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Flying into Beautiful Tampa

You'd be hard-pressed to find a destination as well-rounded as Tampa, Florida. For sports fans, Tampa has teams in three professional leagues--the NHL, NFL, and MLB--and that is just the beginning. Art buffs can take in the city's many fine museums, foodies can savor Ybor City district's famed Cuban sandwich, outdoor lovers can bask on the beach, and party animals can enjoy some of the best nightlife on the east coast.
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Affordable Airlines Flying to and from Tampa

Nineteen different airlines fly to and from Tampa International Airport (TPA), serving 75 non-stop destinations. The airline transporting the most TPA passengers is Southwest Airlines,* with an average of 97 daily flights to over 30 destination cities. Tampa is a hub for Silver Airways, which offers cheap flights in and out of Northeast, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic destinations as well as the Bahamas. Delta is another option, and, as a bonus, Delta has a Sky Club in TPA, complete with private carrels with desks, a bar, and plentiful power outlets for recharging.

Regardless of the carrier you choose, a few simple tricks can help you minimize the cost of your tickets to Tampa. First, studies show that airfares are cheapest on Tuesday at 3 PM EST, so buy then. Similarly, Wednesdays are historically the cheapest day to fly because domestic flights are the emptiest. Finally, the Airlines Reporting Corporation found that passengers save an average of six percent on airfares if they book 42 days in advance.

Getting to and around Tampa

If Tampa is your ultimate destination, Tampa International is the fastest and most convenient airport through which to fly. Other nearby international airports include Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport in Feather Sound. However, the Tampa airport has much more affordable fares and will save you money on ground transportation as well since it's closest. Ground transportation options at TPA include taxi and limo services, regional transit, and rental cars offered by companies like Avis, Hertz, and National.

When to Visit Tampa

Tampa has fun-filled, culture-packed events going on year-round, and Florida weather is enjoyable in almost any season, so the right time to visit depends mostly on your travel budget and interests. If low-cost flights and hotels are your main concern, consider booking your trip for late summer or early fall, as the peak summer travel season will have ended. The key is to book before the winter visitors flood in and before spring break madness begins.

In terms of events, if you visit in the early winter, you can catch events like the Outback Bowl (a New Year's Day college football game) and the Florida State Fair in February. In the fall, you can look forward to Guavaween, a Latin-themed Halloween celebration that takes place in Tampa's Ybor City as well as the free Latin Fest to honor Hispanic Heritage Month. You can also catch a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game at Raymond James Stadium in the fall.

What to Do and See in Tampa

The ways to experience Tampa are endless. Classic tourist attractions include Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Lowry Park Zoo, and the Florida Aquarium. You can also learn more about Tampa's heritage at the Tampa Bay History Center, which offers three floors of exhibitions covering 12,000 years of Florida history. Art enthusiasts won't want to miss the Tampa Museum of Art, which opened its new building in 2010 and is the largest museum of its kind in the region. Last but not least, sports nuts will appreciate the fact that Tampa almost always has a professional game going on--baseball from March to October, football from September to January, and hockey from October to April.

Common Routes in and out of Tampa

Not surprisingly, the routes to and from Tampa tend to pass through large east-coast cities. The busiest domestic route from TPA is Atlanta, flying almost one million passengers annually on the 1.5-hour flight. Other popular domestic routes include Charlotte, NC (1.5 hours); Dallas, TX (2.5 hours); and New York, NY (2.75 hours). TPA offers the quickest access to the city, as it is just six miles from downtown. Affordable lodging near TPA includes the Tampa Airport Marriott and Tampa Airport DoubleTree.

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