Monthly Archives: October 2010

Enjoy Entertainment and Views of the Grand Canyon

If you’re looking for a bit of entertainment in between your exploration of the Grand Canyon, you’ll be glad to know there are plenty of attractions available during the fall season. See the deserts and vast chasms up close with a trip to the IMAX, or sit back on your train ride via the Railway Budd Coach Train Tour. The surrounding towns keep the Grand Canyon traditions alive, so you can head over to your favorite vacation destination at your convenience. Check out some of the entertainment activities below to find out what’s in store for you.

Imax Theatre Grand Canyon

If you have kids, the IMAX is a great opportunity to see the Grand Canyon in a whole different light. Sit back in a comfortable chair as you watch the enormous six story tall screen take you on a powerful adventure. The narrator will capture you interest as you listen to the 34 minutes of factual information, preparing you for your own experience. Before the movie begins, you and your group can look through the National Geographic Visitor’s Center located outside the theater, where you’ll be able to browse through some of the educational tours.

Grand Canyon Railway Budd Coach Train Tour

And speaking of tours, a train ride is the perfect way to learn about your surroundings while still experiencing a popular mode of transportation back in the 1930’s.  There’s a special show set up before you train ride begins, and afterward you can head over to the smooth coach train from the Budd Manufacturing Company. You’ll board in Williams, Arizona, and end up 65 miles away near the Grand Canyon’s gorgeous South Rim. While you’re there, you’ll have almost four hours to view the beauty of the country. Afterward, you can relax as the train heads back on the two hour and 15 minute trip to Williams.

Grand Canyon Smooth Water Bus Trip

Finally, don’t forget about the breathtaking Colorado River that runs through the canyon by taking a tour beside it via motorcoach. Your transportation will  start you off at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, take you beside the Glen Canyon Dam and eventually you’ll see views of the Navajo Indian Reservation and Grand Canyon National Park. The highlight of your trip, a gentle float down the Colorado River, will serve as the trip’s finale.

The Grand Canyon’s overwhelming sights and entertaining attractions are enough to draw in the most wary of travelers. You’ll have a great time in these natural areas!

Gatlinburg Prepares for Holidays with “Festival of Trees”

Join the festivities in the Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge area from November 23-27 at the Festival of Trees as residents and visitors gather beside hundreds of ornately decorated Christmas trees. Get your picture taken beside your favorite tree, and don’t forget to participate in the other events, including an intense Gingerbread House Contest. The event will capture the spirit of the holidays, and everyone is invited to attend. If you’re looking to stay for the entirety of the event, there are plenty of Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge hotels available to accommodate you.

After participating in the Festival of Trees, there are several ways to get your laughs in while you’re here. The Comedy Barn Variety Show is an exciting entertainment opportunity that combines the incredible talents of fire-eaters, jugglers, comedians and barnyard animals. Best of all, if you book the show now with one of your kids, the kid gets in free! Sit back in your seat and prepare for one of the funniest shows you’ve ever seen.

Beyond the variety show, the comedians of the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre can put on a great performance as well. Not only are the shows hilarious, but you’ll also be transported to another time period – the 1890s, to be exact. Clever jokes and rampant slapstick comedy are all part of the productions, and you won’t want to miss one moment of it. Don’t forget to visit the unique gift shop during intermission or after the show.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up quick, and the Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge area is anxious to celebrate their arrival! Take advantage of all the area’s attractions today.

Washington DC Commemorates Freedom During Veterans Day

On November 11, Veterans Day, Washington DC will celebrate the lives of veterans all across the country who have fought for the freedom of Americans. To better honor those who served, ceremonies will take place at individual memorials, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Vietnam Women’s Memorial and the World War II Memorial. Visitors and DC citizens are welcome to attend any of the ceremonies to pay their respect to veterans both past and present. If you would like to make a trip up to Washington DC during this special event, you can book one of the DC hotels.

You can find other activities to do while you’re in the area as well, including photo tours like the Washington Photo Safari Full Day. Gather your day’s supplies for an exciting walkthrough of places like the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, White House Iwo Jima Memorial and more. Because your guide is a professional photographer, he or she can assist you in answering questions about photography and techniques along the way. No matter what type of camera you have, you’ll be granted plenty of opportunities to take excellent shots.

In addition to taking pictures, you can see where Hollywood pictures were shot with the On Location Tours Featuring Washington DC TV and Movie Sites. Travel on a streamlined coach bus for a trip through DC to explore more than 30 different sites where movies and shows were filmed. The tour explores everything from large budget films like Mission Impossible III to mysterious TV shows like the X-Files. Listen as your guide gives you the rundown of how each movie and show was filmed.

As you can see, Washington DC has attractions fit for the youngest child to the oldest grandparent. Take the entire family with you on your vacation to this fabulous city.

Spend Quality Time with Your Family in Williamsburg

With school back in session, you and your kids have both been hard at work making sure that homework is done and no responsibilities are forgotten. No doubt with everyone’s busy schedules, you’ve been seeing a little less of each other than you’d like. You can fix that with a fun weekend away together exploring the attractions of Williamsburg. It’s the perfect way to get that quality time together that you’ve been missing.

Colonial Williamsburg

Start out your adventure together with a visit to Colonial Williamsburg. This historic attraction gives you the chance to see pieces of American history and learn about this country’s past together. You can visit beautiful historic homes, the old Courthouse, Goal, Magazine, and many other historic attractions during your time at this attraction. You can even customize your visit by getting a pass that lasts one day, two days, or an entire year. It’s your chance to learn and have fun with your family.

Mystery Dinner Playhouse

After spending time exploring the many attractions of Colonial Williamsburg, get cozy and warm together at the Mystery Dinner Playhouse. This activity gives you the chance to bond with your family over a delicious meal and a murder mystery. Your family can work together to find out who committed the murder after watching it unfold on-stage. The actors and actresses will spend time talking to you offstage, so you can ask them questions and find clues. With your whole family on your team, you’re certain to find out who the culprit is and win the prize for solving the mystery!

Virginia Living Museum

Don’t forget to stop by the Virginia Living Museum for the chance to explore the wonders of the natural world. A variety of displays, exhibits, and hands-on activities will keep you exploring the museum for hours. Take a relaxing stroll through the outdoor trail, walk through created habitats that simulate an Appalachian Mountain Cove or a swamp, and experience the magic of gazing into the museum’s 30,000 gallon aquarium that is filled with marine creatures. There is even a touch tank where visitors can touch some of the water creatures!

44th Annual CMA Awards Reminds Visitors of Country Music’s Vibrant Past and Promising Present

The city of Nashville will soon be filling up with the hottest music stars and legends of country music as the 44th Annual CMA Awards approach. Artists like Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and Taylor Swift will be waiting to see who wins awards like Female Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, and Vocal Group of the Year. It’s an exciting time that helps define some of the greatest country hits and artists of 2010. Some of the artists who are expected to perform at the event this year are Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, and Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson while some of the presenters include The Band Perry, LeAnn Rimes, Kellie Pickler, and Tim McGraw. The event will be taking place at the Bridgestone Arena November 10th and tickets are flying out of the box office. You won’t want to miss this year’s CMA Awards!

Of course, you can’t really honor country music during your time in Nashville without taking in the show that gave country its start, the Grand Ole Opry. The Grand Ole Opry has performances every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday that feature rising stars and popular artists. You never know who will be taking the stage, but you always know you’re in for an evening of fantastic country music. The Grand Ole Opry just celebrated its 85th birthday and still continues to be a cornerstone of country music today.

Get the full country experience by continuing through history with the Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tours. As the historic auditorium where the Grand Ole Opry’s traditions began, this building has had an incredible number of stars and legends walk through its halls. Minnie Pearl, Hank Williams, and many other legendary performers performed on the stage that you will get a chance to stand on and have your picture taken. From looking at the displays and memorabilia to standing on-stage, being at the Ryman Auditorium and remembering country music’s past is a beautiful experience.

An Old Time Christmas in Silver Dollar City Adds Spice to Holiday Traditions

During the holiday season, visitors flock from all over the nation to experience An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City. This year, the Christmas event begins November 6th and continues until December 30th to give visitors almost two full months of holiday cheer. The celebration will have some of the traditional favorites that the park is known for during Christmas like the 5-story special effects Christmas tree that plays holiday favorites like Carol of the Bells and gives a light show with over one million lights and the thrilling production of A Dickens’ Christmas Carol as well as some new features like the option to learn new holiday recipes at Silver Dollar City’s Culinary and Craft School. There is even a special Christmas parade that is a moving light show with over 100,000 lights. Between the traditional holiday entertainment and the delicious treats like hot wassail, hot chocolate, s’mores, and apple dumplings, both your imagination and you stomach will be satisfied!

If you’re looking for more Christmas entertainment during your time in Branson, you will also want to plan to see Andy Williams’ Christmas Show. His Christmas performances begin November 1st and continue until December 11th, so visitors will have many opportunities to see this legendary performer put on his show. With Christmas favorites from the past and present, Andy Williams will transport you to a world filled with holiday spice and cheer. You can’t beat the magical combination of Andy Williams and Christmas music!

Of course, who could possibly forget Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Christmas extravaganza? Their exciting Christmas performances have already begun and will continue through the first of the year. Enjoy holiday music, a competition between the North and South Pole, a living nativity scene, and even a special appearance by Santa Clause. This fun filled show is a great experience for people of all ages who want to celebrate Christmas with fun and energy!

Visit Ruby Falls for the Deck the Falls Christmas Extravaganza

November 19th, Ruby Falls will begin its holiday celebration with Deck the Falls. As one of the famous Lookout Mountain Attractions, people love visiting Ruby Falls during the normal season. The Christmas flair added to the tour just adds to visitor’s excitement and will only be offered until January 1st. Christmas music will be played throughout the tour to celebrate the season, and at the waterfall there is a special treat waiting for you, an LED light show. This show at the waterfall promises to be the highlight of your time at Ruby Falls and will really get you into the holiday spirit.

While you’re in Chattanooga for Deck the Falls, take advantage of the lovely autumn weather and scenery with one of the Chattanooga Riverboat Lunch and Dinner Cruises. With multiple cruise types to choose from that range from sightseeing to a country western dinner and show, there is a cruise that fits everyone’s preferences. These cruises are the perfect opportunity to relax and take in views of Chattanooga’s fiery fall colors!

Continue your exploration of nature in Chattanooga with the Crystal Palace Cave Tour. This tour will take you through a gorgeous cavern filled with stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, natural bridges, rimstone pools, and other fascinating rock formations. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you about how these formations occur naturally. It’s not only fun but it’s educational. This is one natural adventure that you will be glad you didn’t miss.

Mount Rushmore Preps for Holidays with Country Fair Thanksgiving Show!

Held each year at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, the Country Fair Thanksgiving Show in the Mount Rushmore area’s Rapid City is a great way to lighten your spirits during the year-end holidays. If you come down late in November, you’ll be able to take part in the event’s festivities, offering handmade arts and crafts, fall recipes, fun toys for the kids and Christmas decorations to prepare for the season. You can browse the booths set up all over the fair grounds to experience the full effect of the festival. If you’d like to stay for the duration of the Thanksgiving holidays, be sure to book Mount Rushmore lodging as well.

The area has plenty of other activities beyond Rapid City, and you can get your fill of interesting artifacts and influential findings through tours like the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs – Hot Springs, SD. Your guide will take you through a state-of-the-art research facility exploring the lives of the mammoths as well as the early tribes that once lived in the nearby areas. As your guide will no doubt point out, the area you’re learning about also has sections where the movie, “Hidalgo,” was shot.

Next, you can discover the President’s Park – A Sculpture Park Tribute, which features 42 of our great presidents such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. Each presidential painting was designed and created by famous artist David Adickes. The fun museum has biographical summaries of each president as well as a delicious on-site restaurant called the Garden Cafe for the whole family as well as a gift shop and visitor center.

You can celebrate American history to your heart’s content while you’re in the Mount Rushmore area. Enjoy fellowship and fun with your whole family as well.

Memphis Prepares for the Thanksgiving Holiday!

Memphis is jam-packed with great dining opportunities and family-friendly areas to visit during this upcoming Thanksgiving. If you decide to go to Memphis sometime in the next month, make sure you bring as many family members along as possible to get the most out of your fall vacation experience. The tree leaves are changing from greens to reds, oranges and golds, and the cool air is just beginning to bring signs of winter. As you stay in Memphis, you’re welcome to take the family out to one of the many restaurants or eat a delicious homemade meal at the area of your choice. Be sure to book your Memphis lodging before the Thanksgiving rush hits, and check out some of the restaurants to dine at while you’re here.

Hard Rock Cafe

There’s nothing like the taste of a juicy American burger while you’re spending time in this southern Tennessee city. As you’re eating your fill, you’ll be surrounded by some of the great rock legends of both the past and present, including Janis Joplin, U2, Bo Diddley and much more. The blended genres of rock n’ roll were made popular in Memphis, and you’ll hear some of the greatest rock hits right from your table. On top of the great food, atmosphere and service, you’ll also get the chance to take some Hard Rock Cafe souvenirs back to your home to savor the memories.

Blues City Cafe

Check out this historic restaurant after the sun goes down – the way it’s meant to be experienced. The dining area has live entertainment from The Band Box in one section, and you’ll certainly want to chow down on the tender barbecue ribs featured on the menu. Some of the other all-American cuisine includes zesty chicken, fried catfish, and enormous steaks. The restaurant is part of the historical heart of downtown and just across the street from B.B. King’s.

Join in with Memphis residents to celebrate the city’s history and family-friendly events. The Thanksgiving holiday memories will be some of the best you’ll ever have!

Grand Ole Opry Performances for October 29, 30 and November 2

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, October 29 – Order Tickets

  • Oak Ridge Boys
  • Craig Morgan
  • Rodney Atkins
  • Joe Diffie
  • Brett Eldredge
  • and more

Saturday, October 30 – Order Tickets

  • Rascal Flatts
  • Laura Bell Bundy
  • Josh Thompson
  • and more

Tuesday, November 2 – Order Tickets (Ryman Auditorium)

  • Josh Turner
  • Vince Gill
  • Del McCoury Band
  • Jimmy Webb
  • and more