Travel e-Scapes: July 21, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Long Island, New York

Travel e-Scapes: 03212017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$204 Islip, Suffolk County, New York, or $102 each way
Start travel on or after August 22
Finish trips on or before December 16
Not valid Fridays or Sundays
Blackout dates: September 1, 4; November 21, 22, 25-27
Valid on American via Philadelphia


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Tourist Crowd Measures
In a move that could signal the future of your national park vacation, Zion National Park officials are thinking of moving to a reservation system for entry into the iconic red rock cathedral to protect resources and ensure the enjoyment of visitors.
It’s an idea being considered more and more in recent years by superintendents as record-breaking crowds strain places like Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Zion, and many other parks.
“On Memorial Day Sunday, we had 30,300 people in the park that day,” John Marciano, the park’s public affairs spokesman, said Saturday. “That’s nuts. No one has a good time.”
Visitation to Zion has gone up 60% over the past decade, to more than 4.3 million a year. While the park years ago moved to requiring visitors to ride shuttle buses into the famous canyon unless they had lodging reservations, the shuttle system has bogged down with increasing demand.
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Don’t bring your selfie stick to Milan. The ban comes as the city seeks to tackle anti-social and rowdy behaviour during the peak summer months. The new regulation, effective August 13, also targets food trucks and street sellers, and the sale of any drinks in glass bottles or cans.
Earlier this year the mayor of Florence announced a plan to deal with loitering tourists who leave their rubbish behind – the steps of the Renaissance city’s most popular churches would be hosed down with water around lunchtime so people wouldn’t be able to sit down and eat.
And in Italy’s capital of Rome, the mayor signed an order aimed at protecting its ancient fountains, some of which have been vandalised or soiled over the years. Tourists caught climbing on, bathing in, or picnicking near the capital’s monumental fountains risk fines up to 240 euros ($375).

Calling All Sculptors
The first permanent underwater sculpture park in the U.S. will soon be attracting fish and scuba divers to the Gulf waters off of Walton County, Florida, thanks to a partnership between the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) of Walton County and the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA).
The CAA has put out a call to artists, locally and world-wide, inviting them to submit applications for proposed sculptures to populate the Underwater Museum of Art, which should include:
1) A sketch of the concept or at least three images of a constructed piece
2) Artist’s resume and statement
3) Three images of past projects
Up to six works will be selected, with chosen artists receiving a $2,000 stipend per work chosen, plus $500 per work to be used toward shipping costs. The deadline for application is August 11, with a goal of having the artwork deployed as artificial reefs by the end of summer 2018.
The artwork will be positioned at depths of about 60’ of water, roughly .7 miles off of Grayton Beach State Park.
More artwork/reefs will be deployed in subsequent years to expand the number of sculptures in the Underwater Museum of Art.
The art will be built atop grouper box reefs that weigh approximately 4,000 lbs and provide proven effective fish habitat.
Currently, Gulf coastal waters off Walton County are 95% barren sand flats. Deployment of sculpture as artificial reefs will provide a source of biological replenishment and protective marine habitat where none exists.


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!

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$92 Orlando, or $46 each way
Valid Tuesday or Wednesday
Start travel on or after August 22
Finish trips on or before November 1
Blackout dates: August 31; September 5; October 4, 10
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase today, July 21

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$116 Miami, or $58 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Wednesday or Saturday through March 7, 2018
Blackout dates: September 17; November 26, 27; December 22, 26; January 1, 2
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$138 Austin, Texas, or $69 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday through August 31
Valid on Frontier, nonstop (not daily)

GO NOW! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$188 Denver, or $94 each way
A 3-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through August 16
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$356 Portland, Oregon, or $178 each way
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Start travel on or after August 14
Finish trips on or before August 26
Valid on Alaska or Delta, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$362 Durango, Colorado
$401 Aspen
$420 Vail-Eagle
A 30-day advance purchase required
Valid Sunday-Wednesday west; Tuesday-Friday east
Add $21 per direction for other days
Finish trips on or before November 1
Valid on American via Dallas
Purchase by August 2

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$716 Beijing, China
Depart September 2-October 5
Add $50 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
A 10-night minimum stay required
Valid on Delta via Seattle
Purchase by July 26

GO NOW! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$780 Honolulu or Maui, or $390 each way
No advance purchase required
Add $10 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
Finish trips on or before August 20
Valid on Alaska via Seattle
Purchase by July 24
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Deals from other U.S. cities:

HURRY! Round-trip from Miami:
$578 Miami to Lisbon, Portugal
Valid daily on August 23-April 6, 2018 departures
No blackout dates!
A 7-night minimum stay required; one year max
Valid on British Airways via London
Stopovers not permitted

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply on most airlines for a 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 Travel Booking & Planning Guide page for airfare search tips.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Luxury in London
Coming off of a $20 million renovation, London’s Flemings Mayfair Hotel welcomes visitors with a Guaranteed U.S. Dollar Rate deal for stays through December 15.
This chic townhouse hotel blends English charm with cosmopolitan style with nods to 1930s glamor. The privately owned hotel is just a few minutes stroll to luxury boutiques of Old Bond Street, a 3-minute walk to the Green Park tube station and within an 8-minute walk from Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus and Hyde Park.
A two-night stay includes Deluxe accommodations, round-trip transfers from Heathrow Airport or the Eurostar train station, a 3-course lunch for two at the hotel’s sleek and clubby Ormer Mayfair restaurant, daily English breakfast and taxes. Rates from $900.
Guest rooms feature hand-stitched and hand-tufted beds, bathrooms with underfloor heating and free-standing stone baths and black-and-white artwork.

Downtown Austin
The first-ever Aloft hotel has opened in trendy downtown Austin in the 6th Street Entertainment District. Hang out in the indoor and outdoor spaces of Aloft’s multi purpose 2nd Floor, then walk to the Capitol, trendy shops, legendary music venues and street eats.
Grand Opening Offer perks include:
Fast & free WiFi throughout the hotel and ChiveTV in your guest room
Mix and mingle with signature cocktails at Upstairs at Caroline
24/7 Re:charge fitness center
Free bottled water and coffee, in room
Cowboy boot rentals
Bikes to Borrow with Element Austin Downtown
Valid for Thursday-Sunday arrivals through November 30. Book rates from $189 by July 27 and refer to rate plan LBPKG1.


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


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