Adults who are developmentally disabled can delve into American history on a six-day tour of Boston, New York and Washington, D.C.
The May 19 escorted trip visits the Boston church where Paul Revere began his famous ride. The group also tours the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building in New York. In Washington, participants visit the White House and the Smithsonian.
Cost: $1,530 per person, double occupancy (single surcharge not available), including five nights' accommodations, meals, 24-hour supervision and excursions.
Contact: Sundial Special Vacations, Seaside, Ore.; (800) 547-9198 or (503) 738-3325, www.sundialtour.com
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Decorative Midwest: Join the Decorative Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on a nine-day tour that explores the Arts and Crafts movement in the Midwest.
The April 25 tour, accompa nied by LACMA curator Thomas Michie, travels to Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota to study the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and other pioneers of the movement.
Curators of museums in the region, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Milwaukee Art Museum, will lead tours of their institutions' decorative arts collections.
Cost: $2,950 per person, double occupancy ($640 single surcharge), including deluxe suite accommodations, most meals, admissions, excursions and airport transfers. Round-trip air fare and required membership to the museum and council ($175) not included.
Contact: Drew Oberjuerge, Decorative Arts Council, Los Angeles Museum of Art, Los Angeles; (323) 857-6528, www.lacma.org
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Dinosaur dig: Excavate dinosaur fossils on an archaeological dig designed for grandparents and grandchildren.
The six-night adventure, which begins July 23, takes place in Colorado's red-rock country, near Grand Junction.
The program focuses on digging in a quarry where scientists have found remains of eight dinosaur species. It is designed to appeal to children ages 7 to 9 and includes a visit to a paleontology lab.
Cost: $2,690 per adult, $2,240 for one child or $1,790 per child for two children, including accommodations, most meals, instructors, excursions, transfers, materials and tools. Round-trip airfare is not included.
Contact: Grandtravel, Washington, D.C.; (800) 247-7651, www.grandtrvl.com
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Japanese artistry: View the arts and crafts of Japan from traditional to contemporary on a 14- day spring trip.
The May 24 tour concentrates on Tokyo and Kyoto. The group will visit the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto and the I.M. Pei-designed Miho Museum in Shiga prefecture.
The group will tour temples, shrines and gardens and will meet with artists and artisans in their studios.
Cost: $3,950 per person, double occupancy ($500 single surcharge), including accommodations, internal transportation, most meals, guides and admissions, airport transfers and baggage shipping. Round-trip airfare to Japan is not included.
Contact: Esprit Travel, Los Angeles, (800) 377-7481 or (213) 346-9100, www.esprittravel.com
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River rafting: Ride the rollicking rapids of the Tatshenshini-Alsek rivers on 13-day summertime wilderness expeditions through Alaska and Canada.
The trips, planned for July 24 and Aug. 9, begin in Haines, Alaska, where the group gathers before traveling over coastal mountains by van into Canada's Yukon. Participants embark in rafts for 11 days of mild to intermediate whitewater rafting with layover days for hiking, photography and exploration. The rafting ends in Dry Bay, Alaska, and the group then flies to Juneau, Alaska.
"It's the most spectacular river in North America," said Jimmy Katz of James Henry River Journeys. "It's one of the few rivers in the world that cuts through three major mountain ranges."
The groups are accompanied by guides who relate the region's Tlingit folk tales, discuss natural history and teach landscape photography.
Cost: $3,095 per person, double occupancy ($120 single surcharge), including two nights' hotel lodging, tent accommodations, meals and licensed guides. Air fare from Dry Bay to Juneau is included. Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park fees and air fare are not included.
Contact: James Henry River Journeys, Bolinas, Calif.; (800) 786-1830, www.riverjourneys.com.