Mini-Tours May Fill The Bill

Affinity Travel, Magazine Features

Mini tours are perfect for those who don’t have a longer period of time to commit to a true vacation, or the funds to support one

Mini-tours are often something that is overlooked for current and new potential clients. They are short, single-destination trips that are located right here in the U.S. They can consist of long weekends or four-day/three-night offerings.

Many people will hesitate to book vacations, thinking that it means they need to commit an extended period of time – say a week or more – to their travels. But mini tours are a perfect solution to those limited vacation days or financial constraints. We have compiled a few of our favorite destinations for mini tours that are right here in the U.S. These cities are consistent favorites and with the right planning, groups can still experience the best of these locations in a short period of time.


Miami is one of the greatest places to get away from reality for just a little bit. Aside from the beautiful weather that will make you feel like you are on a tropical island, this city has so many different attractions and sites that appeal to everyone of any age. Little Havana is a must see with a taste of Cuba without having to leave the country. It is flooded with Latin American art galleries and restaurants. Definitely advise to try their infamous coffee and cigars. Calle Ocho area, which is the heart of Little Havana, the Seaquarium, the wonderful Art Deco district, and, of course, trendy South Beach are all highly suggested places to go in Miami. The Dolphin Mall is a great place to spend some time if you need a little retail therapy while away, or bring something home to remember the excursion. The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens with its Baroque architecture is attributed to the Italian Renaissance and is a great option if that is intriguing. This Miami package could be offered by itself or with an optional seven-day Caribbean cruise.


Boston is a wonderful family destination that features so many historic sites for children and even adults to learn from. Not to mention its colonial style buildings and streets making you feel like you have been transported into the past. Some of these iconic historic sites include the Freedom Trail, a path stretching just about 2.5 miles through Boston taking you to numerous spots through the city that played significant roles in the making of American history. Harvard University across the Charles River in Cambridge is a sight to see due to its infamous reputation. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Beacon Hill, and the Tea Party ships and museum are all also places that will draw your attention while enriching you in the history of the place we call home. If planning to visit during the summer time, Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony, or Boston’s Old Town Trolley Tours are classics.


If you’re a music lover, Memphis is the place for you. The city’s known for being the place that blues, soul and rock and roll were born and originated from. Famous artists like  Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Johnny Cash have all recorded here at the legendary Sun Studio, which is a popular attraction along with Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion. Memphis in May International Festival is a month-long celebration and each year they honor a different international country and hold events during the month. These events feature the Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, two of the most popular attractions. Other large Memphis attractions include Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Blues Hall of Fame, and the National Civil Rights Museum.


This elegant South Carolina port city dates back to 1670 and is known for its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, which are still on display today. This place is truly a wonder to see and so one of a kind. Women particularly fall in love with the French Quarter, plantations, homes and gardens as they are each so unique. Southern charm and hospitality are the epitome of the town of Charleston. Many tend to visit in February and March when the azaleas and magnolias are blooming making the experience that much more memorable. The Battery Promenade and Waterfront Park both have a breathtaking view overlooking Charleston Harbor. Right across the way lies Fort Sumter, the place where the first shots of the Civil War rang out. The Old City Market is a focal point for shoppers wanting to return home with a taste of this and that to let them reminisce on their time in this beautiful place.

Santa Fe

Combining the best of Spanish and Indian cultures, Santa Fe has become the third-largest art market in the U.S. after New York and Los Angeles. It is also known for its Pueblo-style architecture among its plethora of art. Many attractive hotels offer rooms with a fireplace and stunning décor featuring local arts and crafts, including textiles, embroidery and silver. Being founded as a Spanish colony, at the heart of the city is the traditional Plaza. Surrounding the plaza are places like the Palace of the Governors which now is displaying part of its history with the New Mexico History Museum. However, there are some risks to know before traveling here. The city’s elevation is over a mile high, therefore it may not be ideal for your travelers with breathing difficulties.

San Francisco

One of the most popular cities is a change of scenery compared to all the others, however this is one of the reasons so many people love to get away here. San Francisco, the setting of the iconic show Full House is a great place to spend time away. With the rolling hills, steep streets, great restaurants, and hidden nooks and crannies, it is best seen with a knowledgeable local guide. Obviously, there are the main attraction sites like the Golden Gate Bridge, Nob Hill, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach with its Italian history. Another popular site to visit is Alcatraz Island, what used to be the most maximum security prison. Or along with the Golden Gate Bridge comes the Golden Gate Park full of beautiful greenery. There are actually great attractions outside the city such as charming Sausalito and Tiburon by the Bay or the small towns of Napa Valley. Berkeley and its renowned campus across the Bay or a trip south to the Silicon Valley, where many of the world’s major high-tech companies are located, each make for a fulfilling day trip. San Francisco is a year-round city, but be sure to check with the city’s CVB before settling on plans as many hotels fill up months in advance during special events.

All in all, no matter where you decide to travel, there are many wonderful spots worthy of a short, single-destination trip. Get a unique taste of each location and you (and your clients) may love it even more than you expected.

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