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TRAVEL LE ADER T H E BILTMORE'S FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS Courtesy 1 7 GROUP SEE THE BEST OF NASHVILLE Catch the new stars, superstars, and legends of country music at the world's longest running radio show, the Grand Ole Opry. Shows run every Friday & Saturday, plus Tuesdays in March through December. Enjoy a cruise, meal and show aboard the General Jackson Showboat. Midday and evening cruise options available March through December. Tour the Ryman, known as The Mother Church of Country Music. The history of this National Historic Landmark comes to life as never before with the state-of-the-art "Soul of Nashville" pre-tour experience and new multi-media exhibits. Tours available daily. Tour the Opry House and go behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous. Tours available daily. call today to book your Nashville eXPErieNCE! SANDY JUSTICE TOURISM SALES MANAGER 615.882.5345 | sjustice@opry.com JAMIE LYNN THOMPSON TOURISM SALES MANAGER 615.882.5439 | jthompson@opry.com the top museums in the country, among them the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Shedd Aquarium. Students can also learn about the city's ethnic heritage at smaller institutions, such as the National Hellenic Museum and the Ukrainian National Museum, or take in the world-famous skyline on a river cruise with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. JUST FOR FUN: Pockets of outdoor fun can be found in various places throughout Chicago. The city has 26 public beaches as well as miles of lakefront and fun attractions, such as the Lincoln Park Zoo and Maggie Daley Park. And skyscraper attractions such as Skydeck and 360 Chicago give visitors thrilling views of the city. — W W W. C H O O S E C H I C A G O . C O M — U N I V E R S A L O R L A N D O Orlando, Florida Many travelers think of movie sets and roller coast- ers when they think of Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. But experienced student group leaders think of performance opportunities and innovative educational programs. Universal's STARS program offers a variety of options for band, choral and dance groups, all within a setting that young performers will find thrilling. PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES: There are vari- ous times throughout the day when student groups can march and perform in the Universal parks. The Morning March allows bands to welcome guests into the park; the afternoon Superstar Pre-Parade gives them a chance to kick off a procession of favor- ite Universal characters. Choirs and orchestras can perform on fixed stages throughout the park as well. EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES: Universal's student department has created some fascinating behind-the- scenes experiences for students. In addition to touring the working movie and television studios at the site, groups can take workshops that introduce them to the sound design, music and Foley arts that bring films to life, and performance groups can record their own rendi- tions of orchestral score sections from popular movies such as "Despicable Me." JUST FOR FUN: Universal Orlando's two parks — Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure — are the headquarters of thrill rides in central Florida, and most student groups spend at least two days in the park enjoying the rides and attractions. Perennially popular is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. — W W W. U N I V E R S A L O R L A N D O . C O M — Courtesy Hawaii Tourism Authority STUDENTS SAILING IN HAWAII

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