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How to Enjoy a Charter Bus Trip in Phoenix, AZ

Places to Visit/Things to Do


You wouldn’t think of finding a botanical garden in the desert, but the Desert Botanical Garden is truly beautiful. It houses thousands of different kinds of plants, from cacti to flowers. Throughout the garden, there are trails so you can explore the desert’s beauty. The Desert Botanical Garden is also the host of a multitude of events, from culinary to music. Another interesting thing to see is the garden when the sun goes down. The garden is illuminated, and all the trails and paths are well lit. The garden is open from May through September from 7 am to 8 pm and from 8 am to 8 pm October to April. Admission for adults is $24.95, and for kids aged 3 to 17 it is $12.95.

 


If you’re looking for a great art museum in Phoenix, look no further. The Phoenix Art Museum is one of the largest museum of its kind in the Southwest. It houses almost 20,000 pieces of art, from paintings to sculptures. Some pieces are even from the Renaissance times. The museum is also home to several permanent collections from artists like Georgia O’Keefe. One of the most appealing things about the museum is its use for all ages; even kids can enjoy here. On-site of the museum, you also can find a restaurant and a gift shop. The Phoenix Art Museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Tuesday to Saturday (Wednesdays have extended hours till 9 pm.) On Sunday, they’re open from noon to 5 pm. Admission for kids under 8 is about $9 and adults will have to pay about $18. On Wednesday evenings and the first Friday of the month’s evening, entry is free.

 


If you enjoy the company of animals, you have to visit the Phoenix Zoo. The zoo features many kinds of animals, from primates to big cats. If you’re bringing your kids with you, make sure you take them over to the Red Barn petting zoo. Here, they can hang around their favorite farm animals. The giraffe encounter is also another great place for kids to enjoy. If you want something you can sit back and relax on, consider the narrated safari train tour. It gives an overview on the zoo and only costs a few bucks extra. General admission for adults costs $24.95; kids aged 3 to 13 will have to pay $14.95. Those under 3 can enter for free. If you purchase the tickets on the zoo’s website, you can save $2 on each admission ticket. Additional experiences and amenities like the safari train and the several eateries cost extra. The Phoenix Zoo is open most of the year; hours depend on the season.

 


One of the most interesting places to visit in Phoenix is the Musical Instrument Museum. It holds over 6,000 instruments of all kinds from around the world. Visitors start off on the first floor, where they can find a variety of instruments, famous musicians’ clothing, footage of performances, and more. As they travel upwards, they can find the rooms separated by geographic regions. Each region offers its own instruments on display. The museum is also a prime place to catch some live music, since they hold around 200 concerts each year in their theater. Tickets for adults cost $20; tickets for kids aged 13 to 19 cost $15; and those 4 to 12 enter for $10. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

 


Do you enjoy baseball? If you do, head over to the Chase Field to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks of the MLB. The Chase Field is an amazing stadium, with a kid-friendly environment and with a retractable roof. Not to mention it has air conditioning, so you won’t feel the desert climate heat. The park is unique from other baseball stadium in several ways. One of the main reasons is that they have a pool and a hot tub (staffed with lifeguards) just a bit over 400 feet from home plate. If you miss the chance to catch a Diamondbacks game, don’t worry as you can still tour the stadium. Tours are available three times each day from Monday to Saturday for the entire year. Tours cost about $7 and $3 for adults and children, respectively. For game times, stay updated with their website.


Best Way to Tour Phoenix, AZ

  • The best way to tour the city of Phoenix (as well as many other cities) is by chartered buses and vans. Explore at your own pace within the safety of your private vehicle. Don’t worry about ordering an Uber or Lyft when you have your own exploration vehicle. Through Prompt Charters, you can order the buses you need. Prompt Charters is an amazing, affordable chartered vehicle company that caters to your every need. Whether you need a bus for school trips, marriages, parties, campaigns, or whatever else, Prompt Charters can help you. Prompt Charters offers deluxe motor coaches, mini buses, school buses, party buses, and more. Most activities and destinations listed above and below are accessible by chartered buses. Visit promptcharters.com to book your rental bus today!

 

Best Places to Eat/Shop

  • Biltmore Fashion Park – If you’re looking for an amazing upscale mall, Biltmore is the way to go. They offer high end stores and retailers, as well as plenty of dining options. Dining-wise, they have both restaurants and fast food options.
  • Desert Ridge Marketplace – Desert Ridge Marketplace is another popular shopping mall in Phoenix. The mall is over one million square feet that is comprised of many stores and services. They also have a food court with plenty of options.
  • Phoenix Premium Outlets – The Phoenix Premium Outlets is one of the newer shopping centers in the metro area of the city. The high-end shopping destination features over 90 stores and services, including fashion and designer brands like Coach, Michael Kors, and more.
  • Steak 44 – I wonder what kind of restaurant Steak 44 is? Just kidding, obviously it is a steakhouse, a high-end steakhouse at that. The American steakhouse is rated the #1 fine dining restaurant in Phoenix by tripadvisor for 2018.
  • Bobby Q – Another great restaurant is Bobby Q, a popular local joint. The Southwestern restaurant is popular for its local cuisine. Bobby Q is rated the #1 local cuisine restaurant in the city by tripadvisor for 2018.

  

Enjoy Phoenix!

 

Happy Charter Bus Service in Houston

Places to Visit/Things to Do


“Houston, we have a problem.” – Do you remember that line during the true story movie Apollo 13. The astronauts of the real Apollo 13 were talking to Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center. The NASA center was one of the country’s main spaceflight hubs after it was opened in 1963. Today, over 60 years later, it still remains as one of the main space research centers and training facilities in the country. If you would like to learn more about space and the center’s history, head to the Space Center Houston. Space Center Houston sits next to Johnson Space Center. The facility, which spreads out over 250,000 square feet, teaches visitors with interactive exhibits and interesting artifacts from beyond the earth’s atmosphere. They also offer space and other educational shows, tours, and more. The Space Center Houston is open 10 am to 5 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 7 pm, but hours can change depending on the season. Tickets cost $29.95 for adults, $2 dollars cheaper for seniors, and $24.95 for kids aged 4 to 11. Those younger than 4 can enter for free. Parking will cost you about $5.

 


The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most popular attractions within the Texan city. From dinosaur fossils to sparkling precious stones to hands on chemistry exhibits, the Houston Museum of Natural Science has it all. Not only are there permanent exhibits, but the facility also houses the popular Cockrell Butterfly Center. The only downside to the Cockrell Butterfly Center is the extra price to get in, but many visitors say it is so worth it. If your kids are with you, they will find the butterflies interesting. The museum is open every day from 9 am to 6 pm, but certain portions operate at their own hours. Tickets for adults cost $25 and $10 dollars less for students and seniors, as well as kids aged 3 to 11. Those younger than 3 enter for free. If you visit on a Thursday, entrance to the facility is free from 3 to 6 pm.

 


The Houston Zoo sits among the most popular zoos in North America, with about 2 million visitors each year. The zoo houses over 6,000 animals composed of hundreds of different species and kinds. Aside from regular zoo animals, the Houston Zoo also features a rare albino reptile habitat. Something fun to do in the zoo is the interactive and special activities, such as feeding giraffes and other animals, a play water park, and even a 4-D movie screening. The zoo is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm. The only day the zoo is closed is on Christmas Day. Adults are charged $18 to get in, and kids aged 2 to 11 are charged $14. Kids 1 or under are free.

 


If you enjoy watching baseball, you should head to the Minute Maid Park. Minute Maid Park is the home of MLB’s Houston Astros. The ballgames are always impressive, but the park features more than just a game. The park has fireworks nights and other interesting events. There is also a variety of great ballpark food, from classics like hot dogs and nachos to Astros Melts. This is a “double grilled cheese sandwich with SPAM mean and cheese on Texas toast.” Within the roofed park, there are more than 40,000 seats. If you miss out on the opportunity to catch a game, we recommend you still to take a tour of the amazing park. Tour prices depend on age and the type of tour. If you’re thinking of visiting Minute Maid Park, stay updated with their website for show times and ticket prices.

 


Hermann Park, which covers almost 450-acres, is one of Houston’s larger urban parks. The expansive park features a variety of activities and attractions, such as a Japanese garden, a natural science museum, a golf course, and more. The park is an amazing place to unwind and relax by taking a stroll through the greenspace. It is also one of Houston’s largest urban parks, which means there is usually plenty going on. Time to time, you’ll find festivals and events in the park. Hermann Park doesn’t have a closing time, so you can enjoy as long as weather permits. There is also no fee to enter the park, but vendors and amenities within can cost you a few bucks.

Best Way to Tour Houston, TX

  • The best way to tour the city of Houston (as well as many other cities) is by chartered buses and vans. Explore at your own pace within the safety of your private vehicle. Don’t worry about ordering an Uber or Lyft when you have your own exploration vehicle. Through Prompt Charters, you can order the buses you need. Prompt Charters is an amazing, affordable chartered vehicle company that caters to your every need. Whether you need a bus for school trips, marriages, parties, campaigns, or whatever else, Prompt Charters can help you. Prompt Charters offers buses, mini buses, school buses, party buses, and more. Most activities and destinations listed above and below are accessible by chartered buses. Please visit promptcharters.com to book your rental bus today!

 

Best Places to Eat/Shop

  • The Galleria – The Galleria is truly the largest mall in Houston and one of the largest in Texas. It covers about 2.4 million square feet filled up by over 400 stores. At the large mall, you can find more traditional mall stores as well as upscale designer. From GAP to Chanel and Gucci, you can find everything here.
  • River Oaks – The River Oaks Shopping Center is another popular mall. It features a grocery store, a theater to watch all your new favorite movies, plenty of dining options, and quite a few stores.
  • Rice Village – Rice Village is an outdoor mall that offers a more relaxed vibe. Although it doesn’t have many stores like the other malls, the 35+ stores you’ll find are more than enough for your needs. There is also a variety of dining options.
  • Pappas Bros. Steakhouse – Everyone enjoys a fancy meal once in a while. Enjoy yours today at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, one of the most popular restaurants in Houston. It is rated the #fine dining restaurant in Houston by tripadvisor for 2018.
  • The Breakfast Klub – The Breakfast Klub is another popular restaurant in Houston. While it isn’t as fancy as Pappas, you will still find the food excellent. The restaurant is rated the #1 local cuisine restaurant in Houston by tripadvisor in 2018.

 

 

Hope you have fun in Houston!

Chicago Adventures

Places to Visit/Things to Do


You’ve probably heard of or at least seen pictures of “The Bean”, one of the famous landmarks of Chicago. The Bean, a popular attraction officially known as Cloud Gate, lies in Millennium Park, which is one of the most famous parks in Illinois. It is a 110-ton stainless steel structure that looks like a bean. Millennium Park is famous for containing many art and architectural achievements, including the Bean. Many concerts and festivals are also held at Millennium Park. Aside from the Bean, visitors come to see the Crown Fountain, towers that face each other on either end of reflecting pool. The screens on the towers portray faces of over 1,000 Chi-town residents, which with the water spouts looks like they are spitting on passing visitors. Other reasons visitors flock to the park is for the concerts, picnic spots, and more. The park and most amenities within are free, but food vendors within charge. Millennium Park is open every day from 6 am to 11 pm.

 


Another very popular park is Grant Park, a 319-acre greenspace which stretches “in front” of Chicago. In the middle of the park, you’ll find one of the largest fountains in the world, the Buckingham Fountain. The fountain features 133 jets which shoot water up to 150 feet into the air during planned displays. These choreographed displays occur every hour during April to October from 9 am to 10:35 pm. If you get a chance to head here at night, you’ll enjoy the music and lights that accompany the fountain performance. Grant Park is also the site for many of Chicago’s most popular attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, and more. Grant Park is open to the public daily from 6 in the morning to 11 at night. There is no entry fee to Grant Park or the fountain, but attractions within operate on their own schedules and prices.

 


The Art Institute of Chicago is not only one of the most popular attractions in Chicago, but it’s also one of the most famous art museums in the country. The museum features more than 300,000 pieces from around the globe in just its permanent collection. You’ll find tons more in temporary exhibits and collections. The pieces include paintings, drawings, sculptures, furnishings and designs, and much more. It features art from as early as the 13th century. One of the most popular collections at the institute is the impressionist collection, which features artists like van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, and more. The Art Institute of Chicago is located within Grant Park, nearby other popular attractions. It opens every day from 10:30 am to 5 pm and with extended hours until 8 pm on Thursdays. Entrance for adults costs $25 and $19 for the old and young (under 18).

 


If you’re bringing your kids with you on the Chicago adventures, you must bring them to Navy Pier. Stretching out onto Lake Michigan, it features ton of family-friendly fun and entertainment. One of the main attractions of the pier is the 196-foot-tall Ferris wheel. There’s also a carousel and other rides. After you’re done going on the rides, you can play at the 18-hole miniature golf course. The Chicago Children’s Museum is also located within Navy Pier, so that’s another attraction you have to visit while at the pier. Navy Pier also features the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where adults and kids both can watch shows. Throughout the pier, you can find concerts, shows, and special events for holidays. Depending on the time of year, you can view impressive firework displays. Navy Pier is popular because of its beautiful views and variety of activities, but many visitors are hesitant about the steep prices. Rides can cost anywhere from $5 to $50 per ride. Stores, eateries, and other amenities also charge hefty prices at the pier.

 


Do you enjoy being around animals? If you do, Lincoln Park Zoo is the place for you. At the zoo, you’ll find many animals made up of dozens of species, from sloths to zebras. You can find the animals in their own special zoo-created habitats, such as gorillas in the Regenstein Center for African Apes. Not only are there gorillas, but there plenty of other large mammal species found at the zoo. If you’re bringing kids with you, take them over to the Farm-in-the-Zoo exhibit. Here, they can interact with barnyard animals like goats, pigs, cows, and more. Unlike most other zoos, Lincoln Park Zoo doesn’t charge a fee for entry. No matter your age, admission is completely free. If you bring your own vehicle, you’ll have to pay a pretty steep parking fee, starting at $20 per vehicle for up to 2 hours of parking. The zoo is open every day from 10 am to 4:30, but it can also close at 5 or 6:30 pm depending on the season.

Best Way to Tour Chicago, IL

  • The best way to tour the city of Chicago (as well as many other cities) is by chartered buses and vans. Explore at your own pace within the safety of your private vehicle. Don’t worry about ordering an Uber or Lyft when you have your own exploration vehicle. Through Prompt Charters, you can order the buses you need. Prompt Charters is an amazing, affordable chartered vehicle company that caters to your every need. Whether you need a bus for school trips, marriages, parties, campaigns, or whatever else, Prompt Charters can help you. Prompt Charters offers buses, mini buses, school buses, party buses, and more. Most activities and destinations listed above and below are accessible by chartered buses. Visit promptcharters.com to book your rental bus today!

 

Best Places to Eat/Shop

  • Water Tower Place – Water Tower Place is a 74-story skyscraper that is a mixed-use urban shopping center. The building, rising almost 900 feet in the air, features over 100 stores and plenty of dining and entertainment options.
  • The Shops at North Bridge – Another popular shopping destination is the Shops at North Bridge. It is comprised of a mix of clothing, jewelry, and make-up stores, along with plenty of great restaurants
  • Woodfield Mall – Woodfield Mall is not exactly in Chicago; it’s in one of its suburbs known as Schaumburg. The mall is the largest shopping mall in the state of Illinois, and one of the largest in the country.
  • Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab –Perhaps one of the best sit-down restaurants in Chicago is Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab restaurant. The American restaurant is rated the #1 fine dining restaurant in Chicago by tripadvisor in 2018.
  • Smoque BBQ –The Smoque BBQ is a popular local joint in the city. The American Barbecue restaurant is a fan favorite. This is why its rated the #1 local cuisine restaurant in Chicago by tripadvisor in 2018.

  

Have fun in Chi-Town!