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2

What Not to Miss on Independence Day in St. Louis, Missouri

By Bob Levin on July 2nd, 2014

Categories: Popular Cities

St. Louis Fireworks, Arch

“America’s biggest birthday party…”

That’s what St. Louis is calling its annual July 4th holiday celebration, and after one visit, it’s easy to see why. Every year, the “gateway to the West” hosts a lineup of concerts, shows, exhibitions and running events in its iconic Forest Park, the location of the 1904 World’s Fair. Add in St. Louis hotel discounts, great music, good food and fireworks and you have Fair St. Louis 2014, held on Independence Day weekend—July 3, 4 and 5.

St. Louis, Missouri’s July 4th Festivities

Some of this year’s entertainment headliners are Thompson Square, En Vogue and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, along with world-class musicians and artists like The Band Perry, Bonnie Raitt, The Fray, Matt Nathanson, Gavin DeGraw, Mary Lambert, Musiq Soulchild, Capital Cities and The Neighbourhood. Each night’s entertainment will end with a massive fireworks show that is specifically tailored to the venue. There’s an Ameren/Purina Family Festival Zone, offering interactive activities and fun for fairgoers all ages.

Thursday’s opening-day celebration at 5 p.m. includes a Presentation of Colors by a Color Guard from Scott Air Force Base, along with music from USAF Band of Mid-America’s Hot Brass Band. The fun continues on Thursday with “world record” contests and a parade.

“While it might be hard to imagine that we could pack any more fun into the three-day celebration,” says Lori Thaman, executive director of the Fair St. Louis Foundation, “we are working on some other exciting new programming elements that will be announced in the coming weeks as we put the finishing touches on America’s Biggest Birthday Party.”

For additional events and information, visit the Fair St. Louis website at www.fairsaintlouis.org. For St. Louis motels deals, visit www.motel.com.

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Jun

3

The Thrills of Kansas City

By Bob Levin on June 3rd, 2014

Categories: Popular Cities

Kansas City

Kansas City is best known for three things—jazz, barbecue, and fountains.  Now, visitors can combine Kansas City is best known for three things—jazz, barbecue, and fountains. Now, visitors can combine Kansas City hotel discounts with a city adventure like no other. After viewing some of the city’s most beloved fountains (there are over 200), visitors can visit the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District to hear some of the best jazz players in the world. Of course, a day in Kansas City wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of the city’s famous barbecue restaurants. In fact, Kansas City has more barbeque restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the world.

Kansas City Offers the Fastest and Tallest Water Slide

Looking for thrills? How about visiting Verrückt, a water slide that is considered to be the fastest and tallest water slide ever built and is opening in Kansas City this year. It’s taller than Niagara Falls and visitors can ride a four-person raft from its heights to its depths for some serious, adrenaline-pumping fun.

Speaking of fun and heights, Worlds of Fun, a 235-acre amusement park provides loads of it. This summer, be among the first to ride the park’s new SteelHawk—a spinning flight that will take you 301 feet in the air and tilt you at 45-degree angle at a speed of eight rotations per minute. For those hotter summer days, there is also an Oceans of Fun amusement park, where guest can beat the heat with several water attractions.

Bar Hoppers Will Kansas City’s Power and Light District

If you’re more interested in eating and drinking, check out the Power and Light District, or “P&L” according to the locals. This area stretches for eight blocks and features over 50 bars, restaurants and shops, along with a covered outdoor courtyard where visitors enjoy 130 free events each year. Kansas City cheap hotels are available and can place you within walking distance of all the eating and drinking you can handle. Checking out Motel.com for Kansas City hotel deals should be part of your vacation planning.

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May

6

Brazil on a Budget: When and Where to Go

By Bob Levin on May 6th, 2014

Categories: Cheap Hotels

Brazil

With its surplus of natural wonders and exciting nightlife, Brazil has been one of the top tourist destinations for quite some time. There are so many things to do there that it’s almost difficult to pick—from the samba sounds and thriving nightlife of Rio de Janeiro, to the Amazon Rainforest and its spectacle of wildlife and plants. Wherever you choose to visit, Brazil hotel discounts await, and travelers can participate in the excitement of Brazil without breaking their budget to do so.

When is the Best Time to Visit Brazil

The best time to travel to Brazil depends on where you want to go once you get there. In general, March through November is the optimal season to visit because the climate is drier. The months of December, January, and February are Brazil’s rainy season, and the weather tends to be hot and humid. If you plan to visit the Amazon while in Brazil, the best months to go are July and August. If you plan to visit Iguazu Falls, you’ll be much more impressed by it during the middle of the rainy season (January and February) because of the amount of water the Falls have during those months.

Brazil – A Nature Lover’s Heaven

Brazil’s portion of the Amazon, in particular, attracts thousands of tourists every year. This diverse landscape stretches across 2.3 million square miles and is the largest tropical rainforest in the world. Visitors can enjoy some one-on-one time with nature, while viewing many of the world’s species of birds, plants, and fish. There are even Brazil hotel deals available for this area, and travelers snatch them up quickly during the peak season.

Whether it’s dancing the samba, enjoying world-class cuisine, relaxing on the beach, or exploring unique natural beauty, travelers to Brazil will certainly have an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. The best part is that cheap hotels in Brazil are available throughout the country to provide excellent, budget-priced lodging for anyone who wants to visit this incredible place.

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Apr

2

What You Should Know Before Traveling to the Cayman Islands

By Bob Levin on April 2nd, 2014

Categories: Group Travel Discounts

Cayman Islands

The British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands is made up of three small islands—Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman—located near the deepest part of the Caribbean Sea. Each offers a unique visit: the two smaller islands have a much slower-paced way of life, while Grand Cayman offers the ultimate shopping and dining experience. All three, however, are a bird watcher’s paradise, and offer hiking, diving and snorkeling in some of the most beautiful natural settings on Earth.

Best Time to Visit Cayman Islands

The climate on the Cayman Islands is a tropical marine climate. From May to October, visitors can expect warm temperatures and a lot of rain. From November to April, the Cayman Islands’ winter is relatively dry and temperate, making it a popular destination for travelers looking for an escape from cold weather elsewhere. This time of year is also when the Cayman Islands experience their most busy season, and hotels are often booked several months in advance. The capital of Grand Cayman is George Town, located in the southeast portion of the main island. Here is where you can find the best Cayman Islands Group Travel Discounts and Grand Cayman Islands hotel deals. The city is historic, and is easy to get around on foot. West Bay and Morgan’s Harbour are located approximately 30 minutes from George Town, and is full of beautiful Edwardian homes and fishing fleets. On the north and east sides of the island, visitors can view beautiful botanical gardens and blowholes, in addition to original settlements
and structures from the island’s earlier days.

Have a Fantastic Family Getaway at Cayman Islands

With its miles of beautiful beaches and pristine scenery, the Cayman Islands is more than just a financial center and shopping district—it offers a fantastic family getaway or a romantic vacation that is miles away from the ordinary. Plan you vacation early and visit Motel.com to take advantage of the available Grand Cayman Islands hotel discounts.

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Mar

18

Visiting Dubai: World-class Luxury and Engineering Wonders You Won’t See Anywhere Else

By Bob Levin on March 18th, 2014

Categories: Cheap Hotels

Dancing Fountains In Dubai Downtown, Uae

If staying in a seven-star hotel, roaming a shopper’s paradise, seeing the desert and pristine beaches in one day, or experiencing the ultimate in lavishness and luxury sound like the perfect vacation, Dubai might be the place for you. Even if your tastes run a little less expensive, there are Dubai hotel deals to be found, leaving you more money to spend on shopping. With its designer boutiques, world-famous eating, and ultra-modern architecture, Dubai has become a top destination spot for travelers around the world.

Visiting Dubai’s Attractions

If you plan to visit Dubai, your trip wouldn’t be complete without seeing some of the amazing sights and engineering feats the city has to offer. And these sights are plentiful. From the Burj Al Arab, the world’s only 7-star hotel, to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower and observation deck—Dubai’s modern and luxurious architecture is truly some of the most spectacular and impressive modern architecture in the world. Or perhaps, you’d rather take a stroll near the Dubai Fountains, which shoot water as high as 500 feet in the air and are situated on the beautiful 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake.

Dubai’s International Shopping Experience

If shopping and culture is your preference, do not miss a chance to visit Global Village—an international shopping experience that attracts millions of visitors each year and offers plenty of eye candy for everyone. Here, you can see live performances, experience exquisite cuisine, and shop from a wide selection of hand-made and authentic crafts from countries all over the world. Take the whole family and enjoy rides, games, fireworks displays and educational exhibits. The Global Village is open from November to March each year and Dubai hotel discounts are available for the area.

Situated in the desert and full of some of the world’s most amazing scenery and architecture, Dubai is truly a blend of the old world and the new.

Keeping your travel expenses may be a challenge nowadays but you can always check out a list of Dubai Cheap Hotels at Motel.com.

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Feb

4

Barbados: The Perfect Island Escape

By Bob Levin on February 4th, 2014

Categories: Popular Cities

Barbados

Barbados is an island in the Caribbean boasting almost 166 square miles of pure sunshine and natural beauty. In fact, because of its unique location, Barbados receives over 3,000 hours of sunshine yearly, making the island’s weather the perfect mix of warm sun cooled by constant trade winds from the northeast. The average daytime temperatures on Barbados range between 84-88 degrees Fahrenheit, with summer temperatures rarely exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re looking for an escape away from traffic and work to a sun-filled paradise, Barbados is the perfect place. With the available Barbados hotel deals, a lot of people consider this island the ideal tonic for a stressful life.

The Tropical Paradise of Barbados

Discovered in the late 15th Century by Spanish explorers, Barbados has a long history of being a lush, tropical paradise. Visitors to the island are greeted with plentiful subtropical flora and fauna as they step off the airplane or boat into some of the lushest natural beauty the planet has to offer. Visitors can choose to hike on one of the many inland and coastal trails available, or revel in the activities of the abundance of wildlife that can be seen around the island. Combine these significant price savings with Barbados group travel rates, and you’ll see why so many travelers gravitate to this island paradise each year.

One thing about Barbados that many visitors note is the friendliness that is demonstrated by the island’s inhabitants, making it one of the most likely places in the world that visitors would return to for a subsequent visit. Much of this friendliness is attributed to the fact that the United Nations Human Development Index (2011) ranked Barbados in its highest category for human development, placing the island high above the regional scores of both the Caribbean and Latin America. Barbados’ literacy rate of 97% reflects this focus on development, as does Barbados’ parliamentary history as the third oldest parliament in the world (established in 1639).

Barbados has beaches for those who enjoy tanning, swimming or watersports, and surfing. Aside from the magnificent plantation tours and golf courses, vacationers can also have a good time going duty-free shopping and being entertained with calypso music in the festive night life in Bridgetown, St. Lawrence Gap or Oistin Bay.

Barbados Travel Deals

With the Barbados hotel discounts available, you’re sure to find the perfect island getaway spot that will nurture your soul and wallet at the same time.

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Jan

7

Travel to Aspen, Colorado for a Winter Vacation Like no Other

By Bob Levin on January 7th, 2014

Categories: Popular Cities

Aspen, Colorado

Famous for its resort lifestyle and for being a winter home for celebrities, Aspen, Colorado offers some of the best skiing, snowboarding, and winter activities available in the world. But don’t let the focus on chilly sports fool you—Aspen also boasts some of the best restaurants and bars in the world, making it an ideal spot to sit by a toasty fire and enjoy find foods and drinks surrounded by the company of friends and loved ones. If you’re looking for the perfect way to enjoy the best that winter has to offer, Aspen, Colorado should be first on your list of places to visit. Visitors who want to save on their vacation expenses can go to Motel.com to check some Aspen hotel deals.

Things To Do in Aspen, Colorado

Sitting at the north end of the Roaring Fork Valley, Aspen is also home to the Roaring Fork River, one of the best streams in the country for trout fishing. If fishing isn’t your thing, Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk mountains provide world-renowned skiing and snowboarding opportunities and are located within 12 miles of the town of Aspen. Book into one of the hotels near Aspen to make sure you don’t have to too far to see these great attractions.

Around Aspen is the White River National Forest, with the Elk Mountains to the south and west, and the Williams Mountains and the Sawatch Range to the east. For hiking, Maroon Creek, Castle Creek and Hunter Creek Valleys are nearby, with some of the most beautiful trails in the country for those who want to get back to nature. And with Aspen, Colorado group travel rates, the opportunity to discover Aspen is even more appealing to travelers on a tight budget.

Preparing for Your Aspen, Colorado Trip

Since the weather in Aspen is difficult to predict (the town sits almost 8,000 feet above sea level), travelers should plan their trip well and bring extra layers, regardless of the time of year they visit. Some other essentials are sunscreen, sunglasses, lip protection, weatherproof footwear and a camera, so you can take photos of the natural beauty surrounding you.

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Dec

6

Where and How to Celebrate Kwanzaa

By Bob Levin on December 6th, 2013

Categories: Popular Cities

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Since its inception in 1966 and first official celebration in 1968, Kwanzaa has served less as a religious holiday in competition with Christmas or Hanukkah than as a cultural touchstone for African-Americans seeking to reconnect with their distant cultural past. Over the years it has evolved into a celebration of Black culture in America, marked by performances by some of the greatest artists alive, and it’s a perfect excuse to book some hotel deals to see some electrifying performances, no matter your background. Here are some suggestions for where to celebrate this cultural phenomenon.

New York: American Museum of Natural History

With plenty of cheap hotels in the area, a quick trip to The Big Apple rewards with you the 35th annual celebration of Kwanzaa at the American Museum of Natural History, featuring storyteller Linda Humes, Ugandan poet Emilia Ottoo performances from the Broadway hit Motown the Musical, the IMPACT Repertory Theatre, award-winning filmmaker and bestselling author MK Asante and a screening of his film narrated by Maya Angelou, The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration.

Kwanzaa in Paris

The biggest Kwanzaa celebration outside of the United States is the perfect excuse to discover hotel discounts and jet off to the City of Lights. Sponsored by the Association Pan Africaine, the 2-week celebration includes guest speakers, musical performances, and lectures designed to culminate in a truly Parisian appreciation for African and French-African cultures.

San Francisco: All Week Long

The City by the Bay dedicates one day to each of the seven principles Kwanzaa with events and performances through the city – and with hotel deals waiting to be discovered. From City Hall to the Public Libraries to the Hamilton Rec Center, Kwanzaa-centric events are occurring each day from December 26 through January 1st.

Kwanzaa is much more than a holiday, it’s a cultural event that can be enjoyed by anyone – this is the year to discover a whole new holiday!

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Nov

26

Tips for Spending Thanksgiving in New York

By Bob Levin on November 26th, 2013

Categories: Popular Cities

New York

Thanksgiving is probably the busiest travel time in the U.S. because a lot of Americans spend this holiday with their families. Most people take advantage of the long vacation weekend as it also marks that start of the Christmas season. According to one website, New York City remains as one of the most popular destinations for this year’s Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas shopping.

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day In The Big Apple

Book a Hotel Early: One of the best ways to get your hands on New York hotel discounts is to book early. Domestic travelers in the U.S. usually book only one or two days before they stay. Although the booking window is different depending on the city you are going to, trends show that the cheapest New York hotel prices are found within a week before check-in, with savings of six percent below average room rates.

Visit the National Museum of the American Indian: Located at the U.S. Customs House in downtown Manhattan, the National Museum of American Indian is one of those few places that are open on Thursdays. This would be a great alternative to visit since the more popular cultural institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art are closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: This iconic parade of giant character balloons and colorful floats is definitely the highlight of Thanksgiving Day if you’re in the Big Apple. But due to the chilly weather, more and more spectators prefer to watch this parade behind the comfort of their hotel room windows. You can check out Motel.com to find hotels near Manhattan in New York City which offer a view of this amazing Thanksgiving Parade.

Book Your New York City Trip Today

To get the best motel deals in New York, make sure that you plan your trip beforehand and know the places that you want to visit and the things that you want to do.

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Nov

19

Mexico City’s Captivating Castles and Palaces

By Bob Levin on November 19th, 2013

Categories: Popular Cities

Mexico City

Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and home to some really cool places that remind tourists of ancient civilizations. So if you’re venturing to Mexico City, be sure to check out the exotic sites that this enchanting city offers. However, make sure to book a room in one of the Mexico City cheap hotels so that you can enjoy your stay.

See Mexico City’s Rich History Through These Places

Two sites stand out among the many attractions New Mexico has to offer: a castle and a palace.

Chapultepec Castle

The Chapultepec Castle is an 18th-century palace that is famous for its beautiful gardens. Previously the home of the Mexican President (till 1939), it now houses the impressive Museo Nacional de Historia. If you go to Mexico City, you have to visit this castle; there is a lot of mesmerizing history in the place. You get a breathtaking view of reforma from the castle’s highest balcony. A wonderful park, museums, lakes, food, shopping – the castle rolls all these into one place.

National Palace

The National Palace, or ‘Palacio Nacional’, is a historic building that was once the home of legendary Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. In case you don’t know, Cortés was the man who led the expedition to defeat and conquer the great Aztec Empire. The palace has a brilliant panoramic fresco depicting Mexican history by Diego Rivera. Located in the heart of Mexico City near Templo Mayor and the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace is a very happening place so there are many other activities that you can do when you visit the palace. Don’t forget to look for the many Mexico City hotel deals available. You can have fun in Mexico without emptying your pocket.

Book the Best Affordable Hotels in Mexico City

Mexico is enjoyable all throughout the year, but October to May is the best time to visit. It could be hot and humid during the May to September period especially in the south. On the other hand, inland temperatures can be freezing from December to February. Go to Motel.com now and find amazing Mexico City hotel discounts. Mexico City has a lot to offer tourists and so do we!

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