USATourist News MagazineJuly 2005
In this issue:
Summer is underway and if you'll be traveling the United States during these warm months, be sure to carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go. July 4th is Independence Day. Wherever you travel in the United States this weekend you will find parades, festivals, parties, and spectacular fireworks displays. Just check the local newspaper for events in the area.
Make sure you read this newsletter from beginning to end; we have several great specials throughout this issue.
With all of the attractions Florida has to offer it has always been a favorite vacation destination. Renting a private vacation home in Florida is a cost-effective way to enjoy your vacation, especially if you are traveling with many family members or a large group. Renting a furnished home allows you to "make yourself at home." Most vacation homes have clothes washer and dryers, fully equipped kitchens, cable TV, linens, and some have pools. Visit our Vacation Homes page to read about some vacation home companies and see below for some current and upcoming vacation homes specials: www.usatourist.com/english/places/florida/vacationhomes.html
Florida 5-Star Vacations Homes in the Kissimmee, Orlando area is offering some amazing summer specials: $89/night for a three-bedroom home and $109/night for a four-bedroom home. When you visit their website you will find pictures of some of the rental homes, a map of the area, and answers to any questions you may have. These prices beat many of the prices of traditional hotel rooms in the area. Don't pass this great deal up and make sure you mention that you saw this special on USATourist when you make your reservation. Click here to read more about Florida 5-Star Vacations Homes and to make a reservation: www.usatourist.com/english/places/florida/vacationhomes.html
ALL STAR Vacation Homes is also in the Orlando area and offers a luxurious selection of vacation home rentals. You can choose from more than 100 ALL STAR homes within 4 miles of Walt Disney World. Right now ALL STAR is offering a spectacular fall special:
Book an Orlando Vacation Home in fall 2005 to receive ONE NIGHT FREE with a seven night reservation!
PLUS receive FREE Disney ticket upgrades with any reservation! Visit the ALL STAR Website for details: www.usatourist.com/english/places/florida/vacationhomes.html 888-249-1779 / 407-997-0733
Walt Disney World is truly a world of its own. Four theme parks and two water parks fill the 47square mile resort complex. The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom Park make up the theme parks and Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are the two water parks. The water parks are refurbished every fall and winter and may be closed if you visit during those times of year. www.usatourist.com/english/places/florida/disney.html
According to the Walt Disney World Website, one of the slower times of year is quickly approaching, the week after Labor Day through the week before Thanksgiving (mid-September through mid-November). This is a good time to make a reservation for an Orlando hotel.
Or, reserve one of the ALL STAR Vacation homes and take advantage of their fall special: www.usatourist.com/english/places/florida/vacationhomes.html
Don't forget we can help you book your air travel. The airport city code for Orlando is MCO: www.usatourist.com/english/reservations/Reservations-Flights.html
We can also help reserve your rental car: www.usatourist.com/english/reservations/Reservations-Cars.html
Disney World isnt the only "must see" attraction in Orlando, Florida. Universal Orlando Resort has two theme parks, Universal Studios and Universal's Islands of Adventure. There is also a Universal CityWalk filled with shopping, entertainment, and dining a nice place to spend your evenings. www.usatourist.com/english/places/florida/universalstudios.html
Only 50 miles (75km) due east of Orlando, located on the Atlantic Coast is a famous location dedicated to the exploration of our universe, NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center. There are three available tours: the NASA Close Up Tour where you will have the closest possible view Space Shuttle Launch Pad and a stop at the International Space Station Center. Second is the Cape Canaveral: Then & Now Tour, which gives you a chance to relive the launch of America's first satellite at the Air Force Space and Missile Museum and you'll also get a chance to see today's active rocket program. The Kennedy Space Center Tour is included with admission and gives you access to the LC-39 Observation Gantry and the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
Stop by our Kennedy Space Center page for more information and to enjoy a couple of virtual tours: www.usatourist.com/english/places/florida/kennedy.html
Niagara Falls may be known as the Honeymoon Capital, but don't let that stop you from visiting if you're not on your honeymoon. Niagara Falls is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Astonishingly, over one million gallons of water pours over the 180 feet high (and close to 0.6 miles wide) cliff per second. With its breathtaking views Niagara Falls is one destination everyone should visit. www.usatourist.com/english/destinations/newyork/newyorkcity/new-york-city-main.html/niagara.html
The weekend of July 4 is the 2 Nations Celebration in Niagara Falls. The weekend is packed with all kinds of activities for all ages. Music will be filling the evening air in Queen Victoria Park, which overlooks Niagara Falls.
The Concert line-up on the Main Stage includes:
July 1 Swamperella, Niagara Symphony Pops Concert
July 2 The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards presented in association with Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara
July 3 Ray Robinson, Lori Nuic, In Essence, Alexina Stewart, Keshia Chante and Much Music Dance Video Road Show sponsored by Coca Cola and the Fruitopia Spin Tour
July 4 Billy Klippert, (Headline to be announced)
Some of the other entertainments are cirque performers, the Duffle Bag Theatre, Chris McKhool (entertaining children at the Botanical Gardens), Fruitopia Spin Tour. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Table Rock and Niagara Parks Mascots will also be out to greeting attendees. www.niagaraparks.com
The Niagara Falls and Great Gorge Adventure Pass can save you money on the Authentic Falls Experience! The Niagara Falls and Great Gorge Adventure Pass includes admission to Behind the Falls, The Maid of the Mist, White Water Walk, Butterfly Conservatory, all-day transportation on the People Mover and Falls Incline Railway, and money saving coupons for the Whirlpool Aero Car, Old Fort Niagara, and more. USATourist discount prices: Adults $36.07(CDN) Children 6 to 12 years $22.42. Kids 5 and under are Free! The Adventure Pass offers great savings over buying all the attraction tickets individually, plus preferred access.
See the link at the bottom of the USATourist Niagara Falls page to order your Niagara Falls and Great Gorge Adventure Pass today. This is a great deal. www.usatourist.com/english/destinations/newyork/newyorkcity/new-york-city-main.html/niagara.html
Utah sits between California and Colorado and has some of the most dramatic and magnificent National Parks in America. Each park is known for their individual attractions and each has a beauty of its own. See our USATourist links with photos of these beautiful Utah National parks:
Arches National Park is known for its red sandstone arches among other natural formations. www.usatourist.com/english/destinations/utah/nationalparks/arches/arches-main.html
Bryce Canyon National Park has dozens of small ravines eroded into the east side of a ridge at the edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce Canyon is located in southwest Utah, about 270 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) and about 270 miles south of Salt Lake City (SLC). www.usatourist.com/english/destinations/utah/nationalparks/brycecanyon/bryce-canyon-main.html
Zion National Park is another Utah park that has cliffs and canyons, desert and forest. www.usatourist.com/english/destinations/utah/nationalparks/zion/zion-main.html
The major airport in Utah is located in Salt Lake City (SLC): http://www.usatourist.com/english/reservations/Reservations-Cars.html
For more on Utah: www.usatourist.com/english/destinations/utah/utah-main.html
Be sure to check on the fire restrictions before venturing to the parks by contacting UtahFireInfo.gov: www.utahfireinfo.gov/restrictions/index.htm
An inexpensive way to lodge in the United States is staying at a hostel. The costs can be a fraction of what it would cost to stay in a motel or hotel (Beds at a hostel in Zion National park start at $12 a night.) Hostels in the US vary from location to location, ranging from urban high-rise buildings in cites to quaint homes in the mountains. Some hostels have the option of private rooms while others are dormitory style with male, female, and mixed rooms and some have private rooms for families. Some are bed and breakfasts while others offer self-catering kitchens and a community room with a TV, pool table, and dart boards.
Campers often stop in local hostel to use the showers and facilities for a nominal fee. (For more on camping see our camping page: www.usatourist.com/english/traveltips/lodging/lodging-camping-tips.html)
If you'd like to make a reservation at one of the many American hostels, click on our hostels link to make a reservation: www.reservations.bookhostels.com/usatourist.com
That's it for our July newsletter. We really hope you can take advantage of some of these great offers. Keep an eye on our future newsletters for other specials and remember its not too early to make your reservations for fall. Airports and tourist attractions begin to slow down after Labor Day and the weather begins to cool, making the autumn months a beautiful time to visit the United States. www.usatourist.com/english/culture/seasons/autumn-main.html
See you next month!
Written by: Elizabeth L. Blair
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