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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!

Welcome FlyNSave and ParkNTravel

Thursday, 3 May 2012 03:10 by Mandy

Memorial Day Weekend is arriving and it is time to plan for a celebration.  If you are flying out of San Jose International Airport or Oakland International Airport, you can find great new airport parking options at FlyNSave and ParkNTravel.  Look for low rates, extra amenities, and a free shuttle for SJC parking and OAK parking.  Stop by Airport Parking Connection view the latest deals on airport parking!

The Do’s and Don'ts of Airport Etiquette

Friday, 9 March 2012 01:49 by Mandy

Proper airport etiquette is a synthesis of common sense, paying attention to those around you, and following the many rules and regulations of flying. Since those rules are always changing, it’s a good idea to check with the airline you’re flying on to get accurate and up-to-date information, either by calling or checking their website.

 

Educating yourself about the number of bags you can check and/or carry on, the items that aren’t permitted in your carry-on and luggage, and any associated fees will save you valuable time and ensure that you don’t lose any of your personal possessions at security. It can also mean the difference between making and missing your flight.

 

These extra tips for airport travel and etiquette will help you save a lot of time and hassle too, in addition to showing respect to those around you.

 

Arrive Early: Airlines ask that you check in 90 minutes before your flight departs, so be sure you plan ahead to arrive inside the airport at the check-in line or kiosk about 90 minutes in advance. This means leaving time for traffic, weather, parking, and walking or taking the shuttle bus to the terminal. If you think 90 minutes is a lot of time to kill once you’re inside, you may be facing long check-in and security lines, a crowded airport, or a long walk to the terminal, which you should plan to reach about 30 minutes in advance for boarding.

 

Be Prepared: In addition to knowing what’s permitted in your carry-on and luggage and leaving plenty of time to get to the airport, be prepared with your picture ID, electronic ticket or boarding pass, and passport in hand before you reach the front of the check-in line. Keep these items handy for use at security and boarding. It’s also a good idea to know where you’re going to park before you arrive.

 

Wear the Right Shoes and Clothing: At security, you’ll have to remove your shoes, jacket or sweatshirt, and anything metal that’s on your person, in addition to removing your laptop and other electronics from their carrying cases. This process can take awhile. It’s wise to wear slip-on or other easily removable shoes (with socks), and to limit the number of clothing layers and pieces of metal you’re wearing, to avoid holding up the line at security.

 

Use Walkways Wisely: Moving walkways can help you move faster and take a load off if you’re tired or you have a long way to go. Proper walkway etiquette means walking or standing on the right side of the walkway and moving over to the left side to pass those who are moving more slowly than you are, just like on the highway.

 

Offer Your Seat to People with Special Needs: Airports can be very busy places with minimal seating and standing room once you reach the food court or terminal. It’s always a courteous gesture to offer your seat to someone who needs it more than you do, if you don’t have special needs yourself. Sometimes people are assigned seats apart from their family members and other traveling companions, so it’s also polite to offer to trade airplane seats with someone if you’re sitting next to their friend or relative.

 

Stay Quiet: Airports are loud places, full of intercoms, cell phones, and all the noisy electronics that people like to travel with. When talking on the phone, use an indoor voice and leave the area you’re in if it’s too loud, instead of raising your voice. Keep phone calls short and if you need to make a long one, keep moving or use an old pay phone cubicle so no one is forced to listen to your conversation.

 

Listen and Follow Directions: When you’re not being loud, it’s easier to listen and follow directions. When your flight begins to board, listen for the flight attendant to request your section, and be respectful of those around you who are trying to board at the same time. Even if you travel all the time and know the safety information and arrival routine, it’s always a respectful practice to give the flight attendants your attention when they’re reviewing important flight and safety information.

 

Mind your space: Airplane seats can be small, and you don’t always have the luxury of sharing a row with people you know. Be mindful of taking up space or doing things that might annoy others. For example, don’t take up the whole armrest, use all the floor space, and get too comfortable at another person’s expense. Enjoy whatever media you’re using quietly as well. If you have children, be sure they aren’t kicking or pushing the seat in front of them. On another note, mind your hygiene. Be sure you’ve bathed and are wearing clean clothes before a flight.

 

Upon arrival, listen for your luggage carousel number and don’t worry about rushing to be the first one off the plane if you have checked luggage to pick up. At the luggage carousel, wait patiently several feet away from the conveyor belt and only approach the carousel when you positively ID your luggage, leaving others ample room to see and grab theirs. Offer to help retrieve a heavy piece of luggage for someone if you are able and they need it.

 

Have a safe flight!

FlightStats from LAX to SJC

Wednesday, 1 February 2012 02:31 by Mandy

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:50 by Mandy

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