Monthly Archives: December 2009

Last Chance To Experience White Flight At The Butterfly Palace!

If you’re looking for a way to escape the doldrums of everyday life and experience the magic of fairytales, stop by The Butterfly Palace before January 15 to experience White Flight. Bring the whole family for this incredible experience!

Every year around the holidays, The Butterfly Palace creates a special wonderland filled with seasonal music and living angelic statues. These serene statues come to life as thousands of white butterflies float around the Conservatory like snowflakes in the wind. Take your time on the self-guided tour and enjoy the peace of this magical winter wonderland.

At The Butterfly Palace, guests will enjoy the incredible animals inside the Living Rainforest Science Center or weave their way through the Emerald Forrest Mirror Maze. Visitors will also be treated to a fantastic movie about the life of butterflies. The best part of the movie is the 3-D presentation!

Don’t miss out on this unique activity in Branson! The white butterflies are only at The Butterfly Palace until January 15, and then they are gone until next Christmas!

First Show Of The New Year At Grand Ole Opry!

If you’re headed to the Grand Ole Opry at Ryman Auditorium for the first show of 2010, this is what you get to enjoy! There is no late show on Friday or Saturday night, but the 7:00 show is available each night. Please note that the performances are subject to change at the last minute.

Friday, January 1BUY TICKETS!
7:00 – 7:30
Riders In The Sky
Jim Ed Brown
Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press
Josh Thompson

7:30 – 8:00
Jimmy Dickens
Jimmy C. Newman

8:00 – 8:30
John Conlee
Jan Howard
Johnny Counterfit
Mountain Heart

8:30 – 9:00
Mike Snider
George Hamilton IV
Jean Shepard
Exile
Saturday, January 2BUY TICKETS!
7:00 – 7:30
Jimmy Dickens
Connie Smith
Big Kenny

7:30 – 8:00
Jeannie Seely
Riders In The Sky
Jack Greene
Cherryholmes

8:00 – 8:30
John Conlee
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Jett Williams
Opry Square Dancers

8:30 – 9:00
Mike Snider
Jean Shepard
Jim Ed Brown
Suzy Bogguss

Stay In Orlando’s Most Popular Hotels

If you’re heading to Orlando, there are many good places to stay. So why not do a little research before you book and get the best hotel for your stay? Highlighted in this newsletter are three of the most popular hotels in Orlando. If other travelers love them, they must be pretty good! Check them out or head back to the Orlando page to browse other options.

Westgate Palace – 3 Stars

The Westgate Palace is one of the more popular hotels in Orlando, and it’s easy to see why. It’s location on International Drive makes getting to the local attractions incredibly easy. This hotel is also the only all-suite hotel with it’s own beach on International Drive. When you stay at the Westgate Palace, you’re steps from the beach and just a quick cab ride to the attractions. What more could you ask for in Orlando?

Clarion Resort & Waterpark – 3 1/2 Stars

With a perfect location between Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure theme park, and Disney World, the Clarion Resort and Waterpark can offer your family easy access to the local attractions and offer plenty of attractions in it’s own right. When the family is finished exploring sunny Orlando, take time to splash around in the 50,000-square-foot waterpark. With all the amenities you would expect, the Clarion Resort is sure to provide a comfortable stay.

Travelodge Suites Maingate – 2 Stars

If you’re seeking a more budget-friendly hotel for your stay in Orlando, check out the Travelodge Suites Maingate. This hotel places you just 5 miles from Disney World Resort, and within walking distance of several restaurants. The hotel also offers modern amenities and an outdoor pool, so you’re sure to be comfortable during your stay.

Enjoy A Day Trip In San Diego!

There are so many places and things to see around San Diego that it can be hard to squeeze it all in to one vacation. However, there are many day trips for the San Diego area that make it much easier to see it all. Visiting everything from Sea World to Tijuana, there is a day trip to fit every vacation.

Sea World San Diego Tour

Sea World is a fun family experience that you should definitely experience during your next visit to San Diego. With this tour, you can spend the whole day at Sea World and enjoy the San Diego sun and the animals. The tour includes transportation to and from your hotel and admission to Sea World and all the shows at the park. At Sea World, your family can see everything from penguins to beluga whales, experience one of the many activities, or see one of the amazing shows. The premier show features the resident celebrity, Shamu, titled ‘Believe’.

San Diego Grand Tour

If you think a tour of San Diego means just seeing the sights of the city, you couldn’t be more wrong. With the San Diego Grand Tour, your family will see all that San Diego has to offer, including the famous harbor, before you head off to neighboring Tijuana. The day begins with a guided tour of San Diego, where you’ll visit The Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Old Town and more before taking off on a Harbor Cruise. During the cruise, your family will see native marine wildlife and Navy ships as well as views of the city. Once you cross the border into Mexico, you’ll visit several cultural sights in Tijuana before heading off to do some shopping in the famous Avenida Revolucion. 

These are only two of the many day trips and tours available in the San Diego area. To check out more tour options feel free to visit the Tours Activity page at VacationsMadeEasy.com!

Vacation Packages Make Traveling To Myrtle Beach Easy!

Hard Rock Cafe in Myrtle Beach, SCIf you’re looking for a way to get to Myrtle Beach that takes care of everything but your transportation, you’re in luck. At Vacations Made Easy, we like to make things simple for our customers so we’ve created three vacation packages that cover just about everything you’d need for a fun-filled vacation. Check them out!

Myrtle Beach Weekend Getaway

If you’re just looking for a weekend to recharge your batteries, this is the perfect choice. The trip includes a meal and VIP treatment at the Hard Rock Cafe and admission to Ripley’s aquarium. Spend the day absorbing the serenity of the aquarium and the relaxed feel of Myrtle Beach. In the evening, enjoy the two nights hotel accommodations in the Myrtle Beach area.

Myrtle Beach Honeymoon / Anniversary Getaway

Another wonderful option for a weekend trip is the Myrtle Beach Honeymoon / Anniversary Getaway. This trip also includes two nights lodging in the Myrtle Beach area. During the trip, enjoy the sights of Myrtle Beach during the day and take in a show in the evening. This trip includes tickets to ‘One The Show’ for you to enjoy during your trip. You also get a meal and the VIP treatment at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Myrtle Beach Family Vacation

If you’re looking for that perfect family vacation, consider the Myrtle Beach Family Vacation package. The trip includes three nights accommodations in the Myrtle Beach area. You’re family will also enjoy admission to Ripley’s Aquarium and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, as well as tickets to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. Be sure to leave time to savor the meal and VIP treatment included with the package price.

Watery Adventures Await In Gatlinburg

Upper Pigeon RiverFor a true nature enthusiast, adventure awaits in Gatlinburg! There are several rivers in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas of Tennessee. If you’re the type that enjoys a leisurely trip down the river or a whitewater rafting adventure, you’ll find it in the Gatlinburg area. Here are just a few of the tours offered by Vacations Made Easy.

Whether you’ve been whitewater rafting for years or you’re looking for the chance to jump in, the Pigeon River Rafting Adventure is a perfect choice. This tour will have you soaring over Class III rapids, zooming past rock faces and bouncing over boulders. Not to worry, your guide is very knowledgeable and the trip is perfectly safe for anyone over the age of 8. The trip includes all the gear you’ll need and there is a picnic area with volleyball courts and a gift store for you to enjoy after your river trip.

Another river rafting tour is the Nantahala River Rafting Tour. During this 3.5 hour tour, you’ll get to experience some of the most beautiful scenery in North Carolina as you raft down the Nantahala River. There are several packages available, allowing you to choose the one that’s right for your vacation. Enjoy the water-worn cliff faces and the smell of the river as your experienced guide maneuvers you down the river.

These are just two of the adventures available in the Gatlinburg area. With activities ranging from monster truck rides to river rafting, there is sure to be an adventure for your vacation! To check them all out, visit our Gatlinburg Adventure Activity page.

Hop On & Hop Off In DC With A Tour!

Washington National CathedralWashington DC is so replete with history that it can be hard to experience it all. Tours are a wonderful place to start, but you only get to see what the tour covers. However, if you add a ‘hop on and hop off’ element to the tour, you can see the things you want to see and skip the ones you don’t. The ‘hop on and hop off’ feature allows you to spend extra time at the attractions that interest you and then rejoin the tour on the next bus! Check out a few of the tours available in DC.

Old Town Trolley Narrated Hop On/Hop Off Tour

This two-hour excursion weaves you through the history of Washington DC aboard a trolley as your knowledgeable guide recounts tales of this fascinating city. The tour has 17 stops where you can hop off and re-board at any time while the tour is running. The trolley takes you to all of the major attractions in the city, including including the US Capital, Air & Space Museum, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, museums at the Smithsonian Institute, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and so many more!

DC Roundabout Hop On/Hop Off Tour

Enjoy all of the sights of Washington DC as you journey through the city aboard a bus. Your well-informed guide will recant stories designed to enlighten and entertain as you ride along between the stops. This two-hour loop visits places such as Old Town Alexandria, Union Station, Arlington National Cemetery, and Lincoln Memorial. Jump off for extra time at any of the stops and hop on the next bus when you’re ready to move on. It’s the perfect tour for a first-time visitor!

City Sightseeing Double Decker Hop On/Hop Off Pass

Enjoy a unique tour of the DC area with a double decker tour bus! The bus offers an excellent vantage point to see all of the visited sites. However, with the ‘hop on and hop off’ feature, you can jump off and explore the sites a little more and catch the next bus. The loop is approximately 2.5 hours if you choose not to explore on your own. Passes are available for one or two days and visit 25 sites, including Capital Hill, Smithsonian museums, Embassy Row, Watergate, Kennedy Center, and so many more!

Washington DC has so much history and excitement to offer visitors. Take a ‘hop on and hop off’ tour so you don’t miss any of it!

Plan for High-Speed Thrills This Spring with NASCAR and Charlotte, NC

NASCARGet ready NASCAR enthusiasts. This May 30, you are invited to experience the Carquest Auto Parts 300 and NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 as they once again return to Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC for back-to-back days of NASCAR excitement! Along the uniquely designed NASCAR and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte vacation package you will find three nights lodging, reserved grandstand seating near the start / finish line for both the Carquest Auto Parts 300 and NASCAR Coca-Cola 600, and transportation to and from both races!

Additionally, you will be treated to complimentary admission to the NASCAR Hall-of-Fame to help round out your racing experience in Charlotte during the weekend of the always thrilling Coca-Cola 600.

Those interested in learning more about the NASCAR and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte vacation package can view detailed information and securely reserve their spot along the high-octane vacation online.

Additionally, potential travelers can find other adventurous outings throughout the year or opt to browse a wide selection of other weekend vacation options online.

Discover Nashville With A Tour

Music City USANashville, Tennessee is a city with many faces. There is so much to do in this beautiful city, that there is a tour for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a good historic tour or a fun comprehensive tour, Nashville has it! Check out these tours or visit our Nashville page to see them all.

Discover Nashville Tour

With the Discover Nashville Tour, you’ll get to see everything that makes Nashville unique. You see places like The Parthenon, Music Row and Studio B, the Bicentennial Mall, and Fort Nashborough. The tour also includes guided tours of Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Discover what makes Music City one of a kind!

Nashville Nights Tour

Enjoy a night in Music City with the Nashville Nights Tour. The evening begins with a guided tour that takes you to Ryman Auditorium, the Tennessee State Capitol, Historic Second Avenue, the Wildhorse Saloon, and the Hard Rock Cafe. Then it’s off to Honky Tonk Row, where you’ll dance the night away! Enjoy the honky tonk fun side of Nashville with this tour.

Historic Tennessee Tour

If these are a little fast-paced for your taste, you might enjoy a slower historic tour of the area. The  Historic Tennessee Tour picks you up at your hotel before whisking you off for a day of relaxing touring. First stop is the historic Belle Meade Plantation, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour. Then it’s off to former President Andrew Jackson’s home, Hermitage. Enjoy the quieter side of Nashville with the Historic Tennessee Tour!

Family-Friendly Activities Near The Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon There is so much to do when visiting the Grand Canyon area. However, if you’ve got a few holes in your itinerary there are a few things you may not have thought of. These hidden gems may be just what you’re looking for.

First up is the Flagstaff Arboretum. This hidden gem isn’t just trees and flowers, but home to workshops, exhibits, activities, and events. The goal of these activities and events is to help the public learn to protect and enjoy the fauna and flora of Arizona. Your whole family will enjoy the exhibits featuring live and preserved spider, insects, and other creepy crawlies native to the area. Just a note, the Arboretum is only open from April 1 until October 31 so it makes for a perfect summer itinerary filler.

If there is an animal enthusiast in your family, you should definitely consider the Grand Canyon Deer Farm Petting Zoo near Williams, Arizona. There is so much to do at the petting zoo that it makes the perfect day trip for any family. Aside from seeing the deer that are native to the area, your family will enjoy seeing the fawns that are born every summer. Deer aren’t the only animal you’ll get to see because the farm houses several other species. Some of these other animals include goats, buffalo, pigs, antelope, reindeer and a variety of exotic birds.

The perfect family activity in the area is the Flintstones-Bedrock City in Valle, Arizona. This fun-filled place lets you walk a mile in the shoes of your favorite cartoon family. See the replicas of the homes where Fred and Wilma and Barney and Betty lived. Don’t forget to hit the Bedrock Diner and grab a brontosaurus burger or a chickasaurus sandwich. Also, tour the general store, police station, post office and movie house which plays Flintstones cartoons.