Summer Made Unforgettable

The “school’s out for summer” days may be well behind you, but we can all tap into the joy we felt as kids, wrapping up the year and running breathlessly into the carefree days of summer. Planning a summer vacation can bring us that same joy, imagining days that make us feel that same freedom. It’s the perfect time to chase the sun, and your dreams, see where it leads.

Maybe on a spectacular bike trip through the protected seashores of Chesapeake Bay. A walking tour along Maine’s wild coastline. Or days spent sailing to secluded destinations on stunning Caribbean islands aboard a Windstar cruise, the kind of relaxing, uncrowded getaway that feels like a tropical escape aboard your own private yacht.

So, let’s hit the road, set sail, get outside. Reconnect with friends, gather with family, adventure together, whether it’s right here at home or sailing the wide-open sea. Whatever you do, soak up the joy of summer and make it count.

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Summer is Made For…

When you imagine the perfect summer, what do you see? Maybe it’s relaxing on the high seas aboard a Windstar yacht. Embarking on a legendary adventure on the historic Grand Canyon Railway. Exploring the captivating Maine coastlines like a local on a VBT Bicycling Tour.

You’ll be spoiled for choice when planning a summer vacation with Xanterra. Scroll through for your options.

Summer is Made For Relaxing

Sip candy-colored cocktails in seaside watering holes or relax on a white-powder beach. This is the unrushed, stress-free vacation you’ve been waiting for.

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Summer is Made For Adventure

An epic journey on a historic railroad, a cycling tour of a bucket-list city, and answering the call of America’s National Parks. This is the fast-paced vacation you’ve been waiting for.

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Summer is Made For Exploring

Discover hidden beaches, immerse yourself in the local culture of your destination, and lose yourself in the grandeur of your favorite national park. Chase the sun and your dreams as you embark on a vacation of exploration.

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Summer is Made For Hitting the Road

Carefree. Spontaneous. Adventurous. There’s nothing like the feeling you get from a good old-fashioned American road trip. What will your first stop be?

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Summer is Made For… Relaxing

Windstar Cruises | New Ship | Star Breeze

Small ship, grand experiences. A trip aboard Windstar’s newest all-suite ship, Star Breeze, provides you with a space large enough to pamper and entertain you, yet small enough to tuck into tiny harbors and hidden coves that others can’t reach. Wake up to uninterrupted ocean views, take a delightful dip in the infinity pool, and indulge at countless gourmet restaurants. Make this summer count with an intimate and luxurious sailing experience.

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Windstar Cruises | Caribbean Itineraries

Hidden Harbors. Private Beaches. Island-Hopping in Windstar Style. Candy-colored cocktails sipped in seaside watering holes. Carefree days followed by calypso-flavored nights. These are the siren songs that lure anyone with a yacht and a yearning to escape to the incomparable Caribbean Islands. Whether you’re cruising through turquoise waters or lazing on powdery white beaches, the glamorous harbors and unknown coves of this area remain a hidden treasure.

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Windstar Cruises | Life On Windstar

Welcome to a world of understated elegance and uncommon beauty. A world that leaves crowds and commonplace behind to find unique ports of call, and local, exotic cultures that are at once fascinating and wondrous. A world that’s equal parts intimate, indulgent, and inspiring. Where the allure and beauty and magic of the places you sail to is equaled only by the ship that takes you there.

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Summer is Made For… Adventure

Grand Canyon Railway | Family Travel

The best family vacations are those that cater to everyone, and a trip to the Grand Canyon aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway is guaranteed to be a journey the whole family can get behind. You’ll love the entertaining musicians and the little ones will never forget the antics of our cowboy characters. All the while out your window, the terrain changes from high desert to prairie, prairie to pine. It’s a view that’s ever-changing until you come across a view so brilliant, it could very well change you.

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Grand Canyon | 5 Reasons to Visit in Summer

While the days are longer, offering more hours of daylight to enjoy the Grand Canyon’s natural wonder, the weather is warmer. But don’t let summer’s high temperatures deter you. Keep in mind that the canyon’s South Rim is a high desert of 7,000 feet. So while summer days can find average temperatures in the 80s, at night those temperatures can drop down into the 40s. You won’t need a heater; you’ll need a blanket.

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Death Valley | How to Chill Out in the Hottest Place on Earth

In recent years, August has become the busiest month of the year for tourism at the park, beating out the nearly perfect weather months of late winter and early spring by a wide margin. So beyond the bragging rights and that inevitable selfie in front of the thermometer outside the park’s Furnace Creek Visitor Center, what on earth are you going to do at the hottest place on Earth during summer? Here are a few suggestions.

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Summer is Made For… Exploring

Country Walkers | A National Park Summer

Whether you walk across the wind-sculpted desert terrain of California’s Death Valley, or spot bald eagles, and elk as you amble through the hiker’s paradise that is Yellowstone, a summer hiking tour of the magnificent landscapes of America’s National Parks stirs the soul, allowing you to experience their staggering natural diversity and variety of scenery in truly unforgettable fashion.

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Holiday Vacations | Amazing Alaska

Let’s make this summer one for the books. Let’s take the time to rediscover our magnificent country, to cross off those epic bucket list destinations, and to bask in the wide-open spaces. With pristine wilderness, magnificent wildlife, unspoiled tundra, and glacial cruises, there is no other place in the world like Alaska. Take in the unique culture and breathtaking scenery with Holiday Vacations on sea, railway, and land adventures that truly have to be seen to be believed.

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VBT Bicycling Vacations | Summer Close to Home

Mighty mountain ranges, vast deserts, tropical beaches, redwood forests, rolling pastures, and amber waves of grain—the USA has it all, plus too many iconic cities to name. Sometimes the greatest treasures are close to home. VBT’s bicycle tours in the USA reveal remarkable natural beauty and rich history from coast to coast. This summer, adventure beckons right here in our own backyard.

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Summer is Made For… Hitting the Road

Road Trip | Playlist

There’s nothing like the feeling you get from a good old-fashioned American road trip. You can make as many or as few plans as you like. Pack a bag, your sense of curiosity, and maybe a map (remember those?) and hit the open road. This playlist will be the perfect co-pilot.

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Road Trip | LA to the Grand Canyon

From tinseltown to treasured wonder of the world, this awe-inspiring Southwest road trip takes you through mystical Joshua Tree National Park, past historic Prescott, and along the kitschy shops and restaurants of legendary Route 66 to your destination: the majestic Grand Canyon. Take the historic railway to the South Rim before heading back to LA through the vast Mojave National Preserve.

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Road Trip | Phoenix to the Grand Canyon

Cactus strewn deserts, swaying grass lands, and jaw-dropping natural beauty. Welcome to the ultimate Arizona road trip. Breeze through this itinerary for a quick weekend getaway or take your time to explore every delight along the way. From sunny Phoenix, visit a well-preserved cliff dwelling and the stunning red rock vistas of Sedona. Take in the nostalgia of Route 66 and the rich legacy of the old west on your way to the adventure of the Grand Canyon.

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