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Holiday Drivers Beware: Terrible Tuesday

INRIX, in collaboration with the American Automobile Association, predicts drivers will experience the worst congestion over the holiday week on Tuesday, July 3 in the late afternoon – as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Travel times could increase two-fold in the major metros across the U.S., with drivers in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. experiencing the most significant delays.

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AAA: Nearly 47 Million Americans Will Set New Independence Day Holiday Travel Record

A record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day holiday, an increase of more than 5 percent compared with last year and the highest number since AAA started tracking 18 years ago. For the 39.7 million Americans planning a Fourth of July road trip, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predicts travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. could be twice as long than the normal trip, with Tuesday being the busiest day.

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Most Visited Memorial Day Travel Destinations for 2018

You may be a little surprised to find what this year’s most-visited Memorial Day destinations are.

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.

So let’s begin. Here’s this year’s list of the most-visited Memorial Day destinations in the U.S., based on AAA advance travel bookings…

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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 for Select Cities…


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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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There’s Something New for Thrill Seekers at U.S. Theme Parks and Water Parks in 2018

Record numbers of theme park visitors are preparing for thrilling and memorable new experiences as the unofficial theme park season opens Memorial Day Weekend.

According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions’ IAAPA Global Theme and Amusement Park Outlook Report (2017 to 2021), in 2018 the anticipated U.S. theme and amusement park attendance estimate is 398.5 million and guest spending will grow to an estimated $23.58 billion.

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The Inflatable Run & Festival Comes to Southern California in April 2018

Calling all adults with kids! Or adults who still are kids! The most unique family event ever designed will be in San Diego and Orange County in April. The Inflatable Run is a family-friendly event featuring a 1 mile-long course built of kid-friendly colorful inflatable obstacles to duck under, bounce off, climb through, and slide down. Not only that but the entire area will be packed with live music, food carts, carnival games, face painting, magic shows, inflatable Zorb balls to ride, a massive water balloon battle and fun kid’s activities. The events host approximately 5000 participants. Ideal for families, The Inflatable Run is suitable for all ages, and kids under 12 get in free!

  • San Diego
    DATE: April 14th 2018
    TIME: 8 AM – 4 PM
    LOCATION: SDCCU Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
    PRICES: Kids 12 & Under Free. Adult tickets are $15 – $60

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  • Orange County
    DATE: April 21th 2018
    TIME: 8 AM – 4 PM
    LOCATION: OC & Event Center – 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    PRICES: Kids 12 & Under Free. Adult tickets are $15 – $60

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“Everybody Loves running thru an inflatable obstacle course, right? That’s why we designed an event with inflatables that will keep your family laughing and smiling from start to finish,” said Clark Wayne, The Inflatable Run’s Event Director. “One of the best parts is that kids 12 and under can attend the event and participant in the inflatable course for free!”

As families enjoy themselves, they can feel even better knowing profits from the run will be donated to Just Care More, a charity helping at-risk youth learn life lessons thru the discovery of hobbies and passions.

ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE:

  • 1 Mile / 5K Inflatable Obstacle Course
  • Face Painting & temporary tattoo booth
  • Magic Shows
  • Live Music
  • Inflatable Zorb Balls
  • Water Balloon Battle
  • Go Kart Races
  • Carnival Games
  • And Much More

For more information, visit – https://www.theinflatablerun.com


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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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Take a Winter Getaway and Discover Why Seattle is a Cultural Hotspot

The fourth annual Seattle Museum Month, running February 1-28, 2018, offers downtown Seattle hotel guests 50 percent off the admission price to participating museums and cultural institutions. To see the full list of participating museums, guests can visit the Seattle Museum Month website at seattlemuseummonth.com.

A Seattle winter getaway in February is the perfect opportunity to visit Seattle’s most fun and diverse museums. New this year to Seattle Museum Month are the Tacoma Art Museum and the Seattle Children’s Museum, in addition to returning museums including Seattle Art Museum, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), Museum of Flight, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and Chihuly Garden and Glass.

These discounts are only valid for guests staying at one of the participating hotels, up to four people, during hotel stay dates. Visitors must present an official Seattle Museum Month guest pass at participating museums to redeem the discounts.

“The Alexis hotel along with the three other Kimpton hotels in the city excitedly welcome the return of Seattle Museum Month,” said Tom Waithe, Regional Vice President of Kimpton Hotels, Pacific Northwest and Mountain Regions. “We have seen a tremendous surge in winter weekend visitor interest to the city when there’s opportunity to explore and save at so many venues. Our hope is that this year Seattle Museum Month is the best ever, and the program continues to grow and develop in the years ahead.”

“Seattle Museum Month provides visitors with an opportunity to discover Seattle’s unique traditions of innovation and ingenuity by exploring the most important cultural organizations in the region,” says Leonard Garfield, Executive Director of Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). “MOHAI is happy to participate in this exciting program that shares the best our city has to offer.”

Since the launch of Seattle Museum Month in 2015, the program has established itself as the perfect winter retreat for anyone, of all ages, to experience Seattle’s unique and engaging museum collection, spanning arts, history, heritage, pop culture, natural history, aviation, and more.

About Visit Seattle:

Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region. For more information, visit www.visitseattle.org.


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I-5 Detour for Washington Train Derailment

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that a train derailment has closed I-5 Southbound at milepost 116.0, near the Burlington Northern RR Trestle.

I-5 southbound will be closed beginning at 7:38 am on December 18, 2017 until further notice. All southbound lanes are blocked. The current detour information is as follows:

  • From I-5 South in Tacoma, drivers can take SR 16 West to SR 3 South towards Shelton to US 101 South towards Olympia to I-5.
  • Another alternate route to use is eastbound SR 512 to southbound SR 7.

Additional information will be reported here as it becomes available.


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