by Elvis at the Graceland Wedding Chapel?
Hello, my name is Cindy. I got the travel bug when my family traveled around the United States, Mexico and Canada. Since then, I have traveled to all 50 states and over 55 countries. I moved to Las Vegas in 2003, and enjoy my position with Monograms as it allows me to meet people from all over the world and to enhance their visit in this exciting city.
The second-largest city in the United States, southern California's fascinating "City of Angels" is blessed with a pleasant Mediterranean climate, desirable location on the Pacific Coast, and far too many highlights to name. Among the most popular attractions are the giant Hollywood sign, one of California's most recognized landmarks; Disneyland and Universal Studios; the famous shopping district along Rodeo Drive; historic Olvera Street; Grauman's Chinese Theater, home to the cement footprints, handprints, and "otherprints" of many of history's most famous movie stars; and the Walk of Fame along Hollywood Boulevard & Vine Street with its sidewalks embedded with stars to commemorate famous movie, radio, theater, and TV celebrities.
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When I was born in England, my proud parents thought I’d go far. Little did they know how far from home I’d go! For years I’ve enjoyed living abroad, working in the tourism field. After a decade in sunny Spain (employed as a resort rep, then a tour guide), I transferred to the then-Soviet Union. Eventually opting for a warmer climate, in 1981 I moved to sunny Los Angeles. As a tour escort in the U.S. and Canada I saw North America from coast to coast. Starting in 1986 I worked as a motorcoach tour manager in the western U.S.; in 1997 I came to work as a Local Host for Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms. Happily, I’ve found L.A. to be the place at the end of the rainbow for me. There’s never a dull moment and Los Angeles offers something for everyone. Come see for yourself!
Nestled in Utah's Canyon Country on the Colorado River, Moab is a brilliant collection of stunning red rock national and state parks, including Arches National Park, the world's largest concentration of natural sandstone arches; Canyonlands National Park with thousands of square miles of colorful canyons, mesas, and buttes; and Dead Horse Point State Park, one of the most photographed vistas in the world. It is the perfect base camp for a wide range of outdoor adventure and for exploring dinosaur fossil beds and areas with ancient petroglyphs.
Situated on Monterey Bay along the Pacific coastline, Monterey is one of the most historic areas in California. It's home to Cannery Row, the former sardine-packing plant immortalized by John Steinbeck in his novel; Fisherman's Wharf with its fish markets, seafood restaurants, and shops; Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the country's top family attractions; and the intriguing marine sanctuary where harbor seals, sea otters, bottlenose dolphins, Gray and Humpback whales, elephant seals, and sea turtles are common sights—and where popular activities include kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, and beachcombing.
With an appealing Mediterranean climate, Napa is considered one of the top wine regions in the United States—and is recognized internationally as one of only nine "Great Wine Capitals" on the planet. Its rolling hills are dotted with picturesque vineyards and hundreds of wineries offering tastings, while the area also enjoys great popularity for its relaxing spa treatments, gourmet restaurants, the celebrated Napa Valley Wine Train, and the prestigious Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.
Known as the "City of Roses," Portland's light rail and streetcar lines (free in the central city) connect diverse neighborhoods with a host of exciting restaurants, shops, and attractions. Visit the International Rose Test Garden, with its 7,000 roses; Powell's City of Books, the world's largest independent bookseller; and the Portland Farmers Market, considered one of the best in the world. With over 300 miles of designated bike lanes and trails, biking is a great way for visitors to see the city-either on their own or on guided bike tours. For Foodies, Portland offers a diverse range of restaurants and food carts, and with 40 breweries, Portland produces more craft-brewed beers than any other city. Shoppers enjoy the tax-free shopping.
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Strategically situated in the southwestern corner of South Dakota, Rapid City is the gateway to the Black Hills and the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the state's most intriguing attractions: Mount Rushmore, the country's most iconic symbol with its sculpted mountain representations of four American presidents; the work-in-progress Crazy Horse Memorial, honoring the great Lakota warrior; unforgettable Badlands National Park, 244,000 acres of dramatic rock spires, hoodoos, pinnacles, and buttes; and Custer State Park with its huge herd of buffalo and famous fall buffalo roundup. In town, the Museum of Geology, Stavkirke Chapel, and South Dakota Air & Space Museum are worth checking out.
Situated in an ancient lakebed that existed at the end of the last ice age, Salt Lake City was founded by Mormon pioneers in 1847 and grew to become the capital of Utah and its largest city. The city is ringed by soaring mountains and Great Salt Lake, and is known as a base for outdoor recreation, including the many nearby ski resorts that were showcased during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Attractions include the Renaissance-style state capitol building; the LDS Temple; the historic tabernacle, home of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Utah Olympic Park; and Timpanogos Cave.
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The "Birthplace of California," beautiful San Diego is famous for its magnificent natural harbor, mild climate, miles of gorgeous beaches, and close proximity to the Mexico border. Home to the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet, it is also known for its commitment to wildlife conservation—something that can be fully experienced at SeaWorld and the renowned San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park. Among the city's other must-see treasures: Balboa Park with its museums, parks, and arboretum; the Point Loma Lighthouse; Old Town with its Spanish and Old West heritage; San Diego de Alcala Mission; the historic Hotel del Coronado; and the downtown area's historic Gaslamp Quarter. Popular activities include surfing, sailing, dolphin- and whale-watching tours, hang gliding, and hiking.
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Since 1994, Fran has been a Tour Director for the Western United States and Mexico. Before joining the Globus family of brands, Fran taught high school and worked as a trainer for a San Diego-based company. Theater, travel, and her grandchildren are her passions. San Diego is a great place to visit, and she will welcome you to "America's Finest City."
Known for its stunning Victorian architecture, scenic views, and historic cable cars, the impressive "City by the Bay" is a true and wonderful melting pot. Major points of interest include the iconic Golden Gate Bridge; the carnival-like atmosphere of Fisherman's Wharf; the largest town outside of Asia; Alcatraz Island, the infamous federal penitentiary known as "the Rock"; panoramic views from the Presidio; tours of Boudin Bakery to learn the fine art of making sourdough bread; remarkable Muir Woods National Monument with its famous giant Redwood trees; and super-steep Lombard Street, the most crooked street in America.
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Jan has the best job in the world; helping visitors enjoy San Francisco. He has worked in tourism for more than twenty-five years and delights in welcoming folks to America's most beautiful city. Just make sure to bring a sweater!
Home to one of the most picturesque coastal drives in the world, miles of unspoiled beaches, and residential sea lions, sea otters, and a growing population of elephant seals, San Simeon is truly dominated by one thing: extravagant Hearst Castle. Built between 1919 and 1947 by publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, the 165-room mansion is a wonderland of magnificent gardens, panoramic terraces and promenades, enchanting pools, and an incomparable collection of fine art. Still, San Simeon does offer other attractions as well, including its scenic state park; the1,000-foot-long pier, used by Hearst to import the building materials, furniture, and artwork for his castle; and Sebastian's General Store, dating back to 1852 and now a historic landmark.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to San Simeon, California. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Plus, your Local Host® will share local San Simeon, California insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
You’re invited to America’s Castle! High above the Pacific on a site he called The Enchanted Hill, William Randolph Hearst created his private retreat. Once accessible only to celebrities and famous guests, this magnificent estate is yours to explore. Hearst Castle is one of the world’s greatest showplaces. Visit this magnificent Mediterranean-style estate with its enchanting guest houses, gardens, pools and terraces. This magnificent estate of 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways command impressive views of the Pacific Ocean as well as the hills and dales of the Santa Lucia mountain range. It took over thirty years for William Randolph Hearst to develop his ranch into what is Hearst Castle today. Enjoy a guided tour or self-guided tour, see the movie, Hearst Castle—Building the Dream, shop for a souvenir in the Museum shop or enjoy a bite to eat.
Jade is a common semi-precious stone found on the beaches in the Big Sur region. And, Jade Cove is one of the most popular locations for those seeking to find some jade. The Jade Cove Trail loops out to the coast with a steep but short path down to the water. Here, you can go rock-hounding for pieces of jade that have been washed ashore or put on your diving gear and search for jade underwater. Just be sure to adhere to the park's rules and regulations.
Visit Sebastian’s General store, a local favorite. Enjoy fresh sandwich, salads, burgers, cookies and more. All the meats are fresh from the local Hearst Ranch. The outdoor seating offers a great view of the Hearst Castle, the local schoolhouse and the Santa Lucia Mountains.
Beautifully situated between the Pacific Ocean and the gentle foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the "American Riviera" of Santa Barbara is a sophisticated fusion of golden beaches, swaying palm trees, magnificent vineyards, whitewashed stucco walls, and Spanish Revival architecture. Highlights are the splendid waterfront area, fresh-from-the-ocean seafood, tastings of locally produced wines, the historic Old Santa Barbara Mission, and the reconstructed Spanish presidio.
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Enjoy the beauty of the surrounding countryside or the blue coastal waters. Spend a relaxing day paddling along the Santa Barbara waterfront, hike with an expert guide and learn about native plants and animals, local geology and Chumash culture or perhaps enjoy a bicycle tour from the mountains to the shore. Santa Barbara is home to many additional outdoor activities and you may want to try your hand at surfing, horseback riding, or paragliding.
The Oscar®-winning film Sideways shone a spotlight on Santa Barbara and its regional vineyards. The area's vineyards have been winning awards since the 70s, and today oenophiles around the world raise a glass to the quality of vintages that spring from Santa Barbara soil. Maps are available highlighting the region's vineyards and tasting rooms. You can also download a free self-guided-tour map of Sideways filming locations.
Head to the Funk Zone in downtown Santa Barbara, a hot spot for artistic creation, fresh thinking, and interesting characters. You can order a glass of wine at Red’s and browse the myriad artists’s studios as well as surfboard shapers, wineries and locally owned shops. The Funk Zone is located between Highway 101 and the train tracks from State to Milpas Street.
This magnificent Spanish-Moorish "palace" was built in 1929 and is surrounded by lawns and a sunken tropical garden that plays host to many functions through out the year. Make sure to make the climb to the top of the tower for a jaw-dropping 360-degree panoramic view. You’ll enjoy views of the city, mountains, ocean and on a clear day, you can see all the way to the Channel Islands. The tower closes early, however, so make sure to get there by 3:30 or 4 p.m. at the latest.
Even if you are not a surfer, you should check out the flagship Channel Islands Surfboards shop in downtown Santa Barbara. Since 1969, this store has been catering to the world’s best surfers. It is also the place to snag killer shades, swimwear, t-shirts, and perhaps even bump into a famous wave-riding guy or gal.
Lotusland is the slightly quirky estate and botanic garden of the late Polish opera star Madame Ganna Walska. The garden features a wealth of unusual plants, including cycads which were present in the era of the dinosaur. Other gardens are devoted to lotuses, ferns, succulents, bromeliads, aloes, and topiaries. Orchards, water gardens, Japanese gardens can also be found here. Guided tours are available, advance reservations are required. Insider tip: A Victoria’s Secret commercial was filmed here.
Tucked into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at an elevation of 7,000 feet is Santa Fe, New Mexico, the oldest and highest capital in the U.S. As the one-time capital of Spain's territories north of the Rio Grande, Spanish influence abounds. It's a city where the art scene thrives, Indian artisans sell their wares in front of the Palace of the Governors, and the sheer number of restaurants serving Southwestern cuisine is mind-boggling. Relax in the historic Plaza, the heart of the city since 1610; spend time at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; or maybe visit nearby Bandelier National Monument to marvel at the petroglyphs and cliff dwellings created by humans over 11,000 years ago.
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Originally constructed in the early 17th century as Spain's seat of government for what is today the American Southwest, the Palace of the Governors chronicles the history of Santa Fe, as well as New Mexico and the region. The adobe structure is designated a Registered National Historic Landmark and an American Treasure. Now a museum, self-guided and free docent led tours are available.
Take a Southwest cooking class with some of the region's top chefs. Learn how to make some traditional southwest specialties or perhaps take a workshop focusing on salsa, green chili, or tamales. Afterward, you might want to work off a few calories and take a Restaurant Walking tour where you'll get to sample delicious samplings and meet the chefs and key players that make Santa Fe one of America's top culinary destinations.
Artist, Georgia O'Keefe, is well known for her stunning vistas and stark landscapes of which many were painted in New Mexico. In her work she captures the natural beauty of northern New Mexico desert, its vast skies, and richly colored landscape. Museum audio and docent led tours are available. During certain times of the year, you can also visit the artist's home and studio, Abiquiu House, and see how she lived and how her personal lifestyle reflected her ideas.
Santa Fe is a shopper's paradise, full of unique boutiques, art galleries, gift shops, specialty stores and more. It's a market place where you'll find everything thing from fine art, Native American jewelry, pottery, hand tooled cowboy boots to souvenir t-shirts. No matter what you are looking for, you're sure to find it while shopping in Santa Fe.
Take a guided walking tour and be enlighten and entertained by America's oldest Capitol city. Experienced local guides bring the city to life and will make sure you see all the highlights. There are a variety of subjects to choose from depending if your interest is history, shopping, art, or ghosts.
Visit this beautiful historic chapel and learn the interesting story about the revered "miraculous staircase". Two mysteries surround the spiral staircase: who built it and how it was constructed, a design that still perplexes experts today.
Santa Fe has long been known as a healing place for the mind and body. Whether you enjoy a hotel spa, day spa, natural healing treatment or simply soaking up a little down time, Santa Fe is a perfect backdrop for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Visit the nearby charming village of Chimayo, founded near the end of the 17th century by Spanish settlers. Spend time at the famous Santuario de Chimayo known for the healing powers of its red dirt. You may also wish to visit one of the area many weavers or galleries. Afterwards, we suggest lunch at a lovely former hacienda, Rancho de Chimayo, for some delicious southwestern cuisine.
Santa Fe's (and the US's) Oldest House has been carbon dated to 1646AD. Parts of the foundation are believed to date to 1,200AD. During your visit, learn about the colorful past and what life was like when the Spanish first arrived in New Mexico.
Go back to the ancient past of Northern New Mexico and visit the cliff dwellings of the "Ancient Ones". Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities.
Located 90 minutes from Portland, Seaside is a popular resort town on the beautiful Oregon Coast. It offers a mild ocean climate, beautiful ocean views, and miles of sandy beaches for relaxing, beach volleyball, family time, and exploring. A 1.5-mile oceanfront pathway is ideal for walkers, bike riders, runners, and people with mobility issues. The town itself offers many shops, art galleries, antique stores, restaurants, and activities for families, including arcades, a carousel, miniature golf, paddle boats, candy stores, and bumper cars.
To help you further personalize your Seaside vacation package, you'll have access to a toll-free Service On Call helpline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Customer service representatives are on call for anything you need to make your vacation to Seaside, Oregon worry free.
Famous for its coffee, Seattle offers a plethora of activities-from world-class restaurants and fashionable shopping to wonderful museums and symphony orchestras. Situated on the Pacific Rim, Seattle is surrounded by beautiful scenery with magnificent, panoramic views of Puget Sound and the mountains. Downtown Seattle-easy to explore on foot-offers numerous shops, restaurants, and arts and visitor attractions. A favorite destination is Pike Place Market, a vibrant farmers market and home to more than 190 craftspeople, 100 farmers, 240 street performers, and the original Starbucks store. The Space Needle, the well-known symbol of Seattle, offers 360-degree views of the city.
To help you further personalize your Seattle vacation package, you'll have access to a toll-free Service On Call helpline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Customer service representatives are on call for anything you need to make your vacation to Seattle worry free.
When she isn't welcoming Monograms passengers to the "Emerald City" of Seattle, Liz is a certified flight instructor and exercise enthusiast. She enjoys skiing, swimming, photography, and, most of all, her two little girls.
Take a relaxing ride on the Washington State Ferries and visit some of the different Puget Sound locals. The views of the mountains and the city are breathtaking, particularly at sunset.
Explore the Experience Music Project where music meets science fiction through state-of-the-art exhibitions and hands-on interactives. EMP captures and reflects the essence of rock 'n' roll, its roots in jazz, soul, gospel, country and the blues, as well as rock's influence on hip-hop, punk and other recent genres.
Discover the city beneath the city on the Underground Seattle Tour.
Visit the Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe. This waterfront trinket shop has displayed mummies, deformed animals in a jar, shrunken heads, and tourist knickknacks. The store and its strange contents have been a waterfront fixture since it opened as a museum of natural wonders in 1899.
Enjoy a meal at Beth's Café. Founded in 1954 as a nickel slots gambling parlor, this restaurant has been serving up legendary Seattle breakfasts for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Featuring their famous 12 egg omelet and all you can eat hash browns, you definitely won't leave this place hungry!
For the West at its best, Sheridan, in the shadow of the Bighorn Mountains, is one of Wyoming's true gems. Western ambiance runs rampant among the well-preserved historic downtown, foothill dude ranches, and cattle baron mansions. Noteworthy attractions include the Trail End State Historic Site, King's Saddlery Museum, and buffalo and elk conservatory, while abundant outdoor adventure opportunities make this a playground for mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and paragliding.
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