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Plus, Names Top 30 Up-And-Coming Travel Destinations

CHICAGO, Aug. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --® turns 30! To celebrate three decades of sending budget-savvy travelers on great trips, is giving one lucky traveler and a friend a first-class vacation to one of the site’s 10 most popular destinations over the last 30 years: New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Cancun, Orlando, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hawaii, Riviera Maya or Punta Cana.1

That’s just the beginning of the 30th birthday celebration! Now through August 31, travelers can save up to 50 percent off on thousands of eligible hotels worldwide, plus an extra 18 percent off on select hotels using promotion code BIRTHDAYCAKE.2 Visit to get the party started!

“From its humble beginnings as a classified ad selling discounted airline tickets to its current position as one of the leading discount travel websites, has been making travel accessible—and easy!—since 1986,” said Hari Nair, vice president of “A big thank you to our customers for traveling with over the past 30 years. Throughout the next 30, we’ll continue to celebrate the brand’s ‘cheap is good’ mantra, and find innovative ways to help travelers take great vacations without breaking the bank.”

“PICTURE YOURSELF ON VACATION” GIVEAWAY is sending one lucky traveler and a friend on a first-class flight to one of the site’s 10 most popular destinations over the last 30 years. The winner also receives $2,000 in CheapCash for accommodations.

To enter, just “Picture Yourself on Vacation.” Here’s how:

  1. Now through August 28, visit and snap a pic of your best “resting vacation face”
  2. Virtually try on pairs of CheapTickets sunglasses that reflect our most popular destinations and pick your favorite
  3. Share your photo on Facebook or Twitter

But there’s more! Daily winners receive $500 in CheapCash that can be used on their next eligible hotel stay. Visit for complete terms and conditions.

While the classics are classics for a reason, there’s something to be said for these off-the-beaten path gems we predict will be the next big thing in travel.’s team of travel experts always have their fingers on the pulse of what’s new and noteworthy, and selected the 30 cities below as the up-and-comers to watch over the next 30 years.3 Learn more about these destinations on the Blog.

Zion National Park, Utah Great for hiking, backpacking, or just enjoying the view.
Oakland, Calif. A rising star featuring some of the best cuisine around.
Marathon, Texas Home to the darkest skies in the lower 48, making for great star sightings.
Bend, Ore. Skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer, a must-visit for the outdoorsy.
Jacksonville, Ore. Beautiful scenery, top-notch restaurants, and the annual Britt Festival
Louisville, Ky. Long history and thriving art scene, with plenty to do, see, eat, and drink.
Orcas Island, Wash. Superior whale watching, as well as kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, and boutique browsing.
Grand Rapids, Mich. Craft beer and art hub boasting the world's first LEED certified museum.
Cocoa Beach, Fla. Quintessential coastal town with outdoor activities, plus the nearby Kennedy Space Center.
Big Sky, Mont. Home to the country's largest ski resort, the basecamp for Yellowstone National Park.
Madison, Wis. Known for its famous cheese curds, impressive selection of craft beers and pristine lakes.
Portland, Maine Picturesque town with cobblestone streets, working fishing wharfs and shopping.
Deadwood, S.D. True western experience complete with saloons, rodeos and reenactments of Old West shootouts.
Woodstock, N.Y. Cultural mecca in the beautiful Catskills with incredible music and art galleries.
San Antonio, Texas Visit colonial museums, classes at the Culinary Institute or stops along the River Walk.
Cleveland, Ohio Vibrant and full of fun, with spots like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Cedar Point Amusement Park.
Burlington, Va. Home to Ben & Jerry's and Phish, and perfect for outdoor sports.
Pocono Mountains, Pa. Great for summer or winter, with skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking and even zip lining.
Minneapolis, Minn. Active arts scene with 30 theaters and great museums like the Minneapolis Art Institute.
Santa Fe, N.M. Gorgeous mountain city with a world renowned cultural scene and hundreds of art galleries.
Harpers Ferry, W.Va Right between the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, the perfect spot for watersports and hiking.
Fairbanks, Ark. Experience the Northern Lights, the highest mountain peak in the U.S., and the North Star ballet.
Mesa Verde, Colo. Home to thousands of archeological sites and hundreds of cliff dwellings.
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Named for its rejuvenating mineral springs, but has also become an arts and culture destination.
Page, Ariz. Observe Native American culture through traditional ceremonies, historic sites and unique art shows.
Isle Royale, Mich. National park surrounded by Lake Superior with beautiful scenery and outdoor adventures.
Solvang, Calif. Historic town with annual Danish Days in the winter and top wineries and tasting rooms year round.
Castle Lake, Calif. Home to the spectacular, crystal clear lake, which lies partially within a national forest.
Ste. Genevieve, Mo. Charming French-inspired town with historic homes and a number of vineyards and microbreweries.
Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Visit Dolly Parton’s amusement park, Dollywood, and the beautiful Smoky Mountains.

1 No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Must be resident of the US and at least 18 years of age. Ends 8/28/16. Enter for a Chance to Win. For official rules, click here.

2 BIRTHDAYCAKE Subject to the restrictions set out in these terms and conditions, the 18% promotion code may be applied to a qualifying stand-alone hotel (not a hotel booking in combination with any other product such as flight + hotel, or flight +hotel + car) booked online with between August 1, 2016 12:01AM CT and September 4, 2016 11:59PM CT, for 1 or more nights for travel between August 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016. Qualifying bookings instantly receive 18% off at check-out through the use of the promotion code. Limit one discount per hotel room and one promotion code per itinerary. Exclusions may apply and most major hotel chains are excluded. The promotion code cannot be redeemed against taxes, supplier fees, cancellation or change fees/penalties, administrative fees or other miscellaneous charges, which are the sole responsibility of the customer. Discounts are not redeemable for cash for any reason. Promotion codes are non-transferable, not for resale, and cannot be combined with other offers or used for any booking previously made. Any attempt at fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. CheapTickets reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion. Usual booking terms and conditions apply (see and all bookings are subject to availability.

3 Destinations were editorially selected by CheapTickets travel experts.

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