From Seasonal Events to Different Ways to See a Home City, Viator has Something to Make a Regular Day into a Special Memory
San Francisco, CA, October 6, 2006 ? The kids are back in school and the weekends are quickly filling up with soccer games, homework, and chores that have been put off all summer. But with thousands of destination activities in home-cities across the country, Viator.com can make a family experience out of a routine weekend, without the need for an airplane ride or complicated carry-on.
Welcome the Change of Seasons New England-style
With the back to school chaos comes the seasonal change that gets day-tripping families in their cars and on the road. But time is of the essence to view the fall foliage in its glory and Viator will put travelers in the right place at the right time.
- The Fall Foliage Spectacular in Boston, starting at $55 per person, explores the gently rolling New England countryside appointed with quiet ponds and ancient farms, traditional roadside taverns to stop in for a bite, and orchards for apple picking and cider drinking.
- Autumn on Old Cape Cod, starting at $50 per person, combines the splendor of New England's foliage with a ride through Quincy, visits to the Sandwich Glass Museum and the Dexter Grist Mill, capped off by a lectured sightseeing cruise embarking from Hyannisport.
- New York State shares the foliage phenomenon and what better way to see it than on the Bear Mountain Cruise starting at $44.99 per person. Cruisers sail up the Hudson River through the Palisades and the Cloisters, stopping for a picnic lunch along the way.
- A half-day tour from Washington, D.C. of Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria starting at $37 per person features the life and times of George Washington, the "Father of the USA," with visits to Christ Church and George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens along the Potomac River. Sites along the way include the quaint seaport town of Old Town Alexandria, Fort Washington, The Pentagon, and Crystal City, Virginia.
A Different Way to Spend a Day on the West Coast
Families should wait until next month to sweep out the garage and spend an upcoming weekend exploring a new place, or even a familiar one in an entirely new way.
- Parents and kids alike can step outside the normal weekend routine and enjoy the Monterey, Carmel and the 17-Mile Drive tour, starting at $65 per person. The trip to Monterey Peninsula includes a visit to Steinbeck's Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the city of Carmel, exploring 17 miles of the coast cruising past Pebble Beach, Seal Rock and the beautiful Pacific Ocean along the way.
- The Saturday early-bird catches some adventure, fresh air and education during the Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Minivan Tour starting at $119 per person. Visitors drive through San Joaquin Valley, gold country and the Sierra Nevada range on the way to Yosemite National Park to spend time hiking to a waterfall and visiting the Ansel Adams Gallery, culminating later in a walk among the giant Sequoias.
- The San Francisco City Kayak Tour starting at $68 per person, provides a magnificent view of the bay, from the bay, coupled with wonderful exercise, and includes sites like the Bay Bridge, downtown skyline and the occasional smirk from a sea lion.
- The Mission Bay Paddle and Peddle tour in San Diego, starting at $45 per person, is designed especially for families with younger children. After kayak paddling on the calm waters of Mission Bay, peddlers take a smooth bike ride through the surrounding area ? all at a kid-friendly pace. There are bikes of all sizes and trailers available.
"Look Up" in Chicago
Families can explore the Chicago of today that emerged from the charred landscape left by the Great Fire of 1871. The city that considers itself its own best museum has many ways to experience Chicago from a perspective even locals may never have before, with an expert guide at their side.
- The Historic Chicago Loop Skyscrapers Tour, starting at $12 per person, features the Chicago Board of Trade Building, one of the city's finest examples of Art Deco architecture, The Auditorium Building, a Louis Sullivan masterpiece and The Rookery, a National Historic Landmark.
- The Modern Chicago Loop Skyscrapers Tour, starting at $12 per person, explores post-WWII developments in architecture and the impact of technological and zoning changes. The Inland Steel Building is explored, as well as the James R. Thompson Center, an immense glass and steel structure that houses State of Illinois government offices.
- Chicago's influence on the international Art Deco Architecture movement is discussed during the Downtown Chicago Deco Tour, starting at $12 per person. Opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring '20s Jazz Deco buildings and the classic finishes of Art Moderne buildings clearly illustrate their architectural impact.
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 more than 75 countries. Viator -- the Latin word for traveler -- offers online consumers 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 "well kept secrets" off the beaten path. 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 its products 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 headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.
Kate Sullivan, 1-973-568-7589