Posts Tagged ‘United States’

Gratuity Standards Around the World

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

In the United States, most people use an exact formula to calculate how much gratuity they pay to those in the service industry. For others, a tip is paid according to the quality of service(s) received. It can be a sensitive topic.

Various restaurants pay their wait staff real viagra without prescription low wages, with the expectation that gratuities from patrons will supplement their income. Unfortunately, that expectation is not always met, and even first-class servers can find themselves short-changed at times. Leaving a tip is always optional, but the customs in some countries are more firm than others. Here are a few gratuity standards. (more…)

How to Obtain a US Passport

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Traveling the world is a great privilege. Seeing and experiencing different viagra from canada cultures, values and ways of life should be on every individual’s to-do list, as it teaches us more than any textbook could ever explain. In the United States, obtaining a passport for the first time is a multi-step process that is fairly simple and straightforward, but if must be done in-person. If you’re making plans to leave the country any time in the near future, the sooner you apply for your US passport, the less stressful your planning period will be.

(more…) Now Offering Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Flex Tickets from New York

Monday, October 15th, 2012
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Each official Statue of Liberty ticket is valid for one person for a one-time use and includes an audio tour.

You will choose the date of your planned visit, but you will have the “flex” option of attending on another date, as long as it’s no more than 180 days from the validity start date printed on the ticket.

The best part? Multiple daily departures make it easy for an impromptu visit to Lady Liberty. We all know that sometimes traffic, weather, and just our busy daily schedules can get in the way of tour plans. With our Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Flex Tickets, you have the most “freedom” to go when it’s best for you!

Did you know that Lady Liberty will be celebrating her 126th birthday soon? The Statue of Liberty, ‘Liberty Enlightening the World,’ was a gift from France to the United States and was dedicated on October 28, 1886. The National Park Service’s theme for the 126th anniversary is “Honor History, Envision the Future.”

A Lady likes to feel special on her birthday. Enjoy an unforgettable trip to see the universal symbol of freedom and democracy. This is a must-see American attraction. You can visit or our affiliate website New York Tours for more information including photos, important notes, ferry departures, and frequently asked questions. Show your appreciation for the most famous lady of them all with our Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Flex Tickets from New York!

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Flex Ticket from New York

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“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
- Emma Lazarus

And the winner for the Best U.S City is…

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Well there really isn’t a winner. I just thought that would make a fun blog title… sorry, didn’t mean to get your hopes up.

Summer is coming to an end, which means a lot less family vacations and Toyota Siennas speeding down the highways. But you still have Labor Day Weekend to squeeze out what’s left of the summer!  I went around the office (really emailed) and asked everyone what their favorite U.S city is  and why:

“I would say Los Angeles because there are so many tour/attractions to do and it’s very close to several other cities like Las Vegas!”  - Brittany

” My favorite place I have been this year was New Orleans =) It’s such a unique and different place to visit. There is so much rich culture, humble people, and wonderful food!” – Amanda

“New York City – Great food, great shopping, great parties, and a great place to visit. But I don’t think I would want to live in the Big Apple.” – Sonya

“Key West. It’s so relaxing and laid back.” – Kim

“Lahaina, HI – great beaches, great food, great locals, and great weather.” – Disa

“Atlanta – cause that is where I met my beautiful wife. =)” – Chuck

(Chuck, total brownie points from your wife and me. That’s so sweet. *high five*)

“I would have to say Laguna Beach in California because the beach views are absolutely gorgeous and there’s great shopping. What else does a girl need?” – Allison

“My pick would be Key West, Florida because it is one of the world’s last living coral reefs, the southernmost point of the continental United States, it’s loaded with still- undiscovered treasures in the ever- changing, high visibility, tropical ocean waters, and because you just can’t beat Key Lime Pie on a stick. =)”. – Lauren

(Key Lime Pie on a stick?! That needs to happen in everywhere.)

“Everyone knows it’s Austin, TX…. don’t they?” – Kevin

“Everyone knows the best in the US is New York City… the city that has something for everyone of every age, ever hour of the day! The city never sleeps! My hometown!” – Theresa

“Austin becayse it’s weird and hot” – Ryan

“Savannah because it is a beautiful city rich in history… and ghosts! Plus, it is really close to the beach!” – Michelle

(ehem….I show no favoritism over Savannah…. )

“Concord, NH… one of my best friends lives there…. Ok also Birmingham, AL and Columbus, Ga, and Buffalo, NY, and Phoenix, AZ – all because I have family and friends there.” – Janice

“I haven’t traveled much (and I work for a travel agency – I’m so lame!) so really I couldn’t answer this whole-heartily, so I ‘ll just tell you that in my opinion, the best would be any city that calls you back to it once you’ve already been there.” – Lia

(You’re not lame, Lia! Your answer is one of my favorites!)

“Miami! Isn’t the reason obvious?? The BEACH!” – Sondra

“I assume you mean for sightseeing purposes. I vote for San Francisco due to the variety of sightseeing opportunities there are and in the surrounding areas… and the FOOD.” – Tony

- Kris

St. Louis Sights

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

To visit St. Louis is to experience the true uniqueness of the Missouri landscape lined with beautiful architectural pieces that define the city and contribute to its distinctiveness.  St. Louis is a modern city whose focus is primarily on medicine and biotechnology.  However, there is a strong historic influence there as well.  Along Route 66, you will pass by some bowling alleys, motels, and other venues that have managed to hold onto their 1950s feel.

For a closer look at the city’s architectural prowess, take the St. Louis Architecture Tour by SUV.  The tour will take you to the city’s most distinguished buildings from old to new, including Sugar Loaf Mound, Grant’s Farm House, Forest Park and Bevo Hill, among others.  You will also visit all three St. Louis Water Towers.  This is important because only seven historic standpipe towers in the entire United States have survived to this day.

These tours carry only two to six passengers, so groups are intimate enough to ask questions and large enough for you to gain the experience and expertise of others on the trip including your knowledgeable tour guide who will also be present to steer you in the right direction.

If you are dying to take a more nontraditional tour but aren’t sure where to start, try out the St. Louis Beer Lovers Tour.  Throughout the day you will sample a variety of beers from large and small breweries as you travel to Anheuser-Busch, Schlafly, Trailhead, and more.  This trip is personalized to fit the needs of your small group.

As you can see, there is much fun to be had on your visit to Missouri, if you know where to look.  Why not start your trip out right by researching your options ahead of time? Check out for more details and to reserve tickets for your best tours yet!

Journey through History on a Tour of Philly

Friday, December 12th, 2008
Philadelphia is a great place to spend some time, and whether it’s hot or cold outside there will always be tons to see and do.  Also known as the ‘Birthplace of America’ and the ‘City of Brotherly Love,’ it is packed with historical sites and was once the home of Betsy Ross, the creator of the American flag, and author Edgar Allan Poe.   A few such distinguished sights in the area include the Liberty Bell – which was one of the most prominent symbols of the Revolutionary War and today symbolizes justice and liberty –  Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was mulled over and approved, and the First and Second Banks of the United States. 
Once you arrive in Philly, you will see that there are more attractions than you know what to do with.  An excellent way to cover a lot of them at once is the Philadelphia City Tour by Trolley.  On this survey of the city, you will get to see the Liberty Bell up close, along with Betsy Ross’s house where she was thought to have conceived the idea of the American flag, the US Mint, Chinatown, the Academy of Music, and thirteen other notable locations.  As an added perk, you can hop on and off the trolley as many times as you would like, as your ticket will be valid all day.  If you decide to stay on the trolley and go straight through, the trip takes about 90 minutes.
Should you seek a more leisurely tour, you can take the ever-popular Philadelphia Carriage Tour.  For one hour, you get to sit back and enjoy the ride as you take in the historic sights and learn about their humble beginnings.  As your horse navigates the tree-lined streets of the National Historic Park, which is also the most historic square mile in the country, you will be amazed at how far the nation has come and will get an idea of where we came from.  Society Hill is also a feature on this tour, and it is the largest collection of 18th century homes and churches in America.  This is not all; you will also pass Betsy Ross’s house and much more.  The carriage tour option is wonderful for families but can also serve as a romantic way to spend part of an evening with a loved one.


If you have done these two tours and are still thirsting for more, you can do a scenic dinner cruise or tour the town by Segway.  This is definitely not an exhaustive list, so take a look at all that Philly Tours has to offer for your next trip.





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