Travel e-Scapes: December 22, 2015

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Travel e-Scapes: December 22, 2015

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$714 Dublin
$745 Shannon
$754 Cork
Travel any available day of the week (a $60 value if you travel on weekends!)
Depart March 1-May 15
Stay a Saturday night or up to 6 months
Valid on British Airways via London
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by December 25
Note: AARP members can save even more!  Find out at Clark’s Travel Tips 


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

National Parks Narration
If you’ve ever enjoyed a road trip, but wondered what exactly you were looking at, now there’s an app for that. 
The Just Ahead smartphone app acts as a GPS-triggered audio guide, and recently released new guides to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
In Yellowstone, the tour covers 600 stories related to geysers, wildlife and folklore.
The Grand Teton guide highlights natural features like Jackson Lake and Teton Glacier and covers the human history of the area from American Indians to cattle ranchers and early mountaineers. 
The app provides day-trip suggestions and works without Internet connectivity as an audio guidebook. With web access, the program’s GPS tracking offers stories and maps related to the user’s location. 
The apps are available for both iPhone and Android platforms and guides cost $7.99 to $9.99 each.
Current available guide apps:
Yosemite National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
Zion National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument
Bryce Canyon National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Death Valley National Park
Sequoia National Park 
Kings Canyon National Park
Arches National Park 
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Interstate 15: Los Angeles to St. George, Utah via Las Vegas and Hoover Dam
Rocky Mountain National Park
Coming soon:
Black Hills of South Dakota
Mt. Rushmore National Memorial
Badlands National Park
Mesa Verde National Park
Petrified Forest National Park

America’s Cup
America’s Cup racing will return to New York for the first time since 1920 with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series on May 7-8, 2016. The New York event is one of six planned during 2016, each featuring thrilling, high-speed competition, as six America’s Cup teams, with the top sailors in the world, vie for points that count towards the final competition in Bermuda for the 35th America’s Cup in May and June, 2017.
The 2016 calendar promises hard-fought racing on the foiling AC45F catamarans that fly above the water.
Racing action will take place on the lower Hudson River off the Battery Park City Esplanade (between the Pier 25 basin to the north and The Battery to the south).
Other America’s Cup racing locations:
Muscat, Oman: February 26-28
Chicago: June 10-12
Portsmouth, England: July 22-24
Europe (TBA): mid-September
Asia (TBA): mid-November
The New York event is an historic milestone of sorts. America’s Cup racing was held in New York harbor and environs from 1870 to 1920, representing the first 13 challenges for the oldest trophy in international sport. 


SPECIAL DOMESTIC OFFERS

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:
$43 Miami
$68 Los Angeles
A 3-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before February 27
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$48 New York City-LaGuardia
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday or Wednesday
Complete travel on or before January 27
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$58 New York City-LaGuardia
A 7-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before April 4
Blackout dates: March 13, 20, 28
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$68 Miami
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before May 11
Blackout dates: March 13, 20, 28
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$107 Boston
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before June 3
Valid on United via Newark

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$130 San Diego
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before April 5
Valid on United via Houston

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$132 Portland, Oregon
$152 San Francisco
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before March 2
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth or Phoenix

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. 


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT DEALS

Santa Fe Winter Adventure
In winter, Santa Fe is one of the top destinations for skiers and snowboarders. This season, The Lodge at Santa Fe offers the ‘Up to Snow Good’ package for stays through March 31.
Rates start from $69 per night and include: 

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Breakfast burrito for two daily
  • Shuttle service to the Santa Fe Plaza (five minutes away)
  • Complimentary storage for ski and snowboarding gear
  • Complimentary WiFi and parking
  • Local Treasures 15% discount coupon for use at local galleries, shops, restaurants and attractions

The Lodge at Santa Fe is perched on a hilltop overlooking downtown Santa Fe, with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  The boutique hotel features an outdoor pool and hot tub (seasonal), Garduño’s Restaurant & Cantina and the Cabaret Theatre featuring a variety of performances on site.

Ski Utah
A brand-new Hyatt Place Park City is set to open in early February and will be located off Route 224 — providing easy access to some of Park City’s best attractions, including Deer Valley Resort, Utah Olympic Park, Park City’s Historic Main Street District and Park City Mountain Resort (now one of the single largest ski resorts in the U.S.). The hotel will be about a 30-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport.
The 122-room hotel will offer: 

  • Guest rooms with separate spaces to sleep, work and play, as well as a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper
  • Expanded ski storage area for guest equipment
  • 24/7 Gallery Menu with freshly prepared meals at any time of day and packaged sandwiches and salads
  • a.m. Kitchen Skillet, a free hot breakfast with breakfast sandwiches, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals, pastries, and more
  • Coffee to Cocktails Bar featuring specialty coffees and premium beers, wines and cocktails
  • Odds & Ends program for forgotten items that guests can buy, borrow or enjoy free
  • 24-hour StayFit Gym featuring cardio equipment with LDC touchscreens
  • Complimentary hotel-wide WiFi 

Per night rates from $153.


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


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