New York City is magical during the holidays! Christmastime is the perfect season to visit New York – go window shopping in Manhattan, see the city lights, go ice skating at the famous Rockefeller Center ice rink. There’s always something going on in the city. Check out some of our favorite holiday picks:
The Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular
The Rockettes Radio City Christmas show is one of the most iconic Christmas shows in the nation. In addition to the Rockettes’ famously flawless kicklines, the show features a selection of holiday favorites: a retelling of The Nutcracker, the March of the Wooden Soldiers, and a live Nativity scene. Flawless choreography, dazzling costumes, and this year’s special 85th Anniversary tributes to the dancers of the past make this a can’t-miss Christmas tradition. Follow this link to learn more: http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/NewYorkNY/activity/TheRockettesTheRadioCityChristmasSpectacular.cfm
New York: The Game
See the city at your pace with a personalized scavenger hunt! New York: The Game sends scavenger hunt clues through text messaging or mobile browsers to lead you around the city for a glimpse of fascinating sights. Choose the entire city or just one or two neighborhoods that you’d like to learn more about, and get ready for a day of sightseeing and clue-solving. All you need are some walking shoes and your phone! Click here for more details: http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/NewYorkNY/activity/NewYorkTheGame.cfm
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Vegas! The Show
A large cast comprised of some of Vegas’ most talented performers put on a show like no other with Vegas! The Show. A musical revue of the history of Sin City, this show features dance numbers, songs, showgirls, and a live orchestra pay tribute to great performers of Vegas’ past:Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, the Rat Pack, and more. Vegas! The Show’s dazzling blend of old-fashioned Las Vegas glamor and modern entertainment makes for an unforgettable evening.
Sin City Comedy Show
A rotating cast of guest comedians and a crew of sultry burlesque dancers have made the Sin City Comedy Show the top comedy attraction in Vegas. Two comedians perform during each show, and most of Sin City Comedy’s guests are well-known names in the comedy world – you might recognize them from appearances on VH1, Comedy Central, and late night TV shows.
Motown Revue – Hitzville! – The Show!
Hear the biggest soul music hits at Motown Revue – Hitzville! “Entertainer of the Year” Jin-Jin Reeves is joined by a live band and male and female singing groups to perform hits from Motown legends like The Twmptations, The Supremes, Tina Turner, and The Four Tops.
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Myrtle Beach is a great destination for Christmas fun without cold weather. South Carolina’s mild winters let visitors stroll the beach, so shopping, enjoy the Saturday night fireworks at Broadway on the Beach, sample mouthwatering Southern food, and of course see Myrtle Beach’s fabulous shows! Special Christmas shows in Myrtle beach are a perfect way to set the stage for a Southern Christmas.
Carolina Opry Christmas Special
“The Holiday Show of the South” is an amazing spectacle of lights, music, and comedy. A Christmas tradition for more than 25 years, the Carolina Opry Christmas Special blends uplifting Christmas classics with more modern holiday songs. A talented cast of singers and dancers, dressed in their holiday best, create a perfect blend of old-fashioned tradition and modern fun, with a healthy dose of raucous country comedy thrown in for good measure.
Legends in Concert Christmas Show
Legends in Concert boasts a cast of the best tribute artists and impersonators around, brought together on one stage to recreate the legendary performances of the past. Elvis, Celine Dion, the Blues Brothers, Alan Jackson, and more of the biggest stars in musical history are recreated before your eyes by look- and sound-alikes. Special effects, lights and lasers, dazzling costumes, and stunning choreography combined with all types of Christmas music make the Legends in Concert Christmas show a must-see.
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There’s no better place than Memphis to take a look at musical history. Memphis has a long musical history as a place where many of the greatest rock’n'roll and soul artists got their start, and you can see some of American music’s most revered landmarks in this lovely Southern city.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland Experience
Elvis Presley, Memphis’ most famous resident, made his home at Graceland. Elvis fans from all over the world visit the estate to pay their respects and learn about The King. Graceland now serves as a muesum dedicated to the life and music of Elvis Presley, where fans can tour the home and see Elvis’ stage costumes, instruments, cars and private planes, as well as special exhibits about Elvis’ life and musical impact.
Sun Studio Guided Tour
Sun Studio began as a small, insignificant recording studio and became the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Johnny Lee Lewis all got their start in this little studio in downtown Memphis. The Sun Studio Guided Tour lets you glimpse into the studio’s amazing past as you knowledgeable guide points out important artifacts and shares stories about the musical greats that once walked its halls.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Stax Records became a hit factory, launching the careers of America’s greatest soul artists like Wilson Pickett, Isaac Hayes, Johnny Taylor, Otis Redding, and many, many more. The Stax Museum, at the original site of Stax Records, is the only permanent museum dedicated to soul music. Films, artifacts, memorabilia, and interactive exhibits make this museum a must-see for any fan of soul or musical history.
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Gatlinburg has plenty to offer visitors: the beautiful natural setting of the Smoky Mountains, shopping and restaurants, theme parks, outdoor adventures, and of course plenty of terrific shows! From comedy to country music to theatre and action-packed variety shows, Gatlinburg has something for everyone to enjoy.
Smoky Mountain Opry
The Smoky Mountain Opry is an exciting variety show featuring magic, special affects, comedy, dancing, and all genres of music. Cutting edge special effects like giant video screens and laser lights enhance the spectacle. A talented cast of performers pays tribute to the musical greats of the past: Elvis, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Simon 7 Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, and many more. Everyone is sure to hear something they’ll love at the Smoke Mountain Opry.
If country music suits you best, head to Country Tonite to take in an astonishing coutnry performance. Country Tonite has been voted the “Best Live County Music Show in America” for its nonstop high-energy entertainment. Singers and dancers in dazzling costumes perform a wide variety of country hits, from contemporary country-pop to bluegrass and Southern gospel, and cast members create hilarious comedic skits to keep you laughing as well as singing along.
Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud Show
Take part in the South’s most legendary feud at the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud Show. You’ll be assigned to either the Hatfield or McCoy side to cheer on your family and keep the rivalry alive as you enjoy a delicious Southern-style dinner. The two feuding families sing, dance, fight, and get into all kinds of shenanigans as they attempt to settle their differences as the audience cheers them on.
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The largest one-day street fair in the nation is held right outside San Diego in Crlsbad, California. The Carlsbad Fall Village Faire is a great opportunity for holiday shopping or simply a day of fun with the family. More than 900 vendors will be selling clothing, accessories, antiques, jewelry, plants, and much more. The international food court hosts more than 50 food vendors. There are also plenty of activities for kids: games, slides, rock climbing, face painting, and arts and crafts. The Fall Village Faire is November 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Learn about the mysteries of the sea at SeaWorld, the world-famous marine attraction. Thrill rides, shows, and ocean exhibits combine for an unforgettable experience. Meet the famous orca Shamu, be dazzled by the spectacle of Blue Horizons, and ride the thrilling Journey to Atlantis roller coaster. Touch a dolphin, count the teeth on a shark, and see dozens of exhibits with beautiful and fascinating sea creatures.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is world-famous for its huge variety of animals and realistic habitats. More than 800 species are housed at the zoo in zones that range from Polar Rim to Outback and Lost Forest, demonstrating the remarkable diversity of habitats across the globe. The zoo is also home to many exotic plants, making the animal habitats more realistic and the showcase of global biodiversity more complete. Click here to see more:
Safari Park at San Diego Zoo
If you’d like to get up close and personal with the denizens of the zoo, then the Safari Park is perfect for you. Walk through diverse “safari” habitats ranging from grasslands and steppe to wetlands, and get a great view of exotic animals like elephants, cheetahs, lions, and giraffes.
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The cooler temperatures and changing foliage make fall the perfect season for sightseeing, and there are plenty of things to see in Washington, D.C., from famous monuments to important historical sites.
Old Town Trolley Narrated Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Knowledgeable tour guides share stories and history about the capital city’s most prominent destinations on this trolley tour. The tour visits the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Memorial, the war memorials, Union Station, the U.S. Capital, the White House Visitor Center, and many more popular destinations. Feel free to disembark from the tour if you’d like to do some in-depth exploring, then hop back on one of the old-fashioned trolleys to see the rest of the city.
DC After Dark Tour
For a different perspective on the monuments and memorials of Washington, D.C., take a look at the famous landmarks after the sun goes down. At night, the monuments are lit by special spotlights and take on a whole new appearance. This 3 hour tour is fully narrated by experienced drivers.
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Tour
After seeing the city’s wealth of monuments and tributes to the founding fathers, take a look at the life of George Washington as you tour his historic home, Mount Vernon. You’ll see the house itself as well as the gardens and outbuildings, including the kitchen, greenhouse, and slave quarters. There is also a four-acre working farm with a reproduction of George Washington’s sixteen-sided barn. This tour also visits the picturesque town of Alexandria, with views of the Christ Church, Fort Washington, and the Pentagon.
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Generations of New Yorkers and visitors have loved ice skating on the iconic ice rink at Rockefeller Center. Join in this New York tradition and enjoy the cooler temperatures as you glide across the ice and take in Rockefeller Center’s glittering lights.
Edgar Allan Poe Greenwich Village Walking Tour
Experience more New York traditions on the Edgar Allan Poe Greenwich Village Walking Tour. Named for the famous writer, this tour takes you to the neighborhood that nurtured generations of artists, from folk musicians like Joan Baez and Bob Dylan to the creative writers of Poe’s day. Your guide will tell you the stories of the city’s role in the arts movement as you walk the winding streets to visit the nightclubs, coffeehouses, and theaters where now-famous starving artists got their start.
ZIP Helicopter Tours
After your walk around the city, take to the skies for a bird’s eye view of the Big Apple. Helicopter tours let you relax and get above the bustle of the city to take in amazing views. ZIP Tours offers several options, so whether you want to see Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty on the Harbor Tour or fly over five different boroughs on the Big City Tour, there’s bound to be a perfect sightseeing experience for you.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
No visit to New York would be complete without seeing some of the city’s fantastic museums, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art is among the most famous museums in the world. The ‘Met” houses more than 2 million works of art of every type from every era of history. The Met also hosts various guided tours, lectures, and classes for those who want to add a little more depth to their artistic exploration.
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Get a taste of the Wild West at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas. The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino will host the world’s best bulls and bull riders as they contend for the world championship. October 24-28, there will be special entertainment at the MGM lounge, rodeo events, and an official PBR Fan Zone where you can meet PBR stars, ride a mechanical bull, browse merchandise, entercontests, and take in free entertainment.
See entertainment of a different sort at Beatleshow, where four very talented impersonators pay tribute to the Beatles. You’ll think you’re watching the Fab Four themselves as the performers play the Beatles’ most popular hits like “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Yellow Submarine,” and “Hey Jude.”
After you’ve seen a great Vegas show, you might be ready for some sightseeing, and what better vantage point than a helicopter? A Hoover Dam Helicopter Tour will take you through breathtaking desert scenery and over the Hoover Dam, one of the most impressive engineering feats of its kind. You’ll also see Lake Mead, the giant reservoir created by the dam, and the rugged natural beauty of the Black Canyon of the Colorado.
Add some mystery to your Vegas vacation on the Area 51 Sightseeing Tour. You’ll learn about the rumors surrounding the infamous Area 51, and get to see some of the mysteries firsthand. Your knowledgeable guide will show you the “nonexistent” Janet Airlines, ancient Native American petroglyphs that look like aliens, and the Black Mailbox. Even nonbelievers will be impressed with the Joshua tree forest and the desert scenery.
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The Southern Festival of Books has inspired countless other literary festival across the world, and Nashville will host its original book festival once again October 12-14. More than 200 authors of all genres, including Junot Diaz, Tony Horwitz, Sharon Creech, and Daniel Woodrell, will each be involved in panels, readings, and book signings. There’s something for even the smallest readers, since the festival include kid-friendly readings, activities, and appearances from favorite characters.
Nashville Nights and Lights Tour with Dinner
After a day a the festival, relax and enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner from one of Nashville’s locally owned restaurants, then go exploring with a twist on the typical sightseeing excursion. A comfortable tour takes you to view the glittering evening lights of Nashville. See the Ryman Auditorium, Tennessee’s State Capitol, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Parthenon. You’ll also have some free time to get a taste of Nashville’s great nightlife on this fantastic evening tour.
General Jackson Showboat Lunch & Dinner Cruises
Nashville is famous for terrific country music performances, and there’s no better way to take in the city’s best entertainment than aboard the General Jackson, an authentic paddlewheel riverboat. A four-course meal of mouthwatering Southern cooking accompanies a terrific show of comedy, music, and dancing.
The cool fall weather is a great time to spend an afternoon perusing the Nashville Zoo. The zoo houses animals from all across the globe in meticulously curated habitats that reflect their natural environments. Each of the zoo’s exhibits teaches something new about the natural world, like The Unseen World, which showcases birds, insects, and reptiles that are experts at hiding from predators.
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