News to Use
Here are some of the more interesting deals, websites and other travel tidbits that came across our desk recently:
U.S. citizens may apply for or renew their passport from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at any of the 25 passport agencies/centers, including in Chicago at 230 S. Dearborn St., 18th Floor. No appointment is necessary. For forms and information on what documentation and photos you need to present, go to travel.state.gov or call 877-487-2778.
Derby Experiences has a package for Chicagoans that makes going to the Kentucky Derby virtually painless, aside from the hit to your wallet. For $1,949 per person double occupancy, you'll get round-trip motor-coach transportation to Louisville, first-floor grandstand tickets for both the Derby and Kentucky Oaks, three nights' lodging, some meals and other amenities. 888-384-7088.
Casa de las Olas, a five-suite guest house at the southern end of Tulum beach on Mexico's Riviera Maya, is offering the OH! Food Workshop May 24-29. For $1,090 per person double occupancy, you'll get five nights' beachfront lodging, three days of Yucatan-inspired cooking lessons and various meals. tinyurl.com/amlp6y6
Cycle Greater Yellowstone is a fully supported 450-mile-plus ride Aug. 18-24 that begins in West Yellowstone, Mont., continues around the northern edge of Yellowstone National Park and concludes in Red Lodge, Mont., after climbing the Beartooth Pass. Cost is $995 per person and includes three meals daily, fully stocked rest stops, prime camping spots, hot showers, baggage service and live entertainment. 406-272-6900, cyclegreateryellowstone.com
The Suite Golf package guarantees golf fanatics a round on the legendary Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. Starting at about $3,270 per person double occupancy, the package also includes a round on the New or Jubilee courses, rounds on Kingsbarns and The Duke's, three nights' lodging, a 50-minute luxury spa treatment at Kohler Waters Spa and some meals. tinyurl.com/al67zvu
Liberty Travel has Las Vegas packages as low as $449 per person double occupancy, including round-trip air from Chicago and three nights' lodging at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Travel dates are April 22-25and must be booked by March 18. 866-280-8706, tinyurl.com/akb3orc
DB Bahn (German Railways) passes for travel among Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Hamburg are being discounted 20 percent through March 31. The deal is on five- and six-day passes, and travel must be completed by May 31. Purchase of one of the passes also will get you free city cards for any of those cities, which covers free transportation and a variety of discounts. tinyurl.com/cevrgpu
Enter to win a getaway to Chattanooga, Tenn., at chattanoogafun.com/contest. Check out seven reasons to visit northern Indiana this winter at tinyurl.com/a26xqkb.
The 2013 Illinois Travel Guide is available in PDF format, an iPad version or you can have a paper copy mailed to you by going to tinyurl.com/c9526au.
Find information on Africa safaris at safaribookings.com.
CruiseCritic.com has tips and information on ship cabins at tinyurl.com/af8nnyr.
The 2013 St. Louis Visitors Guide can be ordered by calling 800-916-0092 You also can view it or order it online at explorestlouis.com. For a sampling of eclectic book stores in Michigan, check out tinyurl.com/alzs2za.
The 54th Annual Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival will be March 9-10 in the Florida Gulf Coast city. fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com