Domestic Group Tours

NECA Post-Las Vegas Tour September 18-23, 2019

Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Colorado River Float Trip

Welcome NECA travelers!

Our post-Las Vegas tour this year will focus on canyons, taking a down-to-earth view of the grandest of all from the bottom up. We’ll start in Zion National Park, just a few hours coach ride from swinging Las Vegas. We’ll shed our city clothes for the comforts of park-touring jeans and boots and leave the city lights behind. Our accommodations at Zion Mountain Ranch are in individual cabins where we’ll quickly immerse ourselves in the quiet splendor of these desert mountains. We’ll have two days to tour the park before moving on to Bryce Canyon and Lake Powell. Once at the Lake Powell resort, we’ll get our feet wet on a boat tour. Day two will find us back on the water for an afternoon float trip down the Colorado River in Glen Canyon. Optional air flights over the area are available, we’ll enjoy some local food and shopping and return home via Las Vegas on Sunday or Monday depending on your available flight schedule. See the itinerary for specifics. We are holding a limited number of rooms at the ranch and the resort, so get your reservation coupon in quickly to join us for this canyon tour of southwest Utah

Wynn House Visits Birmingham

April 1 6- 17, 2019

Dear Members and Friends,

Please join us for a very special overnight excursion to Birmingham where our first visit will be Arlington Historic House, an antebellum property completed in 1850 that’s similar to our Wynn House. The entire AHH is furnished as a museum with period antiques through which we’ll be guided. Of interest will be learning how Arlington His-torical Association’s dedicated members keep it maintained and a relevant asset to the city. Additionally, included in the trip will be tours of the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, two exquisite private gardens, outstanding dining and a little shopping time in Mountain Brook Village. I invite you to join us in support of the Wynn House. A donation of $25 per person goes to the Wynn House.

Arden Cheney
President, Board of Directors

Columbus Botanical Garden Visits Cape Cod & Nantucket

Enjoy Cape Cod’s Hydrangea Festival
July 11-15, 2019

Dear Members, Supporters and Friends,

Plan now to take advantage of this unique opportunity to attend Cape Cod’s annual Hydrangea Festival in the company of Columbus Botanical Garden’s Executive Director, Stefan Bloodworth. Accommodations are arranged at the harbor-side Anchor Inn in Hyannis and the historic Jared Coffin House in Nantucket. A preliminary itinerary follows that is based on conversations with festival organizers. Specific garden visits and programs will be confirmed in February. Interest in this trip prompted us to publish the brochure this month to take advantage of lower air fares. The suggested Delta and Jet Blue flights currently show good availability. Otherwise, it’s prime time on Cape Cod and Nantucket, not only for hydran-geas, and a great time to fully enjoy their charm. Please act today to reserve your spot!

The Columbus Museum Presents

The Museums of Nashville
October 3 – 6, 2019

Dear Columbus Museum Supporters,

Join fellow art enthusiasts for an indepth tour through the art museums of Nashville, Tennessee. Early October heralds the days of “Artober” in Nashville, where we’ll enjoy a long weekend at the unique 21c Hotel in Nashville, complete with its own art gallery. We’ll head to Husk Restaurant, Nashville straight from the airport to celebrate the start of our time in the Music City, followed by an opportunity with the storied Hatch Show Print facility to make and take home our own art print while learning more about Hatch’s historic support of the music industry. Our tour will include the Frist Art Museum , the Parthenon, the Stieglitz exhibit at Fisk University, and the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Museum . We’ll get tickets for the live Grand Ole Opry performance and participate in a Saturday night “art crawl”. Please join us for this adventure into a world of artistry on many levels. The reservation coupon confirms your place. For questions contact Phebe or Geoff Robertson, 706-663-2171, or email

Click here for brochure & reservation form

NECA Post-Philadelphia Tour

Historic Brandywine Valley, PA
Valley Forge, Longwood Garden and Winterthur
October 3-8, 2018

Dear NECA Members:
We know you’re looking forward to experiencing the rich history of Philadelphia while at the NECA Show in September. Please join your peers to finish the week exploring the surrounding area, rich in beauty and historical significance. Called “the England of Pennsylvania” by Oliver Wendell Holmes, this Brandywine Valley tour offers a chance to decompress and enrich your Pennsylvania experience.

Your hotel for the 3-nights, Delaware's Montchanin Inn, is a unique collection of historic houses that once formed a village. Today, the inn offers 28 individual rooms and suites, each with its own charac-ter and features. Since there are limited rooms in each category, as well as certain bed types, we en-courage you study and send in the Reservation Form now to secure your first choice.

Your itinerary mixes historical sites, gardens and museums. Known as America’s Garden Capital, Philadelphia will be in its glory as autumn arrives. In the environs of the Brandywine River Valley, we’ll take advantage of the season to enjoy plenty of outdoor visits. Valley Forge encampment will re-mind us of George Washington’s winter of hardship, and Hagley Powderworks will motivate those who are new to any endeavor, as the storied DuPont family once was. We’ll enjoy museums filled with art of famous natives to the area (like Andrew Wyeth) and curated collections treasured for generations.

We hope you can join us for this moment in time to capture a sense of the rich history of Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley!

The Academy of Electrical Contracting

Death Valley National Park & Las Vegas
June 10 – 13, 2018

Dear Academy Fellows,
Our sights this year are set on Death Valley National Park, situated between eastern California and Nevada. It’s known for Titus Canyon’s ghost town, colorful rock formations, and Badwater Basin’s salt flats, which is North Amer-ica's lowest point. Above, Telescope Peak Trail weaves past pine trees. North of the spiky salt mounds known as the Devil’s Golf Course, rattlesnakes live in the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

We’ll make camp for two-nights at the Inn at Death Valley, a historic park lodge located within a true oasis next to the Panamint Mountain range. Our Deluxe rooms here are part of a 50-million dollar renovation of the property just finishing in April. One night we’ll be treated to a fantastic star-gazing opportunity, lead by a member of the local as-trological society. Death Valley is a certified Gold Tier Dark Sky Park. We’ll continue our adventure to nearby Las Vegas for a final night. Please choose to stay longer and enjoy more of this always exciting oasis of a different kind. We hope you’ll join us for this unique opportunity to experience the hottest, driest and lowest National Park in Amer-ica. Contact ATA for more information– Geoff or Phebe, 706-663-2171,

NECA Post-Seattle Convention Tour

Pacific Northwest Victoria & Vancouver, BC
October 11 -15, 2017

We know you’re looking forward to experiencing the great Pacific Northwest during the NECA Show ’17 in the Emerald City. While in that corner of the country, why not finish the week enjoying and exploring Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada!

Wednesday morning we depart Seattle on-board the Victoria Clipper catamaran cruising through Puget Sound and across the Straight of San Juan to Victoria, BC’s Capital. Views from the Clipper are spectacular; you’ll enjoy the whole cruise experience. On arrival we visit world famous Butchart Gardens, that features different styles of landscape and thousands of flowers.

Thursday morning affords time to explore Victoria before the afternoon finds us back on the water with Five Star Whale Watching. We’re advised that October is good for viewing, as the temperatures are still moderate and it’s less crowded. Three pods are in the area; perhaps even in residence, nearby. Friday morning we continue with another scenic cruise on BC Ferries through the Gulf Islands to Vancouver.

In addition to the beautiful natural settings of these two cities, we’re staying in two 5-Star hotels. The recently renovated Empress is situated on the harbor within easy walking of Victoria’s charming shops and restaurants. In Vancouver, the Pan Pacific is also located on the harbor and affords inspiring views of Vancouver Harbor and nearby mountains. In both hotels we’re treating ourselves by staying on their Club Floors where we’ll enjoy breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening hors’ds, which are complimented by an honour bar. In the end we think the additional cost of the Cub Floors will seem like a value.

Please join us!

Columbus Botanical Visits Charleston

April 18 - 22, 2017

Everyone is welcome to drive or fly, as you prefer; we’ll use local buses or vans when transportation is needed.

Suggested flight: Atlanta (ATL) Charleston (CHS) on Delta #2472 departing at 1:45pm and arriving at 2:54pm

On arrival, we’ll be met and transferred to the Planters Inn, where we’ll reside all four nights.

NECA Academy Post-Meeting Tour '17

Yellowstone & Wyoming

Dear Academy Members!

American Travel is pleased to offer a tour of Yellowstone National Park after the 2017 Jackson Hole meeting that continues to Cody, WY and Mt. Rushmore, SD. We hope you will consider joining us to experience this magnificent park and the nearby “old west.”

In Yellowstone, along with our local guide, we’ll head for Old Faithful, stopping as time allows for attractions along the loop road : our destination is the new lodging at Canyon Village. Day two we loop north to Mammoth Hot Springs and experience a chuck wagon dinner “on the trail.” For those needing to head home, from here we can arrange returns to Jackson Hole Tuesday, June 13 to enable flights home Wednesday, June 14

NECA Boston '16 Post-Tour-Fall Foliage

Maine & New Hampshire

Dear NECA members :

We know you’re looking forward to the invigorating atmosphere of Boston and the 2016 NECA Annual Convention. Why not finish the week with American Travel’s tour planned especially for NECA members, families and friends to experience New England’s spectacular fall foliage.

We’ll set out Tuesday morning from Boston for Portland, Maine, where we’ll have a “hands on” class on lobster fishing. Wednesday finds us driving into New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains. On Thursday we’ll move south through more of New Hampshire’s fall colors ending in Portsmouth. Friday morning we’ll return you to Boston’s Logan Airport.

You never know about the weather, but we are well within the average peak color season for the region. This should be a spectacular tour.
Please join us!