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10 Best Memorial Day Destinations and Deals in 2011
New York (May 4, 2011) – Memorial Day weekend traditionally ushers in the unofficial start of the summer season. The editors at ShermansTravel.com, the web's most trusted source for hand-picked travel deals, hotel reviews and expert travel advice, have picked the Top 10 Memorial Day Getaways in 2011 and some amazing deals to boot, starting at just $79 per night.
“We’re starting to see some great deals that are perfect for long weekends like Memorial Day or throughout the spring and summer,” said Darren Frei, editorial director for ShermansTravel.
Many travelers are itching to get out of town for the unofficial kick off to the summer season, especially after the rough winter in the Northeast and Midwest. And with gasoline prices inching near the $4 mark nationally, many travelers are opting to get a great deal on an airline ticket and get out of town, whether it’s for Memorial Day or any weekend in spring,” added Frei.
From hot cities like Austin and Chicago to cosmopolitan capitals like Quebec City, Canada, following are the Top 10 Memorial Day Getaways in 2011 from ShermansTravel.com.
■ Austin, Texas boasts some of best cultural offerings in the Lone Star State, with numerous galleries and museums. But the capital city is best known for its energetic music scene, with nearly 200 music venues, and its amazing foodie scene. Rates at the Barton Creek Resort & Spa start at $132 per night and include complimentary room upgrade, daily breakfast, and late checkout (based on availability).
■ Bermuda is perhaps known best for its long stretches of pink-sand beaches and championship golf courses. At a mere 2.5-hour plane ride from New York City, Bermuda is a quick-and-easy Memorial Day beach getaway. Four-night packages including round-trip air at Bermuda’s Surf Side Beach Club start at just $519 per person, double occupancy.
■ New York City marks the Memorial Day holiday with Fleet Week, which draws hundreds of uniformed sailors and Marines to the city to participate in parades and other events. There are also picnics in Central Park or Bryant Park, al fresco sidewalk dining, street fairs, rooftop bars and river cruises boasting spectacular city views. Rates at New York City’s all-suite Beekman Tower Hotel near the United Nations start at $199 per night, a 33 percent savings.
■ Chicago, Illinois is home to renowned museums, haute restaurants, amazing nightlife and music venues including top blues and jazz spots. Head off to the lakefront area or take in the city’s exciting Memorial Day Parade. Of course, nothing beats an afternoon watching the hometown Cubs at Wrigley Field, one of the most iconic baseball stadiums in the world. Rates at the Club Quarters in the Central Loop start from $89 per night.
■ Hilton Head, South Carolina is a popular Memorial Day weekend getaway, with pleasant weather, championship golf courses, budding apple blossoms and BRAVO, an annual art-and-cultural festival that is in full swing by the end of May. The island’s succulent seafood and upscale shopping round out the Hilton Head experience. Rates at the Players Club Hotel on Hilton Head Island begin at just $79 per night through June 9, 2011. Two-night minimum stay required.
■ Palm Springs, California has long been a playground for Hollywood’s luminaries touting world-class resorts, championship golf, swimming and tennis. One need not be a celebrity to enjoy this posh desert oasis as nature buffs can easily spend their time enjoying desert vistas, canyon tours, and hikes. Rates at the Hotel Zoso, located steps from Palm Springs’ celebrated shops, dining, and galleries, start at $128 per night and include daily breakfast, complimentary upgrade to next room category and late check-out based on availability.
■ Québec City, Canada with its cobblestoned streets and magnificent 17th-century architecture, is about as far away as one can get for a three-day weekend without jetting across The Pond. This French Canadian city by the majestic St. Lawrence River is home to fine French restaurants, upscale shopping, lively nightlife and friendly locals. Rates at the luxurious Hilton Québec on Parliament Hill start at just $133 per night – more than 40 percent off the standard rate – through December 31, 2011.
■ Washington, D.C. is the natural choice for a Memorial Day getaway, with its many monuments commemorating the historical service and sacrifices of our military. The city is alive with events such as the National Memorial Day Parade, which runs from the National Mall to the White House, and the National Memorial Day Concert on the Capitol's West Lawn. Rates at the Omni Shoreham Hotel start at just $136 per night.
■ Yellowstone National Park, the nation’s first national park, offers well appointed lodges close to the park’s awe-inspiring natural wonders, including more than 300 steam-spewing geysers – the most famous being ‘Old Faithful’ – as well as towering 300-foot waterfalls, and a wide range of wildlife. Packages to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the southern gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, start at $448 and include three nights’ lodging, guided tour of Yellowstone National Park, scenic float trip through Grand Teton National Park, continental breakfast and all taxes and fees.
■ Charleston, South Carolina is one of the best places to celebrate Memorial Day, given the many heroes that hailed from this history-rich capital of the Old South. Charleston’s cobblestone streets are lined with well-preserved architectural remnants, from plantations and stately southern homes, many of which date back to the pre-Revolutionary War era. Rates at the Andrew Pinckney Inn start at $149 per night and include 15% discounts for performances at The Spoleto Festival, America’s premier performing arts festival, and free breakfast daily.
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