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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.

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.

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.

Los Angeles for Kids

Make vacation planning fast and simple, and have your family singing your praises when you book a Los Angeles Vacation for Kids, that includes lodging and admission to Knott’s Berry Farm.

No one likes the hassle of vacation planning, but you still want to spend a fun weekend with your family. Let Vacations Made Easy handle the hassle while you take the credit, and the vacation. Spend two nights at your choice of more than 60 hotels in glamorous Los Angeles. Plus spend a day of thrills and entertainment at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Knott’s Berry FarmKids of all ages love Knott’s Berry Farm, for the great rides, shows and of course all our favorite Peanuts characters. The theme park is open every day except Christmas, so pick a weekend and make some memories with your family, on roller coasters, family rides, and kid rides. There’s plenty of live entertainment, eateries and shopping, too.

The Queen Mary

One of the most iconic images of Long Beach California is the luxury liner, The Queen Mary, which has called Long Beach home since 1967.  The historic ship has a long and fascinating history, and you can tour her decks and learn more about her when you visit. It makes a fun and convenient beach day-trip from Anaheim, and you can book tickets that include admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific along with the Queen Mary Tour.

The story of the Queen Mary goes back to Scotland in 1930 when construction began on what was to be a ship in a class all her own. Despite delays due to the Great Depression, she was finally launched by King George V in 1936. The ship’s builders intended to continue with their tradition of naming their ships with names ending in ‘ia.’ They went to King George for his blessing on their choice to name the ship Queen Victoria, after the King’s Grandmother, stating, “We’ve decided to name our ship after England’s greatest Queen.” It is said that the King replied, “My wife (Queen Mary) will be delighted you are naming your ship after her.”

The Queen MaryFor three years The Queen Mary was the grandest ocean liner in the world, carrying celebrities and royalty. But she was destined to serve in WWII. Stripped of her luxuries, Queen Mary became the largest and fastest of troopships. Upon the end of the war, she was restored to her former glory.

Today, the Queen Mary is a floating hotel, attraction and museum. Her decks are home to restaurants, bars, shopping and historic exhibits. Take time to tour this amazing piece of history while you are in Anaheim, and get admission to the The Aquarium of the Pacific, where you’ll see a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species. You’ll get to see several galleries and exhibits tailored to specific regions including the Southern California and Baja Gallery, Northern Pacific Gallery, Tropical Fish Gallery, Shark Lagoon, Lorikeet Forest, and more.

Around Lake Tahoe Tour

Next time you visit Lake Tahoe, make sure you see all of Lake Tahoe with a fun tour that takes you all the way around the pristine lake, stopping at some significant sites along the way.

On the Around the Lake Tahoe Tour, you’ll travel aboard a luxury bus with expansive windows, so you can enjoy non-stop great views from every seat.  You’ll visit Emerald Beach, the country’s first ever under water National Natural Landmark where wreckage of boats and barges lie beneath the shimmering lake’s surface.  Enjoy a walk on the sandy beach and a spectacular view of the only island in the lake, Fannette Island, and Vikingholm Castle, a 38-room mansion, that actually has a sod roof.

Lake TahoeYou’ll continue on around the lake stopping at Rubicon Point, the Truckee River Bridge and the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley.  The Waterfront Boatworks Mall is a long stop for you to buy some lunch at one of the many eateries or restaurants with views of the lake, plus pick up some one of a kind items in the unique shops, before continuing the tour around the lake, with a final stop at Sand Harbor, a beach-goers delight with sand so fine and white, you’ll think you’re in Florida.

Newport Beach Cruises

If you are looking for a way to make your Los Angeles vacation even more special, perhaps you should plan a Hornblower Newport Beach cruise.  Enjoy the luxury and beauty of Newport Beach, one of the largest small boat harbors on the coast, while you are right in the midst of it.

The cruise line offers a two hour Champagne Brunch cruise, featuring a buffet brimming with breakfast and lunch items, and champagne.  Enjoy your lovely brunch and stroll along the deck of the luxury cruise ship for some quality time with your companions, and a marvelous view of the harbor.

Hornblower Newport Beach cruiseIf you prefer a dinner and sunset cruise, you are in luck.  As you board the vessel, you’ll be greeted with cocktails, and seated in the elegant dining area, where you’ll be served a fine four-course meal.  Spend some time in the evening air as the sun sets over the horizon, then perhaps some dancing for a perfect romantic night.

Champagne Flight Over Los Angeles

Take a whirlwind tour in the skies over Los Angeles and see the best of the city from a luxurious seat aboard a helicopter.

Experience the high life as you see the city’s glitz and glamour for yourself.  From the million dollar estates and celebrity homes, to the breathtaking views of the California coastline, and the hills and cliffs surrounding LA.

This is a tour like no other, with an experienced pilot who narrates as you fly in style for a 45 minute scenic tour.  Upgrade your tour for a true LA glamour experience, and enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres throughout the magnificent flight.

The Los Angeles Weekend Getaway Package includes your helicopter tour and two nights lodging in your choice of more than 60 hotels.

Sample the Harvest in Apple Hill

As the summer draws to a close we have much for which to be thankful.  Cooler temperatures, warm memories of summer fun, and the bountiful harvest of summer crops make this a special time of the year.

If you’re planning to spend some time enjoying Lake Tahoe before winter is upon us, there is a fantastic tour on Wednesdays that will take you into the Apple Hill region of the Sierra Nevada foothills for a day of visiting some of California’s productive farms and vineyards.

The El Dorado County Wine & Harvest Tour in Apple Hill travels through the astounding beauty of the foothills to visit the Historic Boeger Winery built on the site of an 1850’s homestead. You’ll visit the original home and distillery still in use and sample award winning estate bottled wines.

The tour includes stops at Jodar Vineyards and Winery, and Boa Vista Orchards.  At Boa Vista you’ll enjoy the cider making facility and visit the bakery where you can find delicate pastries and fresh fruit pies, and shop the farmer’s market for fresh fruits and vegetables, jams, cider, honey, and gourmet olives among numerous other offerings.

The tour includes samples at three wineries and a catered gourmet picnic in the foothills, with a wide range of treats that can easily accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free diets.  Create custom sandwiches and salads to enjoy in the fresh air.


Experience Hollywood

One of the fun things about visiting Anaheim is the chance to get a glimpse of some of your favorite celebrities who live in and around Hollywood, or taking a tour past the expansive mansions where they live.

You can join a narrated tour to see the homes of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, like Madonna, Keanu Reeves, Jackie Chan and more.  You will trek past dozens of celebrity mansions including those of Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie, plus cruise the famous Rodeo Drive, Bel Air, Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills.

Then its off to a shopping spree of unbelievable deals at the Citadel Outlets.  You’ll find dozens of stores to shop for bargains and pamper yourself like a movie star!

Get ready for some glamour with the complete Hollywood experience of the Movie Stars Homes and Shopping Tour from Anaheim.