Wednesday, October 22, 2008

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Buy a Los Angeles City Pass

If you want to save big in any city, you can buy what is sometimes known as a city pass or an explorer pass. This type of pass will get you into most of the big attractions for one low price.

You can click here to buy one this week for 15% off the regular retail price.

What a great deal!

I will be looking for more great deals like this for different cities, so be sure to check back here often!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Free Trams in Las Vegas

There is a shuttle tram in Las Vegas for which you can buy a pass. But there are also 2 free trams in Las Vegas. Most people don't know about these until it is too late, or they have been there a few times.

The first one has 3 stops. The Excalibur, The Luxor, and Mandalay Bay. It is a short ride, and the tram leaves about every 5 minutes, give or take a minute or two. This tram runs 24 hours a day

The second tram runs between The Mirage and Treasure Island. It runs about every 10 to 15 minutes. The hours are from 9 am to 1 am.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tips for Traveling to Las Vegas

Today I though I would cover a few tips for traveling to Las Vegas.

One of the hardest decisions to make once you arrive is where to go first. But once you decide, I would highly suggest considering the "Deuce" as your primary source of transportation. The "Deuce" is a double decker bus which stops near every casino on the strip and will also talk you downtown. For a mere Five Dollars you can buy a 24-hour pass which will save not only your legs, but also loads on taxi fare.

You'll want to check out the famous free shows while you're there. If you start out with the Sirens at Treasure Island, at the end you'll have just enough time to walk on to the Mirage to see the Volcano explode, and then as you arrive at the Bellagio you'll be just in time for the Fountain and Light show (aka Fountains of the Bellagio).

Other free sights to see in Vegas include:

Lion Habitat at MGM
Circus Acts of Circus Circus
The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
The Dealertainers
CBS Research Center
Fremont Street Experience

For more tips and travel arrangements, please be sure to check out Cheap'O Air at the link below.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Just Back from Myrtle Beach

I just got back from Myrtle Beach. It was a nice relaxing trip. The temperature there was in the high 80's and 90's the whole time I was there. But it felt comfortable. It's amazing how much the lack of humidity can make a difference.

I stayed at a little resort in downtown called the Polynesian Resort. Although there were a lot of families staying there, I still would only recommend this place as only a place to lay your head.

There's not really a bad neighborhood in Myrtle Beach. However, I would suggest anyone planning a trip there to stay either on the South of North side of the Grand Strand. Or before making your reservation, you might ask one simple question...Does the hotel have interior hallways leading to the rooms? Those that do, are usually worth paying a little more.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Always Make the Call

This week I searched the internet for affordable hotel rates. Planning to go to Myrtle Beach the weekend before the 4th of July, trying to find the very best rates for the best hotle on the ocean seemed a bit challenging.

After searching 100's of web sites (no joke) and some them multiple times, I finally decided which hotel I was going to stay. The rate on the hotel's web site was a little more than the best deal I had found, so I decided to make the call.

You would not believe what I found....By calling the hotel direct, the rates were $20 cheaper than the rates posted on their web site. And $14 dollars cheaper per night than any other web site.

With tax, my total for 3 nights, Thursday thru Sunday is $219.77! That's right, oceanfront, what a great deal!

Now I know, Always Make the Call!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Chicago Day Trip - Cubs Game - under $100 2 People

We decided to take a trip to Chicago to see the Cubs play a baseball game before the kids got out of school.

Waiting to purchase my tickets at the last minute on eBay turned out to be a good idea. We paid only $30.75 for 2 tickets to the game.

The parking however was the most expensive item we purchased that day, which was $25.00. Next time I think we'll take the advice of the announcers on WGN and park near the train and ride it to Wrigley Field. I'll check the prices and get that information listed on here soon.

Concession stand prices were a little steep as usual, but nothing unexpected. We paid a total of $40 for snacks during the game, including vendor tips. For a total of $95.75 for the whole day. Not bad for a day trip.

And best of all the Cubs won!!!

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Dolly Parton Audio Book Cut by Howard Stern

Have you heard the news?

I've always been a Dolly Parton fan, even moreso after my 3rd trip to Dollywood last month. That's why I didn't know what to think when I heard this audio clip of the Howard Stern radio program.

Here's the link where you can listen for yourself Dolly Parton Shocked.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Need a Vacation - Win a Trip

Need a Vacation? Win a trip on the Orient Express.

If you want to win a trip to New York, along with a $1000 shopping spree, Kaboodle is having a picture contest. Just send in a picture of you in your favorite Spring dress.

The web site of Sandcastle Oceanfront Resort at The Pavilion is giving away a 3 Night Myrtle Beach Vacation.

Here's another European vacation for you. Win a Trip to Paris, from the Tennis Channel.

Win a Carribean Beach House 7 day Vacation here.

Good luck everyone!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Trip to the Smoky Mountains

Although I planned my most recent trip to Gatlinburg, TN well ahead of time, I ended up making a number of changes in the last week.

My original plan was to take my sister and brother-in-law on a inexpensive nature trip that would only last 3 days and 2 nights. They cancelled on me at the last minute, so my mom and niece decided to go along instead.

Since my mom prefers shopping and Dollywood, we ended up staying 2 extra nights.

The first day we arrived around 2:30 on Saturday. This is the worst time to arrive in the Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge area. If you are going in on the weekend, I would suggest arriving either late on Friday night (after 9 pm) or early on Saturday morning (before 9 am).

We made the best of our 2 hour deadlock tour of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. They were having an old car show all along the Pigeon Forge strip, so it wasn't so bad.

Once we arrived to Gatlinburg, and got checked into our hotel room, we headed downtown. We were in walking distance, less than a block from all of the gift shops and Ripley's entertainment adventures.

We walked around a couple of gift shops and then decided to take in an attraction. I let my niece pick which Ripley's Adventure we would see. She decided on Ripley's Haunted House Adventure.

Ripley's Haunted Adventure is number 8 in the world, we were told as we purchased the tickets. It turned out to be a good scare, and I didn't think we were ever going to get out of there. (Warning: If you have bladder control problems, be prepared.)

That evening we walked around many more gift shops and art galleries before deciding we could use a snack.

We wondered back toward our hotel and decided to stop at the "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" Bar and Grill. The bar had a live band which started at 9:00 o'clock. Since we were already in the restaurant area, we didn't have to pay the $5.00 cover charge. And my niece was allowed to stay in the restaurant area, even though she was only 18, as long as she didn't wander into the bar area. That worked out great.

The restaurant was a little understaffed so the service was slow. But the bar area upstairs, which I ventured into to smoke, seem to be staffed very sufficiently and had great service.

The next morning we walked down to the Log Cabin Restaurant for breakfast. We enjoyed the food and the service was great. Afterwards, we wondered through a few more gift shops trying to find souvenirs for the family.

By noon, we made it into the Great Smoky Mountains. We stopped at a couple of overlooks and riverside stops. We also stopped at the Mingus Mill and purchased some cornmeal and did the tour, which is free. The next time we definitely need to stop by the Oconaluftee Tourist Center on the NC side of the mountains, because I think we missed a thing or two there.

One great thing about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is that when Tennessee made the deal with the Federal government, they agreed there would never be a fee to drive through the park.

After driving through the mountains, we next made our way into Cherokee, North Carolina, and the Cherokee Indian Reservation there. We got to see real Indians, and if you wanted to pay a fee, you could see live bears.

We shopped all of the gift shops, and went into the gift shop for the museum. Even though we didn't take the tour, we learned a great deal.

In Cherokee, we found a great little riverview restaurant. The homemade cooking was delicious and the prices were amazing.

After our visit to Cherokee, we decided to head back toward Gatlinburg. The drive took about 1 hour through the mountains without stopping.

That evening we did more shopping in the downtown area and ate at the Shoney's Buffet. The food was a little dry because they had a slow day, but reasonable compared to anywhere else we would have ate.

The next morning we checked out of our hotel in Gatlinburg and headed toward Pigeon Forge. We ate breakfast at the Great American Buffet, which must be the best deal in town. Delicious food and great prices.

Then it was time to see Dollywood. Dollywood is filled with so many things, for people of all ages.

There you will find arts and crafts made right in front of your eyes, which include: a blacksmith, a coppersmith, glassblowing, a grist mill and more.

They only have a couple of rides for those who like high adventure roller coasters and such. The Tennessee Tornado and the Mystery Mine being two of them. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

They have a whole section of smaller rides for the kids, plus different water areas, rides, and such all throughout the park.

For those who smoke, even though you can't smoke just anywhere, there are a large number of assigned smoking areas.

There is food in Dollywood of all varieties. If you can't find what you're looking for, just walk to a different section and they're bound to have it. Everything from an all-you-can-eat buffet of country style dishes, to stuffed pretzels, and chili cheese fries.

By 5 o'clock that evening, we were wore out. We headed to our next hotel reserved in Pigeon Forge. Keep in mind, one could easily stay in one hotel, but since I had originally planned to go for just the nature I had found the cheapest hotel for 2 nights. But once, we decided my mom would go, I wanted to at least have a hotel in Gatlinburg (which is a little more expensive) for a couple of nights.

After arriving in our hotel, we decided to walk to the gift shops in the area. We saw funny sayings on shirts, old time photos that you could have made, and even 10X size bloomers you could give as a gag gift.

Pigeon Forge is full of many restaurants. We had our choice of BBQ joints, popular casual dining like Red Lobster and Olive Garden, or fast food. We opted just to walk to McDonald's for a snack.

The next morning we were on our way to Forbidden Caverns. Forbidden Caverns is about a 20 minute drive, just outside of Pigeon Forge, in Seveirville. The cover charge was $13.00 per person. The cave temperature is 58 degrees so we dressed in long pants and took jackets.

The tour was great. It lasted about 55 minutes. The cave tourguide included history of how the Indians had used the cave for shelter and also how the moonshiners had used the cave during Prohibition. There was even old scraps of a moonshine still which originally had existed, along with a still that the owners of the cavern had remade.

After the tour we headed back to Pigeon Forge. I had been looking forward to a place called "Wonder Works", an amusement park for the mind they called it.

The cost of admission was $19.95, and my mom was a little leery. But after offering to let her go to gift shops while we were there, she decided to tag along. This she did not regret.

This great little place is filled with amusement for everyone of every age. When you walk in you will go through a tunnel that reminds you of a haunted house. But that's very brief.

The kinds of things you find yourself with next are like a science museum, an art museum of the supernatural, an arcade, and a small amusement park all put together. My favorite was the 360, which is a bicycle ride floating on a swingset. You peddle as hard as you can and do flips across the set, 360's. It was excellent.

After many hours, and losing each other a couple of times. We decided we were hungry. As we headed down the Pigeon Forge strip, we saw a winery. Since it was our last day there, and we only had about an hour left before they stopped giving tours, we decided to stop.

We visited the Mountain Valley Winery. The tour, showing how they make the wine, and the free wine tasting only lasted about a half an hour.

Back on track, we decided to stop at the Olive Garden for dinner. We had a great time, relaxed and enjoyed our dinner. I decided since we were out of town to try something new, I tried the 5 cheese Rigatoni with shrimp. It was delicious.

After we arrived back in our rooms, everyone decided to stay in for the evening.

All in all, our trip to The Great Smoky Mountains, and the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area seemed to be a great adventure, even though we had been there a few times before.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Time to plan Spring Travel

Spring is almost here, that means it's time to quit hibernating. Time to plan a trip for Spring.

When you are planning a trip, consider purchasing one of the Go Card USA: Discount Attraction Passes!

Planning a vacation can sometimes be as exciting as the vacation itself. This is especially true if you have never been to the great new destination.

Once you have determined your destination and how long you are going to be there, surf through a few sites and decide which attractions you will want to see.

Map out the attractions on a city map. Plan to visit attractions in the same area on the same day. Determine how much time you will need for each attraction. And don't forget to plan in your meals.

This way, when you arrive to the new city you won't be wondering around aimlessly trying to figure out what, where and when.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Las Vegas - 10 Free Attractions

You don't need to have a lot of money to have a good time in Las Vegas.

I usually enjoy the free to see attractions more than anything else when I go on a vacation, so I decided to make a list.

Here is my list of top ten things to see for free in Las Vegas...

1) Auto Collection at the Imperial Palace - If you check you will see this has a cover charge or entrance fee of $6.95, so you are asking how is this free? Here is the way you can get in to this attraction for free. Go to the Player's Club in the main casino and apply for a player's card. Not only will they give you 2 coupons good for free entrance to the auto collection, but they will also give you a whole Fun Book with an $850 value. It is full of buy one get one free offers for drinks and dinners. Also discounts on different shows like $10 off Legends in Concert. Maybe I list this 250 car show as 1st because I am such an auto buff, but it is truly a great collection of cars of which some cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.

2) Fountains of Bellagio - This is a great display with a combination of music, water and lights. The show can be seen after 3 pm every half hour until 8 pm. Then there is a free show every 15 minutes until midnight. A great romantic sight for any couple on vacation in Las Vegas or a great way to relax for anyone.

3) Sirens of Treasure Island - This great performance of pirates and musicians is one of the only free theatrical shows of it's type you will see for free anywhere. Starting with a group of pirates, staged in the 17th century and ending with a great party of the 21st century. The show is performed nightly at 5:30, 7:00, 8:30 and 10:00 pm in Siren's Cove at the front entrance of the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino.

4) Fremont Street Experience - The largest LED display system with 12.5 million lights and a 550,000 watt sound system in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. This is where it all began and there are 4 or 5 different shows nightly on the hour.

5) Circus Acts of Circus Circus - This is the world's largest permanent circus so be sure to make your way down to the north end of the strip to see them perform. Exactly what you'd expect to see at any other circus across the United States with performances scheduled daily from 11 am until midnight.

6) Lion Habitat at MGM - The lion has been the emblem of MGM Studios as long as one can remember so what else could be their theme attraction at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The lions actually have their own ranch 12 miles from the casino, but from 11 am to 10 pm daily you can see them in the educational showcase presented by MGM Grand.

7) The Volcano at the Mirage - A great volcano situated on 3 acres of water-filled land. The show is daily on the hour with thunderous eruptions and towering fire spray up to 100 feet above the waters.

8) Flamingo Wildlife Habitat - Where else but the Flamingo Hotel and Casino would you find such a habitat. Not only are there flamingos in this habitat, but you will also find penguins, swans, ducks, koi and turtles. Enjoy the beautiful foliage and waterfalls throughout the habitat while you relax or even feed the animals. They can also be seen from the dining area of the Paradise Garden Buffet.

9) Dealertainers at the Imperial Palace - Ricky Martin, Cher, Dolly Parton, and Michael Jackson are just a few of the impersonations performed by the dealers in the Dealertainers Pit area at the Imperial Palace. During the night your dealer may even take a break to hop on stage to do a performance.

10) CBS Research Center - Stop by the CBS Research Center and you may even receive the opportunity to be a part of one of their live panels. Watch a show that matches your interest and complete a quick survey and you'll even receive a $10 gift certificate to CBS Television City.

There are many more fun free things to do in Las Vegas, so why wait, take the trip!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Recent trip to Las Vegas

I woke up Sunday morning and decided I needed to do something. A trip would be nice, but to where? Since it was familiar territory for me and I was going alone, Las Vegas was the perfect answer.

It was a last minute trip, as I was going to be flying out that day, so I had to do a lot of quick research. Searching flights and
for the best deals available.

Now that I was on the plane, I had to decide what to do once I was there. I viewed the in flight magazine and decided on a few freebies. Of course I would take on the free sites like the fountains of Bellagio and the lions at the MGM. I also wanted to see the 42 foot Christmas tree at the Bellagio.

Other things I found included some free gambling at the Hooters Casino and the Casino Royale. The Imperial Palace provided a free ticket to their Auto Collection if you signed up for their players club, also free fun book with a lot of buy one get one free coupons.

I also signed up for the players club at the Tropicana and received a free deck of cards which will be in someone's stocking next Christmas. A cheap dinner was provided at the Sahara...their buffet only $6.99 with your player's club card.

The New Year's party was the most exciting I had ever been with many hotels shooting off fireworks from their rooftops. All in all a great last minute trip with lots of freebies and of course good deals because it was last minute.