Travel e-Scapes: June 18, 2015

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Travel e-Scapes: June 18, 2015

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$136 Salt Lake City
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before May 13, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Dallas or Phoenix
One stopover permitted and may not exceed six hours


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Blast Off!
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests can experience the stunning sights and powerful sounds of the June 26 launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled for 11:09 a.m. EDT, with four exclusive launch viewing locations. The Falcon 9 rocket will lift off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for this seventh of 14 resupply missions by SpaceX for NASA, delivering food and supplies, including new science experiments and technology research, to the crew aboard the International Space Station. As a secondary payload, CRS-7 will also carry the International Docking Adapter, the first of two adapters that will assist with docking future commercial crew spacecraft, including the Boeing CST-100 and the SpaceX Crew Dragon. The launch will be followed by the third landing attempt on a custom-built ocean platform by the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket.
View the June 26 launch from:

  • The NASA Causeway includes an exclusive, up-close view of the rocket on the launch pad and during lift off, as well as live launch commentary and bleacher seating. This is an outdoor viewing site with no covered viewing so bring hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Launch Transportation Tickets are $49, in addition to admission.
  • The LC-39 Observation Gantry offers a premium, up-close view of the rocket on the launch pad and during lift off. Just miles away from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, guests can feel the force of the launch and hear the roar of the engines. This area features lawn and bleacher seating, as well as live launch commentary. The viewing package includes launch transportation, a light snack and a souvenir T-shirt. Tickets are $49 in addition to admission.
  • The Apollo/Saturn V Center is located within Kennedy Space Center and the viewing area features an open lawn and bleacher section overlooking the scenic Banana River. The area includes live launch commentary, food and retail available for purchase, and indoor restroom facilities. Launch viewing from this area is included in daily admission.
  • Located at the main Visitor Complex, viewing adjacent to Space Shuttle Atlantis also is included in daily admission. The viewing area offers guests a view of the rocket once it clears the tree line. Bleacher seating, an open lawn viewing area and live launch commentary are provided.

Admission to the Visitor Complex is $50 adults; $40 children 3-11. Visitor Complex hours on June 26 are 8 a.m. -7 p.m.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, 45 minutes from Orlando, brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, Shuttle Launch Experience, IMAX Hubble 3D and Journey to Space films, Astronaut Encounter, Journey to Mars, Rocket Garden and many other interactive exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, featuring historic spacecraft and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, which opens daily at noon. 

Shard Garden
The Shard, located on the south bank of the River Thames, is one of London’s newest landmarks with views over the city for up to 40 miles. If clouds spoil your view, visitors can return for a another free look within three months.
Guests ride in high-speed ‘kaleidoscopic’ elevators to the first triple-height viewing platform on Level 69. Explore the 200 landmarks with interactive touchscreen telescopes and alternative day, night, sunrise and sunset views. Guest Ambassadors are on hand to answer any questions.
Ascend to Level 72, the open-air viewing gallery, to gaze up to the very top of the building as the shards of glass that form the spire disappear into the sky. The View from The Shard also features two boutiques; including The Sky Boutique on Level 68 – the highest shop in London. Both stores offer a wide range of limited edition souvenirs, guidebooks to champagne, and even a cuddly Romeo the fox toy in honor of the fox found roaming the upper levels of The Shard during its construction.
A summer garden now can be enjoyed 800 feet above street level on the 72nd floor. Through September, walk among more than 2,000 plants and trees growing in about 2,600 gallons of soil. The colorful display includes daisies, geraniums, lavender, lupines, marigolds, phlox and poppies.
Admission to The Shard observation deck costs $39 for adults and about $29.50 for children 4-15. All entry tickets are dated and timed for arrival with no length of stay restriction. 


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL 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:
$122 Seattle
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before May 13, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Dallas or Phoenix
Stopovers not permitted

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$147 Orange County-Santa Ana
$157 Santa Barbara
$167 San Francisco or San Jose
$192 Sacramento
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start travel on or after August 25
Complete travel on or before December 16
Blackout dates: September 3, 4, 7; November 24, 25, 28-30
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth or Phoenix
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase today, June 18

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$157 Phoenix
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start travel on or after August 25
Complete travel on or before December 16
Blackout dates: September 3, 4, 7; November 24, 25, 28-30
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop
Purchase today, June 18

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$176 Washington DC
$196 Austin
$256 Boston or New York-LaGuardia
$276 Ontario (via Salt Lake City)
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start travel on or after August 25
Complete travel on or before December 16
Blackout dates: September 3, 4, 7; November 24, 25, 28-30
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop
Purchase today, June 18

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$565 Iguazu Falls, Argentina
A 7-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Stay at least one Saturday night
Complete travel on or before November 30 (90 day max stay permitted)
Valid on American/TAM(+Fees $)
Routing involves two flight connections (Miami, Sao Paulo)
Purchase today, June 18

Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your ticket!
+Fees $$$ = Carry-on Bags: $10-$75; Checked Bags: $15-$100; Seats: $3-$199; additional fees vary by carrier
+Fees $ = Checked Bags: $24-$125; Select/Preferred Seats: $9-$99


SPECIAL HOTEL & VACATION OFFERS

SLC’s The Grand
The posh Grand America Hotel is the only Salt Lake City property to receive the prestigious Forbes Four Star rating. It’s located in downtown Salt Lake City and features numerous dining options, retail shops and a fitness center with Salt Lake’s largest indoor/outdoor pool, a children’s pool, sauna, whirlpool, locker rooms, and spa services. Guests can choose from six different room types all decorated in the plush French style and individually decorated with handcrafted furniture, and the finest fabrics.
A ‘Stay This Summer’ special includes a $100 hotel credit and rates from $279 on select nights through September 7. Refer to promo code STAYCATION. The Grand America also offers 21-Day Advance Purchase rates from $179.
Here’s how you could spend your $100 hotel credit:
Take in a movie poolside (for overnight guests): $10 with a movie theater style concession buffet
Afternoon Tea: $42 adults; $24 age 12 and under Breakfast Buffet in the Garden Cafe: $19
Lunch Buffet in the Garden Cafe: $21
$49: Grand Sunday Brunch; $24.50 for ages 5-12

Colorful Santa Fe
Four-hundred year old Santa Fe has an abundance of hands-on arts exhibits, miles of free biking and hiking, and a line-up of open-air festivals and celebrations. The city is a multifaceted cultural playground for travelers of all ages – and for all budgets – with these sample packages:
‘Kids Eat Free’ package at The Lodge at Santa Fe on stays through December 31. Families can relax and indulge in Santa Fe’s award-winning cuisine with this package, at rates from $99 per night. Included are two kid-menu vouchers valid with the purchase of an adult entree, comp WiFi and a 15% discount card valid at local shops, restaurants, attractions and more.  
A ‘Play & Stay in Santa Fe’ package at Drury Plaza Hotel is valid on stays through December 31. Rates from $102 per night include free hot food and cold beverages at the 5:30 p.m. kickback, complimentary breakfast, popcorn in the lobby daily 3-10:00 p.m. and a 15% discount on adventures booked through Santa Fe Mountain Adventures – such as Mountain Treasure Hunt, Whitewater Rafting, Geocaching and adventure hikes.   
The ‘Family Fun’ package at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Santa Fe invites guests to chill at the property’s famous indoor/outdoor pool after the day’s adventures are done. Rates from $139 include daily breakfast for four. Valid on stays through March 31, 2016. 


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


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