“World’s Greatest” a Great Way to See the City of Seattle

The World’s Greatest Seattle Walking Tour is the humble name for a two and a half hour tour around downtown Seattle, Belltown, and Pioneer Square. The tour takes you up close to the many sights of the City as your tour guide gives you insights about the characters and events that grew Seattle from fledgling backwater outpost to burgeoning 21st century city. Pike Place Market (watch out for flying fish), WTO riot, grunge, Nordstroms' headquarters, Pioneer Square, Belltown, Seattle Art Museum, the original Starbucks store, Klondike Gold Rush, Great Fire of 1889, Post Alley, the monorail, Smith Tower, the city's rich sports history, and more all help this walking tour earn its name. The tour starts at Westlake Park across Pine Street from a... (wait for it) a... Starbucks! How perfect is that? The World's Greatest Seattle Walking Tour is also now a part of the World's … [Read more...]

Moanalua Golf Club a Favorite for Locals and Aviators

To the many visitors who enjoy golf as part of a Hawaiian Holiday, it may seem surprising that golf only came to the Islands at the very end of the 19th Century. In fact it wasn’t until 1898 that Hawaii had its first course: the Moanalua Golf Club on Oahu. Moanalua is a beautiful course located about 25 minutes from the hotels on Waikiki, but despite its proximity to the many visitors to the Island, it remains a popular spot with locals. While a nine hole course, players can take advantage of two different sets of tees for an 18 hole experience. This allows for a “front” nine and “back” nine that offer different perspectives and tests. The greens and fairways are all of Bermuda Grass and the course is a par 36 over 2,972 yards. In describing the course, GolfNow says “With out of bounds on every hole, brisk trade winds and a stream that meanders through the course … [Read more...]

Go Oahu Card Review

Lisa Weber of Adventures and Discoveries Hawaii has used both a Go Oahu Card (a by-the-day, all-inclusive Pass for sights and activities in Oahu) and the new Custom Oahu Explorer Pass (pick what you want to see and do, it gets put on a custom Pass). As Lisa describes it, both save you money on tours, activities, cruises, and outdoor activities. But depending on your travel style, you may want to choose one over the other. Lisa's advice is that if your are a "very active vacationer" then the Go Oahu Card is probably the right bet. If on the other hand, the Custom Explorer Pass is the way to go if "you don’t want to rush around and make sure you get in as many activities as possible each day you can just pre-pick your activities and know you are getting a great, pre-paid deal." Go Oahu Card has 30 attractions that it covers, while the Custom Oahu Explorer … [Read more...]

Is Go San Francisco Card Worth It?

Lydie Thomas and her kids and took the Go San Francisco Card out for a two day test. She did a nice blow-by-blow write up of her experience (complete with photos). Getting a good jump on the first day, Lydie and her family hit the California Academy of Sciences, the neighboring de Young Museum, the Haas-Lilienthal House, the S.S. Jeremiah O’ Brien and the Wax Museum at Fisherman's wharf. On day two they took in the Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Cartoon Art Museum, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Children's Creativity Museum. Based on the photos, its looks like they had a lot of fun, and Lydie said in summing up, "I would definitely recommend the Go Card for San Francisco." You can read the full story HERE on the Travel is More Fun with Kids website or find it on SFGate.com (the web site of the San Francisco Chronicle). … [Read more...]

Get Ready for Chicago Gourmet 2010

Are you a foodie? If you are (actually, even if you’re not) you should thing about getting to Chicago’s Millennium Park September 24-26 for Chicago Gourmet 2010. You’ll be able to enjoy the city of Chicago's extraordinary flavors and share your interest in food and wine with renowned chefs, top restaurateurs, and well versed sommeliers. Food celebrities Rick Bayless, Graham Elliot Bowles, Cat Cora, Gale Gand, Stephanie Izard, Tony Mantuano, Carrie Nahabedian, Art Smith, and many, many others will be applying their skills to this spectacular celebration of food and wine. There are currently  95 chefs lined up to participate in demonstrations, educational seminars, book signings, and more. You can enjoy exclusive wine tastings and presentations with top sommeliers Frederick Dame, Alpana Singh, Serafin Alvarado, and others during the Grand Cru events. Plus there will be beer and … [Read more...]

Kennedy Space Center on “Top Ten Spots Every Kid Should See”

The folks at Shermans Travel have come up with a fun top ten list of "Spots Every Kid Should See." We're not the only ones who liked this idea: the MSNBC used a similar approach in a piece it did a couple of weeks ago. For those keeping score, Central Florida came out on top by taking two of the top ten on the Shermans Travel list. The Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral came in at number five while Orlando's own Walt Disney World took the number eight position. In noting the many great activities and learning opportunities at Kennedy Space Center (as well as fact that the last Shuttle launch is coming up), Shermans said "this one small step for the little ones is sure to guarantee one giant memory to last a lifetime." The top three on the list were (in order) the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York City, Boston's Fenway Park, and Glacier Bay National … [Read more...]

Food on Foot Tours Robbed of #1 spot on Top 10 List

TripAdvisor recently published its list of the top ten “sweetest attractions” in the U.S. The list was picked by TripAdvisor editors who got it all wrong. As always happens when anonymous "editors" make critical decisions on ranking, the safe pick always wins while fans are left to powerlessly gnash their teeth over the injustice that pervades our world. In this case the number one spot went to a perennial favorite: Hershey's Chocolate World, in Hershey, PA. OK, so it’s unclear if this list (or even one like it) has ever existed before, but if it had, you’ve got to believe the folks at Hershey would be on it given how long they have been at it and the fact that they have an amusement park and even a spa you can work into your visit to Hershey’s. So they will be a perennial favorite in future years assuming TripAdvisor keeps it up. And will probably hold the number one … [Read more...]

San Diego Zoo site of 4 millionth visit using Go Cards and Explorer Passes

For the 4 millionth time, someone made a visit to a top sight using a Go City Card (or Explorer Pass). These products let people take in the best tours, museums, and attractions. This particular visit was made at the San Diego Zoo using a Go San Diego Card. “Most people still stand in line and pay whatever price they are charging at the ticket windows when they go on vacation," said Cecilia Dahl, founder and President of Smart Destinations. "We're starting to change that. Having 4 million visits where people saved money and time as well is great forward progress.” To further accelerate the rate of change around how travelers visit museums, tours, and attractions, Smart Destinations recently launched the Custom Explorer Pass across most of its 14 destinations -- including San Diego with the San Diego Custom Explorer Pass. This capability allows customers to choose exactly … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Hotels to Offer Explorer Passes

Don't be surprised if you see a special Boston Explorer Pass showing up with your room key when you check into your hotel. Thanks to a partnership between the Massachusetts Lodging Association and Smart Destinations (the creator of Explorer Pass), hotels across the state can now offer Explorer Passes directly to their guests. The MLA Explorer Pass gives hotel guests the choice of any one attraction from a list of Massachusetts’ top 54 sights, activities, museums, and tours. The pass acts as the admission ticket for the attraction with nothing further to purchase upon arriving. Attractions available include Boston’s must visit locations such as the New England Aquarium, Museum of Fine Arts, a 2-Day Beantown Trolley Pass, Fenway Park, a Charles Riverboat Cruise, and the Prudential Center's SkyWalk Observatory. Smart Destinations makes the process easy for MLA member hotels. … [Read more...]

Great Deal on Helicopter Tour of New York City

There are many great ways to see New York City. On foot, on a tour, from the water: they all offer great views and opportunities to capture your memories with a camera. But if you are looking for something a little different, you probably should consider a helicopter tour. The Big Apple Tourby Liberty Helicopters is one of our favorites. You get an unparalleled view of one of the United States' most famous landmark, the Statue of Liberty. You also get a birds-eye-view of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Woolworth Building, the Met Life Building, and, well, pretty much all the buildings since in a helicopter you have pretty unobstructed views! You also get fantastic look at the George Washington Bridge and Central Park. It's an amazing way to start or finish your visit to NYC. Helicopter tours are not cheap to take because they are not cheap to run. Fuel, a … [Read more...]