SOURCE: Tours.com

Tours.com

September 17, 2015 18:41 ET

Fall Vacations for Beauty and Budget

Tours.com's Travel-Intel Looks at Top Spots for Fall Foliage and Fun Places to Find Off-season Value This Season

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - September 17, 2015) - Fall vacations are in season now, especially around such regions as Vermont and New Hampshire. But did you know that Monterey, CA has the perfect weather for whale watching this time of year and that Colorado's scenic byways are alive with autumn majesty and well before the snows?

Tours.com's Travel-Intel offers a generous list of ideas for fall escapes this season, whether plans call for a quick weekend road trip or a serious vacation with off-season value.

One destination that might be on the bucket list this month is Philadelphia, which is preparing for a visitation of its own: from Pope Francis on September 26-27. Travel-Intel offers the full dope on the Pope for those who want to scope out the best places to stay and best spots to stand and see the pontiff during this once-in-a-generation event.

Travel-Intel is a publication that goes out weekly to more than 103,000 sellers of travel. It is also posted online at Tours.com. The publication reports from travel conferences and expos, as well as popular hotels, exotic resorts, cruise ships and ports, and destinations near and far with stories that feature the latest intel on travel. Current features and archives can be viewed at www.travel-intel.com.

This week's issue also features a timely article about wining and dining in France, from chateau to chateau, and tasting some of the world's best Margaux on an up close review of the Forseti on a Viking River Cruise.

For warmer climes, Tahiti is in focus with a look at a posh and very eco-minded resort that recently opened on its own island in the Tetiaroa atoll in French Polynesia. The Brando, often a favorite for celebrity getaways, is featured this week and noted as a member of the exclusive Kurtz-Ahlers collection of luxury hotels, resorts and destination specialists.

Finally, Travel-Intel lists the most popular destinations for Americans to travel for the balance of this year, according to travel agent bookings by a prominent travel network. And for those who want to travel off the beaten path, Travel-Intel looks at Hangzhou, China: a surprisingly beautiful and peaceful destination just north of Shanghai.

"Travel-Intel helps those who sell travel and those who are planning their own travel by offering news on trends and out of the way places they might not have considered," says Lark Gould, content director for Travel-Intel and Tours.com. "Keeping current with travel information is just one part of the equation. Providing information on new places to visit is just as essential and Travel-Intel offers those details."

As a veteran travel journalist who has been covering the travel industry for more than 20 years, Gould puts her incisive perspective into the weekly publication, with features and news updates, and also "packages" issues that present great travel deals to be found at hotels and resort locations worldwide. Travel-Intel can be viewed as a stand-alone site on Tours.com. Gould publishes travel columns and stories for Barclay's Travel Community, the Washington Times, Business Travel Executive, and Business Traveler USA, among other publications.

Tours.com is The only Worldwide Directory of Tours and Vacations. The most comprehensive tour and travel directory Tours.com is celebrating its 20th anniversary as an authority website, which launched in 1995. It features a deep and searchable database of tours and tour companies according to company, region and experience. It is also a one-stop resource for all travel information, important phone numbers for travelers, regional experts, and travel agent specialists certified with in-depth knowledge in their chosen areas. For local sightseeing information in cities and towns around the world, companion site, Sightseeing.com, is the resource.

Tours.com is a now an official member of the America Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and proudly wears its logo.

For more information visit www.tours.com.

Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2015/9/17/11G054514/Images/LARK_HEAD_SHOT_FOR_TRAVEL_INTEL-441950723262.jpg

Contact Information