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According to this Orbitz report, the next couple of days will be some of the best for nabbing the lowest Thanksgiving airfare, whether you’re heading home to see family or venturing out on a vacation. Here are seven great Thanksgiving hotel deals that dip as low as $93 per night, and top out at $189.
Ready to see a 2,000-pound pumpkin? Or a cannon that shoots pumpkins hundreds of feet in the air? Here are the five of our favorite pumpkin festivals happening this autumn…
In the same way that the word “moist” is pretty universally hated, there are some travel-specific words that are guaranteed to make most travel editors and writers cringe. We asked our staff and friends in publishing to share some phrases that we 100 percent admit are way annoying (and that, yes, we do all fall back on during desperate times):
The quickest way to ruin a road trip is to get stuck in traffic. (Photo: Thinkstock)
By Brittany Jones-Cooper for Yahoo! Travel
You finally did it. You used vacation days, packed up the car, and set off on that cross-country road trip you always dreamed of taking. You’ve programmed your GPS, but what you couldn’t predict was the painful gridlock waiting for you in the next city.
Maybe next time you’ll use Waze, the community-based traffic app that just released a comprehensive study of the best and worst cities for drivers in America.
To gather the data for their Driver Satisfaction Index, Waze evaluated the driving experiences of 50 million users. The cities were given numerical score, with 10 being the best and 1 being miserable.
Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip…
- Cruises are not a sedate experience — you can get active onboard ships in state-of-the-art fitness centers, on jogging tracks, and even with such “extreme” activities as rock climbing. Of course, ports of call present endless opportunities, too, but new sailings from Windstar Cruises are boosting the active factor even further. The upscale cruise line has teamed with sister company VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations for a new program, Italy Tour & Cruise, that combines a cruise with either a hiking or biking vacation — with discounts and perks, of course. For next spring and fall, the cruise will be on the 212-passenger Star Breeze, and the land portion will bring travelers to places like the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany.
From $4,984 per person, based on double occupancy, for 15 nights (excluding special offer of two free hotel nights).
Move over ExpressJet and Skywest — there’s a new regional carrier on the tarmac. GLO, a New Orleans-based, business-focused carrier will launch daily flights between New Orleans and Little Rock, Memphis, and Shreveport starting in November. Even better, they’re offering special one-way GLO saver fares from $189. Flights without the offer cost $200-$260 each way. You don’t, however, have to be a business traveler to appreciate GLO; leisure travelers who are considering a multi-city trip through the South should consider flying with them, too. Here’s what they can expect:
Ghost ships really do exist — or, at least, ships with ghosts do. From the USS Constitution to the Star of India, here are nine haunted ships you can visit — some allowing overnight trips — if you dare. Read more
Pensacola, Florida has long been known as a resort destination for beach lovers across the United States. Here, (truly!) white sand blankets the beautiful coastline — reminiscent of the Caribbean, but just a short drive from most southern cities as well as the Midwest. What many people may not know, though, is that Pensacola is rich in history and has a burgeoning food scene. Here’s how to spend a perfect beach weekend.
California’s Mendocino coast, three hours north of San Francisco, is wild and rugged. It’s home to beaches, lighthouses, farm-to-fork cafes, beautiful botanical gardens, and — of course — winery tasting rooms. One seaside property in the area, Little River Inn, is offering rates as low as $159 per night this winter.
San Diego is part of the mainland, but in places, it can feel outright tropical thanks to the sailors and soldiers who brought a love of Polynesia back with them after World War II. While there’s no shortage of attractions in the kitschy, Americanized “tiki” style, there are plenty of places where you can delve into a more authentic sense of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture, too. Here’s a guide.
Salvation Mountain in Niland, California is a roadside attraction that draws legions of visitors to the Colorado Desert (which, confusingly, is not located in the state of Colorado). Built by local resident Leonard Knight in the 1980s as a tribute to his love of God, the 50-foot-tall “mountain” is characterized by fantastically large-scale murals and bright colors that would appeal to any lover of art and quirkiness. Here’s a photo tour.
Plantations, a tavern in the oldest standing building in the Mississippi territory, casino action, blues bars, and charming B&Bs are just a few of the points of interest in Natchez, Mississippi. Established in 1716 by French colonialists, the city — located in the southwest corner of Mississippi, 90 miles from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and just under three hours from New Orleans — is situated on a scenic bluff and is imbued with history, beauty, and the romance of the Mississippi River. Here’s what do, see, eat, and drink during a long weekend in Natchez.
If you’ve always thought that Cannes was the exclusive domain of the glitzy elite, think again. A vacation in this posh French community by the sea is now more accessible, thanks to an off-season promotion at the 4.5-star Hotel Majestic Barriere. This offer takes 75 percent off fall and winter stays, lowering rates to $174 per night.
With expanses of blue ocean everywhere, you wouldn’t think that Hawaii would need man-made swimming lagoons. But the ones at Ko Olina, on Oahu’s southwest coast, achieve something improbable on this naturally picture-perfect island: they’re beautiful.
Some people just can’t escape fame, even in death. These eight famous people are now famous ghosts, and if you’re lucky — or not-so lucky — you might just encounter one of them yourself during your travels. Here’s where to look for their apparitions…
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