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  • Top 4 National Parks to Visit in Fall

    10/21/2021 1:35:56 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Travel insights from Taylor Coulson, associate editor of The Compass

    Are you looking for the perfect place to fulfill your fall foliage wanderlust? Visit any of these five national parks this fall when the changing palette of green trees begins taking on hues of gold, orange and red. Plus, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, is your last chance to visit a national park for free in 2021, just in time to see those famous fall colors up close.

    1. Shenandoah National Park

    Virginia is for (fall) lovers and the best place to visit when fall foliage is at its fiery peak is Shenandoah National Park. It’s one of those lesser-known national parks but it holds treasures of its own, especially in late October to early November. Shenandoah National Park is actually one of America’s most accessible parks, located about an hour away by car (75 miles) from Washington, D.C. and surrounded by charming towns like Charlottesville and Harrisonburg. Some hidden treasures here include more than 200,000 acres of waterfalls, 500 miles of hiking trails, campsites and outdoor recreation. It’s easy to hit the road and take in the plum-colored sumacs and deep purple dogwoods while driving down Skyline Drive, a 105-mile stretch filled with incredible vistas from 75 overlooks of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Peak fall foliage: Fall Foliage Prediction Map projects Oct. 11-25, 2021

    Where to stay: The DoubleTree by Hilton Harrisonburg , located 21.7 miles away from Shenandoah National Park and 9.7 miles from the Shenandoah Valley Airport (SHD).

    2. Grand Teton National Park

    Wyoming is wild, wonderful and especially colorful during fall at its gorgeous glacial park – Grand Teton National Park. From the third week in September through early October, hikers, botanists and photographers fall in love with the yellows and golds that make everything about Grand Teton grand. More than 200 miles of hiking trails, quaking aspen along the slopes and narrowleaf cottonwoods covering the banks of the Snake River and other streams make this one of the best national parks for fall photography. You’ll find some of the best fall colors that make for excellent backdrops along scenic drives to Oxbow Bend, along Antelope Flats and on the Inner Loop Road. Also, be sure to listen for eerie elk bugles in the park – a key sign of autumn ambiance in the Tetons.

    Peak fall foliage: The third week of September through early October

    Where to stay: Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, located just one mile away from Grand Teton National Park and eight miles from the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC).

    3. Acadia National Park

    Maine is one of America’s favorite fall destinations and its home to the only national park in New England: Acadia National Park. This picturesque park on the coast of Maine starts cooling off in late August and by mid-October, tourism picks up. Its peak weeks in fall are filled with famous foliage covered in fiery autumnal colors and crisp, refreshing air to experience endless fall possibilities. Beginning in early October and lasting until early March, Acadia National Park also has the distinction of being the first place in the U.S. to see the spectacular sunrise every morning from the 1,530-foot summit of Cadillac Mountain. Acadia National Park is also dubbed “the crown jewel of the North Atlantic Coast,” where outdoor lovers will be in their element from finding various wildlife, ocean-front landscapes, mountain bike tracks and 160 miles of hiking trails to explore. You can easily explore plenty of the park by car – plus, your furry travel companion can ride shotgun since this is also a pet-friendly national park.

    Peak Fall Foliage: Mid-October

    Where to stay: The Lucerne Inn is 23.7 miles away from Acadia National Park and 20.9 miles away from Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (BHB).

    4. Arches National Park

    Utah is the ultimate and underrated state to visit in fall because of Arches National Park. It’s one of the most popular parks in the U.S. and has something for everyone. Visiting this red-rock wonderland is like stepping into another world. While it’s known for its incredible orange and red rock landscapes year-round, fall is the best time to visit for hiking, camping, 4x4 tours, stargazing, rock-climbing and scenic flights. The autumn air is cool and tolerable in mid-October, which makes it a hot spot for hiking. Some fall favorite hikes to consider are the famous Delicate Arch or visit easier hikes to the Landscape Arch, North & South Windows, Balanced Rock and Sand Dune Arch as well.

    Peak Fall Foliage: Mid-October

    Where to stay: Westgate Park City Resort is around 230 miles away from Arches National Park and 34.2 miles away from Salt Lake City Airport (SLC).

    We want to remind you that Wednesday, November 11, Veterans Day, is a fee free entry to the park. Also beginning Wednesday, all U.S. armed service veterans and Gold Star dependents will be granted free entrance to all Department of Interior managed lands and waters.

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  • Time to Shine Again: The Shows Go Back on in Las Vegas

    10/15/2021 3:22:38 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    As a city of glitter, glamour, and lights, Las Vegas is shining all the brighter for its grand comeback. Of all the many options this destination has for entertainment, these are the ones that Southwest Vacations considers the surest things to make their first time back, the best time.

    Experience the Magic of Las Vegas

    Las Vegas is the ultimate city of escape—freedom from limitation, or even the bounds of reality. Amazing illusionists in residence like the famed David Copperfield—a headliner at MGM Grand Las Vegas—suspend audience members twice over, from rapt attention to disbelief. Plus, new at The Mirage is Shin Lim’s LIMITLESS act, the only person to ever have won America’s Got Talent twice. But if you want to catch the stars before they make it big, watch the selfsame show live at Luxor Hotel & Casino this fall, twice a night, five times a week.

    Laugh Until It Hurts So Good

    Top-notch comedians are bringing the belly laughs we need to some of the best stages in the city, such as that Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand, a stage known for being specially designed just for the funnies. Sure, he anchors there, but guest acts and special hosts add even more standouts to the standup schedule, too. Brad’s a big man with a big name, but if their taste runs more toward a big name with a big mane, Carrot Top is at it again at Luxor Hotel & Casino.

    Don’t Be a Dummy

    Snagging your customers tickets to Terry Fator’s Who’s the Dummy Now act is a smart show to add to their itinerary. Already voted “Best Strip Headliner” three years in a row, this brand-new show incorporating puppetry, comedy, and chart-topping tunes at New York-New York Hotel & Casino is a crowd-pleaser set to become a classic. And don’t think his cast of puppets will be the only guest appearances. Close your eyes and a mixed bag of more than 200 celebrities might join the stage as “the world’s most gifted singing ventriloquist” channels their voices into his new lineup.

    Unlike Anything Else

    There are certain experiences that are distinctive to Las Vegas: the rare, the unusual. Among them is Jabbawockeez at the MGM Grand, a for-all-ages mega-tech production of dramatic scale. And don’t forget Cirque du Soleil’s range of surrealistic, acrobatic feats. “O,” Beatles-inspired LOVE, and Michael Jackson tribute ONE are back on the roster, too.

    Hit a High Note

    It’s Saturday Night Fever every night with The Australian Bee Gees tribute show at Excalibur Hotel & Casino! They’re one of many musical acts you can count on year-round in Las Vegas. Also, keep an eye out for one-off concerts like Alanis Morissette, The Killers, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, and more! Hot off the debut of his new band Silk Sonic’s debut album, Bruno Mars took the stage again for a limited engagement at Park Theater at Park MGM.

    Complete Your Experience

    Riveted in your seat as you will be, eventually, do will have to leave the grand stage of your choosing. The best way to make the encore as good as the headliner? Staying at an MGM Resorts property, always only steps away from all these great shows. There are over 10 hotels to choose from to suit any travel or entertainment style, from iconic Las Vegas splendor to gorgeous architecture from a different city and budget-friendly digs to high-end luxury. Get there with Southwest Vacations, with your pick of countless routes and guaranteed lowest prices that can have your customers packing their bags in no time, and often with no additional fees! And best of all, in an uncertain world, this trip can be backed up with the certainty of travel protection. Learn how to travel LuggageFree.

  • Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World® Resort

    10/7/2021 1:48:31 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    You can feel it as you near the Parks. That excitement, realizing that you're finally getting to experience the joy and laughter you've been dreaming about. Because the gates are opening, and to all who have been longing for The Most Magical Place on Earth we're thrilled to say: Magic is here.

    Walt Disney World ® Resort 50th Anniversary

    Fifty years ago, the Walt Disney World® Resort, born of impossible dreams, opened its gates. And on October 1, 2021, the magic is calling everyone to The World's Most Magical Celebration - the 50th Anniversary at Walt Disney World® Resort.

    Throughout the shimmering EARidescent 18-month celebration, Cast Members will be sharing magic, ready to create unforgettable memories that last a lifetime. So come celebrate the small stuff. The big stuff. And all the in-between stuff.

    Get ready for a celebration 50 years in the making. It's the Walt Disney World® Resort 50th Anniversary. The only thing missing is you. Here's what to know before you go.

    Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

    Don't forget to visit Oga's Cantina when visiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Adults and kids alike will delight in the concoctions at this out-of-this-world watering hole

    Immerse yourself in the world of Batuu, where you can fly the Millenium Falcon, join the Resistance, wander the Black Spire Outpost, and even run into a Storm Trooper. With its heart-pounding attractions, unique merchandise and memorable food & beverage options, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is a must visit.

    Magic Kingdom ® Park

    The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train family coaster is perfect for kids too old for kiddy rides but not tall enough for big ones.

    There's enchantment and adventure everywhere you turn at Magic Kingdom® Park. This is where your best memories are rekindled and new ones are made every day. Whether you prefer to travel on a magic carpet, pirate ship or space rocket, each of the six magical lands offers plenty of lovable characters to fill an autograph book and the special moments to fill a memory card.

    Delight in classic attractions, enchanting fireworks, musical parades, live shows and beloved Disney Characters. Become part of the "tale as old as time" during Enchanted Tales with Belle and join Ariel and her friends for the musical Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid. Hop aboard the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train family coaster, a musical ride on trains that swing with every twist and turn. Plus, enjoy classic favorites! Hoist the sails and join Captain Jack Sparrow on the Pirates of the Caribbean® and zoom through the cosmos on Space Mountain®. Celebrate the stories you know and love in a whole new way with a magical mix of innovative floats, vibrant costumes and original music during the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.

    Epcot ®

    Counting your steps to fitness? A walk around the lake adds up to a full mile at the World Showcase.

    Of course, there's plenty for children to laugh, shout and learn about. But Epcot® Theme Park holds a special place in the hearts and minds of adults and older kids. Spaceship Earth continues to explore the known world and the far beyond. Turtle Talk with Crush from Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo is a totally cool place to chill. Soarin™ will take your breath away while taking you on a hang glider flight you'll never forget. Then design a virtual concept vehicle and take a high-octane spin on Test Track® Presented by Chevrolet®.

    Stroll the streets, landmarks, shops and restaurants of foreign lands in the World Showcase. The Cast Members at each "country" are natives of those lands staying in America to pursue their education. It's a meet-and-greet with an accent on culture and international fun.

    Keep an eye on the calendar for special festivals throughout the year, including the always tasteful International Food & Wine Festival in the fall, and the very pretty and equally fragrant International Flower & Garden Festival in the spring.

    Located in the Norway pavilion, the Frozen Ever After attraction transports guests to Arendelle along with "Royal Sommerhus", a charming cabin where guests can meet Anna and Elsa.

    Disney's Hollywood Studios ®

    Little one's love to get in on the action at the Disney Junior Live! show, presented multiple times daily.

    Come immerse yourself in the world of movies, music and shows.
    With so much to see and do, you just may need an encore! Feel the power of the force during a 3D motion-simulated space flight in Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue. Zip through a virtual 4D shootin' gallery of carnival games at Toy Story Mania! inspired by the Disney-Pixar Toy Story films. Blast off in a super stretch limousine on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith a music-charged zoomfest through loops, twists and turns. Never experience the same fear twice as you hurtle up and down on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ haunted "elevator" attraction. Enjoy For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration featuring Elsa and Anna, immersive storytelling, a mountain of songs from the movie and more.

    You'll find yourself actually in the cartoon with Mickey and friends, when you experience Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway. The whole family will love this zany adventure with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy!

    Disney's Animal Kingdom ® Theme Park

    In addition to not-to-be-missed attractions, be sure to take the time to appreciate the stunning scenery in Pandora - The World of Avatar.

    There are days when life's a zoo. But not here. Because Animal Kingdom® is a place where you can literally walk and talk with the animals.

    On the wild side, take a high-speed train trek through the Himalayas where a very untamed Yeti is just waiting to make your acquaintance on Expedition Everest®. Explore over a hundred acres of African Savannah and the creatures who call it home on Kilimanjaro Safaris® Expedition.

    Go ape for Festival of the Lion King, a celebration of pageantry and puppetry in a big-as-Broadway show celebrating Simba, the lion cub who would be king. And take a refreshing and riveting ride on Kali River Rapids, a water-rafting experience that will leave you breathless and, yes, a little wet.

    Be sure to grab a frozen treat and check out the nighttime experience "Rivers of Light", combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery as well as "Sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris" the adventure allows guests to travel through the African savanna amid the orange glow of the setting sun.

    Beyond the Theme Parks

    World of Disney ® Store at Disney SpringsTM is the largest Disney character store on the entire planet.

    For a splash of fun, dive into the two imaginatively themed Disney water parks! Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park is a tropical paradise that blows other water parks away, and Disney's Blizzard Beach water park is a ski resort that melted into the perfect playground. Both are overflowing with fun for little ones, with special areas created just for them! Not to mention, there's lots of adventure the whole family can enjoy together, too.

    The sights, the sounds, the shows and – drum roll please – the shopping. There's only one place on where it all comes together like this. Disney Springs™. From the family fun of classic bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes to the fun-filled live entertainment, there's something to explore around every corner. With its recent expansion Disney Springs™ doubled the number of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences to more than 150.

    Have questions about vacationing in Walt Disney World ® Resort?

    Call or email us.

  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021

    10/1/2021 2:45:57 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    The iconic Thanksgiving parade is synonymous with the holidays and brings back so many memories for people. The entire world can only watch the parade on TV, but you can be part of this unforgettable event.

    Beyond Times Square’s NYC Thanksgiving Experience is back in 2021! With our exclusive Thanksgiving products, you can enjoy a worry-free, crowd-free, spectacular Thanksgiving experience in New York City in one of three ways. You can choose to just attend our exclusive parade viewing brunch, or you can opt for one of our packages that include a hotel stay, touring, and much more!

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