Travel Blog Posts by Katie Sagal

Halloween in Chicago 2014

Chicago attractions

Planning on being in Chicago this Halloween and looking for some fun, festive activities to celebrate the holiday? Well, you’re in luck because we’ve put together a full line-up of fun Chicago attractions to help you celebrate our favorite fall holiday. Many of these events are longstanding Chicago traditions, so whatever you choose you’ll be sure to have a spooky good time! “Zombie Containment” Haunted House Located off of Navy Pier, this spooky marvel is Chicago’s only floating haunted house (and certainly the only floating haunted house I’ve ever seen). The Haunted House goes from terrifying at night to gently spooky by day, making it an ideal attraction for families with kids who want to partake in Halloween fun without having to navigate age-appropriate attractions. This unique Chicago attraction will be floating alongside Navy Pier all month long, so don’t miss … [Read more...]

Halloween in Los Angeles 2014

Los Angeles Attractions

Looking for fun and festive activities to enjoy this Halloween? Check out our list of top Los Angeles attractions and events that celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year. These attractions are great for the whole family (although some are definitely scarier than others – use caution when bringing small children) and they’re the perfect way to celebrate Halloween, LA-style. Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights Each year Universal Studios Hollywood hosts the scariest and most exciting Halloween event in LA – Halloween Horror Nights. Expect nothing but the best makeup, special effects, set décor, music, and general ambiance from this legendary studio. You’ll enjoy featured spooky performances, terrifying mazes, and much more as you traverse the back lots of Universal City. There’s even an all-new “Terror Tram,” inspired by AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” … [Read more...]

New Special Exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts: “Goya: Order and Disorder”

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Art lovers in Boston have something exciting to look forward to this winter – a chance to see the hot new exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Entitled “Goya: Order and Disorder,” this landmark exhibition features the works of one of the greatest figures in eighteenth-century European art. As a time of transition throughout all of Europe, intellectually, socially, and politically, the eighteenth century was a momentous period in history for such a conscientious artist as Francisco Goya (1746-1828). Goya’s close attention to the various socio-political movements of his time is revealed in his imaginative oeuvre, as diverse pieces embody varying notions of peace, domesticity, and organization, as well as chaos, violence, and warfare – hence the organizing conceit of “Order and Disorder.” Explore the fantastical imagination of Goya through this innovative exhibit as … [Read more...]

Boston Attraction Tips

Boston Harbor

Looking for something special to do on your next trip to Boston? Check out a few of our suggestions for unique attractions to visit in Beantown this fall. One of our favorite things about Boston is the rich history of the region – from earliest American settlements to the Revolutionary War and stretching to the modern day, this city is the perfect destination for the history buffs among you. Customize a historical Boston Pass and save on the attractions you most want to see! See where it all began with a visit to the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Just a brief commuter rail train ride or short drive from downtown Boston, Plimoth Plantation is a great family destination all year round. A recreated seventeenth century landscape, the plantation features historically accurate reconstructions of early English and Native American settlements, live period performers, … [Read more...]

Halloween in San Francisco 2014

San Francisco Attractions

Thinking about spending this Halloween in the Bay Area? Check out a few of these festive San Francisco Attractions to get you in the holiday spirit. From tours and parties to special family-friendly events, there’s something for everyone on this list. Keep in mind that some events may require advance reservations; research the attractions you are interested in to see if you’ll need to purchase tickets before you go. All of these attractions are great for families with kids, but exercise caution when it comes to the spooky stuff and small children. Ghost Tours San Francisco has quite the history, and certainly has the ghosts to prove it! There are a wide variety of ghost tours for you to choose from this holiday season, each of which captures something unique about the Bay Area’s haunted happenings. Take a night tour of Alcatraz and visit one of the eeriest places in America at a … [Read more...]

New Special Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: “Death Becomes Her”

New York Attractions

Fans of art, fashion, and the slightly macabre are in luck - a highly-anticipated special exhibit opened this week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Entitled “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire,” this exhibit explores the aesthetic developments of the English culture of mourning in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This exhibit is sponsored by the Costume Institute, which has contributed most of the elements for the exhibit. Death is a tricky business, and the business of dressing for death is even more complex. Conventions and customs regarding the mourning attire of widows have long been a fascinating subject of study in the more flexible twenty-first century. Historical mourning conventions from the nineteenth century transcend the simple dictate of wearing black, and often incorporated subtle details in veils, dresses, and even … [Read more...]

Halloween in Boston 2014

Boston Attractions

Celebrating Halloween in Boston this year? Check out our top recommendations for the best, the spookiest, and the most exciting ways to spend our favorite fall holiday. All options are perfect for the whole family, and many of these Boston attractions combine historical value with good plain fun. Visit one, or visit them all! Be sure to pick up a Boston attractions pass to save on all your Halloween activities this year. FrightFest Hosted by Six Flags New England, this annual Fright Fest is filled with tons of spooky excitement. Themed rides and decor during the day combine with specifically dedicated exhibits at night for a “frightfully” full day experience. Highlights of Fright Fest include “Midnight Mansion,” “Wicked Woods,” “Area 51,” “Tombstone Terrotory,” “Demon District,” and many more. You’ll also be able to enjoy spooky performances, or … [Read more...]

Halloween in San Diego 2014

San Diego Attractions

Looking to spend your Halloween in sunny San Diego? Check out our list of a few top San Diego attractions to make your holiday festive and fun. All of these activities are family-friendly and showcase some of the best highlights of the San Diego area. Ideal for locals and tourists alike, these attractions are guaranteed to be fun for you and your family to explore! Haunted Trail in Balboa Park Winding through San Diego’s famed Balboa Park, this haunted trail is a mile-long walk through all kinds of spooky scenery. Constructed sets feature everything from local legends to exotic horrors, like this year’s haunted plantation and an eerie reconstruction of New Orleans’ Bourbon Street. You’ll even get to witness live scenes from the hit TV series, “American Horror Story.” Wander into the “Experiment Maze” if you’re feeling brave, or creep past a group of spooky clowns. … [Read more...]

Halloween in Oahu 2014

Oahu Attractions

How does Oahu celebrate Halloween? With the same unique islander mix of cultural heritage and just plain fun that Hawaiians approach everyday life! Here are a few of our top picks for things to do in Oahu this Halloween. Each of these Oahu attractions is full of festive holiday fun for the whole family, and they’re popular events with locals and visitors alike. Hallowbaloo 2014 Saturday, October 25 5:30 -10:00 pm Chinatown, Honolulu http://hallowbaloo.com/2014/ This is the 7th year of this local tradition and it’s only gotten grander and more exciting each year. Hosted in the Chinatown neighborhood of Honolulu, Hallowbaloo is a free music and arts festival for the whole family (although there are optional armbands for purchase which provide admission to nearby clubs). The festival is dedicated to showcasing the artistic vibe, musical culture, and local cuisine of Hawaii’s … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Attraction Tips

Los Angeles Pass

Looking for things to do in Los Angeles that fall outside the box? Hollywood tours and the like are always fun, but sometimes we all need to explore a little further afield to seek out new and unique attractions. To help you take the path less traveled in LA, we’ve put together this “must-see” list of local hidden gems. If you’re a nature lover, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Located in the beautiful Griffith Park, the LA Zoo hosts over 1000 different creatures from all over the animal kingdom. The accompanying Botanical Gardens feature the plants that constitute the natural world in which these creatures live. In fact, a significant point of emphasis at the LA Zoo is the protection of natural habitats and the ways in which humans can positively impact the natural world through preservation and conservation activities. The … [Read more...]