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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Coast to Coast Deals

 Travel e-Scapes: 03102017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$200 Providence RI, or $100 each way
$264 Portland, Oregon, or $132 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required to Oregon; 21-days to Rhode Island
Valid daily through August 12
Blackout dates: April 8, 9, 23; May 14, 21, 25, 26; June 25, 29, 30; July 9, 16, 30
Valid on American via Dallas, Phoenix or LAX to Portland; via Philadelphia to RI
Photo: Cannon Beach, about 90 minutes northwest from Portland


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Eurostar Sale
A 10-day flash sale is underway with discounts on Eurostar trains from London to Paris, Lille, Calais and Brussels for as little as £29 (about $35) for Standard class seats. With discounts also offered on return trips, round-trip travel from/to London are as low as £58.
Sale fares are available for March 21-May 25 travel (excluding March 31, April 17).
Eurostar passengers traveling to Paris, Brussels and Lille can also take advantage of 2-for-1 entry into a range of top museums and galleries including Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Bozar in Brussels, and Le Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille, all by simply showing their Eurostar tickets.
Eurostar benefits include a quick and convenient check-in, a seamless city-centre to city-centre journey, and a generous baggage allowance. Passengers traveling on the new e320 train enjoy free wi-fi and over 300 hours of entertainment – all streamed straight to a phone, tablet or laptop.
Purchase tickets by March 16. A £3 booking fee applies to credit card purchases.  

New at Graceland
A major new attraction at Graceland opened this week — ‘Elvis Presley’s Memphis’ — a $45 million 200,000-square-foot complex/exhibit with clothing he wore on stage and guitars he played; a showcase of the cars he owned and used; a soundstage; a theater; two restaurants and retail stores.
The opening comes just before the 40th anniversary of Presley’s death on August 16, 1977, at age 42.
Adults entrance is $57.50 for a standard tour of the house and access to the complex. 
The new complex is part of a $140 million expansion, which also includes a $90 million, 450-room hotel – Guest House at Graceland.
The complex replaces the aging buildings that have housed Presley-related exhibits for years. An old, gray, strip-mall style visitor center will be torn down to make room for a greenspace along Elvis Presley Boulevard, the street that runs in front of the house.
Visitors to Graceland can now use iPads for self-guided tours of the house. The new Guest House at Graceland replaced the crumbling Heartbreak Hotel, which is scheduled for demolition.
Gladys’ Diner, named after the singer’s mother, has the feel of a 1950s eatery, complete with pictures of Presley, aqua-colored chairs and stations where patrons can order hot dogs, burgers and ice cream.
There’s also Presley’s favorite: Gladys’ World Famous Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich, fried in bacon grease. Another PB&B sandwich is cooked in butter.
Across a wide walkway lies the automobile museum, filled with some of Presley’s favorite toys. Among them is a pink 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood and a sleek, black 1973 Stutz Blackhawk that he drove the day he died.
The walkway leads to the 20,000-square foot museum called ‘Elvis: The Entertainer,’ which features white and purple jumpsuits he wore during concerts and gold-colored guitars he played on stage.
Several retail stores line the complex. A second restaurant, a barbecue joint called Vernon’s Smokehouse — named after Presley’s father — will also open. So will an exhibition focused on Sam Phillips, the Sun Records producer and rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who recorded Presley for the first time.
The complex is still being finished. Priscilla Presley said there’s a warehouse full of artifacts, ready for display.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire at any time.   Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal – and then figure out a reason to go there! Eventually, you’ll see the world at a fraction of the normal price!

This weekend! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$146 Cincinnati OH
Start travel on flights operating after 7P today, March 11 or on any available flight Saturday, March 11
Return Sunday, March 12 or Monday from 11A-3P or after 11A on Tuesday, March 14
Valid on Delta, nonstop
See more last-minute Delta deals for this weekend!

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$186 Buffalo NY / nonstop Delta
$206 Newark NJ / nonstop United
$206 New York-JFK / nonstop Delta
A 21-day advance purchase required
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid daily through February 4, 2018
No blackout dates

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$224 Islip NY, or $112 each way
$224 New Haven CT, or $112 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday through June 14 
Also valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday from August 22-September 27
Valid on American via Philadelphia
Purchase by March 16

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$232 New York-LaGuardia, or $116 each way
April 8, 9, 23; May 14, 21, 25, 26; June 25, 29, 30; July 9, 16, 30; September 17; November 17, 26, 27; December 22, 26; January 1
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through February 3, 2018 on American, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$242 Portland ME
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through August 12 on American via Philadelphia or Washington DC
Blackout dates: April 8, 9, 23; May 14, 21, 25, 26; June 25, 29, 30; July 9, 16, 30

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$407 Toronto, Ontario, or $207 north, $200 south
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through May 31 on United, nonstop

HURRY! London Stopovers! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$589 Abu Dhabi, UAE
Depart April 1-June 15; July 4-October 31; November 21-December 5 or December 24-January 10
Valid daily on Virgin Atlantic to London; Etihad Airway to Abu Dhabi
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to a year
Rates are $693 with London stopovers
Note: Peak season rates to London from Atlanta average $1,400 on Delta or British Airways

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$628 Venice, Italy
Depart by May 11; August 20-October 28 or December 15-23Valid Sunday-Thursday in each direction or add $50 each way for Friday, Saturday travel
A 7-night minimum stay required; one year max
Valid on Delta via Paris or Amsterdam (stopovers not permitted)
Nonstop Delta flights to Venice offered seasonally from June 1-September 29 (to Venice Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; from Venice Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday)
Purchase by April 6

TODAY! Round-trip from San Francisco:
$725 San Francisco to Sydney
Depart May 2-June 7, July 29-September 17 or November 1-December 10
Add $25 each way for Friday-Sunday travel
Valid on United, nonstop
Purchase today March 10
Purchase a separate round-trip ticket from Atlanta to San Francisco for $236 for a total ATL-SYD-ATL of $961

TODAY! Round-trip from Los Angeles:
$739 Los Angeles to Sydney
Depart May 2-June 7, July 29-September 17 or November 1-December 10
Add $25 each way for Friday-Sunday travel
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase today March 10
RT ATL-LAX fares can be as low as $246 on nonstop Delta flights (must be purchased separately) for a total of $985 ATL-SYD-ATL

TODAY! Round-trip from Los Angeles:
$700 Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand
$729 Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia
Depart May 2-June 7, July 29-September 17 or November 1-December 10
Add $25 each way for Friday-Sunday travel
Valid on United, nonstop
Purchase today, March 10
RT ATL-LAX fares can be as low as $246 on nonstop Delta flights 

HURRY! GO NOW! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$750 Amsterdam, Netherlands
$778 Paris
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week
Or, depart through May 12; August 23-October 31 or December 11-23
Stay at least one Saturday or up to a year
Valid on United via Newark to AMS, via Washington DC to PAR

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply to budget and sale rates on most airlines for a carry-on bag, checked baggage and advance seat assignments. The least expensive fees are charged when these options are purchased during the ticket booking process. Fees climb higher after flights are reserved and even higher when adding these options at airport check-in. Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines.  

How do you find these great airfare deals? Visit Clark’s Atlanta Travel Tips page for a step-by-step search and booking guide.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Moxy in London
Moxy Hotels, a Marriott brand, has recently opened its first hotel in London.
Moxy London Excel is located near London City Airport and the city’s East End. The hotel features bright and airy lobbies, playful communal spaces, a Moxy library, a gym, a buzzing bar and elevator photo booths – complete with props.
Contemporary guest rooms range from Standard to Family size and have sound-reducing walls, 42′ LCD flat screen televisions, complimentary WiFi, abundant USB ports, deep-seated armchairs, and a fun floor-to-ceiling art piece.
Moxy’s 24/7 B&F (Beverage & Food) is self-serve and the dining area offers lots of options for food and drink, fresh juices and a coffee bar. An evening Crockpot entrée is served along with a variety of cocktails, craft beers and specialty wines. The full-service bar doubles as the hotel’s check-in, where guests are greeted with a complimentary ‘Got Moxy’ cocktail upon arrival.
Special opening rates at the new Moxy London Excel begin at £89, or about $108

New NE Florida Hotel
The TRYP by Wyndham Sebastian St. Augustine hotel brings together beaches, outdoor concerts, and a Fountain of Youth to your next Florida getaway.
The hotel is minutes from downtown St. Augustine, where visitors can explore St. George Street with its unique shops and boutiques, enjoy live entertainment, and take in the vibrant sidewalk scene.
On site is an outdoor pool and fire pit, 24-hour fitness center, a lobby bar, convenience store and premium guest rooms (at least 500 square feet) with a balcony overlooking the San Sebastian River.
The hotel’s family suites offer defined, separate areas designed specifically for kids and adults.
The onsite gastrobar offers locally inspired tapas-style dishes throughout the day and night and wine from the nearby award-winning San Sebastian Winery.
The coastal city of St. Augustine takes pride in being known as the oldest city in the U.S., and is home to magnificent Spanish colonial architecture, with access to stunning Atlantic Ocean beaches.
Midweek rates from $144 a night. 


Travel e-Scapes is brought to you by Clara Bosonetto, Team Clark Travel Editor. Follow Clara on Twitter.


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