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Book by July 31.

It’s 2 blocks from Waikiki Beach. It’s surrounded by high-end shops. It’s a 7-minute drive from Diamond Head. And, it’s on sale.

You’ll find all that and more right now at the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach hotel, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

Stay at this beautiful Hyatt property, which underwent a major renovation in 2012, for $189 per night on select dates through Nov. 30, 2014. That’s 30% off current rates! Even better? Breakfast and Wi-Fi are included, and kids 17 and under stay free.

This rate is good for a city-view room, but for as little as $9 you can upgrade to a mountain- or ocean-view room with a private balcony. Relax at the on-site pool, spend an evening by the fire pit or simply kick back in your room with a movie or music played from your own mobile device.

If you’ve had enough sun and sand, head to the nearby Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium or Kapiolani Park. They’re all within a 1-mile radius of the hotel.

Terms & Conditions:
Cancellation Terms:
- If cancelled before Aug. 21, 2014, Eastern Time, $19.95.
- If cancelled on or after Aug. 21, 2014, Eastern Time, Lose 1 Night’s Room & Tax plus $19.95.

Coupon Terms:
- Book 21 days in advance and receive an INSTANT 10% OFF on lodging plus FREE breakfast daily! Inventory and pricing subject to change at any time. This offer will end soon; so book it now!
- Hotel Check-In Time is:  3:00 pm
- Hotel Check-Out Time is:  12:00 pm
- You must be AT LEAST 18 years old to check in to this property.
- This booking is subject to the Hotel Terms & Conditions.
- This booking is subject to the BookIt.com Terms & Conditions.

– BY SHERMANSTRAVEL

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Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

Book by July 31.

With 11 swimming pools, 14 marine lagoons, 21 restaurants, 19 bars and lounges and a waterpark, the Atlantis Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas takes entertainment and relaxation to the next level. Of course, all of those amenities come at a price. The Bridge Suite, which links 2 of the resort’s towers, once hosted Michael Jackson and is one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world.

But this resort isn’t just for high rollers and rock stars. For a limited time, you can enjoy this Caribbean playground with a 4-night stay at the Atlantis Beach Tower for just $499 per person. This offer from CheapCaribbean.com includes round-trip airfare to the Bahamas from Fort Lauderdale, FL, a terrace room with 1 king or 2 double beds and a private balcony or patio, and a “Wine & Dine” pass (for guests 18+) that includes 1 Sushi & Sake Sampler Platter at Nobu; 2 margaritas at Mesa Grill; 1 flatbread and 2 glasses of select wines at Olives; 2 draft beers and 1 plate of ‘Trash Ribletes’ at Virgil’s; and 2 daiquiris at Daiquiri Shack in Marina Village. Upgrade to an oceanview room for $90 more per person. READ MORE

The Biltmore Hotel (Courtesy of Getty Images Entertainment)

When it comes to spirits in bright, sun-bleached Miami, you might think of margaritas, mojitos and caipirinhas. But there’s a different sort of spirit that haunts Miami more than a hangover might after drinking too many cocktails. While traditional American ghost stories are most often associated with the Wild West, old New England or the antebellum South, this lively urban area is full of legends about the restless deceased. Whether you prefer the conga, merengue, samba or calypso, let’s do the dance of the dead through 5 of Miami’s favorite supposedly haunted hot spots. For more spooky haunts near Miami, tune in Saturday, July 12, at 10|9c for an all-new season of The Dead Files.
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Book by August 31.

Myrtle Beach, SC, is a summer classic. With a picture-perfect boardwalk, crab shacks, ice cream stands and a Ferris wheel — just for nostalgic good measure — it’s been a family-friendly vacation destination for decades.

Snag a summer hotel deal, and book your stay on select dates through August 31 at numerous hotels and resorts in the area. Rates start at $59 per night during peak season this year. Visit the Myrtle Beach website for more information, and to see a list of deals.

Here are a few highlights:
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Photo Courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

Book by August 31.

If you’re itching to see the new Diagon Alley expansion at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando, this package offers you a great and less expensive way to do it.

For $669 per person, this deal from Delta Vacations includes round-trip airfare, 3 nights at a brand new resort, a 3-day park ticket to Universal Orlando, free “Universal Express Unlimited” access that lets you skip the lines and early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. With this offer, you’ll save about $120 on travel dates later in the season.
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Canada Day celebration

Photography by Thinkstock

While Americans famously celebrate Fourth of July, Canadians celebrate their own nationalistic holiday, appropriately named Canada Day, on July 1.

Until Oct. 27, 1982, Canada Day was actually known as “Dominion Day.”  It was almost a hundred years before that, on July 1, that the British North America Act was passed (sometimes referred to as the Constitution Act) which established Canada as a separate nation. The following year, the Governor General of Canada asked that all Canadian citizens celebrate on July 1. Declared a civic holiday in 1867, most Canadians are pleased this day off landed in the summer instead of the cold winter, because it’s often the kick-off weekend to summer vacations. READ MORE

Mercedes House (Photo Courtesy of Neil R)

Overwhelmed by New York’s neon canyons? Wary of running with the tourist hordes? If you’re “Times Squared-out,” you can visit an authentic part of New York City just a short distance away. Explore Hell’s Kitchen, the area roughly bordered by Port Authority and 57th Street to the north and south, and 8th Avenue and the Hudson River to the east and west.

This once-raffish neighborhood was home to bad-boy Travel Channel host Anthony Bourdain. Today, it thrives with restaurants, bars and opinionated, demanding locals. Parts of Hell’s Kitchen also offer peace and quiet — something visitors may think is unattainable in New York. Here are a few rough and refined recommendations on what not to miss in this hood: READ MORE

 

Key West, FL

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Choosing the perfect Florida beach just got easier with Visit Florida’s recent launch of Florida Beach Finder — an interactive “trip tuner” now available online. With the new feature, visitors can dial into 4 ranges of beach personalities — from adventurous vs. laid back to manicured vs. au naturel — that help narrow down the ultimate beach vacation based on the user’s personal preferences. Upon preference selection, the best beach matches will be revealed for them to view. READ MORE

Bert Kreischer at Nationals Stadium

Trip Flip host Bert Kreischer kicking off the festivities with an epic “Play ball!”

Travel Channel took over the Washington Nationals Stadium on June 5 — and saw the home team win against the Philadelphia Phillies! Travel Channel surprised one lucky couple as they entered the gates with a “mini” Trip Flip experience (including getting to be on the field for batting practice) and sponsored the post-game concert by the Plain White T’s!

Bert Kreischer at Nationals Stadium

The lucky winners find out that they get to hold the finish-line ribbon for the traditional Presidents race.

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Fort McHenry

Photography By National Park Service

As Francis Scott Key watched the smoke clear and the sun rise above Baltimore’s Fort McHenry after witnessing its bombardment by British naval ships during the final months of the War of 1812, he had every expectation of seeing a white flag of surrender. To his surprise, he saw the tattered, but still flying, remains of an oversized American flag that had been commissioned just months earlier by the fort’s commander Major George Armistead.

Key was so moved by the by sight of the flag and by the Americans’ protection of their fort that he penned the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry.” That poem, eventually set to music and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” became the national anthem of the United States of America. READ MORE

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