As cities and travel begin to open up across the US, some of us are already thinking about how we’ll be celebrating the Fourth of July. For others, it’s also the perfect first trip away after months stuck at home. Let’s make this Independence Day extra memorable with fireworks and a travel experience that toast to America the Beautiful.
Vegas is known for being a bit ostentatious. But perhaps that’s only because it’s competing with some of America’s other natural — and built — marvels right nearby. Gaze upon three of the Southwest’s greatest treasures on a combined tour of the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Route 66. This compact guided tour, capped at nine passengers, is wildly scenic. You’ll be standing on the South Rim of America’s most legendary national park one moment, and peering down the Colorado River the next.
New York City
How could you pass up a visit to Lady Liberty on the Fourth? Her inscription “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” are as timeless as the notions of independence and freedom celebrated every July. You’ll get more of this inspiring symbol and real landing point on a three-stop tour of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Battery Park. Your NYC tour includes an audio guide, live guide, striking vistas aboard the ferry, and museum entry.
Boston is synonymous with the American Revolution. No more specifically than the Boston Tea Party. Rather than reading about these American heroes, why not step right into the role? On a one-hour interactive tour of the Boston Tea Party Museum, you’ll be assigned a character in the uprising. Toss your tea into the Boston Harbor and live the revolution like never before.
Don’t just learn history, but walk the walk! Follow in the footsteps of America’s founding fathers on a two-hour historic walking tour of Philadelphia. Your local expert will be bringing you around to the Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center, George Washington’s residence, among other defining sites. History truly does come alive when you have a guide to narrate the stories, small details, and answer all of your questions.
D.C. and African-American history are inseparable. From the influence of Howard University to African-American soldiers’ contributions to the civil war, there are years of content to uncover. Short of moving to the District, a four-hour guided African American History Tour of the capital is a great primer. You’ll be learning about educators like Mary McLeod Bethune and hearing stories from Black Broadway. The tour is capped off by reserved entry to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
It could be argued that you don’t know American cuisine until you’ve eaten your way through the South. On this Modern Southern food tour, you’ll be shown around Atlanta’s Inman Park and its most delectable bites. You’ll be sampling at no less than six restaurants. Tasters range from smoked chicken wings to a specialty cocktail featuring local vodka.
Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral is easily reached as a day trip from Orlando or Miami. See how America’s history in space continues to be written at this state-of-the-art science museum. Kids and adults alike will be in for surprises beyond interactive simulators, and all-encompassing IMAX films. Skip the line by purchasing your tickets online before your visit.
Part history tour, part river cruise, part lunch. You’ll be getting all three aboard the Creole Queen as you cruise down the Mississippi. You’ll be boating by War of 1812 landmarks before disembarking at the Chalmette Battlefield. Tuck into Creole jambalaya and crawfish bread as your local guide narrates the Battle of New Orleans.
If your favorite parts about America are its natural assets, then we’ve got the ideal Los Angeles fauna tour for you. Set out from Marina del Rey on a kayak or standup paddleboard as you approach resident sea lions, dolphins, and birds. This instructional experience includes equipment, a guide, and souvenir photos.
Mark your calendar for July 3rd to catch the Navy Pier fireworks aboard the Seadog speedboat. This Lake Michigan boat tour will give you a 360-view of the pyrotechnic celebration set against Chicago‘s skyline. Whether it’s you and your significant other, or with the family, who could pass on a lit-up midsummer night’s sky?