Travel Blog Posts by Katie Sagal

Thanksgiving in San Francisco 2014

Thanksgiving

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 great, more comprehensive option is a San Francisco Trolley Tour, which will bring your guests all … [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 Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is one of my personal favorites. Inspired by the grand estates of the European … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving in Boston 2014

Plimoth Plantation

Spending Thanksgiving in Beantown? While we’re sure you’ve already got plans for the big meal itself, there’s plenty to do the rest of the holiday weekend that’s sure to delight family and friends (besides Black Friday shopping, that is). Check out a few of our suggestions for the top Boston attractions to enjoy on Thanksgiving weekend, and let us know what you think! Visit Historic Plimoth Plantation Get in the holiday spirit with a visit to Plimoth Plantation, a recreated seventeenth-century village that showcases authentic Native American and early Colonial settlements. Engage with compelling actors as you explore real and reconstructed artifacts from the time period. Learn all about early relations between the Europeans and the Native Americans, and how the first Thanksgiving is said to have come about. There’s no better place to learn about this holiday than at such a … [Read more...]

San Diego Attraction Tips

San Diego Pass

Spending some time in sunny San Diego this fall? You’re in luck! This is one of the best times of the year to explore all of the great San Diego attractions without waiting in long summer lines or dealing with crowds. You’ll find it a lot easier to see big-name attractions like the San Diego Zoo or the many museums in Balboa Park when you’re not waiting 2 hours in line just to see the Giant Pandas! Of course, you’ll probably want to save time and money on your next San Diego vacation, and we’ve got you covered. Pick up a fully customizable San Diego Pass and save 20% on all your attraction visits. The hottest attraction in San Diego is probably the renowned San Diego Zoo – and for good reason! It’s home to hundreds of beautiful, exotic, and endangered animals who are now thriving at the San Diego Zoo through the conservation efforts of their tireless staff. Did you know … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving in Chicago 2014

Chicago Attractions

There’s no better way to celebrate Thanksgiving in Chicago than with a morning spent at the annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Conveniently scheduled to end at 11 am, it’s the perfect way to start off your Thanksgiving Day without interfering with your dinner plans. This year’s parade promises to be better than ever, with more floats, more balloons, more exciting performances and events, and even more fun for the kids. It’s been a top Chicago attraction for the last several years and it’s a definite must-see for visitors. The 2014 McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade will begin at 8:00 am and conclude at 11:00 am, running through downtown Chicago along State Street from Congress to Randolph. Stand and cheer with several hundred thousand other spectators as they populate the famous Chicago Loop, poised to see all of the parade’s marvelous performers, floats, and … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving in San Diego 2014

San Diego Attractions

Thanksgiving is a very special time of year in San Diego. It marks the beginning of the holiday season and is one of our all-time favorite family get-togethers. It’s a time to spend with loved ones, indulge in the best traditional foods, and perhaps watch some football with the family. Of course, as wonderful as such activities are, they only fill up one day of the week. If you’re looking for some festive San Diego attractions to help you celebrate the other days of Thanksgiving week, check out our suggestions below. Mother Goose Parade November 23 9:00 am – 3:00 pm This massive parade runs through the streets of El Cajon, just west of San Diego. It’s a wonderful spectacle of festive holiday fun, with over a hundred floats, performing groups, equestrians, clowns, balloons, and more. You’ll also see special guests like celebrities, musical artists, and the big man himself, … [Read more...]

NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014

NYC Attractions

The NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the most exciting spectacles on television each year, and it only gets better over time. For 2014, the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will have over 8,000 participants and over 50 million viewers – that’s one heck of an event! This top New York attraction is a perennial favorite among visitors and locals alike, and this year promises to be better than ever. In addition to the family-favorite floats and balloons, the parade is comprised of an extensive series of musical and theatrical performances, including brief shows, songs, and dance numbers. This year’s lineup includes Cirque de Soleil, Hilary Duff, Nick Jonas, the folks from Sesame Street, the Big Apple Circle, Pentatonix, Idina Menzel, KISS, and many many more! You’ll also get to see cameo appearances by sports legends and other celebrities, including … [Read more...]

San Francisco Attraction Tips

San Francisco Attraction Tips

The City by the Bay is one of our favorite destinations to explore. With so many crazy nooks and artistic crannies, you’ll find something new and exciting around every turn. Of course, there are a few iconic San Francisco attractions that first time visitors won’t want to miss. If you’re looking for the big San Francisco Experience, combine these four attractions on a San Francisco Pass and save 20% on admission prices. Even though San Francisco gets pretty chilly, fall is a great time of year to explore the vineyards of California with a Wine Country Tour. Roam Northern California’s beautiful wine country with visits to several vineyards, large and small, and taste your way through multiple vintages and varieties. This all-day tour brings you to Napa Valley, Sonoma, Yountville, and more, with opportunities to stop for lunch along the way. It’s a very thorough wine country … [Read more...]

New Special Exhibits at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art

ICA Spec Exhibit 1

Boston is renowned as a creative city, an East Coast hub for writers, artists, and performers of all kinds. Although there are many artistic Boston attractions to choose from when you're looking to get your art fix, one of our favorite art museums for locals and visitors alike is the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. This winter, the ICA is featuring a few iconic special exhibits and performances, from work by the Mark Morris Dance Company to the first ever solo American show by Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão. These exciting additions to an already enchanting collection of contemporary art are sure to make for an inspiring visit! Fiber: Sculpture 1960 – Present October 1, 2014 – January 4, 2015 Those of you in town may have seen ads on the T for this exciting special exhibit, and the promotional images sure are stunning. “Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present” is the first … [Read more...]

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...]