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AAA Holiday Travel Headache Hotspots

INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, in collaboration with the American Automobile Association (AAA), reports that based on historical and recent travel trends, they expect drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion before the holiday week – on Wednesday, December 20 and Thursday, December 21 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. For example, drivers in New York City could see travel times peak at three times a normal trip between 3:30 and 5:30pm.

“With record-level travelers hitting the road this holiday, drivers must be prepared for delays in major metros,” says Dr. Graham Cookson, chief economist & head of research at INRIX. “Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak times altogether or consider alternative routes.”

Here are the worst days and times to travel…


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Record-Breaking 107 Million Americans to Celebrate Holidays Away From Home

‘Tis the season to traditionally spend with family and friends and this year Americans are traveling in record numbers. AAA forecasts 107.3 million Americans will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation during the year-end holiday period from Saturday, December 23 through Monday, January 1. This will be the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase in travel volume compared with last year. 2017 marks the ninth consecutive year of rising year-end holiday travel. Since 2005, total year-end holiday travel volume has grown by 21.6 million, an increase of more than 25 percent.

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A December Vacation in Washington, DC Checks Every Box on a Holiday Wish List

Destination DC (DDC), the official marketing organization for Washington, DC is primed to help travelers plan unforgettable December holidays in the nation’s capital. Washington.org is packed with seasonal inspiration on a holiday landing page including hotel packages and deals, festive menus, ice skating rinks, Christmas markets, can’t-miss events and more.

“Whether your ideal December getaway includes a family photo with the National Christmas tree and A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre or a morning at the MLK Memorial, an afternoon of ice skating at the National Gallery of Art’s rink and a Michelin-star dinner, we’ll help you plan an unforgettable holiday in Washington, DC,” said Elliott L. Ferguson II, president and CEO of DDC.

Special Events Include:

 

ICE SKATING RINKS

  • Twirl around the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden’s rink thru March 11, 2018. Warm up inside the Pavilion Café and visit Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry in the West Building thru Jan. 21, 2018. FREE
  • New: The Potomac-side rink at The Wharf in SW DC joins the party of neighborhood rinks in Georgetown and Capitol Riverfront.
  • New: Glide on “iceless” rinks at the Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown and the Watergate Hotel.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND TOURS

  • ZooLights animates the National Zoo with more than 500,000 LED lights, snowless tubing and concerts between 5-9pm until Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24, 25, 31). FREE
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon offers character-guided candlelit tours, 18th century dancing and fireside caroling, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 17.
  • Holiday in the Park illuminates Six Flags America with lights, rides and s’mores Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 22-23, 26- Jan. 1.
  • Tour America’s roadside attractions in miniature at Seasons Greenings: National Parks and Historic Parks at the U.S. Botanic Gardens thru Jan. 2. FREE
  • The National Christmas tree in President’s Park on the Ellipse is attended by 56 decorated trees, Santa’s Workshop and musical performances thru Dec. 31. FREE
  • The National Menorah will be lit on the Ellipse throughout Hanukah. On Dec. 12 at 4pm, the American Friends of Lubavitch celebrates with dreidels and hot donuts. FREE

SHOPPING

  • Find only-in-DC gifts at Made in DC, a new store in Dupont Circle and Steadfast Supply in Capitol Riverfront. Pop-up Christmas markets: Downtown Holiday Market in Penn Quarter and Union Market’s Brief Assembly run thru Dec. 23.
  • CityCenterDC, the Penn Quarter’s luxury shopping and restaurant destination, dresses up with a giant reindeer, a sky-high tree for the season. Between Dec. 1-3, a 12-foot-high igloo adds to the Instagram fun.
  • Georgetown Glow, an outdoor exhibition of light-art installations dots the historic shopping district between 5-10pm, Dec. 8, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018. FREE

PERFORMANCES AND ATTRACTIONS

  • New: Digital gallery Artechouse welcomes The Imaginary World of the Nutcracker, Dec. 7, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018.
  • The Kennedy Center hosts seasonal shows including Merry Tubachristmas! (Dec. 11, FREE), Second City’s Twist Your Dickens (Dec. 5-31) and the National Symphony Orchestra’s Handel’s Messiah (Dec. 14-17).
  • The Washington Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker (thru Dec. 24) swaps George Washington for the Nutcracker Prince at Warner Theatre.
  • A richly dressed A Christmas Carol (thru Dec. 31) takes over Ford’s Theatre.
  • New: Christmas Illuminated is one of many exhibits at the Museum of the Bible.

DINING AND NIGHTLIFE

  • Toasts the season at Drink Company’s Miracle on Seventh Street, a trio of over-the-top pop-up bars thru Dec. 31.
  • Find lavish holiday teas in the Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC and Tea Cellar at the Park Hyatt Washington DC. The St. Regis Washington D.C. celebrates 12 days of Champagne (Dec. 12-24).
  • Among the city’s New Year’s Eve delights, Michelin-starred chef José Andrés offers tasting menus at China Chilcano, Jaleo and Oyamel.

About Destination DC: Destination DC, the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of 1,000 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities. washington.org.


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Miami Beach Calls All Snowbirds to Enjoy a Tropical Getaway This Holiday Season

Snowbirds can easily escape the harsh winter weather and celebrate the holidays in sun-kissed Miami Beach with a number of festive events, luxurious, seasonal spa treatments, and fine holiday dining offers. There’s something for everyone in Miami Beach this holiday season—a city like no other place in the world.

“Spending time with friends and family during the holiday season takes on special meaning in Miami Beach. Travelers can find the perfect respite from cold weather and a variety of activities that will keep spirits warm and bright,” said Peggy Benua, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority and General Manager of Dream South Beach. “A number of events, hotels and restaurants are adding to the holiday cheer with special offers and experiences that can’t be found anywhere else.”


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Travelers are invited to start packing now and head to Miami Beach to indulge in seasonal activities, including:

Seasonal Traditions at Lincoln Road Mall: Escaping to Miami Beach for the holidays doesn’t mean missing out on some of the season’s best traditions. On December 21 at 7 p.m., spend the evening shopping and singing Christmas carols at Lincoln Road Mall, stretching from Washington Avenue to Alton Road. End the night with an after party at the National Hotel with festive drinks, tapas specials and live music.

An Afternoon at the Ballet: Grab the whole family and take in the world-renowned Moscow Ballet and their performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at The Fillmore Miami Beach. A special matinee will take place on December 30th a 3 p.m. featuring life-sized puppets and nesting dolls to bring the holidays to life.

Stress-Free Celebration: Go for a stress-free holiday season with an 80-minute Stress Fix Massage Special at The Palms Hotel & Spa. Available throughout the month of December, spa guests that purchase any 50-minute treatment will receive 50 percent off the second treatment.

Holiday Dinner at The Setai, Miami Beach: Cozy up at one of Miami Beach’s finest hotels with family and friends on December 24 at 10 p.m., and go on a culinary journey this Christmas with dinner at Jaya. The five-course meal includes dumplings, tantalizing Thai pumpkin soup, traditional holiday turkey, and ends with sweet and festive bouche de Noel that features fluffy white-chocolate mousse, pistachio biscuit and toasted almond ice cream. Dinner is $110 per person.

ABOUT MIAMI BEACH
Recently named the World’s Leading City Tourist Board in 2016 and 2016 North America’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards, first place in the 2017 and 2016 edition of the Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliancemedia in the categories of “Best LGBTQ Destination” and “Best Wedding Destination, U.S. & Canada” and a winner of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly in the categories of “Destinations | Mobile App”, “Overall Spa Destinations| U.S and Canada” and “Overall Beaches Destinations| U.S and Canada” respectively, Miami Beach is a favorite destination among travelers worldwide. Renowned for its unparalleled culinary offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush hotels, Miami Beach is home to unique museums, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique and resort hotels and 12 public parks; it is no wonder the beautifully diverse city is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. The City of Miami Beach has been named one of the top cities worldwide for ‘walkability’ and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat. Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination has been ranked by TripAdvisor as a Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations, Top Romantic Destinations, Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S. Miami Beach is like no other place in the world!


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On The Road for Christmas? Here Where to Eat Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2017

Not all of us will be home for Christmas, or comfortably seated with friends and family for a Christmas feast… some of us will be on the road.

Travelers looking for a holiday meal can find it quite difficult. You’re tired and hungry so you jump of an exit only to find that every restaurant is closed.

An increasing number of chain restaurants are choosing to remain open during the holidays, or at least opening for limited hours to meet customer demand.

Here’s out list of chain restaurants open for business on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2017.

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Walk in a Myrtle Beach Wonderland This Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and anyone can make the season even brighter by planning a holiday vacation in Myrtle Beach! The Grand Strand offers the perfect mix of southern hospitality and holiday cheer. There is an endless array of holiday-themed live entertainment options, abundant shopping experiences and fun-filled attractions for all ages–not to mention 60 miles of beautiful beaches and plenty of winter sunshine. Whether travelers are looking to escape the snow or simply find new holiday traditions, Myrtle Beach has something for everyone. There’s no better way to bring the family together for the holidays than to enjoy the spirit of the season in the Myrtle Beach area.

Here are just a few of spectacular holiday happenings throughout the Grand Strand:

  • From free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, to balloon art, face painting and sweet treats, the Christmas season kicks into full swing with the 14th Annual Christmas Towne on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
  • Decking the halls with traditions of the season, Ripley’s Aquarium once again spreads holiday cheer with its annual Festival of Trees. Featuring nearly 125 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, including one tree for each of the fifty states, such as an 18 feet tall South Carolina tree that features sea shells, magnolias, and golf balls, plus Clemson and USC representation, this cheerful display is sure to put the jolly back into your year!

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  • With more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights, Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens is a Grand Strand tradition not to be missed! With warm cider in hand, stroll the lighted paths as you listen to the sounds of hand bells ringing and carolers singing. The 85-foot-tall fir tree decorated with 100,000 lights will be lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 p.m. every night. November 30, December 1-2, 7-9, and 14-17, 2017.
  • The Kaminski House Museum in historic Georgetown, SC is the site for A Very Fashionable Christmas! Nov. 10 – Dec. 29. Enjoy the museum in holiday décor ranging from traditional Christmas decorations to seasonal glitz and glamour!
  • The Great Christmas Light Show has returned to the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex November 24 – December 31, 2017! The 1.5-mile drive-through light show features roughly two million lights in more than 400 custom made displays, including some as tall as 70 feet. After driving through the show, guests can enjoy s’mores and hot chocolate in Santa’s Village, where they can meet Santa, ride the Santa Express Train, experience the Go Ape lighted tree top adventure, and even ice skate.
  • The tradition lives on as the Calvin Gilmore Theater where the magic of the season comes alive in The Carolina Opry Christmas Special, a dazzling, jolly and sentimental musical celebration of America’s best loved holiday. Dubbed “Father Christmas” by McClatchy papers, Calvin Gilmore produces and directs the show with his usual award-winning flair for production.
  • An incredible combination of talent, scenery and special effects make up Alabama Theatre’s award-winning production, The South’s Grandest Christmas Show. A combination of traditional Christmas classics and contemporary holiday favorites, this spectacular holiday musical experience is a Grand Strand family tradition that keeps visitors and locals returning year after year. This year’s show also features comedian Ricky Mokel, who always puts a new twist on the Christmas season.

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  • A pirate’s “Yo-Ho” meets the season’s “Ho-Ho-Ho!” Combining a classic Christmas tale with a bountiful feast, the Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show puts a swashbuckling spin on a Christmas Carol, November 9 – December 31. The mystical Christmas spirit takes Captain Scrooge through time and space to find the true meaning of Christmas, including a dream where giant toys come to life, performing amazing acrobatics high above the indoor lagoon.
  • Those seeking something a little off-the-wall during the holidays should check out the Motown Christmas Tribute & Crazy Country Christmas shows at the GTS Theatre. This is an intimate cabaret-style theatre, with very talented performers and a lot of audience interaction. These shows are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

And there’s much, much more! From tree lightings to Santa sightings, there is no shortage of holiday cheer in the Myrtle Beach area! Visit visitmyrtlebeach.com for a complete listing of events throughout the season!


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Holiday Shopping Guide – Most Popular Outlet Malls Along I-95

Experts say that we’re headed for a record-breaking holiday shopping season. The National Retail Federation projects a growth rate between 3.4 to 4 percent in holiday purchasing over last year, with the average shopper spending just over $967.

For many travelers, shopping has become an important part of a vacation or road trip. More and more travel itineraries include time set aside for shopping. A growing number even plan shopping-only vacations.

Here’s our list of the most popular outlet shopping locations along I-95, from Maine to Florida…


Kittery Outlets – Kittery, Maine

Tanger Outlets - Kittery, Maine | I-95 Exit Guide

Kittery Outlets is actually several outlet properties clustered along a mile long strip of US Route 1 in Kittery, Maine, just across the Maine-New Hampshire border. Kittery Premium Outlets, Tanger Outlets, Kittery Place and the Outlet Mall of Kittery are just a sampling of properties. more…

Delaware DOT Says Plan Ahead for Travel on Thanksgiving

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) advises motorists to expect increased traffic for the upcoming Thanksgiving travel period.

Lane and/or road closures on Delaware’s major roadways will be suspended at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 26. Lane closures may be required in the event of transportation incidents.

Travelers looking for a break can visit the I-95 Delaware Welcome Center in Newark or the Smyrna Rest Area Exit 119 on SR 1.


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I-95 Construction in Jacksonville, With Thanksgiving Holiday Suspensions

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following I-95 construction activities in the Jacksonville area, including a Thanksgiving holiday suspension.

  • Daytime lane closures on I-95 at I-295 East Beltway Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for bridge work.
  • Nighttime lane closure on I-95 at Eighth Street Sunday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. for routine bridge maintenance.
  • Complete nighttime access closure on I-95 access to Acosta and Main Street bridges from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge construction. Detour for southbound Acosta Bridge traffic is Prudential Drive, Kings Avenue, Philips Highway, Emerson Street to I-95 southbound. Detour for southbound Main Street Bridge traffic is Museum Circle, Prudential Drive, Kings Avenue, Philips Highway, Emerson Street to I-95 southbound. Detour for westbound Museum Circle traffic is San Marco Boulevard, Prudential Drive, Kings Avenue, Philips Highway, Emerson Street to I-95 southbound. Detour for eastbound and westbound Prudential Drive is Kings Avenue, Philips Highway, Emerson Street to I-95 southbound. Detour for northbound Acosta Bridge is northbound Fuller Warren Bridge, Park Street, southbound Fuller Warren Bridge, San Marco Boulevard to Mary Street. Detour for northbound Main Street Bridge is northbound Fuller Warren Bridge, Park Street, southbound Fuller Warren Bridge, San Marco Boulevard to Prudential Drive.
  • Nighttime lane closures on I-95 at Butler Boulevard Saturday through Tuesday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for road work and to paint roadway markings. Double lane closures may be set up after 10 p.m. for road work.
  • Nighttime lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Atlantic Boulevard to the overpass at San Diego Road for roadway and bridge construction.
  • Nighttime lane closures on I-95 access road from Overland Bridge project to Atlantic Boulevard from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge construction.
  • Continuous lane closures on I-95 from Park Street to Atlantic Boulevard for roadway construction.
  • Nighttime northbound lane closures on I-95 from Park Street to Emerson Street from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for roadway and overpass construction.

All work is suspended Wednesday, November 22, through Sunday, November 26, in anticipation of the large volume of traffic over the Thanksgiving holiday. Work will resume Monday, November 27.


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Baltimore’s I-95 Tunnel May Be a Thanksgiving Travel Headache

The Maryland Department of Transportation reports that more than 1.7 million motorists are expected to travel through the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) and John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) between Tuesday, November 21, and Sunday, November 26.

It is recommended that, if possible schedule your travel during off-peak hours to avoid significant delays. For the I-95 corridor, off-peak hours include:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday — before 6:00 a.m. and after 11:00 p.m.
  • Thursday through Sunday — before 9:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m.

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