The Bay Area’s newest and most immersive holiday tradition, WinterFest, opens at California’s Great America on Friday, November 24 and will entertain guests on select dates through December 30. During WinterFest, Great America will be magically transformed into a winter wonderland where guests can experience unique new features, as well as fan favorites such as skating in front of the iconic Carousel Columbia, admiring magnificent displays of lights and décor, viewing spectacular live holiday shows, experiencing 25 rides and attractions, seeing Santa’s workshop and Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, and enjoying scrumptious holiday fare at numerous dining locations.
This unmatched event will feature more than 7 million LED lights, creating such a vibrant experience that it will be visible from the International Space Station, more than 270 miles away. The winter scene will be dominated by one of the Bay Area’s tallest Christmas trees adorned with thousands of twinkling lights accompanied by giant toy soldiers greeting guests. The six-week WinterFest celebration will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with daily operations December 19-23 and 26-30 from 5pm-10pm (November 26 and December 17 from 6:30pm-10:30pm)
San Diego, Orange County and San Francisco were named the second, fifth and ninth most popular destinations for 2014 Memorial Day travelers, according to a new Priceline.com survey of the top 50 destinations for the holiday weekend.
This is the 12th year that Priceline.com has published its Memorial Day travel list. The list is based on travel bookings made through its website for the upcoming holiday weekend.
The top 10 destinations, in ranked order, for Memorial Day 2014 include:
1) Las Vegas
2) San Diego
4) New York City
5) Orange County, Calif.
6) Washington, D.C.
9) San Francisco
“Last year, an unusually cold spring in many parts of the country prompted travelers to spend Memorial Day in major cities,” said Priceline.com Travel Editor Brian Ek. “This year, beach destinations large and small are back in force as travelers look to warm up and lose those memories of the polar vortex.”
The American Automobile Association (AAA), is forecasting the busiest Memorial Day travel weekend since the recession, with 36.1 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more from home, a 1.5 percent increase from last year.
The tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California, with the longest initial descent tunnel on any wooden coaster, will be open from Day 1 in 2014. High-speed twists, turns, drops, station fly-by and the Old West are the top features of Gold Striker…