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Hilton Offers Travelers the Opportunity to Discover Washington, D.C. This Summer

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This summer, Hilton branded hotels in the Washington, D.C., metro area are offering a Capital Adventure Package to guests. Travelers looking to explore the nation’s capital like a local will have access to more than $200 in savings on 15 unique experiences, including winery and brewery tours and tastings, museum admission and sporting events.

Whether you’re looking to root for the home team at Nationals Park, see the Lincoln Memorial or Washington Monument via a Segway tour, the Capital Adventure Package has all that you need to plan your D.C. getaway.

Eat & Drink like a Local

Are you looking to discover your wine palette while basking in the eclectic tunes of local musicians? Enjoy an evening at the newly opened City Winery with a complimentary tour and tasting for two. City Winery is a landmark D.C. establishment, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, culinary classes and fine dining.

If a craft beer is more your style, take advantage of a 10% discount and grab yourself a pint at a D.C. area brewery with City Brew Tours, where you can try some regional beers from the renowned Port City Brewing Company, 3 Stars Brewing Company, DC Brau and more. Don’t want the day to end? Seize the warm summer night and head to the rooftop bar at The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton to enjoy sweeping views of historic Georgetown and Washington, D.C. with an icy glass of their signature Frosé in your hand. A stylish boutique hotel, The Graham offers 57 spacious guest rooms and suites with anything-but-ordinary room features and upscale amenities to help you relax and unwind after a long day out on the town.

The Graham, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Experience American History

Washington, D.C. is tied to its role as the capitol of the United States and history. Visit the Newseum and enjoy $8.00 off admission to experience the story of news and the role that the free press has played in major events in history.

Want to experience life as a spy? Pull out your magnifying glass and trench coat and dive into the secrets of international espionage with $5.00 off full-priced admission at The International Spy Museum. The museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. All that touring can really work up an appetite! Stay in the center of it all and finish your day of museum hopping by heading back to The Darcy Washington D.C., Curio Collection by Hilton to enjoy dinner at Siren by Robert Wiedmaier. Set in the heart of downtown near Dupont Circle and the 14th street corridor, The Darcy is a one-of-a-kind hotel conveniently located just 6 blocks from the White House and offers guests a fully equipped fitness center, complimentary bike program and daily cocktail reception.

The Darcy, Curio Collection by Hilton

Root for the Home Team

D.C.  is a diehard sports town, so put your allegiances aside and get ready to rejoice in some revelry. Don your red, white and blue for an afternoon at the ballpark and enjoy 20% off regular season tickets to the next Washington Nationals home game. For soccer enthusiasts, grab tickets to a D.C. United game and get 20% off as well.

If you are training for your own athletic dreams, or just looking for a new way to increase your step count, stay at Capital Hilton and enjoy access to Mint Health Club. Capital Hilton is located just blocks from the capital’s best attractions including The White House, the National Mall and a multitude of museums. Celebrating 75 years young with a recent renovation, this iconic hotel has played host to a wealth of prominent gatherings, cementing its identity as one of Washington D.C.’s most notable hotel entities throughout history, and making its way onto the well-acclaimed Historic Hotels of America list.

The Mint Health Club offers premier fitness classes and equipment, along with five dedicated fitness studio areas, including cycle, yoga/barre, TRX, Power Playground, and group Pilates reformer. Access is complimentary for silver, gold and diamond Hilton Honors members, and $15 per day for hotel guests. And special this summer with the Capital Adventure Package, Hilton and FitReserve (the premiere multi-studio fitness membership) have teamed up on the FitReserve TravelPack to offer you significant discounts on the best classes in D.C., letting you experience the city’s most coveted workout classes while you’re in town with no monthly commitment.

Capital Hilton

Now that you know all that Washington, D.C. has to offer, you may want to stay for an extended visit! Discover a home away from home right in the heart of northwest D.C. in Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington. This extended-stay hotel is nearby many attractions including various museums, sport venues and the Washington Monument. Stay as long as you like in the spacious suites with full kitchens while enjoying value-added amenities such as a complimentary hot full breakfast and evening social* Monday through Thursday in the cozy Homewood Lodge.

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Ready to book your Washington, D.C. adventure? A full list of Hilton branded hotels participating in this package can be found here.

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Rediscover Istanbul: Last Step in Europe, First Step in Asia

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Housed in a century-old neoclassical Turkish prison, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet offers a genuine Istanbul experience just a few steps from city’s important landmarks in Sultanahmet with the Suite Authentic luxury accommodation package. One can escape to Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet to indulge in a memorable Istanbul experience in fall enjoying city’s mild climate, historical attractions surrounding the Hotel, cultural events and festivals, last but not least various shopping alternatives including designer labels and traditional souvenirs. Set in the historical peninsula, the Hotel is neighbour to the city’s most significant souks such as Grand Bazaar and Spice Market.

Although Istanbul has become a year-round destination, fall is a perfect season to enjoy city’s magnificent vistas, traditional shopping stops and designer shops. It is also an ideal time to discover the art scene in the city, such as Contemporary Istanbul, Akbank Jazz Festival or Istanbul Design Biennale. Designed to offer multiple delights to visitors of Istanbul, the Suite Authentic accommodation package includes daily American breakfast in Seasons Restaurant or through In-Room Dining for two and offers 30 percent off the room rate.

The Hotel’s beautifully designed suites relate directly to the rich history and layers of Istanbul, offering a strong sense of place with their breathtaking views of the manicured courtyard as well as St. Sophia and Blue Mosque. With one of the most authentic and one-of-a-kind suite collections in Istanbul, guests can choose from an impressive Executive Suite to two Presidential Suites, St. Sophia and Marmara, each containing a living room with fireplace, dining area for 6-8 guests and three private terraces offering exceptional city views. In their intimate residential setting, guests can truly make themselves at home – whether they wish to lounge around in the living area or enjoy a magnificent Old Town silhouette from their balcony.

Inspired from Istanbul’s heritage, the interior design in suites reflects the footsteps of past empires. Understated Four Seasons elegance and the mysticism of Old Town show itself in the tiny details of each suite. This indigenous indulgence is now offered to ensure a luxury accommodation at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet. the Suite Authentic accommodation package is valid for three-night minimum stays until March 31, 2019.

Not-to-Miss Attractions in Old Town

Visit Spice Bazaar and Covered Bazaar: Home to the Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the world, Istanbul boasts a vibrant and unforgettable shopping scene. More than 4,000 shops on 58 streets feature goods and fine crafts from all over Turkey and beyond, and the Grand Bazaar is one big Aladdin’s cave.

Go underground at the Basilica Cistern: The Basilica Cistern is the largest of the ancient underground water cisterns found across Istanbul.

Visit Hagia Sophia: One of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture, Hagia Sophia should be at the top of a to-see list for Istanbul. Do not miss the upstairs gallery to catch the best views and to glimpse the surviving mosaics, in particular the golden mosaic of the Virgin and Child in the apse.

Visit the Blue Mosque: Also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Blue Mosque’s two most striking features are its six minarets and blue domed exterior.

Get a taste of royal life at Topkapi Palace: Topkapi Palace is the largest royal residence in Istanbul and it served as the main residence to the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years.

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Shop like a local in Guadalajara

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As one of Mexico’s top artisanal hubs, Guadalajara offers the best in culture, cuisine and shopping. Travelers can find everything from expertly crafted pottery to luxe leather goods in unique markets throughout the city. For those who travel the world in search of the best locally-produced, stylish souvenirs, Guadalajara provides the ultimate in retail therapy in a vibrant, festive atmosphere — after all, this is the birthplace of mariachi, tequila, and charrería, the Mexican rodeo!

Follow these tips for shopping, eating, and playing like a local in Guadalajara, and you are sure to leave with as many memories as one-of-a-kind purchases.

Largest indoor market in Latin America

Visitors to the historic center of Guadalajara will enjoy sightseeing with a backdrop of the beautiful architecture of the double-spired Guadalajara Cathedral. This area is home to Mercado Libertad, the largest indoor market in Latin America with three floors and nearly 3,000 stands featuring everything from apparel and handbags to fresh produce and local delicacies. Stop for a meal or browse endless options. Mexican cowboys, known locally as charros, frequent leather vendors in search of saddles, boots, and belts. Across the street in the jewelry market, gold and silver pieces will add just the right Mexican accent to your wardrobe.

The perfect pair

Fashionistas rejoice. Whether it is pumps or loafers, sandals or sneakers you seek, Guadalajara is the place to find the perfect pair of shoes. Make a beeline to Galería del Calzado, a shopping center focused exclusively on your feet. Choose from 64 stores offering everything from jaw-dropping high fashion designs to the hottest streetwear trends.

Galleries galore

In the colonial town of Tlaquepaque, local arts and crafts fill market showrooms and upscale stores where you will find carved wooden furniture, colorful blown glass ceramics and hand-stitched clothing. The downtown area retains the traditional structure of a small Mexican community with a parish street, central market, main square, and many pedestrian-only streets, making this a good place to take a stroll. Catch the daily mariachi performances at the local restaurants and cantinas, some with outdoor seating perfect for people watching.

Bargain hunting

Some of the best bargains can be found among Tonalá’s narrow streets, where most of Guadalajara’s local goods can be purchased. In this neighborhood, you can find some of the best crafts in the country. This includes wide-mouth clay bowls designed to serve a cazuela cocktail, Guadalajara’s signature citrus punch. The area is particularly known for silver and gold crafts, hand-painted pottery, paper-mâché, and clay figurines. On Thursdays and Sundays, bargain-priced merchandise is sold at a vast street market where wholesalers arrive from all over the country to buy in bulk.

Lap of luxury

In the district of Zapopan, the Andares Mall offers shoppers top-of-the-line luxury brands. After a day of shopping, join the locals as they enjoy a pedestrian corridor filled with high-end restaurants and bars near the basilica.

Nature’s products

Just outside of Guadalajara are sprawling agave fields, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the world’s tequila is produced. Drive past fields of the blue agave plant that stretch out over the rugged, hilly terrain, en route to the town of Tequila. After visiting the distilleries and purchasing bottles to serve back home, peruse smaller shops and stalls for necklaces and earrings crafted using blue agave leaves, agave syrup, and figurines made from the obsidian of the nearby volcano.

For more information on Guadalajara, visit www.visitguadalajara.com.

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Why Myrtle Beach is the perfect fall vacation for families

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When it comes to vacation planning, millennial families with young children have the edge over school-aged families — no strict school schedules to obey!

Take advantage of this flexibility while you can, and plan your escape to Myrtle Beach. This oceanside city along the beautiful South Carolina coastline features just about everything families with young children are looking for: family fun, engaging and interactive attractions, delicious food and relaxing places to chill out. Bonus: Now that school is in session, you’ll escape the summer crowds.

To help you plan, here are some of the things that await in Myrtle Beach.

Budget-friendly fun: As promised in the name, Myrtle Beach is the place to make oceanside memories: building sand castles, hunting for seashells and delighting in their giggles as the waves lap their little toes. As it turns out, fall is one of the best times of year to have that beach vacation without breaking the bank. Look for deep discounts and special lodging packages at hotels and resorts. While you search for fun things to do, be on the lookout for exclusive fall promotions. For example, Visit Myrtle Beach is offering a complimentary children’s beach photo session, which will create the perfect keepsake for your getaway.

Beautiful “summer” weather: Even if you feel a nip in the air in your region, the fall weather in South Carolina is still ideal for exploring wide open spaces and enjoying outdoor activities. Brookgreen Gardens features the Lowcountry Zoo, which houses animals in spaces as close to their natural habitat as possible. You’ll definitely want to get way up high and see the beaches and water stretch off into forever from atop the SkyWheel, a 200-foot Ferris wheel that’s right on the beach.

Enriching fun: Myrtle Beach has plenty of kid-friendly places to interact and build new connections to this wide, wonderful world. Kids can get an up-close look at the colorful fish and other sea creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium. After hearing stories about farm life in their favorite picture books, they can see the real thing at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm. Finally, WonderWorks Science Center has more than 100 hands-on exhibits that are designed to both thrill and teach children a thing or two about science.

Peaceful pursuits: While you’re enjoying all this family time (and seeing the smiles on those little faces), be sure to make time for the grownups to enjoy themselves, too, with solo outings at some point in the trip. All around Myrtle Beach you’ll find lots of options to chill and recharge, whether it’s a well-deserved spa treatment or discovering your new favorite wine at a tasting. We’ll lose the thought with this vision of heaven: You and your family relaxing along the seashore seashore. No one’s cranky, no one’s hungry, just … aaaaaaah!

For more ideas and inspiration to plan your fall family vacation to Myrtle Beach, visit www.visitmyrtlebeach.com.

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