SOURCE: lastminute.com

March 05, 2008 19:28 ET

lastminute.com Highlights Five Spring Break Destinations You Never Wanted to Visit... Until Now

From Tallahassee, Fla. to Boise, Idaho, Editors Offer Tips on Finding Family Fun in Seemingly Lackluster Places, All on-the-Cheap

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 5, 2008) -


News Facts

-- lastminute.com, a leading travel and lifestyle site, found five
   seemingly dull destinations that spring-breakers never wanted
   to visit.
-- Due to high travel volume and record high airfares, families who haven't
   booked yet may not get their top destination pick at a price they can
   afford, giving them good reason to explore other possibilities.
-- Though they may SEEM lackluster, visiting places that aren't known as
   Spring Break "hot spots" comes with some bragging rights:
   -- You can start a trend as the only person in your circle to have
      vacationed there.
   -- There's no need to take out a second mortgage -- these places are
      budget-friendly.
   -- You don't need a whole week to get to know many of these
      destinations, so you can save by taking a shorter break.
   -- The kiddos will really appreciate it when next time you take them
      somewhere they actually want to visit.

Highlighted Spring Break Destinations

-- These five destinations you never wanted to visit are begging for the
   chance to shed their lackluster images, and make for entertaining, cheap
   Spring Break getaways:

   -- Tallahassee, Fla.: Often called "The Other Florida," Tallahassee
      evokes a sense of Southern-hospitality that can't be found anywhere
      else in the state. Drive along its oak-lined streets to one of the
      sprawling plantations, or visit the Capitol buildings for a glimpse
      of the city's deep-rooted history. To experience the outdoors, try a
      hunting or fishing expedition or just relax on one of the nearby
      beaches.

   -- Pittsburgh, Pa.: Celebrating its 250th birthday this year, Pittsburgh
      has managed to modernize its city-center and maintain its historical
      charm. Visit the Andy Warhol Museum or catch a show at Cabaret
      Pittsburgh, a premier nightspot. Sate your desire for seclusion with
      a side trip to Pittsburgh's countryside, where you can explore its
      iconic covered bridges, wineries and trails.
      (Activities link: http://www.lastminute.com/activities/Pittsburgh)

   -- Milwaukee, Wis.: "Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!"
      The popular TV show Laverne and Shirley called attention to the
      breweries that built this city, but Milwaukee has since shed its beer
      baron image. Take the family to Maple Sugar Days (March 15-16), or
      visit Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, the Betty Brinn Children's
      Museum or the International Clown Hall of Fame.

   -- Fort Worth, Texas: It is said that Fort Worth, Texas is "where the
      West begins," so it's no surprise to find cowboy culture everywhere.
      Explore the Stockyards National Historic District for a bit of local
      flavor, and don't miss the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Ride on Puffy,
      a 1896 Steam locomotive that travels along the historic Cotton Belt
      Route, or indulge in Tex-Mex cuisine at Joe T. Garcia's for the best
      alfresco dining in town.
      (Activities link: http://www.lastminute.com/activities/FortWorth)

   -- Boise, Idaho: Even though it's known mostly for its potatoes, Boise
      boasts an outdoor playground worth bragging about. Explore the Boise
      River Greenbelt, stretching 25 miles down the river, or hike the
      nearby trails. City slickers yearning for some culture should head
      to Grove Street, a.k.a. Basque Block. There, visitors can explore
      the Basque Museum to learn how Boise became home to the largest
      Basque population in the country.
      (Activities link: http://www.lastminute.com/activities/Boise)

Quotes

Attributed to Jennifer Gaines, contributing editor for lastminute.com

--  We admit it. The destinations on your travel wish list are probably a
    bit sexier.
--  But, venturing off-the-beaten path inspires spontaneity and adventure
    with plenty of surprises and attractions found in the most unlikely of
    places.
--  To get the most bang for your buck when booking last-minute travel,
    shop by theme (e.g. beach, international, etc.) instead of by a specific
    destination and look for a package that includes a flight, hotel, taxes and
    fees.
    

Please contact Ashley Johnson (ashley@vollmerpr.com / 972-488-4790), Vollmer PR, to arrange an interview and/or for more information.

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