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Miami Beach Calls All Snowbirds to Enjoy a Tropical Getaway This Holiday Season

Snowbirds can easily escape the harsh winter weather and celebrate the holidays in sun-kissed Miami Beach with a number of festive events, luxurious, seasonal spa treatments, and fine holiday dining offers. There’s something for everyone in Miami Beach this holiday season—a city like no other place in the world.

“Spending time with friends and family during the holiday season takes on special meaning in Miami Beach. Travelers can find the perfect respite from cold weather and a variety of activities that will keep spirits warm and bright,” said Peggy Benua, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority and General Manager of Dream South Beach. “A number of events, hotels and restaurants are adding to the holiday cheer with special offers and experiences that can’t be found anywhere else.”

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On The Road for Christmas? Here Where to Eat Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2017

Not all of us will be home for Christmas, or comfortably seated with friends and family for a Christmas feast… some of us will be on the road.

Travelers looking for a holiday meal can find it quite difficult. You’re tired and hungry so you jump of an exit only to find that every restaurant is closed.

An increasing number of chain restaurants are choosing to remain open during the holidays, or at least opening for limited hours to meet customer demand.

Here’s out list of chain restaurants open for business on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2017.

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Plan a Winter Fun Road Trip to Michigan!

It’s that time of the year to bring out the coats, boots, gloves and hats, as well as the skis, snowboards, snowshoes, fishing rods, fat-tire bikes, ice skates and snowmobiles! Benzie County is ready to launch the winter season with activities that make winter in Michigan an outdoor paradise for snow lovers. From Crystal Mountain’s $11 million expansion, to enticing events and activities, Benzie County offers experiences to match everyone’s interest.

Skiing and Snowboarding at an award-winning resort
There’s no better place in the Midwest than Crystal Mountain for downhill skiing and snowboarding that was named among the “top ten best ski resorts for families in the U.S. and Canada” by Conde Nast Magazine in 2017. This season, they will debut their new $11 million expansion including 25 new suites, a Mountain Market, Bru bar, rooftop terrace, and new terrain park. And if you just want to relax in an award-winning spa, there’s that too.

Snowmobiling on 135 miles of trails that span Benzie County and beyond
If it’s snowing in Northern Michigan, Benzie County is a snowmobiler’s dream tour. With 135 miles of trails, riders can experience interesting terrain and the small towns and villages throughout the county.


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Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing on groomed trails and along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Benzie County offers 22 miles along the Betsie Valley Trail for cross country skiing, 30 km of well-groomed cross-country and snowshoeing trails at Crystal Mountain, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, as well as weekend guided snowshoe tours.

Fishing in Benzie County on 50+ inland lakes and rivers
Fishing on ice (weather dependent) or on shore takes place all year long in Benzie County which has over 50 inland lakes, including one of the biggest lakes in Michigan – Crystal Lake. Winter fishing guide services are available through Sports Fish Michigan.

To learn more about seasonal activities, events, and nearby award-winning wineries, distilleries, breweries, and unique restaurants, contact Benzie County Visitors Bureau at 1-800-882-5801 or see www.visitbenzie.com.


For more I-75 travel information, visit www.i75exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Michigan to Florida!

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I-75 Construction in Florida and Thanksgiving Work Suspensions

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following I-75 construction activities in Alachua and Columbia counties, including temporary suspension of work during the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Nighttime double lane closures from south of State Road 121 to just south of State Road 222 from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Tuesday for paving operations.

All work is suspended Wednesday, November 22, through Sunday, November 26, in anticipation of the large volume of traffic over the Thanksgiving holiday. Work will resume Monday, November 27.

  • Daytime lane closure at mile marker 416.5 Tuesday November 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All work is suspended Wednesday, November 22, through Sunday, November 26, in anticipation of the large volume of traffic over the Thanksgiving holiday. Work will resume Monday, November 27.


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Nearly 51 Million Americans Traveling This Thanksgiving, Highest in a Dozen Years

AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005 with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year. AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predict travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the optimal trip.

“Thanksgiving kicks off the start of a busy holiday season, and more thankful Americans will travel to spend time with friends and family this year,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season.”

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Roaring Springs Splashes Into Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Following an exciting record year full of new unforgettable natural connections, signature experiences, and entertaining seasonal events, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is excited to announce the Zoo’s most thrilling expansion to date with the launch of Roaring Springs – a wild, new water adventure, presented by Pinch A Penny.

Roaring Springs will allow guests of all ages to discover a hidden part of Florida full of adventure and thrills. Explorers will board a boat and gently drift along a crystal-clear spring, surrounded by native landscape and wildlife. The journey takes a sudden turn when the elevation drops. Guests will feel a rush of adrenaline as they experience a 3-story splashdown. The less adventurous can revel in a rip-roaring splash on the Canopy Walk, overseeing the attraction.

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For more I-75 travel information, visit www.i75exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Michigan to Florida!

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Near Peak Fall Foliage Colors Along I-75 in Michigan and Ohio

Ready for a roadtrip? This weekend is a great time to plan an I-75 fall foliage tour! Right now Central and Southern Michigan as well as most of Ohio are in the midst of near peak fall foliage color along the I-75 corridor.

In Michigan you’ll find near peak color from the Ohio state line northward on I-75 thru Monroe, Detroit, Troy, Auburn Hills, to Flint. Just about the entire length of I-75 in Ohio is showing spectacular color. Begin your roadtrip in Dayton and travel northward thru Sidney, Lima, and Findlay to Toledo. Great colors and plenty of opportunities to take an exit and explore the more rural countryside.

What’s cool about viewing fall colors from the Interstate? The experience is totally different in either direction. Drive north on I-75, turn around and head south and you’ll see a whole new perspective right before your eyes! You can easily spend several days exploring small towns and villages directly off the Interstate exits along the way.


For more I-75 information, visit www.i75exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Michigan to Florida!

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Foliage Colors Nearing Peak Conditions in Northern Michigan Along I-75

Planning a fall foliage roadtrip? Some of the most breathtaking fall foliage vistas in the country can be found along I-75 in Michigan and the Upper Peninsula regions. These areas will be showing near peak colors in just a week or two!

You’ll find near peak fall foliage colors from Lansing northward thru Mt. PleasantGrayling, Gaylord, St. Ignace to Sault Ste. Marie in Canada.

What’s cool about viewing fall colors from the Interstate? The experience is totally different in either direction. Drive north on I-75, turn around and head south and you’ll see a whole new perspective right before your eyes! You can easily spend several days exploring small towns and villages directly off the Interstate exits along the way.


For more I-75 information, visit www.i75exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to America’s Interstate 75. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Michigan to Florida!

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September is Shoptember in Sarasota Florida

This September, visitors to Florida’s Sarasota County can enjoy deals and specials at area shopping locations during the “Shoptember” promotion. Visit Sarasota County (VSC) is joining with retailers, shopping districts and more throughout the region to promote deals and offerings.

“This is the second annual Shoptember program,” says Virginia J. Haley, CDME, President of Visit Sarasota County. “September is historically a slower period for many of our tourism partners including shopping districts. Similar to our other successful promotions such as Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week and Sarasota Summer Stage that drive business during needed time periods, we aim to bring awareness of shopping districts and their offerings and ultimately drive visitation to these shopping amenities during this need period.”

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Georgia DOT Limits I-75 Lane Closures During 4th of July Weekend

To ease 4th of July holiday weekend traffic congestion, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on Interstate Highways from noon on Friday, June 30 to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5.

“As people head to festivities like parades, barbecues and fireworks, we expect heavy traffic” said Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer John Hancock “By restricting lane closures, we hope drivers will encounter fewer delays and less stress.”

Safety is always a primary concern. The Department reminds motorists that crews may still work in proximity to highways; and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place. Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route. Whenever you approach a work zone: slow down; allow extra
distance between vehicles; read signs; obey road crew flaggers; and expect the unexpected. Work zone safety is in your hands.

Georgia DOT urges drivers to Drive Alert Arrive Alive – to always buckle up, stay off the phone and focus on driving.

In the event of a crash or breakdown, GDOT advises motorists to never get out of the car on a freeway,  unless your life is in imminent danger. If possible, pull off the road, turn on your hazard lights and stay seat-belted in the vehicle with the doors locked.

For HERO assistance in metro Atlanta or CHAMP service on highways in other regions of Georgia call 511, a free phone service that provides real-time statewide information on Georgia’s interstates and state routes, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays due to inclement weather. Callers can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit GuideI-5 Exit Guide,  I-10 Exit Guide , and I-95 Exit Guide.