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With the dog days of summer upon us it’s time to plan that fall getaway you’ve been dreaming of.  From the Atlantic Maritimes to California’s vineyards, to an historic Civil War exploration, here are some fall travel suggestions for unique and enriching travel packages which will give you a memorable autumn pick-me-up.

Atlantic Maritimes – Weekly Departures in September 

Get a taste of the Maritimes on this delightful tour of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.   Highlights include Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hopewell Rocks — Highest Tides in the World, Anne of Green Gables, World Famous Cabot Trail, Whale Watching Boat Tour.   Begins and ends in Halifax, NS.

Wine, Rail & Redwoods – September 19-24, 2010

Experience California’s fabled wine country and unpack just once on this hub-and-spoke program based at the beautiful Doubletree Sonoma Wine Country Resort. Highlights include numerous wine tastings, the spectacular Pacific Coast drive, Culinary Institute demo, tours of the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Charles Schultz Museum, Filoli Mansion & Gardens, and of course, the famous Napa Valley Wine Train.

Begins and ends in San Jose.

Majestic Sierra Parks by Train – October 3-9, 2010

This seven-day fall travel suggestion includes a full day on a vintage dome car and features tours of Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Also includes the Monterrey Aquarium, Cannery Row, 17 miles Coastal Drive, Pebble Veach, Carmel, and the John Steinbeck museum. Begins and ends in Los Angeles.

Journey Through Hallowed Ground – October 19-22, 2010

Immerse yourself in the Battle of Gettysburg, the greatest battle of the Civil War, and explore the enduring relevance for the 21st century. Also includes Monocacy National Battlefield, Dobbin House Tavern, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Gettysburg Museum, David Wills House, Antietam, Sherpherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Red Fox Inn and the Lincoln Cottage. Begins and ends in Washington, DC.

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Shebby Lee is a historian, writer and tour operator specializing in the historic and cultural heritage of the Great American West. Her early training was in the theatre and she served a tour of duty as an entertainer with the USO. She is also an Admiral in the Nebraska Navy.