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BBQ and the 4th of July! Identifies the Best Cities to Enjoy Food and Festivities this Independence Day

Chicago, IL, June 27, 2007 - The heat is on this Fourth of July, with fired-up grills and lit-up skies expected all across the United States., a leading online travel agency that knows "the less you pay, the better it feels™," has commissioned its Destination Experts - travel authorities stationed throughout the country - to identify the top cities for BBQ this Independence Day.

Benefiting from their expertise and utilizing the CheapTickets Summer Hotel Sale, BBQ-lovers can fly or drive to cities near or far this July 4th, enjoy authentic BBQ and experience the best all-American festivities during the cherished national holiday.


CheapTickets' hotel booking data ranks the top 10 BBQ destinations for the July 4th holiday as nominated by the online agency's Destination Experts. The ranking identifies where people are headed this Independence Day for food and fun and includes CheapTickets' favorite joints for tasty BBQ in each respective city.

¹BBQ destinations were nominated by CheapTickets' Destination Experts and ranked using CTIX hotel booking data. Rankings are based on CheapTickets bookings as of 6-18-07 for arrivals 7-3-07 through 7-6-07.
²Average Daily Rate was calculated by taking the average price of 3-star hotels in the listed markets purchased on through 6/24/07 for arrivals 7/3/07 through 7/6/07.


Last-minute planners can still find an affordable getaway this Fourth of July with the CheapTickets Summer Hotel Sale. It is not too late to fly somewhere special or to gas up and drive to a local city near you! BBQ-fans and travelers of all persuasions will receive $50-off qualifying hotel and package (hotel plus air) bookings of three or more nights on (and noted by the CheapTickets "Best Price Guarantee" icon). Customers must book their travel using promotion code CTXSUMMER by July 8, 2007, and travel is valid through September 3, 2007.


CheapTickets' Destination Experts have eaten their way through some of the country's best BBQ to identify their favorites for this July 4th. More than a few sauce-stained shirts later, CheapTickets' travel gurus highlight their favorites for 2007. Let their hard work (ok, who are we kidding?) be your guide.

New York City - The Big Apple is big on food - and BBQ is no exception. Dinosaur B-B-Que is a much-loved Harlem establishment that offers mouthwatering fare, complemented by live music and the restaurant's picturesque setting under the Riverside Drive bridge. For Independence Day festivities, visitors can head to the East River, where Macy's Department Stores and the New York Fire Department host an annual fireworks spectacular. The pyrotechnic display is accompanied by red, clear and blue water streams shooting 300 feet over the river thanks to the FDNY fire boats.

Chicago, IL to New York: Fly from Chicago to New York and stay 3 nights at the 4-Star Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers from $570 per person
Travel Dates: July 2-5

Washington, DC - Get saucy this July 4th in the nation's capital. Old Glory All-American BBQ offers traditional slow-cooked meats marinated in the restaurant's own homemade BBQ sauces and dry rubs. Tasty BBQ is not the only treat in store for visitors to Washington, DC this Fourth of July. The capital's nationally-renowned fireworks display is among the best in the country, with one of the most famous skylines as its backdrop.

San Diego, CA to Washington, DC: Fly from San Diego to Washington, DC and stay 3 nights at the 4-Star Jurys Washington Hotel from $587 per person
Travel Dates: July 2-5

Cincinnati, OH -Situated on the banks of the Ohio River, Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse is considered one of the best rib joints in the Midwest. The secret is in the sauce as our Destination Experts can attest. This Queen City jewel happens to be next door neighbors with the Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds. Celebrate Fourth of July while watching America's pastime and enjoy the fireworks display with every home run.

Atlanta, GA to Cincinnati: Fly from Atlanta to Cincinnati and stay 3 nights at the 4-Star Hyatt Regency from $478 per person
Travel Dates: July 2-5

Charleston, SC - Welcome to the Low Country, home of the sweetest tea and authentic "fall-off-the-bone" ribs. This year, spend Fourth of July tasting Sticky Fingers RibHouse's five original sauce flavors. Two Destination Expert favorites: Habanero Hot and Carolina Sweet! With appetite satisfied, head over to Patriot's Point where the South Carolina Aquarium will host fireworks overlooking the Charleston Harbor-Happy Birthday America!

Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Charleston, SC: Fly from Ft. Lauderdale to Charleston and stay 3 nights at the 4-Star Holiday Inn from $547 per person
Travel Dates: July 2-5

Little Rock, AR - It's all about the ribs at Corky's BBQ. Corky's distinctive, slow-cooked meats have been grilled to perfection over hickory wood and charcoal since 1984. Top off the night by heading to "Pops on the River", a July 4th concert by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Live music will accompany the fireworks display over the Arkansas River, offering the whole family a night of entertainment at the best price of all - free.

Denver, CO to Little Rock, AR: Fly from Denver to Little Rock and stay 3 nights at the 4-Star Holiday Inn from $547 per person
Travel Dates: July 2-5

Terms & Conditions:

*Book a qualifying hotel or flight + hotel vacation package -- indicated by a coupon icon -- between June 4, 2007, and July 8, 2007, for 3 or more nights for travel between June 4, 2007, and September 3, 2007, via CheapTickets("Qualifying Purchase") and instantly receive $50 off your purchase on CheapTickets through the use of the promotion code ("Instant Discount"). Only Qualifying Purchases made through July 8, 2007, by 11:59 p.m. CT shall qualify for the Instant Discount. Travel must be completed by September 3, 2007. Only one Instant Discount allowed per hotel room. Instant Discounts are not redeemable for cash for any reason. Once Instant Discount has been redeemed, it may not be returned or refunded for any reason. Any attempt at fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. CheapTickets reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion. In the event of any violation of these terms and conditions, CheapTickets reserves the right to not honor the Instant Discount, cancel your reservation, and pursue other remedies.

**Sample rates shown were accurate and available on on 6/25/07 for travel 7/2/07 - 7/5/07 and may not represent current prices because or real-time pricing booking engine is constantly updating prices and availability. Vacation package prices shown are for one adult, based on double-occupancy, include applicable taxes and fees, and will vary by selected day of departure, departure city, length of stay, hotel selected, hotel room category, and availability. $50 Summer Hotel Sale savings have not been applied to the package pricing.

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