Travel e-Scapes: April 27, 2018

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Burlington, Vermont

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$214 Burlington, Vermont
Depart August 4 through March 2 (most northbound service is on Saturdays)
Final travel date is March 20
Valid on United via Washington DC-Dulles or Newark
Photo: Mount Mansfield, with a summit that peaks at 4,395 feet


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Smokies Summer Show!
In our national parks, you can find over 19 species of fireflies. The Elkmont fireflies are only one of the species in the Smoky Mountains – and the only species in America who can synchronize their light patterns. So it’s quite a sight when the Elkmont fireflies light up the night during the annual find-a-mate week, June 7-14.
Witness the spectacle in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer by entering a lottery system (randomized computer drawing system) to receive a necessary parking pass to the event. There will be 1,800 vehicle passes available for the event.
TODAY, April 27: Lottery opens at 12 p.m. noon EST
April 30: Lottery closes at 8 p.m. EST
May 9: Results of lottery announced
In the application process, you will apply for a regular pass or a large-vehicle pass. You will also choose 2 possible dates that you will be able to attend over the event period. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail on May 9.
Lottery winners will be charged a $20 reservation fee. The parking pass permits parking at Sugarlands Visitor Center and allows guests to ride the shuttle to the Elkmont viewing area. There is a $2 fee per person (cash only) to ride the shuttle.
Find out What to Take to See the Elkmont Fireflies in the Smoky Mountains and how to apply for a pass.

Venice News
Tourist numbers are expected to peak between Saturday, April 28 and Tuesday, May 1, which is a public holiday in Italy (and across Europe). The city will control tourist crowds by separating them from locals along visitor-only routes to the most popular landmarks. For years locals have complained that their day-to-day lives are made a misery by the invasion of visitors.
Venice is also debating on setting a limit on the number of visitors who can enter each day throughout the year.
These measures appeared to be a response to this year’s Easter long weekend, when Venice was inundated with even more tourists than usual and visitors had to wait for up to an hour to board the city’s vaporetto water buses.
The city’s population has dipped below 55,000, a historic low and a sharp drop from the 190,000 who lived there at the end of the Second World War.
The Greek island of Santorini and Dubrovnik in Croatia have recently put limits on the number of tourists they are prepared to absorb.
Nearly two million people visited Santorini last year, 850,000 of them on cruise ships. The mayor has capped the daily influx at 8,000, fearing that the Cycladic island is otherwise in danger of losing its charm.
Campaigners from Santorini, Dubrovnik, Venice, Corfu, and Rhodes gathered in Venice earlier this month to discuss how to control mass tourism.
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Water buses that transport locals and tourists through Venice’s canals will soon run on environmentally friendly biofuel, made from used cooking oils.
The fuel, which is 15% renewable, will be produced in a Venetian refinery and made using cooking oil from local households.
All of the city’s water buses will use the new fuel for a trial period of seven months, between April and October. Authorities will monitor emissions levels throughout the trial in order to decide if it should be extended.
This kind of fuel, which can reduce fuel consumption and the need for engine maintenance, has already been used in buses in Turin on a trial basis.
In late 2016, Venice added an electric water bus to its fleet as part of a move towards more eco-friendly public transport.
Boats are responsible for a large proportion of air pollution in Venice, though large cruise ships are the worst offenders. The biggest ships will soon be banned from the historic center.


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! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$114-$134 Austin, or $57-$67 each way
Valid west May 9-June 27
Valid east May 9-June 20
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$142 Manchester, NH or $71 each way
Valid north July 10-January 7
Valid south May 20-January 4
Routing is via Newark on United

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta to Atlantic City:
$148 July
$137 August
$139 September
Finish trips on or before October 22
Valid on Spirit, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$152 Salt Lake City, or $76 each way
Depart September 7-November 9
Fly east August 13-November 14
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$214 Burlington, Vermont
Depart August 4 through March 2 (most northbound service is on Saturdays)
Final travel date is March 20
Valid on United via Washington DC-Dulles or Newark

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$296 Vancouver, British Columbia, or $140 west, $156 east
Depart September 5-March 14, 2019
Valid on United via Chicago, Denver, or San Francisco

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$306 Portland, Oregon
Depart August 3-December 8 or January 3-March 3, 2019
Finish trips on or before March 20
Valid on United via Denver or Chicago

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$320 Tucson, or $160 each way
Depart May 18-October 3
Finish travel on or before September 25
Valid on United via Houston

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$953 Melbourne, Australia
Depart by June 20 and finish trips on or before July 19
Or, depart August 6-September 12 and finish trips on or before October 11
Or, depart November 5, 6 and return by December 6
Valid on United via Houston and LAX (2 stops)
Purchase by April 30

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$960 Sydney, Australia
Depart May -June 19 or July 25-September 17
Finish trips on or before October 16
Valid on United via San Francisco
Purchase by April 30
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Deals from other U.S. gateway airports:

HURRY! Round-trip from Miami:
$221 Miami to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Depart September 7-December 8 or January 10 through March 6
Finish trips on or before March 15, 2019
Valid on American, nonstop

NEWS! Round-trip to Hawaii from ????
Southwest has announced it will serve the Hawaiian Islands – Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Start date TBA. Departure airports TBA – but we suspect from west coast gateways of LAX, San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. Stay tuned!

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 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.


HOTELS, RESORTS & MORE

New in Savannah
This newest member of Starwood’s esteemed Luxury Collection, Perry Lane Hotel, offers elegant guestrooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a calendar of local on- and off-property experiences.
On-site will be a mom-and-pop coffee shop, a kitchen and wine market with a spacious outdoor patio and a shop for gourmet foods and bottles of wine. The rooftop pool and bar overlooks the surrounding cityscape from all-weather and open-air lounge areas. And the Wayward Lounge is a fresh take on the neighborhood watering hole.
Rates start from $239, including drink and dine credits:
1-night stay + $50 food and beverage credit
2-night stay + $100 food and beverage credit
3-night stay + $200 food and beverage credit
The Perry Lane opens on May 22. Book these intro rates for stays from June 1 through December.

New in Atlantic City
The $500 million Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City will open June 28 – replacing the Trump Taj Mahal. On deck are an ambitious 300 live shows to be held in the sprawling complex’s first year of operation. The summer concert series includes performances by Florida Georgia Line, Steely Dan, Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Toby Keith, and Rascal Flatts. The hotel/casino will also host the Broadway hit Kinky Boots in the fall.
In addition to 3,500 revamped hotel rooms with city and Atlantic Ocean views, the 17-acre complex will include a state-of-the-art casino (with all marble floors, 2,200 slots, and 125 table games), 20 restaurants, and two theaters. In keeping with the Hard Rock’s high-wattage, rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic, the brand new façade will feature an 80-foot guitar and an LED light show.
Rates start from $179 mid-week in August and from $399 weekends. Per night rates in September start from $109 mid-week to $209 weekends and from $99 in October and November.
Another new casino taking up residence in a once-vacant Atlantic City tower. The Ocean Resort Casino aims for a June 28 opening, the same day as Hard Rock on the former site of the Revel.
Once opened, the 6.4 million-square-foot luxury casino hotel will feature a 138,000-square-foot casino floor, 1,399 hotel rooms, five swimming pools, a sun deck and a fitness center operated by Hyatt’s Exhale Spa brand. The casino-hotel will also house the world’s largest virtual golf experience, with 11 simulation bays, a lounge and ocean views. Reservations and room rates coming soon…


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


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