Monthly Archives: October 2009

Entertain All the Senses with an IMAX Features in Washington, DC

Washington, DC offers many options for visitors to learn about history, science, and many other educational topics. Furthering their education is not the top priority for many people when they are vacationing, but with an IMAX film, visitors can both learn and have fun at the same time. Visitors of all ages love IMAX films, so everyone is sure to have a great time in Washington, DC!

Hazy Center IMAX at the Steven F. Udyar-Hazy Center

Space buffs will make the Hazy Center IMAX at the Steven F. Udyar-Hazy Center their first choice when it comes to IMAX films. The five story screen at the Hazy Center shows three different films, all somehow related to air and space travel. Films include Roving Mars, Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag, and Space Station. Whether feeding a lifelong passion for space travel or wanting to develop an interest for your child, the IMAX films at the Hazy Center are excellent choices.

Einstein Planetarium IMAX at the National Air and Space Museum

At the Einstein Planetarium IMAX at the National Air and Space Museum, visitors have the choice between Infinity Express and The Stars Tonight, Live. Each film will take you to the black expanse of the sky, and The Stars Tonight is led by professional astronomers who will lead your journey through the stars. The National Air and Space Museum is located on the National Mall and is a part of the Smithsonian Institute.

Johnson IMAX at the National Museum of Natural History

Also located on the Mall is the Johnson IMAX at the National Museum of Natural History. The museum itself contains hundreds of artifacts from civilizations past, and the IMAX allows visitors to explore more of the world through the massive screen of the IMAX. The films available at this theater are Into the Deep, an exploration of the ocean; and Wild Safari, A South African Adventure. From the depths of the ocean to the never-ending expanse of the African desert, these films will take you across the world.

Past Meets Present In Gatlinburg Accommodations

If you’re planning a trip to Gatlinburg or the Smoky Mountains area, you’re probably looking for lodging. Nothing says “Smoky Mountains” better than a cabin. If you’re looking a great hotel that offers you the ambiance of the Smoky Mountains, look no further than these two great cabin-style accommodations!

Smoky Getaways Cabins

This is the perfect log cabin style place for you to stay during your visit to Gatlinburg. The exterior of the Smoky Getaways Cabins resemble the classic log cabin of the pioneers, but the insides have all the amenities of your favorite hotels. Relax in front of the gas log fireplace or take in the breath-taking views from the front porch. You’ll be in the Smoky Mountain mood from the moment you drive through the covered-bridge entrance.

Hickory Mist Luxury Cabin Rentals

Don’t miss a single moment of excitement during your vacation to Gatlinburg with reservations at the Hickory Mist Luxury Cabin Rentals. These 5-Star accommodations offer every luxury amenity that you would expect from your favorite hotel, but they also offer the look and ambiance of the iconic Smoky Mountain log cabins. The convenient location places you within 10 miles of all the major attractions Gatlinburg has to offer. Hickory Mist is the perfect combination of past and present.

Nashville Hotels Make Air Travel A Breeze

Sheraton Music City GuestroomIf your arriving in Nashville via the airport then you may want to be careful about choosing your hotel. If you don’t want to rent a car while in Music City then you’ll need a hotel with a shuttle to and from the airport. No worries. There are several hotels in Nashville that are happy to chauffeur you back and forth. In case you want more than an airport shuttle, these four hotels have the top customer ratings.

Sheraton Music City

This hotel keeps you more than comfortable in the recently remodeled structure. The amenities are those of a classic Sheraton hotel, plus a few added perks that you could only find in Music City. The Sheraton Music City also keeps you near the action with its convenient location. You’ll be minutes from the Grand Ole Opry, Opry Mills, and the Nashville International Airport.

Hyatt Place Opryland

The Hyatt Place hotels are new to the market and this one in Nashville has only recently opened. The luxurious amenities and additional perks are worth every penny you will spend. The great news is that the price is comparable to similar hotels. While you are surrounded by shopping, dining, and entertainment, you’re still only one mile from the Grand Ole Opry. You may not be right next to the airport, but it’s not a big deal. The hotel is happy to drive you to and from Nashville International.

Antioch Quarters Inn & Suites

This hotel will keep you close to the action in Nashville. When you book a room at Antioch Quarters, you’ll be minutes from Nashville Zoo, the Second Avenue Historic District, LP Field, and Ryman Auditorium. If the location doesn’t draw you in, the amenities will. This hotel offers guests nothing but the finest luxury. After one night you’ll never want to leave. However, when it is time to head home the hotel will happily give you a lift to the airport.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott – Nashville

Enjoy the excitement of Nashville during the day and retreat to the tranquility of the Cumberland River in the evening. This hotel offers nothing but suites, so you know you’re getting top-notch amenities. You’ll love the comfort at the SpringHill Suites. When it is time to leave the peace and tranquility of Nashville for the hustle and bustle of home, the staff are more than happy to give you a ride back to the airport.

Grand Canyon Tours Reach New Heights

Imperial Helicopter TourIf you’ve ever visited the Grand Canyon before, you know it’s an incredible thing to see. Every overlook provides picturesque views and the tours provide a breath-taking look at one of nature’s most impressive attractions.

But have you ever seen the Grand Canyon from the air? The aerial views of this natural wonder are even more impressive than the views from the ground. Helicopter tours provide a glimpse of the Grand Canyon like none you’ve ever seen before.

Imperial Helicopter Tour

This tour takes you through the majestic North Canyon and the serene Eastern Canyon. The Imperial Helicopter Tour is every photographer’s dream because you’ll see the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River, and the Painted Desert. Don’t miss your chance to see some of the most beautiful parts of the Canyon from a new and unique perspective. 

North Canyon Tour

The North Canyon Tour guides you through the heart of the Canyon. The bulk of the tour takes place in Dragon Corridor. The 30-minute tour provides a unique perspective of one of the most well-known parts of the Canyon. Make sure you have your camera before lift-off because you’ll want to remember these sights for the rest of your life! 

South Rim Airplane Tour

This tour takes you to a different part of the Canyon. While most tours focus on the North Rim, this tour guides you through the amazing South Rim of the Canyon. The picturesque sights of the Colorado River and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon are just two of the sights you’ll enjoy on this trip. You will also be guided through Zuni Point where you will experience the sights of Desert View Watchtower, the Painted Desert, and the Navajo Indian Reservation.  The next part of the tour takes you past Temple Butte where you’ll see Kaibab Plateau and Kaibab National Forest.

Williamsburg, VA Offers Suite Accommodations

Fitness CenterA spacious hotel room always makes a stay more comfortable. If a large hotel room still doesn’t quite meet your needs, you may need to upgrade to a suite. There are several hotels in Williamsburg that are happy to help you out, and past guests love each one of them! Book a room with any of them and enjoy your trip.

Embassy Suites Williamsburg

This wonderful hotel is just minutes away from Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, and Water Country USA. With this central location you’ll be close to anything you’re looking for in Williamsburg. Past guests love the clean and comfortable accommodations and the friendly staff. Suites are readily available to help you enjoy your stay.

Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg

The Hilton Garden Inn offers first-class accommodations and plenty of luxury perks for your stay in Williamsburg. The hotel is centrally located in the city to give you easy access to all of the local attractions and activities. Previous guests loved the suite accommodations and appreciated the excellent staff.

Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg

Adults will love the resort-style accommodations offered by the Great Wolf Lodge and the kids will love the water park and unique sleeping arrangements. Each suite offers a different sleeping arrangement for the kids, while the adults enjoy a more traditional approach. Past guests are raving about the kindness and hospitality of the staff, not to mention the incredible suite accommodations!

If one of these three isn’t quite what you’re looking for, don’t worry. There are more hotels for you to choose from on our website. Browse the listings and choose the perfect hotel for your vacation to Williamsburg, Virginia!

Grand Ole Opry Performers for October 29 – 31

Grand Ole OpryThis weekend’s line-up promises to be a great show with artists like Keith Urban and Blake Shelton making appearances. Just a little reminder, artists are subject to change at the last minute.

Thursday, October 29 – Buy Tickets!
“Opry Country Classics”
Second Generation Stars
Spotlight Artist: Pam Tillis
Host: Storme Warren

Also Appearing:
Gail Davies & Chris Scruggs
Grandstaff
Georgette Jones
Opry Square Dancers
Ronny Robbins
Jamie Lee Thurston
The Whites

Friday, October 30 – Buy Tickets!
7:00 – 7:30
Riders In The Sky
The Whites
Jean Shepard

7:30 – 8:00
Jimmy Dickens
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press

8:00 – 8:30
Mike Snider
Jan Howard
Jim Ed Brown
David Nail

8:30 – 9:00
Vince Gill
Connie Smith
Keith Urban

Saturday, October 31 – Buy Tickets!
Happy Halloween!
7:00 – 7:30
Jimmy Dickens
Jimmy C. Newman

7:30 – 8:00
Mike Snider
Jean Shepard
Jim Ed Brown
Restless Heart

8:00 – 8:30
Jeannie Seely
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Doyle Dykes

8:30 – 9:00
Riders In The Sky
Connie Smith
Blake Shelton

Hotel Promotions Ease Travel Budgets

Condos in the OzarksVacations are expensive and anyone who travels knows where most of the money goes. Lodging. At least half of the budget for a vacation is spent on your hotel. Lucky for you, Vacations Made Easy has recently begun offering promotions, including hotel promotions.

Ramada Limited Branson

This hotel is situated in the heart of Branson and is conveniently located on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. Guests love the clean rooms, hospitable staff, and ideal location which places this hotel extremely close to several popular shows. The best part is that if you book before December 31 you get one night free for every four nights you stay. 

Best Western Branson Inn at Silver Dollar City

If you’re looking for a quieter hotel for your stay in Branson, try the Best Western Branson Inn. Located away from the busy downtown area, this hotel offers peace and quiet to its guests. If Silver Dollar City is on your itinerary, this hotel sits right next door and they offer a complimentary shuttle to the park’s front entrance so you don’t have to deal with traffic or lines. If that isn’t enough to interest you, how about one free night for every three nights you stay? 

Condos in the Ozarks Holiday Hills

For a luxurious stay in Branson, try the Holiday Hills Condo Resort. This resort village offers peace and quiet because it sits next to a golf course and away from the busy entertainment district. However, if you want to see a show, it’s a quick drive to downtown. With tons of amenities, the whole family will love this place. Your wallet will love it too with the free night you’ll get for every four you stay!

These are only three of the many promotions we offer. Most of our hotel promotions include free nights so your family can enjoy Branson just a little longer. If you’re interested in checking out the rest of the lodging promotions, please visit our website!

Begin the Holiday Season with Fun in Chattanooga

Chattanooga RiverboatWhat better way to begin a festive holiday season than with entertaining and fun shows for the whole family in Chattanooga? Beginning in November, many of your favorite Chattanooga activities and shows turn their focus on the holiday season and bring fresh holiday offerings to the Chattanooga holiday scene. 

Chattanooga Riverboats Christmas Cruise

The Chattanooga Riverboats are a popular Chattanooga activity during the summer and fall, but you can still enjoy a scenic and delicious dinner cruise in the holiday season! The Christmas Carol Dinner Cruise is a two hour scenic dinner cruise in the Southern Belle on the Tennessee River. The cruise features a delicious dinner with prime rib and shrimp creole, along with many sides and dessert. In addition, guests on the cruise enjoy the sights of Chattanooga accompanied by live music dancing. This cruise is so much fun that even Santa has been known to show up and hit the dance floor! Perfect for a romantic evening or a special family activity, the Chattanooga Riverboat is always a memorable activity. The Christmas Carol Cruise is available beginning November 26.

Elwood Smooch’s Choo Choo Cha Boogie Show

If you are looking for fun in Chattanooga, the Elwood Smooch Choo Choo Cha Boogie Show should be your first stop! This family-friendly variety show is complete with comedy, music, and hilarious antics of Elwood Smooch himself. During the holiday season, the regular Choo Choo Cha Boogie Show gives way to a Christmas show. Visitors can expect to hear some of their favorite holiday tunes combined with the regular hilarity of Elwood Smooch and his cast. The Elwood Smooch Christmas show begins on November 12.

Rock and Roll Revue

Also at the Jukebox Junction Theater are the sounds of decades past at the Rock and Roll Revue Show. During the regular season, this show features a high-energy cast performing the best hits of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. For the holiday season, this show brings your favorite holiday songs to the stage with a Rock ‘n’ Roll twist. This show is fun for all ages, whether you are old enough to remember the 50s and 60s or not! The holiday show at Rock and Roll Revue begins November 12.

Memphis Ranked #6 Best City For Live Music

Blues City CafeMemphis was recently ranked number 6 on The Society of American Travel Writers Top 10 Cities For Live Music, which placed Memphis higher on their list than Las Vegas! With so much great live music in Memphis, why would you want to miss it?

Memphis Mojo Tour

Start off your trip to Memphis with the famous Mojo Tour. You’ll be guided through this historic city by one of the hometown musicians. The guide will  have you dancing to the beat and before long you’ll be singing with him, which is highly encouraged. You’ll also enjoy an insiders tour of either Sun Studios or Stax. Don’t miss this look into American Music history!

Blues City Cafe

After a day exploring Memphis, sink your teeth into a fabulous meal of Southern style food and famous Memphis BBQ at the Blues City Cafe on Beale Street. Nestled into the heart of downtown Memphis, Blues City Cafe occupies two store-fronts, with one being the cafe and the other being a live music joint known as The Band Box. Featuring live music each night, The Band Box is the perfect place to get a taste of Memphis’ world-class live music.

Hotels in Downtown Memphis

If you’re looking to find your own musical adventure in Memphis, why not situate yourself right by the action? There are several hotels located right in the heart of Memphis’ downtown music scene. You can search by price or amenities to find the perfect hotel for your stay. Regardless of which you choose, you’ll be within walking distance to everything you are looking for.

Affordable Climbing Adventures For The Whole Family

Discover Climbing AdventureIts that time of year when all of your extra pennies are going towards Christmas presents and spreading holiday cheer. If  you still need a break and are looking for a little adventure, there is a way to do it all. Vacations Made Easy has recently unveiled a new feature on the site. Promotions.

The promotion currently being offered for these activities in the Mount Rushmore area is the Family Pass. With this Pass, you will reserve two adult tickets and up to 4 child tickets. The best part is that the tickets, when bought as a Family Pass, are deeply discounted from the individual purchase price. The whole family will enjoy the activity and you’ll enjoy the savings! 

Basic Rock: Climbing Adventure

Designed for novice rock climbers, this six-hour intensive look at rock climbing is going to set you up with the knowledge and skills to take on the sport. You’ll learn everything from tying knots properly to rappelling techniques. The whole family will love this outdoor adventure and the beautiful scenery. You’ll love the price if you book before October 31 and get the Family Pass.

The Discover Climbing Adventure

If you’ve been climbing before, or if six hours is a little intense, try this three-hour climbing adventure. With equipment included in your ticket price, you can let your guide show you the majestic Black Hills from a vantage point you’ve never seen before. Whether you’re looking for a morning adventure before an evening activity or you want to climb in the afternoon so you can sleep in, this climbing excursion has just what the whole family is looking for. Reserve the Family Pass before October 31 and enjoy the savings.