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Year of the Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is 75 years old in May 2012 Photo: Alamy

The ultimate (travel destination) for me would be one perfect day in San Francisco.  It’s a perfect 72 degrees, clear, the sky bright blue.  I’d start down at Fisherman’s Wharf with someone I really like and end with a romantic dinner and a ride over the Golden Gate Bridge.  There’s no city like it anywhere.  And, if I could be there with the girl of my dreams, that would be the ultimate.  ~Larry King

 

In May 2012 San Franciscans will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. On May 27, 1937 is when this iconic International Orange landmark opened to the public.

In addition to The Golden Gate Festival, the year-long 75th anniversary features:

  • 75 Tributes to the Bridge, a series of public programs being presented throughout the year by Bay Area museums, cultural centers, universities, arts organizations, children’s groups, and others.
  • Construction of a new 3,500-square-foot Bridge Pavilion to serve as a welcome and interpretive center and to provide a museum store featuring a wide range of commemorative and interpretive Bridge merchandise;
  • Renovation of the historic Round House into a program staging and visitor education center;
  • Upgrades to the Bridge Café, including a new menu with locally sourced and sustainable items;
  • A “green screen” photo area where visitors can picture themselves in dramatic and publically inaccessible Bridge locations, such as the top of the tower;
  • New personally guided Bridge tours, including the first-ever night tours, utilizing the latest in audio technology; and
  • Enhancements to the Bridge Plaza and the adjacent national parklands, trails and overlooks within Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA).

Read More about The Golden Gate Festival, the year-long 75th anniversary from the press release about the celebration.

Image by: Anje Vela

Golden Gate Bridge Turns 75
Seventy-five years later, the bridge still sports that signature burnt-sienna hue. What is changing is the visitor experience. In coming weeks, major enhancements will be unveiled in celebration of this landmark anniversary. A sprawling waterfront festival is set for May 27, and commemorative events will continue throughout 2012….USA Today Travel

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San Francisco: peace and love and the bridge they said could not be built
Joseph Strauss, the chief engineer, spent years battling for his vision of the bridge they said could not be built. It required a feat of engineering to cross the two-mile strait of fierce tides and currents, strong winds and regular blinding fog. What was then the world’s longest suspension bridge…Telegraph UK

Image by: Anje Vela

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Oklahoma City, OK 73132
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About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Travel Tidbits – The best hotels in Wales

The best hotels in Wales
Four of the best places to stay in Wales, from classic country house hotels to restaurants with rooms… Telegraph (London)

 

 

 

Seven irresistible country retreats
When you want to get away from it all, few places satisfy like the countryside… USA Today

 

 

 

 

Bolzano surrounded by the Alps. Photo: Andrew Bain

A cultural guide to Bolzano
A cultural guide to a city that boasts churches, frescoes and a 5,300-year-old man… Telegraph (London)

 

 

 

 

 

Portuguese island of Madeira and its namesake wine
Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago located about 400 miles off the coast of north Africa… Yahoo Travel News

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’ll find your heart in San Francisco
Even if you only have only one evening you can still enjoy the most romantic city on the U.S. west coast… Globe and Mail

 

 

 

 

Stay The Night: Hotel Lone, Istria
The classic Istrian hotel of the Seventies was the unlikely cue for this high-design property… The Independent

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:
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About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Bridges Around The World

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Henderson Waves Bridge

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Tower Bridge – London, UK

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Banpo Bridge (South Korea): The Fountain Bridge

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Travel Tidbits – Planning an African Safari

San Francisco: City by the Bay is abloom with floral festivals
Talk about flower power… LA Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mouse ears or keggers for spring break?
Check out seven hot spots and uncover what’s new and happening… USA Today

 

 

 

 

Planning an African Safari
An African safari is a true adventure An African safari is a true adventure … IndependentTraveler.com

 

 

 

 

48 Hours: Hollywood
Make this iconic district your base for a weekend of celebrity-spotting in glamorous LA… The Independent

 

 

 

 

10 great places to be hosted by celebrities
You don’t have to walk the red carpet to soak up the celebrity experience this Oscar season… USA Today

 

 

 

 

Italian hilltown is a historic gem
The ancient hilltown of Civita di Bagnoregio in central Italy is a favorite of European travel specialist Rick Steves… Seattle Times

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
415.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Travel Tidbits – Buenos Aires: city of passion

The Karen Blixen Museum in the author's original home, Nairobi. Picture: Susan Kurosawa Source: The Australian

Nairobi confidential
The sense of bush adventure comes early: there are zebras behind the fences at Nairobi airport and mobile phones’ global roaming pops up as Safaricom… The Australian

 

 

 

 

 

China’s flourishing Nanjing is fueled by youth and art
Thanks to a combination of young entrepreneurs, large numbers of university students and revitalization efforts, today’s Nanjing has an air of youthful exuberance that would have been unthinkable only a few decades ago… Seattle Times

 

 

 

Georgia: Blessed in a big-hearted country
A surprising welcome in a former Soviet republic that may be economically poor but has many other riches… Telegraph (London)

 

 

 

 

Buenos Aires: city of passion
Buenos Aires is often billed as the Paris of the South, and it certainly has the appropriate sophistication… Telegraph (London)

 

 

 

8 Unique Tours
Eight tours for people who don’t like tours… IndependentTraveler.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alcatraz, a blooming garden spot
The flower beds that once served as colorful buffers for the notorious former prison site known as the Rock have been restored thanks to the efforts of the Alcatraz Historic Gardens Project… LA Times

 

 

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:
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Travel Tidbits – 36 Hours in San Francisco and other destinations

36 Hours in San Francisco
San Francisco typically wows visitors with its heights or its sights… New York Times

 

 

 

36 Hours in Milan
With new museums and restaurants, and an ambitious center-city development nearing completion, the future is already on display in Milan… New York Times

 

 

 

Jeppe Wikstrom Johner

Jeppe Wikstrom Johner

36 Hours in Stockholm
During the long days of summer, Stockholm moves outdoors, an easy feat since water and parkland make up nearly two-thirds of the city… New York Times

 

 

 

36 Hours in Bologna
Vibrant, independent and home to one of Europe’s oldest universities, Bologna is a dynamic counterpoint to more popular, touristy cities like Rome and Florence… New York Times

 

 
36 Hours in Cape May, N.J.
At the southernmost tip of New Jersey, where the Garden State Parkway’s exit numbers wind down to zero, Cape May, one of the oldest seaside resorts in the nation, has welcomed vacationers for more than 200 years… New York Times

 

 

36 Hours in Honolulu
The city brims with summer’s delights: overflowing farmers’ markets and lei stands, and Hawaiian music spilling onto beaches from oceanfront lounges… New York Times

 

 

To plan your trip today:
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World’s 10 best cities for foodies

 

  1. London, for offal
  2. New York, for pork
  3. Portland, Oregon, for punk locavorism
  4. Singapore, for street food
  5. Shanghai, for dumplings
  6. Barcelona, for tapas
  7. Sydney, for modern Thai
  8. Melbourne, for restaurants that look like bars
  9. Naples, for pizza
  10. San Francisco, where modern eating began

To read more: World’s 10 best cities for foodies

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California Dreaming In 1964: Arthur Tress’ San Francisco

Reaffirming My Faith in Humanity, One Pedal at a Time

Travel Tidbits – 10 great places for stadium food

10 great places for stadium food
Gone are the days when dinner at the ballpark meant peanuts and Cracker Jack… USA Today

 

 

 

 

America’s Best Cities for Foodies
Readers pick the best cities for foodies, where that next great meal can come from a celebrity chef or the back of a truck… Yahoo Travel News

 

 

 
Sushi on a cruise ship? One line shakes it up
Norwegian Cruise Line is revamping the sushi eateries that are a hallmark of its ships…. USA Today

 

 

 

 

Irish hotels for food lovers
Four of the best hotels in Ireland for gastronomes… Telegraph (London)

 

 

 

 

An Open invitation to Eat in Copenhagen
A covered market with treats all around brings a square in the Danish capital to life… New York Times

 

 

 

 

Top 10 foodie destinations
TripAdvisor has compiled its inaugural foodie lists for around the world, so USA TODAY TRAVEL has compiled a photo gallery of the top-ranked hotels in each of the destinations… USA Today

 

 

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