If you’ve watched TV or listened to the radio or been online recently, you’ve likely been forced to hear of Charlie Sheen’s firing (and possible rehiring) from Two and a Half Men, his rants over the “trolls” at CBS and how he deserves to make more money, his short-lived podcast, how much he’s been “winning” and how he’s used the power of his mind to overcome his drug and alcohol problems overnight. I suspect it’s the tiger blood coupled with the Adonis DNA, but it could also be his 10,000 year old brain that us normal people just couldn’t comprehend being in for more than 2 seconds. He might be right…or he could be the leader of a new cult. Either way, Charlie’s got a lot of followers, and not just on Twitter (at 3 million and counting). Anyone near a town that’s hosting Charlie’s new one-man show My Violent Torpedo of Truth: Defeat is Not an Option has had several seconds to purchase a ticket. I mean that literally, as all the shows have sold out in under two minutes. If you were quick-handed enough to get your own tickets, bravo!
Also, if you were so excited to see Charlie that you are willing to travel to do it, then you must read the other two parts of this post, too. I’ll be going through the cities that are confirmed to be welcoming the well-known actor into their event venues to let him improv 80 minutes of thoughts on anything and everything and also share his personal poetry. I’m sure that traveling to just see 80 minutes of ex-Charlie Harper is a highlight, but you might want to do other stuff before and after the show, so here’re some ideas on how to save money on your trip. Now you’re bi-winning!
Cities 11-15 on the Railway of Rants:
Washington, D.C. – There are so many things to do in our Nation's Capital than just visiting the Reflecting Pool and driving by the White House.
- Hop-on Hop-off double-decker bus tour - This is one of the best deals anywhere, because you pay one price and then get to stop to look at only those sites you're interested in and enjoy a nice commentary about the city along your way.
- John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts - While you can purchase tickets to shows here, you can enjoy free performances here on the Millenium Stage every day at 6pm.
- U.S. Bureau of Engraving & Printing - Since you've spent your hard-earned money on show tickets, go take a free tour and watch money being made.
Atlantic City, New Jersey – The Garden State has many things to offer besides ways to throw your money down the drain (not that I don't love to play at the casino).
- Boardwalk Empire - If you're a fan of the HBO series or just enjoy 1920's prohibition history, you can take a tour of iconic and historical locations within Atlantic City.
- Walk the plank - Take a walk along the famous boardwalk for unique shopping and dining, as maybe quick jaunt into a casino to try you luck on a slot machine.
- If it's warm enough, you might find you can bring your swimsuit and take a dip in the Atlantic...or just hang out on the beach.
- Absecon Lighthouse - The tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and the 3rd largest in the U.S. is free to enter the museum and gift shop or only $7 per person to ascend the lighthouse and see a wonderful view from the top.
Atlanta, Georgia – You may not be a Real Housewife, but that doesn't mean that you can't also enjoy Hotlanta. With so many things to do, it's hard not to find any affordable vacation options.
- Catch a Hawks game at the Philips Arena if you're a basketball fan and watch them on the road possible to the championships.
- Decatur - This funky neighborhood is filled with boutique shops, delicious eateries, pubs, art galleries and a history center. It's right on the MARTA line, so you don't even have to drive yourself.
- Georgia Aquarium - Another one of my favorite things to do on vacation is a trip to the aquarium. Watch the undersea creatures swim in the world's largest aquarium. If you have more than one day in Atlanta, you can buy a CityPASS and do the aquarium as well as many other attractions for one low price.
- Atlantic Station - A neighborhood with it's own zip code! Atlantic Station moved in where the old steel mill used to live (you can still see remnants of it with smoke stacks still standing). It's a 24/7 neighborhood where you can window-shop, see free movies, visit the open-air market and more.
Denver, Colorado – There's more than just skiing in Denver. The Mile-High City has plenty of things to do, even when you aren't dead. While it's known for being an expensive place to visit, there are still some cheaper options.
- Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center - Do you like butterflies? If so, this is a must-do. While it can be disconcerting to have them flying around your head, it's also very cool. The 7,000 sq foot conservatory has over 1,200 free-flying butterflies of many different varieties. You can also observe different plants, birds, turtles, frogs and fish.
- Colorado Railway Museum - If you love trains, you can see over 50 classic trains at the museum, including the oldest working train in Colorado. It's open daily for the affordable entrance fee of $8 per person.
- Colorado Inside and Out Tour - Looking for something interactive to do? This is a tour and scavenger hunt that takes you to many Denver landmarks in order to solve a mystery. There is quite a bit of walking on this tour, so be ready for some exercise. While not exactly cheap, at $40 per person, it will be one of the cooler things you do on a vacation and can take 3 hours to finish at your own pace.
San Francisco, California – You can never run out of things to do in the Bay Area and the city of San Francisco is no different. See my previous post on cheap and free things to do in the city HERE.
New dates are being added every day to the tour, so to find more dates, cities and buy tickets, check out Charlie Sheen's website.
With so many fun things to see and do, you're going to want to capture it all on film. Get yourself a great camera that is compact, easy to use and takes fantastic pictures in any situation. The waterproof Fujifilm Finepix XP10 is one such camera. It comes in a variety of fun colors, including lime green and pink and has a large screen that also tells you clearly what every setting does, so you don't have to carry around a manual or try to remember what each option does. You can take this camera to the beach, too, because it's waterproof, not just water-resistant. Take it in the water with you to take underwater photos, or even if you just don't want to worry about breaking it when it rains heavily or gets mixed up in your bag with your wet swimwear.
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