Macerich shops in Philly

Macerich Shopping Centers & Fashion Outlets will open a major new retail centre in Philadelphia on September 19.

Macerich

Described as the region’s first ‘metropolitan destination shopping experience’, Fashion District Philadelphia combines flagship brands and designer outlets with dining options, entertainment, art and culture.

Spanning three city blocks, the largest cohesive retail project in downtown Philadelphia is connected to popular Reading Terminal Market, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and Jefferson Station on Market Street.

It is also close to other areas popular with tourists such as Independence National Park and the Fashion District.

Fashion District Philadelphia offers a line-up of off-price, fast-fashion, traditional full-price and branded outlet stores.

Brands include H&M, Century 21, Burlington, Forever 21, Nike, Asics, Zales, Columbia, Francesca’s, Levi’s, and Skechers, as well as City Winery, Round 1 Entertainment, Candytopia, and Wonderspaces.

Macerich Shopping Centers & Fashion Outlets are located in major U.S. destinations and range from intimate outdoor settings to some of the largest regional centers and high-calibre outlets in their respective states.

Agents can take advantage of commissionable shopping packages and a Visitor Savings programme that offers significant discounts at most retail centres.

They can request a customized, downloadable voucher to provide to their clients at the website below.

MacerichTourism.com

Seaworld ready for plunge

Construction has begun on one of SeaWorld San Diego’s most ambitious new attractions to date.

Seaworld

Due to open in summer 2020 is what the park says will be the tallest, fastest and longest ‘dive coaster’ in California.

The initial phase of construction, which started last month, involves preparing the site for the installation of the ride’s foundation and utilities.

The dive coaster, to be located adjacent to the Journey to Atlantis ride, will also be the only floorless dive coaster in the Golden State.

Riders, with their feet dangling in the air, will be suspended on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride (which will climb to 153 feet) before plunging down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop, accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour.

During the two-minute ride, visitors will also experience heart-pounding inversions, a barrel roll and Immelmann loop, a hammerhead turn and a flat spin as they race along nearly 2,500 feet of track.

Each of the floorless ride cars will hold 18 riders in three, six-person rows.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc’s brands, across 12 U.S. destination and regional theme parks, include SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Aquatica, Sesame Place and Sea Rescue.

seaworldparks.co.uk

 

Wine and water in New York

Key destinations and attractions in New York State have joined forces to encourage visitors to plot a five-day trip across the regon.

Wine and water

Wine, Water & Wonders of Upstate New York is a suggested five-day, four-night self-drive itinerary that travels from from New York City, at the southernmost point of the state, to Buffalo and Niagara close to the border with Canada.

Visitors would then fly back to the Big Apple from Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

A spokesperson for Wine, Water & Wonders of Upstate New York said the route allows visitors to enjoy a combination of rolling countryside and charming American towns.

Recommended key attractions along the way include the Corning Museum of Glass, to watch glass-making demonstrations and make your own glass shapes; the scenic Finger Lakes region, with its many wineries and quirky shops; Rochester, the home city of Kodak,The Strong National Museum of Play (which houses the largest collection of toys, games and dolls in the world); and Niagara Falls, to experience the thrill of the falls aboard the Maid of the Mist or feel the spray of the falls by taking the Cave of the Winds tour.

“It’s just a four-and-a-half hour drive from new York City to Corning, a route that takes you through the Catskill Mountains. Corning is the southern gateway to the Finger Lakes with its more than 100 wineries surrounded by 11 pristine spring-fed lakes, along with stunning parks and waterfalls."

They added. “From Corning it is a short drive to Watkins Glen State Park, one of our most popular visitor destinations because of the scenery of the 19 waterfalls and the gorge itself. In the village of Watkins Glen there are dining and boat excursions. And Rochester is a vibrant city with fun museums, markets, craft breweries and distilleries and great restaurants."

winewaterwonders.com

Complete Alaska a real deal

Complete North America has a nine-night Alaska option that showcases the raw beauty and indigenous wildlife of the USA’s largest state.

Alaska

The nine-night Grand Alaska Escorted Tour, which takes in both scenic wonders and wildlife like grizzly bears and humpback whales, sees guests touring by sea, land and rail.

The tour sets off from Anchorage, on a cruise on Prince William Sound, with visits to Fairbanks and Denali before a train ride on the Alaska Railroad back to Anchorage.

The following day sees guests travelling through the Matanuska Valley to Valdez on one of Alaska’s Scenic Byways.

There’s also a cruise through majestic Prince William Sound, to explore the three-mile face of the Columbia Glacier; a drive north to Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway, the oldest and arguably most scenic of all Alaskan routes; a sightseeing tour of the gold mining town of Fairbanks, with a stop at the University of Alaska Museum and a cruise on the Chena River aboard a classic Sternwheeler; a ‘safari’ in Denali National Park, looking for bears, moose, caribou, and sheep; and a day in Talkeetna.

Possible activities Talkeetna include flightseeing tours, river tours, ziplines and fishing for salmon. There are also several quaint shops, local breweries and restaurants.

The tour, which ends back in Anchorage, is priced from £3,459pp, including flights and accommodation in tourist-moderate class hotels (2.5 star).

completenorthamerica.com

United ups premium product

United Airlines has a new premium travel experience on its service between London and New York.

United

The airline now offers more United Polaris Business Class seats and United Premium Plus seats on each of its five daily departures from Heathrow to New York/Newark.

Its reconfigured 767-300ER aircraft features 16 additional all-aisle-access Business Class seating, a more than 50% increase – bringing the total count to 46 every flight. The aircraft will also feature 22 United Premium Plus seats, United’s new Premium Economy experience.

The United Polaris Business Class experience also features revamped award-winning United Polaris lounges in select hubs to luxury bedding and skincare products on board.

The newly launched United Premium Plus seats are located closer to the front of the aircraft, directly behind Polaris.

Customers travelling in this Premium Economy seat will receive Premier Access check-in, priority boarding, complimentary checked bags, an upgraded dining experience, an amenity kit, Saks Fifth Avenue bedding and more.

Elsewhere, United Airlines is to expand its service between Heathrow and Denver to a daily year-round beginning November 2 2019.

Flights leave Heathrow at 10:05 and arrive into Denver at 12:50.

The return flight leaves Denver at 16:35, arriving into Heathrow at 08:25 the following morning.

united.com

Palm Springs looks forward

California’s desert oasis, Palm Springs, is gearing up for a big year of new openings and celebrations in 2020.

Palm Springs

Landmark events include a major multi-purpose cultural plaza, the 15th staging of the city’s iconic Modernism Week event and the arrival of two new hotels.

The new downtown Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza will feature a cultural museum, art gallery, gathering plaza, landscaped gardens and a walkable outdoor Oasis Trail complete with meditation labyrinth.

The site will also be home to the Agua Caliente Spa and Bathhouse, which will offer treatment rooms, outdoor mineral pools, men’s and women’s bathhouses, a tranquillity garden, fitness centre and salon.

Visitors will be able to sign up to a wide-range of experiences and learning opportunities, which will convey the values and legacy of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

Meanwhile the 15th anniversary of the city’s Modernism Week festival, which showcases Palm Springs’ design heritage and modernist culture through a series of events, will run from February 13-23.

Highlights will include the Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour, the Frey House II Tour, Frank Sinatra’s 'Twin Palms' Estate Tour and The Best of Mod with a Twist series.

Two major new hotels - Andaz Palm Springs and the Welwood Hotel – are both due for a 2020 opening.

The Andaz Palm Springs, which will start welcoming guests early in the year, will offer great views of the city and the San Jacinto Mountains, while the Welwood Hotel will pay homage to the city’s first hotelier, Dr Welwood Murray.

Previously known as the Ivy Palm Resort, the hotel is currently undergoing a full renovation.

Palm Springs is located around 100 miles east of Los Angeles.

visitpalmsprings.com