Drawn from the current edition of TourOperatorLand The Magazine is the following sampler of new developments and products in key USA destinations. More to be found at: www.touroperatorland.com.
● Today, Union Station in Saint Louis is a balance of nostalgia and renovation. The stylish and sophisticated Grand Hall features elegant historic touches like the original terrazzo floor, green glazed terracotta bricks, stained glass windows and wooden carpentry detailing. (www.touroperatorland.com)
The Moonshine Tour at Tennessee Shine Co. (www.tnshineco.com) Learn the history of moonshine, how it ties into NASCAR, and how it’s made at TN Shine Company. Guests 21+ can hand out after the tour for free moonshine, whiskey and wine tastings!
In the Shasta Cascade region of California, a hidden gem, Lassen Volcanic National Park, is the best kept secret in the national park system. Lassen offers scenery reminiscent of Yosemite and geothermal wonders similar to Yellowstone and it’s the only place on earth where all four types of volcanoes are found in one concentrated area. (https://www.shastacascade.com/account/lassen-volcanic-national-park)
Baton Rouge’s newest attraction opened in April 2021. Blue Zoo is an interactive aquarium located in the Mall of Louisiana. It boasts aquatic life with an emphasis on education, fun and interactive experiences, with an opportunity to learn about animals from all over the world. A great way to combine fun and shopping. https://batonrouge.bluezoo.us/
Currently in the final stages of construction and preparation of a new building in Birmingham is the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, which pays tribute to jazz legends with Alabama ties. Interactive exhibits recall the contributions of Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, and Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Space Arkestra. Clarence “Pinetop” Smith and Erskine Hawkins also are immortalized in this impressive musical showcase. (https://jazzhall.com/)