CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- This city is the newest destination for
Traveling America, which offers two- and three-night Break Away
packages to more than 80 destinations in 33 states.
The company, whose drive-travel products are based on clients
driving their own cars -- and which pays 13% commission -- launched
a series of 24 Charlotte packages.
Each plan has a different theme, ranging from golf and auto
racing tours to gardens and African-American heritage programs.
"Charlotte's a terrific, contemporary city that has a wonderful
heritage," said Maree Forbes, Traveling America's CEO. "For
example, it has great Revolutionary War attractions."
Traveling America features three packages with a Revolutionary
The two-night Join the Revolution package, for example, includes
visits to Latta Plantation, a farm dating from the 1800s; Historic
Brattonville, a preserved Scots-Irish settlement in South Carolina;
the Museum of the Waxhawa, a regional history museum; and three
state and national parks.
Another itinerary, the three-night Historic Homes of Charlotte,
features the Duke Mansion; the Trolley Museum; the Charlotte Museum
of History; the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite (which dates to shortly
after the city's founding in 1752); the James K. Polk Memorial
Site, the reconstructed home of the 11th president; and a walking
tour of the Fourth Ward, a revitalized Victorian neighborhood.
Traveling America's packages include accommodations, breakfast,
hotel parking, attraction admissions, taxes and a personal travel
portfolio that features a detailed itinerary, driving directions,
maps, brochures and vouchers.
Many hotels used by the company on its programs are Historic
Hotels of America properties.
"The packages give travel agents the ability to tap into the
drive-travel market," said Forbes. "They've no need to spend time
researching a destination."
Prices for the Historic Homes tour start at $349 per person,
double; Join the Revolution is priced from $159.
Rates on other North Carolina programs range from $89 for the
two-night Byways and Backcountry itinerary to $369 for the Showtime
tour, which includes theater, art galleries, museums, and
Forbes said the firm's average booking is $1,100 -- some clients
combine packages -- and that 25% of business comes from travel
Traveling America was launched in early 1998 with 10 Virginia
packages and a handful of plans for the Carolinas. Besides
Charlotte, other recent package additions include five West
Virginia plans and six for the Virginia Tidewater area.
For more information, call Traveling America at (877) 782-2045
or visit www.travelingamerica.com.