Travel e-Scapes: May 16, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Israel

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Boston, Chicago or Newark (one-way permitted):
$298 to Tel Aviv, Israel, or $149 each way
Service begins September 12
Seats available to book for travel through March 2018
Valid on WOW Air
Combine with a separate ticket (ATL-BOS-ATL) from $124 round-trip for a total of $422 to Israel
All amenities, such as seat assignment, meals, and bags are available for an extra cost
Photo: Jaffa


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Animal Lover Parks
The 59 US National Parks invite the public to enjoy nature, recharge their spirits, and pass on wonderful travel memories to future generations. Ever since the National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916, the organization has been protecting and preserving our sacred public lands and the wildlife that call these areas home.
Green Global Travel has chosen the 4 Best National Parks in the USA for wildlife watching.
Denali National Park, Alaska: The state is home to eight stunning National Parks where you can find America’s “Big 5”: Caribou, Moose, Dall Sheep, Wolves, and Grizzly Bears. Denali located in the heart of the state spans six million acres. In addition to the Big 5, the park is also home to Lynx, Wolverines, Coyotes, Marmots and Red Foxes.
Olympic National Park, Washington: Situated in the northwest corner of Washington, Olympic offers a diverse range of ecosystems, including glacier-topped mountains, temperate rainforests, and sandy beaches along the rugged Pacific coast. In the lowland rainforests, majestic Roosevelt Elk can be spotted grazing before a backdrop of picturesque views. The park is home to the biggest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt Elk in the Pacific Northwest.
Channel Islands National Park, California: Known as the “Galapagos of North America,” this archipelago of five isolated islands off the southern coast of California is home to vast colonies of Elephant Seals. The Elephant Seal gets its name from the long, trunk-like protrusion on the face of the males. It’s used for making loud, roaring sounds during mating rituals. Elephant Seals were hunted to near-extinction by the end of 19th Century, but their populations have since recovered. More than 50,000 of these massive mammals breed along the coasts of the Channel Islands and can be seen on many beaches on Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands. Take a challenging 15-mile round-trip hike to Point Bennett, on the western tip of San Miguel. They’re you’ll see thousands of honking Elephant Seals sprawled all over the beach.
Saguaro National Park, Arizona: Named after the towering cacti that dot the landscape, the park is located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert and separated by the city of Tucson. This 91,400-acre park is home to Coyotes, Foxes, Jackrabbits, Kangaroo Rats, Roadrunners, and Hummingbirds.

Kids Fly Free
British Airways offers a Kids Fly Free program with round-trip flights from London Heathrow in economy class for children under 12 to Belfast, Inverness, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, and Billund in Denmark, the home of Legoland.
Kids must travel with at least one full-paying adult between June 1 and October 31. Adult fares range start from £37 each way to Billund and from £44 to Inverness, Scotland (based on advance purchase and seat availability).
Book tickets by October 1 at British Airways.
Other family-friendly deals include free kids’ travel on the Heathrow Express between Heathrow and Paddington (age 15 and under), kids eat free deals at Huxleys1 and Giraffe2 – an exclusive offer for British Airways customers, at London Heathrow Terminal 5, plus kids-stay-free offers at selected Hilton Hotels3.


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!

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$234 Ft. Myers, or $117 each way
Travel south Sunday-Wednesday; Tuesday-Friday north
Valid August 22-November 1
Blackout dates: September 1, 4
Valid on Southwest, nonstop
Purchase by May 25

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$238 Los Angeles, or $119 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel west Monday-Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday; Tuesday-Saturday east
Finish trips on or before October 31
Blackout dates: June 15-August 13
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$416 Grand Cayman Island
$460 Montego Bay, Jamaica
$476 Aruba
$480 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
$483 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
$680 St. Maarten (Saturday only)
$740 Bonaire (Saturday only)
Valid Monday-Thursday only (see exception)
Start travel on or after August 22
Finish trips on or before November 2
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by May 25

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$542 Turks & Caicos
$617 San Jose, Costa Rica
$712 Liberia, Costa Rica
Valid daily starting on or after September 5
Finish trips on or before November 15
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid daily on Delta, nonstop (not daily to/from LIR)
Purchase by May 19
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Deals from other gateways:

Round-trip from San Francisco / Los Angeles (one-way permitted):
$456 SFO to Honolulu or Maui
$496 LAX to Honolulu or Maui
Valid west Sunday-Wednesday; Monday-Thursday east
Start travel on or after August 13
Finish trips on or before September 30
Valid on Virgin America, nonstop
Purchase by May 22

Round-trip from Boston:
$395 Boston to Frankfurt, Germany
Valid daily starting on or after October 21
Finish trips on or before December 13
Valid daily on Icelandair via Reykjavik
Stopovers permitted in either direction for up to one week
Purchase by May 30
Note: Round-trip ATL-BOS-ATL rates average $124 on JetBlue or Delta, nonstop for a total of $519 to two countries!

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

DC Rooftop
Surrounded by embassies and charming row homes in the historic neighborhood of Dupont Circle, The Embassy Row Hotel is Washington, D.C.’s only lifestyle hotel. The hotel features a lifestyle-driven lobby experience and The Rooftop, a newly reimagined seasonal bar complex boasting Dupont Circle’s only rooftop swimming pool with sweeping views of D.C. and Virginia. Since its reopening, the property has earned coveted awards including USA Today’s “Top 10 Best New Hotels in America,” Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top Hotels in Washington D.C.” and Weather.com’s “Top 25 Rooftop Pools in the World.”
Located on the 10th floor of the hotel, access to The Rooftop is complimentary for guests of the hotel (day passes for locals are $30 starting at 3P). There’s a heated pool, day beds, a shaded lounge area and a full dining and drinks menu that features specialty handcrafted cocktails and bar bites. Guests will also have access to pool games and entertainment, plus an assortment of floats, inflatables and water toys.
The Rooftop package includes accommodations and a $50 dining and beverage credit at rates from $139 a night.
The Rooftop will also host a series of fun weekly summer programs including underwater spinning class Splash Cycle, weekend sunrise rooftop yoga, Silent Disco dance parties on Friday nights (music is played only through wireless headphones), Sunday Elevate pool parties with rotating DJs, a summer concert series beginning in June, and dive-in movies projecting in the pool in August and September.

Celebrate Canada!
Wyndham Extra Holidays offers deals to five resort destinations in recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Relax in spacious family suites, most complete with all the comforts of home including private bedrooms, partially or fully equipped kitchen, separate dining and living areas, as well as the convenience of on-site laundry facilities and complimentary high-speed WiFi internet access. Kids can also enjoy their own room and TV, resort activities programs, and a new way to experience Canada’s natural wonders with a free 2017 Discovery Pass. This pass includes unlimited complimentary admission for visitors of all ages to Parks Canada’s natural and cultural heritage sites across the country throughout 2017.
Carriage Ridge Resort & Carriage Hills Resort, Horseshoe Valley, Ontario: $150 CAD ($110 USD)for a studio suite. The area offers an abundance of hiking and biking trails, as well as ATV rentals, zip lining and golf. One- or two-bedroom family suites, featuring fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes, living/dining areas, gas fireplaces and jetted tubs at higher rates.
WorldMark Canmore-Banff, Canmore, Alberta: 7-night stays in a one-bedroom suite with mini-kitchen and living/dining areas are $1,150 USD. The Rocky Mountains in southern Alberta are the perfect year-round recreational playground for hiking, fishing, boating, and climbing, with renowned snow sports in winter. The resort is located near Banff National Park and Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park. Picturesque Lake Louise is an ideal day-trip from the resort.
WorldMark Victoria, British Columbia: 7-night stays are $1,150 USD in a suite. Combining tranquil seaside charm with the great outdoors of British Columbia, WorldMark Victoria delivers mesmerizing views. Each suite is angled to maximize water views and features a gas fireplace. Take a dip in the outdoor pool or relax in the hot tub. Less than 300 yards from Fisherman’s Wharf Park, this coastal resort is ideal for exploring the local area.
Mountainside Lodge, Whistler, British Columbia: The resort is a one-minute walk to ski lifts and the village. Suites feature gas log fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and fully equipped kitchens. A heated pool and hot tub offers gorgeous views of the mountains. Stay seven nights for $1,150 CAD ($843 USD).
Book stays by July 1 for stays through December 31 at Wyndham Extra Holidays and refer to code CA150. Two- to seven-night minimum stay required, depending upon resort selected.


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


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