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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!

JFK Airport Parking Deals and Ideas for Summer 2012

Monday, 23 April 2012 03:27 by Mandy

Every year, it seems like there are new hot vacation spots that everyone wants to go to, as well as new ways to book trips and other fads to make travel easier. 2012 is no exception. Here are some of the top travel trends for 2012 that everyone is talking about.

·         Using social media to get travel information

In the past, many people relied on reviews from strangers to find out which hotels and destinations were the best. These days, everyone is using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to find out what people they trust think of certain hotels and vacation hot spots. Travel experts predict this to continue in 2012 and beyond.

·         Apps for Travelers

Look for new apps that can make your traveling experience much easier in 2012, such as those that help you to book your flight in seconds, find a restaurant in your area, and even those that can tell you where the popular sights are in the town you are visiting. Download new apps to make your travels easier and the planning process faster.

·         Mystery Trips

Some travel agencies put on mystery trips, where you pay and then they surprise you with where you are going and what you are doing. This is great for those who are very adventurous and want to leave the planning to someone else. These have been around for awhile, but have gained popularity in the last few years as people are looking for new travel experiences. This year, many of these tours also loan travelers a smart phone that features their itinerary each day and other apps to help them navigate.

·         More Travelers to Panama and Ecuador

The European debt crisis has left countries in the Eurozone a lot less desirable as travel spots for Americans. Many are looking for a trip where they do not have to worry about exchange rates and where their budget is not affected by the state of the currency in the country they are visiting. This is why Panama and Ecuador are so appealing. They have both just adopted the U.S. dollar, so Americans do not have to worry about exchange rates and can use their dollars everywhere they go. This makes travel easier and much more seamless.

·         Hotels Increasing their Amenities

Many travelers have been complaining for years about the growing cost to stay in hotels all over the world and the hotels finally seem to be taking notice. A large number of hotels are starting to offer much more to their customers including free movies, cheaper drinks in the mini bar and free bottled water. Other hotels are giving customers coupons to various area attractions and offering them deals if they book a stay for a vacation in the future before they leave. Hotels want to keep your business, as there is a lot of competition among hotels all over the world, and they will be going above and beyond in 2012 to keep you loyal; to their chain.

Airport Parking Deals at JFK

If you are looking to fly out of New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, rest assured you can save money by doing a little research and pre-planning.  Airport Parking Connection offers discount airport parking reservations at the best JFK airport parking locations such as, AirPark JFK, JFK Long Term Parking, SmartPark JFK, and USave JFK.  Select, reserve, and save! 

Dallas DFW Airport Parking News

Thursday, 12 April 2012 01:13 by Mandy

Airport Parking Connection has something new to offer fans searching for discounted off-airport parking alternatives at Dallas Fort Worth Airport.  The Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport Hotel will be accepting reservations online starting at $8/day on Monday.  Don't waste your time running in circles in the airport parking lot trying to find parking, then paying an expensive rate.  Reserve DFW parking on Airport Parking Connection with the Westin, and find a 24 hour shuttle, courteous staff, and exceptional valet service.  To find out more details on the Westin DFW Hotel airport parking deals, stop by Airport Parking Connection.  Remember to reserve and save!

Best Budget Honeymoon Destinations in America

Monday, 2 April 2012 01:56 by Mandy

Your honeymoon should be the most romantic trip that you ever take, but it should also be a reflection of you and your spouse. Many people feel like they should go to a warm place and lay on the beach the whole time, but if that’s not your thing, you should do what you want! You also want to find a vacation that is fun and affordable which is not always easy to do. Check out some of these popular budget honeymoon destinations in America that are a mix of traditional and non-traditional to find the one that works best for you and your new spouse.

  • Las Vegas, Nevada

You can really do a Vegas honeymoon cheaply, as long as you avoid the super expensive clubs and hotels and look for the more affordable rooms. There are tons of flights in and out of Las Vegas, so you should be able to find one that fits in your budget. There are also plenty of hotels on the strip that offer cheap rooms. Ask your concierge where the best, cheap buffets are and you can save a ton of money. You can also drink for free in the casinos as long as you are playing, so sit down at the penny slots and have your cocktails for free!

  • Mackinac, Michigan

Mackinac is located on the tip of the lower peninsula of Michigan and is a bustling tourist town. You can stay in the city and enjoy miniature golf, shopping and movies, or you can take a ferry to Mackinac Island, which is filled with things to see and do. Whether you like horseback riding, mountain biking, or just strolling through town, Mackinac and Mackinac Island are affordable Michigan destinations.

  • Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe has something for everyone to do, no matter what season you are there. You can find not only gambling and golf, but also spas, skiing and hiking. Whatever it is that you like to do; you can do it and save money in Lake Tahoe. There are tons of cheap hotels there and flights are affordable as well.

  • Buckhannon, West Virginia

For nature lovers, Audra State Park, located in Buckhannon, West Virginia, is the top place to go. You save a large amount of money by camping on your honeymoon and there are tons of things to do at Audra including hiking, swimming, biking, fishing and more. Enjoy the great outdoors with your sweetie for far less money than you would spend on most other honeymoons.

  • Destin, Florida

Located in the panhandle of Florida, this great beach city is perfect if you want to enjoy a relaxing, beachside vacation without spending all of your money. Dining and hotel rooms are affordable here, and flights are usually very reasonable.

You do not have to spend a lot of money to have a great, relaxing honeymoon. Staying in America can save you cash and can be less hassle than heading to the Caribbean and beyond. Don't forget you can save money by reserving your Indianapolis International Airport parking with Airport Parking Connection.  Park with Ace Rent A Car or Indy Park Ride & Fly when you are headed out and looking for Indianapolis airport parking.