Get 25% off your stay at Hotel Stratford in San Francisco

25-percent-offAre you visiting San Francisco soon and haven’t decided on where you will be staying? Hotel Stratford located on the Square is offering a World Cup Special to all new bookings. Book your stay at Hotel Stratford during the dates of the World Cup and receive a 25% discount.

All you have to do is contact them and mention “World Cup” in your email. It is as simple as that! Enjoy San Francisco and let us know which sites we should visit.

Luxury hotel opens in Flushing New York

With the economic boom in downtown Flushing, The Parc Hotel is one of the area’s newest hotels to come online and is scheduled to open in March 2014. The hotel represents a new standard in design, architecture, style, and service designed to appeal to international and domestic travelers and will bring a level of affluence to the area. The Hotel boasts floor to ceiling windows in each of the 96 guest rooms and suites, with high grade bath amenities from C.O. Bigelow, bathrobes in every room, complimentary wireless high speed internet, valet parking, concierge service, and even a Dog Spa Menu- pampering for our four-legged friends while guests enjoy the sights of the city.

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The 4 Star property offers that exclusive feel to all of its guests. And even better is the private rooftop lounge, 13 stories above street level. This modern, urban oasis rooftop offers up amazing views of Citi Field lit up by a panoramic Manhattan skyline.

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The ideal location of The Parc Hotel makes it the hottest venue in the area. Just 2 blocks up from the Main Street/Roosevelt Ave intersection, the 3rd busiest intersection in NY City and just a short walk to the Skyview Center mall. Guests will have access to the finest, authentic Asian food, some of the best shopping in Queens, easy access to the Subway and Long Island Railroad, and even easier access to some of Queens’ largest cultural arenas such as Citi Field, USTA Tennis Center, and Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Take advantage of the preview savings for the Grand Opening month. The hotel is offering special introductory rates starting at $109 for stayed in March that are booked from now through February 28. The Parc Hotel is accepting reservations for stays beginning March 10, 2014. Please visit their site at www.theparchotel.com for more information.

Tips for planning an awesome road trip

Going on a road trip can be extremely fun. You get to see so many different places and sights, you also have the freedom to stop wherever you like and do whatever you like. Here is few tips for planning the road trip.

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Plot your route wisely using Google Maps

When planning a road trip, Google Maps is your biggest friend. You enter all the places you will be visiting and it will calculate the distance and time it will take you to get from point A to point B. What I find useful about Google Maps is that you can easily see other locations on the route that you may want to visit as well. Before using Google Maps ask yourself the following questions

  • How many days do you want to travel for?
  • Do you want to take the fastest route from A to B or the most scenic route?
  • What is the maximum distance you want to drive in one day?

Sort out your Accommodation

Once you have plotted all your routes on a map, you can now start looking for accommodation. Because road trips are much more expensive that usual holidays, you may find that your budget won’t allow you to stay at 5* hotels every night. Look for motels and lodges that offer much more affordable rates with breakfast and free parking. Hotels can charge quite a bit for parking so make sure you take that into account when booking your rooms. A great suggestion for quick one night stays would be to use Airbnb, this is great for those looking for an affordable place to crash.

Research Attractions

A road trip is all about the experience. It is not about the destination but rather about the journey. When doing your research about places to visit, do not forget the cities you will be driving through. Reference your route and look for major cities that you will be passing and check out what those places have to offer. Also take account for your time especially if the distances from place to place is long. You should plan for spontaneous stops at that cute roadside diner or weird tourist attraction for example.

Awesome Road Trip Mobile Apps

Roadtrippers – This app helps you plot your route as well as suggests attractions, restaurants and accommodation along the way.

Gas Buddy – Allows you to research the cheapest gas prices

Hotel Tonight – Last minute hotel deals are sold here. Hotels give them their unsold rooms and they show you the days best value deals.

Roadside America – It’s packed with easy-to-use, in-depth info and maps for the nation’s funniest and weirdest must-sees.

Free Visitors Guide for Albuquerque

One of the places we will be visiting on our great American road trip is Albuquerque and I couldn’t be more excited. Visiting Albuquerque allows you to experience the authentic Southwest. As one of the oldest cities in the U.S., Albuquerque boasts a unique multicultural heritage and history where Native American, Hispanic & Latino, Anglo and other cultural influences are a part of everyday life. If you are going to Albuquerque to experience the spectacular culture, abundance of activities and breathtaking landscape make sure you request a free Albuquerque visitors guide. I requested one a few days ago and was so surprised to see how quickly it arrived.  Let the planning begin.

Useful Albuquerque websites

www.visitalbuquerque.org |www.facebook.com/VisitABQ

*Pictures courtesy of Visit Albuquerque Facebook Page.

What’s so great about Indianapolis?

Many people do not think of including Indianapolis in their travel plans when visiting the United States. However there are so many things that make Indianapolis like no place else and we knew that this had to be a place to stop over during our road trip. So what’s so great about Indianapolis anyway?

The Indianapolis 500

Mention the word Indianapolis and all you can think off is fast cars and racing. The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is an automobile race held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The event, billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, is considered one of three most prestigious motor sports events in the world. The official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management, but the permanent seating capacity is upwards of 250,000, and infield patrons raise the race-day attendance to approximately 300,000.

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White River State Park

White River State Park boasts world-class attractions and destinations that offer distinctive experiences for every interest and visitor! Yes, you will find green spaces, trails, trees, and waterways that you expect at any state park.  As America’s only cultural urban state park, it offers a unique blend of green space (Military Park, the Central Canal, White River itself) and cultural attractions – including the Indianapolis ZooWhite River Gardens; the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; the NCAA Hall of Champions; the IMAX Theater; the Indiana State MuseumVictory Field and a premier outdoor concert venue, Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park.

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Public Art

Art should not be limited to the walls of a museum and sometimes needs to be on display for everyone to see. Making art public allows for transformation of people and cities. Indianapolis is famous for its public art and provides a new way for people to experience the city. This makes the city and affordable cultural destination for people from all over the United States as well as the world. Visit Indy has a list of public art available for you to see. Make sure you take a look.

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I am certain there are tons more exciting things to do in Indianapolis. Let us know which places we should visit by leaving a comment below. If you are looking for more info on Indianapolis as well as coupons and special take a look at Visit Indy –  www.visitindy.com