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Great Towns for Group Walking Tours

These days, most people shop online for holiday gifts. So, the time you used to spend rushing around can now be used to have more fun! Plan now for your group trip to interesting places with true holiday spirit. For instance, bus trips to places with group walking-tour experiences are popular for everyone. Usually there are amazing holiday lights, holiday charm and great dining while you stroll and shop. Around the U.S., there are many places to consider...Book your bus trip now with Trailways before they are sold out.

Coronado Island, San Diego, California
Sunny California is the perfect place to visit when fall weather might keep you indoors somewhere else. Coronado Island just outside of San Diego is the perfect place to soak up the sun with a leisurely walk and some shopping. In fact, it might be one of the best places to walk in the country, having recently been rated a “Walker’s Paradise.” Join the city’s walking tour for a sampling of what’s drawn the rich and famous to the area. For a tastier sampling of the island, Bite San Diego has a walking tour for the culinary minded that is perfect for your group.

Orange Avenue features a seemingly endless supply of shops and restaurants. Take your time finding the perfect gift for each person on your list, and then enjoy a garden or a café to refuel. If you are there on a Tuesday afternoon, the Farmer's Market is sure to thrill. The Hotel Del Coronado is another must-see on the peninsula. Many rich, famous and influential have spend their vacations there, and you'll be excited to count your group among them. During the holidays, it's also a prime place to do some shopping. With everything from sportswear to jewelry, you're sure to find something for everyone. If you fancy a special souvenir, the hotel has a collector's Christmas ornament every year — so take this year's edition home and never forget the experience you had in San Diego bay.

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The Wharf/Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, California
If northern California is calling your name, San Francisco has plenty to offer for your pre-holiday getaway. It's easy to lose yourself in the scenery and history of San Francisco, and the Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square are a good place for your group to start out. Lots of hotels, shopping and restaurants provide all the essentials, while never being far from views of the bay. Chocolate is the focus of Ghirardelli Square, so head here for a taste of the world’s best chocolate, and make sure to buy some for stocking stuffers. When you’ve had your fill, there are plenty of other boutiques to check out, mini-golf, and other culinary adventures to embark on.

What would a trip to San Francisco be without a ride on the signature cable cars? You can hop on board for a trip to Fisherman's Wharf and spend the day soaking up the port. The wharf is the heart of waterfront life in town, with fisherman working, water sports, and fresh fish dining. Take a group walking tour and get swept up in the bustle of the bay, but don't forget something special for your friends back home.

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Boulder, Colorado
Colorado is a must-see destination, but in th efall it's especially stunning. The cool mountain air and vibrant foliage in Boulder is the perfect thing to get you in the holiday mood. If you're lucky, an early storm will add a dusting of snow to your visit. The Pearl Street Mall will be your desination for the most scenic holiday shopping you can find. A hub for the arts, food and of course all the shopping you'll need to polish off your list — you'll never want to leave. Make the group bus trip in late November in time for Deck the Mall, when the holiday cheer spreads with an arts and crafts fair and holiday decorations along the way. Take full advantage of this time before the holidays with plenty of things to do in Boulder to make this a memorable trip, and plenty of shops to find the perfect gift for everyone.

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Washington D.C.
Our nation’s capital is a great option for your group bus trip as well. There are museums to suit every interest and many historic monuments to check off your list. The National Mall is a great way to see some of the most important places in America’s history and it’s a great place for a pre-holiday visit. Right after Thanksgiving you can get into the holiday spirit with a group trip to the national Christmas tree. After your group has had their fill of museums and landmarks, make sure you take some time to take care of your holiday shopping. The Shops at 2000 Penn are close to everything, and there are several blocks nearby worth discovering too. For a trip outside the city center, the Tanger Outlets have some great gifts at good prices. These outlets are on the National Harbor, so there is plenty to see and do with your group. The holiday season if the perfect time to visit Washington D.C., so book your trip now!

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Lexington-Concord, Massachusetts
For another take on American history, Lexington-Concord, Massachusetts, is the perfect place for your group to see landmarks and shop. Your group's first stop shoul dbe the Lexington Visitor's Center where you can schedule the best tours to experience Revolutionary America firsthand. The is the perfect way to see some of the pivotal places in the Revolutionary War while riding in style. A visit to Minute Man National Historic Park will immerse your group in the revolution and what it took to defeat the British.

When you're ready to return to the present, Concord's Colonial Inn serves up some of the best New England food in town. Just around the corner is all the shopping you'll need to get ready for the holidays. Whether books, candy or classic American goods — there is something for everyone in your group.

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina
If your list is completely overwhelming and you really need to experience some scenic shopping, Winston-Salem, North Carolina is the perfect place. This popular city is a blend of arts and innovation and is sure to be a nice getaway to prepare for the bustle of the holidays. The Downtown Arts District is a great way to experience some of what makes this area special with a group tour of the galleries. For your artsy friends, give them a completely unique piece for a holiday surprise. A stop at the Hanes Mall will take care of everyone else on your list, with everything from furniture to luxury clothing. A Winston-Salem exclusive shopping experience can be found at the Reynolda Village, where a historic farm has been converted into a picturesque spot for boutiques.

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San Antonio, Texas
For a pre-holiday Fiesta, take a group bus trip to San Antonio, Texas! This year the city is celebrating 300 years since its founding, so it's the perfect time to visit the missions and of course, the Alamo. Get a birds' eye view with a visit to the "a href="http://www.toweroftheamericas.com/">Tower of the Americas and enjoy a group lunch on top of the world. Just steps away is everything to make your shopping 'trip' truly memorable on the Riverwalk. Taste some of the best food in Texas and shop for everyone on your list, while never losing sight of the San Antonio River. When the sun goes down, it might cool off but the Riverwalk fun doesn't stop with plenty of nightlife options as well. Make sure to attend the Ford Holiday River Parade, for a holiday parade that really "floats". San Antonio knows how to throw a party, and this will be no exception — really getting your group into the holiday spirit!

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There are lots of preparations to be made for the holidays, but it doesn’t have to be a time filled with boring chores. Book a group bus trip to one of these scenic, fun shopping spots with Trailways and make your holiday shopping truly adventurous. Book now!
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