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Top 10 Thanksgiving Holiday Destinations

According to AAA, this year a record number of Americans will be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday and driving remains the most popular mode of travel. This Thanksgiving nearly 51 million Americans are planning a trip, the highest in a dozen years.

This year’s top destinations for Thanksgiving include many popular east coast cities, as well as perennial family-friendly favorites. The most popular destinations this Thanksgiving, based on AAA.com bookings, are:

  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Anaheim, California
  3. New York City, New York
  4. Honolulu, Hawaii
  5. Las Vegas, Nevada
  6. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  7. Cancun, Mexico
  8. San Francisco, California
  9. Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
  10. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Other Popular destinations include:

  1. San Diego, California
  2. New Orleans, Louisiana
  3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  4. Seattle, Washington

AAA will rescue thousands of motorists this Thanksgiving AAA expects to rescue more than 330,000 motorists this Thanksgiving, with the primary reasons being dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. AAA recommends that motorists check the condition of their battery and tires and pack emergency kits in their vehicles before heading out on a holiday getaway. Drivers should have their vehicles inspected by a trusted repair shop, such as one of the nearly 7,000 AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities across North America. Members can download the AAA Mobile app, visit AAA.com or call 1-800-AAA-HELP to request roadside assistance.


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Empire State Building Soars With New Elevator Experience For Observatory Visitors

Planning your next roadtrip? Empire State Realty Trust announced a new elevator experience for visitors to the Empire State Building (ESB). One-of-a-kind mini-shows with sound will play on the ceiling of the elevator cars both on the ascent to and descent from the world-famous 86th Floor Observatory. The shows unveiled in three elevators, with the balance of the elevators being upgraded over time.

From the moment the elevator doors close, the ascent show transports visitors back in time to the construction of ESB, spotlighting workers, machinery, and materials in a fanciful depiction of the construction process.

On the descent, the show prepares visitors for the ride back to the New York City streets by showcasing different features of the art deco masterpiece lobby, with distinct features floating in to ultimately form the iconic mural that adorns the Fifth Avenue entrance.

“Located at the heart of New York City, the Empire State Building provides fresh, fun and educational experiences,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, Director of the Observatory. “Our new elevator shows not only add entertainment for our visitors but by putting them on the ceiling, we give each visitor the opportunity to be fully immersed in our world.”

For more information, or to purchase tickets to the Empire State Building’s Observatory, please visit www.esbnyc.com.


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Construction of the World’s Largest Observation Wheel Now Underway

Construction is underway on The New York Wheel, the $500 million Observation wheel on the Staten Island waterfront.

Moving up to 1,400 passengers at a time, riders will experience a 38 minute voyage featuring panoramic views of New York Harbor including lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, Coney Island and the Brooklyn and Verrazano Bridges.

The complex will also include a 70,000 square-foot terminal building that will house educational and digitized exhibitions on New York City history and alternative energy. There will also be a 950-space parking garage, rooftop dining and entertainment area.

The 630-foot-tall wheel, the largest in the world is expected to open in 2017.


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Empire State Building To Host Annual Independence Day Celebration And Fireworks Extravaganza

On Monday, July 4, 2016, the Empire State Building (ESB) will host its annual Independence Day Celebration from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. This exclusive annual event offers the breathtaking views of the Greater New York City Region and the spectacular Macy’s fireworks display from the world-famous 86th floor open-air Observatory.

Ticket holders will be given VIP private access to the 80th Floor “Dare to Dream” exhibit for a reception and the 86th Floor Observatory, which will be closed to the general public at approximately 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. following the fireworks show. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be served by STATE Grill and Bar, the fine dining restaurant located at ESB on 33rd Street.

Limited tickets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, for $325 each and can be purchased by clicking here.

The Empire State Building Facebook page (www.facebook.com/EmpireStateBuilding) will also give fans a chance to win one (1) pair of tickets to this exclusive event. Followers of the ESB Facebook page will be asked to describe why they should win the opportunity to view the Independence Day fireworks from this one-of-a-kind vantage point. The contest ends on Friday, June 10 at noon ET, and the winner will be announced on Monday, June 13, via ESB’s social media channels.

In addition to hosting these Independence Day Celebration events, the ESB will shine its world-famous tower lights in dynamic red, white and blue flourishes on July 4.


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