Travel e-Scapes: June 2, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Los Angeles, California

Travel e-Scapes: June 2, 2015

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$98 Los Angeles
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before April 28, 2016
Valid on American(+Fees $), nonstop


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Tall Ship Journey
The Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, announce Lafayette’s Hermione Voyage 2015, a two-month ‘Re-Living History’ sail to commemorate the Hermione, the Frigate of Freedom, that delivered the young Marquis de Lafayette in 1780 to General Washington with full French aid. They, together, turned the tide of the American Revolution. The authentically reconstructed Hermione, 17 years in the re-making, will sail 3,819 miles across the Atlantic to land in Yorktown on June 5, before sailing up the coast to 11 additional ports. Visitors can join the festivities at any point along the route and enjoy tours on board or pier-side where activities are scheduled, including, historic shipbuilding crafts demonstrations, interactive conversations with the young volunteer sailors, and a lineup of cultural activities like costumed performances by seasoned re-enactors, concerts of period and contemporary music and food and craft exhibitions. A traveling photography exhibit covering the 17 years of the Hermione’s reconstruction will be free to the public in each port with companion exhibits at The New-York Historical Society, the Museum of the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C., and The Athenaeum in Boston.


The Hermione Route:
June 5, 6, 7: Yorktown, Virginia
June 9: Mount Vernon (ship at anchor)
June 10-12: Alexandria, Virginia (at city dock)
June 16, 17: Annapolis, Maryland (at city dock)
June 19-21: Baltimore (adjacent USS Constellation & Pride of Baltimore)
June 25-28: Philadelphia (with Tall Ships America)

July 1-4: New York City
July 6, 7: Greenport, New York (with Tall Ships America )
July 8, 9: Newport, Rhode Island)
July 11, 12: Boston (Rowe’s Wharf)
July 14, 15: Castine, Maine
July 18: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia 

Best Fishing & Boating Destinations
Anglers and boaters casted more than 91,000 votes online to help develop the 2015 list of Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat. The criteria for the Top 100 included having a public body of water within an hour of a major city, good fishing opportunities, and family-friendly amenities.

Who Reeled In The Top 10 Spots:
Everglades National Park, Florida
Bahia Honda State Park, Pine Key,
Florida Blue Springs State Park, Orange City, Florida
Kissimmee State Park, Lake Wales, Florida
Keystone State Park, Derry, Pennsylvania
Clear Lake State Park, Kelseyville, California
Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, St Petersburg, Florida
Galveston Island State Park, Galveston, Texas
Presque Isle State Park, Erie, Pennsylvania
Lackawanna State Park, North Abington, Pennsylvania

During National Fishing and Boating Week (begins June 4), most states offer free fishing days where anglers are allowed to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. Free fishing days are a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time. If you already have a fishing license, consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing, out on the water for the day. 


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:
$146 Halifax, Nova Scotia
A 30-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before April 28, 2016
Valid on Delta(+Fees $) via JFK or United(+Fees $) via Toronto

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$49 Jacksonville, Raleigh, Richmond
$99 Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Love, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston-Hobby, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York-LaGuardia, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Washington DC-DCA and W. Palm Beach
$129 Denver
$149 Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Travel to/from Florida or Las Vegas valid Tuesday, Wednesday only
Start travel on or after August 24
Complete travel on or before December 16
Blackout dates: September 3-5, 7; November 20-December 1
Purchase by June 4
Valid on Southwest(+Fees $)
Other airlines matching (round-trip purchase may be required)

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$196 Baltimore or New York-LaGuardia
$236 Newark or New York-JFK
$278 Portland ME
$292 Boise*
$303 Reno-Tahoe*
$313 Grand Rapids or Oakland
$316 San Diego
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start travel on or after August 24
Complete travel on or before December 16
Blackout dates: September 3-5, 7; November 20-December 1
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to 30 days
Purchase by June 4
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop (*connection required)

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$198 Denver
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid any available day on westbound flights operating before 830A or from 2-7P; east between 7-1030A or 7P-midnight
Stay at least one Saturday night
Complete travel on or before April 28, 2016
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$1,028 Cape Town, South Africa
Travel any available day
Depart September 13-December 6 or January 10-March 31, 2016
Stay one weekend or up to one year
Purchase by June 16
Valid on American(+Fees $) via London
One free London stopover permitted; add $80 for an additional stopover
Compare to KLM’s round-trip rate of $1,844

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 & RESORT OFFERS

Interstate Stop in Lexington
Heading near the I-64 and I-75 Junction during your summer road trip? You may want to plan a stopover in the area and slow down to a tranquil trot at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. The hotel near the Kentucky Horse Park is offering a Resort Credit Package, which allows guests to unwind and pamper themselves without breaking the bank. The limited-time offer includes overnight accommodations in addition to a $40 daily credit that can be used at the resort’s renowned steakhouse, upscale spa, newly renovated golf club, Starbucks and the gift shop. On site are two swimming pools and a fitness center. Room rates start from $189 per night over select dates throughout the summer. Refer to promo code ES7. The resort offers easy access to some of the Bluegrass State’s most culturally significant attractions, including the Kentucky Horse Park, the Keeneland race course and the historic distilleries of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a collection of historic whiskey distilleries. 

Marriott + Disney World Tickets
Feel all the excitement and adventure of Star Wars without having to travel to a galaxy far, far away when staying at Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista, SpringHill Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista or Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista. The three hotels, all located in Marriott Village just 3 miles from Walt Disney World Resort, have announced the exclusive ‘Walt Disney World Theme Park’ package. The offer includes overnight accommodations and Three-day Disney Magic Your Way Base Tickets, which allows admission to one Theme Park per day, for two adults and two children during Star Wars Weekends (Friday-Sunday through June 14) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and — seven days a week through December 31. Package rates start at $279 per night. Refer to promo code THM. Guests attending Star Wars Weekends will enjoy an array of attractions, including surprise celebrity appearances and autograph signings, themed dining experiences and out-of-this-world fireworks. Visitors can also shop for apparel, art and collectibles inspired by the film franchise. Travelers ages 4-12 can feel the Force by attending Jedi Training Academy and sharpening their light saber skills, and fans of any age looking for a thrill can grab a seat on Star Tours, a 3-D virtual-reality ride that simulates a voyage into outer space. SpringHill Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista and Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista both offer a complimentary breakfast buffet. All three Orlando hotels also offer fitness centers, swimming pools and scheduled transportation to and from Walt Disney World. 


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


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