Monthly Archives: May 2009

Celebrate July 4th in Historic Savannah

It is not too early to start planning your Fourth of July vacation! Savannah, Georgia is a great place to spend the weekend with its welcoming city, beautiful scenery, and Independence Day celebrations.

Savannah’s main event for the weekend is the Fantastic 4th of July on the River celebration. A perfect event for all ages, you will be able to take in a fantastic fireworks show over the river. The evening begins at 5 p.m. when people start to gather in anticipation for the event.

The show begins after 9 p.m. As you watch the skies for breathtaking explosions, the coordinated musical soundtrack plays, providing the perfect backdrop for this event. The event takes place at Rousakis Plaza, an entertainment venue in the heart of Savannah that borders scenic River Street.

This fireworks spectacular will provide a July 4th evening that you will not soon forget.

Complete your weekend celebrating the founding of America by exploring the historical sights of Savannah. The Historic On/Off Trolley Tour allows you to explore Savannah at your own pace. The tour features a variety of stops where you will get off, explore the landmark, and then board a trolley whenever you are ready. Stops on this tour include the Mansion on Forsyth Park, the City Market, the River Street Market Place, and the Cathedral of St. Johns. This trolley tour is a wonderful way to experience the history and culture of this beautiful Southern city.

If you are interested in the more sordid history of the city, the Hauntings Walking Tour is for you. This tour will take you through several historically spooky Savannahsights, including reportedly haunted houses and a graveyard. Stops on the tour include the Kehoe house, the Hampton-Lillibridge house, and the Owens-Thomas house. This tour will provide you a one-of-a-kind paranormal history of Savannah.

Don’t miss your chance to spend July 4th in this beautiful and historic city! Make your reservations online today or call one of our helpful representatives.

Outdoor Activities for Your Summer Vacation in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is often associated wtih historic sites, world-famous monuments, and cultural museums. This summer, however, is a great time to experience some of the outdoor entertainment options our nation’s capital has to offer. Listed below are just a few of the outdoor opportunities to make the most of your stay in Washington, D.C.

Six Flags America

Whether you’re traveling with a group of adults or young children in your family, Six Flags has something for everyone. Featuring thrill rides (such as Batwing and the Tower of Doom), family rides (such as the Flying Carousel and Shipwreck Falls), and kids rides (such as Taz’s Film Works and Looney Tunes Prop Warehouse), you have enough options to keep everyone in your party happy. And if the weather gets really hot, cool off at Hurricane Harbor located right inside the theme park itself. The water park has more than enough slides and pools to keep you busy for the duration of your stay.

Bike the Sites Guided Bike Tour

For the best in recreational activities in the Washington, D.C. area, consider the Bike the Sites Guided Bike Tour your ideal activity. The tour allows you to experience the beauty of the great outdoors while taking in knowledge about some of the city’s most legendary landmarks. Over the course of several miles, a guided tour will fill your brain with interesting facts and tidbits about the D.C. area monuments, including the White House, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial. And with three different biking options to choose from, there is no better way to explore capital of the United States.

Spirit of Washington II – Mount Vernon Sightseeing Excursion Cruise

Combining sightseeing and fun on the water, the Spirit of Washington II – Mount Vernon Sight Excursion Cruise takes you down the Potomac River for a unique view of some of the best sites in the D.C. area. You will then spend up to three hours at your leisure at Mount Vernon, the plantation home of President George Washington, before beginning the trip back to Washington, D.C. Onboard the cruise ship, you will enjoy snacks, drinks, and informative stories given by a knowledgeable tour guide.

If you’re looking for fun outdoor vacation options this summer, don’t overlook our nation’s capital as a possible spot.

Fun June Festivals in Gatlinburg

While Gatlinburg offers fun activities and entertainment year round, the summer festivals featured in the city are a great reason to visit. You can visit these events while also enjoying all of the other attractions in the city, which will make your vacation unique and memorable.

A unique annual event in the area is the Smoky Mountain Storytelling Festival. Containing events and features to appeal to visitors of all ages, this festival offers a weekend full of entertainment. The festival takes place June 4-6 and is located at the Country Tonite Theater. Aspects of the weekend include storytelling sessions with professional storytellers, a Haunts and Haints Trolley Tour, and the National Youth Storytelling Showcase. Sure to be a memorable weekend, this festival is a unique addition to any Gatlinburg vacation.

For bluegrass music lovers, the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival is a must-see festival. Happening on June 11-13, the festival takes place at Dumplin Ridge Farm in nearby Kodak, TN. Headliners of the festival include musical acts Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, The Grascals, The Bluegrass Brothers, and Greenbriar. Bluegrass workshops are also planned for the weekend, and an arts and crafts showcase and food vendors will also be on location. This picturesque farm in the Smoky Mountains is the perfect location to experience bluegrass, making this festival a great reason to come to Gatlinburg.

For travelers who are fans of both bluegrass and storytelling, the Gatlinburg’s Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales in Downtown Gatlinburg is a perfect event. This event begins on June 12 and continues for the rest of the summer until August 8. Each night, performers will be placed throughout downtown for your entertainment. The acts you will see range from costumed dulcimer performers to storytellers a clogging act. With many of Gatlinburg’s attractions downtown, this festival will be the perfect addition to a vacation itinerary filled with shows.

We offer a wide range of hotels and attraction options for Gatlinburg that will complete your vacation. Whether spending a day at Dollywood or enjoying the music at the Black Bear Jamboree Dinner & Show, you will be sure to have an exciting vacation in Gatlinburg.

Enjoy Famed Shows and Musicals in Chicago, IL This Summer

This summer presents the perfect time to visit one of the United State’s most illustrious cities – Chicago, Illinois! With sightseeing tours, theme parks, and a host of shopping options within the Chicago area, there is no shortage of activities to complete your family vacation. However, Chicago also has family vacation options that are perhaps less thought of. Chicago’s shows, musicals, and other live productions are enough to create a memorable stay in the Windy City.

Be prepared to be taken back to the primitive Middle Ages with an engrossing competition of skills and bravery. The Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament features six knights battling through jousting, hand-to-hand, and different stunt competitions to win the hand of a princess. And with a traditional four-course royal feast included with the performances, it’s easy to see why the show is regarded as one of the more popular dinner shows in the country. It may sound too violent for children, but in reality it is appropriate for every member of your family.

For the best in Chicago musical productions, it’s hard to beat Jersey Boys Chicago and Mary Poppins. The Jersey Boys show features a documentary-style theme to show the lives of the members of the 1960’s group The Four Seasons. The show specifically shows how four down-on-their-luck New Jersey boys emerged to became one of rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest sensations – all before they even reached 30 years old! For it’s success, the show has received a total of four Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical. The Second Tony Award-winning show in Chicago, Mary Poppins, features a mix of scenes and songs from P.L. Travers’s story and the full-length film. With such songs as Let’s Go Fly a Kite and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, you and your family will enjoy a world-renowned production that you won’t soon forget.

Nashville, Tennessee’s Family-Friendly Historical Attractions

Instead of staying at home this summer, expand your mind by taking in Nashville, Tennessee’s historical attractions. With an assortment of guided tours through some of Nashville’s major historical sites, you can make this a summer to remember with fun, family-friendly, and educational experiences.

Start your vacation in Nashville with the Belle Meade Plantation Tour. This unique tour allows you, through the aid of a knowledgeable tour guide dressed to match the 19th Century theme, to visit the antebellum mansion. Other notable stops on your trip will inclue a Durham Station log cabiin from the 1790s, a carriage house and stables from the 1890s, and several additional historical outbuildings. Complete with demonstrations, exhibits, and displays of rare antiques, you won’t regret visiting this one-of-a-kind site.

Country music fans relate the Ryman Auditorium as the home of Nashville’s biggest attraction, the Grand Ole Opry. However, music fans and history buffs in general will find plenty to enjoy with the Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tour. In addition to seeing the legendary halls and stage the auditorium presents, you will also take in a short film about the history of Ryman Auditorium tracing back to its more humble beginnings. Various exhibits featuring some of the sites most notable items, such as articles of clothing from some of the Opry’s performers. You can find additional enjoyment with the Backstage Guided Tour of the Ryman Auditorium, which takes you through some of the dressing rooms and other backstage areas.

Part museum and part home, the Hermitage Mansion Guided Tour takes you through the estate of President Andrew Jackson in Nashville. You will take a tour through the mansion itself, in addition to several outbuildings and his log farmhouse. And finally, you will gain better insight into the man behind the politcal mask by viewing the garden he and his wife kept as well as the stables he kept for his horses.

Don’t waste away your summer. Start planning now and feed your brain with the terrific historical tours that Nashville has to offer!

Summer Vacations in the Grand Canyon for Everyone

One of the world’s natural wonders, the Grand Canyon makes a wonderful destination for a summer vacation. Although Arizona may be hot, Grand Canyon vacations offer beautiful vistas, informational tours, and more, making them a summer vacation that you will never forget. We offer several already-constructed vacation packages that are suitable for both families and couples.

For the complete Grand Canyon experience, the Best of the Grand Canyon Comprehensive Package is the best choice. This package offers five days and four nights with your choice of lodging. You can even choose to stay right in the park if you want! Features of this package include the Canyon Pine & Indian Painting Safari Jeep Tours Combo, which takes you to the Kaibab National Forest and the Indian paintings, eventually ending at the south rim of the Canyon. The Imperial Helicopter Tour will provide a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the Grand Canyon as the helicopter flies over the eastern part of the canyon.

The Grand Canyon Airplane Tour Package is another vacation package that will take you high above the canyon. You will have your choice of three nights’ lodging in or outside the park. The highlight of this package is the Monument Valley Diamond Tour. This tour gives you two ways to view the park: by airplane and by 4×4 vehicle. You will see historical Navajo landmarks, the setting of some of John Wayne’s movies, and more. You will also tour parts of the Navajo reservation. This package gives you the opportunity to see the Grand Canyon as well as a unique bird’s eye view of the area.

If you suffer from a phobia of heights, then the Grand Canyon Railway Vacation Package is the perfect way for you to see the canyon. You will have two nights’ lodging either inside the park or outside the park. The vacation begins with the Grand Canyon Railway Budd Coach Tour, which provides a tour of the park while riding on a vintage-style Budd Coach train. The train will take you to the south rim of the canyon. While in the park, you will have ample time to tour the park, take pictures, and explore the gift shops.

Of course, if you would rather build your own package, we offer that service on our web site. You can choose your lodging and activities to build your perfect package.

Choose From a Variety of Independence Day Celebrations in Williamsburg, VA

Instead of staying at home this Fourth of July, make the trip to Williamsburg, VA and choose from a variety of Independence Day celebrations in the Williamsburg area. With parades, live entertainment, concessions, concerts, and fireworks, you and your family will have an abundance of events to choose from to celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence!

Liberty Celebration at Yorktown Victory Center

For an engrossing historical look at America, the Liberty Celebration at Yorktown Victory Center offers just that. Be taken back to the historic time prior to our independence and learn about the people involved with the American military that defeated the British army in the Revolutionary War. Through a combination of museum galleries and demonstrations, the celebration is a great reminder of some of the freedoms we may take for granted. The celebration is also a terrific learning opportunity for children, as different exercises and role-playing demonstrations put into perspective what lengths our nation’s founders went to in signing the Declaration of Independence.

Independence Day at Colonial Williamsburg

Throughout the year, Colonial Williamsburg features authentic buildings and historic sites to honor Independent America. However, every Fourth of July, people gather from all over the country to celebrate this event. With parades, cannon salutes, and a terific fireworks display, Independence Day at Colonial Williamsburg is a unique celebration of our nation’s birthday.

The Road to Independence Fourth of July Celebration

The 30th Anniversary of this event features the theme “Let Freedom Ring.” You and your family will be treated to a full day of activities, including an 8 a.m. 5K run, live entertainment at 4 p.m., an 8 p.m. concert, followed by the tremendous fireworks show. Additional celebratory reenactments add to the fun of this special day. With the number of activities planned, the Road to Independence Fourth of July Celebration is a fun and educational opportunity for the whole family.

Enjoy Scenic Day Trips from Vancouver, BC

Although Vancouver offers a variety of activities and attractions in itself, the surrounding area also provides wonderful opportunities for sightseeing. Close enough for a quick day trip, Victoria is a beautiful city on the coast that offers big-city advantages as well as lush gardens and parks.

The Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour provides an overall tour of the city as well as the Butchart Gardens. You will take a ferry ride through the Gulf Islands, after which you will be taken to the Butchart Gardens, a world-class botanical center that features themed gardens with over 5,000 types of flowers. The Butchart Gardens is an unforgettable experience. After touring the gardens, you will have time to explore Victoria, including the famous Fairmont Empress Hotel, which serves a traditional High Tea service.

With the Crosswater Vancouver to Victoria tour,  you will have time to explore and experience Victoria on your own schedule. Whether you want to dedicate an afternoon to shopping in the variety of stores or seasonal open market or spend the day exploring buildings and museums like the Parliament or Royal BC Museum, the day is yours to plan. Transportation to and from Vancouver is convenient: a motor coach will pick you up, and then you will meet the coach at a designated time in Victoria to return to Vancouver.

Another local attraction close enough to Vancouver for a great day trip is the Harrison Hot Springs Tour. This tour will take you to the Harrison Hot Springs. You will be able to enjoy the quaint town and local stores and cuisine as well as take a refreshing dip in the hot springs. Getting to Harrison will provide you with beautiful views as you take a ferry across the Fraser River and board a coach that takes you down a scenic highway to Harrison. This is a unique tour that will leave you refreshed as you return to Vancouver.

Visit Fun and Interactive Branson Museums on Your Next Vacation

Aside from the great shows and activities Branson offers, the city is also host to a variety of unique museums that are the perfect addition to any Branson vacation. Sure to appeal to a variety of visitors, these museums are definitely worth checking out on your next visit.

World’s Largest Toy Museum

Children of all ages as well as adults who are still children at heart will love this museum that features hundreds of toys from the 1800s to the present. You will see the toys you loved as children as well as the toys your parents and grandparents may have enjoyed. Toy trains, airplanes, lunch boxes, bicycles, and antique cars can all be found at this museum. Great for a leisurely afternoon, you and your fellow visitors will have a fun afternoon reminiscing about childhood at this museum.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum

Fans of the weird, unbelievable, and paranormal will be in their element at this museum. Featuring over 400 oddities including a two-headed calf and shrunken human head, this museum is full of surprises, starting when you first drive in and see the unique building. This museum is appropriate for all ages, and everyone in your family is sure to find something to intrigue and surprise them at this museum. Your visit to Ripley’s will surely give your family something to talk about for the rest of the vacation!

Titanic—The Legend Continues

The tragic demise of the Titanic has been the source of fascination for many years, beginning when the ocean liner was discovered in the ocean. This museum is appropriate for all ages and promises an educational and interesting exploration of this vessel. Upon arrival at the museum, you will receive a ticket with the name of one of Titanic’s passengers on it, and you will follow this person’s journey throughout your tour. This museum is a half-scale model of the original ship and features over 400 exhibits and artifacts. You can even stick your hand in ice-cold water to feel what the passengers felt that fateful night! This museum provides a one-of-a-kind experience learning about one of America’s greatest legends.

Whatever your interests, Branson museums provide a great opportunity for family fun on your vacation.

 

Grand Ole Opry Schedule of Performers for May 28, 29, and 30

Please Note: The Grand Ole Opry does not release final lineups until the Wednesday prior to each performance. This list will be updated weekly as new performers are confirmed and added to the lineup.

May 28, 2009 – Order Tickets

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Jessi Alexander
Bobby Bare
Eric Church
Andy Griggs
Justin Moore
Opry Square Dancers
Jon Randall

Friday, May 29, 2009 – Order Tickets

7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Mike Snider
Jim Ed Brown
Jean Shepard

7:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Jimmy Dickens
The Whites
Jimmy C. Newman

8:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Marty Stuart
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Connie Smith
The Quebe Sisters Band

8:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Bill Anderson
Charlie Nagatani
Riders In The Sky

Saturday, May 30, 2009 – Order Tickets

7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Jimmy Dickens
Jim Ed Brown
Jeannie Seely
Mike Snider

7:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Marty Stuart
Jimmy C. Newman
Riders In The Sky
Connie Smith

8:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Bill Anderson
Jean Shepard
Joe Diffie
Opry Square Dancers

8:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Vince Gill
Amy Grant
John McEuen
Tim O’Brien
Steve Martin

9:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Jimmy Dickens
Mel McDaniel
George Hamilton IV
The Whites

10:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Mike Snider
Jack Greene
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Connie Smith

10:30 – 11:00 p.m.
Bill Anderson
Jeannie Seely
Joe Diffie
Opry Square Dancers

11:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Vince Gill
Amy Grant
John Mceuen
Tim O’Brien
Steve Martin