Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Exciting Things to Do in Top Destinations ? From Backyard to Across the Country
SAN FRANCISCO, July 5, 2006 ? The fireworks have officially ushered in the heat of the summer travel season, and families are ready to move. Whether you're kicking off a month-long vacation, or thinking of day-tripping, Viator has exciting activities across the country to meet everyone's schedule, budget and preference.
Viator's team of travel experts has hand-picked some of the best and most unique family activities in popular U.S. destinations to commemorate the arrival of summer. The selections include an array of local highlights, allowing travelers to get "up close and personal" and truly experience their destination.
"Viator's portfolio of tours and activities is the perfect resource for families to plan summer escapes," said Rod Cuthbert, Viator founder and CEO. "Researching and booking trip activities before you leave helps avoid long lines and sell-outs, preserving vacation time for fun not planning. Since we offer thousands of traditional tours and off-the-beaten path excursions ? Viator takes you places you'd likely never see on your own ? even some in your own backyard."
Live in Hollywood or Hoboken? Either way, the New York Water Taxi is a unique way to see the Big Apple from an entirely different perspective. The 2-day, Hop-on Hop-off Pass, available for $20 per person, brings you close to the City's major parks, restaurants, museums and cultural attractions with 12 stops including South Street Seaport, Battery Park, Pier 84, Pier 63 Chelsea Piers, Pier 45 Greenwich Village and Jersey City. Cruise at your convenience and grab a snack from the onboard café.
Traveling from Baltimore or Biloxi, the Monuments Bike Tour offers each traveler a "window seat" on a guided bicycle tour of Washington, D.C. Explore the monuments and memorials around the National Mall and Potomac Tidal Basin including the new WWII memorial, Vietnam War memorial, and Jefferson, Lincoln, FDR memorials. If biking with tykes, trailer carriages and trailer tandems are available. This 3-hour tour including fresh air, exercise and sightseeing starts at $40 per adult and $30 per child under 12.
First time visitor or suburban resident, the Seadog River and Lake Architecture Tour is a 75-minute speedboat ride along Chicago's lakefront, locks and river, featuring exciting views and descriptions of the city's most famous architecture, landmarks and history. Educational, thrilling and fun, the Seadog Tour which includes a discount coupon to the Amazing Chicago Funhouse at Navy Pier and welcomes Fido along for the ride, starts at $25 for adults, $15 for children (4-12), and is free for infants up to three.
Need a theme park break or feeling land-locked in Orlando? Let Florida Surf Lessons get you off the roller coaster and into the best local attraction - the ocean - with your family's private surfing tutorial (children must be 5 or older). Receive personalized expert surf instruction at one of the many private and beautiful beaches in either South or Central Florida. Bring a bathing-suit, sunscreen and a sense of adventure - surfboard and waves provided onsite. Prices as low as $79 per person depending group size (max. 5 people per instructor).
From San Antonio or San Diego, your San Francisco Duck Tour has both surf and turf on the menu. On-board an original, refurbished World War II Amphibious landing craft, your captain takes you on a 90-minute journey through neighborhoods like Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, South Beach, and Union Square before driving right into the San Francisco Bay for a "duck's eye view" of the city skyline and Bay Bridge. Prices start at $36.50 for adults and $26.50 for children (under 11).
Viator is the world's leading online resource for travel experiences ? the things you do when you get there, providing access to more than 4,500 sightseeing tours, attractions and activities in 450-plus destinations in over 75 countries. Named for the Latin word for traveler, Viator is a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities that meet a variety of tastes and preferences, including sightseeing tours, theater tickets, soft adventure trips, attraction passes, wine and culinary excursions, and many "off the beaten path" outings. Viator's in-house travel experts help take the guess work out of planning by hand-picking respected and trusted local operators to ensure a quality experience, value and service. Viator, founded in 1995, sells directly to consumers at www.viator.com and through its growing global network of more than 3,500 affiliates that include major hotel and airline companies, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Viator is a private, venture-backed company, headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Las Vegas, London and Sydney.
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