Monthly Archives: July 2010

Take a Rushing Raft Ride Through the Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge Area!

Row and splash into summer fun with one of three watery rafting trips to choose from in the Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge area. Cool off in the summer heat by taking a raft down the Pigeon River or the Nantahala River. Whether you’re with your family or friends, you’ll love this exciting trip in Tennessee for your vacation.

Pigeon Forge Rafting Adventure

If you enjoy Pigeon Forge, this is the perfect getaway. Take your pick between either the lower or upper Pigeon Forge River and cast off! The exciting trip is full of splashes and small drops, so make sure you bring your swimsuit. The activity includes transport from the rafting check-in to your beginning point beside the river. Once you’ve completed the trip, try out some of the volleyball courts and picnic tables afterward to relax from your exciting time.

Nantahala River Rafting Tour

Next on your list is the Nantahala River Rafting Tour, which is a more relaxed tour focusing on the beautiful North Carolina scenery on both coastlines. The ride lasts about three and a half to four hours, and you’ll be able to enjoy the worn cliff sides and beautiful rock formations that your boat passes by. Once again, transportation is included to the site, and you’ll have all rafting equipment provided for you. Taste a delicious box lunch after your trip.

Nantahala River Tour and Scenic Train Ride

Finally, combine the fun of rafting with additional land scenery in this great excursion. Start your day off smooth with a pleasant train ride on the Smoky Mountain Railway, chugging through scenic trails down the mountainside. Once you’re to the bottom, you’ll take a short hike to the river, where you can get geared up for an exciting rafting trip lasting eight miles one way. Once you’ve reached your destination, you’ll be treated to a tasty buffet lunch and then raft back to your original starting point.

The summer adventures of the Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge are the perfect way to cool off. Splash into the excitement early this August!

Restaurant Week is Extended in New York City!

Restaurant Week has been one of the most popular events in New York City since 1992 when it first began. This year, it has been such a success that the city has decided to extend the event until September 9th. The event gives visitors and residents the chance to experience New York City’s finest dining at highly discounted prices. The enthusiasm to share great food with the world has given chefs in the city more motivation than ever to create some especially delicious dishes for outrageously low prices. Come and get a taste of some of the best three course meals in the world right in New York City!

The fine dining isn’t the only food you will want a taste of while you’re in the Big Apple. You will also want to try out some of the world famous pizzas found in Brooklyn with A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour. This tour is one delicious way to see Brooklyn. Visit several pizzerias throughout the tour to taste what they offer including Grimaldi’s famous pizzeria. Grimaldi’s has been voted the best pizza in New York City five years in a row. The tour also includes drive bys of some of the city’s hottest attractions like the Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island, and Trump Village.

Your culinary experience in New York City does have to end with pizza either. There is still more to explore with the Harlem Soul Food and Jazz Experience. Delicious spicy ribs, collard greens, and other fare were quickly made famous among the locals and now you’re also invited to come and have a taste. The food isn’t the only thing served hot with this tour either. You will also get some sizzling jazz music. It’s a combination of food and music that is perfect for an evening of fun.

Las Vegas Hosts Miss Universe 2010

Las Vegas will be host to Miss Universe 2010 this year at Mandalay Bay Events Center located in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on August 23, 2010. This Miss Universe pageant is the 59th edition and will include 83 of the most beautiful women from all over the globe. The winner of Miss Universe 2010 will receive several great prizes and responsibilities as well as travel the world to talk about peace and several other important issues.

If you plan on traveling to the Las Vegas area to attend Miss Universe 2010 or just want to take an exciting vacation, we offer several fabulous hotels in the area to perfectly accommodate your needs. Click here for a list of hospitable hotels in the Las Vegas area.

Before attending Miss Universe 2010, you will need the proper attire for this extravagant event. Las Vegas is home to several shopping choices so finding the best places to browse can be difficult. If you wish to have some extra guidance for you shopping experience, choose from one of the many shopping tours in Las Vegas to find the best deals in town.

After all that shopping in preparation for Miss Universe 2010, you will have worked up a tremendous appetite! A perfect solution is to purchase the Las Vegas Meal Ticket which is extremely versatile because it can be purchased for 1, 2, 3, or 5 days. There are several fantastic participating restaurants which include Planet Hollywood, Tacone Flavor Grill and Daiquiri Bar, Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas, La Salsa Cantina, Blondies Las Vegas Sports Bar and Grill, and several other delectable choices.

A trip to Las Vegas would not be complete without seeing all the exciting attractions the city has to offer. One great way to experience as much of Las Vegas as possible is to purchase the Las Vegas Power Pass which includes admission to area attractions such as Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Las Vegas Zoo, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, and many more popular attractions. You can purchase a 1, 2, 3, or 5 day pass to over 25 attractions throughout the city, all included in one convenient pass!

Grand Ole Opry Performances for July 30, July 31, and August 3

The Grand Ole Opry will be having all performances at the historic Ryman Auditorium until further notice.

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.

Friday July 30th – Order Tickets

  • Vince Gill
  • Restless Heart
  • The Isaacs
  • John Cowan
  • Mike Snider
  • Riders In The Sky
  • and more

Saturday July 31st – Order Tickets

  • Vince Gill
  • Ray Stevens
  • Tim O’ Brien
  • Mike Snider
  • Jeannie Seely
  • and more

Tuesday August 3rd – Order Tickets

  • Diamond Rio
  • Del McCoury Band
  • and more

Nearby Nashville Hosts Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

Starting on August 25 in Nashville‘s nearby town of Shelbyville, fans will be able to attend concerts, shows, and displays of horses situated in a 105-acre complex, marking a new year for the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds. Visitors will see special horse breeds like Quarter, Spotted Saddle, Racking, and even Arabian! Join the fun with the other nearly 250,000 fans that come from over 40 states. If you’re interested in staying around the city for the 11 day event, browse through our extensive list of lodging in Nashville or surrounding areas.

Additional fun can be had in Music City with the Nashville Unpublished Walking Tour, which gives you a balanced historic look at the area’s past and culture. Discover untold facts about famous music artists like Johnny Cash, Elvis, and others. The tour’s biggest enjoyment – a behind the scenes look at the Ryman Auditorium, will give the kids and adults a new perspective on the entertainment that has taken place in decades past. Finally, you’ll learn about some of America’s old war soldiers, like Fannie Battle, a Confederate spy.

For a separate excursion, the Nashville Trolley Tour offers great information on Nashville’s downtown district. Bring along your camera for snapshots of Tennessee’s State Capitol, Ryman Auditorium, Music Row, Parthenon, and much, much more. The guided tour provides a comprehensive look at the city’s highlights, along with answers to questions you may have as you ride along.

The Nashville and surrounding areas are the perfect getaway for a summer vacation. Feel free to browse through our activities before heading out!

Explore the Ozarks in the Dark with Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours

Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours is opening up a whole new experience for visitors to Ozarks Mountains by presenting two new evening tours, Xplorer in the Dark and Prospector in the Dark. The natural beauty of an evening in the mountains combined with the thrill of the zip lines and suspension bridges creates an exciting new way of having fun in the Branson area. These tours are an addition to the four original day tours offered by Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours. The evening tours started July 19th and will only be continuing until September the 11th until they begin again next year. You won’t want to miss out on these new zip line experiences!

After starting your vacation off with such an adventure, you won’t want the excitement to end. It doesn’t have to when you book the Horseback Trail Rides. What could be more adventurous than riding a horse along some of the rustic trails in the Ozark Mountains? Some of the trails you may ride along date back to the 1800s. You’ll be exploring some of the same areas as the pioneers of the mountains. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, you will also be riding horses that perform in the legendary Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama.

Horseback riding and zip lines aren’t the only adventures to be had in Branson either. You can also fly a helicopter on your vacation. The “I Pilot” Helicopter Adventure will give you the unique opportunity to take control of a helicopter while flying high above Branson. See the 76 Strip, Silver Dollar City, Table Rock Dam, and many other attractions from a bird’s eye view. It’s one thrilling activity that will make your vacation truly special.

Sizzling Summer Fun in San Diego

Don’t miss out on SeaWorld’s Summer Nights, San Diego Zoo’s Nighttime Zoo, and African Summer Festival at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park which are all taking place until September 6, 2010. Bring the whole family to enjoy any of these wonderful attractions during the sunny day or attend at night for a totally new experience.

SeaWorld’s Summer Nights

SeaWorld will transform after dark from now until August 29 and again from September 4-6 during SeaWorld’s Summer Nights. You will get to see seasonal nighttime shows such as Shamu Rocks, visit with Clyde and Seamore the sea lions during Sea Lions Tonite, and also stare in amazement when you see the acrobatic extravaganza at Cirque de la Mer. There will also be a fireworks finale, Shamu’s SkySplash!

San Diego Zoo’s Nighttime Zoo

Join other zoological enthusiasts at San Diego Zoo’s Nighttime Zoo where you can enjoy extended hours and see daily special performances from now until September 6. With extended hours, you will have ample time to see over 4,500 rare and endangered creatures. Special daily performances include SOAR: A Symphony in Flight, Dr. Doolittle, Nature’s Tricks at Discovery Outpost, and many more exciting shows!

African Summer Festival at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park

This summer, celebrate the birth of African three new elephant calves at the African Summer Festival. Zookeepers will show the elephants playing and searching their 3-acre plot for hidden treats. Also enjoy the new animal show, African Safari Misadventures. The fun continues with acrobats, storytellers, artists, and Robert, the Zoo’s digital talking zebra!

Silver Dollar City Presents Southern Gospel Picnic

If you are a fan of Southern gospel music and delicious home style cookin’, Southern Gospel Picnic is the perfect place for you from August 26 – September 6 at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Southern gospel music has been present around the Ozarks for decades and will proudly be featured this year at America’s Biggest Southern Gospel Picnic. Here you will see hundreds of performances from featured artists and receive a hearty serving of fried chicken with all the fixin’s from The House of Chicken & Fixin’s located on the City’s square. Come to Silver Dollar City for wonderful family fun, great Southern gospel music, and inspiration during the Southern Gospel Picnic.

While in the Branson area for the Southern Gospel Picnic, choose a comfortable hotel that will perfectly fit your vacation needs. We offer several great hotels in the Branson area from the Hilton Promenade at the Branson Landing to the beautiful, Victorian style Carriage House Inn. For a list of hotels in the Branson area, click here.

There are several more activities to take part in during your wonderful stay in Branson. One attraction that is relatively new and extremely thrilling is Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours. With Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours, you can choose between several great zip line and suspension bridge tours that are action packed for your ultimate Branson experience. Enjoy zip lines through the beautiful Ozark Mountains during the cool night or sunny day with a long, short, fast, or calm zip line that is sure to be perfect for your vacation schedule.

Top Off the Summer with a Myrtle Beach Arts and Crafts Festival!

From August 6-8, more than 250 of the finest artists, sculptors, and craftsmen will be displaying detailed art projects to the public at the Craftsmen’s Classic Arts and Crafts Festival. You’ll be able to walk through the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and see everything from colored pottery to rustic, wooden figurines. This 28th annual festival provides enough variety for almost any artistic interest, whether classic or modern. As long as you’re visiting, you can book your summer lodging as well.

While you’re here, you might want to try one of five of Ripley’s unique attractions, the Marvelous Mirror Maze. Keep together with your friends or family as you walk through this fun illusion-oriented structure, with reflections on almost every wall. Keep track of your steps inside the 2,000 square foot area, and pay attention lest you start seeing yourself in every corner!

For a summer excursion to cool off, book your tickets to the Myrtle Waves Waterpark, boasting its claim as the largest water park in the state with 20 acres and many different rides. Experience the fun with enormous 10-story-tall Turbo Twister. Cool off with all kinds of rides ranging from a calm inner tube float for small children to an intense volcanic water ride for adults.

Receive your fill of the arts, entertainment, and interaction with these great attractions in August. Take your own vacation, or bring your friends and family along for the excitement.

Make Your Taste Buds Tingle with the First Friday Oyster Roast and Fireworks

Enjoy delicious, fresh oysters right out of harbors with the First Friday Oyster Roast and Fireworks at the Westin Savannah Harbor on August 6th. This fun event not only features oysters, but also has s’mores, traditional lowcountry boil items, grilled foods, and a full bar. A firepit, live music, and fireworks complete the experience for a real Savannah-style party. You won’t find a better way to spend your Friday night!

You don’t have to stop enjoying the delicious food in Savannah after the oyster roast. Take one of the exciting culinary tours offered in the city. The Savannah Foody Tour will give you a taste of Savannah’s finest dining. A local guide will take you to places where you can get delicious foods at hot dining venues around the city. At each venue, you will meet some of the chefs and hear how they make their custom creations. Try French Frozen Hot Chocolate, Southern Fried Chicken, and other delicious Southern treats throughout the tour!

When you’ve finished the Savannah Foody Tour, there is just one more tour that you need to go on. The Paula Deen Culinary Tour will give you the chance to taste home-style Southern cooking that will revolutionize the way you view food. Your tour will also give you an understanding of Paula Deen’s background and how she became a Food Network star. Between the tasty foods and the fascinating stories about Paula Deen, you will find yourself completely satisfied on this tour.