Quick travel-related news and notes on the places you like to visit:
WASHINGTON, D.C.: The W Washington D.C., the closest hotel to Barack and Michelle's house, is launching a new partnership with the Human Rights Campaign, called the Pride 365 Package. If you stay at the hotel anytime before May 31, you'll receive a free HRC membership, triple Starwood points, and the hotel will donate $10 the LGBT rights org.
HAWAII: Google teamed up with Hawaii's travel organization to offer the Google Street View Trekker on Google Maps and GoHawaii.com. You can now virtually hike Diamond Head, wander along Akaka Falls State Park, and explore many more unrivaled Hawaiian sites. The idea is to give travelers a preview of what it's like to explore Hawaii's natural wonders. Smells not included.
SAN DIEGO: March 21 marks the 50th anniversary of SeaWorld San Diego. The date coincides with the opening of Explorer's Reef, a "multi-million dollar renovation effort to the park's entrance that will not only make entering the park faster but also immediately immerse visitors in an undersea realm complete with sea life touch pools," according to a release.
PHILADELPHIA: The city of Philly is offering a Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, which includes a two-night stay for any two consecutive nights of the week at 20 hotels, a welcome gift, and free hotel parking. Philly hopes to entice folks from the Northeast to drive over to Philly for a weekend of food, culture, or a drag show at Voyeur (pictured).
PALM SPRINGS: The ninth annual Fashion Week El Paseo happens March 16-22 in Palm Desert, not far from P.S. With a dog fashion show, yoga classes by lululemon, and a cocktail party featuring past stars of Project Runway, this fashion week sounds more fun and less stuffy than those in New York and Milan.