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Attention Travelers: SF's Bay Bridge to Shut Over Labor Day Weekend

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Around 280,000 cars cross the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge each day—over twice the number that use the Brooklyn Bridge. Without the Bay Bridge, there is no way to drive from the East Bay to San Francisco. That is unless you plan on taking the scenic route through Marin County or down across the Dumbarton or San Mateo Bridges, doubling the journey to several hours in some cases. Unfortunately, these will be the only options this Labor Day weekend when the Bay Bridge shuts down tonight at 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. Tuesday, September 8 as part of an extensive seismic retrofitting project that includes rebuilding the entire eastern span of the bridge.

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Fly from NYC to West Coast on Virgin America for $109!

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Ready to ditch the humid summer heat of the East Coast? Hankering to go on a foodie tour of San Francisco’s North Bay or dine at some of the World’s Best Oyster Bars in the Bay Area or Seattle?

Good news, because West Coast airfares from New York City on Virgin America airlines (voted “Best Domestic Airline” in T+L’s 2009 World’s Best Awards) just dropped to $109 each way. Offers are good to these West Coast cities, and more:

*Las Vegas
*Los Angeles
*Orange County
*San Diego
*San Francisco
*Seattle

The $109 fare is available for travel on Monday-Thursday and Saturdays between Aug. 28-Nov.18, Dec. 2-16 and Jan. 6- Feb. 10 (Friday and Sunday flights cost an extra $25). Tickets are on sale through September 8, but book quickly as certain flights may sell out.

For more information or to book, visit Virgin America.

Lyndsey Matthews is an editorial intern at Travelandleisure.com


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The Willis Tower: Whatchoo Talkin' About?

The Chicago Tribune recently asked locals and tourists alike for directions to the Willis Tower. Most couldn't pick it out on a map. Even cab drivers had never heard of the building. That's because last Thursday, the Sears Tower officially changed its name to the Willis Tower.

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