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Finding the Right Tour for Your Trip Out of SeaTac

Mukilteo to Bainbridge Washington State ferry during sunset.

No matter where you go when you travel – and even if you’re visiting a place that you’ve been to several times before – taking a tour of the area can give you a unique perspective. A professional tour guide is apt to know about local landmarks and attractions that even the most seasoned traveler may not find easily. Self-guided tours also have much to offer. Follow these tips to find the tour that meets your needs, and remember to leave your car at Aeroparking before you go (so you can remain worry-free as you explore your chosen destination).

Day Tours

You may not want to schedule a trip that consists entirely of a tour planned by a tour company. However, going on a day tour can help you get to know the area you’re visiting. If you’re a foodie – or if you simply want to familiarize yourself with the local cuisine – you would likely benefit from taking a food tour of local eateries. Those who enjoy alcoholic beverages are apt to have fun on a tour of a local brewery or winery. Other short tour options may include exploring a museum, going on a bicycle outing with a guide, or touring the area on a river cruise or ferry.

Questions to ask before you select a day tour include how long the tour lasts, as well as how fast a pace you should expect. Be sure you know exactly how much the outing costs, and ask whether any extras are included (such as food and beverages).

Another option is the self-guided tour. You will find these in many locations, especially in places that attract many tourists. Such a tour might involve a cell phone, GPS technology, or a guidebook. If you prefer to be as autonomous as possible when you travel, a self-guided tour could be optimal.

Extensive Tours

You can also plan your trip around a tour that spans the course of your vacation. These are popular choices for those who prefer to travel in a group. You might find one that caters to your particular demographic, such as a tour for college students, seniors, or singles.

If you choose a tour company that plans your trip for you, remember to ask about all fees before you make a decision. If the company promises four-star accommodations, ask to see photos of your lodgings ahead of time (and do some research online or by phone to be sure that the company’s descriptions are accurate). Ask whether local guides will be showing your group the area. Request to see proof that the tour company is accredited and adheres to local laws. Also, get the itinerary in writing; you’ll want to be sure that you’re getting your money’s worth during your trip.

Taking a tour when you travel can be a wonderful way of getting to know an area. Do some research, so you can find the option that best meets your needs. After you’ve parked your car safely at the affordable Aeroparking facility, you should also get the most possible from your trip and your budget – and going on a local tour may help you to accomplish that.

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