A few days ago a friend of mine sent me a video of Caroline Kennedy and her children remembering President John F. Kennedy on the anniversary of what would have been his 100th birthday. I enjoyed watching this video, and I wanted to share it with all of you - our American Classic Community.
It was 1895 as Mark Twain stepped off the steamboat that carried him to Mackinac Island. Twain was visiting this budding tourist hub to give a lecture at the new Grand Hotel Casino. Hundreds of rich vacationers from Detroit, Chicago, and Montreal paid a hefty $1 admission fee to attend Twain's lecture. Twain was drawn to the elegance of America's new summer Palace. Following Twain's lead, thousands of "rich & famous" visited the Grand Hotel in the 20th century.
If you were to guess what America's oldest state capital is, what answers would first come to mind? Boston, MA? Richmond, VA? Columbia, SC? The correct answer is not an old, east-coast colonial city; it is Santa Fe New Mexico! Santa Fe was founded by the Spanish in 1610, making it 20 years older than the city of Boston.
Mary Pelc is a Trip Specialist and Tour Director with American Classic Tours. Last year she led a group of American Classic Travelers to New Orleans for 5 Days in April. In anticipation of American Classic's Trip to New Orleans in 2017, Mary wanted to share why she is dying to go back to New Orleans!
In June of 2017, a group of American Classic Tours travelers will embark on a journey to the National Parks of the Southwest. On this trip we will see 5 National Parks, 1 National Recreation Area, 1 Native American Reservation, 3 states, and 2 iconic American cities. Below are 20 places you will experience if you join us on a trip to the National Parks of the Southwest.
In 2017 the Virginia International Tattoo will be home to over 1500 performers including military bands, bagpipers, celtic dancers, drill teams, choirs, and drummers from countries across the world. This one-of-a-kind event music, military, and the arts to create an absolutely unforgettable event. The Virginia International Tattoo will take place from April 27th to April 30th of 2017.
Visit some of the world's best wine vineyards. Explore an old North American city that will make you feel as if you were in Medieval Europe. See a tiny city in flyover country that was home to a number of classic American films and one of the most significant moments in modern music history. Take a train ride through a sea of Canadian fall foliage. Discover one of Illinois' most fascinating historical sites - an antebellum religious colony on the prarie!
Sail across Lake Michigan, eat freshly picked berries, wade down the Mississippi River, discover some of the Midwest's most stunning lighthouses, snap photos of breath-taking sand dunes, and visit a group of hidden, Midwestern Islands. Join American Classic Tours as we travel off the beaten path on three short getaways in 2017.
Scenery abounds here in the Uplands of Wisconsin – this driftless area of valleys and hills was not leveled by the last glacier. Highlights include: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin near Spring Green, House on the Rock, Wisconsin Dells Boat Cruise, The Fireside Dinner Theater featuring “Back to the 50’s”, the unspoiled beauty of the scenic Wisconsin River of southwest Wisconsin and so much more! Relax and refresh at the House on the Rock Resort located on a course featuring 27 holes of championship golf.
For 51 out of 52 weeks each year Holland is just like any other humble, Midwestern town--its inhabitants work normal jobs, its children go to school five days a week and the community lives comfortably in routine. But every year, in the second week of May, the town of Holland explodes as it welcomes thousands of visitors from across the world.
The so-called "secret spot" has always occupied a place in America's consciousness. The fantasy of escaping our busy, crowded world to another place - a beautiful place - which is completely undeveloped, uninhabited, and most importantly, unknown is a dream shared by many.
Do these uncovered hidden gems actually exist?
So what do Shakespeare, Gloria Estefan, and America's Favorite Christmas Tradition have to do with why I love traveling to New York City for Christmas every year? Well, the answer is simple, they each describe one of the 3 Broadway shows we will be watching on our trip to New York City this Christmas. Let me explain.