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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow and Visit the Adirondacks

Posted by Ed • Friday, January 30. 2015 • Category: New York

With recent heavy snowfalls, many people have skiing on their minds. If you're a New Yorker or live on the East Coast, you don't have to hightail it to Aspen, Vail or Squaw Valley for an exciting ski experience. Our Adirondack Mountains offer a variety of mountains to ski that are top ranking for skiers.

Take Whiteface Mountain, for example. This ski area was the site for the 1980 Olympic Games and the 2000 Winter Goodwill Games. Eight miles from Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain provides challenging runs for downhill skiers and also opportunities for cross country skiing. You can view the Olympic Jumping Complex where ski jumpers accelerate down ramps and fly for great lengths before touching the ground. In addition, Whiteface Mountain boasts the highest vertical drop in the eastern United states.

Other Adirondack mountain ski resorts also offer exciting skiing opportunities. Gore Mountain provides advantages for families, including amenities, such as child care and children's ski programs. The resort gears its programs for first time skiers from age 13 through adults. You can come for a three day weekend, rent equipment and get a package that includes 90 minute lessons, rental equipment and lift tickets. Anyone completing the three-day program receives discounts and perks for the rest of the season. The resort offers the same type of package for first time snow boarders.

West Mountain is another great resort for a family getaway or school age students who enjoy snowboarding and skiing. The resort has hosted over 30,000 students who come on school trips, as part of church groups, boy or girl scout troops or other youth groups. Seasoned, certified instructors offer lessons for beginners, intermediate and expert terrain to riders and skiers with varying degrees of skills. The snowmaking and grooming crew at West Mountain work hard to maintain good skiing conditions for you. The resort has its appeal to adults too, offering low priced drinks for happy hour along with meal specials offered Monday through Thursday.

There's plenty of winter fun for everyone and US Coachways can help make your trip enjoyable. Hit the road in a luxury bus or limo for your winter ski vacation. Plan ahead and save up to 10% when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and ask about our Alpine Adventure Special when booking your trip.

World-Class Skiing Adventure at Lake Tahoe

Posted by Ed • Thursday, January 29. 2015 • Category: Leisures & Pleasures

Avid skiers are hitting the slopes in the Lake Tahoe area, which is known for its ski resorts, including the internationally renowned Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows resort area.

Powder skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, sledding and backcountry snowmobile tours provide fun for everyone in a group or family. Snow tubing is an exciting but safe activity for children as well as adults. Mini snow mobiles also provide an option for kids from ages six through twelve. The vehicles are just their size and they can strap on a helmet and drive them around the mini snowmobile course.

A racing guide can take you on a dog sledding tour. A team of Alaskan Huskies pull four-person dog sleds through the scenic Squaw Valley Meadow. Aerial tram rides are also available for a panoramic, bird's eye view from an elevation of 2,000 vertical feet where you can see the landscape of the whole Lake Tahoe resort area.

If you want to tackle more skilled winter sports, try cross country skiing or ski jumping as you glide down the many trails available.

Aside from Squaw Valley, there are a number of ski resorts located on the various mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe. Some of the main resorts include:

  • Heavenly Mountain Resort. The view lives up to the name "heavenly" as it overlooks the crystal waters of Lake Tahoe. This resort offers a wide variety of terrain that provides tree skiing, ski jumps and natural pillow drops.
  • Kirkwood Mountain Resort. A more remote area, Kirkwood ski resort is nestled in a location 35 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe. It's deep dry snow and challenging terrain provide excitement for experienced skiers who enjoy an off-the-beaten-track experience.
  • Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe. From Mt. Rose-Ski you have the unique opportunity of viewing Lake Tahoe and Reno while you ski or snowboard down some of the longest and steepest inbound slopes in the northern continent.
  • Northstar California. If you love an alpine village atmosphere, complete with upscale shops, and five-star lodging, Northstar combines luxury with ski sports and might be the right choice for you.
  • Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort. For incredible tree skiing in backcountry terrain, Sierra-at-Tahoe has dedicated over 100 areas of terrain for beginning skiers. It has beginner-only ski lifts and PSIA certified instructors who can help you get started.

Plan your Lake Tahoe trip the convenient and easy way using US Coachways. Save up to 10% when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and ask about the Alpine Adventure Special when booking your trip.

Head South to Beautiful Beaches in Miami and the Florida Keys

Posted by Ed • Wednesday, January 28. 2015 • Category: Florida

As the snow and winds move in for the winter season, many people long for warm summer temperatures. Whether planning a winter getaway or spring break vacation, Florida is called the Sunshine State for a reason. Its sandy beaches and balmy temperatures are a welcome reprieve from colder weather. Traveling to Miami and the southern tip of Florida, the Florida Keys, in February, March or April offers the best opportunity for warm U.S. beach weather.

The Florida Keys, also called America's Caribbean, are a tropical island chain that stretches approximately 112 miles. The Atlantic Ocean lies on one side of the islands and the Gulf of Mexico lies on the other. The closest island in the chain to mainland Florida is Key Largo.

Underwater sea life near the coral reefs is an enchanting sight to behold, whether you snorkel, deep sea dive or take a glass bottom boat. Watch dolphins playfully leap through the waves or try your luck at a deep sea fishing adventure. Marlins put up a good fight and are a challenge for most any fisherman. Or, if you prefer a quieter, backcountry experience, have a guide take you fishing for bonefish, which offer a different kind of challenge because of their stealthy, secretive nature. Windsurfing, paddleboards and kayaking are other fun options for those who enjoy water sports. If you're heading south to be lazy and relax, you may prefer sipping a margarita while lying in a beach hammock.

The Everglades National Park isn't that far from Key Largo, only about a 30 to 40 minute drive. Take a group tour and see rare protected species, including crocodiles and manatees. Glide in a boat through mangrove swamps where tropical birds and other exotic wildlife are found in their natural habitats.

At the southern most tip of the Florida Keys is Key West, known for its slow paced lifestyle and as the home of great authors like Ernest Hemmingway and Tennessee Williams. Aside from the sparkling white beaches and historic sites, Key West also offers an exciting nightlife with pubs, bars and nightclubs.

If you're among college students planning a spring break, Miami and Fort Lauderdale are still favorite hotspots. US Coachways can make your trip safe without putting a damper on your partying. Find out about Florida Spring Break Adventure Package. Make group travel easy through a luxury bus or limo for your spring break weekend getaway or vacation. Plan ahead and save up to 10% when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention the promo code MIAMI when booking your trip.

Historical Sites, Spas and Wineries — Virginia Has It All

Posted by Ed • Tuesday, January 27. 2015 • Category: Virginia

Take a trip back in time to colonial Williamsburg, Virginia prior to and during the Revolutionary War. When you visit this Revolutionary City, you'll encounter people dressed in colonial attire and see the re-enactment of events that immerse you into our tenacious fight for independence. Begin your Williamsburg adventure with a 30-minute tour and experience a town on the verge of revolution. Visit a Virginia court in session and discover how rights were maintained in the late 1700's.Take a guided tour through the Art Museum and see the paintings, sculpture and textiles of the day, including textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection. Enjoy a typical 18th century theatre performance and watch heroes, rascals, villains and rogues engaged in intriguing scenes.

Jamestowne is another historic sight that Virginia has to offer. Jamestowne was the first permanent English colony, settled in 1607. Through the help of the native American Indian, Pochahontas, Captain John Smith and various settlers survived harsh winter weather. James Fort is still under excavation and you can see many of the artifacts that tell the story of life at that time. Beginning in April and continuing through October, archaeologists begin digging again and this lasts through October.

Yorktown is another historic town. Tour the battlefield where Washington set up camp and devised strategies in his struggle to defeat the English.

However, if you've set your sights on modern day excitement, Virginia won't disappoint. Part of your plans for a spring vacation may include kicking back and enjoying a hot springs spa garden. There are plenty of spas to choose from. Relax in a mineral bath or experience the luxury of a mud wrap and massage. Afterward, visit world class wineries. Take a drive down one of Virginia's many wine trails, which are stunningly beautiful in the spring. Lay your eyes on rolling hills, the scenery of quaint small towns and breathtaking mountain views. The state's 230 wineries make a winemaker's dinner or festival rather easy to come by and are memorable events for friends and family.

US Coachways is the perfect way to connect you from one point of interest to the next in your Virginia trip. Make travel easy through a luxury bus or limo for your spring break weekend getaway or vacation. Plan ahead and save up to 10% when booking $1,000 or more. Check out our Williamsburg Historical Trip Special or call 1-855-606-4361 and mention the promo code HISTORY when booking your trip.

Visit Washington D.C. — A Capital Rich in History and Culture

Posted by Ed • Friday, January 23. 2015 • Category: Washington DC

Full of historic landmarks, our nation's capital offers robust surroundings for history lovers to explore. However, Metro D.C. is also a cultural capital in its own right with many theatres, galleries and performing arts centers. Whether you're looking for historic sights or cultural events, Washington D.C. provides sophistication and appeal.

You can visit Ford's Theatre Museum, which is the site of former President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. This museum has captured the sequence of events from President Lincoln's arrival in D.C. through his fateful demise at the Ford Theatre in 1865. Take a self-guided tour, see rare objects like the derringer used by John Wilkes Booth and pay tribute to one of America's greatest presidents. You can also put on your walking shoes and take a historic walking tour, guided by an actor dressed in Civil War times attire. You'll walk for about a mile and a half through the neighborhood surrounding Ford Theatre all the way to the White House. Detective McDevitt will take you down streets significant to the investigation of President Lincoln's assassination and explain the meaning of the clues. Step into the past and get a sense of this eventful incident that changed the course of American history.

Throughout Metro D.C. during the month of February, Black History Month, celebrations abound in theatre, dance, music and visual arts to commemorate and honor contributions made to society by African Americans. Watch a theatre performance that delves into the childhoods of Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln and experience the perspective of two great leaders as they lived through abolition and the Civil War. Take in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and see the classic masterpiece entitled Revelations. Or, visit the National Gallery of Art and see current displays of the famous artist Piero Di Cosimo's Renaissance paintings or famous Italian prints ranging from neoclassicism to futurism.

If you want an uplifting and lively night out that brings you back to our century, see Tony Award winner, Savion Glover dance tap. Savion takes tap to a whole new level in a Strathmore dance production. You can also join the happy hour before the performance and celebrate the Strathmore's 10th Anniversary.

A luxury bus or limo might be just the way to travel and put the finishing touches on your D.C. weekend getaway or vacation. Plan ahead and save up to 10% when booking $1,000 or more. Check out our Nation's Capital Special or call 1-855-606-4361 and mention the promo code D.C. when booking your trip.

Create Spring Break Memories in Texas

Posted by Ed • Friday, January 23. 2015 • Category: San Antonio

Before you know it, spring break will be here. Now is the best time to plan your group getaway and make reservations ahead of time.

South Padre Island, Texas is a popular vacation spot with its beautiful sandy white beaches that stretch for 34 miles. At the widest area, South Padre Island is only a half mile across, which means you're always near the beach. Surfing, parasailing and sculpting sandcastles are just some of the fun that awaits you. If you enjoy the outdoors, there are three campgrounds to choose from so you can sleep under the stars. San Padre is also the top surfing area in Texas. If you've never tried surfing, you can still take the plunge and an instructor will teach you how. People of all ages enjoy the warm Gulf waters.

Nature lovers will want to visit Sea Turtle Inc., a conservation organization that helps sea turtles by moving their nests to protected areas. When baby turtles hatch, they are released safely into the ocean. Starting in June and throughout the summer, you and your family can observe their release and see these tiny creatures entering the ocean for their first swim.

Some other activities you can enjoy at South Padre Island are bay and deep sea fishing or going on a dolphin watch. Drop into Schlitterbahn’s Shrimp Haus for fresh seafood, a full salad bar and cocktails. The Schlitterbahn is a unique waterpark with an uphill water coaster, surfing ride, downhill slides and a tidal wave river complete with inner tubing.

After fun at the beach, take a ride to San Antonio, Texas in a US Coachways luxury bus or limo. San Antonio has a rich history spanning from its Native American occupation through the Spanish conquest, followed by the Battle of the Alamo, which marked its independence from Spain. Texas was claimed by pioneers, who ushered in the Old West, and remnants of these earlier times still exist today. Numerous sights in the Lone Star State make it an exciting vacation spot for history buffs. Also, cowboys and cattle ranching keep memories alive of the earlier era, offering visitors excitement in the form of rodeos and dude ranches, complete with horse back riding excursions.

At U.S. Coachways, we look forward to making your group travel easy and spring break vacation fun. Through our special web offer, you can save up to 10% when booking $1,000 or more. Check out the San Antonio Special and call 1-855-606-4361. Mention the promo code so you can get the discount when booking your trip.

Hit Like or Comment on US Coachways Six Flags® Sweepstakes

Posted by Ed • Tuesday, January 20. 2015 • Category: US Coachways News

Post on our Facebook Page and Enter the Six Flags® Season Pass Sweepstakes!

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US Coachways is proud to be named the Official Charter Bus Sponsor of Six Flags theme parks across the United States.

Bringing People together for excitement and adventure is what Six Flags and US Coachways are all about. For large groups, consider chartering a luxury coach or party bus to make your event super special!

To celebrate our partnership with Six Flags, twice a month through July 31, US Coachways will choose one winner to receive four season passes. No purchases are necessary to enter the sweepstakes. Winners are chosen through a random sweepstakes drawing.

How do you enter?

Enter to win four free Six Flags season passes simply by visiting the US Coachways Facebook page, and then, like or add your comment about the designated sweepstakes image.

Here's what you can win:

  • Four regular single park season passes!
  • The passes can be for any Six Flags theme park in the United States
  • Passes that are valid through 2015
  • Each pass valued at approximately $81.99 (varies per location)
  • A total prize value of around $328

Follow the rules

To win, you must follow the Official Rules. Be sure to read and understand the rules so you aren't disqualified. Here's one tip: don't go crazy clicking on "like" multiple times. You can only enter once every two week period.

Here are the final dates for receiving entries based on bi-weekly entry periods, starting with January and going through July:

1/30/15
2/13/15
2/27/15
3/13/15
3/27/15
4/17/15
4/30/15
5/15/15
5/29/15
6/12/15
6/26/15
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Choosing the winners

Every two weeks on the second Friday, US Coachways draws for the winner. If you win, you will receive a private Facebook message from US Coachways saying you've won! All you have to do is provide US Coachways with your address and phone number to receive your free passes in the mail.

ENTER NOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE, GOOD LUCK and ENJOY!!!

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Excitement, Leisure and Relaxation in Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach

Posted by Ed • Tuesday, January 20. 2015 • Category: Leisures & Pleasures

Whether you're starting to think about summer vacation or want a weekend get away during the winter months, South Carolina has events and attractions that are exciting for everyone.

It's not too early to plan and make reservations for a spring or summer trip to Hilton Head Island. Gleaming white sand beaches, first-rate golf courses, tennis courts, fishing outings and horseback riding are just some of the attractions that bring back vacationers year after year. Your options abound at Hilton Head, which boasts 24 golf courses, more than 250 restaurants and 350 tennis courts. Or, just relax and spend your time leisurely on the beach, as you soak up the warm sunshine and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze.

Even during winter months, resort areas offer festivals and events that lure people to this hospitable southern state.

The National Shag Dance Championships Preliminaries take place in Myrtle Beach the last weekend of January. If you've never seen Carolina shag dancing, you're in for a treat. It's a throwback to the 1940's and 1950's jitterbug, but with smooth, gliding fancy footwork. Dance moves are sophisticated and elegant, more subdued than Western swing. The National Shag Dance Championships Finals occur March 12 14. You may have seen past national shag winners performing on "Good Morning America," "CBS This Morning" or at NBA games.

For those who love nature and wild animals, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is the largest wildlife event in its genre, featuring wildlife shows, falconry and retriever demonstrations along with artwork by over a hundred painting, sculpting and carving artists.

If you or a family member enjoys jogging, the Hilton Head Marathon occurs on February 7 and Myrtle Beach holds its annual winter marathon on February 14. This marathon draws runners from all over the country but is actually more than just a marathon. It lasts the whole weekend and includes a health and fitness expo along with post marathon parties.

There's also plenty for family entertainment with local bands and barbeques. Join in the February Wing Throw Down Party, a cookoff hosted by the South Carolina Barbeque Association in the town of Port Royal. Sample some of South Carolina's best barbeque.

U.S. Coachways can help make your weekend getaway or vacation go smoothly. Save up to 10% when booking $1,000 or more. Check out the Ocean Oasis Special or call 1-855-606-4361 and mention the promo code OCEAN when booking your trip.

From Hoboken Charm to Atlantic City Excitement

Posted by Ed • Friday, January 16. 2015 • Category: New Jersey

Begin your New Jersey trip with a visit to Hoboken and be charmed by the brownstones and other old architecture that is still standing. The Yellow Flats, an apartment building built in the 1890's is famous for being the residence of multi-millionaire Hetty Green, otherwise known as the "Witch of Wall Street." You can visit the home of the 1800's American composer, Stephen Foster, who wrote the love song entitled "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair." See the Ferry Terminal, originally built in 1905 with its Tiffany skylights, clock tower and copper facade.

The four-story, eight family apartment house where Frank Sinatra grew up as an only child burned down in 1967. However, the Hoboken Historical Museum placed a bronze plaque in the sidewalk to commemorate his birthplace. You can tour the museum and learn more about Sinatra's life and other Hoboken historical fact

You'll find small town charm mixed with the bustle of a big city as you stroll the streets of Hoboken. Your culinary options in Hoboken range from cheese steaks, pizza and wraps to classy, fine dining in restaurants with top-of-the-line service and cuisine. Being a waterfront town, seafood is typically exceptional, including whole lobster, fresh oysters and snow crab legs. You can choose from a variety of International dishes provided by Cuban, South American, Italian, Indian, Middle Eastern and classic American steakhouse restaurateurs. Deli's, bistros, bakeries and clam bars await you with open doors to satisfy your palate, mood and budget.

During the colder months, many people prefer spending time indoors. Get together with friends, take a party bus or limo and head for Atlantic City. Sunny or cold, night or day, the Atlantic City casinos are always open and ready to entertain you, whether through slot machines, baccarat, blackjack, roulette, craps or various poker games. You can visit a variety of casinos, including Bally's, Caesars, the Tropicana and Harrah's, to name a few. In addition to gambling, the casinos along with Boardwalk Hall Arena host live concerts and shows with popular celebrities. January bookings include Chaka Khan, Rob Thomas, Natalie Cole and Fleetwood Mac. For magical moments, Harrah's Resort offers a night with Masters of Illusion. Magicians fascinate viewers with levitating women, flying pianos, magic comedy and other innovations that challenge your imagination.

Save up to 10% when booking $1,000 or more. Check out the Casino Night -- Atlantic City Special or call 1-855-606-4361 and mention the promo code CASINO when booking your trip.

Highlights of Atlanta — The Capital of the South

Posted by Ed • Thursday, January 15. 2015 • Category: Atlanta

When visiting Atlanta, you're in the heart of the deep South, and what could be more fitting than touring a Civil War museum complete with artifacts, uniforms and other items from the 1800's? Atlanta's Cyclorama is a uniquely different experience containing not just a museum, but also the world's largest oil painting, standing 42 feet tall in panoramic form. Completed in 1886, the painting portrays the history behind the Battle of Atlanta, telling the Civil War story in an 18th century style. This amazing display incorporates music, sound effects and the voice of a "Young Abe" as the storyteller.


After visiting Cyclorama you can go underground to another historic area of Atlanta, the city beneath the streets. Underground Atlanta is located in the center of downtown Atlanta and the train depot at the entrance is the Atlanta's oldest building. Construction of layers of street levels began with viaducts being built over railroad tracks and then roads built to accommodate automobiles.. Original store fronts became basements when viaduct construction began in the 1920's. Back then, owners turned many of these "basements" into speakeasies and juke joints where illegal drinking took place during Prohibition. However, the modern day Underground Atlanta opened in 1969 and offers converted store fronts containing restaurants, nightclubs, bars and music venues. It soon became the center of Atlanta nightlife. Today, efforts are ongoing to keep Underground Atlanta as a mainstay for city community life. It's one of the few areas in Atlanta with an ordinance that allows drinks to be served until 4:00 a.m.

Noteworthy Atlanta events take place in January and February during the Black History Month and the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, which celebrate the history and civil rights legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. On the third Monday of January, the King Center has a 10 day celebration that provides performance art, lectures and charitable workshops.

Atlanta is a prominent commercial center, containing the headquarters for one of the world's leading beverage brands, Coca-Cola. You and your children might enjoy visiting the World of Coca-Cola, which boasts several theaters, the vault of the secret formula, bottle works and a pop culture gallery. Every visitor receives a complimentary glass bottle of Coca-Cola. You can watch a 4-D movie that tells about the search for the secret formula and taste over 100 different beverages made by Coca-Cola in the Taste It! beverage lounge. It's also fun to have your photo taken with the Coca-Cola Polar bear.

U.S. Coachways can help you make your Atlanta trip a reality. Save up to 10% when booking $1,000 or more. Check out the Atlanta Special or call 1-855-606-4361 and mention the promo code ATLANTA when booking your trip.

Family Fun and Adventure in St. Louis

Posted by Ed • Tuesday, January 13. 2015 • Category: Saint Louis

Ready to party? The Gateway City of St. Louis has its own Mardi Gras celebration beginning in January and ending on Fat Tuesday, February 17. One of the earlier events in the Mardi Gras celebration is the Family Winter Carnival on January 24th. It begins with a Children's Parade followed by arts and crafts for kids to have fun with. Parents can enjoy sampling wine, beer and whiskey at the January 30th Tasting along with eating delicious complementary samples of award winning barbeque. A Cajun Cook Off tantalizes visitors the next day with mouth watering dishes prepared by the region's ten top chefs. Each chef is teamed up with an amateur, and each pro and amateur duo vies to win top place for the best dish. There's plenty to do at the Soulard Mardi Gras.

In the Alton and Grafton areas outside St. Louis, bird lovers gather to watch the largest migration of eagles in the United States. Thousands of eagles migrate to this area and spend the winter months fishing in the cold Mississippi River. On Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18, the World Bird Sanctuary presents a free program with a live eagle from 10:00 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Scopes will be set up on the historic Chain of Rocks Bridge to view eagles close up as they circle the river and dive to catch fish.

Maybe you're up for a live show. Take in a classic circus. Circus Flora puts on traditional single ring show under a big top, complete with music, animals and other theatrics proven to amaze and delight a crowd. If you want a show that allows your participation, go to the Delta Dental Health Theatre where you can sing, dance and exercise with "Youcan" the Toucan. We also have some of the most popular Broadway shows and concerts being performed at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.

U.S. Coachways can help make your connections go smoothly from one attraction to the next. Save up to 10% when booking $1,000 or more. Check out the Meet Me in St. Louis Special or call 1-855-606-4361 and mention the promo code SAINTLOUIS when booking your trip.

Lose Your Winter Blues in Chicago

Posted by Ed • Tuesday, January 13. 2015 • Category: Chicago

Frank Sinatra sang, "Chicago, Chicago ...Bet your bottom dollar you lose the blues in Chicago." What better way to escape winter doldrums than heading out to Chicago, the Windy City?

Kick off your trip by visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, America's second largest art museum and rated the top museum in the world by TripAdvisor. It has the most recognized impressionist collection outside of Paris with masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Seurat, Gaugin and Van Gogh. It also has an impressive Modern Wing containing artwork by Picasso, Dali, Matisse, Miró, Pollack and Warhol.

Take in a beautiful sunset from the Willis Tower Skydeck. You can plan your view 30 to 45 minutes before the sun goes down and then catch the twinkling lights of Chicago at night. As the sun sets, not only will you see breathtaking hues painting the sky, but the staggering height of The Ledge allows you to peer down from 103 floors which is 1,353 feet above the ground.

A main attraction you won't want to miss is the fantastic Shedd Aquarium, the largest indoor aquarium in the world, containing 32,000 aquatic animals from all over the globe. Amazing exhibits display animals in their natural habitats, such as the Amazon, the Caribbean Reef, the Great Lakes, the Wild Reef of the Philippines or polar Arctic zone. See whales, dolphins and sea otter. Experience the enchantment of delicate jellyfish pulsing in the waves and observe the stingrays gracefully gliding through the water. It's an adventure for everyone in the family. To help cut down on costs, check out the Chicago City PASS for discounted prices.

If you want to get off your feet for awhile, another option is to enjoy a unique movie goer's experience at a theatre complete with restaurant and bar. The Hollywood Palms Cinema offers full service to every seat, including executive leather backed chairs where you relax in comfort and style.

Use U.S. Coachways and avoid driving in city traffic. Save up to 10% when booking $1,000 or more. Check out the Windy City Special or call 1-855-606-4361 and mention the promo code CHICAGO when booking your trip.

Tips For Planning Your Philadelphia Vacation or Weekend Getaway

Posted by Ed • Thursday, January 8. 2015 • Category: Philadelphia

Contemporary and historic sights make Philadelphia a delight for visitors year round. However, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, for the past two decades has drawn winter vacationers looking for fun on the ice.

This year, the rink opened November 28th. It stays open seven days a week, and will remain open until March 31st. Enjoy skating on the Delaware River Waterfront at this Olympic size skating rink. Aside from taking in magnificent Delaware River views, you can warm up sitting by the fire pits in the winter garden. The Lodge overlooks the skating rink and is complete with rocking chairs and blankets for those who want to sit outside and appreciate the view. Or, you can sink into the cozy couches inside and enjoy the Lodge's ski chalet decor. Hot chocolate for the kids and hot toddies or other alcohol beverages are available for adults. There's also delicious food to help you stay warm after your skating adventure.

Many city attractions come at a price, but the RiverRink Winterfest is free. However, if you're looking to cut costs, you can save 46% off the combined admission price for five of Philadelphia's main attractions by using the Philadelphia CityPASS, The pass also allows you to skip ticket lines.

CityPASS discounted attractions include:

  • The Franklin Institute
  • The The Adventure Aquarium
  • The Philadelphia Trolley Works & the Big Bus Company
  • The The National Constitution Center or the Philadelphia Zoo
  • The The Eastern State Penitentiary or Please Touch Museum. The Eastern State Penitentiary is a former prison, architecturally designed in the shape of a wagon wheel. It was famous for holding gangster Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton and is now a National Historic Landmark and museum. The Please Touch Museum is an exciting resource for families and children. Using play to create learning opportunities through exhibits and activities, the museum encourages the development of children's creativity, thinking and cooperation.

You wouldn't want to leave Philadelphia without seeing the Liberty Bell or visiting America's oldest farmers' market. The Reading Terminal Market has stayed continuously in operation since its founding in 1892. Amish merchants from Lancaster, PA bring farm-fresh produce to the market four days a week. You can watch Amish bakers twist and bake soft pretzels. Let one that's straight from the oven and still warm melt in your mouth/ You can also enjoy food at various eateries spread throughout the marketplace.

Speaking of food, a classic Philadelphia sandwich you'll want to try is the mouth watering Philly Cheesesteak. Steak shop cooks sauté thinly sliced rib-eye steak along with any number of toppings, such as grilled onions, mushrooms and hot or sweet peppers. Once the steak and topping are spread onto a long, crusty roll, the cook generously sprinkles and melts your choice of cheese on top.

U.S. Coachways party bus and limo services are a great way to travel to your favorite spots in Philadelphia. We offer a special that saves you up to 10% when booking $1,000 or more. Either call 1-855-606-4361 or check out the special on our site. When booking, mention the promo code PHILADELPHIA to be sure you get the discount.

Boston and Its Timeless Landmarks of American Heritage

Posted by Ed • Wednesday, January 7. 2015 • Category: Boston

Take a trip to Boston and travel back in time to the 18th century when America fought for its independence and became a new nation. A city rich with heritage and national historic landmarks, Boston's Beacon Hill is a must-see.

As you leave your car and walk the narrow cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill, you'll see a picturesque neighborhood with Federal-style rowhouses. Gas lights lining the streets, brick sidewalks, antique shops and boutiques transport you to the lifestyle of our Founding Fathers. You can't miss the prominent gilded dome of the Massachusetts State House standing on Beacon Street across from the Boston Common, a park preserved for residents and tourists.

Paul Revere House

Freedom Trail is a famous Boston attraction that winds 2.5 miles through the downtown area passing 16 famous historical locations. Among these locations, you'll see the Paul Revere House, the site of the Boston Tea Party, the Liberty Tree and the USS Constitution, which was launched in 1797 and is one of six original frigates built for the U.S. Navy. The Liberty Tree located near the Boston Common is a large, old elm tree where freedom fighters, who called themselves the "Sons of Freedom," often met. There, they staged protests against the Stamp Act that England was imposing on New England settlers.

Visiting all the sights, you'll no doubt work up an appetite and what better place to satisfy your hunger than another historic landmark the Union Oyster House. Founded in 1826, the Union Oyster House is also on Freedom Trail, near Faneuil Hall. It has the distinction of being the "oldest restaurant in America." In fact, Daniel Webster was a regular customer. He loved to eat plates of oysters, washing them down with a tumbler of brandy. The Kennedy clan also frequented the restaurant and a booth is named after J.F.K. You can sit at the oyster bar or in one of the wooden booths while enjoying any number of delicious seafood combinations from the menu.

For seafood lovers, the Oyster House Clam Chowder is a Boston classic and many people rave about it. A menu of tantalizing seafood items include, mussels steamed with garlic and white wine or appetizers such as shrimp cocktail, crispy calamari and Union grilled oysters. Lobster ravioli, pan seared lump crab cakes. Union grilled oysters on the half shell, Clams Casino and Oysters Rockefeller are also dinner items on the half shell that people enjoy.

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A Wide Variety of Winter Fun in New York

Posted by Ed • Tuesday, January 6. 2015 • Category: New York

As snow falls in the higher altitudes, people are drawn to the Pocono Mountains for exciting winter wonderland adventures. If you savor winter sports, plan your getaway to ski the slopes, snowboard, snow tube, snowmobile or even mush the trails pulled by your own dogsled team. Or, take a horse drawn sleigh ride along a snowy path with scenic mountain views. Relax and enjoy a bed and breakfast at a charming country inn. Whether you're a family or a couple looking for a weekend or week of winter activities, special vacation packages can make your trip to the Pocono Mountains an affordable one.


If you want to get even farther away from work and city life, travel to upstate New York to the Adirondack Mountains for winter skiing or snowshoeing. Kick back and sip wine at one of the Adirondack's fine wineries. Wineries schedule wine tasting events where you can sample the award winning and best selling wines. Don't miss Wine on Ice, a special weekend event taking place on January 23rd and 24th.

Once you've had your fill of winter outdoor sports or a relaxing time visiting New York's quaint country mountain villages, you can round off your trip with the kind of excitement only New York City offers. The bustle of city activities provide many attractions and few compare with the Broadway Shows. The array of shows in the Broadway Calendar for January includes Aladdin, a Disney production for the whole family. Aladdin is a tale of a lowly street urchin who falls in love with a beautiful princess. Or get tickets for Chicago, the Oscar winning musical story of corruption, murder and adultery where a Chicago housewife manipulates her defense, singing her way into the hearts of America. Another classic Broadway musical to choose from is Cabaret, with its timeless songs by a female entertainer in a setting during the rise of Nazi Germany. Check out the list and see the other shows available too.

Last but certainly far from least, the whole family will enjoy a tour of Radio City Music Hall. Daily tours are available throughout the year from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can meet a Rockette, see art deco masterpieces and get an inside look behind-the-scenes at one of the nation's favorite showplaces.

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