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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.

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.

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.

Killagain’s Island

If you enjoy an interactive dinner show experience, and maybe fancy yourself something of a sleuth, the Almost Famous Murder Mystery Dinner Theater is right up your alley. Plan an evening of great dining and entertainment in Branson, MO with this unique murder mystery comedy.

Upon arriving at the Theater, you’ll be directed to an elegantly set table, where you’ll be served a 5-star, 3-course meal with a fresh Caesar salad, fresh baked dinner roll, baked breast of chicken on a bed of fluffy rice, garlic roasted red potatoes, slow cooked green beans, and a scrumptious dessert of cheesecake, drizzled with chocolate and raspberry.

Killagain's IslandPay careful attention to the show for clues to solving the murder mystery. The Killagain’s Island show follows the story of Eunice Powell I, whose yacht, the SS Tadpole, is shipwrecked and she finds herself on a deserted island with a group of castaways. When one of them is found murdered on shore, the remaining crew are desperate to determine who among them is the culprit. The audience is invited to participate, even encouraged to holler out, make wise-cracks, as everyone is seeking clues to solve the mystery.  Was it Captain Morgan? His first mate, Killagain? Maybe the TV Celebrity, Cayenne Pepper?

Keep track of the clues you decipher, and during intermission, your clue sheet is graded by the staff. Whoever is closest to solving the murder mystery wins a ‘killer’ prize!

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.

Mt. Rushmore and Black Hills Tour

Of course the main attraction at Mt. Rushmore, is the massive memorial for the four US Presidents sculpted from the granite peak.  But there is much more to appreciate in this South Dakota region.  You can see it all from the comfort of a modern tour bus, and learn facts from your knowledgeable guide as you spend the day letting someone else drive.

The Mount Rushmore & Black Hills Tour begins with the famous Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, where in addition to viewing the awesome wonder you’ll enjoy a breakfast of biscuits and gravy, eggs, hash browns, sausage or bacon, and more. After you’ve had your fill, ample time is allowed so you can tour the visitor center, browse the souvenir shop, and explore the exhibits.

Crazy-Horse-MemorialNext, you’ll stop at the Crazy Horse Memorial, a work in progress which honors the culture and heritage of the North American Indians, before a visit to Custer State Park where you’ll be surrounded by astounding natural beauty at the location of the Custer’s first discovery of gold.  Other tour sites include the Iron Mountain Road, and Black Hills National Forest, with waterfalls, enormous rock cliffs, bridges, sparkling streams and abundant wildlife.

Niagara Whirlpool Jet-Boat Tour

Make a splash at Niagara Falls on a fast-paced jet-boat tour.  For 20 years these powerful Jet Boats have sped down the Niagara River in this fast-paced, open air Jet Boat ride towards the famous white waters of the Niagara Whirlpool.  Isn’t it time you got on board?

On the Wet Jet Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour, two things are promised; you will have fun, and you will get wet.  Be prepared to get soaked through and through.  You’ll be provided a life jacket and splash gear, but it’s recommended you bring a change of clothes for this water ride through the Niagara River Gorge’s 200 foot high stone wall canyon.  You’ll enjoy amazing scenery and history as you race toward the whirlpool.

Be sure to include a jet boat tour on your next visit to Niagara Falls.

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 Smoky Mountain Opry

The Smoky Mountain Opry is a high-energy production that you must see while in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area.  This show is packed with so much variety, it’s perfect for everyone.

The Smoky Mountain Opry showcases a talented collection of amazing dancers, musicians, singers, aerialists, magicians, jugglers, comedians, even a white lion.  It’s a feat they can fit it all into the two-hour stage production.  Complete with state-of-the-art special effects including lasers, pyrotechnics, and big screens, the performance covers nearly every musical genre.  From Disco to Country, Motown to Broadway and everything in between, you’ll delight to songs from Frank Sinatra, Carrie Underwood, George Jones and the Beatles, just to name a small few.  This show has it all, even lions and tigers!

Smoky Mountain OpryMake sure to include the Smoky Mountain Opry on your next Gatlinburg vacation.