To honor Veteran’s Day, Travelzoo is highlighting the Best Military Towns, along with the best hotel discounts for members of the military that you may not know exist.
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Travelzoo’s senior editor Gabe Saglie and his team of travel experts have uncovered the best historic military towns across the U.S., and why you should consider to visit.
1. West Point (the Citadel)
* Interesting Fact: West Point is the oldest continuously operated Army post in the United States. American soldiers first occupied West Point on January 27, 1778.
2. Annapolis (Naval Academy)
* Interesting Fact: The first college football game between the U.S. Military Academy (Army) and the Naval Academy (Navy) was played on Nov. 29, 1890.
3. Colorado Springs (Cadet Chapel)
4. Honolulu (USS Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor)
* Interesting Fact: Estimated 1.5M people visit Pearl Harbor every year to pay their respects.
5. Louisville (Ft. Knox)
6. Dayton (Wright-Patterson Airforce Base)
7. Washington (Arlington National Cemetery or any of the major war memorials)
* Interesting fact: 400,000+ people from 11 countries are buried at Arlington. The partial remains of the seven astronauts who died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986, are buried at the cemetery.
8. San Diego (USS Midway Museum)
9. Charleston (Ft. Sumter or the Citadel)
10. Pensacola (National Naval Aviation Museum)
Top 5 Hotel Brands Offering a Military Discount
As you begin to plan your next trip, book smarter with these top 5 military discounts that Travelzoo’s Gabe Saglie says are not often publicized by hotels but do exist.
1. Hilton Hotels
* Including Hampton Inns & Suites, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites and Homewood Suites brands
* These all offer government rates to active and retired military personnel (10% off) and has its own booking page to make these reservations.
* A nice feature of its website is a booking engine that’s searchable by nearby military bases.
* 3,600 locations have discounted room rates, and also offer special promotions for leisure travel.
* Go to Marriott’s Find A Hotel page and select “Government/Military” from the “Special Rates” dropdown to see available offers. Discounts vary depending on hotel & date but are between 10% – 40% off.
3. Choice Hotels
* This company owns Comfort Inn, Econo Lodge and other brands with more than 2,700 discounted locations.
* The company created the Choice Privileges Armed Services<>
* Allow qualified vets, active members and their families to join its rewards program at the Elite Gold level. Discount is around 15% off.
4. Best Western Hotels
* There are more than 4,000 Best Western hotels in more than 80 countries. 10% off discount
* Allows bookings online or over the phone for its discounted rates.
5. Disneyworld & Disneyland Resort Hotels
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