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AAA Lists Worst Times to Hit the Road This Memorial Day Weekend

For the 36.6 million Americans traveling by automobile, INRIX, in collaboration with the American Automobile Association (AAA), predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Several major U.S. metros could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip, while New Yorkers could see three times the delay.

“Ranked the most congested country in the world, U.S. drivers are all too familiar with sitting in traffic,” said Graham Cookson, Chief Economist and Head of Research, INRIX. “Drivers should expect congestion across a greater number of days than in previous years, with the getaway period starting on Wednesday, May 23. Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak commute times in major cities altogether – traveling late morning or early afternoon – or plan alternative routes.”

Worst Days/Times to Travel:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
    • Worst Day for Travel: Thursday, May 24
    • Worst Time for Travel: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Houston, Texas
    • Worst Day for Travel: Thursday, May 24
    • Worst Time for Travel: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Boston, Massachusetts
    • Worst Day for Travel: Thursday, May 24
    • Worst Time for Travel: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Washington, DC
    • Worst Day for Travel: Thursday, May 24
    • Worst Time for Travel: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
  • San Francisco, California
    • Worst Day for Travel: Friday, May 25
    • Worst Time for Travel: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Los Angeles, California
    • Worst Day for Travel: Friday, May 25
    • Worst Time for Travel: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • New York, New York
    • Worst Day for Travel: Friday, May 25
    • Worst Time for Travel: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Detroit, Michigan
    • Worst Day for Travel: Friday, May 25
    • Worst Time for Travel: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Chicago, Illinois
    • Worst Day for Travel: Friday, May 25
    • Worst Time for Travel: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Seattle, Washington
    • Worst Day for Travel: Friday, May 25
    • Worst Time for Travel: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Nearly 42 Million Americans Will Kick Off Summer with a Memorial Day Getaway

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years. With nearly 2 million additional people taking to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects travel delays on major roads could be up to three times longer than normal, with the busiest days being Thursday and Friday (May 24-25) as commuters mix with holiday travelers.

“The highest gas prices since 2014 won’t keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Bill Sutherland, senior vice president, AAA Travel and Publishing. “A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Americans all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway.”

The vast majority of travelers – 36.6 million – will hit the road this Memorial Day, 4.7 percent more than last year.

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Savor the Culinary Celebration at the Williamsburg Taste Festival

Greater Williamsburg is for foodies. Exhibit No. 1 entered into evidence for all you Top Chef judge wannabes is the Williamsburg Taste Festival destined to tickle your taste buds from April 19 to 22. After all, this is one place that savored farm- and sea-to-table centuries before it became a buzzword.

There are more than a dozen mouth-watering events, something for every taste. The area’s top chefs will be on hand, offering their modern take on local ingredients — from oysters to pork to seasonal veggies — just like the old days when they ate what was ripe and ready. Mixing the traditions of Southern, European and African cooking, they created something from the mist of history that is thoroughly modern and unique to Greater Williamsburg. And don’t forget the up-to-date, local takes on beer, wine and even mead made in these parts.


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Here’s a guide to all that deliciousness.


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Record-Breaking Innovations Highlight New Rides and Attractions Coming to Six Flags Parks in 2018

Six Flags Entertainment Company, the world’s largest regional theme park company, announced the most spectacular lineup of world-record breaking roller coasters, rides and first-of-its-kind attractions in its 56-year history, debuting at Six Flags parks from coast to coast for the 2018 season. Six Flags is recognized throughout the world as a leader in innovation—pioneering a long list of industry firsts, including the world’s first hybrid roller coaster and North America’s first virtual reality (VR) coasters. Nobody delivers thrills like Six Flags and next season the thrills are taller, faster and BIGGER than ever.

“Many of the rides and attractions we are introducing are ‘world’s firsts’ and record breakers as we deliver fun-packed innovation at the highest level. Innovation is in our DNA and our guests expect and deserve one-of-a-kind experiences when they visit our parks,” said Six Flags Chairman, President and CEO Jim Reid-Anderson. “Our strategy of providing something new in every park, every year, continues to delight our guests and has resulted in attendance growing to over 30 million guests annually.”

Six Flags, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, is launching a thrilling collection of new rides and attractions themed after the most famous Super Heroes and Super-Villains in the world. Here’s what’s coming to a Six Flags near you…

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Palm Beach County Welcomes Baseball Fans With Spring Training And Culture

Florida’s Palm Beach County, the Spring Training home of four major league baseball teams including the World Series champions Houston Astros, invites visitors to ‘come for the baseball and stay for the arts’ by rolling out the red carpet for fans and their families with outdoor festivals, art, performances, nature adventures and, of course, the region’s famous giant sea turtles.

The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach is Spring Training home to the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. Further north in Jupiter, Roger Dean Stadium is home to the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins. Both venues are located near Palm Beach County parks, nature trails, arts venues and cultural institutions that are planning special family-friendly activities this spring.

Here are some of the experiences awaiting Astros and Nationals fans near the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach:

Be an astronaut for the day at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach. During this exhibit, which runs through April 22, find out what it takes to be a space explorer as you get hands-on experiences in 26 exhibits that reveal the physical and psychological effects of living in space.

Stop by the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society in West Palm Beach and get up close and personal with some of your favorite animals – from sloths and koalas to pink flamingoes. You can also help ring in the Chinese New Year at the annual celebration of Dragonfest. Held on February 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the festival will include a DJ, crafts, face painting, Dragon and Lion Dances by John Wai Kung Fu Academy, and a martial arts demonstration.

Experience Festival of the Arts BOCA — The Festival’s 12th year kicks off February 24 and will run through March 4 at Mizner Park in Downtown Boca Raton. Among this year’s performers are Kathleen Battle, Itzhak Perlman and Bill Murray.

At the world-famous Lake Worth Street Painting Festival on February 24-25, artists transform the streets of Downtown Lake Worth into works of art. There will be more than 600 artists on the pavement, music on the mainstage, restaurants, shops, and much more for art lovers of all ages to enjoy.

Learn about the giant sea turtles that emerge from the ocean every year to nest on Palm Beach County beaches, at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. On February 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Sea Turtle Day Festival will be a family day of environmental education, live animal presentations, face painting, aquarium feedings, children’s theater, guided boardwalk tours, kids’ crafts and more.

Visitors should not miss the large-scale CANVASTM Outdoor Museum murals by street artists from around the world, in the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District and nearby Downtown Lake Worth.

Farther north, here are some of the experiences and art activities near Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter:

From March 6-25, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter presents Rogers and Hammerstein’s Tony Award winning musical, South Pacific.

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach hosts daily nature walks, kayak rentals, and live bluegrass music on the second and third Sunday of each month. On March 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., the community outdoor festival Naturescaping features native plant vendors, food trucks, a kayaking obstacle course, paddle boarding, live music and more.

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places, one of only three Designated Outstanding National Areas in the U.S. and the only unit of the National Conservation Lands east of the Mississippi River. The site will host Sea Fest for Kids on February 24, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. — a family day on the waterfront with sea-inspired education and adventures for kids to celebrate Jupiter’s coastal heritage and history. The fun-filled fest will include live music, story-telling, crafts, demonstrations, Lighthouse tours, kid-friendly food trucks and more.

Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta will host its annual Plein Air Festival March 3-11. Observe artists painting at locations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. After viewing, festival attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the paintings at the ArtCenter Gallery. There will be artists’ demonstrations and workshops, as well as a special ticketed VIP Collectors’ Reception.

Artfest by the Sea in Juno Beach takes place March 10-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This annual springtime gathering for Juno Beach locals and art lovers features more than 300 exhibitors displaying a variety of works from sculpture to jewelry and photography.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a major sea turtle rehabilitation and educational facility in Juno Beach. The oceanside facility will host its 15th Annual TurtleFest on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event features up-close interactions with threatened and endangered sea turtles, as well as music, art, shopping, educational presentations and games.

For more information on these and other outstanding cultural events in The Palm Beaches, visit palmbeachculture.com/events for a complete calendar of cultural experiences.


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Hundreds Flock To Florida’s Space Coast For 21st Annual Birding and Wildlife Festival

The annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, held each January, is the nation’s top birding event and one of the top 20 events held in the region every year, according to the Southeast Tourism Society*. Now in its 21st year, the event is expected to be bigger and better than ever before, attracting birding enthusiasts and nature experts from around the world to share in their passion for wildlife.

Since its inaugural year in 1997, it has grown to be the largest activity of its kind in the United States*, acting as both a national and international destination for birding, wildlife and other nature-based pursuits. The festival features various activities that are led by nationally prominent naturalists and scientists, as well as photographers, artists, authors and ornithologists.

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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.

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