Monthly Archives: August 2010

Nashville to Reopen Opry House for Grand Ole Opry Showings

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville will be returning to the Grand Opry House on September 28, moving from the Historic Ryman Auditorium, where the show has taken place the majority of the past few months. Due to flooding of the city in May, the Grand Ole Opry had to move to the Ryman Auditorium, which gave the show a different, historical setting and the same great performance. Of course, fans of the Ryman can expect to see the Opry returning to the auditorium for the winter season. If you’d like to see a show now or in late September, you can set up your Nashville lodging beforehand.

For a mix of Southern traditions with your Opry performance, you can visit one of Nashville’s homes with the Belle Meade Plantation Tour. The restored mansion was built back in 1853, and it is well-known for it’s race horse breeding, with famous thoroughbred horses. Other highlights of the tour include a visit to the Durham Station Log Cabin, Carriage House and Stables, an antique carriage collection, and more.

You can see another beautiful mansion on the two hour Fontanel Mansion Tour, which covers 27,000 square feet and is the home of Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell. The tour is self-guided, so you’re free to roam about the home to see the enormous indoor pool, sprawling hiking trails, and much more. The mansion is recognizable for the camera shooting site of several music videos.

Nashville is loaded with activities and attractions for the young and the old, and whether you decide to do these activities or others, you’ll be enthralled with the history of music!

Escape to Memphis this Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend is fast approaching, and it’s the perfect time to head out of town for a short break from your everyday experiences. Go out and have some fun in beautiful Memphis, TN. Memphis has several great opportunities for unique vacation activities that will make your Labor Day an occasion you will always remember.

Memphis Riverboats Sightseeing and Dinner Cruises

The Memphis Riverboats Sightseeing and Dinner Cruises offer you the chance to take in the beautiful sights of Memphis from an authentic paddlewheel boat. See the sights that inspired some of Mark Twain’s most famous work as you drift along the river. The sightseeing cruise will give you the history of the area as you go while the dinner cruise will give you a fantastic meal and the chance to do some dancing. Each is a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening on the river.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland Platinum Experience

For Elvis fans, there is no better Memphis activity than Elvis Presley’s Graceland Platinum experience. This adventure will give you an audio tour of the Graceland Mansion, a self-guided tour of Elvis’ custom airplanes, and it will take you to Elvis’ final resting place in the Meditation Garden. After this tour, you will have a better understanding of the life of Elvis and intimate knowledge of the place he called home.

Sun Studio Guided Tour

For visitors interested in the musical history of Memphis, the Sun Studio Guided Tour is an excellent vacation activity. This tour will give you insight into the studio where legends like Elvis, Johnny Cast, and Jerry Lee Lewis got their start. When the studio opened in 1950, it became the center for the blues and country mix that we now know as rock ‘n roll. Your tour will tell you all about the famous musicians who recorded there and will even give you the chance to see Elvis Presley’s microphone where he recorded his first song.

Attend Branson’s Autumn Days Arts and Crafts Festival This Season

Fall is fast approaching, and Branson has the perfect lineup of attractions for visitors in the 37th annual Autumn Days Arts and Crafts Festival, which lasts from September 16-19. The event is free for all, and once you’ve made it to Historic Downtown Branson, you can enjoy locally crafted and made novelties, art, jewelry, and cuisine. You can see the work of approximately 150 crafters and artists and join the over 12,000 people that will be in attendance. Since the event is over a span of four days, don’t forget to pick out available Branson lodging ahead of time.

Branson has plenty of other fun venues for the adults and kids, such as Titanic – The Legend Continues. The museum features 400 gorgeous Titanic artifacts and several exhibits for you to see as you walk through. As you enter in the half-scale replica of the ship, you’ll be given a passenger “ticket” to use and put yourself in the shoes of those who once walked on the ship. Some of the highlights of the tour include the Grand Staircase, the Father Browne collection, and the touch of an iceberg.

If you’re into the history of the weird and wild, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum has some of the most odd exhibits and models in the area. The building appears as though an earthquake has shaken the foundations, and when you go in, you can see things like a two-headed calf model, an authentic vampire killing kit, a Roman Coliseum model built out of playing cards and many more attractions.

The crafts, shows, and attractions will make your vacation in Branson well worth it. You’ll love the local culture and Midwestern hospitality.

Delight in Chattanooga Adventures with Rafting and Racing Attractions!

You can fully experience the thrills of Chattanooga on land or sea with great opportunities by raft or even go-kart. The Chattanooga area is packed full of natural attractions, scenic terrain and a beautiful cityscape. Once you’ve made it to the downtown area, you can explore by shopping, dining or otherwise having a great time observing the local attractions. You won’t want to leave once you get here, and you easily join in the fun by booking the following activities.

 Ocoee Middle River Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Gear up with your swimsuit as you prepare for this wild rafting trip down the river. You’ll begin your thrilling excursion in Ducktown with free transportation down to the roaring river in a deep ravine between the Tennessee Smoky Mountains. The trip in the water lasts approximately two hours, with a variety of high intensity rushes and cool, calm waters along the way. All equipment, such as life jackets, helmets and oars will be provided.

Ocoee Whitewater Rafting Adventure

You can see different parts of the Chattanooga area with this rafting excursion, which carries your raft on the upper part of the river. Since the river is controlled by a dam, the water flows high all through the summer, and you’ll be able to encounter the challenge of the watery rapids at their biggest. Your guide will lead you past rapids with such names as, “Let’s Get Wet,” “Slam Dunk” and “Humongous.”

Raccoon Mountains Go-Kart Caverns

If you’d like to try excitement on land, you can fulfill your dream by participating in this activity which lets you fly around corners and challenge other racers on the 630-foot track. The Go-Karts are officially licensed by NASkarts, making them some of the cleanest, quietest engines in their class. You can choose between a twin-seat or single-seat.

The best land and water activities are waiting for you in the exciting Tennessee area. Live it up in Chattanooga before the summer ends.

Holy Terror Days Bring Old West Fun to Mount Rushmore

If you’re looking for a great time filled with Old West traditions and excitement, come on down to Keystone, SD for Holy Terror Days. Holy Terror Days offers guests three whole days of fun activities like an authentic chuckwagon BBQ, history reenactments, family country street dance, and other great entertainment. Everyone can join in the fun from September 10th to the 12th in downtown Keystone for a vacation experience they will treasure for years to come!

For more Old West fun, check out Big Thunder Gold Mine in Keystone, SD. This gold mine is one of the few authentic gold mines left in the area and offers you the chance to learn what it was like to be a gold miner during the legendary gold rush era. You will tour part of the mine while your guide tells you about the people who worked there and the feeling of the times. You will even get the option to pan for gold with this mining adventure.

Don’t end your Old West experience at the mines. You can get more western traditions and fun with the Flying T Chuckwagon Supper and Show. This exciting show will give you an authentic chuckwagon experience combined with comedy and music that is appropriate for your whole family. Sing along with the cowboys and enjoy a delicious meal of barbecue roast beef, grilled chicken, and other southern favorites. It’s an evening of western entertainment that will take you back to a simpler time.

Nashville African American Street Festival Provides Cultural Wisdom

Join the over 100,000 who will gather in Nashville for the 28th annual African Street Festival taking place from September 17-19. The event’s activities will all be held at Tennessee State University, and you’ll have plenty of time to experience everything the festival offers, including a children’s pavilion, authentic African dining opportunities, music from genres like Jazz, Gospel and Reggae, and dancing. You won’t want to miss the event, and you can get prepared by booking lodging in nearby hotels.

In addition to the African culture, you can also experience the traditions of Nashville by attending a performance like the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater which celebrates authentic country music by music artists of the past. Sit back in your seat for a touch of humor and big talent as special guests like Tommy Cash, Dianna Murrell, and many more sing their melodies. On top of the performance, the theater also provides an delectable buffet with four meat and pasta entrees, crisp salads, buttery rolls, and much more.

For another show, you can go to the Opry Country Classics, which reenacts the traditions and history of Nashville through talented live musical performances by famous country music artists. The tunes will be a sweet song to your ears as you hear both old and contemporary forms of country songs.

Fulfill your dreams in the Nashville area by experiencing both foreign and local culture. The music and history will make your vacation experience enjoyable.

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Jazzes Up NYC

Whether you’re a fan of the late Charlie Parker or just a fan of jazz music, you’re going to want to be a part of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in New York City. Two days of free music played by some of the finest jazz musicians in the world will be featured in the neighborhoods where jazz musician Charlie Parker lived and worked. Music starts at 3:00 pm on August 28th and 29th, so you will also have some time for shopping and sightseeing while you’re in the city. There’s no better city to experience jazz than New York!

If you’re in New York for music, you won’t want to miss the chance to see a spectacular musical on Broadway. Come Fly Away is a showcase of Frank Sinatra’s beautiful music combined with the choreography of Tony Award winner Twyla Tharp to create a love story like nothing you’ve seen before. Experience a first kiss, the first dance, and the journey to love of four different couples in this beautiful musical.

Don’t bother stopping with one musical when you know you want more. Plan on going to see one of Broadway’s most famous productions, Wicked – the Musical. Wicked is based on the beloved characters in the Wizard of Oz. You will fall in love with Elphaba and Glenda in this quirky musical that fills you in on why the Wicked Witch of the West was so evil.  You may be surprised at the answers. The music and talented performers will weave a tale for you that is as unforgettable as it is touching and amusing.

Plan a Quick Getaway for Labor Day Weekend in Las Vegas!

Labor Day is coming up soon in Las Vegas, and you won’t want to miss your chance to stop by this dazzling city to see all it has in store for you. There’s entertainment and performances on almost every corner along with a great selection of cultural restaurants to dine in. Whether you’re planning a day or week-long excursion, your stop in Sin City will make memories. While you’re here, you can participate in some of the exciting tours offered to ensure a view of the majority of the city areas.

Neon and Lights Motorcoach Tour

To see the city in its natural habitat, take a tour of Vegas at night, where you can appreciate the glittering logos and lighted entrances to the fullest. As you travel on city streets by way of luxurious motorcoach, you’ll be able to take in sights like the downtown area’s Glitter Gulch, the Bellagio’s beautiful arena including decor and water fountains, and the Mirage’s powerful volcanoes. Each sight adds a new perspective to the city on this great six hour tour.

Vegas Strip Helicopter Tour

See the tops of skyscrapers on this fantastic tour above the city lights. As you begin, you’ll be welcomed with a glass of champagne. Afterward, you can board the streamlined Papillon’s A Star executive jet-helicopter to see sights like the Bellagio fountains, New-New York skyline, the stretching Eiffel Tower of Paris, Pyramid of Luxor, and much, much more. Get a bird’s eye view of the city.

Hoover Dam Photo Tour

Take a scenic getaway from the city to see the massive Hoover Dam and the beauty surrounding it. On this five hour tour that welcomes cameras and camcorders, your tour guide will narrate as you see sites like Lake Mead, the world’s largest man made lake, Boulder Canyon, historic architecture, and Hoover Dam itself. The dam is over 700 feet tall weighs millions of pounds.

Book your activities for a fun-filled Labor Day weekend and make the most of your free time. You’ll love every moment in this great vacation destination.

Last Chance to Raft in Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge

If you wanted to river raft this summer but time flew by without you getting the chance, you need to head down to the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area today. You haven’t missed your chance, but the prime time for river rafting is almost at a close. These river raft rides are only available for a short time. Some rafting activities are only available until September while others last through the end of October, so come and get wet and wild on the river before its too late!

Nantahala River Rafting Tour

Hop into your river raft and prepare for some good times on the Nantahala River with this tour. Not only will you get the fun river rafting experience you’ve been looking forward to, you will also get to see the incredible scenery along the river. Cliff faces, boulders, and wildlife are just a few of the spectacular things you will see along the way. This rafting adventure lasts 3 to 4 hours, so prepare for an entire morning or afternoon of fun!

Pigeon River Rafting Adventure

Whether you’re a beginner who has never held a paddle or you’ve had quite a bit of experience with river rafting, you are going to love the Pigeon River Rafting Adventure. This exciting tour will take you through class I, II, and even III rapids along the Pigeon River for some thrills you will always remember. Your gear will be provided and a guide will be along to ensure your safety, so you can just enjoy yourself!

Nantahala Raft and Rail – Train and Jeep Tour

Get ready for a combination adventure tour that is designed to put you in awe of the natural beauty of the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area when you go on the Nantahala Raft and Rail – Train and Jeep Tour. Hiking, a jeep tour, and a thrilling ride down the Nantahala River will give you the time of your life on this exciting tour. It’s perfect for nature lovers who want an out of the ordinary experience.

Showstoppers! Give Their Final Performance on the Showboat Branson Belle

Branson draws visitors to the area year after year with its spectacular shows including the Showboat Branson Belle’s legendary Showstoppers! with Todd Oliver and his Amazing Talking Dogs. After over a decade of incredible performances, the Showboat Branson Belle has announced that they will be completely changing their show and transforming the appearance of the whole ship. By 2011, the showboat hopes to present guests with an entirely new look and entirely new performances. Guests who would like to see the Showstoppers! with Todd Oliver and his Amazing Talking Dogs one last time before the changes are made are advised to book the reservations early because they are anticipated to be completely booked up!

If you’ve come to Branson to see one of the final acts of the Branson Belle’s classic show, you may be interested in seeing other classic shows Branson has to offer. Why not see the first show to start in Branson? The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show began the tradition of great shows in Branson in 1959 and has continued to give fantastic, family-friendly performances ever since. The music featured in the show is performed by family members of the original performers whose talents are well-known throughout the states. This show is Branson quality and tradition at its best!

Another act that has captivated audiences for years in Branson is that of Andy Williams on the Andy Williams Show. Watch and listen as Andy Williams performs the beautiful music he is known for before turning over the stage to some of his other talented performers. You will see adagio dance by Pasha and Aliona and get to hear the music of The Warnocks family. His show is one magical experience that you cannot miss while you’re in the area.