Dine and fly with Maverick

Las Vegas-based Maverick Helicopters has a new tour combining a top culinary experience with a flight over The Strip.


The company has teamed up with Lip Smacking Foodie Tours on its Savory Bites & Neon Lights tour, to offer guests an exclusive tasting at five prominent Las Vegas restaurants followed by Maverick’s popular Vegas night flight.

The five-hour experience begins at ARIA Resort & Casino and includes a guided tour to each dining venue, reserved seating and up to four signature dishes at each restaurant.

Guests can expect to visit acclaimed culinary destinations such as Chef Michael Mina’s Bardot Brasserie, Chef Shawn McClain's Sage at ARIA and Chef Costas Spiliadis’ Estiatorio Milos inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

A tour host guides guests through the menu and the food they are enjoying.

After dining, guests are transported to Maverick Helicopters’ private Las Vegas terminal where they are greeted with a champagne toast before their 12- to 15-minute bird’s eye view of The Strip. After their flight, a limo coach then takes them back to their hotel.

Maverick flies more than 200,000 guests annually out of four locations: Las Vegas, Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon West Rim and Maui, Hawaii.


Heroes in demand at Kennedy

Visitors to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida can relive the stories of NASA’s pioneering astronauts.


The tales of those who dared to explore humanity’s greatest frontier is revealed at the new Heroes & Legends attractions.

The experience sees guests embark on a journey that begins with an exhibit designed to spark thought and discussion about how society defines ‘a hero’.

Then, through cutting-edge technology, interactive elements and engaging exhibits, they get to know the men and women of America’s early space programme who bravely made space exploration possible.

Visitors experience the dawn of the space age with astronaut pioneers through a mix of 4D multi-sensory theater and actual artifacts including a Redstone rocket suspended overhead along with the Sigma 7 capsule and a close-up look at the Gemini 9 capsule.

The keynote exhibit of Heroes & Legends is the Astronaut Hall of Fame® presented by Boeing, which uses interactive technology to connect guests to each of the nearly 100 astronaut inductees.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, located east of Orlando, brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space programme in a myriad of ways designed to appeal to all age groups, offering a full day or more of excitement for the whole family.


Frontier vine in Washington

Washington State is best known for its mountains, lakes, forests, beaches and coasts – but it is also dotted with vineyards.


Across 14 unique growing regions, more than 70 grape varieties are cultivated in the state, including Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.

Its winemakers and grape growers live and work in small towns, where old homes, beautiful barns and converted mills reflect the American west.

When stopped in a tasting room, the person you see walking in the vineyard, driving a forklift or opening bottles behind the counter is often the owner or winemaker.

Frontier Travel has a new five-night self-drive wine tour that features Yakima, Snoqualmie Falls, Prosser - areas that are home to many superb wineries where visitors can drop in for a tasting.

Prices start from £560pp (based on a May departure), including car hire from Seattle and five nights' hotel accommodation on a room-only basis (two sharing a room).

Flights start from £538 with Virgin Atlantic on the new direct Heathrow-Seattle route, which started on March 26.


W puts the wow into Vegas

The W Las Vegas is looking to quickly establish itself as the leading ‘lifestyle hotel’ in Las Vegas after its grand opening last month.

W Las Vegas

Described as an ‘elevated hotel-within-a-hotel’, the one-of-a-kind experience offers guests a distinctive experience that begins when they arrive at the W’s signature Living Room lobby.

And evoking a sense of past Vegas glamour, the Living Room bar was inspired by casino gaming tables, while intimate seating nooks nod to the hotel’s original mid-century incarnation as ‘The Sahara’ hotel.

Behind the bar, a neon art ‘desert garden’ by artist Keith Lemley transforms the space from day to night.

Artfully curated design details abound through the hotel, including an elevator lobby lined with playing cards from the original Sahara casino; an art installation behind the front desk made from poker chips that were hand-signed by workers who built the hotel; a Boardwalk-style fortune teller named Booker Glam who issues words of wisdom to curious guests; and Phillipe Starck-designed guestrooms that feature a 'cheeky interpretation' of luxury hospitality, as well as signature W bedding.

Other features include a Spa, a 24-hour fitness center and WET and a rooftop pool.


Flying high in Florida Keys

The Florida Keys is promoting a wide range of thrilling aerial adventures that provide a bird’s-eye view of the subtropical island chain.


Parasailing over John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, flying through the air strapped to a jetpack called the 'Jetlev Flyer', riding in a vintage World War II biplane or falling through the Sky at 120mph on a tandem skydive are all ways visitors can get an adrenalin rush and an alternative appreciation of the region’s natural beauty.

Purely America has eight nights in the Florida Keys from £1,479pp, valid for travel for two adults during September 2017.

The price includes four nights at the Playa Largo Resort & Spa in Key Largo followed by four nights at Oceans Edge Key West Hotel & Marina, together with return Virgin Atlantic flights from Heathrow to Miami and economy car hire.

The deal is based on two adults travelling and sharing room-only accommodation.


Arizona hotel's Native look

The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, in Chandler, Arizona, is looking to attract more UK visitors.


The 500-room hotel, which is built on an Indian Reservation and is Native American owned, is positioning itself as an alternative to properties in nearby Phoenix and Scottsdale.

“We are a great family resort that is an ideal choice for both couples and families. British visitors love the Native American theme we have running through the hotel. The architecture, design, art and legends of the Pima (Akimel O'otham) and Maricopa (Pee Posh) tribes are celebrated in every detail,” said Anissa Sternard, the hotel’s Travel Industry Sales Manager.

Located just 11 miles from Sky Harbour International Airport, Phoenix, the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass offers two top dining experiences and plenty of activities with a western theme.

Its signature restaurant, Kai, is the only AAA Five-Diamond dining experience in Arizona, while a second restaurant, Ko’Sin, serves up dishes based on a fusion of American and Arizona desert cuisine.

Aji Spa has 17 treatment rooms and a menu of Native American treatments.

“We offer the only authentic Native American spa menu in the U.S. and our Indigenous Collection features treatments and activities designed and practiced by Aji's Pima and Maricopa Cultural Caretakers,” said Sternard.

Activities include two 18-hole golf courses, River Boat Adventures (stand-up paddleboard, kayaks, water bikes and paddle boats), an equestrian club and four pools with cascading waterfalls and a 11-foot waterslide.

Phoenix Premium Outlets is located five minutes from the hotel and other nearby attractions include Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse and Wild Horse Pass Casino.