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March 5, 2011

#FriendsTravel NashvilleTennessee Packages JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Nashville Entertainment

Nashville is unquestionably the “Home of Country Music“. There is so much to see and do here, with Country Music being the common thread! Start at the Opryland complex and enjoy a lunch entertainment cruise on the General Jackson paddlewheeler. Then it’s off for an evening at the Grand Ole Opry to enjoy some of Country’s great entertainers. Then how about the Always Patsy Cline Show at the Ryman Auditorium, which is the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. Squeeze in the new Opry Country Classics show and a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and you are all set.

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Country music is not everything you will find in Nashville, however it is certainly at the core of this lovely city. From the Country Music Hall of Fame, to the Grand Ole Opry and to the downtown “District”, it is hard to imagine Nashville without country music.

In 1925 the “Opry” hit the airwaves with weekly shows featuring the country movement. Most of the famous country singers started out here, usually in the Ryman Auditorium downtown. If they were good enough, they would be asked to go on the show at the Grand Ole Opry, just outside of town.

The “District” in the old part of downtown is where a lot of the local entertainment is found today. You can walk into one of the spots there and might see an up and coming new star or even a famous star. Whatever you experience you can depend on great music, wonderful southern cooking and very friendly people.

Don’t miss Nashville, it is a real hoot!

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#FriendsTravel Special Event Packages USA JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Special Event Packages

Browse through our electronic brochure to find packages to many of the most exciting sports events and special festivals available. Take in the fun and entertainment of Mardi Gras, Jazz Festival or the Essence Festival in New Orleans. Or if you are a fan of car racing, check out our Indy 500, Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 offerings. Other great sports events packages include the Kentucky Derby, US Open Tennis, Baseball All Star Game and the greatest sports event in the world…the Super Bowl. Have some fun and click around these pages to find that “once in a lifetime” special event for you and your family!

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Special Events

  • Baseball All-Star Game – Along with the World Series, this is Major League Baseball’s premier event, with the top stars from the American and National League facing off. The game is more than just a showcase of baseball’s best players; recently it has taken on added significance, in that the winner of the game also wins home-field advantage for their league for the World Series. ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • BCS Championship – In early January the Rose Bowl Stadium will host the final college bowl game of the season. At stake is the national college football championship. Teams are selected in early December. Tickets to the game can be upgraded to the lower area of the endzone or sidelines at a surcharge. ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Cherry Blossom Festival – The National Cherry Blossom Parade begins at 10am on Saturday, April 4 and proceeds along Constitution Ave. from 16th Street to 7th Street. It features bands, floats, balloons and other family entertainment. The reserved seats are on Constitution Ave., a few shorts blocks from the hotel. ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Christmas in New York – Thanksgiving to December 31 is the city’s busiest time. New York is aglow with the sights and sounds of the Holiday Season. Our packages are available over this period, but space is limited. Extra nights and additional features can be added; rates quoted at time of booking. ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Country Music Fest – The unique relationship between country music artists and their fans is a centerpiece of the Country Music Festival. Experience more than 70 hours of live music performances and celebrities – all at country music’s biggest annual party! Scheduled to appear:  Reba McIntire, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Julianne Hough, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Brad Paisley, John Rich, Taylor Swift, Rodney Atkins, Jason Aldean, Jamey Johnson, Jake Owen and more! ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Daytona 500 – ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Elvis Week – Each August, thousands of Elvis fans flood into Memphis to pay homage and to celebrate the singing legend’s life and work. ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Essence Music Festival – Exciting performances at night allow festival goers to dance and sing along with the biggest names in rhythm and blues, classic soul, hip-hop, pop-funk, neo-soul and jazz. Over 50 acts a night play on five stages at the Superdome. ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • French Quarter Fest – ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Holidays in Branson – There are too many excellent shows to list here, but we can provide tickets to any of over 20 top Christmas shows. Some require nominal surcharges. ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Holidays in Nashville – ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Indianapolis 500 – ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Jazz Fest – At the Jazz Fest site there are about 10 stages and show areas and the admission ticket allows you to roam between each venue at your own pace on an open-seating basis. ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Kentucky Derby – ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Mardi Gras – Although parade schedules may change, these four days have the best parades, locally known as Krewes, including Rex, Bacchus and Endymion. The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to Medieval Europe though we have no written record of how that transformed into the Mardi Gras of today. But the origins of today’s Mardi Gras – with Kings, Mardi Gras colors, and brass bands – are traced to New Orleans. ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • New Years Eve in New York – For those who have watched this event on TV for so many years, this is truly something you have got to see, up close and personal, a once in a lifetime experience! Both hotels are located in the heart of Times Square in the “Greatest City in the World.” The Marriott is on Broadway at 46th Street and the Crowne Plaza is on Broadway at 49th Street. You literally walk out of either hotel and into Times Square. Being in the heart of it all, you will be able to find a great position from which to watch the famous New Year’s Ball drop, in the seconds leading up to midnight and the ringing in of the New Year! ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Pro Bowl – ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Pro Football Championship – ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Rose Bowl – For football enthusiasts of all ages, the Rose Bowl on New Year’s day represents the tradition of college football at its finest. Players, coaches, students, parents and alumni journey from near and far to pack the historic Rose Bowl stadium and cheer for their team in “The Granddaddy of Them All.” ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Rose Parade – On January 1, the eyes of the world turn to the Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA for a spectacular display of magnificent floral floats, talented marching bands and high-stepping equestrian units. The Tournament of Roses celebration dates back to 1890, when the Pasadena Valley Hunt Club readied their horse-drawn coaches with fresh-cut flowers from their gardens in celebration of the mild winter weather of the West. Today, the Rose Parade is an event with breathtaking, larger-than-life floats that tout the world’s rare and exotic flowers and showcase animated technology at its finest. ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Sugar Bowl – The Sugar Bowl Game, as part of the Bowl Championship Series, is one of four Bowl games that help determine the National Champion college football team. Sugar Bowl teams are selected in early December. Tickets to the game can be upgraded to the lower deck endzone at a surcharge; sideline upgrades are also available. ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • Thanksgiving in New York – ‹‹ Learn More ››
  • US Open Tennis – ‹‹ Learn More ››
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