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Fall Foliage Fun

October 28th, 2010

A trip through the trees

From the west coast to the east coast, take in the season with breathtaking fall foliage. Your neighborhood park makes a lovely backdrop for a brisk afternoon walk. Or how about make a weekend of it and visit somewhere further afield?

Here are just a few favorite leaf-peeping places:

  • Mt. Rainier National Park, WA: Most roads are open through October with a variety of hiking trails to take in the lively colors.
  • Yosemite National Park, CA: Even though it’s filled with many evergreens, this 1200-square-mile park boasts big-leaf maple, black oaks and other vibrantly hued deciduous trees.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, CO: Well-planned park roads offer plenty of visitor access to scenic vistas and lowland meadows.
  • Acadia National Park, ME: Enjoy 47,000 stunning acres of wilderness — from shore to mountains.

And with our always low-priced last-minute deals, you can easily visit one of the above locales, or one discover of your own. Happy viewing!

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Miami South Beach is the Travel Temptations Destination

October 27th, 2010

Last Minute Travel is giving away free hotel nights at popular locations across the country. To qualify, just follow @LMTTweets on Twitter and RT (re-tweet) the contest Tweets as instructed. Then, those who follow and RT will be entered into a random drawing for those free hotel nights. We’ll have a new RT promo about every two weeks, so be sure to check back for new hotel packages and additional chances to win.

Our next “Travel Temptation” is a 2 night stay at the South Beach Hotel located in the famed South Beach region of Miami? Do you still have that Don Johnson jacket in your closet, does reliving the movie Bird Cage rank high on your bucket list, or do you just like to sun in the day and party at night? Then you belong in South Beach.

While searching Last Minute Travel you’ll find that we also have a wide selection of Miami transportation and activities that you won’t find anywhere else.

Learn more about Miami and South Beach at our destination guide for the city.

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Travel Tips: Kids and Holidays

October 26th, 2010

Kids and holiday travel are a fact of life. Sure it can be one of the less pleasant aspects of a vacation, but with a little planning and some useful tips, it can help you make family memories that will last a life time. I found this great list of tips on the Delicious Baby blog for making Thanksgiving Travel hassle-free (or as hassle-free as possible):

  • Find a Pit Stop Playgrounds and public libraries (assuming you’re not driving on Thursday) always make great places to stop with kids. On Thanksgiving day, Barnes and Noble, many Starbucks locations, most zoos and many aquariums are open, and they also make great destinations for you and the kids to stretch your legs.
  • Pack the Pillows Having familiar sleeptime items from home will help your kids settle down to sleep both in the car and at your destination.

Find more of these excellent tips back at Delicious Baby.

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Air Passenger Wishlist

October 21st, 2010

The NY Times has an article up with what purports to be a true air passenger wish list. In it are things like clean restrooms, timely and correct flight arrival and departure information, and a safer better place to rest before or between flights. Those all seem like pretty good ideas. But here are a few of my suggestions for Airports that really want to make customers happy:

1) Redesign security check points so they are not a bottleneck. Frankly, I feel less secure waiting en mass to pass through a metal detector than I do on the otherside. So anything you can do to make that shorten that wait time and make it less like a group the better.

2) If you’re going to charge for parking how about offering proper lighting and regular patrols.

3) Vending machines at the Cell Phone waiting lots. I’m picking up someone whose flight is late, rather than running to Denny’s for a cup-o-joe, how about a vending machine or two and a restroom out at the cell phone waiting lot.

4) Better transportation options to and from your facility. I know the taxi lobby won’t want to read this, but Airports should be the champions for getting Light Rail stations right at the terminal with easy access from around the metropolitan area. No car, no fuss, makes for less stressed out passengers.

How about you, what should airports be doing better?

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New Orleans, LA is Travel Temptation

October 18th, 2010

Last Minute Travel is giving away free hotel nights at popular locations across the country. To qualify, just follow @LMTTweets on Twitter and RT (re-tweet) the contest Tweets as instructed. Then, those who follow and RT will be entered into a random drawing for those free hotel nights. We’ll have a new RT promo about every two weeks, so be sure to check back for new hotel packages and additional chances to win.

Our next “Travel Temptation” is a 2 night stay at the Marriott New Orleans located in the famed French Quarter of New Orleans? Are you watching “Treme” on HBO? Got a hankerin’ for some down home food and the best jazz and blues in the world? Well then New Orleans is where you need to be.

While searching Last Minute Travel you’ll find that we also have a wide selection of New Orleans transportation and activities that you won’t find anywhere else.

Learn more about New Orleans at our destination guide for the city.

For complete “Travel Temptations” official sweepstakes rules click here.

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The real reason airline food tastes bad

October 16th, 2010

I had heard that high altitudes can dull the taste buds; airline kitchens make sure to add extra bursts of flavor to compensate. But what will they do about this discovery? A study by the University of Manchester says that white noise in the background can make food taste less appetizing and airline noise is the perfect combination to produce poor flavor.

That explains a lot.

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This Week In Travel

October 15th, 2010

SeaWorld Orlando’s Discovery Cove and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay both announced major new attractions this week. A new ground hugging Cheetah themed coaster is coming to Tampa and Orlando is getting an 875,000 gallon Saltwater Reef where you can swim with sharks and tropical fish. The Orlando Sentinel has details of the announcement.

A story in the Oregonian has a good lesson on how to make sure you’re eating sustainable fish even when you’re traveling. Check out the guidelines in the sidebars.

The LA Times has a good guide to Daytona Beach’s Daytona 500 Experience. And there’s a brief peak inside the new Queen Elizabeth cruise liner from Cunard.

For those looking for a little adventure with their Florida beach experience, the Miami Herald lists 5 great places to Canoe or Kayak in southern Florida.

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