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7 travel experiences to tempt your itchy travel feet

Sand Mountain on Highway 50 in Nevada

You’ll see Sand Mountain when driving Highway 50 in Nevada. Photo courtesy

During my trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, for IPW13 (a U.S. travel show for the international travel trade), I had the opportunity to meet with media and marketing representatives from destinations and travel companies across the United States. My head is still spinning from meetings, press announcements, glitzy Las Vegas entertainment events and the sheer size of the show. During the conference, I kept a list of special travel experiences that made my travel feet itchy. Today, I’m sharing them with you:

Experience Wildlife at Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Valerie Meinen, Director of Sales at Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, introduced me to luxury lodging accompanied by killer views of the Teton Range.

Why I want to go: The ranch offers year-round wildlife safaris into Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks accompanied by a naturalist guide. In winter, take a snow coach tour of Yellowstone National Park or enjoy a guided snow shoeing excursion in Jackson Hole.

Explore Nevada’s Loneliest Road in America

Christine Moran, Public Relations Specialist at the Nevada Commission on Tourism suggested that Alan and I drive The Loneliest Road in America, Nevada’s Highway 50.

Why I want to go: Off-the-beaten-path, ghost towns, historical cemeteries, petroglyphs—need I say more?

Ride the Rails with Pullman Rail Journeys

Sarah Munley, Director of Marketing at Pullman Sleeping Car Company, introduced me to riding the train from Chicago to New Orleans (or vice versa) with Pullman Rail Journeys.

Why I want to go: Riding the rails in the grand style of the railroad’s golden era would be a fun way to relive history and a good excuse to visit both Chicago and New Orleans.

Discover America on Mauiva AirCruise

Don Hundley, Director of Marketing at Mauiva AirCruise, told me about the company’s all-inclusive air tours —7-day Western Wonder Experience and the 6-day All American East Experience.

Why I want to go: I’m intrigued by a 29-person tour that travels by private plane, departs from private air terminals, includes quality lodging, activities and a guide at a very reasonable price.

Raft the Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon River with Mountain Travel Sobek

John Baston, Special Operations for Alaska and North America at Mountain Travel Sobek, convinced me that the company is not just for hard core adventure travelers. There are plenty of trip itineraries that boomers will like, too.

Why I want to go: A rafting trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho includes gourmet food and luxury camping. The fact that this adventure is close to our Montana home is an added bonus.

Enjoy Food and Wine in Portland, Oregon

Lisa Intel, Global Sales Manager for Travel Oregon and Heather Anderson, Tourism Manager for Portland, Oregon, convinced me that Alan and I definitely should make time for Feast Portland in our travel schedule. From September 19 – 22, 2013, foodies will enjoy local culinary talent and Oregon ingredients in a four-day food extravaganza.

Why I want to go: Fresh ingredients, creative chefs, locally sourced products—enough said.

Explore the Adirondacks on Amtrak

Vernae Graham, Manager of Media Relations for Amtrak, told me that Amtrak’s Adirondack route, which travels from Montreal to New York City, is a popular route with baby boomer travelers partly because of some amazing scenery.

Why I want to go: Alan and I are overdue for a trip through the Northeast to see the fall colors. I’m thinking we should see it by Amtrak train.

Did you beat us to the punch? Have you experienced any of these travel ideas? Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email with your comments or questions.

Photo courtesy TravelNevada

Disclosure: IPW13 provided a portion of my travel expenses in Las Vegas but the opinions are my own.

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