An excursion is a trip by a group of people, usually made for leisure, education, or physical purposes. It is often an adjunct to a longer journey or visit to a place, sometimes for other (typically work-related) purposes.
Public transportation companies issue reduced price excursion tickets to attract business of this type. Often these tickets are restricted to off-peak days or times for the destination concerned.
Short excursions for education or for observations of natural phenomena are called field trips. One-day educational field studies are often made by classes as extracurricular exercises, e.g. to visit a natural or geographical feature.
The term is also used for short military movements into foreign territory, without a formal announcement of war.
Other articles related to "excursions, excursion":
... Bluewater focused on railway excursions around and beyond the state of Michigan, usually hauled by the host railroad's locomotives ... They also loaned their coach fleet out to other excursion operators ... An example of a Bluewater excursion would be from Detroit to Fort Wayne, Indiana on July 28 and 29, 1984, where the Norfolk and Western 611 steam locomotive hauled 24 cars including Bluewater coaches ...
... NARCOA affiliated regional clubs conduct rail excursions ... The purpose of motorcar excursions is to provide an opportunity for owners to operate their cars ... A NARCOA certified excursion coordinator plans the event, coordinates with the host railroad, and has broad authority and responsibility for all aspects of the excursion ...
... Excursions are planned every year to various places of historical, cultural, scientific importance in the country ... School can also organize international excursions if there are sufficient number of students making such request ...
... The company uses both steam and diesel locomotives for passenger excursions. 1891-era freight station in Middletown for an 11-mile (18 km) round-trip excursion along the Swatara Creek and Union Canal a narrator relates history of the canal and various sites ... Freight service has been provided since 1976 and passenger excursion service has been provided since 1986 ...
Famous quotes containing the word excursion:
“Midway the lake we took on board two manly-looking middle-aged men.... I talked with one of them, telling him that I had come all this distance partly to see where the white pine, the Eastern stuff of which our houses are built, grew, but that on this and a previous excursion into another part of Maine I had found it a scarce tree; and I asked him where I must look for it. With a smile, he answered that he could hardly tell me.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)
“Science and art, or by the same token, poetry and prose differ from one another like a journey and an excursion. The purpose of the journey is its goal, the purpose of an excursion is the process.”
—Franz Grillparzer (17911872)
“A little instruction in the elements of chartographya little practice in the use of the compass and the spirit level, a topographical map of the town common, an excursion with a road mapwould have given me a fat round earth in place of my paper ghost.”
—Mary Antin (18811949)