Travel e-Scapes: April 24, 2018

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Iceland

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$464-$482 Reykjavik, Iceland
Depart most days from May 29 through September 8
Finish trips on or before September 20
Valid on Air Canada via Toronto or United via Newark


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

NPS Update
The National Park Service plans to more than double the peak-season entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks, including Acadia, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Denali, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Joshua Tree, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, Olympic, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Shenandoah, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Zion, as early as May 1. The proposal, which is expected to be approved by the NPS, will hike fees from about $25-$30 per carload to $70 during the park’s busiest five months. The fee for motorcycles would rise to $50 from $25, while pedestrians and cyclists would be charged $30, up from $15.
However, the Trump administration’s proposal to increase entrance fees landed with a thud when it was presented in November, and park officials say they are now reconsidering it.
Only 118 of the country’s 417 national park sites charge an entrance fee, so most will still be free to enter.
If you frequent national parks that charge admission, consider buying an annual pass ($80 at federal recreation sites or $85 at store.usgs.gov/pass).
Park visitors who are 62 or older can purchase a lifetime pass for $80 in person or $90 online or by mail.
Current members of the military and their dependents can receive a free annual pass by showing a military ID at a federal recreation site that issues passes.
If you missed the April 21 fee-free day in our national parks, mark your calendars for the next dates when the entrance fee is free to everyone:
September 22: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day

Biking Italian-Style
A stunning new floating bicycle path is under construction along Italy’s Lake Garda. The path has already been called Europe’s most beautiful bike ride and when complete, the path will measure nearly 87 miles, circling the entirety of the lake.
Built off the side of the surrounding cliffs, and in some places even skimming the surface of the water, the idea is to give cyclists the sensation of floating or flying over the lake.
The project is aimed at boosting the growing sector of bike tourism in Italy, which already draws around 220,000 visitors to the country each year.
It will also allow tourists to get a new perspective on one of the country’s most loved sites, and bring them to some of the lesser visited villages in the area.
The route is intended to suit all levels of cycling ability, though some stretches will be harder than others and it will be possible to take alternative methods of transport, such as boats, to bypass the toughest uphill parts of the journey.
Some parts of the route are already in place, but anyone hoping to complete the full circuit still has a while to wait until 2021.
Have a peek at the current construction and future concept at YouTube.


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!

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta:
$29 Orlando / Valid May 1-23
$32-$59 Orlando / June
$59 Orlando / July
$46-$56 August 1 through November 14
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$88 Denver, or $44 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays through June 4
Valid on United
Purchase by May 7

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$94 Providence, Rhode Island, or $47 each way
Valid Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays from May 1 through June 12
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$110 Miami, or $55 each way
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!
Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays through May 23; June 5-27; July 3-31; August 1-29; September 4-26
Rates are $68 each way starting in October
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$110 Boston, or $55 each way
Valid most dates from May 15 through June 27
Rates average $72-$86 from June 28
Valid on JetBlue or Delta, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$168 St. Louis, or $84 each way
Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Saturdays
Depart May 8-June 13 or July 21-October 31
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by May 3

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$187 Providence, Rhode Island, or $94 each way
Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays in May; Mondays-Wednesdays June-August; daily September, October
Finish trips on or before November 10
Valid on Delta, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$264 Phoenix, or $132 each way
Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Saturdays from August 21 through October 31
Rates average $142-$168 each way on other days of the week through November 3
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$290 Aspen or Vail-Eagle, Colorado
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays through May 30
No minimum stay required
Rates are $300 round-trip on Fridays
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$298 San Diego, or $149 each way
Valid most dates from September 10 through December 10
Valid on JetBlue via Boston

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$462 Bogota, Columbia
Valid Wednesdays only on August 15-December 5 or January 9-March 6 departures
Valid on Delta, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$753-$780 Nairobi, Kenya
A 10-day advance purchase required
Stay a minimum of any 7 nights
Depart September 19 through December 6 or January 7-March 5
Finish trips on or before March 18
Valid on Delta/KLM via Amsterdam
Purchase by April 27

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

NOTE: Additional charges now apply to budget 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.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

New England Spring
Enjoy peaceful New England beaches and shoulder season savings during April and May.
The Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club in Cape Cod offers rates from $175 a night (regularly $445 in high season). Guests can golf, play tennis and enjoy free bike rentals at this 429-acre property. The resort has two indoor pools, a heated outdoor pool, and several hot tubs.
Rates from $189 a night (vs. $329 high season) at Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina includes a complimentary water taxi to the heart of Newport for strolling along the Cliff Walk or touring the town’s historic mansions. A three-tiered deck with several fire pits overlooks the Newport harbor.
Newport’s 33-room Grace Vanderbilt mansion, built in 1909 offers rates from $390 a night on stays before Memorial Day weekend (compare to high season of $600). This boutique hotel has a spa with an indoor pool and a blooming garden terrace where cocktails and boozy Popsicles are served.

Arizona Vacations
Be an early bird and book the lowest available summer rates in Arizona! But pay attention to extra gotchas such as parking and per night resort fees.
Rates from $130 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess when booked by April 30 for stays through September 11. The Early Bird Upgrade Your Summer package includes a room upgrade. The first night of stay must be prepaid and is non-refundable. Blackout dates: June 19-23; June 30-July 4; July 10-12, 14-19, 23-25 and 28; August 25; and September 6.
The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass offers $89 per night rates on select dates with the Early Chiyer special. Book by April 27 for stays between May 28 and August 30. Refer to rate plan EARLY.
The Gainey Suites Hotel in Scottsdale offers rates from $99 per night for a studio king suite and two welcome drinks through Travelzoo. The hotel also offers free breakfast and a nightly reception with drinks and appetizers. No resort fees! Book by April 27 for stays between May 19 and September 9.
A $153 per night deal at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix includes a $100 daily dining credit and 20% savings on golf and spa services. The dining credit is divided into four $25 vouchers. Book by April 30 for stays through September 9. Refer to promo code P5.
The hip, mid-century Hotel Valley Ho of Scottsdale offers rates from $89 a night during a three-day sale that begins April 30. Returning guests get two free drinks and a room upgrade.
Reservation must be prepaid and cannot be changed or canceled. Book April 30-May 2 for stays between April 30 and September 30.
The newly opened Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley offers rates from $79 a night during a three-day sale that begins May 7. Returning guests get two free drinks and a room upgrade. The deal includes a reduced nightly resort fee of $18, down from the usual $32. Valid on stays from May 7 through September 30.

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


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