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5 Most Affordable Destinations This Winter

Wanting to go on a vacation soon but concerned about your budget? No worries — we found the 5 most affordable destinations this winter. Whether you’re looking for a spot to escape the cold or to embrace it, there’s a place for everyone to visit.

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Bahamas

Would you believe us if we said a roundtrip flight to the Bahamas costs about the same for a roundtrip to LA? Well, it does. So if you’re worried about the cost of flying, there are places that are affordable when it comes to travel. One of the other great things about destinations like the Bahamas is that there are many hotels and resorts that are all-inclusive. This means you can enjoy more and spend less. TripAdvisor offers vacation packages that are affordable and make it possible to make 2016 the year that you finally make it to the Bahamas. You deserve the beach and some sun.

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Ireland

Although it may seem like a less desirable spot when it comes to a destination during the winter, it is actually a great time to check out Ireland. Ireland during winter has a reputation for being cold and rainy, but it’s important to remember that that’s just how the island nation always is. Ireland’s weather is relatively temperate year-round, yet people tend to travel during winter less, making it cheaper to visit. If Ireland has always been on your list of places to see, then why not visit now and save a lot of money? Main attractions are still open, it’s not actually that cold, and the off-season means great deals. Learn more about why you should pick Ireland as a winter destination.

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Vancouver, Canada

O Canada, thank you for having Vancouver be one of our favorite and most affordable vacation spots this winter. There may not be much history in this Canadian city, but they make up for it in scenery. Surrounded by mountains and beaches, it comes to no surprise that Vancouver is an ideal setting for film and TV. Want to save on flying? Choose a flight to Seattle, then take a shuttle into Downtown Vancouver. Also, save on gas (it tends to cost more up North) by utilizing the public transport. For more on traveling to Vancouver, check out these tips.

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Bermuda

Like the Bahamas, Bermuda is another dream getaway. It seems pretty unrealistic that a vacation to Bermuda is possible when it comes to being on a budget, but it is! Because May to September is Bermuda’s peak season, it’s uncrowded and affordable. Although temperatures are in the 60s, there’s still so much to enjoy and so much to see. Restaurants also offer great deals because they tend to suffer throughout the winter months from less tourists. The key to planning an affordable trip to Bermuda is, well, to PLAN. Plan in advance so you can save more. TripAvisor offers the best deals when it comes to a romantic vacation, family trip or an all-inclusive holiday.

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Denver, Colorado

This one’s for all of you who are ready to embrace winter and all of its wonderful qualities. It’s pretty uncommon for U.S. ski destinations to offer lower seasonal rates during winter, but Denver is the exception. With attractions like Loveland Ski Area, Winter Park Resort and Rocky Mountain National Park, it shouldn’t come to a surprise why Denver is an ideal spot for winter sports and activities. Still not convinced? Read more about the breathtaking city here.

 

It’s time to take an affordable winter vacation. Vacations are for relaxing — so when you travel to one of these five places this winter, leave the stress of your luggage with us. You can now fly into all five of these affordable destinations while using our Bags VIP luggage delivery service. See the full list of locations.

Pick 5: Beach Hotel Rooms with a View

Close your eyes and picture yourself on vacation. Are you on a cruise? The mountains? A European excursion? What if you simply want to relax and unwind at the beach, and want the best possible view from your hotel room? We pick five of the best beach hotel rooms that offer million dollar views.

Our picks for the best rooms with a beach view span the continent. And why not start your vacation and head to the beach the minute you land? Avoid   excess baggage with Bags VIP luggage delivery service.

Image courtesy Flickr user Lisa.

Four Seasons Resort | Hualālai, Big Island, Hawaii
Situated on Hawaii Island’s tony Kona-Kohala Coast, the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai features low-rise bungalows with gorgeous ocean views. Seawater and freshwater pools, open-air spa, and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course all compliment the main attraction: the Pacific. Villas and suites offer furnished lanais with an unparalleled view of the ocean. >> Read more

Our picks for the best rooms with a beach view span the continent. And why not start your vacation and head to the beach the minute you land? Avoid excess baggage with   Bags VIP luggage delivery service.

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Terranea Resort | Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Located just steps from Los Angeles, this 102-acre resort is located on a peninsula that juts its way into the Pacific. Mediterranean-insprired bungalows, casitas and villas offer expansive views of the ocean.  All rooms offer private balconies, some of which include outdoor fireplaces, the ideal spot to watch the sunset. >> Read more

Our picks for the best rooms with a beach view span the continent. And why not start your vacation and head to the beach the minute you land? Avoid excess baggage with Bags VIP luggage delivery service.

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Ocean House | Watch Hill, Rhode Island
Originally opened in 1868, the original historic Ocean House closed a decade ago, then was reconstructed several years ago. The architect stayed true to the hotel’s original design and replicated  the exterior and interior with painstaking accuracy. The Penthouse Suite features three bedrooms, two dining areas and a private outdoor deck with Jacuzzi offering views of a private white-sand beach and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. >> Read more

Our picks for the best rooms with a beach view span the continent. And why not start your vacation and head to the beach the minute you land? Avoid excess baggage with Bags VIP luggage delivery service.

Image courtesy Flickr user Rob Marquardt.

Montage Laguna Beach | Laguna Beach, California
Montage Laguna Beach, set on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific in the heart of the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, offers 30 acres of oceanfront luxury. The 248-room Craftsman-style resort features beachfront accommodations, all of which have a private oceanfront balcony and a spectacular view of the coastline. >> Read more

Our picks for the best rooms with a beach view span the continent. And why not start your vacation and head to the beach the minute you land? Avoid excess baggage with Bags VIP luggage delivery service.

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Boca Raton Resort | Boca Raton, Florida
This Waldorf Astoria property features 212 rooms. Those on floors three to seven boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors offering unrivaled views of the Atlantic. Direct private beach and pool access make this resort a must-stay for white sand lovers. Sun decks offer the perfect spot to watch the sun rise. >> Read more

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Pick 5: Best Golf Courses as Picked by Golf Magazine

With all the golf courses across the country, who knows how to pick one from among the masses? Well, thanks to Golf Magazine, you can see a list of the best golf courses in the U.S. Plan your next trip with Bags VIP and you can enjoy fast golf bag delivery to these or any of the hundreds of other courses in the country.

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Pacific Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Oregon. Image courtesy Flickr user jneilson23.

Pacific Dunes | Bandon, OR
Designed by Tom Doak, Pacific Dunes opened in 2001. This course features a very unique character and shot making requirements. Large parts of the existing landscape have been preserved as rolling fairways and natural bunkers, giving the impression this course was carved from the land rather than laid atop it. Pacific Dunes is short enough to give you hope, but rugged enough to test every facet of your game.>> Read more

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Pebble Beach Golf Links, California. Image courtesy Flickr user dannymac15_1999.

Pebble Beach Golf Links | Pebble Beach, CA
Few golf courses are as famous and recognizable as Pebble Beach. This course has consistently provided a beautiful and challenging golf experience since 1919. Jack Neville and Douglas Grant’s design emphasizes the rugged coastline, cliff side fairways and the open sea air. >> Read more

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Pinehurst, North Carolina. Image courtesy Flickr user Mike Renlund.

Pinehurst Resort | Pinehurst, NC
The gorgeously classy Pinehurst Resort. Dubbed the “Cradle of American Golf”, this course has captivated audiences since it was first surveyed by Donald Ross in 1901. From humble beginnings, Pinehurst has developed into one of the preeminent golf resorts in the United States. >> Read more

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Bethpage State Park in New York hosted the 2009 U.S. Open. Image courtesy Flickr user Brian J. McDermott.

Bethpage State Park | Farmingdale, NY
Bethpage State Park is best known for its five world-class golf courses, including the world-renowned Black Course which was the site of the U.S. Open Championship in 2002 and 2009. Famed golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast was hired to design and oversee construction of three new golf courses that now make up the Bethpage State Park golfing experience. >> Read more

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Kiawah Island Resort in South Carolina. Image courtesy Flickr user Bill Showalter.

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort | Kiawah Island, SC
Host of the 2007 PGA and the 2012 PGA Championships, The Ocean Course at Kiawaha Island is only the fourth course to have hosed each of the PGA major championships.Located on the eastern-most end of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere. But watch, out! No other course in the United States is as affected by the wind, meaning up to an 8-club difference on some holes.  >> Read more

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Pick 5: Best-Reviewed Luggage for Travelers

We pick five of the best-reviewed suitcases. Whether you are hauling your luggage yourself, or if you rely on a baggage delivery service like Bags VIP, this list will help make travel easier for you.

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Picking out new luggage can be a daunting task. There are a ton of options with so many features from which to choose. What’s the most important factor? Cost? Design? Weight? Does it come in a cute color? We’ve picked five of the best-reviewed pieces to make shopping a snap. Whether you are hauling your bags yourself, or if you rely on a baggage delivery service like Bags VIP, this list will help make travel easier for you.

We pick five of the best-reviewed suitcases. Whether you are hauling your luggage yourself, or if you rely on a baggage delivery service like Bags VIP, this list will help make travel easier for you.

Samsonite Silhouette Sphere Spinner Garment Bag

Delsey Luggage Helium Aero 29 Inch Expandable Spinner Trolley
This hard-sided bag is made of 100% polycarbonate with a glossy finish, which makes the case extremely lightweight. Four twin spinner wheels assure multi-directional rolling and optional stability with zero weight on your hand. And a fully lined interior with two compartments makes packing and organizing a breeze. The bag expands an additional two inches to allow for extra packing space for those last-minute items or travel souvenirs. A user notes, “It is the perfect choice for a checked bag in that it is lightweight yet is one inch shy of the maximum size allowable without having to pay oversized charges by the airlines.” >> More info

We pick five of the best-reviewed suitcases. Whether you are hauling your luggage yourself, or if you rely on a baggage delivery service like Bags VIP, this list will help make travel easier for you.

Nautica Shoreline 5 Piece Luggage Set

Samsonite Silhouette Sphere Spinner Garment Bag
This large garment bag features unparalleled spinner mobility that maintains balance and effortless gliding no matter what obstacle, corner or curve comes your way. A full-featured interior boasts a hanger hook, extender panel for longer garments, lined shoe compartment, compression straps, and multiple pockets for exceptional packing organization. Four multi-directional spherical spinner wheels make this garment bag easier to maneuver than the bulky foldover models of the past. One reviewer wrote, “Hard to find a large size garment bag these days. But this is it! The sphere spinner feature makes this so easy to maneuver. Great purchase, worth the price!” >> More info

Nautica Shoreline 5 Piece Luggage Set
The sophisticated design of this luggage set is complemented by fully-lined interiors with multiple internal and external storage

We pick five of the best-reviewed suitcases. Whether you are hauling your luggage yourself, or if you rely on a baggage delivery service like Bags VIP, this list will help make travel easier for you.

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pockets. Packing is quick and easy thanks to expandable rolling pieces. One review: “Sturdy and unique design. Easy to recognize. Color combination is unique.” >> More info

We pick five of the best-reviewed suitcases. Whether you are hauling your luggage yourself, or if you rely on a baggage delivery service like Bags VIP, this list will help make travel easier for you.

Tumi T-Tech Cargo Medium Trip Packing Case

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The 28-inch packing case weighs less than 6 pounds. The trolley system is constructed from a single piece of aluminum and runs down the sides of the bag, leaving the bed of the case flat and crease free. One user wrote, “I just returned from a trip overseas and absolutely loved this luggage. I take this same trip every year and my largest suitcase was 10 pounds lighter than in past years.” >> More info

Tumi T-Tech Cargo Medium Trip Packing Case
This incredibly rugged suitcase is made of 100% polycarbonate and boasts mesh lining, a telescoping handle, retractable top carry handle, four-wheel system, TSA-integrated lock, inside zip pocket, mesh pocket/divider, tie down straps, and a removable suiter. A review: “Love it. Just used it and loved the room, style, ease of movement, quiet rolling. I would recommend it to anyone.” >> More info

Pick 5 | Places to Celebrate Independence Day

This Fourth of July, skip the hassles of luggage shipping or waiting at baggage claim. Use Bags VIP and start your holiday vacation the moment you land.

Fourth of July fireworks light up the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Image courtesy Flickr user Chris Staley.

Independence Day is America’s birthday. And we love to celebrate the day in style, especially when it comes to viewing fireworks. This year marks the 200th anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner,” so expect festivities to be bigger than usual. We pick five destinations that celebrate the holiday with a bang.

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Boston
After a daytime parade through the historic heart of the city, more than half a million people will crowd the Charles River Esplanade for the famed Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. The Pops is joined by performers like The Beach Boys, Megan Hilty, and leads from The Phantom of the Opera’s touring company. If you just want to watch the fireworks, try viewing from across the river in Cambridge. >> Read more

Pasadena
Now in its 88th year, Pasadena’s AmericaFest is the largest fireworks show in Southern California. The family-fun event is held at the historic Rose Bowl and includes live entertainment, motorcycle stunts, exhibits, and a massive fireworks display. >> Read more

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The USS Constitution, berthed at Pier 1 in Boston, fires a 21-gun salute on Independence Day. Image courtesy the Official U.S. Navy Page on Flickr.

Washington, DC
The West lawn of the U.S. Capitol welcomes host Tom Bergeron, the National Symphony Orchestra, and performers like Phillip Phillips, Patti Labelle, Jordin Sparks, and composer John Williams. Fireworks launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool will illuminate the sky behind the Capitol and Washington Monument. >> Read more

Nashville
Music City draws the largest Fourth of July crowd in the South. Let Freedom Sing features all-day festivities and concerts by the likes of Billy Currington, Ashley Monroe, and Striking Matches, followed by fireworks accompanied by the music of the Nashville Symphony. The event has been named the Best Fourth of July Fireworks in the USA by MSN Living. >> Read more

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New York City fireworks. Image courtesy Flickr user Rob Boudon.

New York City
The country’s largest fireworks display is shot from the East River near the city’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge. More than 50,000 pounds of fireworks will light up the sky with live performances by Enrique Iglesias, Hunter Hayes, and Ariana Grande. Recommended viewing spots include Brooklyn Bridge Park, South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and the east side of Lower Manhattan. >> Read more

Happy birthday, America!

Pick 5 | America’s Best Hotel Pools

A great pool can take your hotel stay from ho-hum to one you won’t soon forget. Whether you’re staying in Florida’s famed South Beach or in the snow-peaked Arizona mountains, these resort pools will beg you to forget your sightseeing plans and relax, take a dip, and unwind. If you’re planning a trip to one of these amazing destinations, skip the hassle of luggage shipping – use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and start your pool time the moment you land.

Skip luggage shipping. Relax poolside and let us get your bags.

If you're planning a trip to one of these amazing pools, skip the hassle of luggage shipping - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and get poolside the moment you land.

Amangiri. Image courtesy Flickr user Craig Spain.

Amangiri | Canyon Point, Utah
Amangiri means “peaceful mountain,” and the name is fitting. Near Utah’s border with Arizona, the resort provides views of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which, at 1.8 million acres, is the largest of all U.S. National Monuments. The pool lies in the center of the central Pavilion and wraps around a massive, 165 million-year-old stone escparment. King-sized daybeds seem to float on the water. This is truly a place where you can escape surrounded by natural beauty. >> Read more

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The Golden Nugget. Image courtesy Flickr user Evil Vegeta.

Golden Nugget | Las Vegas, Nevada
The 2419-room Golden Nugget was built in 1946, making it one of the oldest casinos in the city. It underwent a $100 million renovation several years ago. The updated, expanded resort is built around two aquariums, the largest of which faces the swimming pool, and incorporates a slide through the tank containing full-grown sharks.  >> Read more

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Trump International Beach Resort. Image courtesy Flickr user Sarah Ackerman.

Trump International Beach Resort | Miami, Florida
If South Beach isn’t posh enough for you, Trump International Beach Resort is situated in South Beach’s exclusive Sunny Isles enclave. The Forbes Four-Star, Four Diamond Europe-meets-the-tropics oasis boasts views of the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway. A lap pool sits beside a grotto-style pool complete with hot tubs, waterfalls, and a children’s pool; both are as blue as the ocean just steps away. >> Read more

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Four Seasons Maui at Wailea. Image courtesy Flickr user Christopher Chapellear.

Four Seasons Maui at Wailea | Wailea, Maui
Maui’s southwest coast is special. Renowned for its white-sand beaches and gorgeous sunsets, Wailea offers unparalleled views of Haleakalā, a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the island. The Four Seasons Maui is the only Hawaiian resort awarded the AAA Five-Diamond Award and Mobil Five-Star Award. There are three salt-water pools – the adults-only Serenity Pool with swim-up bars, the kid-friendly Waterfall Pool, complete with waterslide, and the Fountain Pool, the perfect backdrop for a massage. >> Read more

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Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Image courtesy Flickr user bikephotomusic.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North | Scottsdale, Arizona
Desert landscape? Check. Towering saguaro cacti? Yes. Sweeping valley views? Of course. The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North provides a stunning backdrop for Sonoran Desert. The free-form bi-level pools – one is adults only, the other geared toward kids – is heated for year-round swimming. Poolside cabanas offer privacy and shade, and misters keep sunbathers refreshed even on the hottest days.>> Read more

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Pick 5: Not-to-be-Missed Summer Food & Wine Festivals

Don’t ship luggage or wait at the airport – make the most of your trip to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic!

Food + Wine Classic in Aspen, CO. Image courtesy Huge Galdones via foodandwine.com.

Last weekend – Memorial Day – marked the unofficial start of Summer. With the change of seasons comes an annual crop of festivals dedicated to food, wine, and fun. We pick five that stand out from the crowd. So go ahead and make those travel plans – spend your Summer sampling craft brew and sweet corn, not stuck in the airport or waiting to ship luggage. Cheers and bon appétit!

Don’t ship luggage or wait at the airport – make the most of your festival trip!

Kentucky Bourbon Festival | Bardstown, KY – September 16-21
This week-long event is comprised of more than thirty events dedicated to celebrating the history and art of distilling bourbon whiskey. The festival draws more than 50,000 visitors and is held in the heart of Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. Historical tours, live music, and, most importantly, tastings, are held throughout the six-day event. >> Read more
Getting there: fly into Louisville International Airport

Don’t ship luggage or wait at the airport – make the most of your trip to the Sweet Corn Festival in West Point, Iowa!

Image courtesy Flickr user Brian Giesen.

West Point Sweet Corn Festival | West Point, IA – August 7-10
Started in 1952, West Point’s Sweet Corn Festival is one of the largest in the country. The festival boasts arts and crafts, carnival rides, and free hot, buttered sweet corn for attendees. The town hosts a large parade, tractor pull, and a shuckfest, where more than 18 tons of 2500 ears per ton are shucked in record time. >> Read more
Getting there: fly into Quad City International Airport

Don’t ship luggage or wait at the airport – make the most of your trip to the Oregon Brewers Festival.

Image courtesy Flickr user TheDigitel Beaufort.

Oregon Brewers Festival | Portland, OR – July 23-27
The Oregon Brewers Festival features more than 80 different beers from around the country. A specialty ten pours another 40+ beers. An anticipated crowd of 80,000 will be on hand for the 27th annual event. The festivities kick off with a brunch and parade that winds its way from one of Portland’s most beloved breweries to the festival grounds. This event is the ultimate celebration of craft beer! >> Read more
Getting there: fly into Portland International Airport

Don’t ship luggage or wait at the airport – make the most of your trip to the Whoopie Pie Festival.

Image courtesy Flickr user Alison Fayre.

Whoopie Pie Festival | Strasburg, PA – September 6
This annual event features more than 100 kinds of whoopie pie flavors. Whoopie pies are a popular treat in Pennsylvania and are made of two round mound-shaped pieces of cake with a sweet, creamy filling or frosting sandwiched between them. The event is held at the Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn, a 23-acre farm, hotel, and restaurant that features shopping, walking trails, a bakery, and more, all located in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. >> Read more
Getting there: fly into Harrisburg, Lehigh Valley or Philadelphia International Airport

Food & Wine Classic | Aspen, CO – June 20-22
The premier event for Food & Wine Magazine is the Food & Wine Classic, held each year in Aspen, Colorado. This signature event brings together the world’s foremost authorities on wine and food at over 80 cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. In addition, over 300 wines and luxury lifestyle brands gather together in the Grand Tasting Pavilion, the epicenter of the event, to feature and sample their newest products. >> Read more
Getting there: fly into Aspen-Pitkin County Airport

Pick 5: Best Spots to Forget Your Excess Baggage & Watch the Sunset

Sunsets are romantic and awe-inspiring. If you’ve ever vacationed at the beach or the mountains, chances are you made time at the end of the day to stand still and watch the sun make its way toward the horizon, illuminating the sky with orange, yellow, purple, red and pink. Where are the best sunset-watching spots? We pick five of the best places to watch the sunset in America – and all are guaranteed to help you forget your excess baggage – and to take your breath away.

1. Relaxing on the Oregon Coast

Oregon’s Pacific coastline boasts 363 miles of shoreline and several national and state parks and recreational areas. Bandon, pictured below, is home to Bandon Dunes, ranked one of the top golf courses in the country.

Forget your excess baggage when you watch the sunset in Bandon, Oregon.

Bandon, Oregon sunset. Image courtesy Flickr user James MacIndoe.

2. Worry-free in Key West

Key West, Florida, marks the southernmost part of the continental U.S. It may be known for its quirky, laid-back vibe, but they take their sunsets very seriously. Watch one from Mallory Square at the end of Duval Street and you’ll see why.

Forget your excess baggage when you watch the sunset in Key West, Florida.

Sunset in the Florida Keys. Image courtesy Flickr user Cayobo.

3. In Sleepy Michigan Beach Towns

The quaint, sleepy beach towns along Michigan’s Great Lake shoreline come alive with visitors every summer. From Pentwater to St. Joseph, sunsets cast against the shore’s iconic lighthouses light up the skies every evening.

Forget your excess baggage when you watch the sunset on Michigan's Lake Michigan shoreline.

Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state, including this one in Holland. Image courtesy Flickr user Ladydragonflycc.

4. Up in the Peaks of the Sandia Mountains

The mountains east of Albuquerque, New Mexico, are the ideal location to watch the sunset. A tram takes visitors to a 10,000-foot high observation deck affording 360 degree views.

Forget your excess baggage when you watch the sunset over Albuquerque from the Sandia Mountains.

Sunset over Albuquerque from Sandia Peak. Image courtesy Flickr user Jeremy Taylor.

Forget your excess baggage when you watch the sunset on Michigan’s Lake Michigan shoreline.

5. Free of Excess Baggage in the Outer Banks

North Carolina’s Outer Banks stretches 200 miles along most of the state’s coastline. While the eastern side faces the Atlantic Ocean, the western edge offers beautiful sunsets over Currituck, Albemarle, and Pamlico Sounds.

Forget your excess baggage when you watch the sunset over the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

The sun sets over the western shores of the Outer Banks. Image courtesy Flickr user bumeister1.

Forget your excess baggage when you watch the sunset over Albuquerque from the Sandia Mountains.

If the sunset alone doesn’t inspire you to start planning a visit, we offer our Bags VIP luggage delivery service at every major airport nearby. So there’s no need to haul around that excess baggage. Skip baggage claim and we’ll deliver your bags for you, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the view.

Pick 5: Forget Your Excess Baggage with a Stay at America’s Best Hotel Spas

Forget That Excess Baggage and Say Ahhhh

The Spa at Trump® at the Trump Hotel Chicago helps you forget your excess baggage and relax.

Trump Tower dominates the Chicago skyline.

What’s your vacation style? Some have a “go-go-go” mindset and want to visit every hotspot and tourist spot, while others want to forget their excess baggage, slow down, and relax. Many plan getaways to spa destinations with the intention of completely detoxing and recharging. We pick five hotel spas that will help relaxation-seekers rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul.

The Spa at Trump®, Trump Hotel Chicago | Chicago, Illinois
The Spa at Trump® offers 50 spa guest rooms with treatments like an ultimate urban body mask and gemstone-infused oil massages. Luxurious changing rooms with private steam, sauna, and deluge shower and their unique Spa Attaché service tend to your every need. Plus, it’s hard not to be inspired when relaxing before breathtaking panoramic views of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. >> Read more

The Cloister on Sea Island, Georgia helps you forget your excess baggage and relax.

The Cloister Spa allows for relaxation in a natural, coastal setting. Photo courtesy The Cloister Instagram feed.

The Cloister | Sea Island, Georgia
The Cloister is located on Sea Island on Georgia’s beautiful, mostly undeveloped coast. Considered one of the top resorts in the world, their Forbes five-star spa is also top-notch, 65,000 square feet of luxury and serenity. From personal treatments to training sessions, indoor pools to cycling classes and yoga, you can customize a day – or a week – that fits your needs. Even kids can get pampered with hydrating facials, private yoga, and body scrubs. >> Read more

The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch in Avon, Colorado helps you forget your excess baggage and relax.

The snow-capped Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. Image courtesy Ritz-Carlton on Pinterest.

The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch | Avon, Colorado
If you like to relax amidst mountain views, then consider a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch on Beaver Creek Mountain in the Colorado Rockies. The property boasts 180 guest rooms, skiing, golf, Wolfgang Puck dining, and the 21,000-square foot Bachelor Gulch Spa, rated four stars by Forbes. Their signature treatments are the Copper Tub Soak and Mountain Raindrop Therapy, which is said to inspire balance and harmony in the emotional body, relieving mental and emotional stress while restoring a sense of well-being. >> Read more

Travaasa Spa in Austin,Texas helps you forget your excess baggage and relax.

The Spa at Travaasa Austin. Image courtesy Travaasa Austin via Flickr.

Travaasa | Austin, Texas
Austin is home to one of two Travaasa properties (the other is in Maui), a brand that strives to recapture the magic of travel. Located in Texas Hill Country, the Spa at Travaasa Austin features 11 treatment rooms, including a couple’s room, as well as a hot tub and dry sauna. An infinity pool overlooks the serene and scenic hill country landscape. The Farm-to-Body Pumpkin Detox Body Wrap incorporates organic pumpkin grown from Travaasa’s own farm. >>  Read more

The at Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas helps you forget your excess baggage and relax.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Mandarin Oriental | Las Vegas, Nevada
The 47-story Mandarin Oriental rises above the Vegas Strip and offers 392 Asian-inspired guest rooms and suites, world-class dining and entertainment, and a spa second to none. Spread over two-levels, the 27,000-square foot spa boasts 17 treatment rooms including seven private couple’s suites, Chinese foot spa, relaxation lounges with views of the Vegas skyline, and heat and water experiences including steam rooms, a hammam, a laconium, vitality pool, ladies’ rhassoul, men’s sauna and an ice fountain. >> Read more

So go ahead and plan a stay at one of these hotel spas. And don’t worry about the hassle of shipping luggage or skis. Soon you’ll be asking, what excess baggage? Tell us your vacation style. Do you have a favorite spot where you like to unwind?

Pick 5: Top Eats at America’s Airports

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Tortas Frontera at Chicago O’hare International Airport. Image courtesy Westfield (www.chicagoT5.com).

Arriving at the airport early or staying for a long layover can be a good thing, especially if you are at one of a growing number of airports offering delicious dining options. From fresh seafood to Texas-style barbecue, we pick five airport restaurants so good you won’t mind if your flight is delayed. No need for luggage shipping. We’ll handle your bags, leaving you hands-free to grab a great meal.

1. Tortas Frontera | Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Rick Bayless is a master of the Chicago dining scene. So people were excited when he opened casual, quick-serve restaurants at Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s Terminals 1, 3 and 5, and rightfully so. From the Pepito (beer-braised beef short ribs, pickled jalapenos, Chihuahua cheese, black beans, cilantro crema, and arugula)

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Rave reviews for Tortas Frontera on Yelp.

to the Cochinita Pibil (pulled pork, black beans, pickled red onions, and roasted habanero salsa), their Mexican-style tortas are baked fresh on a griddle. Save room for the Guacamole Bar, which you can order “fully dressed” with bacon, pepitas, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers and Cotija cheese. All ingredients are locally sourced from farms and businesses throughout the Chicagoland area.

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The Salt Lick, Austin. Photo courtesy Flickr user Jessica Spengler.

2. The Salt Lick | Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
The Salt Lick has two freestanding locations in Austin and they are both incredibly popular. The smaller airport outpost has a less extensive, but equally delicious, menu. What’s your preference? Beef brisket? Sausage? Pork ribs? The Salt Lick does them all amazingly well, and serves them up alongside coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, and more. Take  your meal to go and be the envy of every other person on your flight. Tip: try the peach cobbler!

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Anthony’s Fish-Bar at SEA-TAC is a great spot for plane-spotting. Image courtesy Flickr user Cynthia.

3. Anthony’s Fish-Bar | Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Anthony’s is known for its fresh Northwest seafood. This locally owned company traces its history to 1969 when the first restaurant opened in Bellevue, Washington. Their food is sourced from fisheries committed to sustainable practices. And their location at Sea-Tac, while not on the water like most of their restaurants, provides panoramic views of Concourse C, so there’s always something interesting to see. Guests rave about the crab mac and cheese and the clam chowder.

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One Yelper’s rave review of Anthony’s at SEA-TAC.

Skip luggage shipping and use our services instead, leaving you free to enjoy Cafe Intermezzo at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Cafe Intermezzo is a popular layover stop at ATL.

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Cafe Intermezzo at ATL is always a popular stop for travelers. Image courtesy Flickr user thetalentedfool.

4. Café Intermezzo | Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Café Intermezzo has been delighting Atlantans since 1979. The European-style coffeehouse looks like a page out of nineteenth-century Vienna and is a great stop for weary travelers at ATL’s Concourse B. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even late-night offerings. From an extensive coffee, wine and cocktail list to numerous pastry options, Café Intermezzo is a great spot to unwind between flights. Their Strawberry Spinach with Goat Cheese Medallions Salad is very popular – strawberries, mango, red onions, and candied walnuts tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette, then topped with fried goat cheese medallions.

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Deep Blue Sushi at JFK International’s Terminal 5. Image courtesy Flickr user Jesse Curreri.

5. Deep Blue Sushi | JFK International Airport
JFK’s hip Terminal 5 has no shortage of dining options; our pick is Deep Blue Sushi, helmed by acclaimed chef Michael Schulson. The menu features sushi, tempura, yakitori and entrees like Shiso Lamb Chop with braised daikon. Visitors praise the tempura lobster roll, dragon roll, and sashimi tacos. The cool atmosphere is fitting for T5, designed by Eero Saarinen in 1962 for TWA and reopened after extensive renovations in 2008 as JetBlue Airways’ New York hub.

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Sushi offerings at Deep Blue Sushi at JFK. Image courtesy Flickr user Jessica Mullen.

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Deep Blue Sushi reviews on Yelp.

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