It will be anchors away, literally, for NBC’s “Today” as Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Al Roker, Ann Curry, Natalie Morales, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford pack their bags and head to some of America’s most amazing vacation destinations. America’s first TV family will head to San Antonio, Texas, Key West, Fla., and one very special surprise location.
“Today Takes a Vacation,” will kick off Monday, May 4 in the most visited city in Texas, San Antonio. “Today” will broadcast live from the Alamo, one of America’s leading historic attractions, as well as from the breathtaking Texas on the River Walk. The “Today” anchors will don their cowboy boots and chaps and learn the ropes of the famed Dixie Dude Ranch, the country’s oldest working dude ranch. “Today” will also explore the city’s vast history and sample the local cuisine including hometown chili con carne and Texas barbeque. And one of Texas’ own, Grammy Award winner Lee Ann Womack will join “Today” in the Lone Star State for a special performance and a little Texas two-step.
While in Texas, Meredith Vieira will visit Dallas and interview former First Lady Laura Bush. With true Texas hospitality, the First Lady will give Vieira a tour of her new city and show her some of Dallas’ great sites including Southern Methodist University, the First Lady’s alma mater, where a promenade was named in her honor and where plans are underway for the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The visit will also include a well-loved Texas tradition a stop for ribs at a local favorite BBQ pit.
From Texas, the “Today” travelers will grab some sunscreen and head to the southernmost point in the United States, America’s Mile Marker Zero, Key West in the Florida Keys. On Tuesday, May 5, the program will broadcast live from the legendary Mallory Square home to some of the world’s best sunsets. The “Today” anchors will experience the laid-back living of the small Florida island and take a look at its unique culture and landscape. They will also don their swim trunks and search for sunken treasures with bona fide treasure hunters.
While in Key West, “Today” will get a very special visit from the king of the Parrottheads, Jimmy Buffet, who will perform a live concert at the Westin Key West Resort & Marina. Buffett will also take “Today” to his favorite haunts around town to enjoy the original Key Lime Pie and his favorite frozen concoction, the margarita.
To conclude the vacation, “Today” will take viewers to one more amazing American destination. “Today” viewers should stay tuned for the announcement of the surprise location.
During the trip, “Today” will explore the down-home beauty of the United States and partake in accessible vacation activities in each location. The vacation series will explain to viewers and their families how to easily get to these destinations as well as others around the country.
“Today Takes a Vacation” will mark the second time all four hours of “Today” have been broadcast from remote locations. The first trip was “Today Takes a Winter Break” in February 2008 to Sugarbush, Vermont and Miami Beach.
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