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Five Bachelor Party Planning Tips

Posted by Ed • Thursday, August 28. 2014 • Category: Promotions

A bachelor party is one of the most exciting celebrations in a guy’s life (besides his actual wedding), but you can’t have a good bachelor party without some good planning! Whether you’re planning to go all-out with a New York City bash or are just planning a night out on the town in a party bus or limo, you’ll want to have every detail planned out perfectly to make sure the night goes smoothly.

Here are five tips by Greg Jenkins, partner at Bravo Productions and an event/party planner with more than 25 years of experience, to give the groom-to-be a night to remember!

bachelor party

1. Consult the groom. Whoever is planning the bachelor party should consult with the groom and determine what kind of party they want. Don't automatically assume that the bachelor may want to do a boys’ night out in Vegas, a drinking experience until everyone is passed out, etc.

2. Have the bachelor party early. As a suggestion, stage the bachelor party a week or two -- possibly even a month out from the actual wedding date. This will allow time for everyone to recuperate. Staging a bachelor party the night before the wedding is a recipe for disaster, considering the next day is extremely long and requires that the entire wedding party come to the ceremony and reception feeling vibrant and fresh.

3. Pick a destination that is affordable for your guests to attend. For example, a groom residing on the east coast might plan a weekend bachelor party in New Orleans. Well, that requires a great deal of expense for some of the guest who might want to attend. There are lodging, transportation, food & beverage expenses, to name a few. Unless the groom is picking up some of the tab for this type of weekend, it should not be forced on the guests.

4. Keep food easy and simple. Pizza, wings, chili, enchiladas, tacos, etc....all easy cuisine to serve and for guests to nosh on throughout the party. If hosting the party at private residence, have the guys attending bring beer, wine and alcohol.

5. Take the bride and her family into consideration too! She may not want pictures of her soon-to-be-husband posing with strippers or passed out on the floor on their Facebook page for her colleagues and family to see. The groom should also think about those he is associated with who might see unflattering pictures. Everyone has cameras on their mobile devices and video footage and pictures can pop up when least expected. 

Want to win a free five-hour limo ride from US Coachways for your bachelor party? Like us on Facebook and enter now!

2014 World Music Festival in Chicago

Posted by Ed • Wednesday, August 27. 2014 • Category: Chicago

The 16th Annual World Music Festival is returning to the Windy City this September! Head to Chicago and experience this huge cultural event Sept. 11 - 21, 2014, which has presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.

world music festival chicago

The festival will kick off with performances by Vieux Farka Touré from Mali and Bombino from Niger at Millenium Park. From there, dozens of concerts from musicians and singers hailing from as far away as Turkey, Morocco, Greece and more will be presented throughout the entire city.

Most of the World Music Festival artists will perform traditional music with a modern twist. You’ll see drummers, dancers, jazz groups, musicians on the acoustic guitar and some instruments you might never have heard of, like the sintir, a three-stringed lute made of camel skin and wood. People of all ages are invited to join in the festival, however, some shows may enact age restrictions for those under 18 or 21. Check the City of Chicago website for a complete schedule and age restrictions.

Special Web Offer: Save up to 10 percent on your bus rental deals to Chicago with promo code “CHICAGO.” Midweek terms apply. Terms and conditions apply with a minimum of a $1,000 purchase and no more than $200 off any booking. Offer expires Oct. 1, 2014. Call 1-800-272-0633 or Request A Quote Now!

Labor Day Weekend Travel Guide

Posted by Ed • Tuesday, August 26. 2014 • Category: Family Travel

Labor Day Weekend is often regarded as the last big weekend for summer travel! Make the most of this year’s weekend by enjoying some top destinations from Las Vegas to Chicago.

Fly.com listed some top Labor Day destinations-

Las Vegas

grand canyon

At first glance, Las Vegas may not seem like a great place to for a family getaway, but there’s plenty for kids to do! Catch some thrills at Adventuredome, America’s largest indoor theme park enclosed beneath almost six acres of glass dome. If your family prefers the outdoors, head to the Grand Canyon, located a short distance from the city!

Denver

Denver

The Mile-High City is gorgeous in the summer. Explore the famous Denver Zoo and Denver Botanic Gardens or see the Denver Art Museum, which contains the world’s greatest collection of Native American Art.

Denver is known for those beautiful mountains! Take a three-hour drive to the mountains where you and your family can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, sightseeing and more.

Chicago

Chicago Navy Pier

If you’re headed to Chicago with your family, be sure to pick up a Family Fun pass! This pass will give you discounted access to top Chicago attractions like Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium Skydeck Chicago and the Classic Lake Tour. Discover delicious food and great shopping at the James R. Thompson Center located in The Loop or eat at a themed, family-friendly restaurant like The Rainforest Cafe or The American Girl Place Cafe.

Family Fun Month Travel Guide

Posted by Ed • Monday, August 25. 2014 • Category: Family Travel

Family Fun Month means getting outside of your routine with the kids and enjoying the best travel cities across the U.S. to celebrate fall. From apple picking to sightseeing fall foliage, enjoy the best cities including Orlando, Fla. and Washington D.C.

Orlando, Fla.

“The City Beautiful” is hard to beat when it comes to family travel! Take the family on a journey through Universal Orlando or the Magic Kingdom, splash around at Wet ‘n Wild Orlando or swim with dolphins and explore underwater shipwrecks at Discovery Cove.

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Head one of the city’s nearby beaches or if you’ve got the munchies, try some seafood at one of Orlando’s award-winning restaurants. In the evening, catch The Blue Man Group or Cirque Du Soleil.

Yellowstone National Park

Take in America’s raw, natural beauty at Yellowstone National Park. Marvel at the park’s geysers, the largest collection in the world, or lace up your boots and spend the day hiking on over 1,000 miles of trails. You might even spy a grizzly bear or eagle in the distance!

yellowstone

If adventure calls, the park also offers fishing, boating and horseback riding!

National Mall and Memorial Parks

Every year, millions of people visit the National Mall and Memorial Parks, located in Washington, D.C. Experience some of the nation’s most historic landmarks, monuments and memorials firsthand at the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Washington Monument and many more.

national mall

The National Mall and Memorial Parks also has plenty of green spaces. Visit the Constitution Gardens, West and East Potomac Park and see tens of thousands of trees, shrubs,and plants including the world-famous Japanese cherry blossom tree.

Four Fun Facts About the City of Boston

Posted by Ed • Monday, August 25. 2014 • Category: Boston

These fun facts about some of Boston's most significant landmarks like TD Garden, Old Hancock Building and Fenway Park will be helpful

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country and it is a well-known fact that there is a very historical and cultural side to this city. It was founded by Puritan colonists who set sail from England. By visiting some of its historical landmarks, visitors will get insights into important events like American Revolution, Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker, just to name a few. Of course, there are many points of interests which will show you different sides to what happened during the Siege of Boston and followed by the country’s independence from Great Britain. After that, there are many ‘firsts’ that took place right here in Boston.

Here are some fun facts for our dear readers to find out about Boston. It makes your visit much more interesting, especially for first-time visitors.

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Atlanta Travel Spotlight: The Great Atlanta Beer Fest 2014

Posted by Ed • Wednesday, August 20. 2014 • Category: Atlanta

If you’re in the mood for some football, live music and samplings of some of the best beer and spirits in the nation, head to the Great Atlanta Beer Fest 2014 this September! According to the event’s official website, the festival will feature over 150 beer from Atlanta, the Southeast and all across the United States. There will also be a small selection of wine as well as a list of ciders to sample. The event will be held at Turner Field in Atlanta on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

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Beer selection includes craft beer from all over the country from Abita Amber to Victory Golden Monkey. American macro brewers feature all of America’s favorites like Budweiser, Bud Light, Blue Ribbon and Pabst.

Football fan? Don’t worry about missing even a day’s action. College football will be broadcast on a large, 33-foot TV in the Grand Entry Plaza as well as on TVs scattered throughout the Chop House. Other entertainment includes live music from the Geeks Band and the Mario and Matt Duo as well as a giant Jenga game, a dunking booth, a batting cage at Scout’s Alley and a Bud Light Sports Bar.

Special Web Offer: Save up to 10 percent on your bus rental deals to Atlanta with promo code “ATLANTA.” Midweek terms apply. Terms and conditions apply with a minimum of a $1000 purchase and no more than $200 off any booking. Offer expires Oct. 1, 2014. Call 1-800-272-0633 or request a quote now!

How to Plan The Perfect Party Bus & Limo Experience

Posted by Ed • Tuesday, August 19. 2014 • Category: Parties

Finding the right party bus or limo company can make you or break you when you’re gearing up for a party on the road, but it’s all about the planning that makes for a perfect party.

Greg Jenkins, partner at Bravo Productions and an event/party planner with more than 25 years of experience, shared some party planning tips to have that perfect party bus or limo experience for bachelors, bachelorettes or anybody with a reason to celebrate.

30 passenger party bus from US Coachways.
Thirty-passenger party bus from US Coachways.

To get started planning your party, Jenkins recommends doing some research on finding a party bus or limousine company that has a stellar reputation, excellent driving records, one that has insurance and is bonded and a company that best fits your party experience.

Jenkins recommends reading the company’s contract thoroughly for clauses for cleaning in case guests should get sick, overtime, cancellations, gratuities and more. “Too often, individuals will find the cheapest company, and as a result, they are disappointed with the experience, he said. “Inexpensive doesn’t equate to a bad experience, however, you might just get what you pay for too.”

Once you've selected the right party bus or limo for your party, you’re ready to really get into the party planning experience. Jenkins shared some helpful tips to get you started-

Decide who you will want to accompany you on the limo/party bus. Typically, everyone will need to be on the same page relative to the destinations, how the hours will be spent, etc.

Set some rules. As the person arranging for the party experience, set some ground rules or boundaries with your guests. For example, “you break it, you pay for it.” While the experience is meant to be fun, it's not an excuse for others to destroy a vehicle or be rude or disrespectful to the driver.

Try new places to visit in the limo or party bus. Use this party as a means to see new areas, visit a new restaurant or nightclub, etc.

Set a minimum four-hour timeframe for the experience. You will need to include time to get to and from the destinations of your choice, as well as any wait time while you and your guests might be in a restaurant, nightclub or venue.

Don't overcrowd the vehicle. If you charter a vehicle for eight people, don't automatically think the car or bus will fit 12-15 people when it arrives to pick you up. You want everyone to have decent space and room to enjoy the vehicle.

Family Fun Month: The Ultimate Family Travel Music Playlist

Posted by Ed • Monday, August 18. 2014 • Category: Family Travel

If you and your family are planning a long-haul trip to your vacation destination, it’s a good idea to stock your iPod, iPhone or MP3 player with some music to help pass the time! To make it even more fun, be sure to include a few family travel songs to help get your family in a road-trip mood.

wearing headphones on a bus

Make sure to follow common courtesy if you’re on a charter bus with other people and use headphones or earbuds, but if you’re traveling by car, feel free to rock out!

We’ve put together a list of some our our favorite family road trip songs-

  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
  • Let It Go - Frozen
  • On The Open Road - Goofy Movie
  • Hawaiian Roller Coaster Road - Lilo & Stitch
  • I’ve Been Everywhere - Johnny Cash
  • Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  • It’s My Life - Bon Jovi
  • All For You - Sister Hazel
  • Brown-Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
  • Who Says - Selena Gomez
  • Break Free - Ariana Grande
  • Not a Bad Thing - Justin Timberlake
  • We Are Never Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift
  • Best Song Ever - One Direction
  • Summer - Calvin Harris 
  • Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes

If you don’t have an mp3 player, Pandora, Grooveshark, iLike, Last.fm, Live365 and MikesRadioWorld all offer streaming services for free. If you’re looking for a music streaming app, try Songza, Spotify, Rdio, the Pandora app or Slacker Radio.

Special Web Offer: Book a trip for four or more days from US Coachways and receive five percent off your bus rental purchase with promo code “VACATION!” Terms and conditions apply with a minimum of a $1,000 purchase and no more than $200 off any booking. Offer expires Sept. 30, 2014. Call 1-800-272-0633 or request a quote now!


Sightseeing Guide For Big Apple Fall Foliage

Posted by Ed • Friday, August 15. 2014 • Category: New York

If you're planning a getaway to the Big Apple this autumn, be sure to make time to take in some of the beautiful fall foliage the city has to offer. Tree leaves start turning as early as September, meaning you and your family will be able to enjoy rich autumn colors all season.

Curious about where to view those fall colors? See below for some great ideas from TimeOut.

 Central Park

The Tulip Tree Trail, the Great Lawn, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Fountain, Belvedere Castle and the Literary Walk are just a handful of the Central Park spots great for tree viewing. It’s also a common sight to see kids playing in the crunchy leaves!

New York Botanical Garden

Explore the best fall colors the Bronx has to offer at the New York Botanical Garden. You can view its gorgeous autumnal trees from home with its online foliage tracker, but it’s much more fun to see these beauties in person!

Bear Mountain

Just a hop, skip and a jump away from the city, view some incredible leafy vistas that call the state park home at Bear Mountain. If you’re bringing the family, be sure to visit the park’s famous ice-skating rink and merry-go-round.

Special Web Offer: On your next trip to New York City, save up to 10 percent on your bus rental deals with promo code “NEW YORK.” Midweek terms apply. Terms and conditions apply with a minimum of a $1,000 purchase and no more than $200 off any booking. Offer expires Oct. 1, 2014.  Call 1-800-272-0633 or request a quote now!


Kids Travel Games to Play During Family Fun Month

Posted by Ed • Wednesday, August 13. 2014 • Category: Family Travel

Happy Family Fun Month! Taking any long road trip can be stressful for families, especially those who have small children. Ease some of that bus-travel boredom with some of these fun travel games for families from HowStuffWorks.

The License Plate Game

Keep an eye out for vehicles with license plates from different places and try to spot one from  each state! Passengers can compete in teams or individually. To help keep track, HowStuffWorks suggests printing out a list of states beforehand or coloring in a blank map of the U.S.

Twenty Questions

An American classic. One player comes up with a person, place or thing while the rest of the participants think up yes or no questions to narrow down what the answer could be. If a questioner guesses correctly, he or she wins. If no one can guess the correct answer, the person who is asked the questions wins.

Bingo

Bingo can be a fun way for families to pass time on the road. Before you leave on your trip, print out some Bingo cards from the Web or make your own. The best ones for travel can feature pictures of objects that might be seen on the trip. Road signs, vehicles, plants, animals and landmarks are a good start.

Special Web Offer: Book a trip for four or more days from US Coachways and receive five percent off your bus rental purchase with promo code “VACATION!” Terms and conditions apply with a minimum of a $1,000 purchase and no more than $200 off any booking. Offer expires Sept. 30, 2014. Call 1-800-272-0633 or request a quote now!

A Dig Into The History of Philly’s Cheesesteak

Posted by Ed • Wednesday, August 13. 2014 • Category: Philadelphia

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich | US Coachways

Learn more about the history of Philly's iconic food, Cheesesteak 

When it comes to landmark locations in Philadelphia, we can name them without blinking - Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Cemetery Monuments, Betty Ross House, Rittenhouse Town and more. These are landmark attractions that has deep and significant meaning to our country’s independence and personality. 

But if you are interested in something that is beyond a foreign tourist magnet, then there is one thing you should also check out....and it has absolutely nothing to do with a building or a monument. It’s Philly’s Cheesesteak

Many have tried to duplicate this deeply-Philly cuisine in and outside of the city but nothing beats the original so, if you are here in Philly, one should not miss the chance to sample an authentic cheesesteak meal. It is considered one of the city’s most iconic edible ‘food of interest’.

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CEO Of US Coachways Embraces National Biodiesel Foundation

Posted by Ed • Tuesday, August 12. 2014 • Category: Sustainability
Ed Telmany, CEO of US Coachways, discussed the commitment he and his company has for the National Biodiesel Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing popular support for biodiesel. Telmany been proud to implement green travel policies for US Coachways

Not only does using biodiesel create cleaner air, according to the National Biodiesel Foundation, it encourages greater economic development for rural communities and enhances national security through energy independence.

Telmany said, “More people travel by bus than by any other mode of transportation. We would love to see the motorcoach industry become cleaner and more environmentally friendly.”

Telmany added that by working with the National Biodiesel Foundation, the foundation will be able to have extra resources to influence the industry to decrease pollution through the use of biodiesel. “It also shows our clients that we are motivated to help our industry improve air quality,” he said.

In addition to supporting the National Biodiesel Foundation, US Coachways utilizes several methods to “go green.” The company prints out its literature on recycled paper, it has a paper recycling plan in effect at its locations and it has implemented online software so that consumers can sign contracts electronically rather than through paper.

Visit our website to learn more about how US Coachways is going green.


Enter To Win A 5 Hour Limo Ride for Your Bachelor & Bachelorette Party

Posted by Ed • Monday, August 11. 2014 • Category: Promotions

What’s a bachelorette party without a sweet limo to pull up in? Celebrate your bachelor or bachelorette party in style with a new sweepstakes from US Coachways to win a free limo ride! To enter, just like us on Facebook and fill out the form.

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Each month until Sept. 26, 2014, we’ll be randomly selecting one lucky person to win a free five-hour limo rental.  Grab your gal pals and go club-hopping, have a bash at the beach or take a night out on the town in style with our 10-passenger Lincoln limousine. We’ll provide service for you and your party within a 100-mile radius of areas we serve.

Midweek terms do apply for this prize. To learn more, please read our official rules.



Catch These Events in New Jersey Before August is Over

Posted by Ed • Monday, August 11. 2014 • Category: New Jersey

jazz music festival | US Coachways

Check out these fun events happening in New Jersey before August is over 

The best way to make the most out of the remaining summer is to bring on the heels and step things up a little in NJ and NYC. 

Hoboken Lackawanna Music Festival at Hoboken NJ

Hoboken Lackawanna Music Festival is happening on August 23rd, 2014 and it is the perfect way to spend your Saturday with your friends. The event will roll out from 12.00pm to 10.00pm at Pier A Park, Hoboken’s series of piers. If you need the address to get there, type in 100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken NJ into your GPS. 

The event is also sometimes known as hMAG’s annual Lackawanna Music Fest. The all-day event brings guests and music lovers famous, aspiring and indie bands along with countless giveaways being handed out all day long. There will be vendors offering their fare as visitors have their fill of memorable entertainment. The event was first started 2 years back in 2012 and it is likely that this event will have their annual run in the future. Admission fee is kept at an affordable rate so that just about anyone can afford to get in to have some fun. 

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Experience Boston’s Colonial History (Special Web Offer)

Posted by Ed • Saturday, August 9. 2014 • Category: Boston
Founded in 1630, Boston, Ma. is one of the oldest cities in the United States, which means there’s plenty of history for you to explore! The city’s mixture of modern and colonial architecture with a dash of New England charm make it a must-see for any traveler.



Special Web Offer: Save up to 10 percent on your US Coachways bus rental deals to Boston with promo code, “BOSTON.” Midweek terms apply. Terms and conditions apply with a minimum of a $1,000 purchase and no more than $200 off any booking. Offer expires Oct. 1, 2014.  Call 1-800-272-0633 or Request A Quote Now!


In the mood for some history? Be sure to check out the famous John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. There, you’ll find hundreds of interesting artifacts like original papers and correspondence of the Kennedy Administration. Faneuil Hall, which was rated No. 4 in America's 25 Most Visited Tourist Sites by Forbes Traveler, attracts around 20 million visitors each year. There, visitors can eat, shop and be entertained at more than 100 places.

Boston isn’t just for history buffs and shopping enthusiasts. Sports fans can get their fill of thrills at Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Public Garden, located at the heart of the city, features trails, gardens and romantic swan boats.