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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.

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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

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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.

Take A Tour Of Our Nation’s Capital In Washington, D.C.

Posted by Ed • Friday, August 8. 2014 • Category: Washington DC

Book a US Coachways charter bus to Washington, D.C. and explore the history and majesty of our nation’s capital. From the magnificent dome of the U.S. Capitol building to legendary Washington Monument, you’ll be able to discover iconic places that have played an important role in America’s history.



Special Web Offer: Save up to 10 percent on your US Coachways bus rental deals to Washington, D.C. with promo code “D.C.” 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!

While you’re in Washington, D.C., you’ll want to visit some of the capital’s most famous spots. Take a tour of the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. The Smithsonian Institute holds endless thrills as the world's largest museum and research complex and the Mount Vernon Estate, Museum, and Gardens is a beautiful tribute to George Washington.



See The Stars At Los Angeles’ Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Party

Posted by Ed • Thursday, August 7. 2014 • Category: Los Angeles

Los Angeles is known for stars, and on Aug. 12, 2014, you'll be able to see a whole shower of them at the annual Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve Perseid Meteor Shower Party.

Special Web Offer: Save up to 10 percent on your bus rental deals to Los Angeles from US Coachways with promo code "L.A." 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!

Bring a blanket and enjoy a night  under the stars and a full moon with your friends, loved ones and family. The party site will also have telescopes for viewing the moon, Saturn and other celestial features if you want a closer view. Kids are more than welcome to attend and listen to some star stories for children of all ages. Admission is free!

The party is meeting at the Victory Blvd. entrance trailhead at 8 p.m. on Aug. 12, 2014. It’s expected to last for two hours.

You’ll find the preserve located at Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve north of US-101 and west of Valley Circle Blvd. in West Hills, Calif. 91307.


US Coachways Launches Instagram Contest

Posted by Ed • Wednesday, August 6. 2014 • Category: Promotions

Addicted to Instagram? You’ll be able to put your photography skills to the test with a new Six Flags® contest from US Coachways.

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While you’re having fun at the beach or pool this summer, snap an Instagram selfie (or have someone take a photo of you with Instagram), include the hashtag #summertimefun and tag US Coachways at @uscoachways for a chance to be entered! You’ll have a chance to win four free tickets to any Six Flags theme park in the U.S!

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A new winner will be chosen every week during the summer, so you’ll have several chances to win. Only one entry per person per week, please.

Best Cities To Host A Bachelorette Party

Posted by Ed • Tuesday, August 5. 2014 • Category: Promotions

Nobody wants a boring bachelorette party! To keep the boredom at bay, grab your gal-pals and take a trip to one of these top city destinations for a night you’ll never forget.

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Special Web Offer: Book a limo or party bus from US Coachways for your bachelor or bachelorette party and get 15 percent off your limo for your wedding with promo code, “WEDDING.” Terms and conditions apply with a minimum purchase of $1000 and no more than $300 off any booking. Offer valid June - November 2014. Call 1-800-272-0633 or Request A Quote Now!

Las Vegas

The quintessential party city, Las Vegas is guaranteed to bring all of the thrills and fun your bachelorette party is looking for. From shows like Chippendales and Men of Sapphire to hundreds of exciting nightclubs, don’t be afraid to go wild in Sin City.

New York City

Take your bachelorette party to the next level at one of the Big Apple’s famous rooftop pools. Sip some champagne, enjoy some dancing or swim while looking out at the incredible New York City skyline at Le Bain, Gansevoort or Le Parker Meridien. Hundreds of nightclubs, karaoke bars, shows and concerts also await bachelorette parties looking for some fun.

Miami

Miami is one of the hottest places to host your bachelorette party. Throw a beach bash or lounge in the warm sand all day at South Beach, attend a Chippendales show, hit up the nightclubs or have a night of luxury at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove or Grove Isle Hotel & Spa.

Top Summer Attractions In Houston: Cirque du Soleil & More!

Posted by Ed • Thursday, July 31. 2014 • Category: Houston

If you’re in the Houston area this summer, there will be plenty to do! Cirque du Soleil is coming to the Toyota Center this August with an incredible performance exploring the creative artistry of Michael Jackson. There are also several museums, shopping centers and parks to explore!

Special Houston Web Offer: Save up to 10 percent on your bus rental deals to Houston from US Coachways with promo code, “HOUSTON.” Midweek terms apply. Terms and conditions apply with a minimum of a $1000 purchase and no more than $200 off any booking.  Offer Expires October 1, 2014. Call 1-800-272-0633 or Request A Quote Now!

Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour

In Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL tour, Cirque du Soleil will immerse the audience in Michael Jackson’s creative world through visuals, dance magic and fantasy. They will even turn his signature moves literally upside-down in breathtaking aerials!

The Galleria

This is no ordinary shopping mall. The Galleria is the largest shopping center in Texas and the fourth largest in the United States, hosting over 400 shops, restaurants and more for more than 26 million visitors annually. Amenities include a full-size ice rink, a children’s play area, two swimming pools, an arcade, three national and international banks, two tailor shops, a dozen beauty salons and even a post office!

Space Center Houston

NASA is often called the pride of Houston, and its how Houston got its nickname as the Astro City. Visit Space Center Houston and check out some of NASA’s historic artifacts as well as exciting exhibits and “interactive adventures” for children. Its regular “Lunch with an Astronaut” event is a favorite.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center  

If you want to explore the quieter side of Houston, visit the sprawling Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. This beautiful park features trails, special gardens, a discovery room, a nature shop and more. Admission is free and the park is open seven days a week. Plus, dogs are allowed.