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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Aug. 10

Colorado is promoting a variety of late summer vacation deals and packages for families, odd sea creatures tantalize visitors at the Oregon Coast Aquarium now through December, and USAirport Parking offers valet parking service at Denver International Airport.

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Last Chance to Save Big on a Colorado Summer Family Adventure

Colorado is promoting a variety of end-of-summer great getaways that focus on recreational vacation deals and packages, with many complimentary features tossed in.

Below is a sampling of cool Colorado summer vacation packages.

  • Families Save Big at the Broadmoor. The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is offering a two-night Family Connection package starting at $479 per person (double occupancy). The package includes two nights' accommodations, $125 resort credit, one hour horseback trail ride or two-hour Jeep Tour, bicycle and/or paddle boat rental (one hour daily), and complimentary access to The Broadmoor movie theater. Plus, children 10 and under eat free from the children's menu when accompanied by a paying adult. www.broadmoor.com

  • The Westin Westminster Water World Family Weekend. Spend a wet and wild weekend at Water World, one of America's largest family water parks. This package includes deluxe accommodations for four at the Westin Westminster plus four tickets (2 adults and 2 children) to Water World, starting at just $195 per night. www.westindenverboulder.com

  • Travel Back in Time at Mesa Verde National Park. Explore the awe-inspiring cliff dwellings and more than 4,000 ancient sites that bring you into the heart of the fascinating culture of the Ancestral Puebloan people at Mesa Verde National Park. Enjoy two nights standard lodging at the newly remodeled Far View Lodge, two seats on the half-day Cliff Palace/Mesa Loop ranger-guided bus tour, and a full American breakfast buffet for two each morning. Prices start at just $369 double occupancy. www.visitmesaverde.com

  • Glenwood Canyon Resort Stay and Play Adventure Pass. Escape to Glenwood Springs and enjoy a family vacation you'll be sure to remember. Now guests can purchase three fun adventures for one great price with the Stay and Play Adventure Pass. Explore Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, with an all-inclusive ride pass including tram ride to the top of Iron Mountain. Soak in the famous Hot Springs Pool, and enjoy a half-day river adventure through Glenwood Canyon. Adults $86, children $66 (12 and younger). www.glenwoodcanyonresort.com

  • A Fish Tale Sized Deal at the Three Rivers Resort. Three Rivers Resort in Almont is the perfect getaway for fishing. The resort's Orvis-endorsed outfitting service offers its fly-fishing school for anglers of all ability levels. Choose one day or multiple days. A basic package starts at $395 per person (double occupancy) and includes two nights' lodging in a modern riverfront cabin, one full day of professional fly-fishing instruction and all fishing equipment. www.3riversresort.com

  • Celebrate 80 Years of the Royal Gorge Bridge. In honor of the year the bridge first opened for business in 1929, the Royal Gorge will be celebrating with a special promotion price of $19.29. "Awe" doesn't begin to describe visitors feel when walking or driving across the Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in the world and an unforgettable quarter-mile journey. www.royalgorgebridge.com

  • Hot Air, Cool Water. Mountain Whitewater Descents offers vacationers a day they will never forget. Experience complete serenity in the morning with Windracker Balloon Adventures on a memorable hot-air balloon ride. In the afternoon, enjoy a rafting trip. The package includes a rafting trip, balloon ride, rafting equipment rentals, a t-shirt and ballooning certificate for just $270 per person. www.raftmwd.com/packages

  • Adventure Opportunities Abound in Winter Park. Take the Zephyr Express chair lift up to the 10,700-foot summit in Winter Park and then choose your adventure: race down the mountain on Colorado's longest Alpine Slide, measuring 3,030 feet long with 26 linked turns, or check out the 50 miles of mountain biking trails. An all-day Adventure Pass allows access to all activities and more, for $49 per person. www.winterparkresort.com

For more deals, visit the Colorado Tourism Office Hot Deals website, www.HotDealsColorado.com, which provides travelers with easy access to 400-plus vacation deals from across the state.

Odd Sea Creatures, Artful Glass Tantalize at Oregon Coast Aquarium

Two and a half tons of intricate and colorful blown glass art serve as both habitat and playground for unusual forms of sea life showcased now through December 2009 at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Ore.

Called "Oddwater," the exhibit gets its name from hundreds of strange or odd sea creatures that most people never see in the ocean, unless they are scuba divers, or even at many other aquariums.

For example, mottled brown sting rays move silently around vivid glass sea stars and flat, pale blue "dishes" lovely enough for home display. The exhibit is especially attractive to children because it encompasses the touch pool where visitors can gently stroke the barbless string rays.

In another tank, the display includes ruffled glass bowls in strikingly bold colors of lime, electric blue and orange. An oddly attractive lion fish floats between yellow and magenta disks attached to a blown glass cylinder. And in yet another tank, a wildly exciting glass piece featuring multiple hot orange arms, attracts a bevy of strange fish.

Mixing art and sea life is not unheard of but its creators believe this is one of the largest and longest-running exhibits in the United States, not to mention one of the most unusual.

The collection of about 450 separate pieces of glass was blown in just eight months and is valued at $60,000, according to Ryan Bledsoe, the Edge Art Gallery's owner. The Edge created all of the pieces at no cost to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

"The exhibit changes frequently, which makes it interesting for us and for visitors who return again and again," Bledsoe said.

Open every day of the year except Dec. 25, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is located off Highway 101 in the historic coastal fishing village of Newport, Ore., at 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road.

Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend; winter hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., after Labor Day weekend and up to Memorial Day weekend. For more information, visit
www.aquarium.org or call (541) 567-3474.

New Valet Service launched at USAirport Parking at Denver International

USAirport Parking at Colorado's Denver International Airport announced the introduction of Valet Parking to its parking lot at Tower Road and 81st Avenue - just north of Pena Boulevard.

Customers can now drop off their cars and step straight onto a shuttle bus service - saving valuable time before their flight.

A long-time Colorado parking leader and the largest off-airport parking facility in the world with nearly 8,000 spaces, USAirport Parking adds Valet service to its full-service menu which already includes uncovered and covered parking, free shuttle buses every five to seven minutes, on-request oil change services and complimentary tire inflations and battery jump-starts.

USAirport Parking features both uncovered economy parking at less-than-airport rates (currently $1 less for each day of parking) and covered parking to protect cars from hail, ice and sun ($4 less than each day of parking in DIA's garage).

Valet customers will have the option of having their car parked in either uncovered or covered parking, and will only pay a slight added charge for the Valet services; the total Valet cost will be 2/3 less than the daily rate charged at Denver International Airport's valet lot.

To use Valet services, customers simply follow the green Valet signs upon entering the lot to where the attendant will quickly inspect the car's condition and issue a claim check. When a customer returns home to DIA, they can make a brief call to the office and their car will be made ready for arrival. Shuttle bus drivers radio-in the Valet claim number to prepare the car as well.

All current coupons and discounts will be honored for Valet, including the 25 percent Corporate Discount Card, Frequent Parker punch card, and King Soopers. AARP and AAA card discounts (see the Web site for details at
www.usairportparking.com) Any Free Day certificate holders will only pay the Valet fee, and the day of parking will be at no charge.