Travel e-Scapes: May 17, 2016



Travel e-Scapes: May 17, 2016

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$292 Jackson Hole, Wyoming
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before August 15
Valid on United via Denver


Arizona Sky
Enjoy meeting your planetary neighbors – Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with its rings, and their moons – in the starry sky over Sedona, Arizona this month, June or July.
The Sedona area is among the best night-sky-observing places in America. The town lacks ‘light pollution’ and is designated an International Dark Sky City.
Sedona Stargazing will be observing these three amazing planets ‘live’ on all scheduled tours through powerful telescopes to view awesome galaxies, star clusters, nebula, double stars, and other luminous objects with professional astronomers.
Lauded by TripAdvisor as one of the top 10 space-themed attractions in the U.S., the tour has been recommended as a must-see activity while visiting Sedona.
A Sedona stargazing tour includes an overview of the constellations in the night sky led by a knowledgeable and humorous astronomer – speaking in down-to- earth language and telling stories of what ancient civilizations thought about the constellations. All guests get an up- close view of six or more objects through a state-of-the-art telescope and are encouraged to ask questions.
Sedona Stargazing operates all year long, but only on evenings when the starry sky is vividly visible. For stargazing comfort, chairs and blankets are provided.
Tours are $60 per person; $35 ages 6 to 12. 

New in Orlando
Orlando’s newest attractions are bigger, bolder and better-than-ever. Visitors this summer can save an additional 5% on already discounted attraction tickets at with the New For Summer promo code: NFS2016. Purchase by June 15. Find more information, including exclusive insider tips, opening dates as they are released and the latest news on Orlando’s summer happenings at
Universal’s Islands of Adventure ‘Skull Island: Reign of Kong’ will honor one of the most monumental figures in movie history, King Kong. Guests will board massive off-road vehicles and explore ancient temple structures while encountering hostile natives and fending off unspeakable terrors.
The Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will debut on July 14 as the fifth onside hotel at Universal Orlando Resort with 1,000 rooms and suites with an old-world Caribbean theme, built around a 16,000 square foot, resort-style pool and towering waterfall.
Epcot guests can cool off in the kingdom of Arendelle when the highly-anticipated attraction ‘Frozen Ever After’ opens in the Norway Pavilion. The popular attraction ‘Soarin” at Epcot is now an updated version of the ride, called ‘Soarin’ Around the World’ with a new film to far-flung lands and an extra theater to accommodate more guests.
This summer will see the debut of four new shows across the parks: The Force at Hollywood Studios, including a new character-filled stage show already open, ‘Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away,’ and the upcoming nightly ‘Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,’ combining fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects and video projections to be the most elaborate fireworks display to take place in the history of the park.
Animal Kingdom will feature a new night time show starting at the end of May, ‘The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic’ Show, inspired by the live-action film.
Mickey Mouse and his friends will welcome favorite characters from some of Disney’s newest classics in the live stage show ‘Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire,’ debuting in June at the Magic Kingdom.
Thrill-seekers have a new challenge coming on June 10: ‘Mako,’ a brand new 200-foot-tall coaster. Named for one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks, it will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster, reaching speeds of 73 mph as it races along 4,760 feet of steel track. The hypercoaster will be the centerpiece of the newly-themed two-acre plaza. The surrounding realm will be fully shark-themed, providing guests with the opportunity to learn about the impact humans have on sharks and why these animals are critical to the environment.


Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire at anytime.   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, each way:
$70 Allentown, Knoxville, Myrtle Beach or Savannah
$76 Dayton, Norfolk or Charleston WVA
$81 Richmond
$85 Madison
$111 Orange County-Santa Ana
$121 Sacramento or San Jose
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before June 22
Valid on American via Charlotte, Chicago or Philadelphia
United matches to select cities via Newark or Washington DC

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$324 Cancun
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before September 1
No blackout dates!
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by May 23

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$818 Stockholm, Sweden or Oslo, Norway
$869 Bergen, Norway (DL/KL)
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!
Add $35 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
Depart through June 14
Stay one weekend or up to six months
Valid on United/Lufthansa via Newark or Frankfurt; Air France/Delta/KLM via Amsterdam or Paris or American/British Airways via London
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by May 30 

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$623 Stockholm
$645 Copenhagen
Valid any available day of the week
Depart September 28-March 25, 2017
No year-end holiday blackout dates
Valid on United/SAS via Newark or Washington DC
Purchase by May 30 

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$708 Nairobi, Kenya
Add $35 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
Depart August 16-November 20
A 7-night minimum stay required or up to four months
Valid on Qatar via Doha
Stopovers permitted
Purchase by May 22


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 added during the flight 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. 


New Digs in NOLA
Moxy New Orleans is now open in New Orleans, located steps away from the French Quarter on O’Keefe Avenue. This boutique hotel will shake up the traditional hospitality experience for the city’s millennial-minded traveler. Moxy features stylish design, but at a way more affordable price point.
The hotel’s style features an industrial chic look and aesthetic of polished concrete floors, exposed concrete columns, and open ceilings.
‘Moxified’ features include mobile check-in and check-out; keyless entry and motion sensor lighting; internet TV in-room featuring Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Pandora and Crackle; abundant power and USB outlets; and furiously fast and free WiFi.
Guests can enjoy the NOW living room – a public space to work and play – on a couch with mobile device in hand, in a lively scene at the bar or playing table top and game tables. The communal areas feature ample plug-ins for personal devices, a library zone to enjoy a quiet read, and the Moxy Digital Guestbook for streaming videos and pictures via Instagram.
Moxy ‘B&F’ (beverage & food) is a 24/7 self-service concept with quick to-go bites or a 4-pack of local craft beers to-go. The hotel will serve up creative happy hours with a cool local DJ or a chill acupuncture happy hour.
Nightly rates range from $99-189 during high season, from $69-129 in low season.
Moxy Hotels, which first launched in Milan in September 2014, is entering the U.S. market in major metropolitan locations including Tempe, Arizona (now open), New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Nashville. Upcoming international openings include Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Oslo, Aberdeen, and London.

Off Season in Arizona
The newly renovated Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort in Tucson has a trio of low rates and package deals for visitors in the off-peak summer season. Valid Memorial Day through Labor Day, standard room rates start at $109 per night.
The Leisure Escapes Package starts at $129 per night and includes $50 resort credit for dining, shopping or spa services (code RPTVS1).
The All-Inclusive Resort Dining Package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for two at any of the resort’s five restaurants at rates from $179 per night (code 2T).
All guests can use the resort’s revamped pools (including a main pool and kids’ pool with waterslide) and participate in complimentary morning fitness classes and dive-in movies. 

Hot Cali Deal
The 45-acre Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa near Palm Springs offers rooms starting from $100 a night (lowest on weekdays) and free breakfast for those who stay at a minimum of three nights on the ‘Sunshine on Sale’ package.
Chill out at the resort’s seven swimming pools, including one with a new oval-shaped water slide called the DesertPipe. Rates include daily breakfast for two at the Lantana Restaurant. An additional $25 daily resort fee includes WiFi, golf course shuttle, exercise classes and other amenities. Valid for stays from June 7 through September 1. 

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

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