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Aztec, New Mexico

because of the important Pueblo architecture and engineering it pre-

Where Ruins are Treasures

serves. Here, via a self-guided tour, tourists can explore ancient pas-

The City of Aztec, New Mexico offers a plethora of attractions and

sageways of Pueblo Ruins; walk through a 900-year-old ancestral

activities for bus tour passengers. Located in the scenic Four Corners

Pueblo Great House with more than 400 masonry rooms, searching

region of the Great Southwest, it boasts historic sites such as the

its mortar for the ďŹ ngerprints of ancient workers; and admire North

Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village, celebrating its 50th anniversary

Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest reconstructed great kiva, a large, circular structure

in 2016; natural wonders that include the Aztec Ruins, more than 300

used by Pueblo Indians for ceremonial gatherings.

limestone arches and the pristine waters of Navajo Lake State Park;

Aztecâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great outdoors, with its expansive desert, provides an

and a picturesque, historic downtown with diverse shopping, dining

uncommon opportunity for group tour travelers. With nearly 300 doc-

and attractions.

umented natural sandstone arches and windows in the immediate

Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village features a large collection of

area, Aztec underscores the ethereal beauty of the American South-

local and regional historical artifacts displayed in a two-story, multi-

west. Just 55 miles south, the Bisti Wilderness offers an amazingly

roomed main building, and a Pioneer Village with replicas of 14 busi-

scenic and colorful expanse of undulating mounds and unusual eroded

nesses, public buildings and personal dwellings, including a jail, print

rocks covering 4,000 acres.

shop, church, log cabin, blacksmithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shop, bank and post ofďŹ ce. Pecos

Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village, 125 N. Main, Aztec, welcomes

West, a new permanent exhibit that opened in 2015, features a large,

bus tours. Prior notice is required for all tours. Step-on guides are pro-

three-dimensional diorama of the American West highlighted with

vided by the museum if requested. Group tours are available by con-

many hand-carved pieces of folk art.

tacting the museum by e-mail via the Web site,

Aztec was once home to scores of Ancestral Pueblo Indians (900-

Admission is $3 per person, payable on-site, with driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/escortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

1300 AD), and evidence of their culture abounds here. The Aztec

admission fee waived. Temporary bus parking for unloading passen-

Ruins National Monument, as part of Chaco Culture National His-

gers is available in front of the Museum on Main Street. Buses may

torical Park, was named in 1987 as an UNESCO World Heritage Site

enter the west gate of the Museum grounds and park while the tour is

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spec¡ta¡cle a. something that can be seen or viewed, especially something of a remarkable or impressive nature â&#x20AC;˘ A spectacular 12-acre history museum near the Riverwalk in the heart of downtown Naperville with lots of shopping and restaurants. â&#x20AC;˘ Featuring a Victorian Mansion, blacksmith and print shops, one-room schoolhouse, chapel, special events and more. â&#x20AC;˘ Group rates available. â&#x20AC;˘ Senior group discount for Oktoberfest event. Webster St., Naperville, IL 523 S. Webster 630.420.6010 â&#x20AC;˘ Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016 â&#x20AC;˘ 5

        conducted and pick up passengers at that point. There is no charge for parking. The


museum does not have dining facilities, but several dining options are located very near the Museum. For more information, phone (505) 334-9829. At the Aztec Ruins, the perspectives of archeologists and modern Native American peoples have been integrated into a trail guide that can be purchased for $2. The visitor center offers a museum, 15-minute informative video, park store and picnic area. One to two hours is recommended for these activ-

The park easily accommodates groups of

ities. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily,

50 or more and has a pick-up/drop-off area

â&#x20AC;˘ Astronomy and climate

with extended summer hours 8 a.m. to 6

and free bus parking just west of the visitor

â&#x20AC;˘ Water

p.m., Memorial Day weekend through Labor

center. All groups will receive an orientation

Nestled at 7,100 feet near the base of the

Day. Advance reservations are requested.

from a ranger when they arrive. Visitors must

Abajo Mountains, the Four Corners School

The entrance fee is $5 per adult (ages 16 and

stay on the marked, self-guided trail. Off-trail

of Outdoor Educationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Canyon Country Dis-

over), payable by cash, credit cards and pre-

trafďŹ c is damaging to the fragile archeolog-

covery Center campus is an ideal location for

approved business checks. America the

ical resources. For more information on the

your next tour or event. We invite you to visit

Beautiful pass holders, children and bus dri-

Aztec Ruins, visit

and learn about Utahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique canyon coun-

vers/tour directors are free.

â&#x20AC;˘ Land use and energy

No dining is available on site, but many

try. Take advantage of the exciting adven-

excellent options are just minutes away in the

ture trips and educational packages to

historic City of Aztec. Unlike other Puebloan

accommodate groups. Programs and tours

ruins, the Ruins at Aztec are conveniently

will provide you an opportunity to experi-

within city limits for group travelers, near

ence the land, sky and water of the extraor-

downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic district with eclectic

dinary Four Corners region.

shops, dining, restrooms, picnic area, a museum and bookstore, and regularly sched-

To reserve your group contact us at (435) 587-2156.

uled special events. For more information about the City of Aztec, visit or

Elephant Butte Dam/

phone the tourism ofďŹ ce at (505) 334-7632.

Southern New Mexico Elephant Butte, New Mexico is located on

Four Corners School Monticello, Utah

6 â&#x20AC;˘ Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016

the shores of beautiful Elephant Butte Lake in southern New Mexico. As the largest lake

Founded in 1984, Four Corners Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

in the state, it is one of the Southwestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pre-

mission is to create lifelong learning experi-

mier recreation areas. With 300 days of sun-

ences about the natural and cultural treasures

shine every year and very mild winter tem-

of the Colorado Plateau for people of all ages

peratures, the area is a very popular

and backgrounds through conservation,

year-round vacation destination.

adventure, service and education programs.

The Elephant Butte Dam, which created

Our Canyon Country Discovery Center cam-

the lake, was completed in 1916 as part of

pus is a science and nature center with indoor

the Rio Grande Project, to provide power and

and outdoor learning station exhibits. Our

irrigation to south-central New Mexico and

campus allows children and adults to explore

west Texas. For the past century, the dam has

and discover the Colorado Plateauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s:

provided irrigation and ďŹ&#x201A;ood control to both

â&#x20AC;˘ Natural history

the United States and Mexico, and produced

â&#x20AC;˘ Landscapes

almost 4.5 million kilowatt hours of clean,


which was built during the dam’s construction. In season (May through September), a restaurant is available. During the off-season, catering service, including local beer and wine tasting, is available. For tour groups looking for a more traditional lodging choice, nearby Elephant Butte, New Mexico has both a family suites-style motel and a traditional hotel, both of which are preferred lodging

hydroelectric power every year. October 2016 is the dam’s centen-

partners. The Historic District is located less than three miles from

nial, marked by a three-week celebration of music and events, “A

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Famous for the 1950 change

Century of Service, A Lifetime of Memories.”

from Hot Springs, New Mexico to the current moniker at the urg-

The Elephant Butte Historic District, located south and east of Ele-

ing of TV host Ralph Edwards, T or C (as it is known by the locals)

phant Butte Dam, is also a popular year-round retreat. Lodging, din-

is a growing arts center and the area’s major retail hub. One of the

ing, event planning services, boat and watercraft rentals, guided tours

best-known aspects of this area is the many hot mineral springs

on land and water as well as easy access to all of Sierra County’s

that exist. T or C has a bathhouse historic district with all manner

many recreation opportunities make the historic district a perfect

of experiences, from simple concrete pools to elaborate individ-

stop for tour operators.

ual bathing rooms along the river.

The historic district, conveniently located along the southern

Sierra County also is home to the Black Range of the Gila Moun-

shore of the lake, is readily accessible with paved roads, and a

tains, with incredible scenery and small, almost abandoned set-

large parking area can easily handle buses or other large trans-

tlements and ghost towns. The rural county is the home of Space-

port. Parking is located very near the lodging and adjoining the

port America and its primary tenant, Virgin Galactic. Tours of the

restaurant facility. Lodging is available on-site with 17 historic

facility and a visit to the “Spaceport Experience” can easily be

Civilian Conservation Corps-built casitas in several different bed

arranged. Sierra County is one of New Mexico’s largest popula-

and room combinations. An eight-room lodge is located in the

tions of alternative healers. From herbalists and Reiki to several

original administration building of the Bureau of Reclamation,

excellent health spas, the area has become a must-visit for those

Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016 • 7

        seeking alternatives to traditional western medicine. Bus parking

Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque

is available near the Visitors Center giving tour participants easy

International Balloon Museum

access to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many art galleries and unique retail shops. Interstate 25 provides easy access to the area. A step-on guide

Albuquerque, New Mexico Since it opened in 2005, the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque Inter-

can meet your tour at a prearranged location and provide guide

national Balloon Museum has welcomed more than 800,000 visitors

service to the historic district. Depending on the length of time the

from across the

tour stays, tour guides can be arranged for on-the-water lake tours,

country and around

photography tours, historic tours and birding guides. VIP access

the world. Through

to local galleries and museums is also available, as are local authors

its extensive collec-

and storytellers. If your tour group is looking for a learning expe-

tion of artifacts,

rience, art workshops, food and cooking classes, local history lec-

interactive special

tures and many other events can be arranged. Individualized pre-


sentations can also be arranged around a particular interest. These

engaging educa-

types of tours do require a minimum of two nights on-site. There

tional programs, the

are two local golf courses including the renowned Sierra Del Rio

museum is a gateway to science, exploration and discovery.



at Turtleback Mountain Golf Resort. Tee times and golf pro lessons

One of these new attractions is the Tim Anderson 4-D Theatre,

can be arranged through our events department. In season river

which opened earlier this year. The theater is ideal for fans of expe-

rafting is also available.

riential ďŹ lm-viewing, who will experience visual, aural and physical

For group tours of more than 50 people, lodging and dining dis-

sensations while watching science, ballooning and other ďŹ&#x201A;ight-related

counts apply on two-night or more stays. Standard practice is 25-

short ďŹ lms. Viewing these videos is included in the cost of museum

percent down payment with the remainder due 30 days out. No rooms

admission, which ranges from $2 to $4 per person.

will be reserved without a deposit. Catering services may be included

The Balloon Museum welcomes group tours year-round. They can

in the standard contract if requested. For off-site stays at a different

be scheduled in advance for any size group by using the online request

facility there is no extra charge when using our preferred lodging

form located at These visits may include a guided

partners. Tours, extra guide services and food services are supplied at an

tour, or groups can explore independently using scavenger hunts and self-guided tours.

extra cost. We reserve the right to use outside contractors where

Opening this fall is a new special exhibition, Arctic Air: The Bold

applicable. A two-bedroom casita will be supplied for the driver/escort

Journey of S. A. Andree. It tells the compelling story of an unprece-

at no cost. If more rooms are needed, we will work with the opera-

dented and dramatic 1897 balloon expedition to the North Pole.

tor to meet their requirements.

Designed to immerse visitors in the expedition, the exhibition fea-

Lago Rico Inc., the only contractor that operates in the Historic

tures rooms that evoke the different aspects of the experience: a 19th-

District, is family-owned and -operated, and prides themselves in

century parlor; the arctic â&#x20AC;&#x153;balloon houseâ&#x20AC;? where the launch took

providing exceptional service to their guests. Lago Rico is your

place; and the remote polar environment, polar bear included.

one-stop contractor when booking Sierra County or Spaceport

Also in response to increased visitation, and recognizing the

tours. As the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading recreation and lodging provider as well

museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique potential to foster engagement in science, tech-

as being the primary concession on Elephant Butte Lake, the com-

nology, engineering and math (STEM), The Weather Lab arrives

pany is in a unique position to provide operators with the person-

in late 2016.

alized service travelers seek. Do not book the ordinary, take your

The Balloon Museum is also known for award-winning educa-

next group on a true adventure in neautiful southern New Mexico.

tional programs such as the weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stories in the Skyâ&#x20AC;? story time for

Tour operators will be shown what Lago Rico has to offer to pro-

young children and a seasonal series, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Science in the Sky,â&#x20AC;? which

vide their guests with an unforgettable experience. Fam tours and

features experts in a variety of science-related ďŹ elds who share their

other opportunities to learn about this amazing place are avail-

knowledge with students of various age ranges.

able. Please reach out to Lago Rico and let them start making tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memories today for your guests.

The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is a division of the Cultural Services Department, City of

For group sales and event planning services please contact Will

Albuquerque. Located at 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE, the Bal-

Dooley at (575) 744-5567 or e-mail More

loon Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5

information can be found at

p.m. year-round. For more information, phone (505) 768-6020 or



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      Kearney, Nebraska


Kearney is situated on Interstate 80 in south central Nebraska and along Highway 30 (a.k.a. Lincoln Highway), the halfway point, 1,733 miles from San Francisco and 1,733 to Boston. Kearney is the ideal mid-point stop when headed through Nebraska. There are 1,700 affordable hotel rooms, which are conveniently located less than a mile from the interstate. Your group will ďŹ nd comfort staying in one of the many limited-service hotel chains that serve a hot and hearty complimentary breakfast. If your group prefers a full-service property, a couple of those are available, too. Groups can enjoy an afternoon stroll along the nostalgic brick streets of downtown Kearney while window-shopping local boutiques and antique stores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bricks,â&#x20AC;? as downtown is affectionately known, offers a unique selection of restaurants that cater to groups, including Thunderhead, a local brewery known for its stone oven pizzas; and the Alley Rose, serving lunch and dinner. The

ďŹ reďŹ ghters but also educate individuals about ďŹ re prevention and

Alley Rose is a local favorite famous for its potato casseroles, mar-

safety. Unique to Kearney, â&#x20AC;&#x153;R Hero,â&#x20AC;? a 6-foot, 150-pound Dalmat-

ket buffet and elegant multiple-course meals. Near the hotel district

ian, welcomes you at the door. It is one of 18 statues of its kind in

and interstate you can ďŹ nd a plethora of fast food restaurants and

the world, created by artists Karen and Tony Barone to honor all of

other national chain restaurants that can accommodate groups.

our police ofďŹ cers, ďŹ reďŹ ghters, EMTs and military personnel following 9/11. Group tours will ďŹ nd vintage memorabilia and trucks

Award-Winning Attractions

such as a 1930s Chevrolet pumper truck and an Emergency Med-

Spanning 310 feet over I-80, The Archway presents 170 years of Amer-

ical Service display showcasing tools used in the 1950s and 1960s.

icaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s westward movement, from the birth of railroads; the Lincoln High-

Just north of the museum, an outdoor memorial was installed in

way, Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst transcontinental road; I-80, the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst inter-

2010. A beautiful tribute to Nebraska ďŹ reďŹ ghters and EMS person-

state; and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Information Highway, the ďŹ ber optic cable that links

nel, it features

our nation today. Through detailed displays and harrowing stories you

ďŹ ve large granite

will hear as you walk over one of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s busiest interstate highways,

tablets depicting

The Archway pays tribute to the enduring spirit of the pioneers.

historic ďŹ re and

The Archway has welcomed thousands of motorcoaches and

emergency med-

groups since opening in 2000. Exhibits provide a unique display of

ical events from

American history spanning from 1840 to modern day in under an


hour. The Archway is a must see for motorcoaches and more travel-

archives of the

ing along I-80. Give Kara Stevens a call at (877) 511-0411 and book your motorcoach today for an unforgettable experience. Do not forget to ask about convenient catering options; Located adjacent to the Archway is the Nebraska FireďŹ ghters Museum, an attraction designed not only to memorialize Nebraska





four outer tablets engraved with the names of all EMS workers and ďŹ reďŹ ghters that have lost their lives in the line of duty. To schedule a tour today, visit NebraskaďŹ reďŹ or phone (308) 338-3473. Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016 â&#x20AC;˘ 9

      Limo; two vehicles manufactured by the Locomobile Company of America, founded in 1899; and three Pierce Arrows. The Collection also showcases the over-the-top 1950â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style, from the huge tailďŹ ns on a 1959 Cadillac and the stylish 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser to the 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk and the timeless Thunderbird. Phone (308) 234-1964 to schedule your tour today and take a sneak peek at the collection at Art & Culture The Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) is housed in a building con-


structed in Kearney 1911 and listed on the National Register of His-


toric Places. MONA displays the work of artists who were born, lived,

The Best Car Museum in the Midwest

trained or worked in Nebraska or who created artwork that reďŹ&#x201A;ects

Located on Highway 30 in Kearney, The Classic Car Collection




began in 2011 with a generous donation of 137 meticulously-restored

Nebraska. The per-

antique and vintage automobiles from Bernie and Janice Taulborg.

manent collection

Since then, the collection has grown to include approximately 200

contains more than

vehicles regularly on display throughout the year. Many of these are


on loan or have been donated to the museum.

artists of regional,

It has recreated a 1950â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gas station with vintage tools, showing


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national and inter-

the progression of how technicians have kept us on the road. You


will visit a Drive-In Theater display with an original ticket booth from

tance. The museum admission is free and docents are available to

the former Kearney Drive-In. The collection includes several rare and

take you on a tour. For information, visit online at

historic vehicles, including a one-of-its-kind 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith


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      The G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture is the new name of

with the cranes on the Platte River. Guided viewing blind trips can be

the historic Frank House, located on the University of Nebraska at Kear-

reserved for a group rate starting in January by contacting Rowe Sanc-

ney campus. The Frank Museum was built as the private residence of

tuary at (308) 468-5282;

George Frank, Sr. and his wife, Phoebe, in 1889. It was one of the ďŹ rst

Standing on the old railroad bridge that spans the Platte River,

houses with electricity on the Great Plains and featured steam radia-

located at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, is another prime view-

tors and indoor plumbing. The home was placed on the National Reg-

ing area. The bridge is just 300 yards from the parking area, accessi-

ister of Historic Places in 1973. Visitors to the home are able to view the

ble along a paved path, and offers great views of the river anytime of

permanent exhibit on the ďŹ rst ďŹ&#x201A;oor that tells the story of 1890â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kear-

the day. Fort Kearny representatives will welcome your group and

ney (the â&#x20AC;&#x153;boomâ&#x20AC;? era) through the lens of the Franks and their domestic

provide an 18-minute informational video of the wildlife that migrates

servants. The museum also features new and rotating exhibits, and will

through the area year-round. Fort Kearny is less than 10 miles south

soon feature digital interactive exhibits and augmented reality. Groups

and east of Kearney via Nebraska Hwy. 44 and State Hwy. 55A.

and private reservations are available by request. For more information, visit online atďŹ ces/frankhouse, e-mail or phone (308) 865-8284.

Lodging Younes Hospitality, Nebraskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longtime leader in the hospitality

Just about 23 miles south is Minden, Nebraska, the Kearney County

industry, operates seven upscale hotels in Kearney, Nebraska: Holiday

seat. Recognized for decades for its annual Christmas Pageant and 100-

Inn Hotel & Convention Center; Candlewood Suites; Comfort Inn; Hamp-

year tradition of Christmas lights, it is home to the 125-year-old Min-

ton Inn; FairďŹ eld Inn & Suites; Holiday Inn Express; and LaQuinta Inn &

den Opera House, built in 1891 by Civil War veteran Wray Thorn. In its

Suites. Our Kearney hotels are all located on one convenient campus,

heyday, the Minden Opera House featured plays and Monday night

just a few feet off Interstate 80 at Kearney Exit 272. Each upscale hotel

dances that drew traveling bands; entertainment events at the facility

offers outstanding amenities and features todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traveler has come to

ceased in the late 1940s. MagniďŹ cently renovated, the Ruth Armstrong

expect â&#x20AC;&#x201C; microwaves and refrigerators in all rooms, free Wi-Fi, and indoor

Theatre can seat up to 275 guests and boasts a breathtaking mural on

pools. There are four restaurants located on the same campus as well

the ceiling, depicting the history and the agricultural economy of the

as a gas/convenience station and lots of free parking for tour busses at

county with a seasonal orientation. This spectacular facility is happy to

all the hotels. We always provide one complimentary guest room for

host groups for tours, luncheons, dinners and performances. For infor-

each motor coach, regardless of the number of rooms the group is using.

mation, visit mindenoperahousecom or phone (308) 832-0588.

For more information, visit or phone (308) 234-2212.

While in Minden, motorcoach tours can also visit the famed Harold Warp Pioneer Village, an amazing tribute to Americana spanning 20

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acres, featuring 28 buildings and more than 50,000 artifacts, including

When you plan for 2017, schedule your tour to arrive in Kearney

a Pony Express Station, antique toys, a collection of Currier & Ives prints,

on August 20. Why? Because on August 21, 2017, Kearney is on â&#x20AC;&#x153;the

a steam carousel, hundreds of antique vehicles and more. The museum

path of totalityâ&#x20AC;? for the ďŹ rst total solar eclipse in the United States in

has been a favored destination for tour groups from both America and

38 years. There will not be another opportunity to view a total solar

abroad for the past 64 years. Inspired by the purchase of the country

eclipse until 2024.

school he attended as a boy, Harold Warp amassed this astonishing pri-

A partial eclipse will begin around 11:30 a.m. and last about an

vate collection of historic artifacts and bequeathed it to humanity through

hour and a half. The total solar eclipse will occur at 12:58 p.m. and

the Harold Warp Pioneer Village Foundation upon his passing. Included

will last approximately 1 minute and 54 seconds in Kearney. This will

in the collection is almost every imaginable category of Americana rep-

be followed by another partial eclipse that will last approximately an

resenting the forward march of manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progress from the mid 19th cen-

hour and a half. The eclipse path crosses the entire U.S. and can be

tury to today. For information, visit online at, e-mail

viewed in many places; however, Nebraska historically has a higher or phone (800) 445-4447.

percentage of clear skies. Book now to receive a discounted tour of the Archway, lunch, and

Sandhill Crane Capital of the World Voted a Top 10 Wildlife Experience by the National Wildlife Fed-

special souvenir solar eclipse safety glasses. For more information about the eclipse visit

eration, the Platte River is a stopping point from February through

For motorcoach and bus tour groups, the Kearney Visitors Bureau

April for a half-million sandhill cranes and other waterfowl during

will provide a variety of complimentary services, including a personal

their spring migration. At the Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary,

welcome upon arrival to Kearney, step-on-guide service, custom itin-

located just 12 miles east of Kearney in Gibbon, Nebraska, viewing

eraries and marketing material if requested prior to the tour. Group

blinds are strategically placed so you can spend sunrise and sunset

tours booking 15 or more guest rooms will receive a $100 rebate.

12 â&#x20AC;˘ Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016


arketplace 2017, the annual pre-

mier business event for the travel and tourism community hosted

each January by the American Bus Association (ABA), will beheld January 14-17, 2017 at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio. ABA’s annual meeting offers something for the entire motorcoach, travel and tour industry: • Business Development • Education • Equipment Showcase • Destination and Travel Showcase • Industry Leader Networking • Safety • Maintenance • Classroom and On-site Training

ABA’s Annual Meeting and Marketplace

• Networking • Peer to Peer Learning

do business in the motorcoach, travel and

minute prescheduled appointments. The

• Industry Partners

tourism industry, then the ABA’s Annual

three-day appointment format allows buy-

• Contacts

Meeting and Marketplace is the place to be.

ers and sellers the opportunity to conduct a

“The business appointments that my staff

year’s worth of business in one location in

• Relationship Building

and I participate in at Marketplace are secABA Works

just a few days.

ond to none,” said Brian Cole, president of

Operator Buyer appointment-taking del-

From the trade show and equipment show-

Orlando Super Holiday Tours. “ It gives us an

egates are seated at individual, private booths

case to the Marketplace Business Floor, ABA

excellent opportunity to enhance the desti-

for the entire time and have appointments

helps build businesses in the industry. The eco-

nations we serve, and it allows us to intro-

all day. These appointments give Operator

nomic consulting firm John Dunham & Asso-

duce new products for our clients. ABA has

Buyers the opportunity to meet with repre-

ciates surveyed the attendees from ABA’s 2015

such a diverse membership of small, medium

sentatives of destinations, hotels and high-

Marketplace in St. Louis and found nearly $55

and large motorcoach owners and tour oper-

quality attractions from all across the United

million in business was booked during the four

ators and it’s one of our real strengths.”

States and Canada. However, times are changing, and the Mar-

days of Marketplace and immediately afterwards for the nearly 3,500 delegates who

ABA Operators Come from Every Part

ketplace Business Floor is no longer the only

attended. As a motorcoach owner/operator,

of the U.S. and Canada

place to conduct face-to-face business. From

you cannot afford to pass up this type of oppor-

You will meet motorcoach, travel and

the trade show floor to the equipment show-

tunity to meet so many great business partners.

tourism professionals from throughout North

case, ABA now has opportunities for all mem-

Many motorcoach and tour operators say

America. That is because ABA members do

bers to fully participate in Marketplace 2017.

that if they do just one or two deals at ABA,

business everywhere. Limitless Networking

they have more than made up for what they are spending on transportation to and from

Marketplace Pre-Scheduled

the event, as well as their hotel and food.

Appointments Is Where It Began

ABA and Marketplace live up to its name. It really is a true “marketplace” with the

The Marketplace component of the meet-

product and service associate members

ing has given and will continue to give all

exhibiting alongside hoteliers and destina-

ABA members the opportunity to meet face

tions, and attractions representatives pro-

Decision Makers Come to ABA Market-

to face and create and customize motorcoach

moting their products to the motorcoach

place to Do Business

travel for all types and sizes of groups. Hun-

and group travel industry. Multiple mem-

If you want to meet with people who are

dreds of ABA bus and tour operators meet

bers of your team are encouraged to attend

making the decisions on where and when to

with travel industry professionals in seven-

ABA. They will meet new people, learn

These operators come year after year because it is the must attend event of the year.

14 • Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016

    about new products, conduct business,

â&#x20AC;˘ Travel South

enjoy the ABA experience, and your com-

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â&#x20AC;˘ Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC)

â&#x20AC;˘ Three all-delegate lunches

â&#x20AC;˘ Bus Maintenance and Repair Council

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â&#x20AC;˘ CertiďŹ ed Travel Industry Specialist

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fessional development, technology, opera-

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Battleship US Iowa Museum

Battleship USS Iowa Museum Pacific Battleship Center, LA Waterfront, California Battleship USS Iowa is the West Coast’s only battleship open to the public. Operated by the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center (PBC), the Iowa opened on July 7, 2012, as an interactive naval museum at the L.A. Waterfront. It is dedicated to “Celebrating the American Spirit” through the preservation and interpretation of the Battleship Iowa. By sharing the accomplishments and sacrifices of American patriots and engaging visitors in unique and exciting ways, PBC bring the ship to life by connecting the past with the future. In keeping with its commitment to restore and display the historic WWII-era battleship, PBC is proud to introduce the newest additions to the self-guided, interactive tour. Visitors will now be able to experience, in stunning 360-degree panoramic views areas of the ship that

On the Waterfront

are inaccessible, see and hear the dangers of gunship warfare, and view incredible artwork chronicling the history of USS Iowa BB-61. As an 18-story structure with tight quarters and steep staircases,

(877) 446-9261 ext. 3 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

much of Battleship Iowa still remains inaccessible to the general pub-

Youth tours include one docent per 20 people upon availability and

lic. However, with the addition of 360-degree Panoramic Interactive

require a minimum 10 days prior to visit for reservation. Group tours

Viewing Stations, visitors will now be able to see and tour areas of

without reservations will pay the regular general admission rate.

the ship, such as the engine rooms, Broadway, the brig, hospital and more. Touchscreen-operated, fully dimensional displays make it a

Oregon Coast Aquarium Newport, Oregon

snap for navigation and adventure. The museum also includes a display that traces the evolution of

The Oregon Coast Aquarium offers many fascinating exhibits that

the mighty battleship, the most powerful warship of the late 19th and

highlight the plant and marine life that inhabits the state’s coastal

early 20th centuries, and an exhibit that examines gun accidents

waters. Located just off the Pacific Coast Highway in Newport, Ore-

aboard fighting vessels, from ancient times to the present. A special

gon, on 23 acres along the picturesque Yaquina Bay, this former home

area, offering historic video and rare artifacts, documents and pho-

of Keiko, the orca from the film Free Willy, provides tour visitors with

tos, pays tribute to the 47 Iowa sailors who lost their lives in an gun

16 larger-than-life exhibits to explore and enjoy.

turret incident in 1989. In another exhibit, special art panels provide

Discover Secrets of Shipwrecks, where tour guests will move from

an interpretive history of the Iowa. Each hand-painted panel, based

floor exhibits of replicas of real artifacts found in shipwrecks around

on actual scenes in photographs, took 150 hours to produce, using

the world, through recreations of artificial tropical reefs caused by

historically water-based acrylics with historically correct colors.

shipwrecks, into an immersive tunnel aquarium experience where

Also new for 2016 is the Battleship Iowa Interactive Tour. Visitors will have access to videos, historical interviews, augmented and virtual real-

they’ll be surrounded by color-changing barracuda and a six-footlong giant green eel.

ity features, to recreate such events as the big 16-inch guns being fired

Watch sea otters – the largest population in Oregon State – as they

or have an augmented reality of what it was like to live on the ship. This

frolic and swim, as you learn about their brush with extinction and the

free downloadable app is included with in the price of tour admission.

efforts to conserve this delightful and important sea creature. View seals

The Battleship Iowa Museum is located at 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro,

and sea lions twist and twirl, dive and leap, in 90,000 gallons of water

Callifornia. For more information, visit

with depths up to 15 feet. Several viewing stations along the exhibit’s

Special pricing is available for all groups of 10 or more to tour the historic museum at the LA Waterfront. Group reservations and pay-

length provide a more intimate setting, and the sea lions especially seem to enjoy interacting with their human visitors at these windows.

ment are required three days in advance or for online purchase up

The aquarium’s Passages of the Deep exhibit allows visitors to lit-

to the day prior to visit. The new LA Waterfront is home to attractions

erally immerse themselves in the ocean realm that exists right off the

that appeal to all ages and interests, and is easily accessible for larger

Oregon coast. A series of underwater walkways leads from the dark,

groups. Group tours in this area offer a unique package to those that

quiet canyons of the Orford Reef, through the sparkling and teeming

wish visit these landmarks of cultural and historic significance. To

waters of Halibut Flats, and finally into the vast blue expanse of the

make reservations, e-mail or phone

Open Sea. Passing through each ecosystem takes the visitors sym-

16 • Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016

        bolically farther into the PaciďŹ c Ocean, encountering vastly different

bank, outcrops and landscaping. This area provides built-in burrows

animals along the way.

in the rock and smaller nesting boxes for the various bird species.

The largest of its kind in North America, the aquariumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seabird

Groups can arrange for special animal encounters, such as a sea lion

Aviary boasts species of birds that spend most of their lives at sea, com-

kiss, and behind-the-scenes tours, and educational groups can have pre-

ing ashore only for their annual summer breeding seasons. The open-

sentations and tours customized for a particular age or interest. These

air, walk-through aviary brings visi-

include both guided and self-guided options as well as lab opportunities.

tors up-close views of tufted pufďŹ ns,

A reserved curb space allows motorcoaches and tour buses to

! "# $!$

horned pufďŹ ns, rhinoceros auklets,

drop off and pick up passengers, with an adjacent lot reserved for

pigeon guillemots, common murres

bus parking. Groups of 15 or more receive a 10-percent discount, and

and black oystercatchers. Most are

reservations must be made two weeks in advance, with the tour plan-

pursuit divers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;ďŹ&#x201A;yingâ&#x20AC;? through the

ner or group leader making a one-time, lump sum payment.

water to catch their food, but species

The aquarium is open every day of the year except for Christmas,

like the auklet and murre are plunge

from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May through September and until 5 p.m. Septem-

divers, falling out of the sky to â&#x20AC;&#x153;diveâ&#x20AC;?

ber through May. It is ADA-accessible, with wheelchairs and mobility

hundreds of feet in pursuit of their prey.

scooters available for rental. The aquarium has two extensive gift shops,

Two pools provide the birds with

and on-site dining includes the Ferry Slip CafĂŠ, offering a variety of

ample swimming and diving oppor-

entrees for $9 or less, and the Ferry Slip CafĂŠ Coffee Bar, located in the

tunities. A 30-foot rocky cliff rises

aquariumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lobby, with drink and snack options for all ages. Additional

above the north pool, with ledges and walkways that allow the birds

shopping and dining can be found along Hwy. 101 (the PaciďŹ c Coast

to rest, groom and dive from the cliffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face. An underwater viewing

Highway), along Nye Beach and on Newportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historic Bayfront.

window is located at this pool, too, so that visitors can watch the

Please note: The grounds are completely smoke- and

underwater swimming skills for which some of these species are

chewing gum-free.Visit for

known. A shallower south pool is ringed on three sides by a rocky

rates and reservations.

This never-before-seen exhibition gives a behind the scenes look at how one of the most influential animated films in history was made.


The Presidio, San Francisco

Open daily 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;6pm; closed Tuesdays


Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016 â&#x20AC;˘ 17


busload of tour passengers represents

a busload of tastes and shopping preferences. Luckily, the U.S. itself is a

shopping destination, but that in itself provides a dilemma for bus tour operators. Which places offer the best quality and variety to make a scheduled stop worthwhile? Check out these shopping locations that not only satisfy the most demanding tour group shoppers but also cater specifically to bus tours.

New England Development Here are four shopping properties operated by New England Development that are ready to welcome your tour group.

Asheville Outlets Nestled in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, Asheville Outlets is an

Stop, Hop Off & Shop

open-air outlet center that features more than 70 outlets including name-brand favorites: Coach, J. Crew Factory, Nike Fac-

drivers. To schedule your group, contact

CambridgeSide was named number one

tory Store, SKECHERS, Brooks Brothers or visit

Boston’s Best Malls and Shopping Centers,

Factory Store, Vera Bradley, Cole Haan, RH

USA Today 10 Best. Register your group and receive free gift

Outlet, Dillard's Clearance Center, Field & Stream and more. Shoppers enjoy savings


and coupon book, as well as convenient bus parking. Visit for

up to 70 percent off (store offers vary) at

CambridgeSide is an urban shopping

this new shopping destination that features

center with a waterfront location boasting

covered breezeways that provide natural

more than 120 stores and restaurants,

airflow, a beautiful fire and water fountain,

including Apple Store, Forever 21, Best Buy,

soft seating areas and year-round events

Macy’s, H&M, T.J.Maxx, American Eagle and

Outlets of Little Rock is a truly distinc-

and entertainment.

A|X Armani Exchange. Enjoy casual dining

tive shopping destination in Little

There is something for everyone at

at The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s

Rock, Arkansas, featuring some of the

Asheville Outlets, from women's and

China Bistro and World of Beer, or grab a


men's favorites at Tommy Hilfiger, John-

bite at the food court. The center is open

including Banana Republic Factory Store,

ston & Murphy Factory Store and Under

Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and

Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Clarks Out-

Armour, to children's brands at Carter's

Sunday noon-7 p.m.

let, Cole Haan, Gap Factory Store, J.Crew |

more information.

Outlets of Little Rock




Babies and Kids, The Children's Place, Gap

CambridgeSide, situated on the scenic

crewcuts Factory, LOFT Outlet and Old Navy

Factory Store and Justice. For must-have

Charles River, is steps from Boston Museum

Outlet. This open-air outlet center is adja-

footwear: Famous Footwear, Rack Room

of Science and Boston Duck Tours. Minutes

cent to the only Bass Pro Shops store in

Shoes, ASICS, New Balance Factory Store

away you will find Harvard University and

Arkansas and is the only outlet center within

and more. Asheville Outlets has a covered

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Take

145 miles.

bus unloading and reloading area with

in the sites with Charles Riverboat and Super

Outlets of Little Rock features more than

ample seating.

Tours departing from CambridgeSide daily

60 outlets including RH Outlet, Nike Factory

Asheville Outlets is conveniently located

(seasonally). Enjoy three levels of shopping

Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and

at the intersection of major interstates – 40

offering some of Boston’s favorite stores

dozens more. Discover gourmet treats from

and 26 – at Brevard Road (Route 191). The

such as Old Navy, Abercrombie and Fitch,

Lindt Chocolate Shops or fantastic scents at

outlets offer special discounts and gifts for

J.Crew, Club Monaco, Express, GAP, ALDO,

the Fragrance Outlet. For those that are more

all group tour guests, coordinators and

Banana Republic, Sephora and many more.

adventurous stop by The Beef Jerky Outlet.

18 • Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016




West Palm Beach, Florida 561.515.4400 Over 100 Outlet Stores Easy Access from I-95

Asheville, North Carolina 828.667.2308 Over 70 Outlet Stores Easy Access from I-26 & I-40


Little Rock, Arkansas 501.455.9100 Over 65 Outlet Stores Located at Intersection of I-30 & I-430

Cambridge, Massachusetts 617.621.8666 120 Amazing Shops & Restaurants Just steps from Boston

Contact us at or visit NED To for more information on any of these fabulous shopping destinations.

     The Food Pavilion offers a variety of options from China Max, Subway, Villa Italian Kitchen and Johnny Rockets.

Palm Beach Outlets is conveniently located off I-95 at exit 71 in West Palm Beach. Enjoy easy coach drop off and free designated

Outlets of Little Rock has excellent highway access and is located

coach parking. Register your group at

at the intersection of interstates 30 and 430, with easy coach drop off

and each person in your group receives a free gift and coupon book

and complimentary designated coach parking. They welcome tour

worth hundreds more in savings. Visit for

groups, church groups, athletic groups and more. Register your group

more information.

at and each person in your group receives a free gift and coupon book worth hundreds more in sav-

Cabazon Outlets

ings. For additional information and a complete store list, visit

Cabazon, California

Conveniently located between Palm Springs and Los Angeles, Cabazon Outlets offers a unique desert landscape shopping expe-

Palm Beach Outlets

rience nestled between the Santa Rosa and San Gorgonio moun-

Palm Beach Outlets is the perfect one-stop shopping destination.

tain ranges. This quaint 65,000-square-foot retail shopping cen-

Take advantage of up to 70-percent savings on America’s most desired

ter features 18 specialty retailers, such as Columbia, Jockey and

brands at Palm Beach County’s only outlet center. Palm Beach Out-

Rip Curl, in a relaxed, open-air environment. Cabazon Outlets is a

lets features more than 100 outlets including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF

name that has become synonymous with quality outlet shopping

5TH, Nike Factory Store, J.Crew | crewcuts Factory, Ann Taylor Fac-

and is a destination for more than 15 million shoppers every year.

tory Store, Tommy Hilfiger Kids, Gap Factory Store, Gymboree Out-

The architectural focal point of the center is a copper-clad Floren-

let, Cole Haan and more. Plus, additional shops at Marketplace at the

tine dome. The dome is crowned by a lantern and spire, which

Outlets include Nordstrom Rack, T.J. Maxx, Ulta Beauty and more.

stands over an elaborate store compass inlay identifying local land-

Busy shoppers can grab a quick bite at The Food Pavilion or enjoy

marks and orienting customers to other destinations. Enjoy 30 to

a meal at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, First Watch and B.J.’s Restau-

70 percent off retail prices every day. Cabazon Outlets is a pet-

rant and Brewhouse.

friendly, outdoor shopping center. Bus tour groups are invited to shop daily at Cabazon Outlets. Tour groups will be given discounts and drivers/guides given incentives. Cabazon Outlets is managed by Craig Realty Group which is a shopping center development and management firm founded by Steven L. Craig and is based in Newport Beach, California. A leader in the development and management of high income-producing, upscale factory outlet centers, Craig Realty Group owns, operates and manages nearly 5.2 million square feet of existing retail development in seven states: Arizona, California, Texas, Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Utah. Projects in development include Chicagoland Outlets at Country Club Hills, Illinois; Outlets at Kapolei Commons, Oahu, Hawaii; Outlets at Richmond, Virginia; Outlets at Cleveland, Ohio; and Outlets at Lacey, Washington. For more information, visit


20 • Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016

     Granbury, Texas

and your search may be over. The gallery works one-on-one with

When you start to detect a chill in the air, it is fun to start thinking

artists, so if you do not spot anything on site, you can have some-

about cool weather fashion. While you add some layers to your cloth-

thing commissioned that will suit your needs. You may also ďŹ nd a

ing, it seems only natural to add some pizazz to your home interior

one-of-a-kind gift that will make a lasting impact.

and some thought to that holiday shopping list.

Red On The Square ( directory/red-square) is

Granbury shops are ďŹ lled with unique ďŹ nds that are perfect for

a favorite spot for ladies to ďŹ nd an outďŹ t that will set them apart at

treating yourself or someone you love. You may spend the entire day

their next social event. Pair your outďŹ t with a Mary Frances hand-

strolling in and out of stores, while always seeing different items.

made bag, and you will be the belle of the ball. Custom-made hair

With spectacular service at every turn, you are receiving the true bou-

bows and whimsical outďŹ ts make this a great spot to pick up a gift

tique experience in Granbury. A shopping trip to Granbury can feel

for the little ones in your life.

like a mini-vacation in itself.

Turquoise Tumbleweed ( directory/turquoisetumbleweed) carries lovely antiques, home decor and gift items. During a stop at this lovely store, you may ďŹ nd a beautiful antique chair for your living room, a hand towel for your kitchen and a sweet ďŹ gurine perfect for gifting. Everything is presented attractively. A must-stop for sports enthusiasts is Doug's Sports House ( From ďŹ shing to football, they have something for all of the active people in your life. Enjoy their vast collection of college-branded signs and apparel. Some of the most unique items you will ďŹ nd there are branded birdhouses. There are so many fun ways to show your school pride. Home Sweet Home ( directory/home-sweethome-bedding-more) is a lovely spot to ďŹ nd sweet touches for your


home. The sheet selections here are heavenly soft. You can ďŹ nd fanciful throw pillows to express your personality. Colorful wall decor

Here are just a few of our fabulous shopping options. You can ďŹ nd a








to brighten up an untouched spot in your home, and in turn brighten your day, is sure to catch your eye. At Christina's Boutique & Bistro (

The Pan Handle ( is a

nas-boutique-bistro), you can grab lunch in between shops. Try the

gourmet tool shop, with some delicious items to make meals at your

homemade soups and delicious desserts. The lemon bars are a favorite.

house feel like a ďŹ ve-star restaurant. You will also love their selections

Here you can pick up the latest handbag from Vera Bradley in a bright

of gourmet coffee. The French Bull line of colorful childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dishes is a

color. Sweet baby gifts can also be found here. Who can resist a sweet

favorite gift for the little ones in your life.

blanket and coordinating hat?

A stroll into St. Helen's ( will

Walking into Artefactz ( is

appeal to your sense of smell as well as sight. You may want to pick

a great stop for an artisan gift, as well as dĂŠcor for your home or ofďŹ ce.

up a few luxurious soaps and candles to give as gifts for upcoming

You will be blown away by the brightly colored art glass jewelry and

wedding showers and housewarming parties. They also offer stunning

sculptures, created by resident artist and owner Cynthia James. This

jewelry options. A colorful bracelet would be a perfect accessory for a

is also a fantastic spot to pick up gifts for little ones, with a large selec-

beach ensemble for summer.

tion of the kid-favorite line, Melissa & Doug.

Market on The Square (

Do not forget that the second Saturday of each month (except Jan-

square) features handcrafted furniture, vintage home decor, cloth-

uary) is Girls' Night Out. You can enjoy special discounts, trunk shows,

ing, antique collectibles, and more. They feature an outstanding col-

wine and snacks at more than a dozen participating stores around

lection of crosses â&#x20AC;&#x201C; perfect to ďŹ ll a wall of your home. You will also

the Square. You earn pink tickets with each purchase and enter to

ďŹ nd handcrafted shelves that will add a sense or organization and

win a $100 Downtown Dollar shopping spree.

whimsy to your home.

Learn more about Granbury at Staff is ready to

Are you on the hunt for that perfect piece of art that will ďŹ ll that

help you plan a perfect motorcoach tour to this delightful slice of Texas.

empty wall in your house? Stroll into Your Private Collection Art

View group planning information at

Gallery (

tour. You can also phone (800) 950-2212. Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016 â&#x20AC;˘ 21


ll bus tour operators know that a per-

fect day of sightseeing and travel has to have a perfect ending. A fantastic

meal and great nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rest are essential to providing an exceptional experience for your bus tour passengers. Here are just a few places that offer superior lodging and dining options when you have a tired and hungry busload to please.

Cumbres & Toltec Sunset Dinner You may have heard of the historic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, running between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado, or even ridden its 64 miles of train track back into history, but have you heard of the Cumbres Sunset Dinner Trains? The Cumbres Sunset Dinner Trains offer a different take on an age-old train ride. Departing at 5 p.m. from the Chama Depot, the historic, coal-ďŹ red, narrow gauge locomotive takes

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Dining and Lodging

its passengers up to the summit of Cumbres Pass, an the elevation of 10,015 feet. Here

The railroad has been featured in a host

uated in a cul-de-sac-like setting and each

guests enjoy the cooler weather in an outdoor

of films, including Indiana Jones & the Last

offers a private entrance. The historic Old

pavilion for dinner, music and, when the mood

Crusade (1989), Wyatt Earp (1995), and the

Sturbridge Inn (the original Oliver Wight

hits, dancing. The dinner is a choice of prime

PBS series American Experience (2014).

House) was built in 1789 by carpenter/archi-

rib, chicken or ďŹ sh, with sides of steamed veg-

To learn more about the dinner train, visit

tect Samuel Stetson and is listed on the

gies, choice of rice or baked potato and, of For infor-

National Register of Historic Places. It boasts

course, dessert. Music varies depending on the

mation on bus tours, reservations and group

a fabulous center hall, and murals in the hall-

weekend and often includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Tribute to John

rates, e-mail or

way and stairs painted by itinerant artist

Denverâ&#x20AC;? by tribute artist Chris Collins. Collins

phone (877) 890-2737.

Rufus Porter.

has been said to look and sound more like John

Lodge rooms feature king or two dou-

Denver than John Denver himself. It is a won-

Old Sturbridge Inn

ble beds, and rooms at the Old Sturbridge

derful time, ending with a return train trip down

and Reeder Family Lodges

inn offer four-poster cherry canopy queen

Sturbridge, Massachusetts

beds. Accessible rooms are also available

the mountain, arriving around 9 p.m. The Cumbres Sunset Dinner Train offers

New Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest history museum, Old

on the property. Motorcoach parking is

Coach, Deluxe Tourist and Parlor (adults 21+)

Sturbridge Village (OSV), located adjacent to

available at both the inn and lodges and

class seating, with a concessions car, bar ser-

the old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family

Old Sturbridge Village and groups can cus-

vice and open gondola car on each trip. There

Lodges, is perfect for your group excursion.

tomize packages to include staying on

is also bar service at Cumbres Pass for din-

OSV depicts life in an early 19th-century rural

property, museum admission and dining

ner. The Cumbres Sunset Trains start July 4

village. Visitors will see a working farm with

experience such as Old Sturbridge Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

and run each Saturday through mid-Sep-

costumed historians, heritage breed animals,

popular Hearthside Bounty event where

tember â&#x20AC;&#x201C; perfect for day trips to the area.

water-powered mills and antique buildings and

guests can experience an evening in a 19th-

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad was

artifacts, take part in hands-on crafts and learn

century tavern, complete with a meal

originally constructed in 1880 as part of the

about life in an earlier time.

cooked over the hearth by OSV staff, old-

Rio Grandeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s San Juan Extension, which served

After a full day of exploring OSV and the

fashioned entertainment and a look into

the silver mining district of the San Juan Moun-

Sturbridge area, your group will ďŹ nd com-

table manners of the 1800s. Additional

tains in southwestern Colorado. It runs 10,015

fort, historic charm and modern amenities

group dining options are also available.

feet over Cumbres Pass and through Toltec

within the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder

The Old Sturbridge Inn and Lodges prop-

Gorge, from which it takes its name.

Family Lodges. The 29 lodging units are sit-

erty also features indoor and outdoor seat-

22 â&#x20AC;˘ Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016

         McGillinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old Ale House Philadelphia, Pennsylvania McGillinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opened in 1860 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the year Abe Lincoln was elected president. The historic tavernâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long, storied history is ďŹ lled with celebrities, ghosts and a tale of survival not only the through current economic recession but also


the Great Depression and even Prohibition. Through it all, McGillinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has been owned by

ing areas, a spa and salon, ďŹ tness room, con-

only two families: the McGillins, who raised

ference room, outdoor seasonal pool and ďŹ re

their 13 children upstairs; and the current own-

pit. In addition, a continental breakfast is

ers, the Spaniak/Mullins family, who have

available for guests. The property sits on

passed it down through three generations.

Route 20 in Sturbridge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; convenient to shop-

Originally called The Bell in Hand, the tav-

ping and dining as well as Interstate 84 and

ern opened in 1860 inside a small row house.

the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90). Less than

The laborers who frequented the place just

an hour from Boston, Hartford and Provi-

called it McGillinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, after William McGillin, the

dence, the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder

Irish immigrant who owned the bar. The nick-

Family Lodges â&#x20AC;&#x201C; along with Old Sturbridge

name stuck and the tavern grew to encompass

Village â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are must-sees on your New England

the oyster house next door, the back


alley/washroom and the McGillinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; house. On

For reservations phone (508) 347-5056.

August 31, 1901, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paâ&#x20AC;? McGillin died and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maâ&#x20AC;?

More information can be found online at

McGillin took over. No pushover, Ma had a list

of troublemakers who were not allowed into

Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016 â&#x20AC;˘ 23

         McGillin’s. McGillin’s survived Prohibition and

past regulars, retail memorabilia, aged news-

unique outdoor dining and entertainment

Ma ran it until her death in 1937 at the age of

paper clips, old photos and much more.

district, which celebrated its Grand Open-

90. The McGillin’s daughter, Mercedes McGillin

Today, McGillin’s remains a Philadelphia

Hooper, who grew up above the tavern, sold it

treasure. It welcomes groups from around the

Located between Monte Carlo and New

to brothers and experienced barkeeps, Henry

world. It offers the quintessentially American

York, New York, its three acres provide a cen-

Spaniak and Joe Shepaniak in 1958. (That is

experience, eating the ultimate Philadelphia

tral gathering place for visitors seeking an

not a mistake, the brothers actually spelled their

food – a cheesesteak. Plus, it is a great deal.

oasis from the hustle and bustle of the nearby

names differently.) Keeping it in the family, Hen-

The $15 lunch includes a complimentary bowl

Las Vegas Strip.

ry’s daughter, Mary Ellen Spaniak Mullins and

of soup plus cheesesteak, chips, pickles,

Adjacent to the newly opened, 20,000-seat

her husband, Chris Mullins have run the restau-

coleslaw, soft beverage, dessert and coffee.

T-Mobile Arena, The Park offers an eclectic

rant since 1993. The legacy of hospitality con-

This is a served lunch and it includes tax and

blend of restaurants, bars and entertainment

tinues with Mary Ellen and Chris’ son, Chris

tip. The group leader and driver get compli-

and features engaging public art set against

Mullins, Jr., representing the family’s third gen-

mentary meals. Buses can park in Philadel-

dramatic desert landscaping. Casual restau-

eration to manage the historic tavern.

phia bus tour parking lots. Groups must arrive

rants and bars with outdoor seating create a

by 11:30 a.m. or after 1:30 p.m.

colorful patio ambiance.

The history hangs right on the walls at the

ing on April 4, 2016.

classic English-looking pub with beamed ceil-

Find more at or at facebook.

Beerhaus offers savory rotisserie sand-

ing, tall windows, dark paneling and a work-

com/mcgillins, Twitter: @mcgilllins. The

wiches, sausages and snacks with hormone-

ing fireplace. It is a story woven into the very

phone number is (215) 735-5562.

free meat and regionally-sourced produce,

fabric of the city. The original bar sign, a wooden

along with an innovative beer program fea-

arm holding a bell, hangs above the bar. It is

The Park

turing local and regional craft beers as well

flanked by 149 years worth of liquor licenses

Las Vegas Strip

as draft cocktails. Bar games like foosball,

and surrounded by musical instruments, vin-

The newest attraction in Las Vegas is

tage beer cans, varsity banners, caricatures of

The Park, MGM Resorts International’s

shuffle board and ping pong encourage socializing.

DeBrand offers tours of their chocolate kitchens as well as a café style chocolate shop. Call Corporate Office, M-F 9-5 PM, to reserve your tour! Located off I-69, Exit 316, North Fort Wayne, IN.

24 • Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016

(260) 969-8335

         Bruxie is a unique sandwich shop that

Piazza Navona, Madridâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plaza Santa Ana and

LEEDÂŽ Gold certiďŹ cation from the U.S. Green

serves up gourmet sandwiches on wafďŹ&#x201A;es

Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trafalgar Square â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and MGM Resorts

Building Council. Sustainable elements

instead of bread, with both savory and sweet

International has re-invented the traditional

include drought-tolerant desert landscaping,

options â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and everything is made from scratch

pedestrian experience with this dynamic des-

water conservation systems, locally sourced

with the ďŹ nest ingredients. Beverages range

tination. Programmed live entertainment

and recycled materials and energy-efďŹ cient

from premium beers and wines to adult

includes acoustic guitarists, performance

processes. It is a recipient of the 2016 Water

shakes, even an in-house, homemade cola.

artists and special events. Standout design

Hero Award from the Southern Nevada Water

Sake Rok is more than sushi and sake,

elements include monumental shade struc-

Authority, recognizing businesses or individ-

bringing Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vibrant pop culture to the

tures, theatrical lighting, dynamic 100-foot-

uals dedicated to water conservation and

Nevada desert. Servers double as entertain-

long water walls and meta-quartzite stone

devoted to saving millions of gallons of water

ers who create camaraderie among diners

sourced from local quarry Las Vegas Rock.


with things like impromptu lip sync perfor-

In June 2016, MGM Resorts announced the

mances, dance parties and restaurant-wide

ďŹ nal phase of The Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creation: the planned

sake bombs.

transformation of the Monte Carlo into Park

California Pizza Kitchen blends fresh, sea-

MGM. InďŹ&#x201A;uenced by European design, the prop-

sonal ingredients with bold, global inspira-

erty will include the boutique Nomad Hotel as

tion in its signature hand-tossed, hearth-baked

well as the trendy restaurants NoMad and

pizzas. In addition, inventive main plates and

Eleven, by acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs

shareables and unique pastas and salads are

Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, along with the

served up alongside premium wines, craft

ďŹ rst Southwestern location of Eataly, Chef Mario

beers and handcrafted cocktails featuring fresh

Bataliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing food galleria with a host of

fruits, herbs and spices.

Italian restaurants and specialty markets.

Dynamic public spaces are the hallmark

Designed with sustainability in mind, The

of all great world cities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; such as Romeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant corridor recently earned




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Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016 â&#x20AC;˘ 25

New, Improved and Different Historic Lodge Gets Green Updates From the sheets to the coffee, guests at Starved Rock Lodge now enjoy a more ecofriendly stay because Starved Rock Lodge has made many changes to go green in 2016. The foliage is not the only thing that is green at Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, Illinois. Starved Rock Lodge, the historic hotel located within this National Historic Landmark, has seen some refreshing changes lately. There are 69 rooms in the lodge and 21 cabin rooms on the property. The main portion of the lodge was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.


“Because the lodge and cabins are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, we

reasons. Trimble wanted the curtains to match

the scenes has meant a switch to green-cer-

strive to maintain the historical integrity and

or complement the bedding. The dimensions

tified cleaning products. Lodge guests love

ambiance created by the CCC whenever

of the windows are not common stock sizes.

the fact that 100 percent of the in-room cof-

updates and changes are made,” says Gen-

Because such a large amount of custom-design

eral Manager Mitch Wagner. “When the fur-

fabric was needed, the material had to be

niture in the hotel and dining areas was

printed and then shipped to the East Coast to

replaced a few years ago, we chose a com-

be sewn in the U.S. Before that, the drapery was

pany famous for repurposing old barn board

constructed, the fabric was treated to be flame

and century-old hardwoods. We made it our

resistant and black out lining/coating was

goal to start going green in 2016.”

added (to give lodge guests the best experience

New bedding is reminiscent of a hand-

in sleeping rooms). “The whole process will

crafted quilt your grandmother might have

end up taking almost a year to complete,” says

made. The welcoming and cozy feeling is a

Trimble, “I’m sure the finished look will sup-

new look that takes you back in time. As

port our tagline: Starved Rock Lodge – where

comfortable and simplistic as the bedding

the past is always present.”

looks, it is anything but that. Overhauling

Cleaning products, lighting and food ser-

and installing new bedding, drapery and car-

vice items were switched to eco-friendly

peting in the 75-year-old lodge was much

and compostable supplies and materials

more of an undertaking than CEO Amy Trim-

that are locally sourced whenever possible.

ble imagined it would be. Industrial grade

Linens at the lodge are now part of the liv-

fabrics must be used to be able to withstand

ing green program. Not only will the sheets

frequent laundering and still look like new.

be 500-count cotton but they will be Oeko-

“Our new carpet pattern was designed just

Tex-certified for purity, which ensures guests

for us because none of the nature-themed sam-

that the bedding is free from substances that

ples I saw were the right colors and they did-

may harm their health. The days of bleach-

n’t fit the feeling I wanted our guests to expe-

ing linens are gone. The lodge housekeep-

rience,” Trimble says. The lodge’s new drapery

ers now use eco-friendly cleaning products

fabric was also custom-made for a variety of

and laundry detergent. Getting clean behind

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         fee comes from Rainforest Alliance-certiďŹ ed farms, helping to protect wildlife and the environment, as well as provide digniďŹ ed living conditions for farm workers and their families.â&#x20AC;? (Visit for more informtion.) Updating the way the lodge is lit has been another enlightening experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Changing out more than 1,000 light bulbs is no easy task,â&#x20AC;? says Maintenance Manager Ryley Bunzel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal was to convert from incandescent to energy-efďŹ cient, LED bulbs throughout the property. The process involved replacing one section at a time, as the current light bulbs burned out, and rotating the new,

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energy-efďŹ cient lamps in. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to waste what was already in place, so this will to take almost a year to complete.â&#x20AC;? Once ďŹ nished,

City of Burlington. Nestled on the panoramic banks of the Delaware

the new lighting is estimated to reduce energy costs by approxi-

River with a one-mile boardwalk Promenade along the waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edge

mately15 percent, and also reduce labor costs and replacement

of beautiful Riverfront Park, this charming, early Colonial, major port


city was founded in 1677 by Quakers ďŹ&#x201A;eeing oppression in England.

Increasingly, more numbers of bus tours groups have been book-

Today, it remains a diverse, friendly and caring community with an

ing overnight stays at Starved Rock Lodge and State Park in the past

enduring legacy and a rich heritage to explore that will delight and

year, due to the addition of even more fun things to do at a place where

inspire your group.

there are already plenty of things to see. Active seniors can easily hike

The birthplace of New Jersey and one of the original 13 colonies,

to see St. Louis or Ottawa Canyon, which are especially beautiful in

the historic City of Burlington stands alone as the cradle and custo-

the fall. Daily History Trolley Tours are now offered throughout the busy

dian of religious and political freedom and has long been recognized

summer tourist season to better serve the needs of ďŹ rst-time visitors.

for its inhabitantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; achievements and innovations in the arts, edu-

Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center welcomes more than

cation and manufacturing, as well as its many buildings of state and

50 bus tour groups per year. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tribute to the Starsâ&#x20AC;? series of musi-

national historical signiďŹ cance.

cal tribute shows has been a major reason why group tour leaders

This captivating Colonial port city could not be more conveniently

love to bring travelers to this one-of-a-kind destination. Activities

located to launch their new Luncheon Show and Day Tour. Just 25 miles

Director Edna Daugherty sums it up best: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the combination of

from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and 15 miles from Trenton, New Jer-

great food, excellent entertainment, comfortable accommodations

sey, it is only minutes from both the NJ Turnpike (Exit 5 - Burlington)

and rich history, all surrounded by seasonal waterfalls and the unex-

and Interstate 295 (Exit 47B - Burlington Rte. 541) which makes it an

pected natural beauty of Starved Rock State Park.â&#x20AC;?

easy drive from New York, too. Traveling East-West the PA Turnpike

Bus operators can drop off and pick up groups at the front door of

Bridge is a short drive. North-South travelers can cross the nearby

Starved Rock Lodge, and adjacent bus parking is plentiful. Several

Burlington-Bristol Bridge (just two miles away) to I-95. In addition, a

dining options are available, including the Main Dining Room, a full-

variety of hotels and restaurants that offer group rates are within min-

service restaurant in the heart of Starved Rock Lodge, serving break-

utes of the city, if you would like to extend your groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stay.

fast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Also in the lodge is the

Your Day Tour that includes a buffet luncheon, show and guided

Back Door Lounge, offering appetizers, lunch, dinner and late-night

walking tour begins at the Burlington Meeting House, built by the

snacks along with an amazing view, and the Starved Rock Cafe, which

Quakers in 1783, where you will enjoy a sumptuous buffet luncheon

opens at 6:30 a.m. and provides breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks.

by Fratelliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of the City of Burlington that offers your choice of two

Also, Trailheads Snacks & Souvenirs, located in the Visitor Cen-

pastas, roasted potatoes and garden fresh string beans, your choice

ter, offers sandwiches, hot dogs, pizza, Artisa ice cream, pretzels and

of two entrĂŠes, tossed garden salad with rolls and butter, an Italian

nachos, plus gifts and great souvenirs.

dessert, and coffee, tea, soda and water. Several different rooms at the Burlington Meeting House are avail-

A New Luncheon Show and Day Tour Launches

able for your use depending on your groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s size. For your conve-

at the Historic Port City of Burlington, New Jersey

nience, buses may drive up to the entrance that is handicap accessi-

Bus tour operators, if you are looking for a fascinating, friendly and fun destination to bring your group for a uniquely entertaining

ble for drop-off and pick-up and there is easy access to bus parking within one block.

Luncheon Show and Day Tour, set your course for one of New Jer-

As you sit back in the original Revolutionary-era seats and tables

seyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most lively and quaint historical sites, the 349-year-old historic

that are still in use, get ready to be entertained and drawn into an Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016 â&#x20AC;˘ 27

         extraordinary, original historical (and hys-

circulation of his struggling newspaper.

nonproďŹ t organizations in the City and

terical) interactive, Colonial comedy show,

Even though several articles in The Penn-

County of Burlington that have contributed

The Legend of the Wailing Witch, presented

sylvania Gazette that Franklin wrote anony-

to making Burlington the historic gem it is

by Jerseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Riddlesbrood Touring The-

mously have been revealed as totally bogus,


atre Company. An original theater company

the jury is still out whether Franklin made

The historic City of Burlington is also

that has performed more than 1,700 shows

this whole witch trial story up or whether it

known as one of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ďŹ rstâ&#x20AC;? cities but not for

throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania,

really did occur.

the reason you might imagine. Only here, in

Delaware, Maryland and New York, Rid-

As the play unfolds, you will be a witness

this unparalleled microcosm of American

dlesbrood is celebrating its 16th year of offer-

to a most amusing and often mysterious, and

history, will you ďŹ nd New Jerseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst ďŹ re-

ing theatrical productions for adults, children

yet, convincing case for and against the

house, pharmacy, library, union (women

and audiences of all ages.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wailing Witchâ&#x20AC;? that emerges â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Folklore or

weavers) and the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst woman physi-

fact? Guilty or innocent? You decide.

cian, to name just a few.

This remarkable show harkens back to a controversy about a still debated newspaper

Then watch American history come alive

Your walking tour will highlight signiďŹ -

article by an anonymous reporter that

as you take a guided walking tour among

cant architecture including the homes and

appeared centuries ago, in the fall of 1730.

beautifully-preserved buildings in the

businesses and places of leisure, worship

It gave a detailed description of a highly-

National Registry Historic District. With cob-

and burial of famous men and women, some

attended trial of an accused witch in Burling-

bled walkways, gardens and period archi-

former slaves given their freedom by the

ton County who, according to their neigh-

tecture, it comprises one of our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Quakers, who have made important contri-

bors, was casting spells on their animals that

most signiďŹ cant groups of historic archi-

butions to our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culture and growth.

made them sing Psalms and dance.

tecture, located within one square mile, in

From prominent, rich and powerful politi-

Allegedly penned by Ben Franklin for his

the heart of the city. Your walking tour will

cians, patriots and military war heroes, to lit-

newspaper, The Pennsylvania Gazette, this

take you past â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and sometimes inside â&#x20AC;&#x201C; sev-

erary geniuses, spiritual leaders, educators,

story is often held up as an example of the

eral historic buildings that are preserved

inventors and Native Americans, the historic

lengths Franklin would often go to increase

and maintained by a number of dedicated

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very competitive $34 and includes tax and

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gratuities along with one comp per bus to

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be used at your discretion. Buffet, show

location in Nashville at Opry Mills in spring

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times and walking tours may be arranged

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your group.

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tion will allow you to take pictures, touch

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to debut throughout the next year. Guests

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Social Marketing for Tourism by Catherine Heeg

Five Simple Secrets to Better Social Ads How willing are you to spend your hard earned dollars to reach more social fans? If you are still on the fence about paying for social ads, consider this: • Newspaper advertising costs $32 to reach 1,000 people, Facebook advertising costs about $0.25 to reach 1,000 highly targeted people. • In the next five years marketers expect social to account for 15.8 percent of ad spending. Pay to Play Creating and placing ads on Facebook is an exceptional way to reach more of your own fans as well as a targeted new audience. Facebook video ads are so popular with social fans thereby making the playing field even more interesting and focused. Setting the parameters of target audiences can be as simple or indepth as your time and talent dictate. Consider these features of targeting: • Focusing on behaviors provides you with a “travel” option that allows you to select people “planning to travel” and/or “frequent travelers.” • In the “Interests” section you have the option to choose “hobbies and activities.” In this section the choices for travel include an interest in adventure, cruises, theme parks. In the “arts and music” section you have options to target those interested in fine art, performance art or sculpture. In the “food and drink” section you can target those interested in certain cuisines or beverages. Advertising Target Options – Facebook No matter the focus of your upcoming tour you can pinpoint interested Facebook users and set your budget to reach a select audience. I set my budget at $10 and can easily reach more than 2,100 targeted people. Not a bad value. Tip: Imagine the possibilities. If your next group is focused on art museums, live theater and culinary experiences, your ad can be crafted to reach only interested Facebook users including your fans and others not yet affiliated with your page. Creating Custom Audiences and Target Audiences are crucial to your campaign as well. Custom Audiences: Simply upload your e-mail contact list and Facebook will search out these users and present your ad to them. More details here: 30 • Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016

Target Audiences: Pre-select the demographics that meet your needs and re-use these targeted audiences in future ads. This saves you the time and effort of recreating the behaviors and interests we explored above. Some common slip-ups to avoid: Call to Action Adding a call to action button is easy, but sometimes a forgotten task. The call to action button will appear in the lower right corner of the post that you are advertising. As you are creating your ad in Power Editor or Ads Manager, simply select from one of these choices: • Book Now • Download • Learn More • Shop Now • Sign-Up Carousel Ads As you may have noticed in your Facebook feed lately, there is a new kind of advertisement taking the social world by storm – carousel ads. This new form of Facebook advertising allows a page owner to display three to five images and links within one advertisement. Here are the exciting details: Carousel Ads are an exciting and innovative way to get your clients more involved with your advertisements on Facebook. Through the use of more imagery and detail than a traditional post or advertisement, Carousel Ads offer the chance to engage more meaningfully. Twitter Ads Twitter advertising is similar in targeting and value to Facebook. Consider whether your audience or potential new audience is on Twitter. When you begin setting up your ads, you can create Twitter Cards that provide readers with additional content, photos and calls to action. Pull together your marketing puzzle with these choices: • Summary Card – include a large image with a link. Great way to draw attention to your latest blog or landing page for an upcoming tour. • Photo Card – features a large image and description. Useful for art or photography. • Gallery Card – include up to four photos in a tweet. Consider this for a collage of an upcoming tour or event. • App Card – for businesses who have or sell apps. • Player Card – inputs live audio or video into your tweet. Focus on video and maximize it on Twitter. • Product Card-if selling a product you can include a product photo, price and other details. • Lead Generation Card – readers include their e-mail and you grow your mailing list. Amplify your marketing with this cross-marketing option. • Web site Card – draw traffic to your Web site. Want more SEO? Boost it with this card.

 Slip-Ups to Avoid Do you ever see people missing key pieces in their social presence and ads? As fast as social marketing and advertising changes, it is not a wonder that blunders, bloopers and slip-ups happen. Here are a couple of common travel industry blunders to banish: Marketing ideas abound and social marketing is inspiring us to get even more creative with their tools. Pull together the marketing puzzle by including social along with your traditional promotional and advertising. Then watch your brand awareness and recognition soar.

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20 Tips For Bus Tour Planners by: Dr. Charleen Jaeb

20 Tips for Scary Trips With Halloween right around the corner,

how to safely manage them and provide mem-

slides. Resorts such as Kalahari, Wilderness

ories you can talk about for a lifetime.

Resort, Great Wolf Lodge and Aquatica feature some of the latest innovations.

do you ever dare to scare, frighten or startle

According to articles on Google the top

passengers on trips you plan? Do you ever

fears of people are spiders, snakes, dogs,

3. Murder Mystery Theaters and Trains.

include ghosts, paranormal experiences, mys-

ghosts and zombies, falling, heights, water

There are numerous mystery dinner shows in

teries and encounters with animals or a rep-

and drowning, crowds, fear of small spaces

United States. In some there is no separate

utation to expect the unexpected on your

like elevators and darkness. I have noticed

stage from the eating area. I love taking visi-

tours? If not, I recommend you consider it.

bus passengers fear missing the bus, they or

tors on the Murder Mystery Train on the Semi-

Why? Most of my memorable trips have

their traveling companion becoming ill or hurt,

nole Gulf Railway in Fort Meyers, Florida where

included them. Some early examples: At 17

getting lost and not being woke up in time in

passengers unravel a comical mystery and

I took an overnight train trip to New York

the morning at motels. Fears of flying, being

decide who the killer is and why he did it. Price

City to meet my pen pal from Maryland; at

alone on a trip, driving and parking a car at

includes a five-course dinner, murder mystery

19 flew to Mexico solo to stay with a Mex-

night are reasons for taking a bus.

show and thee and a half-hour train ride.

ican family where I watched bull fights on

The following categories are places that

4. Prisons and Prison Cells. The Ohio State

the Mexican side, watched divers in Aca-

have very scary attractions to visit. Most states

Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, where Shaw-

pulco dive off high cliffs into the sea and

and countries have them. Ask your bus com-

shank Redemption was filmed, has guided and

spent time alone in Mexico City when a riot

pany group coordinator, travel agent or check

self-guided tours and Ghost Walks to spots

took place, all the stores closed and I could

the Internet for places that meet your needs.

where paranormal activity has been reported.

not speak Spanish. Even at 21 on our hon-

1. Amusement Parks. Big ones include

Alcatraz Prison on Alcatraz Island in the San

eymoon to Florida we saw men wrestling

Cedar Point, Disneyland, Walt Disney World,

alligators, cobras being milked of their

Universal Studios Florida, Six Flags Magic

5. Holocaust Museums and Concentration

venom, rode waves in the ocean and

Mountain, Kings Island and Hersheypark,

Camps. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

learned the dangers of keeping your arm

Islands of Adventure. Most parks have roller

in Washington, D.C. is the official memorial

out the car window when you do not have

coasters, scary rides in dark tunnels, haunted

in United States although most other states

air conditioning.

houses, etc. On a bus trip to Cedar Point a 70-

have them such as the Florida Holocaust

year-old passenger reached her goal of riding

Museum in St. Petersburg. Many countries

all the roller coasters in the park.

also have them. On a two-week bus tour of

Our trips with family and on buses to 45 states and more than 40 countries were mem-

Francisco Bay has day and night tours.

orable, often had scary moments; however,

2. Waterparks and Resorts. Across the

Eastern Europe we toured Auschwitz, a Nazi

provided great learning experiences plus the

country waterparks are breaking records fea-

Concentration Camp, and met a survivor. The

satisfaction of overcoming our fears.

turing heart-stopping attractions. From water

scariest thing to me was understanding how

This article will give you 20 tips on places

coasters to the country’s first inclined loop on

such atrocities could happen in a predomi-

to visit that add excitement, surprise or a bit

a waterslide to large wave pools which pro-

nantly Christian nation.

of the fear factor to your trips. It will identify

duce surf-able waves, the variety is unbe-

6. Natural Wonders. Looking at Grand

fears and phobias many bus passengers have,

lievable. Noah’s Ark Water Park has 51 water

Canyon by helicopter, riding a mule or watch-

32 • Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016

  ing Old Faithful erupt, or seeing hot lava flow

biggest and best yearly mid-air stunt shows.

trapeze artists and tight-rope walkers was

from the volcano on the island of Hawaii, or

AirVenture Oshkosh hosts the largest gath-

safe but scary to me.

walking on a snow covered glacier in Alaska,

ering of enthusiasts in the country with more

17. White Water Rafting. Consider the age

raises your heart rate more than reading

than 10,000 aircraft including warbirds,

and skills of your passengers when choos-

about it.

home-built aircrafts, ultralights and vintage

ing spots on the river. Rafts should include

7. Niagara Falls Niagara River. Canada

planes. The Miramar Air Show in San Diego

a guide who does the steering. Passengers

and United States share this national won-

is the largest military show in United States

should wear life vests and receive instruc-

der which attracts tourists from around the

and features the Blue Angels. The Abbots-

tions. It is best to offer a choice between a

world. Its breathtaking attractions include

ford is Canada’s largest and features the

mild float trips and one in rougher waters for

the Whirlpool Jetboat, Whirlpool Aero Car,

Canadian Snowbirds, SkyHawks parachut-

comfort of the group members.

Journey Behind the Falls, Nightmares Fear

ing team, Thunderbirds and Blue Angels.

18. Words to Promote Scary Trips: adven-

Factory, White Water Walk, Imax Legends

Remind your bus passengers to bring their

ture, awesome, amazing, daring, mystery,

and Daredevils. Skylon Restaurant’s leg-

sunglasses, suntan lotion and binoculars.

scary, haunted, unknown, ghosts, once-in-

endary view and Maid of the Mist boat

12. Ghost Walks an d Tours. Super

which makes a voyage to the base of the

spooky ghost walks are found in most big


cities including Williamsburg, Savannah,

19. On the Bus. Stops the bus make can

a-lifetime, thrilling, safe, paranormal, escorted, exotic animals.

8. Close Animal Encounters. Some great

Gatlinburg, New Orleans French Quarter

be scary but the bus should not. Go over

places to see animals up close where you

and San Antonio, which also has a Haunted

safety rules or show a bus safety VCR. Let

can safely hold, pet, feed or ride them are at

Pub Crawl. History buffs love them and so

them know your cell phone number, etc.

zoos, aquariums, pet stores, on boat rides

do I.

Movies that are more funny than scary, e.g.,

with park rangers and at county or state fairs.

13. Haunted Houses. The Ghostly Manor

Ghostbusters, Raiders of the Lost Ark or

I have held a koala bear in Australia and fed

Thrill Center in Sandusky, Ohio is an indoor

more applicable to the trip such as Niagara

sting rays in the Gulf of Mexico but have not

year-round family-friendly entertainment

if you are visiting Niagara Falls. Games

been brave enough to swim with the dol-

center that offers a variety of activities for all

could include match-ups or fill in the


ages. Kids can jump, climb or skate. It

blanks of famous killers, scary movies or

9. Animal Viewing From a Distance. I

includes the haunted house, spooky Wizards

books. Name tags could have Halloween

am grateful to have taken whale watching

journey mini-golf course and a 3-D theater.

stickers, prizes can be Halloween candy.

boat trips out of Provincetown, seen alli-

They have a Gym on the latest trend, Poke-

Be daring.

gators when riding an air boat through

mon Go, where you can catch little monsters

swamps in Florida, and sat on a grandstand

in friendly battles. Ghostly Manor can cus-

Tower launched “Skyslide,” a new glass slide

outside the entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

tomize group events including food.

off the side of the tallest skyscraper in Los

20. Trending daring activities. U. S. Bank

in New Mexico at dusk, watching thousands

14. Halloween Festivities. October is

Angeles, dropping from the 70th to the 69th

of bats fly out over our heads in search of

when many tourist attractions switch to Hal-

floor, 1,000 feet above Los Angeles. Some


loween themes. Examples include Boo at the

parks and resorts along or near Lake Erie

10. Sporting Events. Living near Cleve-

Zoo, Cedar Point Hall Weekends, Hallowe’en

shores have added “crazy fun” physical activ-

land, one of the most sports-crazy locations

in Greenfield Village and Pumpkin Festivals.

ities including side-by-side ziplines, two-

in the nation, furnishing buses to sporting

15. Secret Shopper Tours. Great Day

wheeled guided Segway tours, Ultimate

events is a bonanza for bus companies and

Tours take passengers to five mystery loca-

Bungy trampolines, tree climbing with ropes

bus tour planners. Cleveland is now basking

tions to shop. They have a drawing before

and the Jetovator which attaches a dirt bike

in the glory of its long-awaited champi-

departing the bus at each stop and give out

to a fire hose, which uses water pressure to

onships for its Cleveland Cavaliers, Monsters

a number of $10 gift certificates for stores in

shoot its passenger up to 25 feet in the air.

hockey team and currently the Cleveland

the area. Passengers are guaranteed at least

Indians are leading in their division. Hope-

$20 in gift cards or cash.

“Be fearless” and “Be playful” were comments from Rosetta Comella, our frequent

16. Watching life-threatening feats.

bus traveler for more than 20 years, given at

Cleveland Browns. Sorry for bragging, but it

Watching bungy jumpers in New Zealand,

her 100th birthday party recently when asked

is a once in a lifetime experience.

cowboys riding bucking bulls in Cody,

the secret of her active life. Rosetta went

11. Air Shows. You do not have to be an

Wyoming, magicians in Las Vegas swallow-

whitewater rafting at age 84 and renewed

aviation enthusiast to appreciate the world’s

ing fire and swords and juggling with knives,

her passport last year so she could take her

fully, their success will bring good luck to the

Bus Tours Magazine / September, 2016 • 33


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for your kind comments on this column and suggestions for future columns. My e-mail

tips in my 20 columns from July 2012 to October 2015.

With degrees from four universities, Dr. Charleen Jaeb was a business professor at Cuyahoga Community College. After her retirement in 2000, she became a trip planner for the CCC retirees and Middleburg Heights Women’s Club, filling as many as 15 buses each year. Jaeb and her husband escorted trips for Lakefront Lines in Cleveland, Ohio. She says, “It was wonderful and somewhat unbelievable in retirement to be able to do what you love to do and get paid for doing it.”

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