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Scavenger Hunt Tours of NYC

If you enjoy experiencing a new city at your own pace, with your pals these New York City Interactive Tours are sure to be a hit.  You can choose to see all of New York City, or select a specific neighborhood or two and set off on a scavenger hunt style tour.

Using text messages, or mobile web-browsing, you’ll receive clues to guide you on your tour of the city, while learning interesting facts, and having a fabulous time.  The game-style tour has many options available.

You can choose to visit Little Italy and Chinatown for a extensive tour of two of New York’s most cultured neighborhoods, or opt for the Serious Eats Food Frenzy to tour both these neighborhoods with a focus on the food available.  You’ll Scavenger Hunt Tours of NYCexplore Frank Sinatra’s favorite bakery, and learn all the insiders best kept secret spots in Little Italy.

Other tours available include trivia game that takes you to five of the best taverns in the East Village; the trendy SoHo: So Hot Right Now tour visits the posh boutiques of SoHo.  If the Wall Street financial world is more your style, or you are drawn to the bright lights of Broadway, or the old-world charm of the Flatiron District, there is a fun and interactive tour for you.  Find the perfect romantic date tour, or visit the Metropolitan Museum or the Museum of Natural History.  Can’t decide?  These tours typically span about three hours, so choose a few to guide yourself through amazing tours of the Big Apple!

The Institute for Texan Cultures

Among the great cultural attractions in San Antonio is the Institute for Texan Cultures.  Not far from the Alamo and the Riverwalk, you’ll enjoy learning more about the history and peoples responsible for the current Texan Culture.  The state’s primary center for multicultural education, the museum and library celebrate the many ethnicities that comprise Texas population.

Through research, collections, exhibits, festivals and programs the center strives to create an understanding and appreciation for Texas, and Texans.  Hundreds of thousands of archived photographs, an entire library of records, and hundreds of artifacts to provide tangible links to the stories they share of Texans past and present, famous and common.

Gain a greater understanding of the diversity of Texas, and the rich cultural history through the engaging exhibits at the Institute for Texan Cultures.

Historic Fort Mackinac

Situated on the Southern Bluff of Mackinac Island, 150 feet above the Straits of Mackinac is ten acres of history surrounded by stone walls.  Fort Mackinac has for more than 230 years stood as a witness to war and peace, and when you enter the historic stone walls, you are stepping into the 1880s.

The fort was built by the British during the American Revolution.  It was turned over to the United States in 1796, but surrendered peacefully very early in the War of 1812.  The British relinquished the Fort to the US at the end of that war.  It was used as a military fort, although abandoned through much of the Civil War and Western Expansion as Soldiers were commissioned to support war efforts elsewhere.

Historic Fort MackinacToday the Fort operates as an historical attraction with costumed interpreters portraying Fort life in the 1880s.  The soldiers regularly fire muskets and rifles, and even a cannon from 1841, positioned as one would have been during the bombardment of the War of 1812.

Fourteen original buildings on the site are open to the public, and have been restored and furnished with appropriate period settings, including the Officer’s Stone Quarters, which is the oldest building in the state of Michigan.  Other buildings include the Commissary, Post Hospital, Quartermaster’s Storehouse, and Soldiers’ Barracks.

Historic Fort MackinacSpecial exhibits present the complete history of Mackinac Island, Military Medicine at the Fort and hands-on interactive exhibits just for the kids.

An on-site Tea Room, operated by The Grand Hotel serves lunch, snacks and beverages.  And the Fort welcomes your well-behaved pets, even providing water bowls for their refreshment.

Plan to spend a few hours exploring Fort Mackinac while you’re visiting the island this summer.

Southern Belles and Whistles

Crucial to the outcome of the US Civil war, the fall of the City of Atlanta into Union hands during the Battle of Jonesboro, is an epic turning point in American History, and a focal point of study for many ‘civil-war buffs.’  The rich history of Atlanta has been much romanticized especially in Margaret Mitchell’s novel and the time-honored classic movie, Gone With the Wind.

Learn more about the Battle of Jonesboro, why it was chosen as the setting for Gone With the Wind, and hear captivating stories about the historic homes on The Southern Belles and Whistles Tour.  Covering more than 100 years of history and heritage, you’ll follow the path of brave men and Southern Belles on this historical journey.

Southern Belles and Whistles TourStops on the tour include the Road to Tara Museum, Clayton County Jail & History Center, and the Patrick R. Cleburne Memorial Confederate Cemetery, where many of the fallen soldiers from the final battle of the Atlanta Campaign find their final resting place.

You’ll also drive by Warren House, which served as a military hospital, the iconic intersection of Scarlett Dr. and Rhett Butler Dr., Ashley Oaks Mansion, and Stately Oaks Plantation.

A historical, educational journey, and a wonderful way to spend a day of your Atlanta vacation package.

Mount Vernon and Old Alexandria Tour

The Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Tour guides you through some of the best sights and experiences that Washington DC has to offer, and unveils the history of this region through the eyes of its most distinguished citizen, George Washington.

The tour first guides you through George Washington’s stately home, the outbuildings, slave quarters, kitchen, and greenhouse, and even invites you to saunter through the four exquisite gardens. Outdoor enthusiasts can also venture onto the Forest Trail, which boasts of some of the most picturesque views the state has to offer, while the four-acre working farm, aptly named the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer Site, takes you on a walk down memory lane with a meticulously detailed recreation of Washington’s 16-sided trading barn.

Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria TourSteeped in nostalgia and lush natural beauty, the tour offers you a refreshing getaway from the humdrum of everyday urban life. From here, you are then led to the Christ Church at North Washington Street, which is as fabled for its intricate décor, as it is for its legacy as the oldest Episcopal congregation in Alexandria. Built in 1773, the edifice has been designed by James Wren, and reflects the opulent grandiose of the classic Colonial Georgian style. You can also view the elaborately detailed interiors of the church, when service is not in session. And if that isn’t breathtaking enough, the coach ride is also interspersed with fabulous views of significant landmarks like Old Town Alexandria, Fort Washington and the Pentagon!

‘Hop-on Hop-off’ Savannah Trolley Tour

See all the best sights in Savannah at your own pace when you take the Savannah Historic Trolley Tour.

For an overview of sights and history in Savannah, you can ride through the 90 minute tour.  But we recommend you take advantage of the ‘Hopper Pass’ and spend as much time as you like at any of the 16 stops on the tour.  With either a one-day or two-day pass, you can hop off and on the trolley as you like, and see the Savannah historic sights your way.

Savannah Historic Trolley TourThe trolley ride itself is a treat of historic flavor, and a delightful way to travel to  the many fascinating and historical stops on the tour.  Its good to start at the Visitor’s Center, which is housed in an historic railway station.  Hop off and on as you visit places of architectural and historical significance, such as the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, dating to 1840, built in the Antebellum Greek Revival/Regency style, the Owen Thomas House completed in 1819 and now open as a museum showcasing the English Regency design and displaying antiquities from 1750 – 1830.  Learn the history of the Girl Scouts at the birthplace of Founder Julliette Gordon Lowe.Savannah Historic Trolley Tour

You’ll see parks and markets and the oldest theater in the US, the Historic Savannah Theater which is still producing nightly shows.  There is so much to see on this tour, you will probably need two days to see it.  The two-day Hopper Pass will give you plenty of time.

The Grand Canyon – Natural Wonder of the World

As you catch your first glimpse of the buttes, mesas and valleys within the main gorge and gaze into the abyss, you’ll understand why the Grand Canyon has long been referred to as one of the greatest wonders of the world.

The beauty of this great chasm carved through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau is overwhelming. On the South Rim, summer temperatures range from the 80’s during the day to the 40’s during the night.  The South Rim, open year-round, is one of the most-visited areas of the park, especially during the summer months. Many hikers and campers set out for the South Rim to trek the rocky terrain during that time.

Grand CanyonThe Grand Canyon is a colorful, steep-sided gorge, carved by the Colorado River, in northern Arizona. The canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is largely contained in the Grand Canyon National Park – one of the first national parks in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of the Grand Canyon area, visiting on numerous occasions to hunt mountain lions and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.Grand Canyon

The canyon, created by the Colorado River cutting a channel, is about 277 mile (446 km) long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles (6 to 29 kilometers) and attains a depth of more than a mile (1,600 m).  Earth’s history has been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut through layer after layer of sediment as the Colorado Plateaus have uplifted.

Vacations Made Easy offers many Grand Canyon vacation packages that include a variety of tours that are great options for any visitor to the area.

New Orleans History with a Twist

Next time you’re visiting New Orleans, plan to spend a couple hours walking in the French Quarter. Learn some fascinating history, with a twist….of lime. Take this guided New Orleans Walking Cocktail Tour, for a bit of education in the Big Easy.

This personal touNew Orleans Walking Tourr experience will take you through the beautiful architecture of the French Quarter. The entire district has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Visit famous establishments such as Antoine’s Restaurant, New Orleans’ oldest restaurant with 175 years of service and go behind the scenes when you visit their wine cellar. Learn the history of famous local concoctions like the Hand Grenade and Hurricane.
Each tour varies depending on availability, tour guides personal taste and the tour guests tastes. So every tour is a unique, one of a kind experience. Perhaps you’ll visit the birthplace of Southern Comfort, originally dubbed “Cuffs & Buttons,” by inventor M.W. Heron.New Orleans Walking Tour

Add this fun walking tour to a weekend in New Orleans. Vacations Made Easy has a New Orleans Weekend Getaway Package that includes two nights lodging, Audubon Insectarium Zoo and Aquarium, IMAX Theater and Garden District Walking Tour.

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San Antonio Vacation Packages for Everyone!

Six Flags San AntonioIt’s a great time to visit beautiful San Antonio, but then again, when isn’t a good time?! Well get ready for a thrilling vacation full of history and excitement when you come to this great southern city. You’ll be able to visit theme parks like SeaWorld, Six Flags, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, or view historical sites like the Alamo, or the oldest stone church in the United States; Mission Concepcion.

No matter what you choose to do with your time in San Antonio, you’re sure to have a great time full of lasting memories. Of course if you don’t know what to do, we’re here to help at Vacations Made Easy! We offer lodging, activities and more, which you can combine into a vacation package, all to make your vacation the best as possible. Take a look at some pre-made vacation packages that we offer in good ol’ San Antonio.

San Antonio Theme Park Adventure Package: http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/SanAntonioTX/vacationPackages/SanAntonioThemeParkAdventurePackage.cfm

Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes the San Antonio Theme Park Adventure Package which includes admission to SeaWorld – San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and four nights’ lodging in the San Antonio area. While you’re at SeaWorld – San Antonio, you will have the unique chance to not only be entertained by marine animals but to also learn about them. Next up, you’ll get to visit with Bugs Bunny and crew at the Six Flags Fiesta, Texas. You’ll experience over 47 different rides ranging from children-friendly to absolutely extreme and all in between. And with four nights of lodging, you’ll have ample time to explore all sorts of other great activities in San Antonio, or just mellow out and explore the great food and fun culture of the area.

Vacation Experience Package: San Antonio Sightseeing: http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/SanAntonioTX/vacationPackages/VacationExperienceSanAntonioSightseeing.cfm

Take the family with you for the Vacation Experience Package: San Antonio Sightseeing, providing you with two nights’ lodging as well as a trip to the stunning Natural Bridge Caverns, filled with sparkling tunnels and unbelievable crystalized formations. Walk along the cool, rocky underground paths of the Natural Bridge Caverns for a 75 minute tour complete with beautiful mineral pools. Much of the cave is illuminated, so you’ll be able to see the intricate detail carved by nature’s underground waters over many years. You’ll be amazed at the natural sights underneath your nose in San Antonio. And with your two nights of lodging, you’ll have the opportunity to explore more of San Antonio and make your vacation unforgettable.

At VME, we offer pre-made packages like these, and you can group together your own activities and lodging and create your own package! Come take a look and see what you can do in San Antonio, and get started on your vacation today! http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/SanAntonioTX/vacationPackages.cfm

Grand Ole Opry Performers, Week of 5-10-2013

Maggie Rose Grand Ole OpryAs always it’s a great time to head out to the grandest stage in country music to catch a show and see the top performers of yesterday and today. There are always brilliant performers ready to give you an amazing show, and this week is no exception. Here are the upcoming scheduled performers for this wonderful May week:

Tue, May 7, 2013: 7:00 PM: Chris Young, Del McCoury, Love and Theft, Mandy Barnett, and more to be added as scheduled.

Fri, May 10, 2013: 7:00 PM: Anita Renfroe, Maggie Rose, Sara Haze, and more to be added as scheduled.

Sat, May 11, 2013: 7:00 PM: Charlie Daniels, Joel Crouse, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ralph Stanley, and more to be added as scheduled.

Be sure and check us out for up to date performer information at http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/NashvilleTN/activity/GrandOleOpryTicket.cfm

Of course you’ll also want to grab a hotel if you plan on staying a night or two during your trip, so why not check us out and see what kind of properties there are available that might suit your needs? We offer everything from standard hotel rooms at great prices, to luxury hotels with all of the top amenities. Visit us to take a look at http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/NashvilleTN/lodging/