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...]

Best San Francisco Restaurants

Best San Francisco Restaurants

San Francisco has a lovely, diverse dining scene that is as eclectic as its arts scene. Just to give you a little “taste” of the city’s dining options, we’ve put together a list of the best San Francisco restaurants in few different categories to appeal to a variety of diners -- from veggie foodies to families with kids. We’ve also listed a few nearby attractions for each restaurant, to give you an idea of the neighborhood and to allow you to incorporate your meal plans into a larger itinerary of your day. For Families Park Chalet www.parkchalet.com 1000 Great Highway San Francisco, CA 94121 American open-air dining with a great view Nearby Attractions: Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park, Legion of Honor Scoma’s Restaurant www.scomas.com Al Scoma Way San Francisco, CA 94133 Tasty, fresh seafood Nearby Attractions: Fisherman’s Wharf, Wax Museum, S.S. Jeremiah … [Read more...]

Best Restaurants in San Diego

Best San Diego Restaurants

Dining in San Diego is an amazing experience. With fantastic options in every genre you can imagine, and world-class food in a diversity of cuisines that only California can produce, you’ll want to make each and every dining experience count. Whether you’re a vegan looking for the freshest local meals, a family trying to get the kids fueled up, or a couple looking to check out the hottest spots in town, we’ve got something for you on this list. Plus, you can always check out the nearby attractions to get to know the neighborhood a little bit better! For Families Waypoint Public www.waypointpublic.com 3794 30th Street San Diego, CA 92104 California comfort food, plus an indoor play area for kids! Nearby Attractions: Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Natural History Museum Crab Hut www.crabhutsd.com 1007 5th Avenue, #101 San Diego, CA 92101 Creole/ Southern style … [Read more...]

Art Institute of Chicago Opens “Onchi Koshiro” Exhibit

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is debuting an exciting new exhibit this summer – “Onchi Koshiro: The Abstract Prints.”  This exhibit is among the most significant displays of his work to date, as the Art Institute of Chicago is one of only a few museums with a significant collection of his works. The exhibit will open on July 19th (that's this Saturday!) and run through October 5th. Koshiro was an influential Japanese artist and the founder of the “sosaku hanga” movement in printing-making. He who produced much of his work in the 1930s and 40s. He is best known for his innovative and creative printmaking techniques that bucked generations of traditional Japanese printmaking methods.  Koshiro’s self-proclaimed influences include Russian abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky and the psychedelic work of Edvard Munch. Koshiro’s prints are indeed characterized by similar … [Read more...]

Huntington Library Opens New American Art Galleries

Los Angeles Art Museums

Art lovers visiting the LA area this summer are in for a delightful surprise – the beautiful Huntington Library is about to open up a brand new expansion of their American Art galleries. Be sure to stop by the Huntington for a few hours to check out the new space; it’s bound to be a fantastic addition to a culturally inspired Los Angeles vacation. The new space debuts on July 19th. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the place (and it is a little hidden in San Marino), the Huntington is a unique cultural center that combines a little bit of everything – lush botanical gardens, a world-renowned research library, and several well furnished art galleries. Now, they’ve expanded their American Art gallery by adding five new rooms (previously used as storage space) – that’s a lot more space for art! The expansion means that over 100 new works of art can be displayed to … [Read more...]

Best Restaurants in Boston

Best Boston Restaurants

While it doesn’t have the reputation of Los Angeles or New York on the American culinary scene, Boston more than holds its own in world-class cuisine. Here are a few of our recommendations for the best restaurants in Boston.  We’ve included a diverse selection of eateries to appeal to all Beantown diners, from families with kids to couples looking for something unique and romantic. Restaurants are located in Boston or Cambridge and are within walking distance of a few great Boston attractions, so they can be easily worked into a vacation itinerary. For Families FIRE + ICE Boston www.fire-ice.com/locations/boston-ma 205 Berkeley Street Boston, MA 02116 Casual, creative, American fare. Nearby Attractions: Beantown Trolley, Copley Square, Prudential Center Mall Durgin Park www.arkrestaurants.com/durgin_park.html 340 Faneuil Hall Market Pl Boston, MA 02109 Casual … [Read more...]