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Get Medieval in Atlanta

Spend a weekend in Atlanta and a couple hours in Medieval Times. Vacations Made Easy has a great vacation package, Medieval Times Atlanta, which includes two nights lodging in your choice of more than 90 Atlanta hotels, and admission to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.

Enjoy a four-course meal fit for a king, while you are entertained by the jousting and sword-fighting of the valiant knights vying for the tournament championship. The Master of Horse and the Royal Falconer are both in attendance at the tournament to showcase magnificent animal performers. The Master of Horse and a team of Pure Spanish horses will demonstrate exemplary equestrian talent. Pure Spanish horses were prized by medieval royalty for their strength and skill. Medieval TimesThe Royal Falconer’s beautiful hawks and falcons will soar over the arena and amaze as they show their natural speed and agility.

After the rousing entertainment, head back to your amenity filled hotel for a relaxing rest. There’s still time while you’re in Atlanta to catch some other area attractions. The World of Coca-Cola or Stone Mountain Park.

Spring into Fun with Busch Gardens Williamsburg

There’s no better way to kick off spring and celebrate being a kid than to visit Busch Gardens in Williamsburg! With an assortment of entertaining shows, animal encounters, and their KIDsiderate attractions, Busch Gardens is ready for spring just as much as you are. The season just began, and they are gearing up for the rest of the season with lots of fun activities and events:

Land of the Dragons 20th Anniversary: Busch Gardens is throwing a party to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Land of the Dragons, so everyone come out on Saturday, April 26 to commemorate the event with games, face-painting, and appearances by some modern-day “dragons.” Busch Gardens is updating the area with fresh paint, new colors, and the addition of a new animal show.

Sesame Street Forest of Fun‘s 5th Birthday Weekend: The Sesame Street Forest of Fun is turning five this April, so join Elmo and his friends this April 4, 5, and 6 for a special birthday celebration! At the Teatro Di San Marco Theatre, you can join the Sesame Street group for a special show, Elmo Rocks, which will perform at the theater daily for the weekend.

Animal Expert Jack Hanna‘s Menagerie: Visiting on April 12 and 13, Into the Wild host and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Jack Hanna is bringing his animal menagerie to Busch Gardens. You can see Jungle Jack and his animal ambassadors at Treato Di San Marco Theatre as they examine the importance of wildlife conservation.

A Schlitterbahn Spring Break in Texas

When you travel to Texas, make sure to head to one of the awesome Schlitterbahn Waterparks! With three awesome locations in New Braunfels, Galveston Island, and South Padre Island, Schlitterbahn offers guests to sunny Texas the opportunity to truly enjoy the fantastic weather and sunshine.

At all three locations, Schlitterbahn is opening on the weekends, but during Spring Break, they’re open daily for a whole week from March 8 to 16, providing spring breakers and other guests with the best way to enjoy and celebrate the coming warm weather! This early tropical getaway can provide you with more than a dozen heated attractions, including tube slides, speed slides, young kids’ activity areas, beaches, hot tubs, and more!

When you visit one of Schlitterbahn’s parks, it’s always time for family fun! This year is the first ever Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Spring Break, providing you with access to the Blastenhoff section of the park, where you can conquer Blastenhoff tower with the ups and downs of the Master Blaster. Or you can soak up the sun on Blastenhoff beach while the family explores Hans Hideout. Whatever you decide to do, it’s the hottest coolest time at Schlitterbahn!

During your stay in Texas, you can visit any of these three waterparks from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more than a dozen heated, climate-controlled attractions!

Celebrate Spring Break in San Antonio, Texas!

Spring Break is almost here, and San Antonio is the perfect place to gear up for the new season! In the Texas heat, you can celebrate Spring Break earlier than most places in the U.S., so head on down for a warm and wild celebration of spring!

Six Flags Fiesta Texas: March 8-16

Six Flags Fiesta Texas kicks off Spring Break 2014, the Ultimate Party, as the weather starts to heat up. This annual celebration is the one week of the semester when students from all over the world get together to kick back and relax. At Six Flags, you can enjoy the most heart-racing, thrill-inducing speed coasters in the world for an amazing spring vacation during some fabulous Texas sunny weather! Along with this fantastic Spring Break comes extended hours at the park – every day during this week, the park is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (instead of their usual 7 p.m. during this season).

Schlitterbahn Waterpark: March 8-16

Not only is this time Spring Break, but you can also celebrate Blast & Save Days here at Schlitterbahn, where only the Blastenhoff section of the park is open with limited hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the beginning of the new season at Schlitterbahn, so come enjoy the best waterpark in Texas!

SeaWorld San Antonio: March 8-23

Although SeaWorld San Antonio is currently open only for weekends, during Spring Break, it is open daily from March 8 to 23. During part of that time from March 8 to 15, you can enjoy their Spring into Night event, during which you can enjoy the park at night with extended hours and get a sneak peak at Summer 2014’s shows:

  • Sea Lions Tonite! – showcasing pinniped-pranksters Clyde and Seamore as they spoof the park’s daytime shows.
  • Sesame Street Bay of Play Block Party – guests can dance and sing along with all their favorite Sesame Street friends.

During your stay, make sure to check out some of the fabulous hotels in the area. If you’re not planning on splashing away at Schlitterbahn, you should definitely invest in a hotel with an indoor pool! Check out the Comfort Suites Near Six Flags for a perfect location and an extensive list of amenities, and of course, check out other awesome hotels with indoor pools in the San Antonio area.

Check Out the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando

While you’re in Orlando, look for a unique way to spend your time with a visit to the Kennedy Space Center. Enjoy one of the exciting tours available, and get up close and personal with the launch pads and more. Take a guided tour through the center, and try some space ice cream. But no matter what you do, make sure you enjoy these awesome exhibits that opened this past summer of 2013.

Angry Birds Space Encounter

This adventure brings to life the space adventures of the famous birds as they follow their kidnapped eggs into an inter-galactic wormhole, come face-to-face with Space Pigs, and gear up with heroic superpowers! Images and sounds from the popular game set the tone for visitors of all ages as the encounter takes you through a vortex transporting them into a strange space universe.

Space Shuttle Atlantis

Take this adventure to experience the world’s most comprehensive attraction devoted to the space shuttle and come nose-to-nose with the priceless Atlantic spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before – with the payload bay doors open. Guests can conduct a virtual extra-vehicular activity, practice docking to the ISS, extract cargo from the payload bay, create sonic booms, glide to a landing on the Re-entry Slide, and more!

January 24 & 25 at the Grand Ole Opry

In the past 85 years, the Grand Ole Opry has been providing Nashville with the best and the brightest of talented country stars across America, and that tradition still continues today! This weekend is your last opportunity to see the Opry at the Ryman Auditorium, the original location for the Opry. After this weekend, the show will return to the Opry House, where it makes its home for the rest of the year until the beginning of the holiday season later this year.

This Friday, the Fresh Beat Band will perform for the Grand Ole Opry. Join Marina, Kiki, Twist, and Shout, the four best friends who love to sing and dance and go to music school together. As a group, they are a live-action preschool musical sitcom set to original pop songs with preschool-friendly lyrics.

Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ryman Auditorium

Special Event with Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert

Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ryman Auditorium

Old Crow Medicine Show, Charley Pride, Craig Morgan, Jewel with Atz Kilcher, Hal Ketchum, Leah Turner, and more!

Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ryman Auditorium

Old Crow Medicine Show, Lennon & Maisy, Craig Campbell, Jonathan Jackson, Charley Pride, Hal Ketchum, and more!

For more information on the Grand Ole Opry and a complete schedule, please visit:

http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/NashvilleTN/activity/GrandOleOpryTicket.cfm

Rock ‘n’ Roll with the Memphis Mojo Tour

If you’re visiting Memphis soon, there are plenty of fantastic ways to tour the area. From Elvis tours to studio tours, Memphis is known for its musical influences, but if you’re looking for a unique way to experience all that this wonderful Southern city has to offer, make sure to catch the Memphis Mojo Tour on a vintage buss and with a local musician as a guide! You’ll laugh and groove with the music as you are guided past the many sights. Here are just a few places you’ll visit on the tour:

Beale Street

From the headquarters of Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War to the proclaimed birthplace of rock and roll, Beale Street has a history that steadily runs through the veins of Americana. With more than two dozen different clubs and shops in the area, the area offers visitors a distinct style of partying, shopping, and sightseeing in the area. Have a meal at the Blues City Café, shop for one-of-a-kind items, and more!

Stax Records

The story of Stax Records is one of a cultural phenomenon that changed the culture of music forever, locally as well as nationally and even internationally. What began as a tiny record store in an old movie theater grew to become one of the most important recording studios in the world. Starting in 1959, the studio began launching the careers of unknowns who would become icons, including artists like Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, and even comedy legends like Bill Cosby, Moms Mabley, and Richard Pryor! The studio is now the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Lorraine Hotel

Before Martin Luther King, Jr., stayed there, the Lorraine Hotel was a typical Southern-style hotel. Although it was only accessible to whites in the beginning, after World War II, it had become a black establishment serving jazz musicians and other celebrities of the time. But everything changed in 1968, when on April 4 Martin Luther King was assassinated at the hotel. Since then, the hotel has been converted into the National Civil Rights Museum in 1991.

Sun Studio (available on the Extended Mojo Tour)

When you visit the Sun Studio, you can stand among the greatness of rock and roll artists like Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, as those artists and others began their careers in this very studio. Opened in 1950, the owners could never have known the impact that their business venture would produce or that the studio would be considered the birthplace of rock and roll! This is the only recording studio to be named a National Historic Landmark.

With the Memphis Mojo Tour, you’ll get to see the hot spots in the city and enjoy the music on the tour. Learn all about the rich history of music in the city, and join in with the music-making! Tambourines, shakers, and bongos located throughout the bus let you take the fun into your own hands!

Fascinating Grand Canyon Facts

If you’re heading to the Grand Canyon, use this list of fun facts to wow your family and friends!

  • The Grand Canyon ranges from 4 to 18 miles wide (6 – 28km) and is 277 miles long (445km) (that’s river miles).
  • On average, it is 5000 feet deep (1,524m or over half a kilometer deep)
  • The entire Grand Canyon is essentially tilted: the northern rim is 1200 ft higher than the southern rim.
  • The climate within the canyon is semi-arid, and the floor in summer can heat up to 106 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).
  • It is the third largest canyon in the world (exceeded by Barranca de Cabre in Northern Mexico and Hell’s Canyon in Idaho).
  • Around 88 species of mammals, 250 – 300 species of birds, 25 types of reptiles and five species of amphibians all live in the Grand Canyon.
  • The first white man to discover the Grand Canyon was García López de Cárdenas in 1540.
  • Scientists suggest it took 3-6 million years to form.
  • It was carved with a single river, the Colorado, by the process of erosion.
  • 800 million gallons of water flow through it per hour (that’s 3028 million liters).
  • It is a “Natural Wonder of the World”.
  • Its base is about 1/3 of the earth’s age.
  • The floor of the Grand Canyon contains fossil footprints of over 20 species of reptiles and amphibians, yet no fossilized reptile bones or teeth have ever been uncovered.
  • Due to the absence of actual soil in the Canyon, very little plant life can grow on the floor, except for desert plants.
  • It is the site of the rare Brady Pin-cushion cactus, discovered in 1958.
  • The oldest human artifacts in the Grand Canyon are estimated to be 3000-4000 years old.

For more information about the Grand Canyon, as well as places to stay in the area please visit http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/GrandCanyonAreaAZ/

Explore the Musical History of Memphis with the Music Attraction Discount Pass

If you’re interested in music and the heart of rock and roll, Memphis is the place to go! Enjoy historical tours for Elvis fans and more while in the area, or take a stop in a local café for lunch. No matter what you choose to do, Memphis is full of exciting activities!

For one of the best deals in the area, consider getting the Memphis Music Attraction Discount Pass – it’s your passport to the music history of Memphis in one easy ticket! You can gain entry to four of the most popular attractions in the area, including Sun Studio, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, and Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Sun Studio

At the Sun Studio, you can stand amidst the legacy of greatness! This is the location where rock and roll was born when artists like Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and others began their careers. Opened in 1950, this studio gained national fame as cutting-edge musicians of the 1950s fused blues and country to create a unique and revolutionary new sound. This famous studio is the only recording studio to be named a National Historic Landmark!

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

Created by the Smithsonian Institution, the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum’s exhibition tells the story of musical pioneers who overcame racial and socioeconomic barriers to create the music that shook the world. Located on Beale Street, the museum offers a comprehensive Memphis music experience from the rural music of the ‘30s through Memphis’s musical heyday in the ‘70s to its global influence today!

Elvis Presley’s Graceland

Walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll at his home in Memphis, Graceland Mansion. This tour will take you from Elvis’s humble beginnings through his rise to super stardom, and you can see how the legend lived and relaxed with family and friends through videos, photos, Elvis’s personal mementos, movie memorabilia, stage costumes, and much more!

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

The story of Stax Records is one of a cultural phenomenon that changed the culture of music forever! What began as a tiny record store in an old movie theater in 1959 grew to become one of the most important music recording studios in the world! The studio then began launching the careers of unknowns who would become icons, cranking out a massive catalog of smash soul hits by the likes of Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, Luther Ingram, Albert King, and doxens of other artists whose influence remains vital in the music of today! Today, the Stax Museum, located at the original site of Stax Records, pays tribute to all of the artists who recorded there with a rare and amazing collection of more than 2,000 interactive exhibits, films, artifacts, items of memorabilia, and galleries designed to keep Stax alive forever.

Ring in the New Year in Nashville

Ring in the New Year in Music City! From pre-Eve festivities to the midnight countdown, Nashville’s New Year’s celebrations are a treat for all, and there are many fun and exciting opportunities for all different kinds of people.

Football fans can grab tickets to the Music City Bowl, scheduled to be played on December 30, 2013 at LP Field in Nashville. This is the 16th edition of the Music City Bowl, featuring the Ole Miss Rebels from the Southeastern Conference against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The bowl is currently sponsored by the Franklin American Mortgage Company and officially known as the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

You can also race against the clock in the Ravenchase Quest for Father Time. This New Year’s Eve, more than champagne and midnight kisses are at stake if you and your teammates don’t unwind the mystery of Father Time before midnight. As the story goes, Father Time, as a bitter old crank, has planned to stop time altogether, locking us in this year forever, and you and your teammates must participate in treasure hunt with a starter clue that gives the location of the start point. Racers receive handmade maps, clues, and a gadget bag of handy items.

Of course, traditional party-goers won’t be forgotten! The vibrant city nightlife offers dining and dancing in venues across town. You can party at many of the local night clubs and more, or have a retro rock party on the General Jackson, where you can breathe in the fresh air along the Cumberland River as you enjoy an evening of fun! Join the 300-foot-long paddle-wheel riverboat for the Near Year with a 4-hour trip on the water under the twinkling stars and majestic Nashville skyline. Enjoy live romantic tunes of the Craig Duncan Orchestra and dance the night away after a delicious meal before the final countdown to the New Year and the elegant balloon drop over the dance floor! Here is a snippet from the 2011/2012 New Year’s Eve celebration:

Whether going upscale or getting down, revelers will find a New Year’s celebration to ring the year in right!