Unique Tours & Events

Travel is more special when celebrating with local residents! Parades, festivals, and other special events bring to life new destinations as well as places you have seen time and time again! Special themed cruises also bring a new dimension to a voyage on the water, be it on an ocean or river. Scroll below to see suggestions for unique adventures for groups of any size!

I Love a Parade!

Tournament of Roses Parade

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The Granddaddy of them all! Enjoy two nights (or more) in Southern California with local touring including reserve bleacher seating for the Tournament of Roses Parade. You may also include a tour of the assembling areas to see the floats being built right before your eyes! Other events include "Bandfest" and "Equestfest" showcasing the bands and equestrian units which participate in the parade!

Portland Rose Festival

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Featuring flower shows and other special events, this annual celebration in Oregon also has one of the largest parades on the west coast! Even more unique: INSIDE seating! Add visits to Portland's Japanese and Chinese gardens and the International Rose Test Garden for a nature-themed tour! Explore beyond Portland by traveling to the coast or through the Columbia River Gorge east to Hood River, Pendleton and beyond!

Pasadena's Doo Dah Parade

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The antithesis of the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Doo Dah Parade, also in Pasadena, features a crazy cast of characters, floats and bands. Began in 1978 as a grassroots movement to celebrate, the Doo Dah has been imitated in other cities all over the country. Explore beautiful Huntington Gardens and Library, take a foodie tour of Old Pasadena and visit the winderfule Pasadena Museum of California Art or the Norton Simon Museum. 

The Hollywood Christmas Parade

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Celebrating nearly 90 years, the Hollywood Christmas Parade is probably the best "unknown" parade in the U.S. The parade runs through the heart of "Tinsel Town" with well-known celebrities, high school and college bands, balloons and so much more! Reserved seating provides easy access to great views of the route. Add in any number of great attractions to your trip, including the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures!

The Mummers Parade

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On New Year's Day in Philadelphia, 10,000 men, women and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut down one of the city’s main streets. For over 120 years, this parade has signaled the start of the new year and turned winter into a colorful spectacle of color!

Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco

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Started in the 1860's and named one of the top ten parades in the world by International Festivals & Events Association, the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is one of the few remaining night-illuminated parades in North America and the biggest parade celebrating the lunar new year outside of Asia. 

Special Events & Shows

Los Angeles Auto Show

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Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show), is one of the most influential and best-attended auto shows globally and spans more than 1,000,000 square feet. Add visits to the Petersen Automotive Museum and several other auto-themed collections. And don't forget rally night at Bob's Big Boy in Van Nuys, one of the last remaining in the chain! Add more nights to explore Hollywood and other destinations in Southern California. 

Spring Training in Arizona

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The Boys of Summer actually start the season in Spring and there's now better place to see them than in sunny Arizona! The Cactus League is home to 10 facilities which support 15 Major League teams. Warm weather and unique attractions and restaurants add to this great experience. Visit with ball players, past and present in this intimate setting! Explore the amazing Musical Instrument Museum, the Desert Botanical Garden or take a cruise on nearby Canyon Lake. 

Seattle Seafair

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Seattle’s traditional summer festival, Seafair is a month-long, region-wide barbecue that brings an entire community together in celebration. A community event for over 60 years, Seafair is the largest festival in the Northwest region hosting a myriad of events throughout the summer. Events include parades, Miss Seafair, the Navy and Coast Guard, amateur athletics, airplanes and of course, boat racing, culminating with the Unlimited Hydroplane races and Air Show. 

Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters

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There is no other event on earth that seeks to portrait world-famous works of art in life-sized three dimensions! Working from a theme, this amazing annual event uses live actors to recreate art on the stage of an outdoor amphitheater. Combined with the Laguna Beach Festival of Art, featuring juried pieces and their artists, this tour to Southern California is the perfect addition to your itineraries! Stay with the theme of art by adding the Bowers Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the new Broad Museum of Modern Art or the famous Getty Museum. 

The Golden Spike's 150th Anniversary

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Promontory Point in Utah was the scene of the driving of the Golden Spike, the ceremonial completion of the transcontinental railroad. Journey to this national historic site as the festivities of 150 years ago are carefully recreated, complete with all the pomp and circumstance of the period. Local actors portrait the VIPs of the day. Travel round-trip from Salt Lake City or continue to Boise, Idaho. 

The Pendleton Round-Up

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For over 100 years the cry of "Let 'er Buck!" has been commonly heard in Pendleton, a small town in the northeast of Oregon. Featuring a well-known rodeo, the annual Pendleton Round-Up also includes the Westward Ho Parade, an opening night concert and the Happy Canyon Indian Pageant & wild West Show, complete with a large tee-pee village. And don't forget, the town is also home to the Pendleton Woolen Mills! Travel east from Portland or west from Boise.