Monthly Archives: August 2011

Gatlinburg Attractions Deliver an Adrenaline Rush!

Summer is coming to a close, but luckily the fun is far from over with these Gatlinburg attractions that send you flying through the air, tearing through the mud, and rolling down hills. If you want to experience a thrill on this weekend trip, then look no further because Gatlinburg knows how to satisfy the adrenaline needs of every daredevil. Check out some of the different activity descriptions below, and then pick your exciting adventure.

If you’ve ever wondered what a beach ball feels like being tossed around a rock concert, then look into the Smoky Mountains ZORB Ride in which you’re placed in an 11 ft. inflatable globe and rolled on a metal track down an 820 ft. hill. Harnessed in safety straps, you’ll go head over heels in a roller coaster ride like you’ve never experienced. Another option is the ZYDRO where 5 gallons of water is put inside the globe, and a variation of a water slide is created as you slip and slide down a grassy, less steep track.

For those who are slightly less adventurous than what is required for the ZORB Ride, climb aboard a mighty beast with Gatlinburg’s Monster Truck Rides. Tear up the ground on an off-road dirt track sitting in this giant vehicle that sits on 66” tires. This is a family friendly activity enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Don’t miss the action packed joyride and the feeling granted by the thundering power of these monstrous machines.

Now that the land attractions have been covered, you can soar into the clouds on a thrilling sightseeing adventure with Helicopter Rides in the Smokies. Four different options are available to visitors on this tour ranging from 2 minute rides that travel 8 miles, all the way up to 40 minute flights that cover 100 miles. A variety ofSmokyMountainscenery can be observed with each selection, so any flight you choose is sure to be a great choice.

All of the Lights, Lights, Lights in Las Vegas!

The city of Las Vegas is filled with lights. Neon lights, flashing lights, multi-colored and brightly white, all sorts of lights fill the streets. Sure, while you’re in the city you can’t miss the lights, but it’s guaranteed you won’t see them all, that is unless you take a Las Vegas lights tour. With a tour you find all the best spots and your route will be planned perfectly so that you’ll get the most of the remarkable night-time Vegas. You’re going to want to take at least one of these tours if not all three! Book your hotel for your time in Las Vegas, and then get your tickets for these tours that you absolutely must experience.

You haven’t really seen the sights in Las Vegas until you have explored the city at night with the LV See the Lights! Tour. This exciting evening tour will take you in a small group setting through the city streets at the most exciting time, when the night lights are just flickering on and illuminating the city in brilliant, bright colors. This tour includes visits to the Treasure Island Pirate Show, the Fremont Street Experience, the Mirage Volcano, the Bellagio Fountains, and Vegas Vick – the Neon Cowboy. The tour includes full narration and transportation in a mini-motor coach. This is one tour you will not want to miss!

See Las Vegas as it was meant to be seen – lit up and glowing through a Nevada desert night! The Neon Lights Motorcoach Tour is a six hour bus ride and walking tour that takes visitors past some of the city’s brightest attractions, including the water fountains of the Bellagio, the Pirate Ships at Treasure Island, the erupting volcanoes at the Mirage, and so much more! You’ll see the famous “Glitter Gulch” and take in the famous Fremont Street Experience light show. This experience is sure to put a little neon twinkle in anyone’s eye.

Cruise over the skies of Las Vegas in a state-of-the-art helicopter for an unforgettable sightseeing experience with the City Lights Helicopter Tour. This one and a half hour experience begins with a champagne toast before you slide into your comfy seat on the luxury helicopter. Ascending into the sky, you will cruise over the Las Vegas Strip and see sights like Mandalay Bay, the Bellagio, the New York New York Hotel, Caesars Palace, the Fremont Street Experience, the Stratosphere Tower, and more. With the night lights brilliantly illuminating the city, the evening hours are the best time for a helicopter tour over Las Vegas!

The Old Time Fiddle Contest is About to Begin at the Branson Landing!

Get ready for the 22nd Annual Old Time Fiddle Contest at the Branson Landing starting this Saturday, August 28th. The fiddling fun will go on both Saturday and Sunday, and there will also be a concert with Big Smith on Friday night at 8:00 pm. These festivities are all free, so you can enjoy the competitions, the Sunday Morning Gospel Service, and the finals taking place all weekend long. Make reservations for a place to stay in Branson, and then head on over for the Old Time Fiddle Contest. While you’re at it check out these other attractions that feature the fiddle.

Come see Branson’s first show, the Baldknobbers Jamboree Show, which has been a local mainstay since 1959. The show is a wonderful medley of country, gospel, and bluegrass music with hilarious comedy in-between. You’ll have plenty of smiles and laughs with the whole family. Even if you’ve experienced the Baldknobbers Jamboree Show before, the music, comedy, and entertainment changes from year to year, so you won’t see the same show twice!

If you have a hankering for enjoying a fabulous gospel show while you are visiting Branson, you will not want to miss out on your chance to see the Presleys’ Country Jubilee. This show is a true Branson tradition, and it features a talented cast of performers from the Presley family, who have been performing their gospel numbers for decades. But be ready for fun too as Herkimer and Cecil add their funny blend of comedy making this a show everyone is sure to love.

If you can’t decide on a certain style of music you’d like to hear while in Branson, then take in a combination of sounds with the Duttons Family Show. This impressive group of entertainers all have talent with many having began their musical careers at the tender age of three. The night will run through a variety of styles that include country, opera and even tap-dancing. Let these splended folks invigorate your time in Branson with the Duttons Family Show!

Have a question or need help placing an order? Give our Customer Service Representatives a call at 1-800-987-6298 or visit us online at:

http://www.bransonshows.com/

Enjoy the fiddles!

The Staff
Branson Shows
1-800-987-6298
 http://www.bransonshows.com/

Grand Ole Opry Performances for August 26, 27, and 30

The following performances will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House:

Friday, August 26 – Order Tickets

  • Joe Diffie
  • Pam Tillis
  • Mel Tillis
  • Gene Watson
  • Kip Moore
  • And more

Saturday, August 27 – Order Tickets

  • Clay Walker
  • Jimmy Wayne
  • Tommy Emmanuel
  • Sierra Hull
  • And more

Tuesday, August 30 – Order Tickets

  • Aaron Tippin
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Terri Clark
  • And more

There Is a Lot To Do in the Gatlinburg Area!

Are you looking for a place to take a getaway soon? Check out Gatlinburg, Tennessee! There are many things to see and experience in the area, you’ll have a great, relaxing time. From shows to activities, there’s a variety of attractions that will meet the interests of anyone. Stroll the zoo as you observe an enormous variety of animals, or ride the Sky Lift to get an incredible view of the city. Don’t miss out on this outstanding Tennessee destination. Search through our lodging options to find one that is right for you, and make sure to check out these recommended attractions.

If you are a fan of acrobatics and incredible performance routines then you can’t go wrong with the Cirque De Chine Acrobatics Show. Over sixty gold and silver medalist acrobats from around the world combine to make this one stunning performance filled with talent that includes juggling, thunder drums, motorcycles and more. You will be blown away and this show will surely be a highlight of your trip.

The family and kid-friendly RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo features hundreds of exotic animal species, including venomous snakes, brilliantly-colored birds, giant tortoises, lemurs and more! A 25-foot indoor jungle waterfall and ancient ruins add to the realistic rainforest feel of this attraction, and an interactive show featuring expert handlers and plenty of animals lets the children get involved in learning about these exciting species. There’s plenty of excitement to keep the entire family entertained, so make the zoo a must on your Gatlinburg trip.

Ascend to the clouds with the Gatlinburg Sky Lift! Watch the world below grow smaller and smaller after boarding in downtown Gatlinburg and climbing above the city, mountains, trees and river for amazing views from the heights of the Smoky Mountains. You’ll end up 1,800 feet above the rest of the world where you can savor the view, enjoy a picnic lunch or take some unbelievable mountaintop photos. Try it at night for a different experience!

Williamsburg Lets You Enjoy the Water Without Getting Wet!

Want to experience the wonders of the water but not get soaked? Well, Williamsburg has the perfect attractions for you. There are boat rides and cruises so you can spend time on the water completely dry. No need to bring a change of clothes, the only thing you’ll be soaking up is the summer sun. Also, the Living Museum has an enormous aquarium for you to observe the wildlife underwater through the comfort of a glass pane. Water fun without the wet is what you’ll get in Williamsburg, so book your lodging and grab your tickets to these solid attractions today!

With the Yorktown Sailing Cruises, you’ll have the chance to experience travel on the high seas as it was over 300 years ago – aboard a tall ship! You’ll sail aboard the Schooner Alliance, much like the ship Capt. John Smith used when trading with the Powhatan Indians. The journey will take you past the Yorktown Battlefield, Victory Monument, the banks of the river, and more as you experience the culture and history of America while simultaneously seeing the beautiful sites of the Williamsburg area. If you are lucky, the crew will let you lend a hand at setting sail.

Learn about the Chesapeake Bay and Williamsburg coastal area on the informative and exciting Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruise. The fully narrated tour will take you past such sites as the Virginia Air and Space Museum, Blackbeard’s Point, and the Old Pointe Comfort Lighthouse, just to name a few. As the Miss Hampton II is the only harbor cruise vessel in this part of the state you will be able to get up close and personal in places you may not otherwise be able to see.

If you enjoy watching animals, then the Virginia Living Museum will offer loads of fun at an affordable price. This indoor and outdoor museum allows you to see a variety of animals all in their natural habitats. From a 3/4 mile outdoor walk where you can see bobcats and red wolves to a 30,000 gallon aquarium, many of Virginia’s native species are found here. In addition to these exciting attractions you can also enjoy an aviary and science center.

Grand Ole Opry Performances for August 19, 20 and 23

Look who’s playing at the Grand Ole Opry this week. Take a trip to Nashville and see some great country performers at this legendary venue. Tuesday is going to be fantastic with an unbelievable line-up of Trace Adkins and Rascal Flatts. You’re not going to want to miss any of these artists, so order your tickets online today!

The following performances will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House:

Friday, August 19

  • Vince Gill
  • Jimmy Wayne
  • Will Hoge
  • Troy Olsen
  • Exile
  • And more

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Saturday, August 20

  • Vince Gill
  • Larry Gatlin
  • Jimmy Wayne
  • Bradley Gaskin
  • James Wesley
  • The Sleepyman Banjo Boys
  • And more

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Tuesday, August 23

  • Trace Adkins
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Larry Gatlin
  • Heidi Newfield
  • Brett Eldredge
  • EdensEdge
  • And more

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Make Plans for These Lesser Known Gems of San Antonio!

Big amusement parks and Alamo tours come to mind when a San Antonio trip is mentioned. These are both great ways to spend your time in the area, but if you’re looking for something unique, here are some attractions you should check out. From shopping sprees to ghost tours, San Antonio offers things you wouldn’t believe. There will be plenty to tell friends and family about your vacation when you experience these activities. Make sure you get reservations at one of our lodging options, and then purchase your tickets to these refreshingly different things to do.

In a city with a history as rich as San Antonio’s, it’s not surprising to learn that some of the area’s history has a dark side. With the Ghosts & Legends Tour you will set off on foot for a 90-minute stroll through the downtown area. Your tour guide will share with you some of the city’s darkest stories, including those where love, lust, greed, and even natural circumstances have resulted in death. You will stroll to areas where spirits are known throughout the city to be uneasy, including sites where La Llorena is known to wail along the San Antonio River and the site where the famous pirate Jean Lafitte met his demise.

Return to the days of the Old West with a visit to Enchanted Springs Ranch. This unique attraction paints a vivid picture of America’s pioneering days through a believable set, re-enactments, and more. Throughout the 86 acre ranch, you’ll find 30 authentic Western-style buildings, Texas Longhorns, horses, buffalo and deer, and a general ambiance of the West. During your visit to San Antonio, make it an authentic western time with the help of Enchanted Springs Ranch.

Treat yourself to a day of shopping at one of San Antonio’s most luxurious shopping centers, the Shops at La Cantera Shopping Tour. This gorgeous shopping center boasts an open-air shopping experience with hundreds of square feet of upscale shops and restaurants. You can find discounted name-brand merchandise from top stores such as J. Crew, Jos. A Bank, Republic of Couture, and more. In addition to having access to already marked down merchandise, the tour provides you with other great discounts and savings to add to your exciting day of shopping. Don’t miss the Shops at La Cantera Shopping Tour for a memorable shopping adventure in San Antonio!

Check Out the Central States Fair Happening Soon in Mount Rushmore!

Starting August 19, the Central States Fair will be taking place in Rapid City, South Dakota, just 24 miles from Mount Rushmore. The fair doesn’t end until August 28, so you have plenty of time to see what it’s all about. There’s going to be racing, concerts, rodeos, and more! You can get a pass and ride all the heart-stopping thrill rides, or pig out on corn dogs, funnel cakes, and other classic fair foods. You don’t want to miss this incredible event and you’ll want more than one day to experience everything here, so make your reservations for a stay in a Greater Mount Rushmore hotel and while you’re at it think about adding some more fun to the trip with these outstanding activities!

The Old West is alive again with the Flying T Chuckwagon Supper and Show, making your Mount Rushmore experience better than ever. You’ll enjoy a show filled with fantastic performers and country entertainment combined with a cowboy feast that includes grilled chicken, roast beef, and more.

Add to your Greater Mount Rushmore vacation with a time at Holy Terror Mini Golf in Keystone, SD. Eighteen crazy holes of miniature golf await you amidst pine trees, beautiful slopes, running streams and all the other golf hazards. You’ll feel as though you’re in a golf course built around a South Dakota gold mine. Sounds like a lot of fun!

For future scientists, dinosaur fanatics, and those simply looking for something larger than life, the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs is a must see attraction. Home to an actual paleontology lab and dig site, the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs will show you what it really takes to unearth the mysterious of our past, as well as provide in depth information on the powerful mammoth. From the dig site to the museum exhibit, you’ll experience the full range of what it takes to bring the past back to life.

Explore the Cultural History of Memphis with Mojo Buses and Museums!

While you’re in Memphis, explore the city’s rich cultural history. From the blues and rock ‘n’ roll that came from some of the legends of the area, to the Civil Rights Movement that changed America, Memphis has seen a lot and it’s all here to be shared with you. The nostalgia and remembrance will move and inspire you as you journey back to these times of old. Show your young ones the time periods they missed, and let them learn of the origins of things existing today. These attractions will be a great way to combine fun and education for an exciting learning experience. Book a wonderful Memphis hotel and grab your tickets to these fantastic attractions!

From the vintage bus to the professional musician that acts as your guide, the Memphis Mojo Vintage Bus Tour is unlike any other. During your next stay in Tennessee, this tour will take you to all the spots that make Memphis what it is today, including Beale Street, Sun Studio, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Explore the true story of how tragedy inspired greatness at the National Civil Rights Museum. Built around the balcony of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, this museum transformed the infamous location into one of hope and celebration. Exhibits at the museum cover American civil rights from 1619 to the present day, including exhibits on Dr. King, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Little Rock’s school integration and much more. Explore on your own or take an audio-guided tour through this uplifting and emotional museum.

Experience the Mighty Mississippi like no place else can offer! Take in the beautiful sightseeing of the Mississippi River right in the heart of downtown Memphis, then explore the riverfront area on an exciting Swiss monorail ride with the Mud Island River Park tour. Learn more about the great river at the Mississippi River Museum, and then take a guided tour of the unique Mississippi River Walk model replica. You’ll walk along every bend, curve and landmark between Cairo, Illinois and New Orleans in just five blocks! Be sure to bring a camera along for this unique experience along the country’s biggest river!