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    With striking and varied landscapes along with iconic landmarks such as Mount Rushmore, South Dakota is a sightseeing adventure full of aweinspiring beauty and history.


You will ďŹ nd hidden treasures and historical gems, not to mention extreme charm, when you take a tour to the Northeast.


Take to the water for a refreshing tour from a unique vantage point. Many cruises also offer onboard meals, narration and group perks.

  Make some time to let your group loose to play at a casino resort. The entertainment opportunities are varied and include gaming, shows, shopping, outdoor recreation and more.

    The gateway to Utahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surreal Zion National Park, St. George is a charming small city full of wonderful history and attractions for your group to explore.


   Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most iconic beach resort city is still a favorite destination on the East Coast. Check out the impressive dining and shopping possibilities you can enjoy.

        Taking the Grand Scenic Route of Utah will produce some breathtaking visuals, great for photography and inspiration. Home to ďŹ ve national parks, Utah has surprises at every turn.


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U.S. Army Band If you are planning a summer trip to Washington D.C., here is an experience the music lovers and military enthusiasts in your group will not want to miss. The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" has been serving the Nation through music since 1922. They look forward to serving your group. Enjoy indoor concerts on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Brucker Hall in Arlington, Virginia and go outdoors on Fridays at 8 p.m. on the West Side of the U.S. Capitol. Visit usarmyband.com for the full schedule, or phone (703) 696-3718 and they will plan for you.

Top of the Falls Restaurant Niagara Falls, New York For tour groups in Niagara Falls State

U.S. Army Band

Park, it is essential to know there is a great restaurant on-site serving delicious American cuisine – perched high above on Goat Island, overlooking Terrapin Point. It is Top of the Falls Restaurant, and it is not just a meal. It is an integral part of the Niagara experience – with floor-to-ceiling windows, outdoor dining and panoramic Horseshoe Falls views.

The Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle State Park The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is not only the Gateway to Presque Isle State Park, but also the Gateway to Discovery. This 65,000-square-foot, state-ofthe-art, green-designed facility located on Lake Erie is a place as inspiring as the Isle. TREC offers visitors a first-hand experience of what you can expect to find at Presque Isle State Park with its unique history and ever changing ecosystems. Built to symbolize the Peninsula in its architectural design, this unique center offers environmental education, visitor services, research and administrative services in one place. The Tom Ridge Environmen4 • Bus Tours Magazine / July, 2015

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something for everyone in your group, including you. From our homestyle cooking that satisďŹ es the pickiest eaters to our country store ďŹ lled with gifts and games for everyone. With our designated tour bus parking*, dedicated group phone line, and large party seating accommodations, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like we were custom built just for you. And as always, a meal for your driver and guide is on the house. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just one of our ways of making sure everyone on the road is taken care of.

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tal Center houses an orientation theater,

The adventures here can be a superb

interactive exhibits, 75-foot glass enclosed

introduction to Presque Isle and the culture

observation tower, nature shop and gallery,

of the peninsula, the secrets that many of

cafĂŠ and research center.

Presque Isleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four million visitors a year

The real life of the Tom Ridge Environ-

Presque Isle with the professional education staff. The diversity of these offerings can be explored at trecpi.org.

never see.

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mental Center is the learning that takes place.

Schools and student groups can sched-

Your adventures can be a superb introduc-

ule field trips to the center, including see-

tion to Presque Isle State Park including

ing a film at the Big Green Screen Theatre,

The New River Train is an annual train

how it was formed, the life that inhabits the

enjoying a box lunch from the Sunset CafĂŠ

ride event in the Mountain State of West Vir-

Isle and the rich history and culture of the

and even an outdoor education lesson on

ginia. The New River Train runs each Octo-


Hinton, West Virginia

ber on the third and fourth weekends. The          

train runs with the cooperation of CSX and Amtrak. Excursions travel from Huntington to Hinton, West Virginia and return, going through the New River Gorge.

Shore Line Trolley Museum East Haven, Connecticut Take a ride back in time aboard an authentic trolley car at the Shore Line Trolley Museum. Enjoy a leisurely round trip through the scenic tidal salt marsh over a 115-year-old trolley route. Their expert          


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volunteer motormen will point out

collection and learn about trolley technol-

interesting sights and talk about the his-

ogy in the indoor exhibits. Motorcoach

tory and excitement of the trolley

parking is available on-site with easy

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access to Interstate 95.


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Seadog Cruises is part of a larger ďŹ&#x201A;eet of vessels offering unique cruise experiences departing from Navy Pier. Visitors looking for a dining experience can cruise on the causal and fun Mystic Blue or Spirit of Chicago, or enjoy a more elegant, sophisticated atmosphere aboard Odyssey Chicago. The entire ďŹ&#x201A;eet has private spaces or decks available for charter,

but those looking to host a customized, intimate event on the water can charter the newly renovated private yacht, Chicago Elite. Whether aboard a wet and wild Seadog adventure or a sophisticated dining cruise, seeing Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skyline from the water is an unforgettable experience that should not be missed. Seadog Cruises offers private group charters and can help with planning a group event. For more information visit



seadogcruises.com/Chicago or phone (888) 636-7737.

M/S Mt. Washington Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire The cruise aboard the M/S Mt. Washington gives you a big taste of New Hampshireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. The M/S Mount Washington is a 230-foot excursion

n adventure on water is a welcome

Passengers enjoy wide-open views of some

cruise ship. It has four levels and several out-

treat for groups that have been on

of Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous landmarks like the

side decks where you can sit and enjoy some

the road for many days. The water

Chicago Harbor, Buckingham Fountain, Grant

of the most spectacular scenery New Eng-

offers a cool and refreshing way to see sights

Park, Willis Tower and the Museum Campus.

land has to offer. They offer scenic cruises,

you just can not see from land. Do not think

Knowledgeable and charismatic tour guides

a Sunday champagne brunch cruise as well

that all water-based tours are slow-paced

share amusing stories along the way that make

as dinner and dance cruises with live music

and casual. For the adventurous types there

the history and fun facts of the city come alive.

and buffet dinner.

are speedboats designed to carry groups on

Guests can choose a relaxing Lake and

Foliage season may come a little later to

a thrill-packed adventure with fast, heart-

River Architectural Tour focusing on

Lake Winnipesaukee but the scenery will

racing rides that are sure to be exhilarating.

Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fascinating history, or an exhila-

never disappoint. They conďŹ dently proclaim

rating and informative Lakefront Speedboat

this is the most beautiful scenic cruise in all


Seadog Cruises

Ride. The more adventurous of the pack may

of New England. The lake covers 44,000 acres

Chicago, Illinois

choose the Extreme Thrill Ride, a wet and

and is mostly spring fed with pristine blue

As one of the most popular attractions at

wild experience aboard Seadog Extreme, a

water. It contains more than 300 islands and

Navy Pier, Seadog has thrilled more than

boat 30 percent faster than her doggie sib-

is surrounded by three mountain ranges. You

1,000,000 people. History buffs, architecture

lings. Throughout the summer, Seadog also

can sit inside in heated lounges with wrap

lovers and fun seekers alike can ďŹ nd a Seadog

gives guests unbeatable views of the

around views or choose from several out-

adventure to ďŹ t their style. The brightly-col-

Wednesday and Saturday Navy Pier ďŹ reworks

side decks.

ored speedboats have 2000+ horsepower

displays with special Fireworks Cruises.

From September through the end of their

engines, and take passengers along the coast

Cruising from March through October,

season in late October the ship sails to

of Lake Michigan and through the heart of

Seadog even invites guests to bring their

Wolfeboro every day except Sunday.

Chicago while cruising on the river.

adventure-loving pups aboard for free.

Wolfeboro, which prides itself on being the

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    ďŹ rst summer resort in the country, is a charm-

the lake to deliver mail (June 15-September

ible waterways, three comfortable boats and

ing New England lakeside town where you

11). This is a wonderful trip and gives you a

many possibilities.

will ďŹ nd quaint shops and several waterfront

taste of the summer life on the islands. There

Everyone has heard "Low bridge, every-

restaurants. From Wolfeboro it is just a short

is also the Doris E., which allows for a shorter

body down!" but did you know that today's

cruise and can navigate the small

Erie Canal is a vibrant waterway still nav-

coves and bays of this

igable from Albany to Buffalo? Mid-Lakes

amazingly beautiful

Navigation operates a host of cruises from


lake. Be warned:

50 minutes to seven hours with many

port on the big

You will not see

options for dining on board. The boat rides

whales but very

depart from their private dock located

trip to the White Mountains. Sundays it goes to Alton






Alton you are


about 10 minutes from DestinyUSA and 15

eagles and other

minutes from downtown Syracuse (visit


just 45 minutes from the hip seaside

the Erie Canal Museum housed in the only


city of Portsmouth, New

For information on their

remaining weighlock building). Most itin-


Hampshire. Sundays offer a champagne



eraries include passage through an Erie

brunch, but for groups with advance reser-

cruisenh.com/tours.php, phone (888) 843-

Canal lock; all include a glimpse of our

vations a buffet lunch can be arranged any

6686, or e-mail: tours@cruiseNH.com.

country's transportation heritage. Keep


day of the week. Another alternative to the grand Mount

your binoculars handy as great blue herons

Mid-Lakes Navigation

Washington is one of the smaller vessels, the

Syracuse, New York

US Mail Boat, Sophie C or the Doris E. The

Skaneateles, New York

are common and even bald eagles can often be found in the treetops. The village of Skaneateles, set on the

Sophie C is actually a ďŹ&#x201A;oating post ofďŹ ce, so

Mid-Lakes Navigation encompasses one

shores of the most beautiful of the Finger

you will be making stops at the Islands on

family-owned cruise company, two incred-

Lakes, offers a quintessential Main Street



experience. Visitors can walk to shops and         

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Scenic Cruises & Fall Foliage Cruises From Weirs Beach and other ports.

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Cruise into Relaxation on Canandaigua Lake, one of the Finger Lakes of New York, on an Authentic Paddle Wheeler and Replica Steamboat! Narrated Lunch, Dinner & Excursion Cruises! Available May - October

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    restaurants or just sit in the park and watch

early May through September. The cruises

phoning (315) 685-8500 or e-mail

the sailboats glide by. Add a two-hour

can accommodate up to 100 passengers.

gail@midlakesnav.com. View the boats and

lunch cruise, a 50-minute sightseeing

Mid-Lakes' group sales expert is Gail

download details at midlakesnav.com.

cruise or an evening dinner cruise and you

Steigerwald who can be contacted by

have the makings of a first-class experience. Mid-Lakes offers a variety of meal

Mid-Lakes Navigation

options afloat from a sit-down lunch or dinner, to a buffet featuring entrees from regional favorite, Dinosaur BBQ. They can even package a sightseeing cruise with lunch at the historic Sherwood Inn over looking the lake. Those looking for something unusual can board one of the few remaining U.S. Mailboat cruises in the country, continuing a 100-year tradition on Skaneateles Lake. Every Mid-Lakes cruise is narrated by the knowledgeable captain who shares stories, history and local insights. They have been hosting groups for nearly 50 years and are happy to help you with ideas and local knowledge to make your cruise and your entire trip successful. The season is          

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Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort

ou cannot go wrong with choosing

two-time winner of South Dakotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gover-

site parking. The hospitality does not stop

a casino resort as a stop or overnight

nor's Great Star Service Award, given to

there. Gaming buses can choose to receive


stay on your motorcoach tours. They

one business per year, and winner of Tri-

free slot play, a poker walk, slot tournament

are not only group friendly, but have lodg-

pAdvisor's CertiďŹ cate of Excellence for the

and meal vouchers. Then, upon departure,

ing, shopping, dining and entertainment all

last ďŹ ve years. Nestled in the beautiful Black

they load free bottles of water and cookies

on the same property. Guests will have no

Hills of South Dakota, the Gulch features

onto the bus. Tour group leaders are also

problems ďŹ nding something to keep them



treated like VIPs. Drivers get to stay for free

happily occupied, whether it is enjoying

hotel, Creekside Restaurant and conven-

with full meal vouchers and leaders can also

casino action, having a delicious meal or

tion center. The property is surrounded by

receive a free room with free meal vouchers

snack, checking out live shows or just enjoy-

a bubbling brook on three sides and has

(with 20 paid rooms).



ing some relaxation time in a comfortable

access to the Mickelson Trail for year-round

Looking to explore this beautiful area?

room or outdoors.

outdoor activities right outside the front

They also customize touring packages for

door. They are your one-stop-shop when

your group. Some must-see places while

planning a trip.

you are here could include Days of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;76

Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort

The resort makes bus groups feel wel-

Museum, Downtown Deadwood, Trial of

Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort is

come the second the bus stops at the front

Jack McCall, Adams House Museum and

Deadwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier bussing property and

door. Upon arrival, all bus groups receive

Saloon #10. You can also take a short day

they love bus groups. They book both gam-

expedited check-in and a welcome recep-

trip to Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, 1880

ing and touring buses and love to customize

tion. Hot breakfast served in Creekside

Train, Tantanka-Story of the Bison and so

packages. They aim to please for all your

Restaurant comes standard with all night

many more fun locations. They also have

travel and gaming needs. The resort is a

stays. The hotel has free Wi-Fi and free on-

itineraries available so you do not have to

Deadwood, South Dakota

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do any of the planning. Itineraries include a wine tour, Native Amer-

Locavore, a coffee bar, room service, a ďŹ tness center and seven meet-

ican tour, Deadwood history tour, Black Hills and Badlands tour

ing spaces.

and many more.

Contact Lisa Pederson at (414) 847-7982 or lpederson@paysbig.com

Check out deadwoodgulchresort.com and click on the busing

to book a day trip or sales and catering at (414) 847-8600 or sales

tab for great affordable itineraries. While there, check out all the

@paysbig.com for overnight stays. You can learn more by visiting

resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great amenities. With an award-winning property, award-

their Web site at paysbig.com.

winning staff, beautiful creek-side setting, you are invited to come enjoy Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort for yourself. Phone them at (800) 695-1876.

Primm Valley Casino Resorts Primm, Nevada If you have ever ventured from Southern California toward the

Potawatomi Hotel and Casino

bright lights of Las Vegas, you may have been tricked into believing

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

you had arrived about a half hour ahead of schedule. As you approach

Gather your group and plan a trip to Potawatomi Hotel and Casino

the Nevada state line in the desolate expanse of the Mojave Valley,

for high-energy gaming, award-winning dining, bars, live music and

you come upon an oasis. Far from a mirage, but not too far from Sin

luxurious accommodations. Just blocks from the heart of downtown

City, lies Primm Valley Casino Resorts.

Milwaukee and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, it is the perfect stop for your private group or bus tour.

Lacking the scope and scale of Las Vegas is not a deďŹ cit for Primm Valley; it is actually part of its appeal. Primm pulls no punches as an all-encompassing tourist destination. With more than 2,600 rooms and suites between the three hotels on the property â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Primm Valley Resort and Casino, Buffalo Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resort and Casino and Whiskey Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hotel and Casino â&#x20AC;&#x201C; guests can enjoy stays for as low as $28 per night. With your stay being a little easier on the wallet, you can spend your vacation the way you want to with everything else Primm has to offer. Situated within Nevadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state borders, gambling is legal in Primm Valley, and there is no question about that as you walk into any of the resorts. With more than 100,000 square feet of gambling space, more than 2,300 slots and progressives and 60-plus table games, it

Potawatomi Hotel and Casino

is a great place to enjoy lower-limit tables and looser slots than you may ďŹ nd in Primmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighbor to the north. Between sessions at the slots, ďŹ nd a nice diversion at any of the

There is never a dull moment on the casino ďŹ&#x201A;oor â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a ďŹ&#x201A;oor that

resortsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; three major properties and 16 restaurants. With options rang-

offers more than 3,000 slot machines in the latest themes and denom-

ing from fast food to Guillermoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cocina & Cantina or ďŹ ne dining at

inations from 1¢ to $100 (in smoking and non-smoking locations).

GPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse, you are sure to refuel for the rest of your night.

For an added thrill, try a progressive slot machine. One hundred table

Whether that is taking a dip in the buffalo-shaped pool at Buffalo Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

games give guests plenty of choices, including blackjack, craps,

or catching a movie at Carolee Theater, is entirely up to you.

roulette, baccarat, Fortune Pai Gow PokerÂŽ and more. Bingo players

Of course, Primm Valley Casino Resorts is more than just a place

will love the expansive 1,440-seat Bingo Hall, averaging more than

to stay and gamble the day away. Primm is a destination that can hold

$75,000 in daily payouts. Guests can also enjoy the excitement of off-

the whole group captive. With a world-class concert venue that has

track betting or a game of poker in the luxurious 20-table Poker Room.

hosted international acts such as Dolly Parton, Rick SpringďŹ eld, The

Seven unique restaurants and an intimate theater make this the

Beach Boys and comedy acts among others, Primm Valley is poised

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Atlantic City Skyline tlantic City is always on the move

cab during their free time and enoy some

â&#x20AC;˘ The Deck: Every Friday around sun-

with new dining, shopping and vis-

unique and delicious dining as they explore

down during the spring and summer, this is

itor attractions. The city is show-

Atlantic City on their own. Here is a sample

the place to ďŹ nd a jovial legion of devoted

casing even more new things to see and do.

of options inside the casinos and around

and longtime regulars, from boaters and

Their eight casino hotels offer gaming around


locals to overnight visitors to the Golden


Nugget. Why not? Set along the Farley

the clock, with games like blackjack, poker and every type of slot machine imaginable

Inside the Casinos

Marina, The Deck merrily toasts the sunset

â&#x20AC;˘ Capriccio: One of the most acclaimed

with live classic rock bands, drink specials

and highly regarded ďŹ ne-dining establish-

and cannot-miss Old Bay crab dip. The Deck

ments in Atlantic City for decades, Capriccio

is located in Golden Nugget Atlantic City;

Thanks to its location on a band of land

at Resorts is a Zagat-rated Atlantic City insti-


between the Atlantic Ocean and the Absecon

tution for Italian food lovers. One of the best

â&#x20AC;˘ Dos Caminos: One of the best Mexi-

Inlet, Atlantic City is surrounded by water.

Sunday brunches in the city (9:30 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2

can restaurants in Atlantic City, Dos

Restaurateurs have ample opportunity to

p.m.) is also offered. It is located in Resorts

Caminos is the home of killer margaritas,

capitalize on this asset by designing dining

Casino Hotel; capriccioatlanticcity.com.

homemade guacamole and Mexican City-

to appeal to your sense of chance.

Great Dining

rooms and decks to maximize the â&#x20AC;&#x153;oohâ&#x20AC;? fac-

â&#x20AC;˘ Chart House Atlantic City: Though all of

style quesadillas and gorgeous bay views.

tor of the resort cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s priceless views. With

the nautically-themed seafood chainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national

The high-energy atmosphere allows one

dining options from luxury to casual there is

locations perch atop or alongside a body of

to let loose while taking in some excellent

a restaurant with an ocean view to suit every

water, this is the only link that enjoys a â&#x20AC;&#x153;holy

nosh. For tequila aficionados, heaven

taste. There are group-friendly places and

mackerelâ&#x20AC;? view of the Farley Marina and the

awaits. It is located in Harrahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resort

also an array of options for the adventurous

bay beyond. It is located in Golden Nugget

Atlantic City; harrahsresort.com.

foodies in your group who want to catch a

Atlantic City; goldennugget.com/atlanticcity.

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• FIN: This fine-dining seafood destination

• Landshark Bar and Grill: Everything

• Blue Water Grille: With windows that

about Jimmy Buffet’s bar and grill reflects his

stretch from floor to ceiling, there is almost

carefree attitude, including the fact that as a

no place in the dining room or at the bar that

restaurant built out onto the beach, views of

does not boast a panoramic view of the

the ocean and horizon surround it on three of

Absecon Inlet and Brigantine Beach. Though

four sides. It is the only year-round beach bar

the restaurant resides in the Flagship build-

in Atlantic City. You can find it in Resorts

ing of the FantaSea Resorts, a vacation condo

Casino Hotel; resortsac.com.

building, property managers welcome the

• Nero’s Italian Steakhouse: It is hard to

public for contemporary American break-

rank the most buzz-worthy draw at the newly

fast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Learn more at

expanded and upgraded Nero’s: the prime


grade steaks, delicious pastas, fresh seafood

• Dining on the Fifth: Five stories below

selection or the backdrop to it all — the ocean

The Chelsea Hotel’s supper club lies the

view lining much of the wall space. It is

ocean, which brings pleasant distraction to

located in Caesars Atlantic City; caesars.com.

diners when the pianist playing the white

• Poolside at The Water Club: For a water

grand piano in the 1920s-themed restaurant

view in an indoor oasis, the pool at The Water

takes a break. Log on to thechelsea-ac.com

Club at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa is a lus-

for more information.

cious option. An exclusive menu by the hotel’s

• Souzai Sushi and Sake: Serving up some

Culinary Lifestyle Consultant, Iron Chef Geof-

of the best sushi and sashimi in town, with a

frey Zakarian offers specialty dining while

bar team that knows its sake – Souzai is a

lounging poolside. You will find it at Borgata

casual spot located directly across from Phillips

Hotel Casino and Spa; theborgata.com.

Seafood on the third level of the Pier Shops at

• Robert’s Rooftop at Scores: Enjoy beau-

Caesars. Graceful ocean views accompany

tiful ocean views from high above the Board-

happy-hour cocktails or sushi specials, as well

walk while savoring select dishes from the

as unforgettable lunch and dinner items. Their

menu of Robert’s Steakhouse. It is located in

Web site is souzaisushi.net.

Trump Taj Mahal; scoresac.com.

does not skimp on the view. At this locavore establishment, every table enjoys a sightline

• The Twenties: Dine in an historic landmark that served legends such as Marilyn

Around Town

Monroe, Nucky Johnson, Princess Grace of

to the ocean many stories below. FIN is located

• Back Bay Ale House: Craft beers and

Monaco, John F. Kennedy and Frank Sinatra.

in Tropicana Casino and Resort; tropicana.net.

oversized margaritas pair better with

Do not miss the sixth floor view of Brighton

• Gordon Ramsay’s Pub and Grille is

seafood, sandwiches and breakfast when

Park in front of The Claridge Hotel and the

another newly added dining destination,

they are consumed on an enclosable porch

Boardwalk and beach beyond. It is located

located at Caesars. The celebrity chef's British-

overlooking a marina and part of the Atlantic

at the Claridge Hotel; claridge.com.

themed venue with grand styling offers clas-

City skyline. It is located in Historic Gardner's

sic pub grub and craft beers. Visit

Basin; backbayalehouse.com.

caesars.com/caesars-ac/restaurants/ gordonramsay-pub-grill for more information. • Guy Fieri’s Chophouse: The Food Network star has brought his steakhouse

• Wonder Bar: Tucked into the Intracoastal Waterway, Wonder Bar’s low-lying tiki bar provides most of the action. Locals love the fact

Landshark Bar and Grill

that this Atlantic City staple serves food until 6 a.m. in the summer. Visitors appreciate the convenient location and ample parking.

concept to Atlantic City with Guy Fier-

In the winter months enjoy the more

i’s Chophouse, located at Bally’s

formal Sunset Room with floor-to-

(ballysac.com). Overlooking the beach

ceiling bayfront windows. Go to won-

and Boardwalk, the restaurant features

derbarac.com for more information.

Fieri’s signature dishes with a New Jersey flair including Jersey Shore Clams Casino and the Cape May Fried Flounder. Flavor is key at this relaxed, yet extravagant, venue.

Great Shopping For great deals and a variety of shopping experiences smart shoppers head to Atlantic Bus Tours Magazine / July, 2015 • 19


  City. Each casino property offers their own unique shops or you can

to open in summer 2015, T Street, will be comprised of live music

browse the Boardwalk for salt-water taffy and homemade fudge, sou-

venues on the first floor. Six themed music clubs will showcase buzz-

venir stores and specialty shops.

worthy young acts in virtually every music and entertainment genre

Shopping enthusiasts know that there are three shopping com-

including country, rock, jazz, folk, rhythm and blues and comedy.

plexes to satisfy their retail fix. New shops at The Walk outlet mall,

Situated on one of Atlantic City’s historic piers, The Pier Shops

the latest styles and

stretch out above the ocean offering sweeping sea and beach views

luxury lines at The Pier

that transform shopping into a special event. Even before hitting such

Shops at Caesars and

lux boutiques as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Michael Kors and Tiffany &

Tropicana’s shopping

Co., shoppers can settle back in the Adirondack chairs placed near

and dining mecca The

the windows and enjoy incredible ocean views.

The Quarter

Quarter, allow shop-

While keeping stocked with the latest styles is priority one, The

pers to snap up fresh-

Pier Shops’ retailers offer a wide range of services and specialty stores.

from-the-runway fash-

Choose the perfect outfit for a night on the town at Gucci, Guess or


White Lotus Boutique. Sports fans can find everything they need for



family’s wardrobes and find the perfect gift. With more than 90 brand-name outlet shops and no tax on cloth-

game day at Sports City and Sports Collection. Techies can upgrade their cell accessories at The Apple Store, Cellairis or Cellularum.

ing, shopping at Tanger Outlets The Walk is guilt-free, tax-free and

Need a quick pick-me-up? Stop at Starbucks for a latte and arguably

loaded with great finds. Their newest addition Bass Pro Shops

the best views of any Starbucks in the U.S. For visitors who want the

(basspro.com/atlanticcity) is a destination unto itself. The store is

full Atlantic City experience, Stephen Starr’s nationally-renowned

stocked with everything the outdoorsman/woman could possibly need

Buddakan and The Continental are among the full-service dining

for hunting, camping, fishing and much more including a large boat

spots where the cuisine and cocktails are worthy companions to the

showroom. Shoppers are greeted by a 13,000-gallon aquarium filled

romantic, seaside setting. Craving crabs? The legendary Phillips

with indigenous sea life and murals depicting regional scenic locales.

Seafood serves that and much more in this seaside locale where din-

Men’s clothier Jos. A. Banks, trend-setter Abercrombie & Fitch, eye-

ers can watch the goings-on in the exhibition kitchen or enjoy the

wear specialists Sunglass Hut, charm and bead specialist Pandora Jew-

view of ocean waves crashing onto the shore. At Souzai Sushi and

elry, and music and pop culture inspired Hot Topic have joined Coach, J.

Sake, weary shoppers can refresh on fresh, traditional Japanese dishes,

Crew, DKNY, OshKosh, Brooks Brothers, Eddie Bauer, St. John and other

creative cocktails, Asian beers and sake.

retailers that have made The Walk a destination for savvy shoppers.

The Quarter, a Havana-themed shopping, dining, entertainment

After hours of retail therapy, shoppers can refuel at a number of local

and nightlife complex within Tropicana Casino and Resort (Tropi-

and nationally-known restaurants located throughout The Walk. The

cana.net/quarter) celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014 and just keeps

newly-opened Wingcraft offers shoppers a welcome respite with a selec-

getting better.

tion of local and national craft brews, more than nine varieties of wings,

This summer, Tropicana Casino and Resort unveils a stunning new

brick oven pizzas, salads, entrees and more. They can sip on a margarita

multimedia light and sound show that crosses both sides of the Atlantic

while sifting through their purchases at Los Amigos with a menu of cre-

City Boardwalk. The groundbreaking display immerses spectators in a

ative and complex Mexican fare as well as Southwestern inspired items.

world of sound, light, imagery and special effects. This breathtaking com-

At The Walk, even the parking facilities can provide a fun shop-

bination of artistry and technology will stir the imagination and excite the

ping experience: The Wave Parking Garage, located at the foot of the

senses. Tropicana also added a state-of-the-art fitness center, accessible

Atlantic City Expressway, is a convenient spot to stow vehicles as

from bluemercury, which will be Atlantic City’s first casino-based fitness

well as home to the Noyes Art Garage of Stockton University. This

complex available to hotel guests, employees and the general public.

spacious, light-filled emporium is lined from end to end with local crafts for sale in boutiques, art galleries, exhibit spaces and working artist studios. Learn more at artsgarageac.com.

More AC Fun Atlantic City’s white sandy beaches are free, and people-watch-

The Pier Shops (thepiershopsatcaesars.com) is the first stop for

ing on the historic, four-mile long Atlantic City Boardwalk is always

fashionistas who know that there is more to retail therapy than sim-

a favorite pastime. So why not come see for yourself and Visit Atlantic

ply shopping. The recently announced reimagining of the property

City. Learn more about the scores of Atlantic City attractions, events

as The Playground will bring a new and unique experience to Atlantic

and activities at atlanticcitynj.com. Contact Heather Colache, leisure

City. The new concept is designed to allow visitors to shop, dine and

group sales manager, by phoning (609) 449-7151 or e-mail:

relax to the music or sports of their choice. The first phase scheduled


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Bus Tours Magazine / July, 2015 â&#x20AC;˘ 21



ind your great place in the land of

Nearly 1,300 head of free-roaming bison wan-

ignated a part of the free-flowing river as the

Great Faces and Great Places. South

der the park’s 71,000 acres, which they share

Missouri National Recreational River.

Dakota is the perfect destination for

with swift pronghorn, shy elk, sure-footed

Enjoy and learn about the Wild West history

your groups to experience diverse land-

mountain goats and a band of curious burros.

of Historic Deadwood. Legendary characters

scapes, culture, Old West history and more.

Amidst pure nature, your groups are free to

such as Wild Bill Hikock, Calamity Jane and

The mountain carving of Mount Rushmore

explore via trail rides, hay rides, scenic drives

Seth Bullock can be found on a hill overlook-

and jeep tours to see the bison up close.

ing town at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Dead-


National Memorial features the 60-foot faces of four great American presidents. George

Explore an underground wonderland at

wood also offers legalized gaming, spa ser-

Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roo-

Jewel Cave National Monument, the third-

vices, wine tasting and exciting entertainment.

sevelt and Abraham Lincoln gaze out over the

longest cave system in the world. Jewel Cave

Sculptor Korczak Ziolowski began work

spectacular scenery of the Black Hills.

takes its name from the glittering calcite crys-

on Crazy Horse Memorial as a tribute to

tals that line its walls.

Native American people. Once complete, the

The striking landscape of Badlands National Park boasts a maze of buttes,

One of the nation’s oldest national parks,

monument will be the largest mountain carv-

canyons, pinnacles and spires. The Lakota

Wind Cave National Park houses the best of

ing in the world. Groups can visit the Indian

gave this land its name, “mako sica,” mean-

two worlds: the terrain and wildlife of the

Museum of North America, Native American

ing “land bad.” Erosion of the Badlands

surface and the hidden labyrinth under-

Educational and Cultural Center, gift shop,

reveals sedimentary layers of different col-

ground. The cave system is one of the longest

sculptor’s studio and restaurant.

ors. Wildlife is commonplace here with

in the world and features rare and unusual

For more information contact Vicky

bison, pronghorn, mule and whitetail deer,

boxwork, frostwork and popcorn formations.

Engelhaupt, South Dakota Department of

big horn sheep, prairie dogs, coyotes and

As Lewis and Clark explored new terri-

Tourism, 711 E. Wells Ave., Pierre, SD 57401

eagles living freely in the 244,000 wilder-

tory, they made history a vital part of the com-

by phone at (605) 773-3301 or (800) 952-3625

ness area.

munities that line the Missouri River. Groups

or e-mail at Vicky.engelhaupt@TravelSouth-

There are few truly wild places left in this

enjoy hiking, biking, fishing and kayaking on

Dakota.com or view the Web site at

country. Custer State Park is one of them.

the river. The National Park Service has des-


22 • Bus Tours Magazine / JULY, 2015

mapped in corridors for the enjoyment of travelers. In America's Southwest many a pilgrim will vie for an itinerary known as the Grand Circle. Often stemming from Las Vegas, Salt Lake City or Denver, the route is powerful. The Grand Circle regularly includes, but is not exclusive to Monument Valley, Four Corners Monument, Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion national parks. Across the nation, the Utah Office of Tourism has had Mighty 5 commercials playing on television influencing many to plan to see southern Utah's magnificent Five: Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands national parks. There are eight National Scenic Byways in Utah and 21 Utah Scenic Byways. Interestingly, two national parks and three scenic byways, as well as portions of the Dinosaur Diamond National Prehistoric Byway, are found in southeastern Utah near Moab. Arches and Canyonlands national parks are visually exhilarating. Besides, the fact visitors get two national parks from one town stay is clearly a good value. The parks are diverse and center stage. Beyond the parks are features of chasms, crags and dunes, with the bluest clear skies or distinct clouds set on azure or dramatically changing clouds floating low on cliff walls, peaks and sculpted sandstone. Eyes watch for the local flora and fauna dispersed along every passage.

Arches National Park

Moab has been the setting for movies since 1949 because these iconic landscapes

Grand Scenic Route in Utah Article courtesy of Moab Area Travel Council

are an amazing backdrop to tell a story. Travelers can download an Auto Tour Movie Locations pamphlet to connect the sights to movies with a sequence filmed in the area. Another pamphlet to download from DiscoverMoab.com/brochures.htm is the SelfGuided Driving Tours. The National Park Service will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2016. There

ountain ranges, uncluttered land-

miles of highways. There are around 800 dis-

promises to be additional park programs

scapes, high canyon walls, pecu-

tinct and diverse roads designated to be an

across America to celebrate. Research more


liar rock formations, an occa-

American Byway by fulfilling one of six intrin-


sional stream, flitting wildlife and a seemingly

sic qualities. Which quality lures you?




unending road – it is summer; let us start a

Scenery, History, Culture, Archeology, Recre-

parks/the-mighty-5 and DiscoverMoab.com

road trip. America has more than 164,000

ation or Natural undisturbed features are

or phone (435) 259-8825. Bus Tours Magazine / July, 2015 • 23

St. George, Utah Photo courtesy of John Fowler

Gateway to Zion National Park Photo courtesy of Matt Morgan, Utah Office of Tourism

tah is a state of boundless beauty – with


neer spirit including Mormon founder Brigham

Of course your group will not want to miss

red rocks, mountains, canyons and five

Young’s Winter Home, the Jacob Hamlin

the chance to explore Zion National Park.

national parks. One of the most pop-

Home, the St. George Temple and the St.

Many things to include on your to-do list

ular destinations for hikers, sightseers, pho-

George Tabernacle. Just outside of town is Sil-

while at the park include hikes at Emerald

tographers, adventure seekers and nature lovers

ver Reef, a once booming mining town where

Pools and Weeping Rocks. A trip to Angels

is Zion National Park. Located in the southwest

visitors can see the place where tens of mil-

Landing, Observation Point or Hidden

corner of Utah, less than two hours from Las

lions of dollars of silver were produced from

Canyon offers some spectacular views and

Vegas, Zion is a magnificent natural wonder

sandstone in the 1870s and 1880s.

photographic opportunities. There is also the

with a mesmerizing contrast of colors, peaks

Some of St. George’s most intriguing attrac-

park’s intriguing Human History Museum

tions are the museums. Art, history, heritage,

and the Zion Lodge, which offers snacks and

The charming city of St. George is located

archeology and wildlife are some of the themes.

gifts. For the really adventurous, be sure to

in the midst of all this exquisite beauty.

One of the museums you will not want to miss

have a go at the many rock climbing or horseback riding opportunities at the park.

and depths, and dazzling terrain.

Although it is small, St. George is a vibrant,

is the Rosenbruch World Wildlife Museum. Its

active community full of energy. The town is

exhibits take visitors on a global journey from

Whether your are planning to stay awhile

home to numerous spas and an eclectic array

the mountains of Asia, to the forests of North

or just passing through, St. George is the

of attractions, dining, lodging and art galleries.

America and the African plains. Guests traverse

perfect place to explore during a tour of Utah

Historic landmarks fill this delightful haven

the handicap accessible mountain pathway

and the beautiful western states. If you

including the Town Square, which hosts com-

through the continents and see mounted wildlife

would like to learn more about St. George,

munity events, concerts, art displays and other

in their natural habitats. Two live waterfalls and

visit the St. George and Zion Area Tourism

fun happenings. Several historic buildings tell

periodic simulated thunder and lightning storms

Office Web site at visitstgeorge.com or

the tale of the settling of the West and the pio-

make the visit a full-sensory experience.

phone (800) 634-5747.

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                 ankakee County is comprised of sev-

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Cities like Kankakee, Bourbonnais and

eral sensational small cities. Located

a CVB welcome reception with gift bags as well

Bradley are worth exploring in-depth. Visi-


just 50 miles south of Chicago along

as a planning guide and marketing materials.

tors enjoy blanketing themselves in the sur-

Interstate 57 and south of I-80, it is full of sur-

They will also provide booking assistance for

rounding historical architecture. They have

prises waiting to be discovered. The City of

overnight groups at one of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many

immense variety in shopping, entertainment,

Kankakee provides annual entertainment, his-

group-friendly hotels.

dining, accommodations and more. Kanka-

torical value and is a growing hub of art and culture. The City of Bradley contains one of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most unique shopping

kee County is a county of great character.

Asbury United Methodist Church

The culture, creativity and innovation are life changing as well as inspiring.

experiences as well as a plethora of hotel and travel accommodations. The City of Bourbonnais is home to the Chicago

Kankakee, Illinois The historical value of the city of

Bears Training Camp at Olivet Nazarene

Kankakee is nothing short of awe

University, and supplies several distinct

inspiring. Visitors have the unique abil-

dining experiences. Take in the history,

ity to travel back in time, seeing the

culture, entertainment and attractions â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

preservation of history through the

everything is here in Kankakee County.

townshipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most marvelous architec-

The Kankakee County and Visitors

tural wonders.

Bureau (visitkankakeecounty.com) offers

Some of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most magniďŹ -

group tour planners a variety of free ser-

cent churches reside within this city,

vices including customized itinerary

dating back as early as the 1800s.

26 â&#x20AC;˘ Bus Tours Magazine / July, 2015

     Guided walking and driving tours, provide an in-depth look at all of

ture was popular, is a fine example of its style. This stunning build-

the historical wonders these churches provide. Take in the prisms of

ing will be a favorite for the photography buffs in your group.

stained glass, the ornately carved entryways and the artistic detail

The city of Kankakee also features two music festivals (Merchant

each unique site has to offer. The Kankakee County CVB offers cus-

Street Music Fest and BBQ Fest) which have featured national acts

tomized group tours highlighting the city’s historic churches. For

like Vanilla Ice, 38 Special, Young MC, Warrent, Great White, Tone

more information and to schedule a tour phone (800) 747-4837.

Loc, Digital Under-

Performing Emerson Drive

The city of Kankakee is also home to the B. Bradley House

ground, Salt-N-Pepa,

(wrightinkankakee.org), which was created by famed architect Frank

Matthew Sweet, a

Lloyd Wright. This famous architect introduced his Prairie Style-

plethora of local artists

designed house during the early 1900s. The first two houses designed

and more.

during this era are located in Kankakee next to each other in the His-

events have attracted

toric Riverview District. View the beautiful landscape that surrounds

thousands of festival

the tranquil Kankakee

goers from all over

River. Tour the old horse

(many of them arrive by motorcoach.) Hotels and accommodations

stable that has been reno-

are conveniently located nearby.

Stable gift shop


vated and transformed

Those who visit Kankakee County are in awe of one of its most

into a beautiful gift shop

precious resources, the Kankakee River. In addition to fishing and

with Frank Lloyd Wright

swimming, many partake in Duffy electric boat cruises along the

replicas, art and collec-

beautiful river coastline. “Captain Larry” of Midwest Electric Boats

tables. This fine gem

(midwestelectricboats.com) is your tour guide through the smooth

awaits your visit to Kankakee. Inquire about Kankakee unique river

journey of these mighty waters. One- to two-hour cruises are avail-

tours that can be taken from the B. Harley Bradley house location. A

able for reservation in advance and are perfect for small group

one-hour tour of the Bradley house is $15 per person, a $3 per per-

excursions. Ask about dining options when you book your cruise.

son discount is offered to groups of 10 or more who reserve at least

The boat can only hold 10 people so this cruise may work best as

two weeks in advance. The Lemuel Milk Carriage House, historically the Stone Barn, is

an alternate or free time activity. For more information phone (815) 935-5001.

now home to the French Heritage Museum (kankakeecountymu-

If that is not enough to keep you occupied, Kankakee has a unique

seum.com/french-heritage-museum-html). Explore the French

shopping district along Schuyler Avenue. Set your group loose for a

involvement in the history of the Kankakee River Valley – the first

couple hours to explore places like Bella Vida (an exotic import bou-

explorers and missionaries; the Coureurs de bois and fur traders

tique), Mason's Novelties (costumes and party favors), Love Christ-

and the pioneer settlers from France, French Canada and Belgium.

ian Bookstore (one of the largest Christian bookstores in the state of

Currently the museum is open on weekends. Phone (815) 936-0834.

Illinois), Feed Arts Center (a cultural mecca for artists from all walks

The Kankakee County Museum (kankakeecountymuseum.com)

of life) and clothing shops that cater to all styles.

is the home of the Kankakee County Historical Society. Founded in

While on Schyler, take part in the annual farmers market and sam-

1906, it is the oldest incorporated local historical society in Illinois.

ple some of the best cuisine that Kankakee has to offer. Follow your

The main museum building contains seven permanent and tempo-

appetite with a glass of wine at the city of Kankakee's premiere wine

rary exhibit galleries, the museum store, the museum's archival

bar, Grapes & Hops, which provides local vintages, culture and enter-

research library, the museum's offices and support facilities. The

tainment. Grapes & Hops has seating for 50 and is open Tuesday

museum complex also encompasses the historic 1855 Dr. A. L. Small

through Saturday. Phone them at (815) 573-5303.

House, the 1904 Taylor One-Room Schoolhouse, column garden and outdoor exhibit area. The museum boasts more than 85,000 artifacts

Bradley, Illinois

in addition to 20,000 still images in the photo collection. They accept

The city of Bradley, located at the center of Kankakee County, is

donations for tours. The suggested donation is $3 for adults. To sched-

home to unique shopping experiences, affordable lodging and the

ule a group tour phone (815) 932-5279.

largest number of restaurants in the county.

The 1912 courthouse with its Beaux Arts inspired dome, domi-

Adjacent to the interstate, is Kankakee County's premiere shop-

nates the downtown Kankakee skyline. A mural depicting scenes of

ping center, The Northfield Square Mall (shopnorthfieldsquare.com).

the county’s history embellishes the dome’s ceiling. The Kankakee

A great place to set your group loose for a few hours of free time, this

County Courthouse, built during the era when Beaux Arts architec-

indoor mall contains more than 75 shopping choices including CarBus Tours Magazine / July, 2015 • 27

     son's, JC Penney, Victoria’s Secret, The

from all over to witness the highly anticipated

glass can be sculpted and carved into pieces

Buckle, and Express. Visitors may also

pre-season training at Olivet Nazarene Uni-

of art. Visit vitreiousmatter.com for more

receive a massage, manicure, pedicure and

versity (olivet.edu.).


While at Olivet, you can check out the

A crowd favorite in Bourbonnais is The

that special look for a vacation. A variety of

beautiful campus grounds including art and

Brick Stone Brewery (brickstonebrew-

restaurants are also located here for group

landscaping. The University’s Centennial

ery.com.) Residents and visitors alike can

members who would like to grab a bite while

Chapel seats more than 3,000 and has one

agree that the huge selection of locally

they shop.

of the country’s largest Ruffatti pipe organs.

brewed beers caters to the pickiest of

It is also home to Kankakee Valley Symphony

palates. Each delicious batch is painstak-


ingly brewed on location and fills up thou-

visit several professional salons, perfecting

Hotels in Bradley are easily accessible off I-57. Hotels in the Bradley area include Holliday Inn Express & Hotel Suites, Quality Inn

sands of "growlers" annually. As if their

& Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, The Com-

world-class brewing was not enough, the

Chicago Bears Training Camp

fort Inn and more.

Brick Stone also offers exquisite meals exe-

Most of Kankakee County hotels offer

cuted to sheer perfection and served fast

complimentary breakfasts; however,

and fresh to each customer. The atmos-

Bradley has the highest amount of places

phere of this locally-established and fam-

to eat in Kankakee County, thus offering

ily-owned business is inviting and friendly.

ample dining choices within the immedi-

It is safe to say, that if you arrive during

ate area. The city of Bradley also features

training camp, you may find yourself face-

a Japanese steakhouse (KanSai), authentic

to-face with one of the Chicago Bears.

Mexican cuisine at El Cortez & La Siesta More in Kankakee County

and a dozen chain restaurants that provide

In addition to hosting the Bears, Olivet

a sense of comfort, such as Cracker Barrel,

Nazarene is also home to the Stickler Plan-

One of the most popular activities for bus

Applebee’s, Lone Star, Texas Road House,

etarium. Experience wonder through the

groups in the county is their popular Barn

Friday's and others.

newly renovated planetarium, which exists

Quilt Tour. This takes place on your motor-

If your group is inclined to active pursuits,

to educate the public about the natural world.

coach and is a route, which passes by some

located next to Northfield Square Mall is Leg-

Witness a tour from the night sky to the edge

of the colorful barn quilts in rural Kankakee

ends (legendssportsplex.us) new state-of-

of the solar system on a state-of-the-art dig-

County. These colorful quilts patterns are dis-

the-art sportsplex with something for all ages.

ital projector, The Digstar. Seating at the Plan-

played on barns and reflect life on family

Legends includes two mini-golf courses, a

etarium is limited to 50 people and is pro-

farms. These cheerful works are a nostalgic

driving range, batting cages, go carts, roller-

vided on first come/first servedx basis so it

nod to simpler times. The Quilt Barn Tour is

skating rink and an arcade providing fun for

may be an activity suited for smaller groups

an iconic slice of Midwest agricultural her-

the entire group.

or individuals who are exploring on their own

itage and Americana. Interested planners

during their down time on the tour. They offer

should contact the Kankakee County CVB

Council’s Art Center is a great place to take

field trip-type programs for student groups

for suitable routes for motorcoaches by phon-

your group to see some fine works by local

as well as some adult programs. These must

ing (800) 747-4837.

artists (many of which are for sale.) The Art


The Kankakee County Community Arts





If you would like to learn more about the

Center is located at the Northfield Square Mall

strickler.olivet.edu to see their latest offer-

many tour opportunities in Kankakee County,

and offers group classes in drawing, paint-

ings and phone (815) 939-5395.

log on to visitkankakeecounty.com for a

ing, jewelry making, interior design and other

Art lovers of your group can witness the

comprehensive guide on events, restaurants,

media. Visit communityartscouncil.org or

craft of glass blowing at Vitreous Matter Glass

entertainment, culture and attractions. A

phone (815) 933-2787.

Studio. Glass has been an important tool for

helpful group tour planner can be ordered or

humans for thousands of years, collected by


Bourbonnais, Illinois

primitive man after being formed naturally

visitkankakeecounty.com/groups.cfm. You





Bourbonnais (lovingly called Bear-bon-

from volcanic eruptions. While once it was

can also contact Visit Kankakee County by

nais) has been the proud home of the Chicago

material for arrowheads and tools, today

phoning (800) 747-4837 or by e-mail at

Bears Training Camp for more than a decade

many use glass to create art. Local glass artist


and the tradition will continue. Visitors come

Richard Ryan will demonstrate how blown

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THE CURIOUS TOUR PLANNER Number 8 of a Series “The Curious Tour Planner” is a question and answer column that provides simple answers to simple questions involving bus and group tours. It is patterned after a very successful similar column in our sister publication, NATIONAL BUS TRADER, that has run for about 20 years with more than 200 installments. We will accept reasonably simple technical or operating historical questions on bus and group tours and their operations by letter, fax, e-mail or telephone. Unless otherwise indicated, the simpler questions will be answered by our editor, Larry Plachno, who has owned buses and planned tours for more than 50 years. If our staff is unable to answer them, we will call upon our panel of experts. Names and addresses should be submitted with your questions, but we will withhold names from publication on request. We reserve the right to modify questions to make them more useful to our readers. Q. What is the story behind the proposed increased insurance coverage for commercial motorcoach operators that could impact bus and group tours? –– Several Readers A. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed raising the minimum insurance on motorcoach operators. This would throw thousands of people out of work, put many bus operators out of business and substantially increase the cost of operating bus and group tours. It all started with an “advanced notice of proposed rulemaking” from the FMCSA in November of 2014. They suggested that the current $5 million minimum insurance requirement was too low by today’s standards. They quoted some figures to justify their position including the increase in medical costs these days. The FMCSA proposed at least doubling the minimum insurance requirement to $10 million and possibly raising it to as high as $25 million. We were told that more than 1,900 bus operators, truck operators, groups and individuals submitted comments and opin30 • Bus Tours Magazine / July, 2015

ions before the period for this ended in early 2015. Expectedly, the national associations and most of the motorcoach operators have been against the increase since it would substantially increase costs and drive many companies out of business. It would also have a negative impact on “going green” and on safety since the increased costs would drive more people back into private automobiles. Greyhound Lines said that it supports at least doubling the current insurance requirement to provide adequate protection. On the other hand, Lancer Insurance Company, the largest insurer of buses and motorcoaches, pointed out that the current $5 million minimum has been adequate since very few claims exceed this amount. Their submission to the FMCSA included the following: “Lancer Insurance Company is the oldest, largest and most respected insurer of buses and motorcoaches in the United States. Since we issued our first policy in 1985, we have professionally managed over 70,000 claims for the bus and motorcoach industry including nearly 24,000 occurrences involving a wide range of bodily injuries. Of this total, after applying appropriate factors for loss cost inflation, approximately one-tenth of one percent of the liability occurrences we managed would have exceeded $5 million in damages. “We belive, therefore, the current mandatory liability insurance limit for bus and motorcoach operators ($5 million) is more than adequate. “We further believe the additional insurance premium costs resulting from any significant increase in the mandatory liability insurance limit will force numerous small- and medium-sized bus and motorcoach operators out of business and ultimately result in less competition, higher prices for the traveling public and a significant loss of jobs. “The traveling public is best served by a continued emphasis on compliance oversight and swift enforcement by the Federal Government, with the goal always being to take bad bus and motorcoach operators off the road and acknowledge the safety commitment of good operators.”

As we go to press, the industry has had some initial success in Congress in blocking the increased insurance requirement but the battle is far from over. Feel free to check with your national associations to see what you can do to help. Q. It is true that tourism from Asia is increasing in the Western states? How can I get part of this business? –– California Tour Planner A. While Asians touring the Western states is not new, there has been a recent increase in Chinese tourism. This is due at least in part to a recent extension in visa terms late last year. Business people and tourists can now apply for a 10-year visa and even students can get a fiveyear visa. The number of Chinese tourists is expected to increase substantially in the next few years. One source suggests that by the end of the decade, China will represent the third-largest group of inbound tourists, following Canada and Mexico. Much of this is a result of an increasing Chinese middle class that would like to travel. It was suggested that the Chinese spend as much as $6,000 on a trip to the United States. However, getting part of this business may not be easy. Because of the difference in language, customs and interests, most of the tour planners and operators that have been successful in this area have special staff with the knowledge and language skills for working with the Chinese and Asian tourists. Lodging properties, restaurants, casinos and attractions seeking to draw Chinese tourists are advised to have people on their staff who can speak their language and know their customs and interests. The National Tour Association has been working with tour operators as well as hotels and other tour suppliers to provide the needed information. They also have a special Chinese forum planned in Savannah, Georgia in August in conjuction with their Contact retreat. Answers not credited to other individuals are provided by Larry Plachno, Editor.

20 Tips For Bus Tour Planners Article and photos by Dr. Charleen Jaeb

20 Tips on Enhancing Trips with Photography

Chihuly Glass

Today’s column will give you suggestions on taking publishable, prize-winning photographs quickly with little effort that will enhance and publicize your bus trips. It will cover who and what to take pictures of, when and where to take them, how to get them published and uses for them. My romance with cameras started in childhood where my dad was the neighborhood photographer, giving away pictures he developed in our basement darkroom. We were one of the first families on the block to take slides, get a movie camera, a Polaroid instant camera and television. My comic strip hero was Brenda Starr, Girl Reporter. When I started

ing memorable pictures and making maxi-

coaches and hotels usually carry Wi-Fi that

college I took almost every photography

mum use of photos after they are taken.

iPhones, computers and iPads can connect into.

course offered. My husband used to say I was

1. Take two cameras which you have used

3. Put identification on your camera, phone

previously. Options include SLR cameras, point

and smart phone. I use those little address

Photography and cameras have changed dra-

and shoot cameras, digital cameras, cam-

labels you get in the mail or permanent mark-

matically since I wrote my column on Travel

corders, smart phones or iPads. I carry an

ers on related items. More than once I have

Photography in 2006. At that time I carried two

iPhone and a relatively inexpensive Canon dig-

misplaced my camera (on a beach, in a casino,

cameras both requiring film (a bulky Pentax

ital camera. With the iPhone you can send your

restaurant and store) and it was returned to

K1000 SLR camera that required a flash attach-

photos to a nearby drugstore for pickup when

me because of the ID. In two instances, the

ment, extra lens and a carrying case and a point-

you arrive, e-mail them to publications or peo-

finder looked up my Cleveland number and

and-shoot camera). Today I carry two cameras

ple as you travel. Both have huge internal stor-

left a message on my home phone.

which do not use film, flash attachments, or extra

age space for photos, and best of all you can

lens, give excellent results and fit in my purse.

see the pictures as soon as you take them.

keeping Kodak afloat. It was worth it.

4. Take a “Title” shot, especially when you visit a number of places. Title photos indicate

2. On overnight trips pack these items

what, when and where the picture was taken.

You do not need to take a photography

according to your needs: Plug-in smartphone

They save time and keep records when writ-

class to take great pictures. The 20 tips below

chargers, digital battery rechargers, extra mem-

ing captions in photo albums. Most public

are guidelines on handling your camera, tak-

ory cards for digital cameras. Modern motor-

places have title shots near the entrance.

Most of my bus passengers do likewise.

Bus Tours Magazine / July, 2015 • 31

  5. Take pictures holding your camera in

work well. Ideally the shot will be in open

different positions or angles. I generally take

shade without sunlight in their eyes. If not

pictures of groups of people, buses, land-

possible, take them in sunlight. In either sit-

scapes and seascapes holding the camera in

uation, insure all the folks in the photo have

a horizontal position. I take most pictures of

an even amount of light. You can also take

one or two people, tall buildings or land-

them by the side of the bus. Take a few min-

scapes with multiple interesting layers with

utes to make sure everyone’s face shows.

my camera in a vertical position. I won a blue

Tell them to smile. Count to three and say

ribbon on a shot of Chihuly glass scattered

“Cheese!” Take several shots to make sure

around the skylight in Columbus’s Franklin

all can be seen and their eyes are open. My

Conservatory. Other neat angled-up shots

most memorable and requested group shot

include through trees with fall leaves, stat-

was taken with New York City skyline in the

ues and people in a grandstand. Parades, city

background two months before 9-11.

scenes, canyons and shows are often taken

Young Irish girls

8. Take pictures of people you buy things

pointed downward from balconies or grand-

from, especially handmade items, posing with

stands. Capture photos of a bunch of hot air

what you bought. I love the photo of a Bul-

balloons on the ground and in the sky.

garian artist who I purchased a painting from.

6. Take pictures of people on your bus –

Also take pictures of items you did not buy but

drivers, escorts, passengers. Some of the

wanted to but they were too expensive, too

happiest memories of a trip are because of

large or would not get through customs.

flowers; something in the background such

your relationship with them. A photo of your

9. Take close ups of plants, flowers, ani-

as the creative use of water reflections,

driver and escort, especially on multi-day

mals and foods not found in your area,

waterfalls, cloud formations, rivers, moun-

trips, is a must. I take pictures of passengers

Include some with natives. E.g., Seminole

tains, monuments, large buildings, boats and

on and off the bus, when asked or candid

Indians wresting alligators, Mexican children

trains. Not all scenery photos need people.

shots which can be fun on Facebook. I take

selling iguanas. Take close ups of unique

11. Take pictures of natives in costume

group pictures on multi-day trips and on the

foods. To take pictures at a round dining

doing something. For example a Scottish

day trips if the groups request them.

table, have half the people stand behind the

bagpiper piping, an Alaskan Eskimo bounc-

half that are seated. It is best taken before

ing on a blanket, a cowboy riding a bucking

the food is eaten or after table is cleared.

bronco, a fisherman selling his catch at sea-

7. Take (or have taken) a group picture. A good time to take it is when you are getting off or on the bus. If you have a large

10. Scenery pictures (including bus pic-

side, soldiers standing guard, children per-

group, take the photo where you can pose

tures or unique forms of transportation) can

forming in costumes. It is usually better to

the folks on three or four levels. Steps in

be enhanced by: Using something in the fore-

ask permission for close-up photos.

front of a hotel, monument or attraction

ground to frame it such as a tree branch or

New York City, July 2011

12. Take pictures at dawn and sunset for captivating lighting effects. A unique picture at sunset on a beach is to have a couple in the foreground with the sun behind them. Take the picture into the sunset without a flash for a romantic silhouette. Some large structures such as homes, buildings, and ships are better when the sun is directly on them thus requiring morning or evening shots. 13. Take pictures of people on stage up close. It usually means you have to get out of your seat and come close to the stage. Otherwise you may not have enough light or be close enough for details. People seated in front of you could get in your way. Make sure you are permitted to take the photo and if a

32 • Bus Tours Magazine / July, 2015

  ďŹ&#x201A;ash is allowed. Places like Nashville, Branson, Gatlinburg and Myrtle Beach usually

Walking tour of Hoorn, Netherlands

allow it. Theaters in Las Vegas, New York City, Chicago and Cleveland usually do not. 14. Know when to turn your ďŹ&#x201A;ash on or off. Turn your ďŹ&#x201A;ash off when taking pictures out the bus window, places like museums, mansions and cathedrals where no ďŹ&#x201A;ash photography is allowed. Turn ďŹ&#x201A;ash on when it is dark or inside shots which have a lighted window behind the people being photographed. I usually keep my cameras set on automatic but switch to ďŹ&#x201A;ash and no ďŹ&#x201A;ash to get the look I want. 15. Take â&#x20AC;&#x153;post cardâ&#x20AC;? pictures. To get professional looking photos like the ones on post cards, calendars and in tour books, ďŹ nd a picture you like and take a similar one. Many amusement parks and spacious gardens have

16. How to win photography contests:

in close for faces and large collections of

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kodak Spotsâ&#x20AC;? telling you where to stand for

Check the Internet and local newspapers to

small things such as sea shells, leaves, ďŹ&#x201A;ow-

the best photographs. Factories that give tours

discover currently running photography con-

ers and unique collectibles. Submit photos

often do the same. You can buy post cards to

tests. Read and follow the rules carefully. Use

that tell a story. Choose shots with eye-catch-

supplement your collections and to serve as

the sponsorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s product or service in the photo.

ing colors, unusual composition and great

title photos from places that forbid photos.

Look at previous winning photographs. Move

expressions. Be daring. Be different.


Bus Tours Magazine / July, 2015 â&#x20AC;˘ 33


  17. Take a picture of your bus. The typical

A tip you can use this column for is to con-

bus photo is a view with the front and curb

dense it and read it to your bus passengers

side showing. Buses can move so you can

or put on a program on travel photography

position a bus to take advantage of the sun or

for your group or civic organization. Con-

a particular background. A good shot is taken

sider presenting it with enlarged matted pic-

with the sun behind you and over one of your

tures taken by you or another talented pho-

shoulders to reduce getting your shadow in

tographer(s). Please contact me with

the picture. Avoid getting things in your pic-

comments, questions or suggestions for top-

ture that detract from it such as garbage cans,

ics you would like to read about at

inappropriate signs or stray people. Concrete,

cdjaeb@wowway.com. Thank you.

grass and gravel are non-obtrusive foregrounds. For backgrounds see Tip 10. Larry Plachno, editor of BUS TOURS MAGAZINE suggests when taking them for large images such as magazine covers and posters to use a jpeg photo at least 1,500 pixels wide. 18. Get your photographs published. I

With degrees from four universities, Dr. Charleen Jaeb has been a business professor at Cuyahoga Community College. After her retirement in 2000, she became a trip planner for the CCC retirees and Middleburg Heights Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club, ďŹ lling as

have had more than 100 pictures published

many as 15 buses each year. Jaeb and her

in newspapers, magazines and newsletters

husband escorted trips for Lakefront Lines

during the past 15 years using the cameras

in Cleveland, Ohio. She says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was won-

previously mentioned. Some were submit-

derful and somewhat unbelievable in

ted by e-mail images from my iPhone; oth-

retirement to be able to do what you love

ers by submitting prints. Submit them with

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a press release in the manner suggested by the media. Put captions in the news release

Advertiserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Index

and on back of individual photos. Photos included bus passengers meeting a famous

Atlantic City CVA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

Mt. Washington Cog Railway . . . . . . . .7

person, WWII veterans visiting the WWII

Canadaigua Lady, The . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Mt. Washington Cruises . . . . . . . . . . .10

Columbia Gorge Interpretive

Naper Settlement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

Memorial in Washington D.C., buses, etc. 19. Uses group tour leaders or bus tour

Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

New River Train . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Cracker Barrel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad . . . . . .29

pictures to people on their trip. They come

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad . . .21

Potawatomi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35

in handy to recall identiďŹ cation of people on

Deadwood Gulch Gaming . . . . . . . . . .16

Presque Isle Downs & Casino . . . . . . .13

trips. Send pictures to your local newspaper.

Delaware North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Rocky Gap Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Durbin & Greenbrier

Shore Line Trolley Museum, The . . . . .7

planners can make of photographs: Group leaders could mail, e-mail, sell or give group

Group leaders and bus trip planners could make a bulletin board, mounted display or

Valley Railroad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

South Dakota Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

20. Uses bus companies or trip escorts can

Elk City CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

South Park National Heritage . . . . . . .25

make of photographs: Companies could put a

Entertainment Cruises . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Starved Rock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

photo of group leaders on a FAM trip on a wall

Fair Bridge Inn â&#x20AC;&#x201C; East Hanover . . . . . .25

Tropicana Casino Resorts . . . . . . . . . .15

in your bus waiting room with an invitation to

Fair Oaks Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

Union County CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Galesburg CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

U.S. Army Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

German American Heritage Center . .34

Visit Kankakee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

of their multi-day trips to display in the indi-

Heartland Travel Showcase . . . . . . . .11

Wild Horse Saloon/

vidual sales bus department.

Mid-Lakes Navigation Co. . . . . . . . . . .10

photo album for display at their ofďŹ ce.

become one. They could also put them in their catalogs or promotional material. Trip escorts could make a photo book or mounted displays

Miromar Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 34 â&#x20AC;˘ Bus Tours Magazine / July, 2015

General Jackson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

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