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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.

Explore Arches National Park

One of the most beautiful and unique places in the entire world is the Arches National Park near Moab, UT. Comprising more than 76,000 acres, the park is named for the geologic wonder of the sandstone arches that occur throughout the region. Currently there are more than 2000 natural arches within the park.

Touring Arches Park should be on everyone’s bucket list. Twice. There is something amazing everywhere you look. from the petrogylphs and ancient rock art, to the winding rivers and desert bighorn sheep which are making a comeback within the park. But the main attraction remains the incredible, famous arches and balanced rocks. Like the Landscape Arch, boasting the largest span of a natural arch in North America, with light opening of 306 ft. The tallest opening in the park belongs to the southern span of the Double Arch, measuring 112 feet above the ground, which also has the second longest span in the park at 144 feet. The Delicate Arch is not a holder of any records, but seems to be held in high-esteem as the best loved arch by park visitors.

Arches National ParkYou can see these and other famous arches and the parks biggest balanced rock, estimated at more than 3,500 tons of sandstone which seems to be precariously perched atop a sandstone formation, when you take an Arches National Park 4×4 Expedition through the park.

There is so much to see, you can easily spend a full day exploring the rugged wilderness, and unmatched natural beauty of the park. But if you choose to spend just half the day in Arches National Park you can easily add a hike through the fiery furnace area, a rafting expedition, or a ghost town tour.

Indoor Vacation in Wisconsin Dells

We may be in the last remaining days of summer, and most of the Waterpark Capital’s waterparks are closing for the season, but there is still plenty of fun, even waterpark fun in Wisconsin Dells.

Don’t let the cooler weather convince you to stow away your bathing suit. Pack it in your suitcase and head to the Great Wolf Lodge & Indoor Waterpark. The indoor waterpark at the Great Wolf Lodge gives your family non-stop action all day long. A four-story interactive tree house, a six-story funnel ride, a wave pool, a variety of slides, an activity pool, a lazy river, whirlpools and more keep everyone entertained.

Great Wolf Lodge & Indoor Waterpark.The fun doesn’t stop when you leave the waterpark, however; the kids can enjoy an enchanted journey at the MagiQuest adventure, relax in a spa day just for them at Scoops Kid Spa, take part in the arts and crafts put on by the Cub Club, or spend an afternoon with their favorite arcade games in the game room.

Don’t envy the kids too much, though; mom and dad can have their own spa day at Elements Spa Salon, enjoy a good workout at the onsite fitness center or spend the day shopping at any of the retail or gift stores. Enjoy a delicious meal, anytime of the day, at The Loose Moose Bar & Grill, Camp Critter Buffet, Bear Paw Sweets & Eats, the Wolf’s Den Snack Bar or the Hungry as a Wolf pizzeria.

Great Wolf Lodge & Indoor WaterparkAt the end of a long and exciting day, retreat back to the comforts of your guest room. Each room comes equipped with high speed internet, cable TV, a refrigerator, microwave, hairdryer and coffeemaker. Condos are also available.

You can have an amazing vacation, without ever leaving the hotel.

The Very Best View of Washington DC

With so many monuments, memorials, historical sites, museums and more to see in Washington DC, it can be hard to even know where to start, let alone how to find all the places you want to see and plan a reasonable order in which to visit them all. Add to that the confusion of navigating in an unfamiliar city, you may be too busy watching for road signs and miss the very attractions you want to see.

The solution to all those travel hazards is a simple one: The Open Top Double Decker Bus Tour. From the upper open deck you’ll enjoy an unobstructed view, and excellent vantage point for some great photographs,  up above the traffic, as you tour the city and get acquainted with all the sites. Then enjoy the ease and convenience of a hop on, hop off pass, to visit the places you want to see up close and spend as much time exploring each one as you desire.

Open Top Double Decker Bus Sightseeing TourThe tour includes many of the most popular sightseeing locales in the Capitol city, like the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the US Capitol and nine other sites.

The hop pass is available for 24-hour or 48-hours, so you can really explore the city your way. And you can add a night tour, for a whole different perspective of these famous memorials after dark, when they are gloriously lit for nighttime viewing.

Sunset Safari at the Grand Canyon

Experience the unrivaled, awe-inspiring adventure of a Air Land Safari Sunset Helicopter and Jeep Tour of the Grand Canyon.

This fascinating combination tour starts as you depart the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, aboard a helicopter, equipped for maximum sightseeing with specially designed windows. Enjoy interesting in-flight narration detailing the geological forces which created the breathtaking landscapes you are witnessing.

The flight takes you over the Dragon Corridor, the widest and deepest point of the North Canyon; and the Tower of Ra, an impressive butte; before landing for the next leg of your expedition.

Sunset SafariJourney through the beautifully rugged Kaibab National Forest, on a guided off-road Jeep adventure, with astounding views of natural wonders like the Kaibab Plateau, and abundant wildlife all around you. The excursion is perfectly timed for your arrival at the viewpoint, just in time for a magical sunset view, as the canyon goes through a rainbow of colors upon the rock formations as the sun slowly paints her daily mural.

You’ll be reliving the adventure of the day as you glide back to the South Rim on the helicopter, and for weeks to come.

Visit Willie Nelson and Friends Museum

The oldest continuously operated country artist museum in Nashville, dedicated to honoring country music pioneers, is the Willie Nelson & Friends Museum and General Store.

You can easily spend a few hours browsing the displays of hundreds of personal items chronicling the musical history of Willie Nelson and more than 30 other famous country music artists including Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap, Webb Pierce. They’re always adding more memorabilia to the incredible collection which includes Willie Nelson’s Martin guitar, from his Grand Ole Opry debut in 1963 and his 1979 CMA Entertainer of the Year award.

You’ll find handwritten lyrics, personal diaries, and concert outfits from entertainers like Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell. There’s even Ronnie Milsap’s one of a kind autographed Playboy magazine, printed in Braille!

Willie Nelson and Friends MuseumThe General Store is the largest souvenir shop in Nashville with Jack Daniels, Elvis and Johnny Cash merchandise, along with hundreds of other novelty items and t-shirts, mugs, keychains and the like. You’ll easily find just the perfect gifts for anyone on your list, young and old, and probably a few items that you just can’t do without.

No trip to Nashville would be complete if you don’t have the right hat, and Willie Nelson’s General Store has hundreds of western hats from which to choose. Be sure to include this fun museum and store on your next Nashville trip.

Big Fun on the Bayou

Not far from New Orleans is one of the most unique and intriguing places in the United States.  The Manchac Swamp, home to many legends and many alligators offers adventure and an exciting experience.

A Swamp Tour into the bayou and swamplands is completely safe, even though there are countless alligators living in the murky shallows.  The eerie feeling imparted by the moss draped cypress trees is the stuff of adventure movies, and likely the reason that legends about the swamp live on through generations.

Cajun Pride Swamp TourNo hunting or fishing is permitted within the swamp, but the privately owned swampland is frequented by the Cajun Pride Swamp Tour boats.  So much so, that the wildlife are accustomed to their presence, and not only unafraid, but the alligators will actually come to the call of the boat’s captains.  Imagine being face to face with a jumping American Alligator!

The captains on these tours are all Louisiana natives, who love the swamp and can share loads of information and stories.  Next time you visit New Orleans, plan to head into the swamp with them.