Tuesday, July 1, 2008
San Francisco, CA (July 1, 2008) - Traveling to a far off land is exciting and out of the ordinary, but spending time experiencing nearby cities and towns can be quite worthwhile and enjoyable as well. The team of travel experts at Viator.com, the leading online resource for booking more than 5,500 trip activities and experiences at the best prices, has selected a few of Viator's top U.S. destinations to illustrate how travelers can capitalize on the 'staycation' trend in travel this summer.
"At Viator we feel the travel experience is about what you do when you get there," said Barrie Seidenberg, CEO and president of Viator. "So if a traveler's 'there' happens to be 'here' this summer, there is no reason the experience needs to be anything short of unforgettable."
For eight million people New York City is home. But 40 million annual visitors may know something they don't - it's an amazing vacation destination too. There are iconic attractions like The Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Top of the Rock and the gems of discovery that go beyond the expected:
The City of Angels, home to the Hollywood glitterati, boasts many opportunities for traditional (movie) star-gazing and balances this glamour with natural beauty that sets the scene for perfect "mini-departures" from the everyday:
As an American theme park Mecca, Orlando's wonderful climate, beautiful waterways and Space Center also provide the backdrop for experiences beyond those involving roller coasters and cotton candy:
Another part of the U.S. that offers its lucky locals and neighbors a world of experiences rivaling any major international vacation destination is San Francisco and the Bay Area. They've seen them, maybe driven by them, but do the locals know the stories of the city's beacons including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Presidio? Taking it a step further to get the flare for the extraordinary, residents planning their 'homecation' should consider:
When the President of the United States is your neighbor, Fourth of July block parties can get interesting. Washington DC is a fine iconic representation of the nation for travelers from around the world but locals need only put their special spin on things to make their backyard a whole new experience:
Backyard travelers should visit Viator.com to see how they can create amazing vacation experiences in a close-to-home destination.
Viator is the world's leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to more than 5,500 tours, attractions and activities in 450-plus destinations in 75 countries. Viator - the Latin word for traveller - offers travelers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities with helpful resources like customer reviews, star ratings, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator's in-house travel experts have picked respected and trusted local operators to ensure a quality experience, value and service, all backed by Viator's low-price guarantee. Founded in 1995, Viator sells its products directly to consumers at www.viator.com and through its global network of more than 1,000 affiliates that include major hotel and airline companies, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Through its collection of company operated and affiliated sites, Viator welcomes nearly 2 million visitors per month. Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.
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