Travel Blog Posts by Matt Proctor

Going to a Museum Soon? Check Out Our New Museum Passes!

As the leading provider of multi-attraction passes we're always on the look out for new ways to save travelers extra time and money. Today, we're proud to announce the launch of our brand new Museum Pass in New York City, Boston, Chicago, and San Diego. The Museum Pass is available in a variety of fun combinations that both children and adults will enjoy. We designed it to let visitors in each city tour the most popular local museums while saving up to 28% off the regular admission rates. As with all of our products, you can purchase the Smart Destinations Museum Pass online and get entry to many of the top museums all for just one low price! All you have to do is print out the pass and show it to the participating museum and they'll let you in! Each pass is good for a total of 60 days from its first use. Here are all of the cities and pass combinations you can explore with the … [Read more...]

Announcing the Go Guides Widget by Smart Destinations!

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Do you own a blog or travel related website? Are you looking for a new way to provide useful travel information to your visitors? Well, you’re in luck because the Smart Destinations development team has just launched the Go Guides widget! What is a Go Guides Widget? The Go Guides Widget is a snippet of code that you place on your website which creates a box filled with downloadable PDF guide books specific to one of our destinations. The guides are filled with useful information about the top attractions in the city of your choosing. You and your visitors can print them out or read them on your smart phones in order to use the guides as resources when exploring a city with your Go City Card or Go Select Passes in hand. You can see a working model here: Go Guides Widget by Smart Destinations How Do I Get a Go Guides Widget? We’ve got a widget for each one of our destinations. … [Read more...]

7 Beautiful Wedding Sites in Miami

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Miami, Florida is one of the most popular destinations in the United States for wedding ceremonies. With Miami's gorgeous beaches and palms, thriving arts and culture, and top-of-the-line cuisine, it's no wonder lovebirds are flocking to South Florida to tie the knot. Fittingly, you'll find a surplus of gorgeous and luxurious weddings sites in Miami. Miami weddings come in all styles. Some prefer quiet ceremonies while others want banquet halls that can hold everyone they've ever known. Some prefer natural outdoor settings, and still others desire trendy indoor sites. Whatever your style, there's a wedding site in Miami that will accommodate your every desire. Not planning to tie the knot anytime soon? It's still fun to imagine! Check out these seven beautiful wedding sites in Miami and picture yourself walking down the aisle... 1. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens This Gilded Age … [Read more...]

The Lowdown on the Seattle Underground Tour

Bill Speidel's Seattle Underground Tour

We often think of Seattle as a city at the forefront of progress, home to the headquarters of big names like Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks. Some may know Seattle for its eco-friendly reputation or the world-famous national beauty that surrounds its skyscrapers. Still others may conjure images of popular contemporary attractions like the Space Needle or Olympic National Park. These are all accurate depictions of Seattle, Washington, but many forget about Seattle's unique history as a late 1800's pioneer town. When you think you've seen all there is of Seattle, think again. If you haven't been on Bill Speidel's Seattle Underground Tour, you're missing out on a big chunk of Seattle history buried right beneath your feet. What is the Seattle Underground Tour? Bill Speidel's Seattle Underground Tour is a network of underground passageways and basements in downtown Seattle, underneath … [Read more...]

8 Free Things to Do in Orlando

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As summer comes to an end in the northern parts of the country, it's a great time to head south and hit Orlando, Florida—one of the biggest entertainment destinations on the east coast. Whether you're visiting all the big parks like Disney World and Orlando or planning for a more laid back trip, you'll soon realize that the cost of a vacation in this thriving city can add up fast. Fortunately, an Orlando vacation doesn't have to cost a fortune. If you look for discounts on the top attractions and take advantage of the numerous free things to do in Orlando, there's no reason why your vacation can't be fun-filled and budget-friendly. Unsure of what free activities Orlando offers? Check out this list of 8 free things to do in Orlando and add any or all of them to your itinerary to enhance your vacation! 1. Enjoy Street Musicians on Disney's Boardwalk Disney's Boardwalk is a … [Read more...]

How to Score Saturday Night Live Tickets

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If you’ve been an SNL fan for years (or if you’ve always wanted to go to a live television show taping), you might want to learn how to get Saturday Night Live tickets while you’re in New York City. Here’s how! The 411 on SNL Even if you aren’t familiar with Saturday Night Live, you should definitely still try to catch a taping. Since its premiere in 1975, Saturday Night Live has been one of the most popular comedy shows in the world. It has the most Emmy nominations in television history and continues to make audiences laugh with its satirical sketch comedy and hilarious take on contemporary culture. Attending a performance is one of the best things to do in New York City for fans of comedy, tv, and fun! Former cast members have included Chris Farley, David Spade, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Sarah Silverman, Will Farrell, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The most … [Read more...]

5 Best Boston Attractions for Fall Travel

New England in the Fall

If you haven't been to New England in the autumn, you haven't truly experienced New England. Of course, the northeast corner of the country is a beautiful place year round, but nothing is quite like fall in this historic part of the United States, as the deciduous trees radiate with vibrant colored leaves. If you live in a part of the country where seasons aren't equated with drastic changes in climate, you'll love the feel in the air as summer comes to a close and fall ushers in the coming winter. But even if you live in New England or an area like it, autumn activities seem never to get old. There are so many reason to spend Fall in New England:  here are five best Boston attractions that will delight the whole family. 1. Scenic Foliage Drives In the fall, tourists flock from all over to see the magnificent foliage as green leaves turn to a kaleidoscope of yellows, oranges, … [Read more...]

Everything You Need to Know About Whale Watching in Hawaii

Go Whale Watching in Hawaii

Tourists aren't the only ones who escape to Hawaii in the winters. Humpback whales also migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii, but to breed, give birth, and nurse their young. In fact, it's estimated that two-thirds of the world's entire humpback population visits the Islands each year. This means that Hawaii is one of the best places on earth to go whale watching. Seeing a whale is a gratifying and remarkable experience that you'll remember for a lifetime. Want to witness this for yourself? Here's a brief guide of everything you need to know about whale watching in Hawaii. About Humpback Whales The whales you'll see in Hawaii are humpbacks that migrate over 3,000 miles from the waters of Alaska where they spend the warmer months of the year. An adult humpback whale grows to be upwards of 40 feet long and weighs more than 40 tons! Even at birth, humpbacks weigh up to 3,000 pounds. … [Read more...]

Looking for Things to Do in San Francisco?

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

You shouldn't have to struggle to find fun things to do in San Francisco. This Northern Californian city offers so much more than the Golden Gate Bridge (though it is a pretty amazing sight). Really, if you're figuring out what to do in San Francisco while you're there, the only issue you're going to struggle with is trying to fit everything in. If You Have the Time, Spend it at Golden Gate Park It is worth devoting a full day to Golden Gate Park, 1,017 acres of meadows and lakes with stuff for the whole family to enjoy. The park includes rose gardens, an arboretum, a music concourse, a children’s playground with a wonderfully restored carousel, and a buffalo paddock. Make sure you check out the tallest artificial waterfall in the West, at Strawberry Hill. Do not forget your camera, and take a picnic spread or packed lunch. The de Young Museum houses thousands of artifacts and … [Read more...]

Top 5 Fun Things to Do in Washington State

Mount Rainier National Park

Washington State has some of the most beautiful natural wonders in America; however, there is so much more to it than natural beauty. There are tons of museums, state parks, tours, outdoor activities, and wineries. Whatever your interests are, you can find something exciting that appeals to you. What follows are the top five fun things to do in Washington State. 1. Mount Rainier National Park Mount Rainier National Park has something for everyone. There are many hotels where you can stay within the park area. The top two choices are the historic Paradise Inn, where you can leave the hotel and immediately be within the meadows and trails of Mount Rainier, and the Alta Crystal Resort, which features a more traditional hotel feel with an outdoor pool. You can dine at Summit House, which offers Northwestern cuisine and is the highest restaurant in the state, or The Snorting Elk, … [Read more...]