Travel Blog Posts by Katie Sagal

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...]

Halloween in New York City 2014

Orlando Attractions

Thinking about spending October 31st in the Big Apple? Well, you’re in luck, because we’ve got a whole bunch of festive New York attractions for you to check out this October. This yeah Halloween even falls on a Friday, so it’s perfectly timed to create an entire weekend of spooky family fun! Greenwich Village Halloween Parade Held on Friday, October 31st, this popular local parade draws millions of local spectators each year. You’ll find thousands of costumed performers, hundreds of floats, dozens of bands, and many other exciting musical acts. One of the coolest things about this parade is its signature puppets – giant, larger-than-life rod puppets that evoke a Carnivalesque atmosphere. Many locals even participate in the parade, so it’s a really authentic NYC Halloween experience. Halloween at the American Museum of Natural History Each year, the American Museum of … [Read more...]

San Francisco Fall Attractions

San Francisco Fall Attractions

The San Francisco Bay Area is like a whole new world in the fall, with the natural world flourishing in shades of red, orange, and yellow and the breeze on San Francisco Bay drifting towards a chill wind. (Filled with sequoias and redwoods, Muir Woods retains its lofty green.) From cruises and bike rides to museums and art galleries, there are so many fantastic San Francisco attractions to choose from that the challenge isn’t finding something to do, it’s deciding what you have time to do! To help you out a little, here’s our perfect fall itinerary for a Bay Area vacation. While San Francisco is never very warm, autumn strikes a nice balance between the cool breezes of summer and the chill of true winter. If you’re going to be picking up a San Francisco bike tour, be sure to dress in layers – you’ll likely be chilly when you start but the ride will warm you up quite a bit. … [Read more...]

Chicago Fall Attractions

Chicago Attractions

Autumn is a wonderful time to visit the Windy City. The long lines of the summer have died down, and the cool air is a refreshing change from the humidity and heat of the last few months. But there are so many things to see and do in Chicago during the fall that it can be hard to pick just a few attractions to visit or museums to explore. So why not check out our perfect fall itinerary? Filled with top Chicago attractions and handy insider tips, this guide is sure to be of use. Enjoy the great outdoors before the chill of winter sets in. Chicago in the fall is perfect for invigorating walks and refreshing bike rides! Pick up a bike rental from Navy Pier and enjoy a leisurely waterfront ride. Or, hop aboard the ever-popular Architecture Cruise before the famed Chicago River gets a bit too cold to harbor visitors. Be sure to wear at least a medium-weight jacket and bring a scarf and … [Read more...]

Boston Fall Attractions

Boston Attractions

New England shines in autumn. It’s the time of year when you’ll see some of the most stunning fall foliage, breathe in the fresh scent of crisp days, and marvel at the bright blue skies. Boston has tons of autumnal charm this time of year, and there are so many great seasonal things to see and do. From apple picking in Concord to artifact hunting at the Museum of Fine Arts, check out our perfect fall itinerary in Boston. Get out and about! Boston does get quite chilly in the winter, but October can be a pleasant time of year with moderately cool temperatures and often very clear days. Bundle up for a nice ride with a Boston Bike Rental, or enjoy this historic city on foot with the Freedom Trail Tour. Be sure to soak up the beautiful fall ambiance of the bustling Boston Common and the changing flora of the Boston Public Garden. You can even go apple picking at one of the local … [Read more...]