Posts Tagged ‘Train’

Transportation Station: Getting from Point A to B in Atlanta

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Atlanta Skyline

Unlike other large metropolitan areas around the country, you’re slightly limited in Atlanta, as far as getting to your destination goes. In New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco, to name a few places, the train or a bus will basically take you anywhere you’d like within the city. They have taxis sitting on almost every corner, waiting to scoop you up and drop you off wherever you fancy. In addition, lots of attractions and other popular spots are within walking distance from your hotel, so you don’t really need a car to get around.

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Valentine’s Day Cruises & Tours in San Francisco

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

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Aphrodite's Valentines Dinner Dance Cruise


Still don’t know what to do for your special someone for Valentine’s Day? Shame on you. Well, you are in luck. Whether you’re visiting the Golden City or a San Francisco local, there are plenty of fun new things to do for two! Personally, I would recommend taking your sweetheart on Aphrodite’s Valentines Dinner Dance Cruise in San Francisco. Enjoy sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge in your sweetheart’s arms. This cruise is a perfect romantic event for your Valentine celebration. This special cruise includes a delicious dinner and music to dance the night away. First, guests are served a 4-course gourmet dinner. After dining is complete, there is music for dancing, hosted premium bar, and wonderful views of San Francisco from the ocean. You and your Valentine are bound to have a wonderful time!

Valentines Dinner Train from Oakdale

Valentines Dinner Train from Oakdale

You might also enjoy the Valentines Dinner Train from Oakdale. The Sierra Railroad is commonly known as The Movie Railroad. With its superb scenery, this railroad is singled out by movie producers from around the world as a preferred location for filming. The Sierra Railroad has been featured in over 300 motion pictures, television programs and commercials. The train is comprised of elegantly refurbished dining cars with five different in-laid woods in art deco patterns adorned with delicate sconces and a lounge car that includes a full-bar with dance floor. The historic Sierra #42, a 50-year old Baldwin Diesel engine, pulls the dinner train. Relax as you roll through the countryside and enjoy soft lights and candles while you are served a delicious dinner, complimentary glass of champagne and roses for the ladies. Afterwards, retire to the lounge car for your favorite cocktail and music on the Sierra Railroad.

Romance Food Tour

Romance Food Tour

Want to savor more of the sweet things in life? Take your Valentine on our Romance Food Tour in San Francisco! During the morning and afternoon tours, you’ll start in the most obvious part of San Francisco for romance, North Beach. For every part of your experience, you’ll not only try the food, but will frequently get to see how it’s made. From enjoying great coffee to truffles, bread and pastries to special deli treats and olive oil, you’ll have all of the knowledge to create special moments for your Valentine long after Valentine’s day is over. During the evening tour, you’ll get in the right mood by starting off with a wine tasting at a local winery. San Francisco is home to multiple cultures steeped in romance. Stroll through the back streets of Chinatown and North Beach by twilight, including tasting dim sum from one of the oldest bakeries in Chinatown. Delve into Chinese mysticism and culture, as you explore local sculpture and architecture. Uncover hidden secrets known only by intrepid locals. You’ll be astonished by the new finds in secret alcoves.

Vampire Valentines Tour

Vampire Valentines Tour

If you’d like a tour with more of a bite to it, sink your fangs into our Vampire Valentines Tour in San Francisco. For over 100 years, the upper class Nob Hill area has been home to San Francisco’s rich and famous citizens. Mighty railroad barons built their mansions atop the hills. Some of the cities finest hotels and restaurants are there today. But beneath all this wealth and opulence lies a secret: vampires live in tunnels below here. Learn the darker side of San Francisco’s Nob Hill. Spend Valentines Evening discovering the mysteries from an exotic 127-year old Vampire who tells tales of Grace Cathedral. Join us on this exciting tour on February 14 for an experience you will never forget! You might call it, “True Love and History with a Twist.” This tour has been featured on HBO, Showtime, The Travel Channel, The History Channel, The Learning Channel (“A Dating Story”), Evening Magazine, Mornings on 2, KRON 4 Weekend News, and Bay Area People.

Treat yourself and your sweetheart to an unforgettable Valentine’s Day with San Francisco Tours. You can also visit for tons of other Valentine’s Day tours in hundreds of cities all over the world. Online reservations are available as well as our toll free customer service assistance. Don’t wait until it’s too late – book your Valentine’s Day tours today!

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PJ Party on the Polar Express!

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

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This November and December, why not take the kids on the ride of the lifetime on the Polar Express? As featured in the animated movie starring Tom Hanks as the voice of the conductor, the Polar Express gives kids and adults the opportunity to feel the magic of Christmas while enjoying hot chocolate, cookies, caroling, and a visit from Santa.  The adventure begins and ends in Ely, Nevada – a historic mining town in White Pine County.

Kids are encouraged to get comfortable and wear their pajamas as they get cozy and listen to a reading of the story of the Polar Express.  Everyone on the train is given a silver bell, a special gift from Santa and his elves before they depart the train.  On the return trip to Ely, Nevada, the caroling begins so warm up your voices and get ready to belt out a Christmas tune.

This is not your typical train ride, so get in the Christmas spirit and bring along the little ones for a North Pole trip to remember! Visit for more details and to book tickets.

Napa Wine Tours

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

There are a number of ways to tour beautiful Napa and its famous wineries that make up California Wine Country.  Tours are offered by bus, train, carriage, or hot air balloon, but the very best way to tour the wineries is in the comfort of a private, chauffeured limo.  This way you can tour Napa and Sonoma Valley while someone else takes care of the driving.  Tours range from 5 to 8 hours and include a wide range of wines to taste along the way.

For those in the mood for a little romance, you can fly over the picturesque Sonoma Valley in a hot air balloon as you meander between mountains and above the grapevines and beautiful bodies of water below.  These tours last about an hour and, depending on the wind currents, can cover about 3 to 10 miles of ground. 

Yet another option to consider on your travels is the Napa Wine Train or, for a creative twist, the Wine Train with Gourmet Dinner and Murder Mystery.  Choose this option on one of your visits to California and you will not be disappointed.  The trip begins with an informal wine tasting where you sample two different types of wine.  The dinner theatre portion of the ride consists of a four act interactive drama and four course gourmet meal.  The cast is fully costumed and takes time to mingle with the crowd, dropping hints that might help solve the mystery.  This is a great way to spend an evening while experimenting with different wines and enjoying great company and delicious food.

For more details on tours and activities like those mentioned here, visit

Grand Canyon Adventures from Williams

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Williams, a city located along Route 66 in Arizona, is the ideal winter vacation spot offering a variety of tours and activities for all ages.  Because it is situated so closely to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Williams draws in an impressive number of visitors each year.

On your trip to Williams, one of the most popular tour options is the Grand Canyon Train.  You can take this tour in one day or you can choose the overnight package if you are looking to spend some extra time checking out the area.  Train tours are a great way to get an overview of the city and its surrounding area before deciding on specific locations to revisit in more detail.  Should you opt for the regular train tour, you will spend just over two hours riding around and getting to know your surroundings a little better.  To make your trip that much more comfortable, there are five classes of train service to choose from, each with its own unique amenities, from a fully stocked bar to reclining seats and large picture windows for optimal viewing.  Knowledgeable guides will be there to educate you along the way, and they are more than happy to answer any questions that may arise.

Not only will you have a lot to look at out the windows of your train car, but you will have a lot going on inside as well.  Strolling musicians will serenade you with music that was popular throughout history, and you will even get to witness the reenactment of an old fashioned shoot out and train robbery.  Once you reach the Canyon, you can walk along the edge as you enjoy an incredible view, or you can board the shuttle bus which will make stops at several scenic checkpoints.  Make sure to bring a camera or camcorder to capture your memories, since you will definitely want to look back at your trip later.

If you are more interested in taking in an aerial view of the Grand Canyon, you can book a ticket on the Helicopter Tour from Grand Canyon South Rim.  These tours can be taken for 25 or 45 minutes depending on your personal timetable, and the views from above the Kaibab Plateau – part of the Colorado Plateau – are not to be missed.  The Kaibab Plateau also houses the largest Ponderosa Pine forests in the world, which are best viewed from above.  You will travel over part of the Painted Desert and the Desert View Watchtower as well, where you can catch the widest view of the Canyon.  Using the path of the Colorado River as a guide, your group will follow it upstream to where it meets with the Little Colorado River.

Your trip to Williams can be booked solid with activities if you choose, with additional tours offered by van, SUV, bus, and river raft.  Visit Williams Tours online to ensure that your next vacation is everything you envisioned and more!

City Meets Country in Washington

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

There is so much to do in Washington state that you will never be bored, even for a minute.  You can choose to stay in Seattle and take a cruise out on Elliott Bay, or you can escape to the wilderness for a quiet and peaceful time with nature.

If you are interested in the former, Washington Tours has lots to choose from.  You can enjoy a romantic sunset on the water on a Seattle Dinner Cruise or go out earlier in the day for a Lunch Cruise.  The scenery in unparalleled, and the food is a wonderful complement to the trip.  If you are traveling with children, don’t worry.  There is plenty for the little ones to eat and they will love to look over the side of the boat at the water below and watch the sights as they pass you by.

If the quiet serenity of the outdoors is more your speed, think about doing the Great Northwest & Rockies Train Vacation, which departs from Seattle.  You get the best of both worlds: the comfort of a luxurious sleeping car and the ability to be close to nature during the day, visiting sights like Glacier, Mt. Rainier, and Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.  For nine days you will hit all the highlights of the area and enjoy top-notch food and drink.

This trip is packed with activities and sightseeing, so it would be impossible to list it all and do each dayjustice.  Visit for a more detailed daily itinerary and dates of availability.  Remember to book early to ensure that you are able to leave on your date of preference.

A Crash Course in Nature Appreciation in Jackson Hole

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a gorgeous place to visit, and there are a variety of ways to see the sights so you are bound to have several options that appeal to you.  You can tour the area by train, enjoy an exciting rafting trip, and go on a group fly fishing trip.  No matter what you decide to do, chances are you will be spending a lot of time admiring the beautiful nature surrounding you.

Some of the most popular activities in the area are the rafting trips departing from Jackson Hole.  Seeing the scenery from the water is amazing, and while it is only one of many ways to spend your time in Wyoming, it is definitely something to be considered.   You can float down the Snake River for 13 or 16 miles and enjoy a riverside cookout for a relaxing yet exciting day outside.  As you are smoothly guided down the placid river, you will have the chance to quietly soak it all in and appreciate your surroundings.

If you have a few days to spare, take the Yellowstone Fishing Horse Pack Trip for six days and stand in aweof the natural beauty of the Teton wilderness.  You will enjoy the soothing sounds of nature as you sightsee and relax at the campsite.  These trips provide for incredible fishing but the sightseeing experience is also top notch.  Best of all, you will get the chance to see some of the most beautiful wildlife including deer, elk, bears, coyote, and wolves.

Visit for more wonderful tour and activity ideas in and around the Jackson Hole area.

Eat, Drink, and be Merry Aboard the Napa Wine Train

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Having never been to this region before, this was a fantastic way to be introduced to some of California’s most beautiful landscapes.  Be sure to catch this or one of the many other wine train options when you are in the area.  It is a can’t miss opportunity for seasoned wine tasters and amateurs alike.

Napa Valley Wine Train from San Francisco

Want to be wined and dined? The Napa Wine Train from San Francisco is the way to go! Enjoy a delectable lunch aboard a comfortable and air-conditioned motorcoach as you make your way through California Wine Country.  First you will travel north into Napa Valley, where you will board the wine train and enjoy lunch as you head past some of California’s world-famous vineyards.  There will be wine, of course, as there is complimentary wine tasting available in the tasting car.

Tours currently depart at 9:15 am on Fridays only from November through April and Wednesdays and Fridays May through October.  Reserve your spot early to ensure travel on your date of preference.

Enter the Vast Wilderness of Yosemite National Park

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Yosemite National Park was one of the first wilderness parks in the United States.  It is best known for its waterfalls and you will find within the park deep valleys, vast meadows, giant archaic sequoias and endless wonderful wilderness. 

Yosemite Tours helps provide sightseeing tours, attractions and transportation to Yosemite National Park.  You can tour the area by van, bus and train.  In addition to activities within the park, Yosemite Tours also offers vacations in San Francisco because it is so close. 

The most popular tour we provide is the Yosemite One-Day Tour by Bus from San Francisco.  You will venture into the ample wilderness in a large, comfy motor coach with giant windows so you can catch all the wonderful scenery around you.  You will pass the Sierra Foothills where the Forty-Niners panned for gold in the 1840s and ‘50s.  When you enter the 716,266 acre National Park, you will be left speechless by some of the world’s most stunning scenery. 

One of the most spectacular things you will see there is El Capitan.  This is a 3,000 foot tall vertical rock formation in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  You will notice that there will be people climbing it as it is one of rock climber’s favorite challenges. 

Another memorable sight is the double cataract waterfall, Bridal Veil Falls.  It is not only beautiful in the summer when the waters are rushing incredibly fast, but in the winter it is just as appealing.  There is an icefall to the right of the falls that attracts many experienced ice climbers and it is quite a sight! 

Yosemite Falls, another one of the waterfalls in the park, is the highest measured waterfall in North America and one of the world’s tallest measuring at 2,425 feet.  It flows between November and July but it peaks in May so if that is when you are planning on visiting, you are in for a treat!  You can walk to the Lower Yosemite Fall (it actually has three separate falls) or hike to the top if you have time later as it takes a full day. 

When you fall in love with Yosemite National Park, you will definitely come back because there is even more to do and see.  Yosemite has even more waterfalls, trails to hike, horseback riding, rock climbing, fishing, biking, rafting and additional tours of the park.

To reserve your trip to the park, visit today!

Tours of Sonoma

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Take a romantic Balloon Ride in the Wine Country as you and your loved one sail over Sonoma in a colorful and spacious hot air balloon.  The path is somewhat determined by the weather and wind patterns but you can expect to have a scenic journey through Sonoma Valley featuring exquisite views of the Pacific Ocean, aerial views of several area wineries, and possibly even the San Francisco skyline located about 60 miles away.  On the trip you can inflate the balloon early in the morning and are up in the air at sunrise.  You will arrive back on the ground in about an hour and be greeted with a wonderful champagne brunch.  Along the way you will also get to hear about some of the history of hot air balloon flight and receive flight certificates and a pin to commemorate the occasion.

For a comprehensive tour of Napa and Sonoma, you can also take an Antique Limousine Tour, suitable for 6 to 8 passengers, and design your own itinerary to fit your interests and budget.  There are hundreds of wineries in Sonoma and Napa, and you will get the chance to do tastings and tours at three of them.  This is a fantastic way to spend the day whether for a special occasion or a normal outing, since you can tour the countryside with your closest friends and loved ones in the privacy of a beautiful, fully-equipped limousine.

Those who wish to also visit the casino while in the area can take advantage of the Grapes & Games Tour by Jeep from San Francisco.  This tour covers up to 6 wineries and a trip to the River Rock Casino.   Lasting about 9 hours, this is a can’t-miss tour for wine connoisseurs and those who are feeling a little lucky.  Roll the dice on this tour and you will be glad you did!

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