Domestic Group Tours

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!

Columbus Botanical Garden Visits Maine

June 19 - 24, 2016

Dear CBG Supporters and Friends,

Please join us for another in our series of special garden tours to one of our country’s pristine horticultural areas. From Sunday, June 19, to Friday June 24th, 2016, we’ll tour the coastal gardens and villages of the state of Maine. All our garden visits are not finalized; however, the following itinerary will give you details of the plans to date.

We begin in Bar Harbor where our rooms are in the Oceanfront Lodge at the Bar Harbor Inn and Spa. With the shops and restaurants only minutes away, it’s Bar Harbor’s best location. We’ll all get together our first night for a welcome reception before dinner in the hotel’s famous Reading Room. We’ll spend two nights here exploring Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, before heading south along Maine’s spectacular rocky coastline. On that travel day, we’ll stop for lunch in Boothbay Harbor followed by a visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Headquarters for the next three nights in Portland is the recently renovated Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, where our rooms again have bay and harbor views. The next two days will be spent visiting gardens and exploring this area. Thursday afternoon we’ll head to the Gulf of Maine to learn about lobster fishing. Yes, you can have fresh lobster for dinner!

Thank you and call (706-663-2171) or email ( with any questions or if you need additional information. As always this is an inclusive deluxe tour program; the only meals not included are one dinner and two lunches. Please mail or fax (706-225-2551) your Reservation Form at your first convenience and remember a portion goes to support the CBG!

Geoff Robertson

NECA 2105 Post-Convention Tour to Silicon Valley

October 7 - 9 (Wednesday-Friday)

Silicon Valley and the tech companies headquartered there are constantly in the news: Apple, Google, Intel, Facebook and others. But what drives the innovation stemming from the area remains a bit of a mystery. Much more than the most expensive Silicon Valley and the tech companies headquartered there are constantly in the news: Apple, Google, Intel, Facebook and others. But what drives the innovation stemming from the area remains a bit of a mystery. Much more than the most expensive housing market in the nation, Silicon Valley is America’s leading high-tech device and idea hub and is the epicenter of renewable electrical construction—two characteristics that make Silicon Valley appealing to NECA contractors, wherever they may work. American Travel is offering an exciting opportunity to make sense of this extremely valuable part of the world just south of San Francisco.

A highlight will be our site visit to Levi Stadium, the new $1.2 billion home of the 49ers and next year’s Super Bowl. It’s been called “the stadium that Silicon Valley built,” but the design/build was actually done by NECA-member Cupertino Electric (, one of the nation’s largest specialty contractors. A representative from Cupertino will be on hand to discuss the LEED® Gold Certified project and show elements of the electrical installation. This promises to be a fascinating visit as they’re also beginning Super Bowl 2016 preparation

Columbus Botanical Garden Exclusive Garden & Home Tour New Orleans

March 29 – April 2, 2015

Dear CBG Supporters and Friends,

Please join us for another in our series of travel fundraisers to one of our country’s foremost horticultural areas, New Orleans, Louisiana, Sunday, March 29, to Thursday April 2nd, 2015. Since Julia Reed was our keynote speaker at the annual luncheon, a trip to “her” New Orleans seemed a natural choice; we hope you agree! In addition to entertaining and informing us this October, Julia volunteered to organize some of our home and garden visits.

Many of our visits will be gardens belonging to distinguished members of the New Orleans Botanical Garden’sFoundation Board. The day-to-day itinerary is still a work in progress; however, as always the houses and gardens will make it well worth the trip. Much like Julia’s meals and parties as described during her talk and in her book The House On First Street, everything will come together. Ann Preaus and noted landscape architect, René Fransen, are also graciously giving of their time and their friendships to organize our visits. We’re booked into the Club Floor at the historic Windsor Court Hotel. Club Level rooms at 5-Star hotels offer great value - breakfast, snacks/soft drinks/tea/coffee throughout the day and evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The Windsor Court is near, yet a comfortable distance from the French Quarter. The recent $22 million restoration has brought real improvements without changing the Old World experience. We’re in for a treat!

We plan to travel by coach in the same nice 36-seater that took us to Athens this past May. We considered the train from Birmingham; however, it’s a 7-hour train ride plus the additional six hours driving to/from Birmingham. The coach is door-to-door; we’ll be in New Orleans by cocktail hour. Thank you and call me (706-663-2171) or email ( with any questions or if you need additional information. You’ll see this is an all-inclusive deluxe tour package; the only meal not included is one dinner; the other three are at really good restaurants. Please mail or fax (706-225-2551) your Reservation Form at your earliest convenience and help support the CBG!

Laissez les bons temps rouler !

Eastern Region Grand Canyon 2014

Scottsdale, Arizona
Post Tour ~ March 27 29. 2014

A permanent connection between NECA and the Grand Canyon was established June 23, 2013. That’s when Nik Wallenda reconfirmed his place in daredevil history by traversing the quarter-mile gorge 1500 feet above the Colorado River, without a tether or safety net. The highwire he walked was a two-inchin-diameter, nine-pounds-per-foot cable painstakingly strung across the chasm by NECA-member O’Connell Electric, the same line contractor that made his
2012 walk across Niagara Falls possible. Videos on preparing for the 2013 walk and live-rigging the wire are available on Everyone affiliated with NECA should see them.