Monthly Archives: September 2010

Revitalize Yourself with a Weekend Getaway to the Grand Canyon

Around this time of year when kids are getting used to new classes and parents are trying to deal with adding the task of picking up and dropping their kids off at school, things can get a little stressful. Escape stress and responsibilities for the weekend and take off for the Grand Canyon where you can lose yourself and your worries in the beauty of nature.

Grand Canyon Explorer Hike

Start out with a nice hiking tour to get rid of the cobwebs of the office or classroom and enjoy some fresh air. Your hiking experience will take place in the back country of the Grand Canyon below the rim. You will be able to look up at the massive walls of the Grand Canyon, take pictures of the native wildlife of the area, and just relax as your guide leads you. As you travel, your guide will tell you about some of the things you see and point out interesting things you may have missed on your own. The stunning beauty of the Grand Canyon combined with the light exercise will make you feel like a new person.

Red Rock Panoramic 2 Hour Jeep Tour

Don’t stop with your hiking tour. Continue the fun with the Red Rock Panoramic 2 Hour Jeep Tour. This fast but thorough tour will give you some incredible views you will never forget as you travel through the natural beauty of Sedona. Cacti, old corrals, and other interesting scenery will allow you to feel like one of the original cowboys exploring the West. Don’t forget to bring your camera as you will get some breathtaking views when your 4×4 vehicle travels over the rugged terrain of the area.

Grand Sunset and Indian Painting Jeep Tour

No trip the Grand Canyon is complete without watching the blazing sun set over the Grand Canyon. The natural red hues of the canyon rocks combined with the fiery reds, pinks, and oranges of the sunset is a spectacular sight to see. The Grand Sunset and Indian Painting Jeep Tour gives you the chance to experience that and allows you to get scenic views of the Kaibab National Forest, Indian Paintings, and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon as well. You will watch the sunset from an observation tower that is designed to give you panoramic views during the evening. It’s the perfect way to end your Grand Canyon adventure!

Howl-O-Scream Adventures Await at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

If you’ve been looking for something fun and unique to do this Halloween aside from conventional trick or treating, visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg for their Howl-O-Scream event. From September 24th to October 31st each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Busch Gardens will have scare zones, haunted mazes, and Halloween-theme shows for visitors to the park to enjoy. Wear your favorite Halloween costume and join in the fun this year before the event ends!

You can’t visit Williamsburg without taking a look at all of the history the area has to offer. Colonial Williamsburg gives you the chance to step back into the 18th century for a look at how residents of the area lived during that time. Political sites, historic homes, a plantation, and costumed residents give you the full scope of 18th century life that will make history interesting and real to you. With everything from a one day pass to a one year pass, you can choose how long you would like to stay at the park and what you will see. Each pass also offers special benefits to make your experience at Colonial Williamsburg special.

After having your Halloween adventure and exploring Colonial Williamsburg, it’s time to relax and have fun at the Mystery Dinner Playhouse. The dinner and show combination gives you the chance to become a detective when a ‘whodunit’ style mystery show is put on for you. The actors and actresses will even come down from the stage to talk with you and give you clues as to who is the culprit and who is innocent. The person who figures out the mystery first is given a special prize. With Mystery Dinner Playhouse, you’re certain to have an enjoyable experience!

Grand Ole Opry 85th Birthday Bash Brings Stars and Legends to the Stage

Country music fans everywhere have been looking forward to the Grand Ole Opry’s 85th Birthday Bash on Saturday, October 9th. The time is finally getting close and visitors are getting ready to watch stars like Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, and Trace Adkins all in one fantastic concert at the Grand Ole Opry. Concerts with so many diverse and well-loved country music stars like this one are rare and very exciting for those who love all types of country music. Tickets for this concert are going fast, so make sure that you get your ticket before they run out!

Since you came to Nashville to celebrate the Grand Ole Opry’s 85th birthday, make sure that you celebrate the history of the Opry in a special way as well with the Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tours. As the place where the traditions of the Grand Ole Opry began before the Grand Ole Opry House was built, this building has seen its fair share of country music legends and it has a lot of history and fascinating stories to share with visitors. Exhibits featuring the diverse history of the Ryman can be found throughout the building, and you also get the chance to stand on the same stage where performers like Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris have performed. Make sure to bring a camera because you will definitely want to record that special moment.

Keep the celebratory mood of your time in Nashville going by celebrating the history of country music itself while you’re in town. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is the perfect way to celebrate the long and diverse history of country music. What better way to honor the music that has made so many people happy over the years than to spend the day exploring this museum that spans an entire city block of Nashville? Gold and Platinum records, rare recordings, and unbelievable memorabilia are around every corner of this building and feature all artists who have had an influence on country from Hank Williams to Elvis Presley. If you’re a fan of country music, you’re sure to be a fan of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Experience Breathtaking Beauty in Chattanooga this Fall

If you would like to spend some time enjoying the beauty of fall, there is no better place to visit this time of year than Chattanooga. Known for its scenic views and lovely countryside, Chattanooga is peaceful retreat where you can relax and soak in the beauty of fall foliage. Each of these activities gives you a different way of enjoying the season that will help you create great memories and give you the opportunity to take some stunning photos.

Lookout Mountain Attractions

If you’re interested in visiting some of the area’s most popular natural landmarks during your time in Chattanooga, you must plan on getting tickets to the Lookout Mountain Attractions. This activity gives you access to Rock City, the Incline Railway, and Ruby Falls. Each place has its own charm no matter what time of year you visit, but in the fall, there are some particularly gorgeous views of each place with the leaves’ vibrant colors as a backdrop. Bring your camera and some extra film as each place offers you some photo opportunities you won’t want to miss!

Blue Moon Fall Colors Cruise

Relax and take some creative photos from the river on the Blue Moon Fall Colors Cruise. This cruise is designed to really show off the changing of the leaves from the famous Tennessee River Gorge. A naturalist tour guide will be with you to provide you with information and stories about the things and places you pass during this cruise. A buffet meal is included, so there is no need to pack a lunch. Just bring yourself and your camera and plan for a lovely experience that will refresh and revitalize you.

Nantahala Rail and Trail

Excitement and adventure await you on the Nantahala Rail and Trail tour which will take you by jeep and railroad through the Great Smoky Mountains. The tour starts off at the train depot in Bryson City and gives you a scenic train ride past Fontana Lake, the Tennessee River Gorge, and other beautiful terrain. After your train experience, hop into the jeep to see waterfalls and beautiful lakes with the warm reds, deep yellows, and sunny oranges of the fall leaves surrounding them. You won’t be able to put your camera down as you explore nature with your guides!

Good Times, Great Oldies, and Fantastic Savings in Branson!

People travel from all over to enjoy the clean, old fashioned fun that Branson has to offer. Treat yourself and your friends or family to a very special Branson vacation where you can enjoy both classic music shows at great prices with the special promotional offers they have available. With options to save money on shows like buy one get one half off and the family pass, you will have fun without breaking the bank. There’s no better combination than good times, great oldies, and fantastic savings!

Scenic Hills Inn

If you think that savings on shows are the only special offer in Branson right now, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that select hotels have promotional offers going on right now as well. Scenic Hills Inn has a stay four nights and get one night free option that will allow you to stay in Branson longer at a lower price. Not only is this a great offer, but Scenic Hills Inn is a lovely hotel with a great location for a stay in Branson. In the mornings, you will wake up to a deluxe continental breakfast before you head out on the town. This is hotel is perfect if you’re on a budget but would like to spend some extra time in the area!

#1 Hits of the 60’s

After deciding where you will be staying during your time in Branson, it’s time to pick out which of the wonderful Branson shows you want to see. #1 Hits of the 60s has two options for great savings available. You can choose to buy one ticket and get the second ticket half off, or you can choose to use the family pass which is good for two adults and up to five children ages 17 and under. The savings combined with the incredible 60s music performed by a talented cast makes this show an unbeatable option for your time in Branson.

The Rat Pack – Live and Swingin’ Show

If you like #1 Hits of the 60s, you won’t want to miss out on The Rat Pack – Live and Swingin’ Show. This tribute show features the unforgettable music of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin, and many other classic performers. With years of training, these performers have perfected the mannerisms and style that made these singers famous, and they want to share it with you. The Rat Pack – Live and Swingin’ Show also has a family pass available that is good for two adults and up to five children ages 12 and under. Bring the whole family in and give them the chance to hear great music from another era.

Top 10 Rock and Roll Revue

If you’ve had fun enjoying great music from an earlier time at the other shows, you won’t want to miss the Top 10 Rock and Roll Revue. This revue covers music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s for you to enjoy. With everything from the music of Jerry Lee Lewis to the Supremes, you’re certain to hear some of your favorites while you’re there. A family pass for two adults and two children ages 12 and under is available for this show as well, so you continue to get great savings along with great entertainment. These special offers make your Branson vacation both special and affordable!

Grand Ole Opry Performances for October 1st, 2nd, and 5th

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.

All shows will be at the Grand Ole Opry House unless otherwise noted.

Friday, October 1st – Order Tickets

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Sam Bush
  • Neal McCoy
  • Marty Stuart
  • and more

Saturday, October 2nd – Order Tickets

  • Charley Pride
  • Kevin Costner and Modern West
  • Craig Morgan
  • and more

Tuesday, October 5th – Order Tickets

  • Josh Turner
  • James Otto
  • Lee Brice
  • The Quebe Sisters
  • and more

Say Farewell to Summer with Sleep Out on the Mississippi in Memphis

Hey campers, it’s time to head out to Memphis for the exciting Sleep Out on the Mississippi event at Mud Island River Park. October 8th, bring yourself and a sleeping bag to the park where 12’x12′ tents, dinner, live entertainment, marshmallows, and breakfast are provided for you and other guests. Several activities are planned in addition to the marshmallow roast and live entertainment to help you enjoy yourself overnight. Advance reservations to this event are required to ensure that you get a spot at this event since space is limited. With the Mississippi River beside you and the stars above you, this is the perfect way to say goodbye to summer and greet fall.

After camping out at Mud Island Park, get yourself some nice lodging in town, and head out to see some of Memphis’ most popular attractions with the Memphis Mojo Tour. A vintage tour bus will take you around town to see the sights with a stop at either Sun Studio or Stax Museum along the way. Your admission to either the studio or the museum is provided, so get ready for an exciting tour of places that chronicle some of music’s biggest changes and stars.

You can’t visit Memphis without paying tribute to The King. As the place where Elvis lived and began creating his legendary hits, Memphis has a lot of Elvis’ history to share. Elvis Presley’s Graceland Platinum Experience can give you the highlights with a tour that features Elvis’ mansion, his customer planes, and Meditation Garden where Elvis was laid to rest. This tour will give you some insight into the man behind the music. You can see how he lived and learn fascinating facts about him with the audio tour that accompanies your visit to his mansion.

Fly High and Enjoy Fall Foliage in Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge, TN

Spend your next vacation enjoying the beauty of nature from a bird’s eye view with an aerial tram ride or helicopter tour of the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area. With the fall season starting up, there’s no better time to visit the Smoky Mountains and view the vibrant colors of autumn leaves. Stunning views of the area from the sky will give you the perfect opportunity to take some incredible photographs, so you can the beauty of the Smoky Mountains in the fall home with you.

Gatlinburg Sky Lift

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift is one of the aerial tram rides that you must not miss during your visit. The sky lift works much like the lifts that transport snow skiers to the top of the mountains, so you get unobstructed views of the surrounding area including downtown Gatlinburg, Little Pigeon River, and the Smoky Mountains. With such incredible views spread out below, you won’t be able to resist taking some picture to take the beauty home with you!

Helicopter Rides in the Smokies

Take your pick of one of the incredible tours provided by Helicopter Rides in the Smokies, and be prepared for an awesome adventure high above the Smoky Mountains. Your tour time can range anywhere from 4 minutes to 40 minutes, so every schedule, no matter how busy, will work with a helicopter tour. The thrill of seeing the beauty of fall colors covering the Smoky Mountains combined with the excitement of the helicopter ride will keep you entertained every second of your tour. Don’t forget to bring your camera, so you can take pictures of the lovely scenery that you fly over!

Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram

Another unique and fun way to get panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains is a ride on the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram. The tram transports you up the mountain to many of the area’s activities. Large windows on the tram allow you to get some breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains that you can’t get anywhere else. This is another great opportunity for some pictures of the area that you can take home with you. Since each of these three experiences give you different views, you’re going to take an incredible array of lovely photographs home with you!

Brighten Up the Fall Season with NYC’s Oktoberfest!

For weeks to come, you can participate in the annual Oktoberfest in New York City which promises to be a great fall festival, including all of the fun arts, crafts and delicious cuisine of last year’s event. The event celebrates the German culture and traditions, breaking out the exquisite dark beer, sauerkraut, authentic schweinsbraten (roast pork), and much more. Visitors from around the country come to participate in the food tasting and beer sampling. Come join in the fun in the Big Apple and reserve your New York City lodging ahead of time.

If you’re still in the mood for some of the autumn events, you can book your family on the Circle Line Downtown Fall Foliage Cruise, which heads over many of the most talked-about places in Manhattan. View such astounding places as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, High Tor State Park and Grant’s Tomb. The tour lasts approximately five and a half hours, but you can board early and watch a fall football game or autumn scenery.

Open your eyes to the gorgeous golds, red, oranges and everything in between on the New York Water Taxi Fall Foliage Tour, which provides a comfortable water taxi heading along the Hudson River. Visitors can look out either side to see the beauty of the coastlines and gain a knowledgeable perspective of the area through the accompanying audio tour. Bicycle racks are attached to the ship, so you can take a bike ride to and from your fun tour.

Come early for the sights and sounds of New York City in the fall. The scenery and bustling environment will make many great memories.

Save Big on Historical Family Entertainment in Branson, MO!

The Branson area has been consistently entertaining families ever since the Mabe family began their legendary Baldknobbers Jamboree Show in 1957, and to this day you can still find original, Ozarks entertainment that is affordable for the entire family with a variety of special promotions offered on BransonShows.com!

Those interested in experiencing the legacy of Branson’s entertainment origins will find a family pass to the Baldknobbers that is good for up to two adults and four children, offering a potential savings of over $100!

From down-home country and gospel to laugh-out-loud comedy, the Baldknobbers Jamboree Show continues to keep the legacy of Branson family entertainment alive at a truly affordable price.

Additionally, visitors can delve further into the history of the Ozarks at incredible savings with the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama family pass. Adapted from the classic Harold Bell Wright novel of the same name, Shepherd of the Hills provides an authentic, engaging look into the Ozarks in the late 19th century complete with 80 actors and 40 live horses! And just as with the Baldknobber’s Jamboree family pass, visitors will find a potential savings of more than $100 with the family pass being good for up to two adults and all immediate children under the age of 16.

Of course, the savings extend far beyond area entertainment, with the Condos in the Ozarks offering a special “stay 6 nights, get 1 free” promotion, making it affordable to visit for an entire week and leisurely enjoy the hundreds of activities throughout the Ozarks. Featuring both 2 and 3 bedroom condos, the Condos of the Ozarks provides ample room for families, and is less than 1 mile from the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama and less than 5 miles from The Baldknobbers Country Music Theatre.