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Happy Birthday to The Grand Ole Opry

Its that time of year again. The Grand Ole Opry is celebrating another birthday. And, as usual, you are invited to the party.

The 89th birthday celebration at the Grand Ole Opry will fill the Opry Plaza with festivities for all. Join in the fun for all the free activities at the Opry Plaza Birthday Party, October 11th. You’ll be treated to free live music, games and prizes, balloon artist, caricaturist, face painting and even free line dance lessons. The Pucketts Trolley will be available for tours, and you can find treats and beverages for purchase, like cotton candy and kettle corn.

The special birthday concert Saturday afternoon features Craig Morgan, who produced hits like International Harvester and Little Bit of Life. And the Saturday evening concert brings Trace Adkins and Clare Bowen to the stage, along with others.

Join in the celebration in Nashville, October 10, 11 and witness the 89th birthday of the show that made country music famous.

 

Get a Great View of San Antonio

Get up above the crowd for superb San Antonio sightseeing on an open-top, double-decker tour bus. You’ll tour downtown San Antonio with on a comprehensive, narrated tour.

The tour includes stops at The Alamo, The Tower of the Americas, The Spanish Governor’s Palace and nine other must-see sights in the city. The 50-minute tour will get you acquainted with the city and educate you about the history and culture of the area. Then, if you choose to, you can add a hop-on, hop-off pass and ride the tour during operating hours as much as you care to for 24 hours. Feel free to spend as much time as you need further exploring the Site of the 1968 alamoWorld’s Fair, Hemisfair Park. It is now a part of the University of Texas San Antonio, where you can explore over 50,000 square feet of exhibits representing 27 ethnic groups who settled in Texas. Or shop till you drop at El Mercado,  the city’s Mexican marketplace, where you can bargain for gifts from South of the Border and enjoy the many Mexican restaurants. Hop off for a taste of the Old West at the Buckhorn Saloon, San Antonio’s classic 1881 saloon and museum. Sip a refreshing drink as you stroll through 33,000 square feet of artifacts from Texas history and world record wildlife exhibits.

You can easily see all the most fun and colorful parts of San Antonio, and never worry about driving or parking when you take advantage of the Grand Double Decker Tour with the hop pass.

Walk with the Walking Dead

The scariest, most intense Halloween event in Anaheim this season is taking place at Universal Studios Hollywood.  Leave it to the sick and twisted minds that create the most frightening films and television series, to present the most horrifying Halloween scare mazes, ever.

Halloween Horror Nights 2014 will invade the Universal Studios Park weekends in October, from 7pm to 2am. And with 80-years of terrifying movies under their belts, Universal Studios knows how to do terror. Walk into your most blood-curdling nightmares in this year’s More Dead Than Ever!

Universal Studios HollywoodYou’ll experience seven hair-raising mazes featuring the creepiest characters from The Walking Dead, Alien vs. Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn and other horrifying productions. Ride the Terror Train: Invaded by the Walking Dead. Plus they’ve created five scare zones featuring Dark Christmas, Mask-a-Raid, and of course the Walking Dead. The Universal Studios backlot will be alive (or dead?) with urban movie sets serving as the backdrop for more grisly mazes than ever.

If you are looking for a thrillingly macabre way to celebrate Halloween this fall, you won’t find a more authentic gruesome scene than this one. The park limits this chilling experience to those 13 and up, because its that ghoulish. Regular park admission does not include the Horror Nights experience.

Sun Studio Guided Tour

Next time you’re in Memphis, TN, visit the site many credit as being the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Sun Studio. Stand amid the legacy of revolutionary music recorded within these walls and even get your photo with the actual microphone used by Elvis Presley, when he recorded “Thats All Right” in 1954.

Sun Studio was where Elvis got his start in the recording industry, as well as a number of other legendary artists, including Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, who had an impromptu jam session there one evening with Elvis. Can you imagine? The historic significance of Sun Studio is evidenced by the later artists who choose to record at the famous site. Artists like Def Leppard, U2, Matchbox 20, Tom Petty and many others come to Sun to record, for the heritage imparted by the only recording studio to be named a National Historic Landmark.

Sun StudioYou can experience the legendary heritage of Sun Studio on a guided tour of the facility, where you will hear stories about a number of artists and admire exhibitions of rare memorabilia and original historic recording cuts. In addition to the microphone used by Elvis, there are a number of pieces of Elvis artifacts on loan from the Presley Estate.

After your Guided Sun Studio Tour, drop into the ’50s-style Sun Studio Soda Shop and Record Store for some refreshments and an authentic ’50s atmosphere.

Thanksgiving, eh?

Did you know that Americans did not invent the Thanksgiving holiday? It may come as a surprise to many, but Canadians actually had Thanksgiving, with turkey and all the trimmings, 43 years before the pilgrims gave thanks in 1641 for the bounty that ended a year of hardships.

There are many similarities between the celebrations in these two countries. Aside from turkey and pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving is a day set aside to celebrate and give thanks for the year’s harvest, to gather with loved ones and enjoy a feast as you reflect upon the blessings of the year. The major difference between the American and Canadian holiday, is the date. Whereas in America the holiday is the fourth Thursday in November, Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. And we think that is an additional reason to be thankful, since you can easily have two Thanksgivings every year.

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner ShowWhy not plan to spend the weekend in Niagara Falls, for the October 13 Thanksgiving, and give thanks for our neighbors to the North and the beautiful Niagara Falls? Book a Weekend in Niagara Falls Getaway, for two-nights lodging in your choice of more than 50 hotels, plus admission to the All Canadian Tour, and the Oh Canada, Eh? Dinner Show.

With the All Canadian Tour you will encounter some of the most beautiful natural scenes at the falls. Check out the Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Giant Whirlpool and more! The breathtaking scenery will fill you with true awe and wonder.

In addition to your tour, you will also get to experience the Oh Canada Eh?! Dinner Show. This dinner show will entertain you as it pokes fun at various Canadian stereotypes through song. As the show continues, you will be introduced to many famous Canadian characters such as Anne of Green Gables, lumberjacks, and mounties. It’s a three hour comedy show that the whole family will love!

Two Thanksgivings? Now, there’s something to be thankful for, eh?

Catch a Bleu Wave

Its not quite ski season just yet, but there is still plenty of fun to be had in Lake Tahoe. Get out onto the lake for a sightseeing cruise aboard the Bleu Wave Yacht. It’s not time to wax up your downhill skis yet, but while you’re waiting for the first flakes to accumulate and become inches of powder, enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe from the lake.

The Bleu Wave Yacht has been around the world, and now she’s content to carry passengers from South Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay. While on board you’ll enjoy a lunch buffet of meats, cheeses, veggies and more. You can ride in the comfort of the cabin, where you’ll find a fireplace, private lounge and stateroom, or ride on the open party bow for fresh air and a spectacular view of the sparkling lake surrounding by forested mountains.

2The cruise will travel seven miles from South Lake Tahoe, to Emerald Bay where you will see Fannette Island, and the little tea house built there as part of the Vikingsholm Estate. The Vikingsholm Castle is just off shore, a 38-room mansion. The Emerald Bay area boasts a lovely sandy beach, and views of Eagle Waterfall.

New York Sightseeing Yacht Cruise

Treat yourself to a bit of luxury with your New York sightseeing. Take a World Yacht Brunch or Dinner Cruise, and enjoy sailing in comfort, with a fine meal, while you take in famous New York landmarks.

The yacht cruises will take you down the Hudson River, around the tip of Manhattan, up the East River and under the famous Brooklyn Bridge. You’ll enjoy vistas of the incredible architecture of the United Nations, the Statue of Liberty, the World Financial Center and the Chrysler Building.

The yacht’s chef will make sure your appetite for the finer things in life is satisfied, and after dinner, the dining room serves as a dance floor. Take your sweetie for a spin around the floor and a lovely sightseeing cruise.

Mackinac Island Getaway Weekend

Escape for a weekend at Mackinac Island, and experience the maritime history of the island, plus a sunset tour across the amazing Mackinac Bridge.

Our Maritime Transport Mackinac Island Getaway includes admission to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & Whitefish Point Light Station; the only attraction of its kind dedicated to the perils and heroism of maritime transport on the Great Lakes! Surrounded by Lake Superior, the museum will show you the perils of maritime transport at the Whitefish Point Light Station, a historic site on the National Register of Historic Places. The light tower is also the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior, having been in operation for 150 years. Tour the museum gallery, visit the lighthouse keeper’s quarters, stop at the Shipwreck Theater, and take a guided tour of the 1923 Surfboat House and Exhibits.

You’ll also take the Sunset Trolley Tour Across the Mackinac Bridge, so you can see the magnificent architectural beauty of the Mackinac Bridge up close. Being the third longest suspension bridge in the world, the Mackinac Bridge carries traffic across the Strait of Mackinac, connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. On this tour, you can take in the wonderful views of the Strait as well as Mackinaw City and St. Ignace.

Choose from more than 30 hotels for your two nights lodging, for a great vacation package that gives you a well-rounded perspective of Mackinac Island.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Most people visiting Los Angeles are thinking somewhere in the back of their mind that they just might glimpse a movie star while they are there. Others are sure of it and plan on meeting Hollywood’s superstars.

To make sure that you get to meet your favorite celebrity while you are visiting, you should plan to walk the red carpet at Madame Tussauds. The celebrities may be molded from wax, but they are none the less glamorous, and always happy to pose for a picture.

The museum is divided into several sections featuring icons of different eras or genres. You can see the current A-listers like Johnny Depp and Brad and Angelina, or step into the past era of cinematography in scenes from famous films. Imagine walking into Its a Wonderful Life alongside Jimmy Stewart, or sit next to Liz Taylor’s Cleoptra. There is a section for Western films, Crime movies, Action Heroes, and Pop Icons.

You wont be disappointed in your celebrity sightings in Hollywood if you make Madame Tussauds a part of the trip.

Las Vegas Food Tour

Get an insiders view of Las Vegas, and a true taste of Vegas history, culture, architecture and cuisine, on this unique walking tour that takes visitors beyond the glitz of the strip to non-tourist neighborhoods.

With all the hotels, shows, casinos, and tourists in Las Vegas, its easy to forget that the city is home to thousands, and has a history and culture that outsiders don’t easily recognize. This three-hour Downtown Las Vegas Food Tour divulges the Vegas connection to The Mob, the Mormons, and Marriage, as you stroll through the neighborhood, stopping in local restaurants, cafes, and specialty food stores, for samples of local favorites.

Sweet Spot Candy ShopThe stops vary but may include places like Rachel’s Kitchen Downtown at the Ogden, featuring wholesome and delicious entrees, and famous for their smoothies; Chicago Joe’s, Uncle Joe’s Pizza and a store dedicated to beef jerky.

The knowledgeable guides are entertaining and passionate about Las Vegas and the variety of food available.