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The United States of America: land of the free. A country enormous in size and wealth, and staggering in its beauty and landscapes. Americans are fiercely patriotic, and it’s not hard to see why: from its vast plains and endless mountain ranges to its heaving metropolises and cultural capitals, this is a nation without comparison.


CONTENTS Nothing beats Creative Holidays

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Creative Club exclusive offers

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America’s best road trips

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Las Vegas

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National Parks

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Anaheim

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Los Angeles 39 San Diego 46 San Francisco 48 Regional California 55 Seattle 56 New York 58 Washington 66 Boston 68 Chicago 69 Orlando 70 Miami

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Texas

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New Orleans

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Nashville

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Memphis

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Hotel features grid

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Important Information 89

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Nothing beats the excitement of planning a getaway. Nothing beats an escape to instant summer. Nothing beats time off work, time with the family, time to reflect, or time to relax. Nothing beats a holiday. Nothing beats a Creative Holiday.

The travel agents’ travel agent Ever wondered where travel agents get their advice? Well, now you know. We’ve been sending Aussies overseas for more than 30 years. Working behind the scenes, we’ve helped travel agents all over the nation plan and secure the very best holidays for hundreds of thousands of Aussie travellers. In other words, we’re more than just a fly and drop service. Once you arrive, we won’t leave you stranded – it’s just not the Creative way. We’re on the ground, finding out everything from who makes the best-tasting coffee and Brooklyn bagels, to which New York hot spots are buzzing round the clock, where to keep the family entertained and how to book an intimate lunch with Mickey Mouse.

ANY QUESTIONS? JUST ASK. Think of us like an expert guide; a worldly big brother, with insider tips. We know the ins and outs of where you’re going, and we’re happy to help whenever you need it. From the moment you jet off to the time you get home, we’re the ultimate travel companion.

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Online value offline service High touch and high tech, we bring you second-to-none human service with online prices. Online booking may be all well and good… until a spanner is thrown in the works. A date needs to change. You clicked a button twice. The site isn’t working. And suddenly you’ve been charged for something you weren’t quoted. You know the deal. So do we, and that’s why we have real life people to help you 100% of the time. From the Creative Holidays team, to our travel agent partners, we know where you’re going, we know why you’re going, and we’re happy to sort out any issues along the way. With a 24-hour on-call service available, this means smooth sailing every day of your trip. It sure beats talking to a laptop!


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Meet the Creative Holidays team...

Find us on any street corner THANKS TO OUR AGENCY PARTNERS, YOUR LOCAL TRAVEL AGENT IS A CREATIVE HOLIDAYS REPRESENTATIVE. Simply ask for Creative Holidays at any travel agency in Australia and you can enjoy the benefits of travelling with us along with the support of your local agent. Likewise, if you want to build and plan your trip online, you can opt to send your holiday itinerary to a travel agent and complete the booking in store. We’re here for you – your choice, your way.

We’re tourists and locals, we’re wanderers and guides, we’re friends, families, fun-seekers and photographers. And we have one thing in common – we LOVE to travel.

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Meet the family Creative Holidays has delivered great products, expert knowledge and unrivalled service for more than 30 years. Like any family, this experience all stems back to where we’ve come from and where we belong. Creative Holidays is a proud member of The Travel Corporation, a family-owned company that has been passionately run by four generations over the past nine decades. Each one of our 25 award-winning brands is cared for and managed by some of the most experienced and dedicated people in the travel industry. We love what we do, and it shows!

With over 4000 staff and one million customers a year, we are committed to exceptional service and personalised hospitality – no matter who you are, where you’ve come from, or where you’re going. We hire and retain the very best professionals in the industry and provide them with continuous training. No guest is just a number, and no staff member is just an employee. They’re the reason we’re in business. With a company mantra of “yes I can”, we believe in going beyond your expectations. When you live and breathe travel, it’s easy to achieve.

public relations superstar for The Travel Corporation. I NEVER HOP ON A PLANE WITHOUT MY moisturising facial mist, headphones and eye mask AND IN MY SUITCASE YOU’LL ALWAYS FIND a large collection of outfits perfect for any occasion, a hairdryer and a ridiculous amount of beauty products. I CAN’T WATCH OR LISTEN TO any music by Swedish House Mafia AND NOT BE INSPIRED TO TRAVEL anywhere that the party doesn’t stop! I RECENTLY TRAVELLED TO Las Vegas WITH

CREATIVE HOLIDAYS. IF I COULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THREE THINGS THERE IT WOULD BE: Buy a pass for the hop-on hop-off buses AND go

on a shopping spree at Las Vegas Premium Outlets North AND party all night at Marquee (it’s open till 5am). DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT EATING Mike and Ike lollies AND DRINKING a frozen cocktail from a yard glass. I STAYED AT The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas AND IT WAS beyond amazing! THE BEST SOUVENIR I BOUGHT WAS a Ralph Lauren blazer FOR myself. TO FIND OUT ABOUT USA HOLIDAYS, VISIT creativeholidays.com.

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Very Important Traveller

Experience Creative Club Travel like a V.I.T.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM THE CREATIVE CLUB: Price-match guarantee Easy lay-by options, book now & pay later

Wherever you see the Creative Club logo, you can rest assured you’ll be enjoying V.I.P. (or should we say V.I.T.) treatment with the best of them. We’ve personally negotiated with some 2000 hotels to bring you regular upgrade deals and other nifty bonuses. Combined with our easy lay-by terms and the flexibility to change dates, we feel it’s the sort of treatment you could get used to.

Exclusive added value bonuses & unique perks Special upgrade offers

And with our price-match guarantee, you can travel with the perks, without paying for it later! This brochure features some of our favourite Creative Club hotels and experiences. Tried and tested by Creative Holidays, we’ll vouch for them every time! You can hold us to that.

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*See terms and conditions page for detailed Creative Club terms.

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Get more with Creative Holidays

Give more with Creative Holidays

We go beyond the welcome sign.

Learn more about our involvement with Bali Kids and the TreadRight Foundation by visiting our website.

When you’re travelling the world, you don’t want to miss a second. That’s why Creative Holidays has everything covered – from best-price airfares, to tried-and-tested hotels, cruises, car hire and one-off experiences you’ll never forget.

100,000 PRODUCTS

In addition to being spoilt by service, you’ll also be spoilt for choice. Creative Holidays has more than 100,000 products for you to pick from. What can we say? When it comes to travel, we’re a firm believer in having your cake and eating it too.

FLY HIGH WITH THE VERY BEST OF PARTNERS

We’re long-standing partners with every major airline to ensure we bring you the very best deal. We even secure special exclusive offers and sale fares just for our travellers! Stay up to date with the latest deals, from fullservice to low-cost airlines, domestic and international, at creativeholidays.com – we have you covered, wherever you dream to escape.

At Creative Holidays, we believe in giving back to the community. We’ve travelled across the globe and we want to make a difference.

BALI KIDS Creative Holidays is proud to support Bali Kids – a clinic that provides essential medical care to children from disadvantaged families. The clinic has a mobile medical and dental unit that travels to villages all over Bali to treat kids in need, as well as in-house treatment and full-time care facilities. Through the generous support of Creative Holidays and other kind donors, Bali Kids’ new Medical Care Centre is now a reality. Fully equipped with a new Dental and Medical Clinic, the centre also offers handicapped children aqua-therapy and full disabled access. To help support the initiative, you can pledge $1 per person with each booking made through Creative Holidays. Your generous support is used to fund medical and dental services and supplies. Find out more online at creativeholidays.com.

CREATIVE CLUB

Every Creative Club product has been tried, tested and visited by a Creative Holidays team member. With these close working relationships, you can be assured access to all the Creative Club benefits plus unique year-round specials, added-value offers and exclusive deals. Go Creative Club and you won’t be disappointed.

DISCOUNTS AND DEALS

So the saying goes, “travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”. We couldn’t agree more… but we still know the value of dollars and cents! Our competitive pricing, special discounts and always-on deals are designed to help you get the most out of your holiday, without breaking the bank. Check out creativeholidays.com or join our newsletter and be sure to never miss a great offer.

TRAVELLING AGAIN?

If you’ve travelled with us, we’d like to welcome you back with exclusive past-traveller discounts, both from Creative Holidays and our fellow Travel Corporation brands. Save 5% with Trafalgar, Uniworld, Insight Vacations, Contiki and more. Ask us how.

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TREADRIGHT FOUNDATION TreadRight is a not-for-profit organisation established by The Travel Corporation to encourage sustainable tourism, both within our brands and the places we visit. As constant travellers, we understand the need for a sustainable future. We want future generations to experience what our world has to offer. That’s why The Travel Corporation has made a commitment to contribute no less than $500,000 annually to fund TreadRight’s various initiatives. Read more online at treadright.org.


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Stay connected

Find us online

Brand new website Our brand-new Creative Holidays website is the ultimate travel resource, with everything to help you plan the perfect holiday, from the best products to hot tips and local travel secrets. Check out thousands of travel products available online at creativeholidays.com.

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Reasons to visit the USA ... WE’VE BEEN SENDING AUSSIES OVERSEAS FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, SO WHATEVER YOU’RE INTO, WE’LL HELP YOU FIND IT IN THE USA. Whatever your taste or budget, you’re guaranteed to have the time of your life. Navigate spectacular hiking trails, explore breathtaking canyons, scuba dive in tropical surrounds or go horseriding on a dusty southern ranch. If you’re into music, trace the origins of blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll in Louisiana and Tennessee, or dance all night to Latino beats in a Florida nightclub. Oh, and then there’s the history. From the paved streets of Boston to the winding trails of Texas, there’s so much to see and learn. Of course, simply eating your way across dozens of states is also perfectly acceptable. This is America, and you’re free to do as you please.

Hot tip

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Tipping is a fundamental part of American culture. For food and drink service, tip 15-20% of your total bill. For everything else, a couple of dollar bills should do the trick.

Relive history A trip to a country with such a rich history wouldn’t be complete without a stop at some of its countless historical sites. Retrace the steps of American revolutionaries on the Freedom Trail in Boston, visit the hometown of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, pay tribute to the African-American Civil Rights Movement with a trip to Martin Luther King Jr.’s family home, and relive man’s first steps on the moon at the Kennedy Space Centre.

Shopping galore If you’re coming with the intention of filling an empty suitcase, you’ll be astounded by the variety of choice in the United States. From the vintage markets and design boutiques in Seattle, to the mega department stores and high-end labels of New York, there’s something to satisfy every budget and taste. Even the tacky souvenir shops are world-class!


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Magnificent scenery Grand canyons, endless prairies, snow-capped mountains, desert ranges and lush forests – this country has everything covered. You want a cactus forest? America will deliver. Of course the cities also have their fair share of beauty. The majestic San Francisco harbour, the sparkling Manhattan skyline, Chicago’s clean, green contours and Boston’s cobbled streets are all just as postcard perfect.

5 ESSENTIAL AMERICAN EXPERIENCES: More American than apple pie, these five experiences are a must for anyone wanting to truly understand the nation of french fries, rock ‘n’ roll and sweet southern hospitality.

Catch a yellow cab in New York There are few things that say ‘New York’ more than a yellow taxicab – so don’t leave the Big Apple without hailing one! With initiatives underway to slowly replace the classic style, now’s certainly the time to do it.

Boot scoot in Texas Grab your cowboy boots and go line dancing in Texas. Worried you’ve got two left feet? Plenty of places offer lessons and the Texans are famous for their friendly ‘Southern hospitality’.

Family amusement

Stop by a roadside diner

Disneyland Park, Walt Disney World Resort, Gatorland, SeaWorld, Legoland – in other words, more ‘lands’ and ‘worlds’ than you can poke a hotdog at. America knows about manufactured amusement, and if you’re travelling with a family, it’s worthwhile checking out at least one of the theme parks. The parks may be designed as a kid’s wonderland but they’re just as good at entertaining adults as well!

Make like Thelma and Louise and eat at a roadside diner. Road tripping is such an intrinsic part of the American psyche that there are plenty of highway diners set up for hungry drivers.

Go rollerblading in Miami

Food, glorious food Bagels in Brooklyn, tacos in San Diego, pork ribs in Memphis, Texan fried chicken, organic almond milk lattes in Seattle, clam chowder in Boston, shrimp gumbo soup in New Orleans and lobster in Florida so fresh it may wander off your plate. We could go on. Don’t be fooled into thinking that America is all fast food restaurants and donut franchises; the variety of cuisine there is incredible.

There’s few times in your life when rollerblading in minimal clothing is appropriate. A trip to Miami is one of them. So strip down, bronze up and go blading down Ocean Drive.

Eat ribs in Memphis Memphis is the city known for ‘Elvis, blues and barbeque’, so it wouldn’t feel right to go home without devouring some barbeque ribs!

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Creative Club exclusive offers Whether you’re looking for luxury, seeking adventure or just want to relax and unwind, we’ve got a hotel package to suit every holiday style. Check out these suggestions or get in touch with a Creative Holidays specialist or travel agent who can help you build your own perfect trip.

Los Angeles Year-long sun, glamorous locals, vast sandy beaches and an eccentric vibe - what’s not to love about the City of Angels? From the weird and wonderful on Venice Beach, to the fantastical atmosphere at The Grove shopping centre, pop culture’s Mecca will provide an abundance of things to do and see.

Whirlwind L.A.

3 nights from

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What you get: • Three nights at the 3.5-star Ramada Plaza West Hollywood Hotel • Complimentary Wi-Fi • Five hours with a private driver • Return airport transfers Perfect for: those with time constraints who want to explore L.A. their own way.

Hollywood Experience

5 nights from

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What you get: • Five nights at the 3.5-star The Garland • Complimentary Wi-Fi • 1-Day Universal Studios Pass • Complimentary shuttle service to Universal Studios • Horseback riding under the Hollywood Sign • Return airport transfers Perfect for: the adventurous and young-at-heart traveller looking for a longer stay in L.A. 10 — USA

Flexi-Packs Want a secure guided tour through L.A. that’s 100% designed by YOU? Our new flexi-packs let you customise a unique experience with a private van and driver for use in L.A. and/or Orange County. Visit celebrity homes in Hollywood, shop ‘til you drop on Rodeo Drive, or beach hop from Venice to Malibu. This personalised tour will have you feeling like a star! 5 hours 2 people from 4 people from 6 people from 9 people from

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Anaheim The world’s playground, for kids and adults alike, Anaheim has been bringing the fun since the opening of the Disneyland Resort in 1955. Today, this sunny city is famous for its theme parks, plush resorts, notable sporting teams and year-long warm weather.

Family Fun

6 nights from $ pp*

915

2 children from $379* each

What you get: • Six nights at the 4-star Hotel Ménage • Complimentary Wi-Fi • 3-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper® Ticket • 1-Day admission ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood • 1-Day admission ticket to SeaWorld Adventure Park • Return airport transfers Perfect for: the ultimate theme park enthusiast.

Lights, entertainment and a win on the infamous Blackjack tables – if you’re seeking all three, then Vegas is where it’s at. This eccentric city lives up to the hype with its sprawling strip of colourful hotels, and even more colourful characters. Just remember – what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Vegas Indulgence

San Diego Despite being a large, cosmopolitan city, sunny San Diego has the personality of a small coastal county, with warm locals and a friendly, laid-back vibe. From the world-famous San Diego Zoo and lively Pacific Beach, to beautiful Balboa Park and bustling La Jolla, you’ll never be at a loss for places to explore.

Sightseeing San Diego

Las Vegas

What you get: • Three nights at the 4-star Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel • San Diego Zoo admission • A one-hour Harbour Cruise adventure covering North or South Bay points of interests, including the California Sea Lion colony, Old Point Loma Lighthouse, America’s Cup Harbour, Nuclear Submarine Base, San Diego Naval Station and Coronado Island Perfect for: water lovers seeking an active adventure in sunny California.

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What you get: • Four nights at the 4-star MGM Grand Hotel • Complimentary Wi-Fi • An unforgettable helicopter night flight over the strip • Return airport transfers Perfect for: a bird’s-eye view of the strip from one of its most fabulous hotels.

3 nights from $ pp*

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Grand Canyon Explorer

5 nights from $ pp*

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What you get: • Two nights at the 3-star The Quad Resort & Casino • Three days car hire to drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon • Two nights at the 3-star Grand Canyon Ranch, including breakfast, lunch and dinner • Full Day Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour • An overnight stay at the 4-star New York - New York Hotel & Casino Perfect for: a cool combination of spectacular natural wonders and luxury overnights.

*Terms and conditions apply for all deals and packages. See online for more details.

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Creative Club exclusive offers New York You won’t be disappointed by the city that never sleeps, even if you get a little weary. Do your best to cover the multitude of sights in this magnificent city, including areas like SoHo, Greenwich Village, Brooklyn, Chelsea and Times Square. With world-class food, shopping and attractions on offer, New York certainly lives up to the hype.

Big Apple Adventures

4 nights from $ pp*

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What you get: • Four nights at the 3.5-star Hotel Beacon • All Loops Double Decker Tour, including Uptown, Downtown, Brooklyn and the Bronx • Three-course lunch at The Russian Tea Room • Return airport transfers Perfect for: a comprehensive tour of all the major areas and attractions that make up the Big Apple.

San Francisco From Haight-Ashbury to the famed PIER 39, this bayside city will exhaust you with an abundance of exciting activities. Take a bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge, visit charming Sausalito, check out the renowned Lombard Street and sample some treats at Fisherman’s Wharf.

San Fran Short Stay

3 nights from $ pp*

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What you get: • Three nights at the 3.5-star Holiday Inn Civic Centre • Full day bike rental – take the off-road trails, or ride along the waterfront on the Bay Trail and over the Golden Gate Bridge. • Return airport transfers Perfect for: getting the most out of this city in a few short days.

Golden San Francisco

4 nights from $ pp*

519

What you get: • Four nights at the 3.5-star Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf • 4-in-1 Hop-On-Hop-Off and Alcatraz Tour. Includes Downtown San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito, San Francisco by Night and Golden Gate Park. • Return airport transfers Perfect for: the full San Francisco experience, day and night.

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USA driving itineraries Los Angeles to San Francisco with Yosemite 7 days from

999pp*

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Want the freedom to travel at your own pace? Pick up your rental car, create your driving playlist, and hit the road today for a memorable adventure. Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Grand Canyon 9 days from

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DAY ONE to DAY TWO: L.A.

DAY ONE to TWO: L.A.

Arrive in L.A. and pick up your rental car for the next seven days. Spend two nights at the 4-star Grafton on Sunset in a Standard Double Guest Room, and enjoy the sites of L.A. driving at your leisure.

Arrive in L.A. and pick up your rental car for the next nine days. Spend two nights at the 3.5-star Best Western Sunset Plaza in a Standard Room, including full breakfast daily and Wi-Fi, and enjoy the sites of the City of Angels at your own leisure.

Top things to see: • The Getty Centre • The always-entertaining Venice Beach • The Grove Shopping Centre – the most beautiful outdoor mall you’ll ever see!

Top things to see: • Rodeo Drive • Hollywood Walk of Fame • TCL Chinese Theatre • Beverly Hills

DAY THREE: MONTEREY

DAY THREE to FIVE: L.A. – LAS VEGAS

Begin your journey to San Francisco with a 5.5-hour drive to Monterey. Stop in overnight at the 4-star Hilton Garden Inn Monterey in a Standard Room.

Embark on your 4.5-hour drive to Las Vegas and check in for a three-night stay at the 3.5-star Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in a Fab Deluxe Room. Spend your days exploring the casinos on the world-famous Strip.

DAY FOUR to DAY SIX: SAN FRANCISCO Visit Pebble Beach and the ‘Lone Cypress’, before continuing your drive to San Francisco, where you’ll spend three nights at the 4-star Handlery Union Square in a Historic Section Room, including breakfast, Wi-Fi and a Yosemite National Park Tour. Don’t forget to visit: • Old Fisherman’s Wharf • The Golden Gate Bridge • The famed PIER 39

DAY SEVEN: Drop off your car in San Francisco, where your West Coast self-drive experience will come to an end. Perfect for: city slickers and nature lovers wanting to witness the wonderment of Yosemite National Park.

Creative Holidays offers fantastic airfare and car hire specials for the USA. Contact a Creative Holidays Specialist or your local travel agent for more information.

DAY SIX to SEVEN: LAS VEGAS – GRAND CANYON Continue your journey to the Grand Canyon, where you’ll check in to the 3-star Grand Canyon Ranch and stay for two nights in a Pine Cabin, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Embark on a full day Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour.

DAY EIGHT: GRAND CANYON – LAS VEGAS Enjoy your final stretch of red dirt and desert landscape as you make your way back to Las Vegas. On arrival, you will check into a Deluxe Room at the 4-star Monte Carlo Resort to finish your trip with a little bit of luxury.

DAY NINE: LAS VEGAS – L.A. Take your final 4.5-hour drive back to L.A., where your trip will come to an end. Drop your car off at the airport or at the downtown rental office. Perfect for: the ultimate, movie-style American road trip. *Terms and conditions apply. See online for more details.

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America’s best road trips Rain Man, Thelma & Louise, Little Miss Sunshine… American road trip films have made an indelible mark on pop culture history, so what better way to experience this spectacular, vast country than by emulating the adventures of the big screen? Load up the rental, brush up on your car games and hit the road for an unforgettable trip.

To get you inspired, here’s our three favourite road trips:

PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY Los Angeles to San Francisco Distance: 416 miles (669 kilometres) Jump on the Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles and drive the incredible coastal stretch of cliff-hugging road all the way to San Francisco. You’ll pass charming beach towns and state parks along the way. Stop and watch the surfers catching waves in Malibu, and visit Santa Barbara, where you might be lucky enough to see some whales.

Visit Hearst Castle on Hot California’s Central tip Coast – it’s the former home of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, and is now maintained as a state historic park. Step back in time and relive one of the most decadent chapters in American history on a guided tour of the mansion. For more information on car hire and road trips, visit creativeholidays.com


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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY: VIRGINIA TO NORTH CAROLINA Distance: 469 miles (755 kilometres) Head deep into the lush forestry and majestic mountains of the Blue Ridge Parkway – the road that connects Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. Along the way, you’ll see incredible natural wonders like the Humpback Rocks, the Natural Bridge of Virginia and Blowing Rock – a cliff that’s 4000 feet above sea level!

ROUTE 66: ARIZONA Distance: 370 miles (596 kilometres)

Alamo price based on 7-day rental (2-door, Economy vehicle, ex LA). Terms and conditions apply.

Many a song and film has been inspired by Route 66, the iconic road linking Chicago and Los Angeles. While the entire route stretches for over 2000 miles, driving the Arizona section (from Needles, California to the New Mexico border) gives road trippers a taste for what made the Route so famous. Watch tumbleweeds roll past your car as you pass through middle-of-nowhere truck stops, the Grand Canyon and the mysterious desert landscape.

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Las Vegas Buy the ticket, take the ride. This is Vegas, baby, in all of its glitzy neon glory – and the only way to go is big.

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Planet Hollywood The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas The Mirage Hotel & Casino The Platinum Suites Hotel The Quad Resort & Casino Trump International Hotel Tropicana Las Vegas

Las Vegas Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas – land of excess. Where Cleopatra dines with Elvis Presley and dazzling showgirls dance under the Eiffel Tower to the click-click of tourist cameras. One thing is for sure: everyone’s here to have a good time. From lavish casinos and America’s own Ancient Rome, to the sense-smacking colours and sounds of The Strip, you’re in for the ride of your life. So bask in the bright lights, mingle with the high rollers, or get married at the Graceland Chapel. This is a 24hour city, so you may as well pack in as much as possible.

THINGS TO KNOW: Lingo to know: “Eye in the Sky” The double-sided mirrors and hidden cameras casinos use to monitor the floor.

Local Tips: • Head to the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and request a seat on the patio at Spago for some good old-fashioned people watching. • Stop by the Bellagio Hotel after dark for the fountain display and watch the water move like magic to Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’. • Not a blackjack wizard? Most casinos offer lessons for the unseasoned gambler.

What to Pack: Your poker face.

Photography: Bellagio Hotel

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WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS STAYS IN VEGAS – BUT YOUR MEMORIES LAST FOREVER. THAT’S WHY WE’VE HANDPICKED THE 10 BEST WAYS TO EXPERIENCE THIS 24-HOUR CITY. DISCOVER MORE CREATIVE CLUB EXPERIENCES ONLINE, CALL US OR SEE YOUR LOCAL TRAVEL AGENT.

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King of Canyon Landing Tour Take an adventure to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and experience natural and manufactured wonders like the stark Mojave Desert, the historic Hoover Dam, and Lake Mead, one of the largest manmade lakes in the world, that’s crucial in making the American West liveable. Your helicopter will begin its descent 4000 feet to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, where you’ll touch down on Hualapai Indian Tribal Land, mere meters from the banks of the mighty Colorado River, then toast to the experience with a picnic and champagne! Hot tip: Bring your camera and take lots of pictures of hardy desert plants, towering rock formations and the Colorado River.

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Trekker West Rim Tour and Skywalk

Picking you up from your hotel doorstep, your Jeep will take you through the Mojave Desert, the ancient Joshua Tree Forest and the remote desert community of Dolan Springs before reaching Grand Canyon West. Here you’ll experience The Grand Canyon Skywalk – a glass platform jutting out from the canyon’s edge that lets you wander 4000 feet above the mystical heartland of the Hualapai Indian Tribe. Hot tip: Guano Point is another overlook that allows excellent viewing both up and down stream.

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Cirque du Soleil Cirque du Soleil has constantly sought to evoke the imagination, invoke the senses and provoke the emotions of people around the world. From the synchronised swimmers and divers in “O™” to the to the highenergy acrobatics of Mystère™, you’ll find a performance to tantalise your mind. Hot tip: If you’re having trouble deciding which Cirque du Soleil show is for you, see “O™” at the Bellagio. It’s considered one of the best Cirque du Soleil shows in the world.

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West Rim Indian Adventure Enjoy a picturesque flight to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead that will whet your appetite for a day of scenic wonders. Upon landing at Grand Canyon West, you’ll board a motorcoach and begin your self-guided discovery of this Native American Tribal Park. Hot tip: At Eagle Point (named for the silhouette of an eagle in flight on the ridgeline to the east) you’ll be able to learn more about the Native people of the southwest.

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Graceland Chapel - Loving You Elvis Wedding Service Getting married or renewing your vows with Elvis in Vegas is as common as black jack and neon signs. Walk down the aisle of Graceland Wedding Chapel where famous musicians and Hollywood movie stars, as well as thousands of brides and grooms from all over the world have said “I DO!” Hot tip: Schedule your wedding for earlier in the day. If you try to tie the knot in the evening, you’ll likely be sharing the chapel with a couple of crazy kids who met the night before.


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To call it just a mall would be to call Las Vegas just a desert town. A must-see tourist attraction in its own right, these fashion outlets offer unbelievable savings on top-ofthe-line and designer merchandise at more than 100 of the finest stores. From Coach and Neiman Marcus to Nike and Juicy Couture, you’ll find bargains for the whole family and more importantly, yourself. Hot tip: Your tour includes a complimentary Green Savings Card that gives you more than $800 in savings at participating stores. You’ll also get a voucher for a free coupon book for Miracle Mile Shops and FashionShow. 

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Maverick Helicopters Vegas Nights Enjoy the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ from the best view possible – the sky. Soar high above the world-famous Las Vegas Strip as you take in iconic landmarks like the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Stratosphere Tower, MGM Grand, Eiffel Tower, Luxor and historic downtown. This 12-15 minute flight takes you high above both the east and west ends of the Strip. Hot tip: Get the party started with a champagne toast prior to departure.   

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Maverick Dream Catcher Sunset Tour

Soar high above Las Vegas to the Valley of Fire and Hidden Valley and admire spectacular red sandstone formations. You’ll then head into the Grand Canyon, where you’ll descend and land 3500 feet below the West Rim on Hualapai Indian territory and Maverick’s private landing site. Your journey will end flying over Lake Mead, Fortification Hill and Hoover Dam at dusk. Hot tip: Celebrate the experience of a lifetime with champagne served 300 feet above the mighty Colorado River.

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Las Vegas Evening Tour This evening bus and walking tour takes you down the Las Vegas Strip for a glimpse of the Vegas nightlife. Your exciting excursion includes the iconic dancing fountains at the Bellagio, Madame Tussauds at the Venetian, Bellagio Conservatory, Rio’s Masquerade Show in the Sky and the Freemont Street Experience. Note: the tour does not operate on Friday or Saturday nights. Hot tip: Extensive walking is required on this tour so make sure you wear comfy shoes and bring a water bottle!

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Grand Canyon Explorer Enjoy eight unforgettable experiences in one day! Your senses will be heightened with all-round views and choreographed music as you descend into the largest theatre in the world – the Grand Canyon. As you head deeper into the heart of the canyon, you’ll see breathtaking views of the Colorado River, mile-high canyon walls and spectacular rock formations. Your luxury jet helicopter will land at Grand Canyon Ranch, where you’ll be welcomed with a champagne toast, then enjoy a rodeo demonstration, a western-style meal and a horseback or wagon safari to discover the iconic American Bison. Hot tip: Save some energy for the end of the tour, which concludes with a fly-by over the famous Las Vegas Strip.

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Lively Las Vegas Marvel at the extravagance of Las Vegas as you take in the bright lights and dazzling surrounds of the ‘City of Sin’. If you’re looking for luxury in the entertainment capital, check out some of our Creative Club favourites.

ARIA Resort & Casino With its decked out casino, steamy outdoor hot tubs, and a sumptuous array of restaurants and bars, it’s hard not to be seduced by ARIA Resort & Casino. Why we love it: ARIA is the type of hotel that sets pulses racing. While each room boasts seriously luxurious interiors, the entertainment options in the rest of the hotel are just as impressive. Get decadent at LIQUID Pool Lounge, an outdoor playground energised by Las Vegas’ best DJs. Delight in Mexican-inspired fine dining at Javier’s, or be blown away by Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana. Style: Modern Atmosphere: Sensual Don’t leave without experiencing: Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil – a mind-blowing acrobatic spectacular. From

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Bellagio Hotel Home to the famous Bellagio fountains, the hotel is renowned for its upscale nightlife, spectacular pools and world-class shopping. Why we love it: When you arrive at the Bellagio, the fountains out the front greet you with a mesmerising show of water, music and light. Rest assured, what goes on inside the hotel is just as impressive. Think gorgeous sparkling pools, an award-winning beauty spa and some of the sexiest nightlife that Vegas has to offer. Style: Plush Atmosphere: Mesmerising Don’t leave without experiencing: “O™” by Cirque du Soleil. The world-class acrobats, synchronised swimmers and characters put on an unforgettable aquatic show. From

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MGM Grand An oasis of sparkling pools, mouth-watering restaurants and top-notch nightlife make MGM Grand one of Vegas’ best stays. Why we love it: This is Las Vegas luxury at its best. Spend your days lounging by the hotel’s famous lazy river, indulge in a poolside massage, and when night falls, catch a mind-blowing performance at the Garden Arena (Beyoncé and Fleetwood Mac are no strangers to this stage!). Those keen to party won’t be let down by the world-class Hakkasan nightclub. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Happening Don’t leave without experiencing: • A meal at Hakkasan Restaurant – an intoxicating treat for the senses. • A swim in one of the three whirlpools in the Grand Pool Complex. From

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The Mirage Hotel & Casino From mind-blowing restaurants to sultry nightclubs and sparkling blue pools, The Mirage has all you need for an unforgettable Vegas experience. Why we love it: You really are spoilt for choice at The Mirage. Spend your days sipping cocktails poolside at the decadent, adults-only Bare Pool Lounge. Balance your chakras at the spa, or get up-close and personal with some of nature’s most alluring animals – there’s a breathtaking aviary, mind-blowing aquarium and even a pod of bottlenose dolphins! Style: Chic Atmosphere: Mischievous Don’t leave without experiencing: A shopping trip to Kardashian Khaos. The celebrity lifestyle boutique stocks all the products endorsed and owned by the Kardashians. From

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Mandalay Bay Mandalay Bay has everything you’d want from a Vegas hotel – an amazing Caribbean beach-style pool, an array of celebrity chef restaurants and a glittering three-storey beachside casino. Why we love it: If your priority is fun and mind-blowing experiences then Mandalay Bay is where you want to be. Party poolside at Daylight, the Ibiza-inspired daytime beach party, dive with sharks or play at the glittering beachside casino (complete with dealers in bikinis and board shorts!). Style: Elegant Atmosphere: Entertaining Don’t leave without experiencing: • A flirt with Lady Luck at the three-level beach casino. • A knockout performance of Michael Jackson ONE™ by Cirque du Soleil. From

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Luxor Complete with non-stop casino action, mind-blowing entertainment and top-class drinking and dining, Luxor has everything you’d want from a Vegas stay. Why we love it: This amazing pyramid-shaped hotel doesn’t do anything by halves. The rooms and suites are luxurious, there’s enough exhilarating nightlife to keep you partying for days, and even in-room boudoir photoshoots for those that want to commemorate the trip. Did we mention you get to play in a pyramid? Style: Luxury Atmosphere: Exhilarating Don’t leave without experiencing: • A party with celebrities at the glittering LAX nightclub. • A delicious steak at Tender, one of Vegas’ top-rated steakhouses. From

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Monte Carlo Resort & Casino Looking for bright lights, wild nights and decadence like you’ve never experienced before? Monte Carlo Resort & Casino won’t disappoint. Why we love it: Monte Carlo is all about extravagance. Wildly luxurious rooms, exquisite fine dining and nightlife to suit every sensibility – whether you’re after refined sophistication or a rollicking party atmosphere. Wash your sins away in the Wave Pool, play in a sand volleyball tournament or unleash your credit card on the Street of Dreams shopping boulevard. Style: Luxury Atmosphere: Seductive Don’t leave without experiencing: The Blue Man Group Procession – a luminescent parade of bright lights, music and puppetry. From

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New York - New York Hotel & Casino New York - New York brings everything you love about the Big Apple to the glittering lights of Vegas. Why we love it: Laze poolside amidst exquisite fountains and whimsical statues, treat yourself to ultimate pampering with a luxurious spa treatment, or get wild at Coyote Ugly, the real-life bar that inspired the movie! What more could you want from a Vegas stay? Style: Modern Atmosphere: Upbeat Don’t leave without experiencing: A thrilling ride on The Big Apple Coaster – the world’s first roller coaster to feature a 180-degree ‘heartline’ twist and dive. From

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Bally’s Las Vegas Set in the glittering heart of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, Bally’s is one of the most exciting hotels in Sin City! Why we love it: For almost 30 years Bally’s has been showing visitors how Vegas is done. Waste the days away in the huge, palm-fringed pool, have a hit on the biggest tennis complex on the strip or spend the evening amidst beautiful showgirls and lavish sets at Donn Arden’s ‘Jubilee!’ Style: Decadent Atmosphere: Happening Don’t leave without experiencing: • A ‘Jubilee!’ backstage tour to see how this famous Las Vegas revue functions from behind the scenes. • A late-night dance to one of the resident DJs at Drai’s nightclub, one of the hottest clubs in Vegas. From

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Caesars Palace Caesars Palace celebrates the grandeur of Rome with unparalleled decadence. An 84-acre playground of pools, restaurants and entertainment complexes make this one of the hottest spots in town. Why we love it: Ranking among the world’s top luxury resorts, Caesars Palace features five acres of ‘Garden of the Gods’ swimming pools, a 4300-seat entertainment Colosseum graced by world-class entertainers like Celine Dion and Elton John, and a mouthwatering array of celebrity chef restaurants. Style: Opulent Atmosphere: Vibrant Don’t leave without experiencing: A shopping spree at The Forum Shops, featuring 160 designer stores.

Having trouble deciding between hotels? Experience as many as you want by visiting the ones you’re not staying at for lunch, dinner or drinks. You’ll be able to take full advantage of their entertainment and views!

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Flamingo Las Vegas A self-contained casino and resort, Flamingo Las Vegas comes complete with a Caribbean-style water playground, a 15,000-square-foot casino and live flamingos! Why we love it: Where else can you experience the thrills and chills of the Vegas Strip with a live flamingo at your side? Flamingo Las Vegas has everything you’d want on a holiday to Vegas – a huge casino, restaurants serving a variety of continental cuisine, pool parties, and an amazing tropical Wildlife Habitat. Style: Flamboyant Atmosphere: Buzzing Don’t leave without experiencing: A drink at vibrant Bugsy’s Bar, open 24 hours in the heart of the casino. From

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Harrah’s Las Vegas With a humongous casino, a sparkling outdoor swimming pool and an array of themed bars and restaurants, Harrah’s is your key to round-the-clock good times. Why we love it: It has all the elements of a great Vegas holiday wrapped up in one. There’s 86,664 square feet of casino space, an Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool complete with poolside cocktail service, and a day-andnight party scene to keep you busy. Dance under the big top at Carnaval Court nightclub, sing your heart out at Rusty’s All-Star Karaoke or relax at the world-class spa. Style: Classic Atmosphere: Fun-loving Don’t leave without experiencing: A performance by ‘Big Elvis’ at The Piano Bar, complete with all the hits from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. From

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The Quad Resort & Casino The Quad is your key to experiencing all the wild good times of Vegas from the elegance and comfort of a top-class hotel. Why we love it: What more could you want from a Vegas hotel than celebrity lookalike ‘Dealertainers’ who sing and dance while you play your favourite casino games? Add to that the lavishly decorated Silver Sky Chapel (for those keen for a Vegas-style wedding) and a tropical pool with signature Polynesian cocktails. It’s everything you need for a memorable vacation – Vegas style. Style: Elegant Atmosphere: Entertaining Don’t leave without experiencing: ‘Twisted farm food’ that challenges your imagination at Hash House A Go Go restaurant. From

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Paris Las Vegas Enchanted by the romance of Paris? Paris Las Vegas brings everything you love about the stunning French capital to the thriving heart of the Vegas Strip. Why we love it: It’s the definition of seductive. The rooms are decked out like they could belong to Marie Antoinette, there’s a golden replica of the Eiffel Tower that you can climb for spectacular views of the entire Vegas Strip, plus two gorgeous Parisian-style shopping boulevards and a relaxing on-site spa. Style: European Atmosphere: Romantic Don’t leave without experiencing: The impressive replicas of Parisian landmarks like The Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre and The Hotel de Ville. From

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Planet Hollywood Boasting rooms packed with movie memorabilia, pop stars on the show bill, and happening poolside DJs, Planet Hollywood lets you experience Vegas like an A-lister. Why we love it: It comes complete with all the V.I.P. amenities you’d expect from a celebrity hotel. Enjoy bottle service by the pool in your own personal cabana, party with Las Vegas’ top DJs and indulge in the huge range of restaurants serving everything from upmarket Japanese to traditional American hot dogs. Style: Modern Atmosphere: Glamorous Don’t leave without experiencing: International fare at Spice Market Buffet – don’t miss the tantalising desserts! From

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NOBU Hotel at Caesars Palace Combining Japanese and Western elements to luxurious effect, NOBU Hotel is the crème de la crème of exclusive Vegas stays. Why we love it: Created by famed Japanese chef, Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa and actor Robert de Niro, it’s the epitome of sophistication. Swim in the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, indulge in the 24-hour room service menu created by Chef Nobu, or catch a show by an internationally renowned performer. Style: Minimalist Atmosphere: Sophisticated Don’t leave without experiencing: An exclusive treatment from Qua Baths & Spa, designed especially for NOBU clientele. From

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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Immerse yourself in the heart of Las Vegas at The Cosmopolitan, which overlooks The Strip, complete with its own nightclub, fine dining and unique collection of boutiques. Why we love it: You’ll experience the famed Vegas strip in style at this unique luxury resort that delivers everything you could ask for from a trip to Sin City. The resort offers poolside fun and 13 different dining options, which you can even order in to eat on your own private terrace. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Happening Don’t leave without experiencing: The dance floor at the hotel’s night and day club. From

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Tropicana Las Vegas The new and improved Tropicana Las Vegas is a modern beach-style resort that boasts everything from a 24-hour on-site casino to a theatre, award-winning dining, pools and a day spa. Why we love it: Oozing a relaxed yet luxurious feel, this is the ultimate Las Vegas Strip experience. Step out of your suite and straight onto the casino floor for some blackjack, or dive straight into the Tropicana Pool to cool off. Catch a show at the on-site theatre followed by a fine dining experience at one of the restaurants. This is what Vegas is all about! Style: Modern beach Atmosphere: Fun Don’t leave without experiencing: A hot stone massage at the Glow spa. From

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Trump International Hotel The Trump International Hotel is everything you could ask for from a non-gaming luxury hotel, complete with a seventh-level pool deck, fine dining and a day spa. Why we love it: It’s 64 gleaming levels of golden glass that shine like a beacon amidst the flashing lights of Las Vegas. Luxury is everything, from a 110-foot outdoor pool, complete with air-conditioned cabanas and poolside refreshments, to world-class dining and a sumptuous day spa. But it’s those finer details that really make the experience – think shoe shines, valet services and a round-the-clock concierge. Style: Luxury Atmosphere: Refined Don’t leave without experiencing: Homemade guacamole and a fruity mojito at the H2(EAU) pool bar. From

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The Platinum Suites Hotel Settle into a boutique experience at The Platinum Suites Hotel, a tranquil retreat just steps from The Strip, that offers resort-style luxury without resort fees. Why we love it: A sedate change of pace from the usual crowd, this comfortable boutique offers apartment-style suites with full kitchens and walk out balconies, ranging from 910 to 1150 square feet. Experience soothing, nongaming Vegas style at the indulgent WELL Spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and the artistic Kil@wat Restaurant. Style: Sophisticated Atmosphere: Tranquil Don’t leave without experiencing: Tantalising cuisine, great service and a delicious poolside dining menu (furnished with radiant fire pits) at Kil@wat Restaurant. From

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Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Las Vegas Strip Escape the Las Vegas mayhem at this family-friendly, elegant retreat that comes complete with everything you need for a fun family holiday to Nevada, including poolside barbeques and a spa for some time out. Why we love it: The perfect tranquil retreat from the beating heart of Vegas, these suites combine the comfort of home with luxury service. Play games and host cookoffs with the family or spend quality ‘me time’ in the six treatment rooms at eforea spa. Style: Elegant Atmosphere: Family-friendly Don’t leave without experiencing: Dinner and a cocktail at the casual Waves Pool Bar & Grill. From

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Embassy Suites Las Vegas Enjoy a non-gaming, family experience amidst the Vegas magic (or mayhem!) at the Embassy Suites Las Vegas, including complimentary made-to-order breakfasts and an Evening Reception in the tropical atrium. Why we love it: With Hard Rock Casino just across the road and the famous Las Vegas Strip within walking distance, it’s a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle. You’ll be sure to feel like a V.I.P. with a complimentary breakfast and evening drinks, plus a refreshing outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and fabulous two-room suites. Style: Classic Atmosphere: Warm Don’t leave without experiencing: A drink at the complimentary Evening Reception after a long day hitting The Strip. From

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National Parks The United States has over 400 national parks, and while each is a national treasure, the most fascinating are found in the southwest. From the striking red rock landscape of Utah to the vast wilderness of Arizona, the natural beauty of this region is second to none.

Grand Canyon The mother of all national parks, Grand Canyon National Park is breathtaking in its scale and beauty. Often considered one of the seven wonders of the world, the Canyon itself is 277 miles (446 kilometres) long, 18 miles (29 kilometres) wide and 6000 feet (1800 metres) deep – and attracts millions of visitors each year. The park boasts a breathtaking array of rock landscapes, desert flora, pine forests and grasslands, but the heart and soul is of course the Colorado River, which winds its way through the Canyon. One thing is certain: the sheer immensity of this natural wonder will carve itself into your memory like few other landscapes can. 28 — USA

THINGS TO KNOW: Local Tips: • There’s nothing quite like watching the sunset from Grandview Point, a vantage spot along Desert View Drive on the South Rim. The historic Grandview Trail also begins here. • Visit the North Rim for cooler temperatures and interesting scenery. You’ll find wildflower meadows, subalpine grasslands and pine forests that you won’t see anywhere else in the park.


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Bryce Canyon Hoodoos; tent rocks; fairy chimneys; earth pyramids. Call them what you will, they’re strikingly beautiful, and abundant in southwestern Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park. Loved by photographers and geology enthusiasts alike, the park features a veritable forest of these curious red rock formations. And besides being visually spectacular from above – especially at sunrise – down below the hoodoos’ mazelike passageways make for a thrilling hiking destination. Or, as famously quoted by the canyon’s namesake, Ebenezer Bryce “one hell of a place to lose a cow.”

THINGS TO KNOW: Local Tips: • In winter, Bryce Canyon’s snow-capped hoodoos make for a real winter wonderland. The best part? Snowmobiling through its winding trails. • Looking down upon the canyon’s beauty is a given. But wander out at night-time and look up – with zero light pollution it’s a legendary spot for star-gazing.

Zion An enchanting beauty, the landscape of southern Utah’s Zion National Park is awe inspiring. Soaring red and cream cliffs, emerald grottos and lush meadows combine to magical effect. Hike through one of Zion’s storied trails and know you’ll be walking in the footsteps of ancient natives, who almost 12,000 years ago tracked mammoths and giant sloths along the winding red roads. These days, you’re more likely to spot an anxious plateau lizard or grazing deer, but fret not, the soaring cliffs of Zion are marvellous enough.

THINGS TO KNOW: Local Tips: • Looking for a challenging hike? Angels Landing is strenuous, but rewarding - it’s one of the best viewpoints of the park. (Note: those scared of heights should steer clear of this one.) • Subway is one of the least technical and most visually spectacular canyons to explore. Make sure you reserve a permit before your trip - they can sell out months in advance.

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If you’re in Anaheim, chances are you’re there for the theme parks. From Walt Disney’s collection of magical kingdoms to the curiously named Knott’s Berry Farm, there’s plenty of fun to be had in this hamlet. But it’s not all rides and colourful characters – close to Anaheim you’ll also find some spectacular regional parks and hiking trails. So when your Park Hopper® expires, you can pop on your hiking boots and reacquaint yourself with the natural world.

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• Adrenaline junkies should head to Knott’s Berry Farm for some of Anaheim’s more scream-inducing rollercoasters. • Theme park rides not thrilling enough? Visit the nearby Flightdeck Flight Simulation Centre and pilot your own fighter jet.

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The happiest place on earth Discover two amazing Theme Parks – Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park – plus an eclectic entertainment, dining and shopping area. Turn an incredible vacation into your family’s unforgettable escape! Plan enough time to enjoy everything the wondrous world of Disney storytelling has to offer…now more magical than ever.

Disney California Adventure Park

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More stories, more adventures!

The one-and-only original!

Get ready to be floored – the expanded Disney California Adventure Park now features the 12-acre Cars Land, where the whole family can stop by for high octane adventure! Journey ‘under the sea’ on The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. Take off into the wilder blue yonder at Goofy’s Sky School. And after night falls, become immersed in music, water, light, fire and colour at the spectacular World of Color.

Disneyland Park delights kids of all ages with eight lands filled with timeless attractions, world-class entertainment and favourite Characters. And now there’s more! Meet Disney Princesses and see classic fairy tales come to life at the all-new Fantasy Faire. The energetic Mickey’s Soundsational Parade sets music in motion, and the return of Star Tours – with new 3-D adventures – will take fun to new heights!

CAN’T MISS: Toy Story Mania! (inspired by Disney•Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’ films) | Soarin’ Over California | The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ | California Screamin’ | Mad T Party | Disney Junior — Live on Stage! The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc., and is used with permission pursuant to a license from CBS, Inc. ©Disney/CBS, Inc. Mad T Party is inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

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CAN’T MISS: Mickey and the Magical Map | Indiana Jones™ Adventure | Matterhorn Bobsleds | Haunted Mansion | Pirates of the Caribbean | “it’s a small world” | Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ©Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd.

Star Tours - The Adventures Continue

Enjoy the magic from morning till night When the sun goes down, amazing night time experiences light up Disneyland Resort. No visit to the Disneyland Park is complete without the iconic image of fireworks bursting behind Sleeping Beauty Castle. And along the Rivers of America, guests can catch Fantasmic!, a show combining digital projection, fireworks and live performers to recreate the fantastic imagination of Mickey Mouse!

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The fireworks are only the beginning of the nighttime enchantment. Disney California Adventure Park comes alive with colour during the epic World of Color lagoon show, featuring Disney music, stories and Characters, plus over 1200 fountains that shoot water high in the air. Guests can also dance the night away at Mad T Party, a vibrant, nighttime party inspired by some favorite Alice in Wonderland Characters. Plus, something exciting is always happening at Downtown Disney District and most nights feature live outdoor entertainment including dynamic performers and a talented cast of professional musicians. Attractions and entertainment may be seasonal and are subject to change without notice. As to Disney artwork, logos and properties: ©Disney. ©Disney/Pixar.

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You came for the magic. Now stay where it never ends. For the ultimate Disney experience, stay at one of the hotels of the Disneyland Resort – the majestic Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the recently transformed Disneyland Hotel, or the laid-back, California-style Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Whichever one you choose, you’ll find a whole world of Disney wonder right outside your door – including two Disney Theme Parks and a world-class entertainment, dining and shopping district.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa The rich history and natural beauty of California are captured in the elegant, craftsman-style architecture of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Home to the world-class Mandara Spa, the award-winning Napa Rose restaurant, and featuring private entrance into Disney California Adventure Park, this hotel offers enough luxuries to keep all of your senses indulged for the duration of your stay.

Disneyland Hotel The fun begins the moment you arrive at the re-imagined Disneyland Hotel! You’ll love the exterior enhancement and wonderful Guest room upgrades, featuring a contemporary look with exquisite Disney touches. Outside, more fun and adventure await, including two dining locations, monorail-inspired water slides and an immersive water play area. A stay here is the perfect way to keep the Disney magic going all vacation long! Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Fun

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Stepping into Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is like going back in time to the heyday of California beachfront boardwalks – only with a whimsical Disney twist! From the surfing Goofy statue in the lobby to the roller coasterinspired water slide at the rooftop pool, everything about this hotel tells you that you’re in for a unique, totally Disney experience! Style: Beachy Atmosphere: Family-friendly From

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Plus, don’t miss Downtown Disney district So what are you in the mood for? Fun and games? Dinner? Maybe a little shopping? Or just the chance to spend some quality time with your family? Whatever it is you’re after, the Downtown Disney District is the place to find it. It has something for everyone – incredible entertainment venues, outstanding restaurants and an eclectic mix of shops – plus a fun and relaxing vibe that’s all its own. With no admission and up to five hours of free parking (with validation), you can’t go wrong – no matter what you’re in the mood for!

Staff tip “Stay at a Disney Resort Hotel to score a range of fun family benefits. Nothing beats the Extra Magic Hour, which gives guests early admission to select attractions one hour before they open to the public.”

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Anaheim WITH THE FAMED DISNEYLAND RESORT, LEGOLAND® AND SEAWORLD IN CLOSE PROXIMITY, IT’S HARD TO BE BORED IN ANAHEIM. DISCOVER MORE CREATIVE CLUB EXPERIENCES ONLINE, CALL US OR SEE YOUR LOCAL TRAVEL AGENT.

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Universal Studios Front of Line Pass Get the celebrity treatment with this allaccess pass and go behind the scenes on the world famous Studio Tour to explore where Hollywood movies are made. See firsthand the world’s largest 3-D experience, King Kong 360 3-D, created by Peter Jackson. You’ll see the largest movie set street expansion in Hollywood history, built with creative consultation from Steven Spielberg himself, and enjoy heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies. This tour includes allday admission to the park, one-time priority access to all rides, shows and attractions, plus behind-the-scenes privileges at select attractions. Hot tip: Be part of the battle and embark on a mission to defend the Allspark from the evil clutches of the Decepticons® in TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D.

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LEGOLAND® LEGOLAND® has more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, and offers an incredible family experience. Enter a medieval world of knights and princesses as you conquer The Dragon Coaster and explore ancient treasurefilled tombs at Land of Adventure. Save the day at Fun Town Police and Fire Academy and marvel at cities built out of millions of LEGO® bricks. You can even journey to a galaxy far, far away at the new LEGO STAR WARS™ Miniland area. Hot tip: Don’t miss the chance to experience scenes from the six live-action STAR WARS™ movies and one from the animated series STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS™!

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Celebrate the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld® San Diego and experience Shamu® show, One Ocean® and thrilling rides like Journey to Atlantis®, Shipwreck Rapids® and Wild Arctic®. Join Elmo and his friends at the Sesame Street Bay of Play® featuring familyfriendly rides. You’ll be able to feed and touch dolphins and get up close to beluga whales, polar bears, sharks and penguins, plus enjoy fascinating aquariums and exotic birds from around the world. Then dive into the world of sea turtles at the incredible Turtle Reef attraction. Hot tip: Set your pulse racing and soar, dive and twist like a ray on ‘Manta’, an amazing, allnew coaster that only SeaWorld could create.

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Experience the highlights of Los Angeles on this one-of-a kind tour! You’ll view the city’s most fascinating and historical landmarks while taking in the familiar sites from your favourite television shows and movies. Walk in the footsteps of Hollywood’s most renowned celebrities at TCL Chinese Theatre, and explore trendy Venice Beach and Santa Monica’s 3rd street Promenade, with its many cafés and unique shops. Hot tip: Keep your eyes peeled and your camera handy as you check out the Farmers Market – it’s a celebrity hotspot.

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Catalina Island Let the Catalina Express whisk you away to Catalina Island and the beautiful city of Avalon – a Mediterranean-like town just 22 miles off the coastline of Southern California. Travel across the sea in comfort and style aboard the fastest fleet of state-of-the-art passenger vessels. Within an hour, you’ll be shopping in Catalina Island’s quaint shops, dining at seaside restaurants, snorkelling, bicycling or just relaxing on the beach. Hot tip: Visit Steve’s Steakhouse for an incredible meal by the sea – there are plenty of delicious menu options for vegetarians and seafood lovers. USA — 33


Playground paradise With its array of famous theme parks, Anaheim is guaranteed to provide excitement for the entire family. Check out some of our Creative Club hotel favourites for your ultimate fun-seeker adventure. Photography: Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground Enjoy a true Disney experience at the Howard Johnson Hotel & Water Playground; a fun family destination complete with an on-site water park and games rooms. Why we love it: For a family-friendly destination that kids will be raving about, it boasts everything from a pirate-themed water kingdom to toddler-friendly wading pools. Don’t miss other exciting water features including the relaxing garden pool and Speedy’s Sprayground fountain area. Style: Classic Atmosphere: Family-friendly Don’t leave without experiencing: A traditional American-style dinner at Mimi’s Cafe. From

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Hotel Ménage For a boutique hotel experience with a luxury feel, Hotel Ménage has you covered, with an inviting atmosphere, award-winning chef, friendly staff and affordable prices. Why we love it: While family friendly, the Ménage really caters to the grown-ups. Sip a cocktail poolside at the Hawaiian Palapa Bar, or indulge in comfort food paired with craft beers and boutique wines at the American Tavern Eatery & Drink. A late-night nibble watching the Disneyland Resort fireworks poolside should be high on your to do list! Style: Modern Atmosphere: Happening Don’t leave without experiencing: The city’s only 24-hour heated tropical pool and jacuzzi. From

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Hilton Anaheim Enjoy the Disney experience in style at The Hilton Anaheim, with poolside bar and dining, beauty and spa treatments, and a 24-hour child-minding service to make your trip smooth sailing. Why we love it: It’s everything you would expect from a Hilton experience (in the best possible way!). There are four wining and dining options on site, plus a food court and a Starbucks to satisfy caffeine cravings. Downtime at the hotel includes an outdoor heated pool and four whirlpool tubs, plus a health club that’s complete with gym and spa facilities. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Calming Don’t leave without experiencing: • The landscaped outdoor heated pool for a dip followed by a whirlpool tub session. • A grilled Mahi Mahi sandwich and Bellini at the Pool Bar. From

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Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort Surrounded by world-famous theme parks, Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort is renowned for its prime location and inviting, pet-friendly rooms. Why we love it: It offers convenience and style for the family or business traveller. Boasting large meeting rooms, function space, a resort-styled poolside area and the Disneyland ‘Good Neighbour’ seal of approval, it’s an easy choice for any traveller seeking comfort and convenience. Style: Comfortable Atmosphere: Inviting Don’t leave without experiencing: An afternoon lounging by the beautiful poolside area, complete with delectable fare at the Pool Bar. From

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Anaheim Plaza Hotel & Suites Drink in the view of Disneyland Park from your room, while enjoying a classic, family-friendly hotel complete with an Olympic-sized swimming pool and incredible buffet breakfast. Why we love it: Your holiday will be a breeze with Disney across the way. A family-friendly atmosphere will make your stay comfortable, and the incredible buffet breakfast should provide enough fuel to spend a full day exploring the madness of rides and rollercoasters. Style: Traditional Atmosphere: Family-friendly Don’t leave without experiencing: A range of delicious Mexican dishes from Mi Casita Restaurant and Lounge. From

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Carousel Inn & Suites It’s family-friendly convenience in the heart of Disney central. With a rooftop pool, beautiful granite bathroom and panorama sky deck, the Carousel Inn & Suites have everything to offer the discerning traveller. Why we love it: Located directly across from Mickey and Minnie, it boasts stunning suites and elegant guestrooms with breathtaking views of the Disneyland Resort Parks. After a day in the Californian sun, you can relax at the rooftop pool and catch the spectacular Disney fireworks show. Style: Traditional Atmosphere: Warm From

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The Fairfield Inn Anaheim Disneyland Resort is a classic destination for families or singles alike, with everything from high-speed internet access to an outdoor heated pool and an on-site Pizza Hut. Why we love it: Embracing technology, a stay here comes complete with free wireless and video checkout. Wind down after your day of Disney fun at the outdoor heated pool and whirlpool tub, pay a trip to the on-site Pizza Hut, or sip a latte at Seattle’s Nest Coffee. Style: Traditional Atmosphere: Warm From

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Tropicana Inn & Suites Enjoy a relaxed stay at the revamped Tropicana Inn & Suites, a charming Mediterranean-themed escape complete with a luxury pool and Jacuzzi, and only five minutes stroll from Disneyland.

Need more inspiration for your fun-filled getaway? Creative Holidays is on the ground, testing the best of Anaheim’s hotels and accommodation. From family-friendly retreats to luxurious resorts, this high-energy Californian town has it all.

Why we love it: For more than 50 years, this charming Mediterranean property has helped create long-lasting family memories. Find time to enjoy the warm Southern California climate by relaxing in the sparkling outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, take advantage of same-day dry cleaning, or just chill-out in your deluxe room, complete with all the trimmings. Style: Mediterranean Atmosphere: Friendly From

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Anabella Hotel A beautiful sanctuary, known for providing warm, exceptional service and elegant accommodation, the Anabella Hotel is just steps away from Disneyland Resort – “The Happiest Place on Earth!” Why we love it: It’s the perfect destination to retreat from the fastpaced action of Anaheim – complete with all the holiday pampering you’ll need. Indulge with exceptional dining at the award-winning Tangerine Grill & Patio, relax in the sparkling resort pool, or enjoy your favourite happy-hour cocktail at the on-site Nectarine Bar. Style: Classic Atmosphere: Peaceful From

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BEST WESTERN PLUS Stovall’s Inn Located in the heart of Anaheim, BEST WESTERN PLUS Stovall’s Inn offers modern spacious rooms and special touches (including the famous topiary gardens), without the hefty price tag. Why we love it: With Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Convention Centre only a short walk away, plus all the amenities you would expect from a luxury hotel, it offers convenient comfort and the Disney ‘Good Neighbour’ stamp of approval! Fun and family friendly, there’s a 24-hour restaurant next door and even a special pool for kids! Style: Upmarket Atmosphere: Hospitable From

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Desert Palms Hotel & Suites Enjoy a deluxe Disney experience at Desert Palms Hotel & Suites, complete with complimentary buffet breakfast, heated outdoor pool, and a fitness and games room to keep the kids entertained. Why we love it: Just five minutes from Disneyland, it’s perfect for families seeking a relaxing, stress-free destination after the fun (and/or mayhem) of rollercoasters and rides. The outdoor pool is perfect for a few laps and the gym is great for a quick workout while the kids are occupied in the games room. Style: Classic Atmosphere: Welcoming From

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DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Anaheim Resort Ideally located one block from the Anaheim Convention Centre, this modern hotel boasts stylish guest rooms, a rooftop swimming pool, and tempting Californian cuisine at the on-site Agio Ristorante. Why we love it: From a warm chocolate chip cookie on arrival to a specialty martini at Grappa Lounge, it’s the little luxuries that count at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Anaheim Resort. The rooftop pool is a great place to wind down, and the hotel offers a fully equipped gym to work off any excess holiday calories. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Refined

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Friendly and affordable, the Clarion Hotel is conveniently located near the Anaheim Convention Centre and comes complete with a heated outdoor pool, fitness centre and sports bar.

Discover more online today and see which amazing offers apply at your hotel. With hundreds to choose from, there’s a perfect stay to suit every travel style.

Why we love it: For a full-service destination at an affordable price, it’s an upmarket family-friendly experience. Pet friendly for your travelling pooch, the games room and pool will keep kids entertained while the poolside service and The Palm Tree café offer that little extra holiday luxury.

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TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D Experience the Ultimate Transformers Battle. Fusing HD 3D media and flight simulation technology, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D is an immersive, next generation thrill ride that blurs the line between fiction and reality. Prepare for the greatest battle you’ll ever ride. TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D.

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOODSM Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood movie experience! Go behind the scenes on the world famous Studio Tour to explore where Hollywood movies are made. Then, enjoy thrilling rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies. Plus, experience the greatest battle you’ll ever ride in TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D.

Take the world famous Studio Tour for a fresh, behind-the-scenes look at moviemaking secrets. Experience the largest movie set street expansion in Hollywood history built with creative consultation from Steven Spielberg himself. See the sets from ABC’s hit series Desperate Housewives and witness special effects used in blockbusters like The War of the Worlds and Universal Pictures’ King Kong.

And, coming Spring 2014, join the mischievous Minions on an epic adventure you’ll never forget in the all-new 3-D ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.

Staff tip FRONT OF LINE PASS

“The VIP Experience at Universal Studios was our best investment. You’ll feel super exclusive – going behind the scenes, scoring all-day admission, front of line access and reserved seating. Just remember to book in advance!” Alycia Creative Holidays, Reservations Sales Agent

Get the celebrity treatment with this all-access pass. It includes all-day admission to the Park, one-time priority access to all rides, shows and attractions, plus behind-the-scenes privileges at select attractions. This feature is very popular among guests, so pre-purchase to guarantee Front of Line privileges. THE VIP EXPERIENCE - be pampered like a star. Included in the VIP Experience: • Exclusive Studio Backlot access with a specially-trained guide • Unlimited Front of Line privileges to all Theme Park rides, shows and attractions • VIP Lounge, Gourmet Lunch, and so much more! Spaces are limited. Advance reservations required.

© 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2013 Hasbro. © 2013 DreamWorks, LLC and Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

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“Tip the world on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles,” said Frank Lloyd Wright. This is La La Land – a veritable mishmash of culture and ambition where everyone’s chasing a dream, be it movie stardom or a killer Malibu wave. From the star-studded streets of Beverly Hills to the famous Hollywood sign, this place is unashamedly in your face. But don’t be fooled; behind the shiny façade, it’s a city teeming with interesting galleries and museums, fantastic cuisine and magnificent scenery.

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L.A. in a Day Bike Adventure Begin on legendary Route 66 in West Hollywood and bike through Beverly Hills and Bel-Air to see the incredible palaces that movie stars call home. Then you’re off to L.A.’s world-famous beach towns: Santa Monica, Venice and Marina Del Rey. Afterwards, you’ll bike through Culver City for a bike-by of the historic movie studios that put the City of Angels on the map. This 32-mile, five-hour excursion is ‘bucket list’-worthy and leaves no site unseen. With several breaks, including lunch on the beach and walking tours along the way, there’s time to rest and truly enjoy the very best of Los Angeles. Hot tip: The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and ABC-TV all call the L.A. in A Day Bike Adventure the best way to experience Los Angeles.

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Believe it or not, L.A. is a hiker’s paradise. You’ll be amazed by the natural beauty and breathtaking views you’ll encounter on this daytime or sunset adventure high into the hills. Your guide will take you to the summit of Mount Hollywood where you’ll see all of L.A. – from the skyscrapers of downtown to Beverly Hills and beyond. Plus, you’ll hike to a vista overlooking the Hollywood sign and discover the fascinating story of its history. Along the route, your tour guide will dazzle you with an interactive video presentation showing scenes from blockbuster movies and hit television shows at the exact locations they were filmed. Also included is a tour of the recently refurbished Griffith Park Observatory.

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See all that Los Angeles has to offer and choose between a 24-hour and 48-hour pass that’ll give you the freedom to experience the city on your terms. With this hop-on hop-off tour you can choose one of six loops or combine all six to shop Beverly Hills, visit Santa Monica Pier and the surrounding beaches, or return to Downtown Los Angeles and discover the Historical Landmarks. Hot tip: Jump off at Venice Beach and hire a beach cruiser – you can cycle up to Santa Monica Pier (where you can see the end of Route 66) and back.

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Get the celebrity treatment with this all-access pass. It includes all-day admission to the Park, one-time priority access to all rides, shows and attractions, plus behind-the-scenes privileges at select attractions. This feature is very popular among guests, so pre-purchase to guarantee Front of Line privileges. Hot tip: Jump the queues with the Universal Front of Line Pass and spend more time having fun and less time waiting in line.

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City, Movie Stars’ Homes & Beach Tour Experience the sun, sea, sand and stars, and see the very best of Los Angeles. Take in the incredible movie star homes in Hollywood Hills, where there are plenty of photo opportunities to see a celebrity! You’ll also get the chance to visit the beaches, where you’ll be able to indulge in multiple shopping opportunities. Hot tip: Keep your camera handy at all times as you never know when a celebrity is going to turn up – Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach and Sunset Strip are the hot spots!


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On this 5½ hour sightseeing tour of Los Angeles, an expert guide will take you to oneof-a-kind destinations, encompassing the world capital of the entertainment industry, lifestyle playgrounds of the rich and famous, historical and architectural gems, and trend-setting arts scenes unlike any other. With luxury airconditioning on-board, this luxe sightseeing bus lets you experience this city the ‘L.A. way’.

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Citadel Shopping Mall Shop ‘til you drop at Citadel Outlets – L.A.’s best place for outlet shopping with more than 130 top brand name stores offering 30-70% off retail prices. Discover a variety of fashions and accessories at COACH, Michael Kors, H&M, Kipling, Vince Camuto, Volcom, Juicy Couture, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, True Religion and many more. Hot tip: As part of your tour ticket, you’ll enjoy a V.I.P. savings card, complimentary baggage check and foreign currency exchange.

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This tour is ideal for movie and television fans, combining a guided excursion past more than 40 luxurious homes of the rich and famous with an exploration of inner Hollywood. You’ll see Warner Bros. Studio sets, stages, props and costumes from past and current, world-famous films and television shows. Save your camera battery for the end of the trip: the last stop on the tour is the iconic Hollywood sign! Hot tip: Photo ID is required for admittance into Warner Bros. Studios. Children under eight are not allowed in the studio.

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Experience L.A.’s most exclusive enclaves, Beverly Hills and Bel-Air, in the most upclose-and-personal way imaginable! Whether exploring boutique-lined Rodeo Drive or pedalling past legendary homes, you’ll see L.A.’s most glamorous neighbourhoods and all the places where the rich and famous live, shop, eat, play (and sometimes even get in trouble). Chances are high that you’ll even see a star on this bike adventure (or at least the paparazzi tracking their every move). A few small hills at the beginning are certain to get your blood pumping and spirits soaring. Hot tip: You’ll walk through the gardens and ground of a legendary Beverly Hills estate featured in countless TV shows and films.

Disneyland® Day Tour Visit one of the happiest places on earth, the Disneyland® Resort. Your daily, direct roundtrip bus tour departs Los Angeles at 7.30AM and arrives into Anaheim around 8.45AM.  Visit Disneyland® Resort during the day, then enjoy Downtown Disney® District for dinner before returning to Los Angeles. Choose from the 1-Day 1-Park option, or for the best value, select the 1-Day Park Hopper Ticket and visit California Adventure and Disneyland on the same day.  Hot tip: There are plenty of great apps that you can download to help you find your way around the Disneyland® Resort – they are a great alternative to carrying a map around!

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Big city sleeps Famed for its year-round sun, palms, and occasional movie star, Los Angeles has plenty to offer the fun-seeking traveller. Don’t miss our selection of Creative Club hotels while staying in the City of Angels.

Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills Experience the glamour of Beverly Hills at the Crowne Plaza, a lavish boutique hotel that’s just steps from the famous Rodeo Drive and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Why we love it: Soak up the 90210 postcode in style, with all the shopping hotspots along Rodeo Drive just moments away. And when you’re tired of celeb-spotting retreat to your plush room before hitting the on-site Marty’s Diner for classic American cuisine with a California twist. A special ‘5th night free’ offer is available from January to June 2014, and November to April 2015. Style: Stylish Atmosphere: Friendly Don’t leave without experiencing: The signature strawberry chicken salad at Marty’s Bistro. From

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Mondrian Los Angeles In the heart of West Hollywood you’ll find the Mondrian Los Angeles, which captures everything the Sunset Strip stands for: glamour, excitement and that true L.A. style. Why we love it: If you’re visiting Los Angeles for a taste of Hollywood glamour, lap up the style and eclectic luxury of the Mondrian. The incredible, open-air Skybar, is perfect for afternoon cocktails while watching the sunset. Follow a quick dip in the crystal-clear pool with dinner at the brand-new Herringbone restaurant. Style: Urban Atmosphere: Happening Don’t leave without experiencing: A peaceful swim in the rooftop pool, complete with underwater music. From

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BEST WESTERN PLUS Sunset Plaza An ideal overnight base, located right on the Sunset Strip, BEST WESTERN PLUS Sunset Plaza is your ultimate, ecofriendly home away from home. Why we love it: European-style charm, complete with overflowing blooms and opulent furnishings, make for a comfortable yet caring L.A. escape. You’ll enjoy free high-speed Wi-Fi plus complimentary hot American breakfast (think scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages and English muffins) to get your energy up before a day on Sunset Boulevard. Style: European Atmosphere: Warm Don’t leave without experiencing: The range of Sunset Boulevard dining options right next door, including House of Blues for Cajun-style food and live music. From

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The Garland Nestled within seven tree-shaded acres in North Hollywood, this historic hotel offers authentic Hollywood roots, new-age amenities, plus adventures for the entire family. Why we love it: Walk into The Garland and you’re instantly transported to a secluded, urban oasis, yet close to all the action and excitement of Hollywood. This authentic L.A. experience is complete with a welcoming vibe and modern amenities to keep you plugged in, yet completely relaxed. Style: Contemporary Spanish Atmosphere: Casual Don’t leave without experiencing: A dive-in movie (with cocktail in hand) at the poolside Splash Bar. From

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Wyndham Santa Monica at the Pier The closest hotel to historic Santa Monica pier, you’re guaranteed to enjoy sweeping views of the bustling, beachside surrounds at Wyndham Santa Monica. Why we love it: With 132 spacious rooms, it’s an ideal choice for families, singles and business travellers alike. Expect exceptional amenities such as an outdoor pool and sundeck, 24-hour fitness centre and complimentary lobby computer access, plus don’t miss a visit to Windows at the Pier Restaurant serving American favourites for breakfast and dinner. Style: Traditional Atmosphere: Comfortable Don’t leave without experiencing: Popular American favourites (including organic, healthy fare) and an extensive wine list at Windows at the Pier restaurant. From

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Ramada Plaza West Hollywood Hotel & Suites

Ramada Plaza West Hollywood Hotel & Suites offers an ideally located retreat from the L.A. crowds, complete with pool and sundeck, day spa and casual dining. Why we love it: For effortless travel, with all the amenities you would need without the luxury price tag, this is where it’s at. Grab a delicious slider from local hotspot Burgerim, or enjoy a Zen session at the day spa after a spot of sightseeing and shopping out and about in L.A. Style: Classic Atmosphere: Friendly From

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Enjoy a sleek, modern experience at Grafton on Sunset, ideally located on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. This exuberant hotel echoes the quintessential L.A. rock star lifestyle. Why we love it: Perenially bustling and right in the thick of it, Grafton on Sunset is close to all the hottest bars, eats, events and nightlife. Stay out all night experiencing L.A. (with V.I.P. access to boot) and return to your ultra-glam Hollywood-themed guest suite to relax and unwind by the massive saltwater pool. Make sure you check out the new restaurant and bar, opening April 2014. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Vibrant From

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Andaz West Hollywood Andaz West Hollywood is the epitome of modern Los Angeles chic. Meaning ‘personal style’ in Hindi, it’s the perfect blend of L.A. glamour with a friendly atmosphere and high-touch innovation. Why we love it: More than just a hip boutique, Andaz West Hollywood is all about the addage “my home is yours”. Think modern ambiance, artful décor and personalised service, with in-room massages, free welcome drinks, the fashionable RH ‘farm-to-table’ restaurant and a sexy sundeck to boot. Style: Modern Atmosphere: Sociable From

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Loews Hollywood Hotel Overlooking the majestic Hollywood Hills, Loews features posh amenities and unparalleled service – from spa facilities to a boutique restaurant and sparkling rooftop pool deck. Why we love it: The recently refurbished rooms have some of the best views of the city. Choose from postcard-perfect vistas of the Hollywood sign, the Capitol Records building or the L.A. city skyline. Eat like an A-lister at Preston’s restaurant, enjoy a spa treatment at Exhale, or try a yoga class on site. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Family-friendly From

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Hilton Garden Inn Hollywood Nestled away in the heart of Hollywood, the Hilton Garden Inn is a stylish retreat that offers full accessibility to lively L.A. Why we love it: It’s an ideal location for business or leisure, just minutes from the L.A. Convention Centre, Disney / Dreamworks Studios and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get your energy up on a Hilton-branded Serta Perfect Sleeper bed, enjoy shopping at the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry, or dine on local favourites at the Great American Grill. Style: Classic Atmosphere: Comfortable

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown Kick off your stay by checking out the thriving Japanese garden, located on the third-level terrace of Doubletree by Hilton. It features waterfalls, ponds and a skyline view of Downtown L.A.! Why we love it: This towering 21-level hotel is an eye-catching L.A. retreat, fused with modern-Asian influence and offering amazing city views. In-suite whirlpool tubs add a touch of luxury – a welcome rest after full days exploring the nearby attractions. Style: Modern Asian Atmosphere: Refined From

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In the heart of L.A.’s cultural district, the famous Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles celebrated its 90th birthday in 2013. Why we love it: It’s been a firm favourite amongst celebrities, presidents and dignitaries for 90 memorable years. Walk in their footsteps and enjoy all the amenities you’d expect from an exclusive hotel, including a dip in the Roman-style indoor pool, sauna and spa, plus four choices for fine dining. Style: Classic European Atmosphere: Stately

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Boasting dramatic ocean views, the redesigned Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel showcases a modern residential feel, expansive oceanfront pool and lounge area, and authentic local style.

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Why we love it: This well-appointed beachfront hideaway now features the chic Ocean Spa & Fitness centre, alluring beachside dining, as well as complimentary access to the Fred Segal’s Lending Library – an L.A. institution that allows you to borrow from an array of on-trend fashion accessories while you’re in town.

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San Diego If you’re looking to chill out and breathe in the ocean air, head to San Diego and uncover this laid-back Californian gem.

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Wyndham San Diego Bayside Minutes from San Diego’s famous attractions, the Wyndham offers up quality features, including an outdoor heated pool and poolside gym. Why we love it: Close to the city centre, you can relax in one of 600 comfortable rooms and suites, before planning your itinerary with the concierge, working out on a Stairmaster, or ordering a sizzling steak from Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Style: Classic Atmosphere: Welcoming From

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Handlery Hotel San Diego offers a fun-filled holiday with personalised service, ideally located near all the city’s major attractions.

A relaxing retreat that overlooks the breathtaking valley, Sheraton Mission Valley features a sparkling outdoor pool, fitness centre and a fine dining bistro.

Why we love it: With courtesy transport to major attractions like SeaWorld, entertaining the family will be a breeze! If you need to ‘zone out’ for a while, the babysitting service will give you time to indulge at the Reef Lounge Poolside Bar & Grill, or enjoy quality swims in Mission Valley’s largest pool.

Why we love it: You’ll enjoy a comfortably chic stay in one of 260 spacious guest rooms or suites, ideally located across from two of the largest shopping and entertainment complexes in San Diego, Westfield Mission Valley and Fashion Valley Mall. A ‘3rd night free’ offer is available for stays from 1 January to 27 May 2014 and 20 August 2014 to 30 April 2015.

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San Francisco Stick a flower in your hair and dance your way through the Golden City. One warning – you may not want to leave. Photography Extranomical Tours

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San Fransisco Ah, San Francisco. That majestic City by the Bay, a collection of neighbourhoods and microclimates so diverse you’ll be forgiven for thinking you have stepped into another time, place and season from one block to the next. Built on 48 hills, San Francisco’s crooked streets and contours are as seductive as its technological smarts. And with all those charming wharves and beatnik boroughs, it’s easy to see why locals still call theirs the Golden City.

THINGS TO KNOW: Lingo to know: “Single drip” is coffee, San Francisco style. The beans are ground and brewed for each individual cup.

Local Tips: • The Japanese Tea Gardens in Golden Gate Park are especially beautiful during the spring – try to get there for cherry blossom season. • Fillmore Street is one of the best shopping destinations, with upscale boutiques, quaint bookstores and eateries galore. • On a clear day, make your way up to Twin Peaks at dusk for panoramic views of the city. Take a jacket; it can be quite windy.

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Enjoy an unforgettable, four-hour, off-thebeaten-track experience that is different from every other San Francisco tour available. Jump in a zebra-striped vehicle and head to well-known areas of the city like the Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks and Golden Gate Park. You’ll also unlock hidden areas of San Francisco not readily known to visitors – or even savvy locals! To cap off your day, you’ll be dropped off at Pier 33 for a ferry trip to the infamous Alcatraz Island. Hot tip: San Francisco weather is unpredictable and can change unexpectedly, so be sure to bring along a light jacket or sweater no matter how nice the day starts out. The best advice is to always dress in layers. 50 — USA

Yosemite Day Tour Explore the glacier-carved grandeur of this world-renowned park with its waterfalls, clear streams and stunning granite cliffs. After an early morning pick-up from your hotel, you’ll cross the Bay Bridge and take in panoramic views of the city at sunrise. Make a pit stop for refreshments at Central Valley (the most productive agricultural valley in the nation), and enjoy a guided tour of Yosemite Valley, plus plenty of free time to hike, shop or sample local cuisine in Yosemite Village. Hot tip: Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and don’t forget your camera – the views on this trip are breathtaking.

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Departing from the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll sail past the San Francisco skyline and view the lively neighbourhood of North Beach, historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, the San Francisco Maritime National Park, and many other exciting sites. Don’t miss incredible photo opportunities when sailing directly under the massive 4200-foot span of the 746foot tall San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. Hot tip: On returning to the wharf, you’ll have the opportunity to visit two National Historic Landmarks, the WWII submarine USS Pampanito and merchant vessel USS Jeremiah O’Brien.

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Experience Muir Woods at your own pace on this relaxing and flexible tour. You’ll wander the trails in this serene forest teeming with gigantic Coastal Redwood trees, and check out the Visitor Centre to learn more about the area’s history. En route back to San Francisco, you’ll stopover in the quaint Mediterraneanstyle village of Sausalito. Here, take the opportunity to hop off and enjoy a delightful array of restaurants, galleries and walking paths, plus spectacular bay and city views.

Experience one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the USA, and visit the lovely villages of Monterey and Carmel. You’ll tour the historic waterfront district of Cannery Row, with two hours free time to enjoy a delicious meal, visit a local museum, and explore the shops and treasures of this stunning harbour town. Departing Monterey, you’ll travel the scenic 17-Mile Drive, passing through Pacific Grove, Spanish Bay and Pebble Beach, en route to Carmel-by-the-Sea. Here, you’ll have one hour of leisure time to explore the trendy shops, galleries and cafés of this cool, artistic town.

Hot tip: Work up an appetite exploring Muir Woods – there are plenty of delicious places to stop at Sausalito for a leisurely lunch.

Hot tip: Check out the Lone Cypress Tree on the coastline of Monterey Peninsula – it’s the symbol of Pebble Beach.

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San Fran stays Take in the sights of San Fran’s picturesque Fisherman’s Wharf or hop on a cable car and explore the famed hilly streets of this architecturally divine city. For the ultimate trip, choose from one of these best-selling Creative Club hotels.

Handlery Union Square Ideally located at Union Square, the Handlery is an ideal San Fran lodging for those travelling on business or pleasure, complete with on-site dining, valet parking and even a barbershop. Why we love it: The long-term employees truly care about giving you a family-style welcome, personal service and plenty of extras – an outdoor heated pool, free Wi-Fi and on-site fitness centre to name a few. They’re even dog-friendly, offering your beloved pooch a treat on arrival. Style: Classic Atmosphere: Warm Don’t leave without experiencing: Hearty American fare and lavish desserts at The Daily Grill. *All prices based on per person, twin share rates. Terms and conditions apply (please see page 89).

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Hilton San Francisco Union Square In the heart of downtown San Francisco, Hilton San Francisco Union Square is a stylish retreat with easy access to Nob Hill and Chinatown Why we love it: Perfectly located, it boasts three towers and luxury suites with stunning views of the city. The sparkling outdoor pool is great for a splash, or if you prefer to relax, have a soak in a whirlpool tub. There’s a Starbucks in the lobby for the caffeine dependent, and gastropub dining option for a stylish evening meal. Style: Sophisticated Atmosphere: Hospitable Don’t leave without experiencing: A hot cookedto-order breakfast at the Urban Tavern Restaurant. From

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Hotel Union Square The Hotel Union Square is San Francisco’s first boutique hotel (open since 1913) which offers a taste of the city’s history, fusing old world art-deco style with modern amenities. Why we love it: The complimentary evening wine reception, complete with a live acoustic guitar performance, followed by room delivery from Tad’s Steakhouse is the perfect combination for a relaxed night in. For the little ones, The Kids Suite is an ideal escape, offering amenities such as a computer, books and games. Style: Art-deco Atmosphere: Friendly Don’t leave without experiencing: The original 1915 Egyptian-motif mosaic murals that adorn the hotel walls. From

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Holiday Inn Civic Center Nestled in the heart of the SoMa District and fresh from a major renovation, the Holiday Inn Civic Center provides a comfortable stay – without having to cough up a fortune! Why we love it: The heated pool and sun deck are a relaxing retreat, while the hot breakfast buffet and dessert smorgasbord at the on-site restaurant are choc-a-bloc with tantalising treats. The hotel also offers a comprehensive environmental program including recycling initiatives and carefully selected, bio-friendly materials, ensuring a guilt-free stay. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Affable Don’t leave without experiencing: A meal with the family at neighbouring restaurant 50 on Eight. From

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COVA Hotel The COVA Hotel offers a delightful haven for travellers seeking spacious, comfortable and affordable lodgings in downtown San Francisco. Why we love it: Hit the ground running via the free shuttle that services Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and Moscone Convention Centre – three of San Fran’s main attraction sites. Alternatively, kick back in your choice of deluxe, superior or suite accommodation, complete with a French balcony and high definition flatscreen TV. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Comfortable Don’t leave without experiencing: A morning workout session at the 24-hour fitness centre, decked out with brand new cardio equipment. From

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Fairmont San Francisco The Fairmont San Francisco presents an awe-inspiring picture of historic San Francisco, with majestic, old-world interiors, luxurious accommodation options, impeccable service and panoramic city views. Why we love it: If you’re after luxury, this is where it’s at. Fairmont San Francisco is famed for its three fine restaurants, elegant meeting spaces and lavish guestrooms. Despite the hotel’s grandeur, it’s also environmentally friendly, with four honey beehives in the hotel’s culinary garden serving as just one visible example of sustainability! Style: Grand Atmosphere: Charming Don’t leave without experiencing: Afternoon tea service at the Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar (in the same style it was served 100 years ago!). From

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Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf Radisson Hotel features 355 newly renovated rooms, each housing modern décor and upgraded amenities. Many have balconies overlooking the courtyard, while a select few offer unbeatable views of the Bay. Why we love it: It boasts all range of outstanding amenities – from a 24-hour fitness centre to a heated outdoor pool. With an ideal location and friendly concierge, it’s all too easy to plan a delightful outing at Fisherman’s Wharf. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Happening Don’t leave without experiencing: Authentic sourdough at Boudin Bakery, just one block away. From

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Holiday Inn Express Fisherman’s Wharf Located minutes from Union Square, the Holiday Inn Express Fisherman’s Wharf offers a perfect balance of comfort, convenience and cost. Why we love it: All 252 guestrooms are beautifully appointed in a maritime Art Deco design, with each room featuring a TV Internet package by OnCommand and a selection of movies and games. The complimentary breakfast service is the perfect jumpstart for a day of sightseeing or business, while the babysitting service provides that extra bit of support. Style: Traditional Atmosphere: Cosy Don’t leave without experiencing: A selection of sweet and savoury options at the complimentary Express Start® Breakfast Bar. From

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Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf Take a trip to Pier 2620, enviably located at the esteemed Fisherman’s Wharf. This newly renovated hotel houses 233 well-equipped rooms plus an array of specialty services. Why we love it: A smiling Coastal Concierge team will assist with all your booking needs, while the hotel’s newest addition, Even Keel Lounge, features a wide selection of specialty Californian wines. If you’re travelling for business, Pier 2620 offers everything from a 24-hour gym to a business centre. Style: Traditional Atmosphere: Accommodating Don’t leave without experiencing: A grab-and-go meal from Bay Street Market, open 24 hours a day to satisfy cravings round-the-clock. From

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Escape to the Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf for a full service stay in San Francisco, complete with an on-site bar and grill, pet accommodations and a Denny’s (where kids eat for free!). Why we love it: It’s a family-friendly destination with all the amenities of a full service resort. A heated pool and sundeck are a great way to unwind, the fitness centre is available to get that blood pumping, and the onsite Denny’s and Bristol Bar & Grill have you covered for family meals. Style: Classic Atmosphere: Family-friendly Don’t leave without experiencing: A shopping trip to Ghirardelli Square, just two blocks away.

“San Francisco’s Chinatown – the largest outside of Asia (and the oldest in North America) – is worth exploring. Book a walking tour and visit the herbal pharmacy, enjoy a Dim Sum lunch, and stop by the Fortune Cookie Factory (these sweet treats were invented here!).” Alison The Travel Corporation, Public Relations Manager

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Regional California

America has fantastic cities, but it also has incredible towns, lakes and parks. Head out of the big smoke and you’ll find places that are worth making a detour for.

Lake Tahoe Whether you’re there for summer, winter or somewhere in between, you’ll find plenty of things to do on Lake Tahoe. Visit for a weekend and pack in your favourite activities, from camping, biking, hiking and fishing, to skiing and snowboarding. For those who prefer to take it easy, there are day spas, restaurants and yoga classes on offer.

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Located smack bang in the middle of the desert, Palm Springs is a resort town that’s become a famous getaway destination for Hollywood celebrities and music fans heading to Coachella. If you’re looking for a dry, hot climate to hangout poolside, Palm Springs is your place.

This coastal town has direct access to two of life’s good things – beaches and vineyards. Thanks to its Mediterranean climate during summer, Santa Barbara is a great town to visit for those who like the outdoors. From hiking and horse riding, to fishing and whale watching, you’ll find an endless stream of things to do.

If you love the wilderness and everything that goes with it, you’re going to want to pay Yosemite National Park a visit. Home to an abundance of plants and wildlife, the park is instantly recognisable by the granitic rocks found within it. It’s a great place to enjoy a camping trip filled with hiking and adventure. USA — 55


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A cultural treasure of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle boasts a seemingly endless supply of cute cafés, markets and chic watering holes. Stroll through emerald-green parks, shop the thrift stores ‘til you can thrift-store no more, wander the city’s storied streets and marvel at the architectural wonder that is Bill Gates’ house. The weather is as cool here as the Seattleites themselves; just don’t ask a local where the famed original Starbucks is. With all that glorious coffee brewing on every corner, there’s just no need.

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Conveniently located in downtown Seattle, the Warwick Seattle is just moments from the Art Museum, Westlake Centre, the Seattle Opera and the Space Needle. Why we love it: You can soak up the morning view of Seattle on your private Juliet balcony before heading down to the on-site restaurant, Margaux, for a plate of delicious French toast. The indoor heated pool is a great option for a quick dip, as is the sauna for a relaxing steam, while the newly renovated rooms are perfect to return to after a day of solid sightseeing. Style: Elegant Atmosphere: Charming From

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New York New York, New York. The concrete jungle where dreams are made. There’s a reason millions of travellers flock to this sparkling, pulsating city every year: people burn brighter here, despite the fabled lack of sleep, and the list of things to see and do is mindboggling. Watch the city light up as the sun goes down from the Top of the Rock, marvel at the bright lights of Broadway, dream a little dream at a 3am jazz jam in the West Village, and watch the sunrise over the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Heights Promenade. You can always sleep on the way back home.

THINGS TO KNOW: Lingo to know: “Gypsy cabs” are the non-yellow and more expensive variety of taxi. Probably best to avoid these.

Local Tips: • A stroll along the High Line in Chelsea is a highlight. It’s a mile-long park built on an old elevated railroad. Food lovers will enjoy the nearby Chelsea Markets. • If you want to hear some jazz, check out Mona’s – a great little dive bar in the East Village. Head there on a Tuesday for the ragtime jam session. • If the chaotic energy is all too much, spend an afternoon in Central Park. The scenery is breathtaking.

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WELCOME TO NEW YORK – THE CROSSROADS OF THE UNIVERSE. A SWITCHED-ON, LIGHTENING-FAST, MULTI-DIMENSIONAL MEETING PLACE OF CULTURES, RACES, IDEAS AND DREAMS. DISCOVER MORE CREATIVE CLUB EXPERIENCES ONLINE, CALL US OR SEE YOUR LOCAL TRAVEL AGENT.

For more than eighty years, New York’s defining cultural moments have taken place at The Russian Tea Room. Since being founded by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1927, it has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite – an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and executives plan their next deals and celebrate their friends’ latest Carnegie Hall performances. Visit The Russian Tea Room and experience fine dining, elegant high tea and the finest vodka selection, all in one stylish venue.

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Head to Brooklyn and take your tastebuds on a tour of some of the best pizza joints in New York City. This 4.5-hour bus tour will take you to Grimaldi’s under the Brooklyn Bridge, where you’ll feast on pizza fresh out of a brick oven, and L&B Spumoni Gardens, known for their authentic Sicilian-style pizza. Along the way, you’ll pass DUMBO, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Fulton Ferry Landing, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Bath Beach, Bensonhurst, Brighton Beach and Coney Island!

Jump aboard for a fantastic bird’s-eye view of the magic isle of Manhattan. Experience the beauty of Central Park, the Hudson River and New York Harbour, including the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum. You’ll marvel at the splendour of Rockefeller Centre, the Empire State, Chrysler and MetLife buildings, and the World Financial Centre, and delight in flying by the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Greenwich Village, South Street Seaport and the 126-year-old Brooklyn Bridge.

Hot tip: You’ll also get to see famed movie locations of Saturday Night Fever, Goodfellas, Annie Hall, Scent of a Woman and The French Connection.

Hot tip: There are many other tour options to choose from including incredible night flights where you can see the dazzling lights of New York City from high above.

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Hit up New York City’s Central Park like a local with a guided bike tour. You’ll get a good look at all the famous spots, from Bethesda Fountain to Strawberry Fields and the Dakota to the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. The tour will also take you through the lesserknown sights like Cleopatra’s Needle, Sheep Meadow, the Shakespeare Garden and the Swedish Marionette Theatre. Hot tip: Get the whole family involved and take the little ones for a cruise around Central Park in a trailer carriage or child seat.

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New York TV and Movie Sites Tour Straddle fiction and reality as you visit famous sites from both the big and small screen. See where the cast of ‘Glee’ performed ‘I Love New York’, visit the apartment building from ‘Friends’, stop at the brownstone used in ‘I Am Legend’, catch a glimpse of the Daily Bugle offices in ‘Spider-Man’, pass the hotel that doubled for a Paris hotel in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, spot the Original Soup Man featured on ‘Seinfeld’, and visit McGee’s Pub, the inspiration for MacLaren’s in ‘How I Met Your Mother’. Hot tip: The tour is led by a local actor, so come along ready to sing your favourite TV show theme songs!


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Visit some of New York’s most famous sights on this hop-on hop-off double-decker bus tour. With five different loops available, you’ll see all of the city’s best sights – from Central Park, Fifth Avenue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Uptown Loop, to the Empire State Building, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Downtown. Explore Brooklyn on the Brooklyn route, or get a taste for “da Bronx” – including Grant’s Tomb, Harlem and the Yankee Stadium – on the Bronx tour. For something a little different, try the Night Tour and enjoy a magnificent display of neon spectacles through the heart of Times Square! Hot tip: During the holiday season, the Night Tour becomes a ‘Holiday Lights’ Tour, featuring animated window displays and holiday decorations.

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Hop-on, hop-off at the sights on your ‘to-see’ list on this roundtrip between New York and Washington, D.C. Choose your own way with many stops on or near iconic landmarks like Capitol Hill, the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, the Supreme Court Building, Embassy Row, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Arlington Cemetery and more. You’ll enjoy lunch at the food court inside Union Station as part of this tour. Hot tip: Pop into the New York Deli in the food court for their signature Reuben sandwich.

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If you haven’t heard of the New York CityPASS, you’re about to be let in on one of the city’s best-kept secrets. CityPASS is a booklet of admission tickets to six of New York’s mustsee attractions, saving you a massive 43% off the combined admission price. CityPASS booklets are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use. Hot tip: New York CityPASS grants you access to the Empire State Building Observatory, American Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, a choice between Top of the Rock or Guggenheim Museum, and a choice between Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or Circle Line Cruises.

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Full Island Cruise Since 1945, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises has been providing New York visitors with exceptional views and fascinating tours of New York City. Unlock hidden secrets of the metropolis on this classic 2.5-hour cruise: the only tour of its kind in New York City. You’ll travel around Manhattan Island and take in numerous attractions, including three rivers, seven major bridges, five boroughs and more than 25 world-renowned landmarks. Hot tip: Keep your camera at the ready for a magnificent close-up shot of the famous Statue of Liberty.

Day Trip by Air to Niagara Falls If you’re looking to visit Niagara Falls in a hurry, there’s no better way than a day trip by air. After an early morning flight to upstate New York, you’ll head to the mighty Falls for a spectacular view of this powerful natural wonder. Here, you’ll enjoy a half-day guided sightseeing tour, plus a full buffet lunch at a panoramic restaurant overlooking Niagara Falls. In two words: simply stunning. Hot tip: If you’re travelling in the cooler months, between November and April, you’ll get the chance to explore the Scenic Tunnels behind the Falls instead.

“We got the New York CityPASS and saved so much money. The best part was being able to skip the ticket lines – particularly important when you’ve got small children.” Jayne Creative Holidays, Reservations Manager, WA

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Best of the Big Apple NEW YORK ISN’T FAMED AS THE “CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS” FOR NO REASON. FROM GALLERIES TO RESTAURANTS, HIGH-END STORES TO LUSH PARKS, THE BIG APPLE IS A CULTURAL DELIGHT. CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR CREATIVE CLUB HOTEL FAVOURITES ON YOUR NEXT NYC ADVENTURE.

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Hotel Metro

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Tucked into the shadow of the Empire State Building, Hotel Metro offers luxury modern amenities and a peaceful place to relax amidst the flurry of New York City.

The newly renovated Affinia Manhattan, nestled right next to Madison Square Garden, puts New York City at your fingertips. Experience a luxury stay complete with fine dining, fitness facilities and even a pillow menu.

The Hotel Beacon is a delightful haven of comfort in the excitement of New York City, located amidst landmark buildings and treelined streets on the famed Upper West Side.

Why we love it: The newly renovated guestrooms are a stylish retreat after a long day of sightseeing, while the Rooftop Garden Terrace allows you to admire the city’s skyline. Metro Grill serves up world-class meals for lunch and dinner, and a complimentary breakfast with a New York Times newspaper are just the added extras to kick off your morning. Style: Boutique Atmosphere: Casual DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT EXPERIENCING:

• A sunset viewing on the Rooftop Garden Terrace – the imposing Empire State Building will take your breath away! • A cocktail and meal at the acclaimed Metro Grill. • A new look – the beauty salon offers a full hair-styling service.

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Why we love it: Friendly and accommodating, the Beacon offers handsomely decorated, oversized guestrooms and suites with wonderful views of Central Park, the Hudson River and Midtown Manhattan. Explore the glamour of the Upper West Side or grab a famed New York slice before enjoying a nightcap at the Beacon Bar.

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• An in-room massage, facial or spa treatment, provided by SPAffinia. • A delicious meal at the on-site restaurant and bar, Niles New York City. • A glass of red or white at the complimentary wine hour, held nightly in the lobby from 5-6pm.

• A show at the adjacent Beacon Theatre – the ‘older sister’ to Radio City Music Hall. • A stroll around The Shops at Columbus Circle, featuring all of your retail favourites. • A visit to Strawberry Fields, the 2.5-acre area of Central Park that pays tribute to John Lennon.

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Why we love it: With room service, in-room spa treatments and valet parking, your stay is made effortless at Affinia Manhattan. Breakfast, lunch or dinner at the sleek on-site restaurant means you can enjoy a hearty meal before hitting the town, while the option of a late checkout allows for a truly satisfying sleep-in.

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Millennium Broadway Hotel

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From the heart of Times Square, the Millennium Broadway Hotel offers 750 spacious rooms and suites, perfect for retiring to after a busy day in the city. Why we love it: Conveniently located near a selection of Broadway theatres, Fifth Avenue and the Guggenheim, this fine hotel presents unparalleled service for families, couples and singles. Not only will the concierge assist you with directions and ticketing, but they’ll also put you in touch with local babysitting services, perfect for those nights you just need some peace. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Happening DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT EXPERIENCING:

• A critically acclaimed Broadway show. The hotel’s theatre ticket service will assist you with booking arrangements. • The Millennium Breakfast at Restaurant Charlotte, overlooking Times Square – it’s perfect spot to start your day. • The most recent exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art or the Guggenheim. From

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Salisbury Hotel The Salisbury Hotel is a home away from home in the middle of New York City, conveniently located across from famed Carnegie Hall and complete with spacious, comfortable rooms that feature walk-in robes and flat-screen TV’s. Why we love it: It’s the perfect Big Apple base, with iconic locations like Central Park, Fifth Avenue and the Museum of Modern Art at your doorstep. You’ll enjoy room service from an array of local eateries (including Angelo’s Pizza and the Great American Health Bar), plus a continental breakfast buffet in the third-floor dining room. Style: Classic Atmosphere: Welcoming DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT EXPERIENCING:

• Racquetball and a Swedish massage at the nearby New York Health & Racquet Club. • A visit to Radio City Music Hall or the Rockefeller Centre, both just seven blocks away. • Room service from iconic New York pizza joint, Angelo’s Pizza.

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The Westin New York at Times Square

Right in the midst of Midtown Manhattan, The Westin New York at Times Square offers up a selection of guest rooms and luxurious suites, making it a premier choice for all types of traveller. Why we love it: Towering 45 storeys into the skyline, this Manhattan fixture is within walking distance of more than 40 theatres, as well as world-famous shops and eateries. Escape the madness of the city in your luxurious room before heading downstairs to Shula’s Steak House for a serious American feed. Style: Chic Atmosphere: Happening

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Tried and tested Whether you’re a Broadway buff, a shopping specialist or a fanatical foodie, The Big Apple is sure to please. Need more inspiration for your ultimate New York escape? Check out some of our Creative Club favourites.

Forget bricks and mortar – a 21-storey glass tower with panoramic views of New York City and beyond, The Standard East Village is your ultimate skyline standout. Why we love it: Standing out dramatically from its neighbours, its contemporary interiors feature chic Italian style, wall-to-wall windows and a raft of modern amenities, including iPod-ready sound systems. Don’t miss the brand-new hotel restaurant and colourful Café Standard, a neighbourhood hub that hums from breakfast through to late night. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Trendy From

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Sheraton New York Times Square

An eminent Big Apple building, the Sheraton has been a city icon since 1962. Having recently undergone a $160 million renovation, it offers opulent indulgence in the very heart of Midtown. Why we love it: Home to local hotspot Hudson Market Burger, this iconic hotel presents a sophisticated offering of suites, trendy dining and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. Get a good night’s sleep under the cosy layers of a signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed – an additional luxury to help ensure your visit to the city is unforgettable. Style: Polished Atmosphere: Hip From

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Affinia 50 Hotel Settle into Manhattan at Affinia 50, a comfortable escape near 50th and Lexington that’s perfect for exploring New York’s attractions. Why we love it: Artfully residential, it highlights the warm and intimate settings that the Affinia brand is renowned for. The second floor Club Room offers a unique and eclectic mix of activities to keep you entertained, from wine tastings to Oscar parties, plus a cosy library complete with fireplace. In-room spa treatments are the perfect remedy after a long day exploring the city. Style: Modern Atmosphere: Intimate From

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The Plaza An ultimate depiction of New York grandeur, elegance, sophistication and style, The Plaza redefines luxury through unmatched service, exquisite interiors and a modern spirit. Why we love it: From standard rooms to the Royal Plaza Suite, it offers a vast menu of accommodation styles perfect for a deluxe stay. You’ll enjoy traditional elements like the opulent Beaux Artsinspired décor and the superb ambience of the Palm Court, New York’s premier destination for afternoon tea, plus exciting new offerings like the elegant Champagne Bar and stylish Rose Club. Style: Opulent Atmosphere: Captivating From

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Holiday Inn New York – Soho For a comfortable yet trendy stay, the Holiday Inn is New York’s best-kept secret with an enviable location that borders Tribeca and SoHo, just steps from Little Italy and Greenwich Village. Why we love it: After indulging at the breakfast buffet from 138 Bistro & Lounge, it’s nice to know the Holiday Inn offers an on-site fitness centre with cutting-edge equipment. Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, the hotel is conveniently located near central attractions like Wall Street and the Statue of Liberty. Style: Modern Atmosphere: Friendly From

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Affinia Shelburne Tucked into one of the coolest Manhattan neighbourhoods, the Affinia Shelburne is a dazzling escape from the city. It was once frequented by Fred Astaire himself! Why we love it: Recently renovated, the 325 guest rooms and suites feature bright and bold eclectic décor, while the on-site Rare Bar & Grill serves all-American favourites (including some of the best burgers in town)! Don’t miss the complimentary wine hour, held from 5-6pm in the hotel lobby, then work off your holiday indulgence at the on-site fitness centre. Style: Stylish Atmosphere: Happening From

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The Surrey Built in 1926, The Surrey is one of the Upper East Side’s most elite hotels, having once played home to eccentric celebrities like JFK and Bette Davis. Why we love it: Exceptional moments at The Surrey extend well beyond your accommodation. Personality and preferences inform the quality service, with relaxing massages at Cornelia Spa, a New York sunset in the private rooftop garden, and dining at the Michelin-starred Café Boulud all on the hotel menu. Style: Elegant Atmosphere: Lively

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Omni Shoreham Hotel Having played host to presidents since the 1930s, the Omni Shoreham Hotel is a luxurious home away from home for those wanting to explore the heartland of American politics.

Why we love it: The southern-modern cuisine at Art and Soul restaurant is your ultimate “food for the soul” – perfectly balanced by a complimentary morning Yoga on the Roof (available seasonally). While riding high, don’t miss a dip in the open-air rooftop pool (reopening May 2014) followed by cocktails at the Rooftop Pool & Bar.

Why we love it: Set on 11 beautiful acres, and just moments away from the National Zoo, the hotel includes everything from a heated pool and gym to outdoor activities like horse riding and jogging tracks. Spend the day lazing in a backyard hammock or ask concierge for a complimentary ‘Get Fit Kit’ to aid your workout needs.

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THINGS TO KNOW: Lingo to know: Don’t refer to a Bostonian as a “Yankee”. The New York Yankees are Boston’s most despised baseball rival.

Local Tips: • The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile, red brick path that links 16 sites, each integral to America’s independence. Most of the sites close at 5pm, so start early.

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• The South End neighbourhood has some of the city’s best boutiques, restaurants and design stores. Stop by the popular Flour Bakery for a heavenly chocolate macaroon.

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Explore the beginning of America’s independence in the Cradle of Liberty.

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Famous for its academic and cultural institutions, Boston is one of the country’s most forward-thinking cities, attracting the world’s best scholars, philosophers, scientists and writers. It’s a clean, compact place with grand colonial-era architecture and some of the nation’s most important historical landmarks. Home to a number of major-league teams, the Shining City is also a dream destination for die-hard sports fans.

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THINGS TO KNOW: Lingo to know: “The L” is the local elevated train.

Local Tips: • Make your way up to the 103rd floor of Willis Tower for some spectacular evening views of the city.

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• The National Museum of Mexican Art has one of the country’s largest collections of Mexican art and culture. Best of all, it’s free. • Michigan Avenue, known as the Magnificent Mile, has all the favourite stores: Macy’s, the Apple Store, Nike and more.

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Paint the town red, and all that jazz, in Chicago – America’s favourite Windy City.

Chicago: land of world-class comedy clubs, music theatres, restaurants and sporting teams. It’s known as the Windy City – but don’t let that deter you. Chicago is pulsing with so much culture, you’ll be far too busy to notice the wind. Catch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, take a picture of yourself taking a picture of the famous Chicago ‘Bean’ in Millennium Park, and laugh like never before at the Second City theatre. Then finish the day with a little retail therapy along the Magnificent Mile.

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Orlando Explore theme parks and a whole lot more in central Florida’s ‘City Beautiful’.

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Local Tips: • Visit Sweet! By Good Golly Miss Holly bakery for a cupcake, or three. Owner, Hollis Wilder, is somewhat of national cupcake celebrity. • Hang out with the alligators at Gatorland, or fly right over them on the thrilling Screamin’ Gator Zip Line. • Cask & Larder in Winter Park offers seasonal southernsourced dishes, oysters and craft beers. But you can’t go past their burgers and curly fries.

What to Pack: A sense of adventure.

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A world full of wonder The Walt Disney World Resort is the place where fun reigns supreme and dreams come true every day. With four Theme Parks, two Water Parks, plus the Downtown Disney Area — where you’ll find the most amazing shopping, dining and entertainment imaginable — you’re sure to discover an entire world of enchantment and wonder around every corner. Enchanted Tales with Belle in New Fantasyland

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Delight in classic attractions, enchanting fireworks, musical parades and beloved Disney Characters. And, experience Disney storytelling like never before in New Fantasyland – the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history. • Become part of the “tale as old as time” at Enchanted Tales with Belle • Travel with Ariel and her friends on Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid • In 2014, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will take you on an exhilarating journey inspired by a classic Disney film • Plus, enjoy classic favourites! Hoist the sails and join Captain Jack Sparrow on the Pirates of the Caribbean and zoom through the cosmos on Space Mountain

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DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM THEME PARK

Encounter exotic animals and exciting adventures. Explore the realm of creatures that inhabit our world... and our imagination...and create your own adventure for an experience that roars with excitement. • Set off on a high-speed trek through the mysterious Himalayas on Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain • Venture through 110 acres of African-style savanna on Kilimanjaro Safaris • Experience the world of Nemo as never before with the Broadway-style extravaganza, Finding Nemo – The Musical

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Discover exciting attractions, enchanting international pavilions and award-winning fireworks. High-tech fun and Disney imagination are combined with the wonder of diverse cultures in two distinct worlds, Future World and World Showcase – both bursting with thrills and excitement. • Design a virtual concept vehicle and then buckle up for a high-octane spin on Test Track Presented by Chevrolet • Fly to new heights on Soarin’, an exhilarating ride experience over the breathtaking vistas of California • Explore the food, music and culture of eleven amazing countries as you travel around the globe at World Showcase

Crush ‘n’ Gusher at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

DISNEY WATER PARKS

For a splash of fun, dive into two imaginatively themed Disney Water Parks! Escape to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – a tropical paradise that blows other water parks away. Or, discover frosty fun for the whole family at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. • At Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, scream through uphill climbs and drops on Crush ‘n’ Gusher, an intense water coaster • Cool down as you tube along Cross Country Creek at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

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DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Glitz and glamour take centre stage and movie magic comes to life. Step into the action with attractions based on blockbuster movies, charttopping music and hit TV shows, and delight in exciting entertainment that puts you centre stage. • Feel the power of the force during a 3D, motion-simulated space flight in Star Tours – The Adventures Continue • Zip through a virtual, 4D shootin’ gallery of carnival games at Toy Story Mania! • Blast off in a super stretch limousine on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – a high-octane, musiccharged zoomfest through loops, twists and turns ©Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd. ©2013 Lucasfilm & TM

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DOWNTOWN DISNEY AREA

World-class restaurants, dazzling entertainment and unique shops line the waterfront. • Enjoy the ultimate Disney shopping experience at World of Disney • Dine in an electric atmosphere filled with movie memorabilia at Planet Hollywood® or amid life-size prehistoric creatures and periodic meteor showers at T-REXTM • Roll in and rock out with the entire family for exciting food, upscale fun and classic entertainment at Splitsville Luxury Lanes

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Magic your way tickets Magic Your Way Tickets allow you to customise your Theme Park tickets to fit your needs. And choosing a ticket is as easy as 1-2-3!

Disney FASTPASS service

Maximise your time at the Theme Parks with Disney FASTPASS Service! Save your place in line for some of your favourite attractions while you enjoy the rest of the park. Disney FASTPASS Service is easy to use and can cut the wait time on some of the most popular attractions. And, it’s all included with your Walt Disney World admission! Look for the “FASTPASS Distribution” sign at participating attractions.

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to add more Disney fun beyond the Theme Parks, this option provides a certain number of visits based on the length of the ticket purchased. For each visit, you can choose one of the following: Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course, Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park.

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*Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use unless the No Expiration Option is purchased. All tickets and options are nontransferable and exclude activities/events separately priced. Water Parks subject to seasonal and weather closures. Tee time reservations are required at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course and are subject to availability; entitlement covers green fees – other fees may apply. Valid for one round only at one miniature golf course per day, before 4pm. Age restrictions may apply for access to certain facilities at DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park. 30 minutes of game play at Playstation Pavilion is valid on days Playstation Pavilion is operating.

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Disney dining plans With Disney’s Dining Plans, you can relax and enjoy your stay, knowing your meals are paid for in advance. Only Guests who have booked a Magic Your Way Package at select Disney Resort Hotels can take advantage of these convenient and affordable plans.

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This is especially for families who plan to enjoy meals and snacks on the run between enjoying the Theme Park attractions, shows and Disney Resort amenities.

This is a flexible combination of Quick-Service and Table-Service delights. You can relax and connect with your family at a Table-Service restaurant, take in a dinner show and more.

Includes: Two Quick-Service meals, one selected Snack and one Resort refillable drink mug per person, per night at participating locations

Includes: One Quick-Service meal, one Table–Service meal, one selected Snack and one Resort refillable drink mug per person, per night at over 100 participating locations

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Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel to get the most out of your Disney experience! With over 20 themed Resort Hotels ranging from Value to Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa, there’s something to fit just about every family and budget. Not only that, but you’ll also enjoy a range of great benefits such as complimentary airport transportation, extra time in the parks and worry-free, complimentary transportation throughout Walt Disney World® Resort.

COMPLIMENTARY PARKING & TRANSPORTATION

DISNEY’S EXTRA MAGIC HOURS

Once you arrive at your Disney Resort Hotel, you’ll enjoy complimentary parking and transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, giving you the flexibility to come and go from the Theme Parks as you please (valid Park admission required). And, getting to and from Orlando International Airport is a breeze with the complimentary service of Disney’s Magical Express.

Each day, one Theme Park either opens early or closes late, so you can enjoy select attractions (Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required.)

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Disney Resort Hotels Fun reigns supreme and dreams come true every day at these larger-than-life Disney Resorts! From an animated adventure to an animal kingdom, there’s a perfect choice for every family’s budget and size, making it easy to find the one that’s right for you.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Enjoy a stay in the “heart of Africa” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. With many rooms overlooking four lush savannas, grazing zebra, giraffes and gazelles can be seen roaming free in natural environments. Why we love it: The rhythm of tribal drums, the exquisite cuisine, the rich settings and the lure of authentic African treasures all come together to celebrate the beauty and wonder of this vast continent. Don’t miss the massive Uzima Pool surrounded by large canopy trees and Floridian palms. Style: African Atmosphere: Magical From

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Disney’s All Star Sports Resort Get in the zone at Disney’s All Star Sports Resort, which salutes the world of competitive sports, including baseball, football, surfing and tennis. Why we love it: Sports-mad families will go wild for this themed resort, which includes a giant Surfboard Bay Pool (plus additional Grand Slam Pool shaped like a baseball diamond!), a Game Point Arcade and Movies Under the Stars. Go the distance and don’t be afraid to celebrate your inner fan. Style: Larger-than-life Atmosphere: Family-friendly From

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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Be surrounded by the artistry, enchantment and magic of Walt Disney and Disney•Pixar movies at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Why we love it: It creates for you, as never before, the sensation of being a character inside some of the most popular animated films of all time! From the magical family suites to spectacular courtyards, this Resort draws inspiration from four Disney classics: Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. Don’t miss the massive resort pool complete with state-of-the-art underwater speakers. Style: Colourful Atmosphere: Vibrant From

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Share the spotlight with some of your favourite Disney friends at Disney’s All Star Movies Resort. This Disney Resort hotel salutes the legends of Disney films – from dotted pups of 101 Dalmations to the playful toys of Andy’s Room – with whimsical, larger-than-life décor. Why we love it: It’s the perfect family fun adventure that’s full of Disney magic! You’ll enjoy a larger-than-life stay that includes a daily film screening by Fantasia Pool, tasty favourites at the World Premiere Food Court (plus in-room pizza delivery), a Reel Fun Arcade, on-site playground and so much more. Style: Larger-than-life Atmosphere: Family-friendly From

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Disney’s Pop Century Resort Experience the unforgettable fads of the 1950s through to the 1990s all over again! Disney’s Pop Century Resort pays homage to timeless fashions, catch phrases, toys and dances that once captivated the world. Why we love it: Each building is a larger-than-life ‘time capsule’ of pop culture that will take you on a trip down memory lane! There’s something for everyone at this retro resort – from a Hippy Dippy Pool featuring flower-shaped water jets to a Fast Forward Arcade, Everything POP Shopping and Dining food court and complimentary Movies Under the Stars. Style: Retro Atmosphere: Fun From

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Disney’s All Star Music Resort Enjoy a stay at Disney’s All Star Music Resort, which pays homage to some of the world’s most popular music genres, including country, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, calypso and Broadway-style show tunes. Why we love it: Disney is all about a magical experience and this musicthemed stay is no exception. Kids will go crazy for the guitar-shaped pool, Intermission Food court (plus in-room pizza delivery), Note’able Games Arcade and Movies Under the Stars, while parents can kick back at the Singing Spirits Pool Bar. Style: Larger-than-life Atmosphere: Family-friendly From

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Escape to a tropical paradise in the heart of Orlando at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Built around 45-acre Barefoot Bay, it brings the Islands to you with swaying palms, white-sand beaches and colonial architecture. Why we love it: It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind! Six brightly coloured ‘island’ villages surround a sparkling lake with sand beaches, heated ‘quiet’ pools, a marina, bike rentals and a nature trail. Check out the limited number of themed Pirate Rooms for a little extra adventure. Style: Tropical Atmosphere: Relaxed From

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Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside Experience that famous Southern hospitality at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. From grand staircases to splendid gardens, it evokes the romance of rural Louisiana with a modern, luxurious touch. Why we love it: From the stately white-column mansions of Magnolia Bend to the quaint backwoods cottages of Alligator Bayou, it’s the perfect Southern-inspired experience. Families will love the oldfashioned swimmin’ hole and sawmill slide, Boatwright’s Dining Hall, horse-drawn carriage rides and pirate adventure cruises for the kids. Style: Southern Chic Atmosphere: Tranquil From

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Best of Orlando EVERY DAY IS AN ADVENTURE IN ORLANDO. WHETHER YOU’RE MIXING WITH MICKEY AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT OR RIDING THE ROLLERCOASTERS AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, THE WHOLE FAMILY IS GUARANTEED TO ENJOY THIS MAGICAL CITY.

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Escape to the centre of Lake Buena Vista at the Holiday Inn Resort for affordable resortstyle amenities, with all the biggest Orlando attractions on your doorstep.

In the heart of Orlando’s tourism area, the sun-soaked International Palms Resort and Conference Centre offers a fun (and functional) getaway for the entire family.

Enjoy a magical getaway to Florida at the Radisson Resort Orlando Celebration, nestled away on a huge 20-acre property, yet close to all the major attractions.

Why we love it: Scheduled shuttle transport is available to various ‘business or pleasure’ attractions – including Orange Country Convention Centre, Universal Orlando and the famous Walt Disney World Resort. There’s also a heated outdoor pool, complete with poolside tiki bar, plus a games arcade and Lobby Movie Theatre showing family-friendly flicks.

Why we love it: Each of the 600 guestrooms offers a casual, comfortable retreat just steps from the hustle and bustle of International Drive Orlando. That aside, you’ll find a complimentary fitness centre, heated freeform pool and Tiki Bar, plus a games room and S’mores to melt at the beachside fire pits!

Why we love it: A luxury resort at an affordable price, your stay is all about the amenities. The stunning pool features a huge waterslide that runs through a rocky grotto, there are four on-site restaurants and bars offering everything from Mediterranean cuisine to Starbucks coffee, and a scheduled shuttle service runs direct to Walt Disney World Resort.

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• Tropical refreshments at Pool Hut Bar, while lounging beside the beautiful lagoon pool. • A family-friendly S’mores melting session! Grab your ‘S’mores kits’ of Hershey bars, marshmallows, graham crackers and a roasting stick. • The brand-new exhibit, Alligator Alley, for self-guided exploration, photo opportunities, live presentations and feeding experiences (if you dare…)

• The face-painting clown (most mornings), juggling classes and magic shows – the kids will be enthralled! • A Mediterranean-inspired meal at on-site restaurant, Mandolin’s. • The 40-foot waterslide that empties into a

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Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista Just a hop, skip and jump away from Universal Studios and Walt Disney World Resort, Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista offers excellent service, comfortable rooms and a family-friendly atmosphere. Why we love it: It’s all about convenience! Start your day with a continental breakfast, then purchase attraction tickets in the lobby and take advantage of the hotel’s shuttle to your destination of choice. Refreshing swimming pools and a children’s splash zone create the perfect family environment. Style: Modern Atmosphere: Playful DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT EXPERIENCING:

• The fabulous Village Food Court, featuring an array of dining options, from pizza to ice cream and shots of Starbucks coffee. • A dip in the outdoor, heated pool after a long day exploring the town. • The on-site children’s games room, open 24

Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal With newly renovated accommodations and a prime location near major attractions, the Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal is perfect for one-of-a-kind family fun. Why we love it: With all the major theme parks within ten minutes of the hotel, it’s an ideal choice for families – and those who are kids at heart! Enjoy a spa treatment or in-room massage while the youngsters have a blast in the arcade room, or lounge poolside at the bar followed by a dip in the heated pool. Style: Stylish Atmosphere: Family-friendly DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT EXPERIENCING:

• The refreshing array of drinks and tapas at the on-site Aqua Pool Bar. • An American-style breakfast buffet at Café del Sol, including made-to-order omelets, pancakes and waffles. • A shopping trip at the Orlando Premium Outlets – seek out your favourite retailers and their exclusive discounts.

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UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT Vacation like you mean it!

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With two amazing theme parks, spectacular on-site hotels, non-stop nightlife and more, Universal Orlando® Resort is an entire universe of fun and excitement for every member of the family.

“Make sure you pick up a Universal Express Pass! You’ll get through the lines faster and be able to experience so much more in one day.” Melissa Creative Holidays, Subject Matter Specialist

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA® THEME PARK

UNIVERSAL’S ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE® THEME PARK

Go beyond the screen, behind the scenes, and jump right into the action at Universal Studios®. At the world’s premier movie and TV based theme park, you’ll find an amazing array of rides, shows, movie sets and attractions that make YOU the star. Experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™–Diagon Alley™, open Summer 2014. Join the battle on TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D. Enjoy the heartwarming and hilarious Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. Help save the Princess on Shrek 4-D, zap aliens to save the galaxy on MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™, and pick your own soundtrack on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit® coaster.

Take an unforgettable journey through remarkable islands where all your favourite myths, legends, comic books, cartoons, children’s tales and movies come to life on cutting-edge rides and attractions that challenge all your senses. You’ll step into the magic and excitement of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™–Hogsmeade™. Swing high above the streets on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®. Feel the rage of The Incredible Hulk Coaster®, escape the jaws of a T-rex in Jurassic Park®, whirl through the world of The Cat in the Hat™, and more.

UNIVERSAL CITYWALK® Enjoy the best in dining, dancing, shopping, movies and more at Universal CityWalk. Only here can you walk from some of Orlando’s most popular restaurants into some if its hottest clubs, trendiest shops and state-of-the-art theatres. From live concerts to the world-renowned Blue Man Group, it’s anything and everything you want to make your night come alive – Universal CityWalk, The Entertainment Capital of OrlandoSM.

On-Site Hotels At Universal Orlando® Resort Stay right in the heart of the excitement in the spectacular on-site hotels at Universal Orlando® Resort. Each puts you within easy walking distance of both theme parks and the Universal CityWalk® entertainment complex. All on-site hotel guests enjoy Early Park Admission* to Universal’s Islands of Adventure® one hour before the general public. Deluxe hotel guests also enjoy FREE Universal ExpressSM Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines** at both theme parks. UNIVERSAL’S CABANA BAY BEACH RESORT Moderate/Value Hotel Enjoy standard rooms or family suites with kitchenettes at this retro-themed hotel which takes you back to the iconic beach resorts of the 1950s and 60s.

LOEWS ROYAL PACIFIC RESORT Deluxe Hotel

HARD ROCK HOTEL® Deluxe Hotel

LOEWS PORTOFINO BAY HOTEL Deluxe Hotel

Sparkling waterfalls, lush tropical landscaping, swaying palm trees, and a huge lagoon-style swimming pool transport you to the exotic isles of the South Seas.

It’s the perfect mix of funk and just plain fun. From the laid back luxury of your room to the impeccable service everywhere you turn, you’ll feel like rock ‘n’ roll royalty.

Luxurious rooms, authentic Italian dining, and warm hospitality make your stay here a taste of what the Italians call la dolce vita – the sweet life.

*Paid theme park admission required. Early Park Admission begins one (1) hour prior to Universal’s Islands of Adventure regular scheduled park opening for on-site hotel guests and is valid seven (7) days a week for travel through 12/31/14; valid only at select Islands of Adventure attractions: Harry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyTM, Flight of the HippogriffTM, Dragon ChallengeTM and Caro-Seuss-elTM. Universal ExpressSM Unlimited ride access is not valid during Early Park Admission. Additional restrictions may apply and the foregoing benefits are subject to change without notice. **Paid theme park admission required. Not valid at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ and other select attractions. On-site hotel privileges good for hotel stay as indicated on the room key card and Universal ExpressSM Unlimited pass. Only valid for the number of guests staying in the room. Ride access available during normal theme park operating hours only. Not valid for separately ticketed special events. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice. TRANSFORMERS and its logo and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2014 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. © 2014 DreamWorks L.L.C. and Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Shrek 4-D © 2014 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C. Men In Black & Alien Attack: TM & © 2014 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved. © MARVEL. Jurassic Park ® Universal Studios/Amblin. Dr. Seuss properties TM & © 2014 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All rights reserved. © 2014 BMP. Hard Rock Hotel ® Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2014 Universal Studios. © 2014 Universal Orlando. All rights reserved. 257957/0913 HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR.

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Miami

Welcome to Florida’s tropical concrete paradise, where models mingle with magnates and Art Deco architecture bejewels the city streets. Everything’s steamy in the Magic City, the most Latin-influenced in the country – and between the peach stucco and the evening neon you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re on the set of some kind of 1980s crime show. Marvel at the mangrove swamps of Key Largo and meet a real-life astronaut at the Kennedy Space Centre. Miami is weird and wonderful, but most of all it’s beautiful. With its supermodels, white sands and turquoise waters, this city is an Instagrammer’s delight.

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• Cool off with a cocktail at South Beach Tiki Bar, behind popular burger joint Cheeseburger Baby. With its fluorescent murals and hibiscus garden, it’s very Miami. • Hold a baby alligator at Everglades National Park, and keep an eye out for the 14-foot ‘Grandpa’ gator. • Gorge on seafood in spectacular surrounds at the beachside Red Fish Grill – a South Florida favourite.

What to Pack: Plenty of sunscreen.

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THINGS TO KNOW: Lingo to know: “Howdy y’all.” Goes without saying.

Local Tips: • Franklin Barbecue in Austin is hugely popular with locals. The lines can be long – but these are the ribs that dreams are made of, and so worth waiting for. • Post-ribs, cool off like a local in the pristine, jade waters of Hamilton Pool Preserve – just outside of Austin.

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• If you’re into modern art, a trip to Marfa is a must. There, in the high desert of far-west Texas, sits an internationally renowned artist community.

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Cowboy boots. Why not?

If ya’ll thought Texas was all cowboys, dust and boot scootin’, then you’re in for a real surprise. From the magical Big Bend National Park in the Far West, to the lively music scenes in Austin and Dallas, this is a state as diverse as its folks are friendly. There are those spectacular beaches along the Gulf Coast, the jaw-dropping landscapes of the Guadalupe Mountains and, yes, a little bit of rodeo, if you know where to look. In fact there’s so much to see in the Lone Star State, you’ll want to spend at least a week exploring. Lewisville Lake

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THINGS TO KNOW: Lingo to know: “Laissez les bons temps rouler” Let the good times roll: the famous New Orleans motto.

Local Tips: • Take a tour along the Mississippi River and check out the magnificent plantation homes. Houmas House is one of the more beautiful estates. • For good old-fashioned soul food, head to Johnny’s Po-Boys in the French Quarter. Shrimp po-boy sandwiches are a Louisiana staple. • Take a lazy joyride on the historic St. Charles Streetcar. It’s a low-cost way to see the city.

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Located in the historic French Quarter, this beautifully restored hotel is ideally placed adjacent to Bourbon Street – a comfortable base to enjoy all that New Orleans has to offer. Why we love it: Complete with landscaped courtyards and picturesque views, it’s easy to soak up the life and atmosphere of New Orleans right from your balcony. Jump into the pool after sunbaking, before dining at Powdered Sugar, Red Fish Grill or Batch Bar – three onsite options serving up quality New Orleans cuisine. Style: Luxury Atmosphere: Buzzing

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THINGS TO KNOW: Lingo to know: If you’re “fixin’ to” do something, it means you’re about to do it.

Local Tips: • The Warner Parks are a beautiful spot to take a walk or bike ride. Visit in March to see the bluebells in full bloom. • Elvis fans will love the Nashville King show at Texas Troubadour Theatre. John, the much-loved performer, puts on one of the best tribute shows in the country. • Trek down Highway 100 to the Loveless Motel and Café for scratch biscuits and crispy fried chicken. It’s a local favourite.

Nashville

Visit the country music capital of the world and stomp your boots to the sounds of Nashvegas.

What to Pack: Your worn denim jeans.

Nashville is the heart of the nation’s country music industry – but even those unacquainted with the genre will enjoy a trip to Music City. Once known as the ‘Athens of the South’ for its superior education systems, it still boasts a lively university community and an impressive statue of Athena in Centennial Park. Of course your holiday wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame. When you’re done with that, indulge in some fried chicken then burn it off on one of the area’s fine walking trails. Are you ready, boots? See hotel features grid on page 87

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Local Tips: • Pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King at the National Civic Rights Museum in the historic arts district of downtown Memphis. • Taste the world’s best fried chicken at Gus’s World Famous Hot & Spicy Chicken. It’s a little piece of deep-fried heaven. • Stop by Shelby Farms Stables for a day of horse riding and deer spotting along rolling green hills.

Memphis

What to Pack:

Make a musical pilgrimage to the birthplace of American soul and rock ‘n’ roll.

Memphis, Tennessee – the name is synonymous with music. Visit Elvis Presley’s famous Graceland mansion, and walk in the footsteps of Johnny Cash along bustling Beale Street. Old-fashioned southern hospitality, warm weather and great nightlife make this Tennessee city an American favourite. But if that’s not enough to charm you, there’s the food – Memphis is known as the Barbecued Pork Capital of the World, and you’ll find famously good ribs around every corner. See hotel features grid on page 87

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Comfort Inn Downtown Settle in for a relaxed stay at the Comfort Inn Downtown Memphis, the perfect place for a family vacation to the home of Graceland and the famed Orpheum theatre. Why we love it: Newly renovated, this 71-room hotel offers a refuge from busy Memphis days with characteristic Vancouver style. A cutting-edge, boutique experience, it comes complete with a range of in-room amenities, plus a fitness centre and valet cleaning service to make your stay effortless. Style: Classic Atmosphere: Family-friendly

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SEATTLE (map page 57) Warwick Seattle Hotel

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DENVER - COLORADO Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Denver

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64

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210

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62

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526

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65

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325

24

P

L

P

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R

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Hotel Metro

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Salisbury Hotel

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Sonesta Philadelphia

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Holiday Inn Capitol

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Omni Shoreham Hotel

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Children’s Swimming Pool

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Kids Club

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Children’s Menu

Babysitting

Number of Cafés

Number of Restaurants

Family Features

Number of Bars/Lounges

P

Golf Course

Non-Smoking Rooms

P

Games Room

In-Room Safe

Tennis Court

Ironing Facilities

Day Spa

Hair Dryer

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Gymnasium

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Water Sports

In-house Movies

R

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Television

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Swim-up Pool Bar

Newspapers

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Refrigerator

L

Mini Bar

Shop

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Tea & Coffee-Making Facilities

Business Centre

P

24

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Laundry Service (L) or Coin Laundry (C)

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240

Breakfast Included

Elevator

Internet or Wi-Fi: Free (F) or Fee Payable (P)

Parking: Free (F) or Fee Payable (P)

343

4

Shuttle Bus

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The Melrose Hotel

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Rating

Dining, cafés & bars

Leisure & Recreation

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BOSTON (map page 68) Hyatt Regency Boston

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500

24

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The Langham Boston

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3

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2

2

1

1

1

1

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1544

24

P

L

Silversmith Hotel & Suites

2

69

4

143

24

P

L

4

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ORLANDO (map page 70) Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal Disney's Art Of Animation Resort Disney's All Star Movies Resort

1

77

400

24

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2

74 4.5 1984

24

P

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F

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3

74

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1920

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2112

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3 2880

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1

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4 2048

24

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3.5 388

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503

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13

76

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718

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15

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4.5 756

24

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A

F

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Circa 39 Hotel

1

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100

24

P

L

F

A

1

1

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The Betsy South Beach

2

O

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61

24

P

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2

1

The Chesterfield Palm Beach

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79

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53

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L

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105

24

P

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F

24

Hilton Fort Worth

1

80

4

294

24

P

L

F

L

Royal Sonesta Houston

2

O

4.5 498

24

P

L

F

Warwick Melrose

3

O

4

184

24

P

L

F

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3

Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena International Palms Resort Orlando Radisson Resort Orlando Celebration Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort Walt Disney World Swan Resort

C •

C

C

1

C

6

1

C

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1

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TEXAS (map page 80)

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C

1

1

C

1

1

C

NEW ORLEANS (map page 81) Hilton Garden Inn

1

O

155

24

P

L

F

L

A

P

O

1

1

Hyatt French Quarter

2

81

4.5 254

24

P

L

F

L

A

P

O

2

3

Omni Royal Orleans

3

O

4

345

24

P

L

F

24 •

3

2

1

82

3.5 287

24

F

L

F

L

1

2

Comfort Inn Downtown

1

83

3.5

71

24

P

L

F

Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel

2

O

3

128

24

F

F

1

1

C

Holiday Inn Select Downtown

3

O

3.5

192

24

P

1

2

C

A

P

O

P

O

F

O

P

O

F

C 1

C •

C

NASHVILLE (map page 82) Millennium Maxwell House

R

A

A

A

C

MEMPHIS (map page 83)

L

F

L

A

O

C

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necessary for us to disclose details of your health or medical condition to Suppliers. You authorise us to make such disclosure and you agree that our doing so is not a breach of confidence or duty and that you will not hold us liable in tort, in contract or under any privacy or anti-discrimination laws. OTHER CONDITIONS Brochure and Site Accuracy: We endeavour to ensure that the brochure is accurate at the time of publication and that the Site is and remains accurate at all times. However, we cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. Hotel Locations and Descriptions: Maps in our brochures and on the Site are provided only as a guide to locations and maps on the Site are powered by Google maps. Hotel descriptions featured are based on current international hotel guides and information provided by hotels and Suppliers. Descriptions are provided as guidelines only and any facilities shown as included are subject to change at any time. Hotel room photographs may not be specific to rooms booked. Hotel Check-In: To guarantee charges for incidental items, Suppliers require validation of a current credit card upon check-in. Room Bedding Guide: Prices in the brochure and on the Site are based on existing bedding in the room. Requests for particular arrangements must be made at the time of booking and are not guaranteed. Requests such as twin share - separate beds, additional rollaway beds may be made at time of check-in and charges are payable direct to the hotel. The ‘Bedding Guide’ is provided as guidelines only and are subject to change at any time. Standard of Service: The standard of service in your holiday is based on various factors and we do not represent or guarantee a particular standard or fitness for purpose of the accommodation or services provided. Frequent Flyer Points: Airfares may or may not attract Frequent Flyer points. This decision rests with the airline and is not our responsibility. Complaints: We endeavour to ensure that the arrangements we have made for you are implemented as arranged. If a problem occurs, the most practical way to deal with it is to attempt resolution locally with the Supplier. If you fail to follow this course, any claim for compensation may be reduced or denied. If you have any unresolved complaint, details should be lodged in writing (with supporting documentation, including efforts made with the Supplier to resolve it) with your travel agent or directly with us within 30 days of your holiday concluding. Your Privacy: We will handle your personal information in accordance with our Privacy Policy, which is posted on the Site or will be sent to you upon request. Your booking of any Travel Product constitutes your representation to us that you have read our Privacy Policy and accept its application to you. User Agreement: By using the Site to browse and/or book any Travel Product, you represent to us that you have read our User Agreement posted on the Site and you accept its application to you. Law and Jurisdiction: The agreement between us and you in respect of the services to be provided is constituted solely by these terms and conditions and is governed by the laws of New South Wales, Australia. We and you submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of New South Wales and the Courts of appeal therefrom. Financial Protection: We participate in The Travel Compensation Fund (TCF). TCF is a fund administered by a regulatory body established by government to protect consumer funds in the event of a member’s financial failure. You can have complete confidence that we meet the strict financial criteria necessary to participate in the TCF. Understanding these Terms and Conditions: If you do not understand any aspect of these terms and conditions you should seek advice from an appropriately qualified person.

GUIDE TO PRICING & IMAGES Images: Featured hotel images may not relate to the lead in room category and therefore not represent the room type allocated for your booking. Pricing: ‘From’ pricing is offered as a guide only and, unless otherwise stated, per person, twin share on a lead in room category/service level for the 2014 low season travel period. Prices are confirmed and guaranteed only when a booking is made and may differ from the brochure or Site ‘from’ price and any quote.

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