Monthly Archives: January 2011

Memphis Excites and Delights Trekkies with Star Trek Live!

Memphis is a great vacation destination for people of a variety of interests, and you will find a variety of exciting events in Memphis this February. If you are a fan of Star Trek, you will delight in the grand production of Star Trek Live which takes place February 15 at the historic Orpheum Theatre. This interactive production will take you on a 60-minute adventure on the U.S.S. Enterprise as a new group of cadets have their first day on the fleet and battle to protect their ship and the planet Earth. With all of the exciting special effects and real space-age technology incorporated into the production, you will fell like you’re aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise yourself with Captain Kirk and Spock! This show is sure to sell out quickly, so be sure not to miss this exciting production!

While you are in Memphis, you may want to visit some of the attractions that celebrate the music that has made Memphis famous. Sun Studios is known for the impressive volume of music it produced in the heyday of country, blues and rock and roll music, and your Memphis vacation won’t be complete without a Sun Studio Guided Tour. At Sun Studios, you will get to see exciting artifacts relevant to Sun Studio’s history and the artists that one recorded there. Since Sun Studio is the only recording studio that is a National Historic Landmark, you are sure to be in awe of the incredible selection of memorabilia that is housed here. Since Sun Studios still records modern musical acts today, you may even have the chance to see one of your favorite musical artists arriving or leaving from Sun Studios during your visit!

After visiting the exciting attractions that Memphis has to offer, you will surely have worked up an appetite. You can enjoy a delicious meal at Memphis’ Hard Rock Café while you get an opportunity to see incredible music memorabilia. Since Memphis is famous for the music that was produced there, the selection of artifacts at the Hard Rock Café is quite impressive. You will see items that belonged to Elvis and memorabilia related to legendary musical artists like Janis Joplin, Bo Diddley and U2. Not only will you enjoy seeing exciting music memorabilia with a visit to the Hard Rock Café, but you will also enjoy the spectacular American food served there, like burgers, fries and delicious desserts!

Celebrate Sweetheart Month Aboard Gatlinburg’s Titanic!

It’s Sweetheart month at the Titanic in the upcoming month of February in the Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge area, and visitors will be able to meet Rose from James Cameron’s box office hit, “Titanic,” from February 11-14. Rose is adorned in some of the original costumes designs from the epic movie, and she’ll be honoring the 14 couples who were on their honeymoon as the Titanic sailed across the waters. You’ll also be able to see the Swarovski Crystal Heart of the Ocean Necklace, a beautiful replica of the necklace worn by Rose in the movie. Your opportunity only lasts through the month of February, so make sure you book your Gatlinburg accommodations today, as well as tickets to the Titanic.

Book another romantic sightseeing experience aboard the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, providing you with views of the surrounding sights high above the Smoky Mountains. The trees, wildlife and colorful flowers will all be yours to behold from your highest point of 1,800 feet. Once you’ve reached the top of the mountain, you can sit down to a delicious picnic lunch and snap a few photos before heading back to to the Gatlinburg area.

Several other romance attractions are available for you to participate in as well, such as the Smoky Mountain Picnic and Carriage Rides. Pick your choice of a picnic carriage ride or sightseeing romance carriage ride for two, and experience private transportation by horse beside beautiful streams, meadows and gorgeous landscapes. Whether you’re keeping the spark in your marriage or setting up for a proposal, this romantic tour is perfect.

New York Visitors Anticipate the Susan Sarandon Picture Show

Tourists flock to the Big Apple every year to attend its various celebrations and cultural events. This makes New York a great setting for a variety of movies and shows, and visitors often get the chance to spot celebrities in the city. If you are a fan of Susan Sarandon, you will love the chance to see her in person at the Susan Sarandon Picture Show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 10th and 13th. At this exciting event, you will get to watch several of her best-loved movies like Dead Man Walking and Bull Durham and then take part in an intimate Q&A with the actress after the show! You won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to see the Oscar winning star and ask her questions after viewing some of her best films.

One of New York’s most famous emblems is the Statue of Liberty, and your New York getaway won’t be complete without a unique view of Lady Liberty at night! With the Statue by Night Cruise, you will have the opportunity to get breathtaking views of the statue fully lit in all her glory from the comfort of a cruise ship. As you approach the gorgeous statue, you will enjoy the treat of a complimentary champagne toast to celebrate everything the statue stands for. For a truly memorable experience, you will want to include the Statue by Night Cruise in your vacation plans.

If you are interested in experiencing some of New York’s rich history and culture during your visit, be sure to include the Harlem Soul Food and Jazz Experience in your vacation plans. On this tour, you will get to visit the legendary Cotton Club, the Savoy Ballroom, Lincoln Theater and other exciting jazz hotspots. You will enjoy some of New York’s most delicious soul food like spicy ribs, friend fish and chicken and decadent macaroni and cheese. Jazz and literature fans will love learning about the history of an area that produced so many important musical and literary works.

Nashville Offers Unique Views of Music City with Various Tours

Nashville is famous for country music, but there are plenty of other attractions in Nashville that make it an ideal vacation destination for people of a variety of interests. During your Nashville vacation, you might want to take a few tours to experience what Music City has to offer beyond its country music affiliation.

Discover Nashville Tour

With the Discover Nashville Tour, you will hit all of the best Nashville hotspots that make the city so exciting! You will have an opportunity to see the Country Music Hall of Fame, and you will also get to see Historic Downtown, the Nashville State Capitol and government buildings, the Ryman Auditorium, Vanderbilt University Fort Nashborough, and the beautiful Parthenon in Centennial Park. This comprehensive tour of Nashville has something for everyone, so the entire family can enjoy the Discover Nashville Tour!

Historic Tennessee Tour

Tennessee has a rich culture steeped in history, and you can learn all about Nashville’s role in the Civil War by taking the Historic Tennessee Tour. On this tour, you will visit the Belle Meade Plantation, which is artfully restored to its original appearance. You will also enjoy a visit to the Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s sprawling estate just outside of Nashville. Here, you will see the beautiful mansion where the President once lived along with his incredible gardens, the former slave quarters and the 200-year-old cabin where Andrew Jackson lived during the construction of his mansion.

Horse Drawn Carriage Tours of Downtown Nashville

For a unique view of Downtown Nashville during your vacation, take a Horse Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Nashville! This experience is sure to be memorable as you see Nashville’s Downtown hotspots and the riverfront from a beautiful carriage. Your tour guide will point out all of the interesting spots and tell you stories about Nashville history. You will even learn about Davy Crockett’s affiliation with Nashville!

Enjoy the Wonder and Excitement of a Las Vegas Show!

Las Vegas is the perfect vacation destination for fun and excitement with its variety of attractions and casinos, but families will love the plethora of shows that are available in Las Vegas. While you are planning your exciting Las Vegas getaway, be sure to include some of the incredible shows that make Las Vegas an exciting destination.

BeatleShow

The Beatles are perhaps the best known and loved rock and roll band of all time. Even if you were too young to remember the heyday of the Fab Four or are just discovering their repertoire, you can enjoy an incredible performance of Beatles classics at BeatleShow. At the show, you will see incredible Beatles impersonators perform all of your favorite songs like “A Day in the Life,” “Let it Be” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” The performers add to the authenticity of the performance by changing their appearances to match the different looks the Beatles sported during the span of their incredible musical career.

Comedy Pet Theater

If you love animals, you will love the comedy stylings of Gregory Popovich and a cast of 15 cats and 10 dogs at the Comedy Pet Theater. Each animal in the show has been rescued from an animal shelter and has been trained to do incredible tricks. Circus-style performers and clowns are also featured in this unique show that is perfect for families. Whether you adore cats or are more of a dog lover, you are sure to be amazed at the talented animals and performers at the Comedy Pet Theater!

V – The Ultimate Variety Show

If you are interested in a variety show in true Las Vegas style, be sure to include a performance of V – The Ultimate Variety Show in your vacation. This show features unbelievable special effects and an incredibly talented cast of singers, dancers, acrobats, jugglers, impressionists, comedians and magicians. You may want to visit V- The Ultimate Variety Show several times because they rotate acts often, making each visit to the show new and exciting! If you want to see one of Las Vegas’ most beautiful and exciting shows, be sure not to miss this show during your vacation.

Orlando Visitors Anticipate Elton John’s Exciting Musical “Aida”

All of the exciting tours in the Orlando area make it an exciting vacation destination, but Orlando has incredible art and theater exhibitions that add to the city’s appeal as well. This winter, you won’t want to miss “Aida,” an exciting theater production written by the notable Elton John and Tim Rice. The story is set in ancient Egypt and follows the story of a Nubian Princess who falls in love with an Egyptian commander. This compelling musical about doomed love promises great songs by Elton John, laughs and maybe even a few tears. The performances will take place at the Goldman Theatre at John & Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center. “Aida” is only playing January 28 through February 13, so you won’t want to miss your opportunity to see this musical that is destined to be an Orlando hit!

Although a vacation in Orlando is an exciting adventure in itself, you can add to the excitement by taking the Florida Manatees Adventure Tour. On this tour, you will learn about manatees and even get a chance to swim and go snorkeling with these gentle aquatic mammals in the beautiful Crystal River. Later in the day, you will take an airboat tour to see more manatees during a feeding session, where you may also see bears, panthers, alligators and even hippos! If you would like to get an up close and personal view of some of Florida’s best-loved wildlife, you will definitely want to include the Florida Manatees Adventure Tour in your vacation plans!

Orlando is known for its exciting theme parks, and your Orlando vacation won’t be complete without a visit to Universal Studios Orlando. With more than 25 exciting rides and a variety of shows, both leisure vacationers and thrill seekers will find something to keep them entertained all day! Universal Studios also has a sister park, Islands of Adventure, that features six different island settings. Fans of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series will love the new addition to Islands of Adventure, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you can take a step right into your favorite Harry Potter book or movie!

Ripley’s Attractions in Myrtle Beach Offer an Unusual Vacation

If you love Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, you need to visit Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where there are five Ripley’s attractions waiting to amaze you. Each of the Ripley’s attractions offers its own fascinating and completely unique attraction with everything from a haunted house to an aquarium. Come and check these out during your next vacation!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum

Explore the strange, unusual, and downright bizarre with a trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. This museum offers a variety of interesting exhibits including a roller coaster built from over 30,000 matchsticks and a vampire killing kit. Despite its unusual exhibits, the museum is appropriate for all ages, so bring your whole family with you to enjoy exploring this one-of-a-kind museum!

Ripley’s Aquarium

If you want a marine adventure, you need to visit Ripley’s Aquarium where a whole new world awaits you. This aquarium gives guests a look into the life of marine animals with a variety of aquarium exhibits. The main attraction of the aquarium is a 750,000 gallon tank that has been transformed into a tunnel featuring creatures you would see on a reef. This tunnel surrounds a 330-foot moving glidepath that will pull you through the exhibit. Aside from the extraordinary tunnel, you will see incredible underwater creatures like piranhas, sharks, and a giant octopus.

Ripley’s Moving Theatre

Get a 3-D thrill you will always remember when you visit Ripley’s Moving Theatre during your time in Myrtle Beach. This theatre offers guests a multi-sensory experience with hydraulic seats that move along with the movie, so you get to feel everything the movie characters do. This theatre has been a hot attraction in the area for years. You will have to experience it to believe it!

Marvelous Mirror Maze

Have an amazing experience by visiting Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze which offers guest the chance to explore a huge maze. This mirror-filled maze covers over 2,000 square feet with mirrorized twists, turns, and dead ends. Your entire family will enjoy traveling through the maze together. With the lighting and sounds effects making the path more confusing, you may find the maze to be quite a challenge. There are multiple paths through the maze, so your experience is certain to be different each time you visit!

The Haunted Adventure

As one of the more frightening venues in Myrtle Beach, the Haunted Adventure is always a hit. The adventure takes place at a factory that used to be run by two men who disappeared mysteriously in the late 1800s. Now, you can explore that factory and experience the chilling exhibits displayed today. Animatronics, special effects, and live actors work together to make this experience one that even the most brave might find terrifying!

See Important African American Artifacts in Washington DC This February

When planning a winter getaway, Washington DC is an excellent vacation destination with its variety of historical and cultural attractions. This February, you can experience “America I Am: The African American Imprint,” which is an exciting exhibit that will be housed at the National Geographic Museum. This display of valuable artifacts celebrates 400 years of African American contributions to American society. At the exhibit, you will have the opportunity to see artifacts like Malcom X’s personal belongings, the stool from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birmingham jail cell and Muhammad Ali’s robe. This exhibit begins February 2, so start making plans now to attend this important exhibit!

There are so many exciting things to see in Washington DC that it is necessary to take a tour so you don’t miss anything important. With the DC The Best! Tour, you can visit notable landmarks like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Kennedy Center and the US Capitol in a motor coach with a professional tour guide who will be sure to fill you in on all the important stories and information about each of these landmarks. Be sure to bring your camera on this tour because you won’t want to forget all the exciting landmarks you will see!

After taking an exciting tour to see the sights in Washington DC, there may be a few landmarks that you may want to spend more time exploring. Consider renting a bicycle from Bike and Roll Bicycle Rental. You can get some exercise while you avoid the costs of a taxi and the crowds of the subway, and you can take all the time you need visiting landmarks like the White House and the National Mall. Bike and Roll also offers child bike rentals, so the whole family can bike around DC and enjoy the sights!

Unique Tours Offer Stunning Views of a Smoky Mountain Winter from Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge

Experience the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains during the winter from the charming Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area. Numerous tours and sightseeing opportunities are available as winter takes over the mountains and turns them into stunning displays of glittering snow and ice.

Smoky Mountain Picnic and Romantic Carriage Rides

For a scenic tour through the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, take advantage of one of the Smoky Mountain Picnic and Romantic Carriage Rides. These carriage rides all take place at the beautiful EchoBrook Farm where guests can enjoy 4200 acres of incredible landscapes. A mountain stream, snow covered hills, and a carriage with sleigh bells offer an opportunity for romance or a delightful afternoon with family. Either way, you’re certain to have a lovely time exploring the area. With customizable options to choose from, you can decide which tour you would prefer!

1 Hour Smoky Mountains Horseback Ride

With the 1 Hour Smoky Mountains Horseback Ride, you can experience the beauty of the area by horse. You will arrive at a stable filled with beautiful horses that you will be shown how to ride. After a brief orientation, your journey through the lovely Smoky Mountain landscapes begins. Your entire ride will take place on terrain that even beginners can handle, so you will have plenty of freedom to enjoy the picturesque views of the mountain in winter. It’s a wonderful way to have an adventure and do some unique sightseeing!

Gatlinburg Sky Lift

If you want to see the beauty of the area from a bird’s eye view, you need to go on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift. The sky lift will take you over the city of Gatlinburg, so you not only get great views of the mountains, but you also get to see the city. Your sky lift chair will stop at the top of a mountain where you can look down on the world from an elevation of 1,800 feet. While you’re at the top, you can relax and take some time to enjoy the views before taking the trip back down to Gatlinburg.

Take Nashville Tours With Your Family in Nashville!

Head down to Nashville for a full exploration of the city’s culture, arts, history and music. You can take several tours that are specifically geared toward visitors’ interests, whether it’s focused on the Nashville music stars and legends that live here or a look inside some of Nashville’s most famous plantations. Make sure you bring your entire family to share in the joys of your vacation. The city has several restaurants and attractions of all kinds downtown, so be sure to travel slowly as you discover new opportunities in this great city. For some great activity starters, you can book the following tours.

Homes of the Stars Tour

For visitors who are looking to view the quaint homes and large mansions of some of the most famous music legends in the country, this tour is a must-see. The tour will travel past gorgeous neighborhoods where the stars spend their time when they’re not out touring or making records. You’ll travel on a 25 passenger motorcoach, and you’ll see plenty of historical landmarks native to Nashville along the way. Take a look at the legendary homes of singers and musicians like Ronnie Milsap, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride and Alan Jackson.

Discover Nashville Tour

After viewing the high life of the country stars, you can take a comprehensive tour of the entire city. Head out on a large bus and visit exciting places and landmarks like Fort Nashborough, the Parthenon, and the Tennessee State Capitol. The tour offers you information that you won’t get any other way and you can take pictures of the city sights as you travel. Your tour finale takes place in the Legends Corner.

Historic Tennessee Tour

Finally, history buffs can rejoice in an incredible tour of the area’s plantations and homes with this exciting tour. Stop by the Belle Meade Plantation and learn about the 10 rustic outbuildings and the old slave cabin dating back to 1832. You’ll be amazed at the cleanliness and perfect condition this old plantation is in. Afterward, you may visit the Hermitage, which dates back to 1837. This building has its original wallpaper, old furniture and many of the materials that belonged to Andrew Jackson.