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Avoid Excess Baggage Woes When Traveling to LAX

Big things are happening at Los Angeles International Airport. LAX is in the midst of a multi-billion dollar development program focused on sustainability initiatives that will promote energy efficiency and work to lessen environmental impact. To make the airport easy to navigate amidst all these changes, a series of LAX construction videos provide parking alternatives and tips on avoiding the busiest airport times. If you’re traveling through LAX and want to avoid excess baggage woes, consider using our Bags VIP luggage delivery service.

If you have excess baggage, use Bags VIP as an alternative to shipping golf clubs or shipping luggage and avoid LAX construction hassles.

“LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal” by Prayitno Photography via Flickr.

What’s New and Exciting at LAX

If you have excess baggage, use Bags VIP as an alternative to shipping golf clubs or shipping luggage and avoid LAX construction hassles.

Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner, at LAX. Image courtesy Flickr user Prayitno Photography.

The new Tom Bradley International Terminal opened last September, and features new retail, dining, and gate areas. Other recently completed projects include the renovation of Terminal 6 and major airfield improvements designed to accommodate the new large aircraft that many airlines are now flying into LAX, aircraft like the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner.

Major renovations and infrastructure upgrades will take place in all of the other terminals, the centerpiece of which will be a seven-story “Great Hall” with soaring windows for natural lighting and an artistic aluminum roof.

Tips for Traveling with Excess Baggage

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Pick 5 | Food Worth Traveling For: Burgers Edition

What do we grill on the most American of holidays? Burgers. They are the quintessential American food, often consumed in fast food fashion. But a really great hamburger should be savored, preferably with a side of fries or onion rings. We’ve picked five that are worth traveling to…and worth slowing down for. And if you’re planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage – use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and head to a great restaurant the moment you land.

If you're planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use Bags VIP luggage delivery and head to a great restaurant the moment you land.

Holeman & Finch. Image courtesy T. Seng via Flickr.

1. Holeman & Finch Public House | Atlanta, GA
This Buckhead public house prepares 24 double patty cheeseburgers each day, and quickly serves them at 10:00 each evening to those who have reserved theirs during normal table service. A bullhorn announces, “It’s burger time!” and frenzy ensues. The patties are a mixture of grass-fed chuck and brisket and topped with American cheese, pickles, onions, and homemade ketchup served on a house-baked bun. Your best bet to nab one is to come to Holeman & Finch’s Sunday brunch, where the prized burgers are served in abundance. >> Visit their website

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The Spotted Pig. Image courtesy Rasmus Knutsson via Flickr.

2. The Spotted Pig | New York City, NY
Locally sourced, seasonal British & Italian dishes are on the menu at this West Village gastropub. The Michelin-starred restaurant, owned by Jay-Z and Bono, among others, is manned by celebrity chef April Bloomfield. The star of the menu is the chargrilled burger with Roquefort cheese and shoestring fries. >> Visit their website

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Father’s Office. Image courtesy LWYang via Flickr.

3. The Father’s Office | Los Angeles, CA
The Office Burger’s shape is different from a traditional hamburger – longer and flatter – and it’s served on a sub sandwich-type roll, with caramelized onions, bacon, arugula, an applewood-bacon compote, and both Gruyère and Maytag Blue cheeses. Ketchup lovers beware, however; the condiment is not welcome at The Father’s office. >> Visit their website

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Perini Ranch Steakhouse. Image courtesy Dave77459 via Flickr.

4. Perini Ranch Steakhouse | Buffalo Gap, TX
Ten miles from Abilene, the Perini Ranch Steakhouse is located on Tom Perini’s family ranch. For more than thirty years, it has served as home to what many consider the best chuck wagon-style food in America. The steakhouse half-pound burger is topped with Cheddar or provolone cheese, grilled mushrooms, green chiles, and onions. >> Visit their website

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Ray’s to the Third. Image courtesy christaki via Flickr.

5. Ray’s to the Third | Alexandria, VA
Ray’s to the Third in Rosslyn serves steak cuts aged in-house, hand-trimmed, ground fresh all day, and loosely hand-formed. Clever, upscale toppings include seared foie gras, roasted bone marrow, and grilled onions and mushrooms sautéed in sherry and Cognac. Their Hell-Burgers (as they are known) are so famous that a pin-board near the front door asking, “Where in the world did you come from to get your Hell-Burger?” is crowded with pins from all over the world. >> Visit their website

What burger would you add to this list? Share your favorites below!

Pick 5 | Olympic Destinations You Should Visit

The XXII Olympic Winter Games are underway in Sochi, Russia! In honor of the festivities, we look back at five U.S. cities that have hosted the Games. A visit to each of these destinations is steeped in tradition. Follow the steps of the Olympians who made history here. If you’re planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage – use Bags VIP luggage delivery and start the Olympic fun the moment you land.

1. Lake Placid, New York
The legendary U.S. men’s hockey team defeated the Soviet Union on its way to winning the gold medal at the 1980 games in Lake Placid. Today, the Olympic Center hosts public ice skating. The Lake Placid Olympic Museum tells the story of how the sleepy mountain town came to host the Games in both 1932 and 1980. Whiteface Mountain offers 360-degree views of the Adirondacks and, beyond, the Montreal skyline when the skies are clear. Skiers flock here in the winter; in the summer, Whiteface Mountain offers gondola rides, hiking and biking.

If you're planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use Bags VIP luggage delivery and start the Olympic fun the moment you land.

Beautiful year-round, Lake Placid hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. {image courtesy Peter C in Toronto Canada via Flickr}

2. Los Angeles, California
The Los Angeles Coliseum plays host to the USC football team every fall. It hosted the Olympic Games twice, in 1932 and 1984, and is a National Historic Landmark. The Olympic Cauldron is still lit during the fourth quarter of USC games and for special occasions, such as during the Olympics. The Rose Bowl, used for cycling in 1932 and soccer in 1984, and also a landmark, is the home of the New Year’s Day game of the same name and the UCLA Bruins.

If you're planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use Bags VIP luggage delivery and start the Olympic fun the moment you land.

The Los Angeles Coliseum {image courtesy jondoeforty1 via Flickr}

3. Atlanta, Georgia
Opened for the 1996 Games, Centennial Olympic Stadium hosted a variety of events, including the opening and closing ceremonies. The stadium was renamed Turner Field after the festivities and is now the home of the Atlanta Braves (at least through 2016 when the Braves will move out of downtown Atlanta). The 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park also opened in 1996 and welcomes millions of visitors a year because of its close proximity to the World of Coca-Cola museum, Georgia Aquarium, a children’s museum, CNN’s world headquarters, and SkyView Atlanta, a 200 foot Ferris Wheel. The park features an interactive fountain and children’s splash pad in the shape of the Olympic rings that move to synchronized jets and lights.

If you're planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use Bags VIP luggage delivery and start the Olympic fun the moment you land.

Centennial Olympic Park in Midtown Atlanta {image courtesy Roberty Neff via Flickr}

4. Olympic Valley, California
Located on the west side of Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley was home to just two families when local residents bid on the 1960 Olympics. Today it welcomes more than 600,000 visitors each year who come to take on the KT-22, which has been called the best lift in America. It climbs 1800 vertical feet in the first six minutes and is not for the faint at heart.

If you're planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use Bags VIP luggage delivery and start the Olympic fun the moment you land.

Sunset at Squaw Valley {image courtesy Steve Jurvetson via Flickr}

5. St. Louis, Missouri
The first U.S. city to host the Olympic Games was St. Louis back in 1904, in conjunction with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Francis Field opened just in time for the Games and is currently home to the Washington University in St. Louis track and field, soccer and football teams. Glen Echo County Club is the oldest 18-hole private golf course west of the Mississippi River. It was the second and final appearance of the sport at the Olympics (until they debut again at the 2016 Summer Games).

If you're planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use Bags VIP luggage delivery and start the Olympic fun the moment you land.

Historic Glen Echo Country Club {image courtesy Bridgian via Wikimedia Commons}

Pick 5 | Places to Ring in the New Year

ring in new year pinterestFor auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Another year has come and gone. If you’re ready to ring in 2014 in style, consider traveling to one of these destinations that celebrate New Year’s Eve right.

Las Vegas Strip. Image courtesy Marco Verch via Flickr.

Las Vegas Strip. Image courtesy Marco Verch via Flickr.

Las Vegas
Virtually every club in Vegas has special New Year’s Eve parties. The Strip is closed to automobile traffic. And fireworks light up the sky. From an outdoor concert on Fremont Street to a VIP party at Stratosphere Tower to exclusive fireworks viewing atop Paris Las Vegas’s Eiffel Tower Experience, there are plenty of opportunities to party up to and after midnight. And what happens there, well, you know. >> More

Key West
Key West’s New Year’s Eve festivities include a conch shell drop, high-heeled shoe drop, pirate wench drop, and a key lime wedge drop! There are parties with live music and dancing throughout the island, many of which spill onto Duval Street and down to the waterfront. >> More

New Year's Eve in New Orleans. Image courtesy Bart Everson via Flickr.

New Year’s Eve in New Orleans. Image courtesy Bart Everson via Flickr.

Los Angeles
Like Las Vegas, L.A.’s hotspots have ticketed parties featuring everything from full dinners to black-and-white-only attire. Want to try multiple locations? Pub crawls let you visit up to half a dozen parties. Check out fireworks at Disneyland, Universal CityWalk, and Long Beach. >> More

New Orleans
The Big Easy boasts an annual fleur-de-lis drop, breathtaking fireworks over the Mississippi River, and live entertainment in Jackson Square on New Year’s Eve. Many Bourbon Street clubs offer ticketed parties. Or take a river cruise on a paddle wheeler with entertainment, food and beverages, and great views of the fireworks. >> More

Times Square New Year's Celebrations. Image courtesy Anthony Quintano via Flickr.

Times Square New Year’s celebrations. Image courtesy Anthony Quintano via Flickr.

New York City
The world’s most famous New Year’s countdown takes place in Times Square. Many parties and pub crawls culminate near the ball drop. From Billy Joel in Brooklyn to a midnight run in Central Park, there is no shortage of ways to ring in 2014 in the Big Apple. >> More

5-4-3-2…what are you doing New Year’s Eve? Where will you be at midnight?