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Comic Con 2012 Comes to San Diego

Thursday, 28 June 2012 02:33 by Mandy

If you haven't reserved your airport parking with Airport Parking Connection online for this year's Comic-Con opening in San Diego, CA in just a couple of weeks, you better get started!  This highly anticipated annual event will have most airport parking lots filled to the brim with excited visitors and comic book heroes alike.  

Once you arrive in San Diego, you will notice that most of the downtown parking will be locked up and most likely have to walk many blocks to reach the pavilion.  If you are travel savvy, many hotel locations around the San Diego International Airport and downtown Hotels will have shuttle buses driving visitors to and from the pavilion.  You can reserve parking with Airport Parking Connection online for a day of parking at any one of our partnered parking facilities.  If you are staying in a hotel, there is no need to reserve parking online.  There are no in and out privilages allowed by most hotels and parking will be included in your stay.  

You can also search online for available parking vendors for groups like Ace Parking, 5 Star Parking, and more!  Plan ahead and enjoy Comic-Con 2012!  As always, Happy Travels!

Best Summer Travel Destinations You Have Never Heard of in the U.S.

Friday, 11 May 2012 01:17 by Mandy

Summer is just around the corner, which means vacations and fun in the sun. There are a ton of fun destinations in the country that perfectly encapsulate the American experience. Some of the best summer travel destinations remain out of the general public’s radar, so here are a few you may not have heard of.

Monterey: California’s First City

Nestled along California’s central coast, Monterey exemplifies California’s rich history. Originally the capital of Alta California from 1777 to 1846 under both Spanish and Mexican rule, Monterey had California’s first theater, public building, publicly funded school, public library, printing press, and newspaper. Over the years, the city has attracted everyone from artists and writers to fisherman, and remains a constant reminder of California’s past mixed into a modern way of life.

With such a deep-rooted culture, Monterey County has a wide variety of attractions that the whole family can enjoy. For those interested in California’s history, Monterey has several museums and over thirty preserved historic buildings. One of the most notable attractions is the National Steinbeck Center, a museum and memorial dedicated to the late great author John Steinbeck, who lived in Monterey and nearby Salinas and wrote numerous novels set in the county.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the largest in North America, is home to jellyfish, stingrays, sea otters, and a ton of other native species. Even outside of the aquarium, visitors are greeted by a wealth of marine life, including sea lions, harbor seals, bat rays, and dolphins.

Wine Country: Grapes Galore

It’s easy to miss out on this hidden gem. Wine Country is just north of the bustling city of San Francisco and generally consists of the combined counties of Napa, Mendocino, and Sonoma, though some references include parts of Lake County.

If you love fresh air and beautiful scenery, nothing gets much better than Wine Country. A long way from the hot, sandy beaches of the California coast, Wine Country is known for an expanse of green vegetation with rolling, grassy hills, trees, and wildflowers.

Alongside the refreshing hillside scenery are rows upon rows of grapevines. Wine is the keyword here. The area hosts over 400 wineries, many of which offer complementary wine tastings and winery tours. The unique terroir of the area makes for a great opportunity for sommeliers and amateur wine enthusiasts alike.

Glacier National Park: Crown of the Continent

The United States is known for its many majestic national parks and monuments, from Grand Canyon to Yosemite to Yellowstone. Glacier National Park is one of the country’s most underrated national parks, facing low visitor counts each year, but it remains one of the most expansive parks in the country.

Located in Montana along the Canadian border, Glacier National Park comprises over a million acres, including parts of two mountain ranges and over 130 named lakes. The pristine natural ecosystem makes it a perfect home for over a thousand species of plants and hundreds of animal species, most notably the mountain goat. A few things to experience in the park include:

·         The Going-to-the-Sun Road, completed in 1932, is the only road that crosses through the park, passing over the Continental Divide. Spanning 50 miles, the road passes through the park’s interior, winds around mountainsides, and gives visitors some of the best views of northwest Montana.

·         One of the least crowded sections of the park, the North Fork presents visitors with views of Bowman and Kintla Lakes, a homesteading site, and the opportunity to see and hear some of the park’s rare wildlife.

·         Considered the heart of Glacier National Park, Many Glacier treats visitors to views of massive mountains, sparkling lakes, glaciers, hiking trails, and tons of wildlife. This area is especially popular amongst hikers with a web of trails radiating in all directions. A hiker could take a different trail every day for a whole week and still not cover all that Many Glacier has to offer.

·         Logan Pass is one of the most popular areas for visitors, and with good reason. Fields of wildflowers carpet Logan Pass, surrounded by Reynolds Mountain and Clements Mountain. Beautiful, vibrant glacier lilies sprout all across the meadows. The area hosts excellent hiking trails and wildlife viewing opportunities.

If you’re looking for a summer travel spot outside of your normal repertoire, consider Monterey, California’s wine country, or the majestic Glacier National Park. Dig a little deeper to find even more of America’s hidden gems. Don't forget to reserve your airport parking online with Airport Parking Connection!  Enjoy!

Featured Travel Blogger - Michael Cervin on LAX Airport Parking

Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:08 by Mandy

 I am a travel writer, therefore, well, I travel a lot. I live in Santa Barbara, but usually fly out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as it’s easier to get to specific world wide destinations. So because I travel, I want easy, simple parking that I know and understand. And this is exactly why I choose AirPark LAX on La Cienega, right off the 405 freeway. I’ve been doing this for years and I like the convenience of having my car parked by myself, not some valet at a hotel. I park in a covered lot, take a shuttle to my terminal and I’m done. Are there places closer? Sure, but I want and prefer the ability to park in the exact stall I choose, keep my keys with me, and I like the inexpensive rate for a covered parking lot (I drive a convertible so an uncovered lot doesn’t interest me) which adds up to a routine which is a no-brainer. I like exactly what I do with Airport Parking Connection, and I never have had a problem. Whether I travel to New Mexico, China, Nova Scotia, Switzerland, Spain or even Wisconsin or Virginia, I routinely make the same choice to park my car; one that is familiar, inexpensive, consistent and lets me be in control. I’ve been doing this for years, and since I travel for a living AirPark LAX is seriously easy.

~Michael Cervin 

Plan Ahead to Make Your Flight Brighter

Tuesday, 7 February 2012 06:39 by Mandy

Traveling all over the country (and even the world) can be pretty stressful these days.  From the flight, airport parking, security checking, and paying baggage fees, it all seems daunting.   Planning as much of your trip ahead of time is necessary if you want to have a smooth and stress free time.

For Travelers

If you are going to a tropical destination for a holiday, traveling for Spring Break 2012, or will be visiting friends or family somewhere, make your travel plans well in advance. If you forgot to book your flight 60-90 days prior to the holiday, you are not completely out of luck. Many airlines still have open seats a few weeks before the holiday and you may even get a big discount at this point. You can shop for the best flight deals online, which will enable you to save the most money possible.

If you will be renting a car to drive to your destination, or if you will rent one once you have landed after your flight, make these arrangements well in advance. The rental car companies will raise their prices closer to the date, so if you want to save money you need to plan ahead of time.

If you will be driving yourself to the airport such as Burbank Bob Hope Airport or Baltimore Washington International Airport, and then flying to your destination, ensure that you have planned out how and where you will park. Many people have missed their flights in the past because they did not leave enough time to find a parking spot and ended up having to park too far from the terminal to make their flight. Allow for at least half an hour to an hour (depending on how big the airport is) to get your car parked and to get to the terminal. If you want to cut down on that time, you can choose valet parking. Many people do not even realize that this option is available to them. It will help you to save quite a lot of time.

You can also choose to reserve your parking online with Airport Parking Connection, which is an excellent way to save time as well, because you do not have to search for a spot.  You can reserve with SouthWest Parking or VSP Parking out of BUR airport, and EconoPark Express or ValetPark Express out of BWI airport.  Reserve and print out your parking voucher and other travel itineraries and be on your way!

Don't forget to stay up to date with the status of your flight as airline travel is always changing with the weather and delays.  Check out and keep up with your flight status.  

Whether you are traveling to see your friends and family, planning ahead can help make your holiday trip smoother and easier.

FlightStats from LAX to SJC

Wednesday, 1 February 2012 02:31 by Mandy

If you are flying out of LAX or San Jose International Airport, making sure you are on top of the status of your flight is a must.  Stop by and check on your departing flight status.  While you are there don't forget you can reserve your airport parking with Airport Parking Connection.  You can find your favorite lax parking locations like AirPark LAX, Airport Center, QuikPark LAX, Fox Auto Parks, LAX Park Place, and The Park at LAX.  San Jose airport parking has much to offer as well such as, The Radisson Hotel, The Courtyard San Jose Airport, San Jose Double Tree, Park and Jet Airport Parking, Fast Airport Parking, and EZ Park Fly.