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Best Travel Deals announces a roundup of travel deals for Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.

The King Center in Atlanta, GA, the state that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. called home, hosts a week of special events in honor of the civil rights leader's birthday.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, observed this year on Monday, January 17, students, families, and workers across the country will celebrate freedom and civil rights over a three-day weekend. What better way to experience the federal holiday than with a mini-vacation! Best Travel Deals has rounded up a list of travel deals good for traveling over MLK Weekend. Some of the following offers will take travelers closer to the action, featuring easy access to commemorative parades, Freedom Trail hikes, and tours of historic civil rights sites, while other deals will simply allow vacationers to enjoy their freedom and liberties by traveling to far-off destinations at a lower cost. Come celebrate the life of Reverend King with these great MLK Weekend travel deals.

There's no better place to celebrate Reverend King's birthday than in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. January 17, 2011 marks the 82nd birthday of this peaceful civil rights leader, and The King Center--the official living memorial dedicated to the legacy of MLK--has a full week of special events scheduled at various venues across the city. A 2.5 mile Youth Stop the Violence Run is set for January 8 (taking off from the King Center), and on January 13, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will present "A King Celebration Concert" at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel. Don't miss the Happy Birthday Dr. King party on the 15th held in the King Center's Freedom Hall, or the special book signing with the King Family on January 16 in the center's auditorium. When the big day finally arrives, the public will congregate for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church. For accommodations, check out our Atlanta hotel deals.

The Lathrop House B&B in Springfield, Massachusetts offers a unique opportunity to experience the Underground Railroad Adventure this MLK Weekend. For January and February bookings, the inn offers a third night free, as well as a 20% discount to all patrons who stay for two nights or longer, and can show a receipt from one of the nearby historic sites. Lathrop House is in the perfect location for visiting the Harriet Beech Stowe Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Tours provide an intimate glimpse into the life of the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Only a half hour away from this comfortable B&B is the Connecticut Freedom Trail, which allows visitors to tour buildings reported to have been used on the Underground Railroad, as well as gravesites, monuments and homes that represent the concept of American freedom. This deal is valid over MLK Weekend, and throughout February in honor of Black History Month.

January is the ideal month to participate in winter sports activities, and MLK Weekend is a great time to take advantage of cheap ski packages. Guests at the Smugglers' Notch Resort in Jeffersonville, Vermont will enjoy super saver pricing when they stay for five or more nights over the holiday weekend. The Club Smugglers' Base Package offers the lowest rates of the winter season, starting at $79 per youth (3-17 years old) and $109 per adult per night. The resort features mountainside condominium lodging, 3-mourtain lift tickets, indoor heated pool and hot tubs, a kid's FunZone gaming center and snow tubing opportunities. This deal is good for travel over MLK Weekend, and through January 29, 2011.

Take the family on a Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend winter getaway with Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). AMC offers a wide selection of outdoor adventure vacation packages available exclusively from January 14-17. Choose a scenic destination and stay at an AMC lodge in New Hampshire's White Mountains, or in Maine's Moosehead Lake region. Both areas offer doorstep access to winter hiking, snowshoeing and skiing trails. Rates for the MLK Weekend getaway start at $198.

Many families will take MLK Weekend as an excuse to escape the winter doldrums and head south for a few days. Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, South Carolina offers larger discounts for longer stays. Receive 15% off on one night, 20% off on two nights, and 30% off on three night stays. Rates over the holiday weekend start at $109 per night, and guests who stay for three or more nights will receive a $50 resort credit good for the resort's restaurant or spa. Good for travel through February.

Reflect, rejoice and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta, at an historic hot spot, or in the comfort and solitude of nature. Don't just sit at home during the extended holiday weekend, book one of these MLK Weekend travel deals today!

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