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Orbitz.com Spotlights Last-Minute Deals for Memorial Day; Promo Code ‘TRAVELHAPPY’ Saves Additional 20%

May 21, 2015
Orbitz.com has hotel deals in San Francisco for Memorial Day weekend © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Orbitz.com has hotel deals in San Francisco for Memorial Day weekend © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Last-minute travelers and procrastinators alike can still find deals for Memorial Day weekend. The latest Orbitz Insider Index spotlights the most popular destinations for the holiday weekend along with nearby alternatives that can save travelers up to 35 percent. Consumers can save even more by using promotion code TRAVELHAPPY, which gives travelers an additional 20 percent off of hotel stays of one night or more when booking travel on Orbitz.com or the mobile apps through May 24.1

“Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season and Americans are traveling in record numbers this year,” said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor for Orbitz.com. “It’s not too late to get away without breaking the bank. By booking accommodations just outside of major tourist hubs or by staying in neighboring suburbs, travelers can stretch their budgets even further.”

Memorial Day Orbitz Insider Index

The Memorial Day Orbitz Insider Index rounds up the 10 most popular destinations, based on hotel bookings, for the holiday weekend along with cheaper locations in nearby suburbs or neighboring cities. Las Vegas takes the top spot this year as the most popular destination among travelers, with Cancun and New York rounding out the top three.

Orbitz Top 10 Memorial Day Destinations2
Rank Top 10 Destinations
Memorial Day
Weekend 2015
Average
Daily Rate
(ADR)
Alternative
Accommodations
Neighborhoods/Suburbs
Average
Daily Rate
(ADR)
Savings
1 Las Vegas, Nev. $139 Downtown (off-strip) Las Vegas, Nev. $105 24%
2 Cancun, Mexico $238 Playa Del Carmen, Mexico $217 9%
3 New York, N.Y. $288 Jersey City, N.J. $237 18%
4 Chicago, Ill. $211 Lakeview, Ill. $192 9%
5 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic $237 La Romana, Dominican Republic $154 35%
6 San Diego, Calif. $183 Carlsbad, Calif. $152 17%
7 Orlando, Fla. $123 Kissimmee, Fla. $88 28%
8 London, UK $250 Paddington, UK $170 32%
9 Miami Beach, Fla. $232 Downtown Miami, Fla. $176 24%
10 San Francisco, Calif. $238 San Mateo, Calif. $166 30%
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10 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day in Your National Parks

May 23, 2014
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Join @GoParks this #MemorialDay in honoring the legacy of
fallen American veterans in #NationalParks

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, invites Americans to join in remembering our brave veterans in national parks across the country. On Memorial Day weekend, many sites throughout the National Park System will hold events in memoriam of the greatest sacrifice made by those protecting our nation, while other sites stand as permanent tributes to fallen soldiers year-round.

“Memorial Day is about taking a collective moment to pause and pay tribute to the valor of our fallen American veterans,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “National parks guard and honor the legacy of our brave military men and women in places such as battlefields, historical parks, and national monuments.”

From the American Revolutionary War to the events of September 11, 2001, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation work to protect the memory of those lost in service to their country. This Memorial Day, everyone can observe this day of reflection in a national park, paying respect to the ultimate devotion and sacrifice made by fellow Americans.

Celebrate and honor the memory of U.S. military members by:

  1. Learning what it was like to be a soldier in the American Revolutionary War at Independence National Historical Park (Pennsylvania) with activities and presentations throughout the day.
  2. Remembering the lives lost in the first battle of the U.S.-Mexican War at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park (Texas), one of our American Latino Heritage Fund sites.
  3. Paying tribute to America’s fallen troops — from the War of 1812 to today — at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve’s Chalmette National Cemetery (Louisiana).
  4. Reflecting on the sacrifices of this nation’s military personnel at Shiloh National Military Park (Tennessee) by listening to living historians as they interpret wars from colonial times to today.
  5. Visiting the numerous sites at National Mall & Memorial Parks (Washington, D.C.) and taking time to remember the contributions and service of American veterans both at home and abroad.
  6. Recognizing the valiant dedication of the first African American military pilots in World War II at Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (Alabama), one of our African American Experience Fund sites.
  7. Joining Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (Maryland) as they pay tribute to the graves of fallen War of 1812, Civil War, World War I and II, and Korean War veterans.
  8. Honoring of the lives of ordinary passengers and crew members, who joined together for an extraordinary act of selflessness at Flight 93 National Memorial (Pennsylvania).
  9. Exploring the Lincoln Memorial (online) through an interactive website that showcases the memorial and park ranger reflections on its history.
  10. Watching PBS’s live National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 25, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET, and enjoying the musical tributes by groups such as the U.S. Army Chorus, U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, and the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants.

To find even more events in national parks near you, visit the National Park Service’s event calendar.

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service.  Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards.  Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org

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5 Things to Do at North Lake Tahoe, ‘America’s Most Beautiful Lake’

May 15, 2013
Lake Tahoe, "America's Most Beautiful Lake," has specials over Memorial Day and through the summer © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Lake Tahoe, “America’s Most Beautiful Lake,” has specials over Memorial Day and through the summer © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

North Lake Tahoe has several Memorial Day packages and activities to launch the summer travel season:

  • Cal Neva Resort Casino Hotel is offering a $49 room special for those in our Armed Forces.
  • Tahoma Meadows Bed & Breakfast Cottages is giving guests a $50 voucher to use at Swiss Lakewood when they book three nights in a B&B cottage.

There are scores more of these special deals at www.gotahoenorth.com

Meanwhile, the scenic destination is recommending five things to do at “America’s Most Beautiful Lake” over Memorial Day Weekend and throughout the summer:

Road Cycle Around Lake Tahoe

“America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride,” the immensely popular summer road bike ride around Lake Tahoe, is already sold out. But cyclists can circumnavigate the lake on their own, and for free, this spring, taking advantage of the spring shoulder season that means less traffic at Lake Tahoe and perfect weather for a long road ride. Hop on the road bike and pedal one of the world’s most scenic bike rides — a ride that gives you an open-air, front-row seat to some of the nation’s most stunning scenery, like the aquamarine waters North Tahoe’s east shore. The 72-mile ride is perfect for strong, recreational cyclists. Cyclists can take it slow by stopping at a lakefront restaurant for lunch or lounging on one of North Tahoe’s beaches as a rest stop.

Paddleboard Through Crystal Clear Waters

North Lake Tahoe’s clear waters are internationally famous, but most visitors experience Big Blue during the height of summer, when the lake’s clarity is not at its apex. In spring and early summer, North Tahoe still retains much of the winter’s stunning, gin-clear clarity, while the warming weather makes it comfortable for a lengthy paddle. Remember North Tahoe’s waters are still very cold, and only confident paddlers should venture well out into the lake. But even novice paddle boarders can hug the shoreline, and enjoy a paddle backdropped by snowcapped peaks, over shimmering, translucent waters.

Mountain Bike Dust-Free

Spring and early summer is the secret mountain bike season in North Tahoe. The trails are dust-free and grippy, and the meadows are lit up in iridescent green. While much of the Tahoe Rim Trail might still be under snow, low-elevation trails and south and west facing trails are primed for mountain biking. The world-class Flume Trail on North Tahoe’s east shore is melted out, and trails around Truckee, like the Emigrant Trail, are primed for early season riding.

Golf Under Snowcapped Peaks

Most of North Tahoe and Truckee’s many golf courses are open for business, and in immaculate shape after a very forgiving winter. Sunny skies and snowcapped peaks make a perfect backdrop for an early summer round of golf at North Lake Tahoe courses. Enjoy the thinner crowds and greener fairways before summer’s high season ramps up.

Fly Fish the Truckee or Troll for Monster Macks in North Tahoe, Donner or Stampede

River, stream or lake — the North Tahoe area has enough fishing options to last a lifetime. Stream fishing season is now in full effect, and a day spent reeling in rainbows and browns on a tranquil section of the Truckee River is an unforgettable mountain experience. The Truckee River offers it all — slow water between Tahoe City and Alpine Meadows, and a wild trout fishery below Truckee that harbors large, wild Rainbows and Browns. Or fish for the big boys, by trolling the waters of North Tahoe, Donner Lake or Stampede Reservoir for hungry Mackinaw that can grow up to 30 pounds.

To plan your trip to North Lake Tahoe, view lodging packages, or learn about more activities in North Lake Tahoe, go to www.gotahoenorth.com

 

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Stay 3 Nights, Get 30% Off at Woodstock Inn & Resort for Memorial Day Weekend

May 10, 2012

Kick-off summer’s unofficial arrival with a Memorial Day Weekend holiday at the Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont, with its Three 4 Thirty package which includes:

  • 30% off three nights in luxurious accommodations
  • Access to Billings Farm & Museum, a working dairy farm which offers interactive programs that promote Vermont agriculture
  • Access of the Racquet & Fitness Club

Rates start at $252 per night. The special is valid on three night stays between 5/24/12 to 5/28/12.

The resort features 142 distinctive guest rooms outfitted in classic Vermont style with modern touches, four restaurants, The Spa at Woodstock Inn & Resort and an 18-hole golf course with picturesque views from nearly every green.

Beyond the resort, visitors can have a guided tour at the mansion and gardens at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, which open Memorial Day Weekend, as well as visit Billings Farm & Museum which is celebrating its 30th season. Weekend festivities include the Cheese & Dairy Celebration which pays homage to Vermont’s distinctive dairy heritage with a weekend of sampling delicious Vermont cheese and meeting local dairy farmers while providing a hands-on experience to make cheese, ice cream and butter.

Travelers will appreciate the abundance of culturally rich activities in and around Woodstock filled with antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, specialty food markets and more. Guests can enjoy day trips to nearby points of interest such as Calvin Coolidge’s birthplace in Plymouth or the spectacular Quechee Gorge, also known as Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon.” For those who want to explore the great outdoors there’s hiking, biking, tennis and more.

For more information visit http://woodstockinn.com/Specials-Packages or call 1.800.448.7900.

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