Travel Blog Posts by Katie Sagal

American Museum of Natural History

New York Attractions

Visit a place of wonders, great and small, a place where the past comes alive, a place where science shines – the American Museum of Natural History! This iconic New York attraction is one of the best places in the country for you and your family to explore the marvels of the planet, from pre-history all the way to the modern era. Some highlights of the permanent collection include the Hall of Human Diversity, the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, the Dinosaur Wing, and the Rose Center with its beautiful Hayden Planetarium. Of course, the American Museum of Natural History also runs a number of special exhibitions and shows that rotate throughout the year; here are a few of our favorites currently on display. “Spiders Alive!” – A Special Live Animal Exhibit July 4 – November 2, 2014 Featuring 20 species of live spiders and other arachnids, this exhibit is not for those of … [Read more...]

Miami Labor Day Weekend 2014

Miami Attractions

While none of us are really looking forward to the end of summer, the fun and excitement of Labor Day Weekend can go a long way towards compensating for the return to school and work. From barbecues and picnics to mini vacations, there are plenty of options for how to spend that last, glorious weekend of summer. If you’re going to be in South Beach this Labor Day Weekend, here are a few local events and Miami attractions to check out. South Beach Bike Week August 29 – September 1 For the motorcycle fans out there, the second annual happening of this fun event is filled with everything a bike lover could want. There will be bike shows featuring all the coolest new models, contests for the best biker tattoo, plus a series of concerts, a vendor floor, and many other activities – all held in the Biker Village (between 8th and 10th on Ocean Drive). This is held right in the Art … [Read more...]

Make a Splash at SeaWorld San Diego

San Diego attractions

“Splash” into fun this summer at SeaWorld San Diego! The one-of-a-kind marine park that’s as invested in education and conservation efforts as it is in having fun, SeaWorld is a can’t-miss experience for kids of all ages. SeaWorld San Diego is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, so you can expect all kinds of wonderful and surprising things with each new visit. Marvel at fantastic animal performances, get to know the local populations of marine life, and perhaps make friends with a penguin! Then, hop aboard one of SeaWorld’s thrilling theme park rides, like the high-speed coaster “Manta” and the water ride “Journey to Atlantis.” The most popular show at SeaWorld San Diego remains Shamu’s iconic performance, “One Ocean.” Although the show is actually performed by several different killer whales (none of whom are named Shamu these days), it’s … [Read more...]

Visit SkyDeck Chicago

SkyDeck Chicago

Looking to make your Chicago vacation more exciting? Take a ride to the top of the world-famous Willis Tower and explore SkyDeck Chicago. The observatory deck of the building formerly known as the Sears Tower is located exactly 1,353 feet above ground level – that’s one heck of a view! The 103rd floor is an excellent vantage point for all of your panoramic views of downtown Chicago, greater Chicagoland, and even Lake Michigan. SkyDeck Chicago is a top attraction in one of Chicago’s most iconic buildings and is a must-see destination for first-time visitors.. Of course, SkyDeck Chicago is more than just an elevator ride – it’s also an informative, interactive museum for visitors to learn all about the history of Chicago. Engaging exhibits and historical photographs comprise a comprehensive history of the building itself, from construction to present-day use. Of course, … [Read more...]

Best New York City Restaurants

New York Attractions

It can be intimidating for visitors to New York to decide where to dine. You want to avoid the really touristy stuff, but still find a place you can enjoy and afford. With so many world-class restaurants in a rainbow of cuisines, NYC has plenty to offer diners of all stripes. Here’s a list of our recommended restaurants in New York City, plus a few nearby attractions to help you get a feel for the city and its diverse food culture. Remember, it’s a good idea to call ahead or look online for reservations (if available) for all your dinner plans. Otherwise, arrive early or be prepared to wait. For Families Ditch Plains UWS www.ditch-plains.com 100 West 82nd Street New York, NY 10023 Fresh seafood and creative “beach dining” Nearby Attractions: The American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan NINJA New … [Read more...]

Best Chicago Restaurants

Best Chicago Restaurants

Chicago has an excellent reputation for inventive, delicious cuisine that never fails to amaze. Here are a few of our recommendations for the best restaurants in Chicago.  We’ve included a diverse selection of eateries to appeal to a variety of diners, from families with kids to couples looking for something unique and romantic. Restaurants are located in Chicago and are within a short drive or walk from local attractions, so you can stop for dinner or lunch as part of a larger plan. For Families Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch www.harrycarays.com 835 North Michigan Avenue Level 7 Chicago, IL 60611                                     Fun, informal American Nearby Attractions: 360 CHICAGO, Water Tower Place Mall, Michigan Avenue Pizzaria da Nella http://pizzeriadanella.com 1443 West Fullerton Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 Neapolitan-style pizza Nearby … [Read more...]

Spotlight on Chicago: Navy Pier Ticket Discount

Navy Pier Ticket discount

Navy Pier is the most-visited attraction in Chicagoland, and its iconic Ferris wheel perhaps the most recognizable part of Chicago’s skyline. With an exciting array of attractions, tours, cruises, rides, and shows to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find something special to enjoy at Navy Pier. It’s great for kids, and great fun for adults, too. Save on your visit to the all the best Navy Pier attractions with Smart Destinations’ Navy Pier discount tickets or all-inclusive Go Chicago Cards. Kids love Navy Pier. And why wouldn’t they? It’s a historic boardwalk chock full of kid-friendly stuff like amusement park rides, colorful buildings, and the 3-story Chicago Children’s Museum. Play a few rounds of mini-golf, hop aboard the Ferris wheel and historic swing ride, or rent a bike and pedal along the river. Bring the whole family and check out the ongoing Cirque … [Read more...]

Thanks a Million Sweepstakes!

Travel Giveaway

Exciting news for Smart Destinations fans out there! We’ve just begun a massive travel giveaway contest – the “Thanks a Million!” sweepstakes. As of this summer, Smart Destinations has helped two million travelers save on attraction costs across the country. To celebrate this milestone, we’re devoting an entire month to Go City Card and Explorer Pass giveaways! Prizes include one Grand Prize vacation for two and Card-a-Day giveaways all month. Visit our Facebook page today to enter – contest open until August 31, 2014. The Grand Prize of the “Thanks a Million” sweepstakes is a totally free trip for two to the winner’s choice of New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Oahu, Miami, or Orlando. You’ll get round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations for three nights, and two 3-Day Go City Cards to the destination of your choice. Winners will … [Read more...]

New York Vacation Tips

New York Vacation Tips

Traveling to the Big Apple this summer? Whether you’re a first time visitor or a frequent flyer to NYC, it can be tough to sort through all the nitty gritty details. Here are a few of our favorite New York Vacation Tips to help you get through planning the perfect trip. From searching for hotel discounts to skipping the line at attractions and beyond, these tips are sure to come in handy. Don’t forget to pick up a New York Go Select Pass to save on all your attraction visits! Getting to NYC Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll need to book a flight to NYC. Unless you have some frequent flier miles stocked up, or an unshakeable loyalty to one particular airline, sites that compile most possible flight prices for your comparison are your best bet. Some of the most popular sites include Kayak (which compares prices between all the different discount sites), Expedia, … [Read more...]

Best Los Angeles Tours

Los Angeles Tours

Los Angeles is a pretty big city, and for first-time visitors, it can be very tricky to get your bearings. With so much to do and see, how do you decide where to go? We recommend checking out a few of these popular Los Angeles Tours. They’ll introduce you to everything from Hollywood hotspots and cultural centers to celebrity homes and famous filming locations. See the best of Tinseltown with any of these top Los Angeles attractions! Everyone loves a good celebrity homes tour. After all, it’s the real life equivalent of reading People Magazine or watching E! Whether you want to scope out Hollywood or Malibu, either of these tours provides you with insider anecdotes and fun details about the lives of some of our favorite celebrities. You’ll also see iconic landmarks and neighborhoods like Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood sign, Muholland Drive, and the sunny Pacific … [Read more...]