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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Dec. 28

The Las Vegas Monorail will remain open on New Year’s Eve for visitors; The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau is encouraging visitors to think of Yosemite National Park as a great destination in the winter; and Galveston Island, Texas readies for its 99th Mardi Gras Galveston celebration Feb. 5-16.

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Las Vegas Monorail Will Remain Open on New Year's Eve

While Sin City is hosting several hundred thousand revelers on New Year's Eve, the Las Vegas Monorail will continue to transport people from one end of the Strip to the other, even when Las Vegas Boulevard closes to vehicles and buses.

Visitors looking to get to the city's hottest spots safely, quickly and efficiently can use the Monorail to travel the length of the Strip in just 15 minutes.

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"Visitors who use the Monorail can spend less time traveling and more time celebrating, and best of all - we'll do the driving for you," said Ingrid Reisman, vice president of corporate communications for the Las Vegas Monorail.

The Las Vegas Monorail Company offers a ticket type to suit every traveler's needs: a $5 Single Ride Ticket; $14 Unlimited Ride Day Pass and a $30 Unlimited Ride Three-Day Pass.

With trains arriving every few minutes, riders can glide above the crowds from one party to the next and easily connect to Las Vegas' world-famous restaurants, clubs, shows, shops, hotels and casinos.

As the rooftop fireworks displays are commencing the start of a new year, the Las Vegas Monorail will continue to offer reliable, non-stop service until 3 a.m.

For more information on the Las Vegas Monorail or where to purchase tickets, call (866) 4-MONORAIL (866-466-6672).

Have Yosemite National Park to Yourself in the Winter

The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau is encouraging visitors to think of Yosemite National Park as a great destination in the winter as well as the summer months, saying the snowy months offer an amazing time to explore.

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"Winter in Yosemite is truly something special," said Dan Cunning, CEO of the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, located near the southern entrance to the park, one of the busiest gateways. "The park is always beautiful, perfect for an amazing vacation experience. The scenes during the winter months, however, are something out of a painting."

The weather in the park draws a lot of photographers to try to capture the spectacular scenery during winter months. Local photographer Pat Althizer, who offers photo safaris in the park, took some images after a recent snowfall that took advantage of the unique lighting that occurs in the park.

"I was at the swinging bridge photographing the snow on the granite cliffs and the Merced River," she said. "I turned and was shooting a backlit ice-filled tree in the middle of the river and all of a sudden the snow kind of broke off and hit the tree, and it was like magic, creating this angelic look. Yosemite in the winter for me with the glistening light through the ice and snow is like magic."

Guests also enjoy lighter crowds during the winter months, which Yosemite officials say makes for a more personal experience. "Winter in Yosemite is completely different than summer. It's like a completely different park," said Kari Cobb, spokesperson for the park.

Madera County, California's Gateway to Yosemite, offers additional attractions to explore. "Many people come through the county on their way to the park, and end up spending more time here than they expected with all there is to see and do," said Cunning.

Galveston Island Readies 99th Mardi Gras Celebration

The legendary revelry of Mardi Gras Galveston returns Feb. 5-16, 2010 to Galveston Island, Texas for its 99th celebration.

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The island will come alive with 10 extravagant parades, more than 50 galas and festive events, bead throwing, exhibits, live entertainment, and the best Gulf Coast cuisine. Island favorites, the Philadelphia Mummers, will also be returning to perform at various Mardi Gras functions and parades.

As one of the most popular annual events to take place in Texas, Mardi Gras welcomes more than 200,000 visitors to partake in laughter, celebration and people watching. Mardi Gras Galveston offers something for everyone including a beachfront carnival, day and night parades, shopping, and nightly entertainment in the Historic Downtown.

"Mardi Gras Galveston is a fun event for the whole family," said Lou Muller, executive director for the Galveston Island Park Board. "With a variety of activities taking place all across the Island people can be a part of free parades and bead catching or splurge on a luxury gala."

As part of the family entertainment, there will be a number of beachfront and Strand parades ranging from the lavish Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade, Krewe of Gambrinus and Krewe of Aquarius parades; Fire truck Parade, Krewe of Barkus and Meoux (pets and their owners), Children's Parade (kid size floats with small fry bead throwers), Bicycle Parade and Truck Parade.

Galas will include the Annual Treasure Ball Pageant, benefiting Galveston Catholic Schools; Special Peoples Ball, benefiting people with special needs; and Royal Krewe of Barkus & Meoux, benefiting the Galveston Island Humane Society. In addition, there will be the renowned San Luis Costume Contest and a whole host of black tie galas at the San Luis Hotel and Resort and the Tremont House.

One of the most popular participants of Galveston Island's annual celebration, the Philadelphia Mummers, will return in full regalia to the pre-Lenten festivities. Dressed in brilliant ornate costumes, the 45-member group of strings, banjos and horns, will lead off the Mardi Gras festivities and perform during various events.

Visit
www.mardigrasgalveston.com for more information on Mardi Gras Galveston 2010.

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