So Much To Do In Alaska!

Alaska, a beautiful land full of adventure and fun waiting to be had! Contrary to many beliefs, Alaska has so many fun activities to offer visitors of all ages! While it is often thought that Alaska’s ice cold temperatures can put a damper on all the fun, which is so far from the truth. While Alaska can be cold during the winter months, during the summer months temperatures in Alaska range from 60 degrees to 80 degrees! Take a step outside the box and take yourself on the adventure of a lifetime in Alaska!

 

Take A Glacier Cruise!

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Sail away to the excitement of seeing 26 different glaciers in Prince William Sound! Including a complimentary ride from Anchorage and Whittier, lunch, and the best view of every glacier. Having taken this tour themselves, the Ambassador Travel staff highly recommend this for all ages! Not only will you see glaciers, but you are also very likely to see some sea otters relaxing atop the glaciers as well and maybe even see a moose or two on land! Enjoy the wonder of Esther Passage and so many more amazing spots on this cruise!

 

Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

Take a step indoors for a tour of Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum! Learn the history of the Automobile and its story in Alaska! Hear about the unusual challenges motorists in early times faced while learning to navigate an automobile in Alaska. Take yourself back in time while seeing cars from all different time periods! Fountainhead allows you to tailor your tour to what best fits you and your group. Sign up for a self-guided audio tour, a Fountainhead Antique Auto guided tour, or a group tour!

 

Learn the Culture!

For those interested in learning more about the culture of Alaska, Alaska Native Heritage Center is perfect! This cultural center shares the heritage of Alaska’s 11 major cultural groups! Ambassador Travel agent, Cindy said that being able to see the heritage and history of the people of Alaska was great! Located in Anchorage, this Heritage Center is meant to be more than just a museum. Guest are encouraged to engage and interact while on their journey through 10,000 years of Alaskan history!

 

View Alaska from the Sky!

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Why stay on land when you can take a helicopter to see the most breathtaking views of Alaska! Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter Tour and Dog Sledding Experience allows visitors the unique opportunity to not only see Alaska form a different angle, but to also take part in some fun Alaskan sports! Take a helicopter flight over Juneau Icefield and then land at camp for a scheduled Dogsled ride! Feel like you’re a part of the movie Snow Dogs, while learning to dogsled!

 

Enjoy the Beauty of Mt. Alyeska

Joint Salmon Berry Tours for the Turnagain Turn Tour! This tour will take you on a scenic drive along the Seward Highway to the small town of Girdwood. After finishing the car ride, Cindy states that you will then take a tram to the top of Mt. Alyeska! As if that isn’t neat enough, Cindy said that while she was at the top, it was snowing! Once back down, Cindy took a quick tour of the Mt. Alyeska Hotel. “It was beautiful and a great place for anyone who likes to ski!”

 

Grab a Bite At the Bake Shop!

A tour of Mt. Alyeska is sure to work up an appetite! Located in Girwood Alaska, the Bake Shop is known for its excellent breakfast and lunches! While there, Cindy was able to indulge in their famous Clam Chowder and homemade sourdough roll! With this, she enjoyed a homemade cinnamon roll and lemon glaze. Travel tip: The Bake Shop does not accept credit card but will gladly accept any traveler’s checks, cash, or local checks!

 

See Animals in Their Natural Habitat

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Also located in Girwood is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. This sanctuary is dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife. See animals such as bears, moose, musk, and ox while touring by foot or in car! These animals are able to graze and roam through the spacious preserve while you watch! Visitors say that being able to see these types of animals in their natural habitat is an amazing thing that you don’t often get to experience anywhere else!

 

Wilderness Jet Boat Adventure!

While in Alaska, our travel agent Cindy was able to go on a Wilderness Jet Boat Adventure! Located in Talkeetna, just 3 hours north of Anchorage, this 2 hour boat ride travels across 20 miles of rover! Your tour guise will discuss the history and rivers of the area along the way. Lucky enough, Cindy was able to see nesting bald eagles and beaver activity during her boat adventure! Once arrived at the Adventure Site, you will take a half mile nature walk where you will see a Dena’ina Indian Encampment!

 

Take a Tour and Get Some Brew!

Take an in-depth tour of the Denali Brewing Company! While on a guided tour, walk through and learn about the brewhouse, cellar, packaging lines, winery and distillery! What’s a brewery tour without a beer? At the start of your tour, you will receive an 8oz beer and enjoy along the way. Throughout your tour, you will have 3 4oz tastes of their specialty craft beer!

 

Take the Kids to the Zoo!

With Gray Wolves, Black Bears, Snow Leopards and more, the Alaska Zoo won’t disappoint! Let your kids see some of the native Alaskan animals in one of the most exciting zoos! Not only can visitors get up close and personal with some of the animals, but this zoo also hosts events such as yoga in the zoo and music nights!

 

Travel Agent Cindy, took a trip to Alaska this past May and can’t say enough great things about it! Often times, Ambassador Travel Agents will take what is called an FAM (Travel agent familiarization trip) in order to help them better know the area and its activities. Doing so allows our agents to fit each client with the perfect experience! From touring hotels to doing every activity in between, these trips do so much not only for the agents but also for our clients as well! Cindy’s FAM to Alaska was by far her favorite trip. She says that the views we breathtaking and recommends it to anyone who has yet to visit!

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Kauai, Hawaii: A Paradise Vacation

Hello all adventurers! My name is Katie and I am the intern here at Ambassador Travel. This summer I took the best vacation of my life. I love to travel and have seen some amazing places. I’ve been to Greece, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. However, out of all these amazing places I have to say that Hawaii was a dream come true.

Kauai is the furthest west island and the least commercialized. The majority of the island is just nature in its full beauty. I love to look at beautiful sights but more than that, I loveKauai waterfall to explore them and that is exactly what I got to do on the Na Poli Coast. Our first day in Kauai we hiked the Na Poli coast. The hike was, in total, eight miles. Throughout the hike (sometimes more of a climb) there are stunning views and you can see dolphins in the crystal blue waters below. Two miles into the hike you come to a nice small beach and two more miles in you come to an amazing waterfall. The closer you get to the waterfall, the more difficult the hike becomes. It’s an adrenaline rush and makes the falls even more special when you get there. We all got into the ice cold water when we made it and swam across to the falls. It was an amazing experience.

There are many more waterfalls to see in Kauai, and Waimea Canyon (the Grand Canyon of the Pacific) is a must see. At Poipu beach we got to be up close with Monk Seals (less Kauai Wimea Canyonthan 1500 left) who come up and lay on the shore to nap along with some sea turtles. Another unique experience for me in Kauai was touring a Hindu Monastery. It is a hidden treasure of Kauai with a serene feel.

You can’t go to Hawaii and not see a luau! If you pick the right luau (which our travel agents can help you with) it is quite the show. The luau took place in a lush 30 acre botanical garden. The food is delightful and they advise you not to eat until you’re full but rather until you’re tired. After dinner you watch an amazing performance putting together all the different cultures that make up Hawaii.

To top off the whole vacation we took a sunset cruise along the Na Poli coast. It was just as stunning from the water as it was from the hike. We ate a nice dinner on the boat, got to mingle with some fellow travelers, and had a champagne toast as we watched the sunset. Wow! I don’t think I could have dreamed of a better vacation!Kauai Cruise

Sailing New Waters: Disney Cruise Lines’ First-Time Sailings

From the Caribbean to Europe Disney Cruise Lines are known for their many choices of destinations. Departing from places such as New York, Miami, or Texas, to name a few, Disney Cruise Lines can take you almost anywhere! With that said, they now have even more exciting news! In the fall of 2018, Disney Cruise Lines will embark on two brand-new adventures to the sandy beaches of Bermuda and the romantic city of Quebec. For the first time in over 21 years, Disney Cruise Lines has expanded its itineraries to Bermuda and Quebec City. The addition of these two destinations brings the chance for new port adventures and experiences for passengers of all ages!

Bermuda

bermuda-1514346_960_720Castaway on a 5-night cruise headed to the pink, sandy beaches of Bermuda this October. Board Disney’s oldest ship, Disney Magic, for an adventure you won’t soon forget. Departing from New York, New York on October 4th, Disney Magic will sail you to the beautiful King’s Wharf, Bermuda where you will spend two full days. As if that wasn’t enough, Disney Magic is also sailing out of New York, New York, on October 13th for a 6-night Bermuda Cruise. This adventure will allow you to spend 3 full days exploring the beautiful land of Bermuda. Known for its vast coral reefs and beautiful waters, Bermuda offers a paradise-like experience.

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King’s Wharf, Bermuda provides visitors of all ages with an alluring list of adventures. Take the family on a scuba diving excursion around the beautiful coral reefs of Bermuda. With shallow  and practically transparent waters, this activity is fun for everyone! In addition, you can take the family to climb to the top of the Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse or visit the Historic Streets of St. George. Of course, Bermuda is full of great shops for your inner shopaholic. Now don’t worry, you can always trade a day of shopping in for a day on the pristine golf courses of Bermuda. With these just being a few of the many activities Bermuda has to offer, you’ll never run out of options.

Quebec City

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Quebec City

Love romantic cities with rich history? Take on the historic streets of Quebec City. Disney is offering two 7-night cruises out of New York, New York to Quebec City. Each sailing will offer stops in Saguenay and Baie-Comeau along with two full days in Quebec City. Sail your way to endless memories this September on the ship, Disney Magic.

Quebec City Adventures

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Montmorency Falls

Discover the history of Quebec City through antique churches and beautiful stone homes in Old Quebec. Make your way to the Aquarium du Quebec to see 300 species of animals. Then, take a stroll to the outdoor park where you will see polar bears and walruses. When it comes to beautiful landscapes, Quebec City is not lacking. Take your family on a hike to Montmorency Falls where they can see a waterfall that is one-and-a-half times the size of Niagara Falls! With two full days in Quebec City, your options are endless!

75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor is a National Park and 2016 marks the 100th anniversary celebration of the National Park Service. 2016 is also the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, was a day that would live in infamy and thrust the United States of America into the Second World War Now 75 years later.

Americans and people from all over the world gather to pay tribute to those who were here on that fateful day. The Memorial Day ceremony and parade are organized to provide the public an opportunity to express their appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families.

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There are many different sites of Pearl Harbor. The sites of Pearl Harbor are located on 17 acres in Honolulu Hawaii. Sites at Pearl Harbor include; Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center, USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour, Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Museum, and USS Arizona Memorial Book and Gift Store.

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A Resort Fit For The President

Natural mineral springs, breathtaking mountains, golfing, fine dining, a secret underground bunker; sounds like a a perfect resort getaway! The Greenbrier is a National Historic Landmark and is regarded as one of the finest luxury resorts around the world!

Since 1778, the natural mineral springs have been attracting guests from around the world. Today, it is an 11,000 acre luxury retreat in which the guest list includes 26 of our country’s 44 Presidents! This resort is also a favorite destination of royalty, celebrities and business leaders.

The Greenbrier is surrounded by the wondrous Allegheny Mountains and offers exclusive services and amenities such as championship golf, fine dining, designer boutiques, more than 55 activities, their world-renowned mineral spa and a 103,000 square foot gaming and entertainment venue.

Fun fact! In the 1950’s the U.S. government goes to Greenbrier for assistance in the construction of an Emergency Relocation Center, a bunker or bomb shelter, to be occupied by the U.S. Congress in case of war. The classified underground facility is built in conjunction with an above ground addition to the hotel, the West Virginia Wing. For 30 years the facility code named Project Greek Island is maintained at a constant state of operational readiness.

Travel to this destination is easy too! If you’re located in the Evansville area, it’s an easy 7.5 hour drive to West Virginia just off of Interstate 64. You can also fly to Greenbrier Valley Airport which is only 15 minutes from the resort. The Amtrak also stops just in front of the Greenbrier, each access from Chicago connections.