August 16, 2012
San Francisco, Calif. (Aug. 16, 2012) —With more than 100 medals won by the US Olympic team in London (almost half of them gold), there’s no better time to celebrate the States and the winning experiences travelers can have here. Viator.com—the leading resource for researching and booking 10,000 tours and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries—is celebrating the inspiring performances of the American Olympians by highlighting a selection of top contenders across the USA.
Maneuver like a Gymnast with Aerial Tours and Flight-seeing
If Yurchenko-style vaults and gravity-defying leaps aren’t your cup of tea, Viator’s selection of air tours across the US will satisfy any travelers’ craving for flight. The Grand Canyon All American Helicopter Tour, Viator’s gold medal winner among travelers, sells out weeks in advance and includes the major Canyon sights and a landing for a champagne picnic. Gold, silver, bronze, neon pink—you name it you’ll see it in lights during the Las Vegas Night Strip Helicopter Tour. Leave the crowds below and explore New York from the sky during the Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York. The San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour takes in the Pacific Coast including Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and Sausalito. Soar through the Waimea Canyon, above Hanalei Bay and the crater below Kauai’s Mt Wai`ale`ale during the Kauai Deluxe Sightseeing Flight.
Big Gold in the Pool Translates to Big Fun in the Ocean (no swim caps necessary)
The US athletes took to the pools and dominated in London, but travelers can experience their own exhilaration with an amazing selection of active and adventurous water activities. Departing from Orlando, travelers can race against some not-so-svelte ‘Sea Cows’ during the Swim with Manatees at Crystal River plus Everglades Airboat Adventure or face a more formidable contender during the 2-Day Swim with Dolphins and Everglades Airboat Adventure. For a leisurely swim, the Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure Half-Day Tour from Oahu explores an area of crystal clear waters protected by volcanic formations and perfect for spotting fish. When the sun goes down the waters remain alive and the Manta Ray Night Snorkel from Kona features these mysterious creatures in their glory. And for those who need the thrill of a lifetime without the years of training, the Oahu Shark Dive puts you nose-to-nose with gray reef, Galapagos, sandbar and hammerhead sharks from the safety of a cage.
Lace-up for Viator’s Track & Field Event—Walking Tours
In this case, it’s not about the speed it’s about the experience as walking tours are an ideal way to get the feel for a destination. The Private New York Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer explores iconic neighborhoods and the coach for the day is your own professional guide-slash-photographer. Talk about being on fire, go from the pavement to hot lava with the Diamond Head Crater Sunrise Small Group Adventure that explores Oahu’s Diamond Head State Park with a climb to the summit for viewing the beaches of Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean. No need to run like the wind in the windy city during the Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Architecture that discovers opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring ’20s Jazz Deco buildings. Food provides insight into a destination’s culture and the Pike Place Market—Food and Cultural Walking Tour in Seattle gives travelers a behind-the-scenes look into the market’s inner-workings. And to properly celebrate team USA’s many triumphs, the New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour will not only provide an important primer into the historic sites to explore in the French Quarter, but a selection of enjoyable libations as well.
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