Travel Blog Posts by Katie Sagal

New Year’s Things to do in Boston 2014

Boston fireworks

Are you planning on spending New Year’s Eve in Boston? There’s plenty to do and loads of festive events, attractions, and activities to help you ring in 2015. Check out our recommendations, and post your own in the comments. We all look forward to celebrating the end of the old year and the birth of the new with these top Boston attractions! The must-see New Year’s Eve event in Boston is First Night Boston. This 11-hour celebration that spans large portions of the city includes various musical performances, multiple fireworks shows, an impressive parade down Boylston Street, family activities like a puppet festival (held at Hynes Convention Center), and even gorgeous ice sculptures located in Copley Square and elsewhere along the parade route. You'll also be able to enjoy a number … [Read more...]

San Francisco Holiday Attractions 2014

Golden Gate Bridge

Spending some time in San Francisco this holiday season? Be sure to check out our list of recommended activities and events. We’re sure you’ll love all of these festive San Francisco attractions. Of course, you may enjoy saving on your attraction visits with products like the San Francisco winter attraction package even more. Lucky for you, we're here to help you with both! One of the most popular things to do during the holiday season is to take in a show. The San Francisco Ballet is performing their beautiful rendition of the Christmas classic The Nutcracker – a favorite with critics and fans alike. On Christmas Eve Day, be sure to see the A Christmas Carol at the American Conservatory Theater – a winner with families. Plus, if you’re a real theater buff, you’ll love the … [Read more...]

Christmas Lights at Newport Landing 2014

San Diego attractions

Get in the holiday spirit this season with a visit to Newport Beach. Filled with special holiday activities and events, this sunny California locale is the ideal destination for your winter vacation. These top San Diego attractions are sure to make the whole family smile! The major event this time of year is the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. A tradition over 100 years in the making, this annual event is renowned for its gorgeous light displays and nautical theme. It’s a unique experience that combines various holiday festivities with a beautiful and iconic parade – all on the picturesque waters of the Pacific! Hundreds of ships compete for awards in several categories, making this “one of the largest decorated boat parades in the country.” The parade will … [Read more...]

Chicago Holiday Attractions 2014

Chicago winter attractions

Chicago is an enchanting city in the wintertime. From the gorgeous lights and lush decorations festooning the window fronts along the Magnificent Mile to the majestic Christmas Tree in Daley Plaza, the festive holiday spirit is everywhere! If you’re looking to explore some top holiday attractions in Chicago this year, we’ve got a great selection of activities and attractions that fit the bill. Plus, you can save on all your Chicago attraction visits with one of Smart Destinations’ award-winning multi-attraction passes. Interested in some traditional winter fun? Why not go for a spin on the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park? Open until March, this family-favorite activity is a staple of downtown Chicago’s winter fun. Are you the musical type? Be sure to make some … [Read more...]

Boston Holiday Attractions 2014

Christmas Tree

Don’t be scared away by lower temperatures – Boston is a beautiful city in the wintertime. Charming historic architecture, beautiful holiday displays, and festive events and activities throughout the season make Beantown a wonderful tourist destination in the winter months. Especially around Christmastime, you’ll be able to enjoy plenty of quality Boston attractions that will make your winter vacation something truly special. Plus, you’ll save on travel, lodging, and other expenses when you travel in the off-season. Looking to get into the holiday spirit? Check out one of Boston’s popular Christmas trees. The display at Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market is a local favorite. You’ll find garlands, lights, and one massive tree festooning this popular shopping and dining mecca … [Read more...]

Pearl Harbor Day 2014

Oahu Attractions

Looking for historic Oahu attractions? Well if you’re a history buff, you’re in luck! This year is the 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, that infamous day in 1941 when the bombing of the US Naval Base in Hawaii incited the US’s involvement in World War II. Today, the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites are the ideal place to both commemorate this tragic event and celebrate the legacy of those brave men and women who contributed to the American war effort. First up is the USS Arizona Memorial – the most visited attraction in all of Oahu! This memorial honors the 1,177 crewmen who perished in the December 7th attack with a compelling 2-hour self-guided audio tour. This tour takes you to 28 different points of interest throughout the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites National Park, each … [Read more...]

New York Holiday Attractions 2014

New York Attractions

Spending some time in the Big Apple this winter? Check out a few of our recommendations for things to do this season in NYC. These New York Winter Attractions are some of the most popular sites in the entire city, and they’re guaranteed to make your visit a successful one. These attractions are especially geared towards first-time visitors, although a seasoned vet will certainly enjoy them as well! We especially recommend winter travel to New York for those of you looking to get a great deal on airfare and hotel costs – it’s definitely the quietest season for tourism. You’ll find shorter lines and, very often, cheaper ticket costs for musical performances or Broadway plays. Christmas time is an exception to this rule, as many visitors flock to NYC for their holiday extravaganzas … [Read more...]

Smart Destinations’ Black Friday/Cyber Monday Travel Sale 2014

Smart Destinations

This year, Smart Destinations’ Black Friday / Cyber Monday Travel Sale is bigger than ever! To celebrate Thanksgiving and the kickoff of the 2014 Holiday Shopping season, we’re offering great discounts on our top products and special deals. For a limited time, you can even save an additional 15% off select cards when you purchase before 12/1/14. Visit for more information. Looking to pick up some attraction passes for yourself? Check out an all-inclusive multi-attraction pass like the Go San Diego Card, which provides admission to all 45 included attractions for 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7 consecutive days. Visit top name attractions like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, LEGOLAND California, and many more! Make a nice midwinter vacation out of a trip to … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving in San Francisco 2014


Looking for some things to do on Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving weekend in San Francisco? We’ve got a few great San Francisco attraction tips that will keep you sane and keep the family busy. While several restaurants will be offering up sumptuous Thanksgiving feasts to their guests, our suggestions are designed to provide maximum fun for you and your guests without interfering with the traditional meal at home. Take a Tour If your guests are from out of town, then one of the best ways for them to explore your home city is with a quality tour. A popular tour for out-of-towners is the Golden Gate Bay Cruise, which hits up many of the top San Francisco sites, including Fisherman’s Wharf, Sausalito, the famous suspension bridge itself, Angel Island, and even Alcatraz Island. Another … [Read more...]

Miami Attraction Tips

Miami attractions

Sunny South Beach is the perfect vacation destination practically any time of the year: white sandy beaches, cool blue waters, and all the shopping, dining, and attractions you can think of are right at your finger tips in Miami.  But did you know that Miami is also known as an artistic hub? There are numerous artsy Miami attractions that draw visitors looking for something more than sand and sun, looking for a taste of the contemporary and classic artistic culture that this coastal city can provide. So why not pull together a customizable Miami Pass and check out a few artistic attractions? In addition to nationally renowned film festivals, contemporary art exhibitions, and dynamic modern dance performances, Miami also has a number of popular art museums to explore. The historic … [Read more...]