Travel Blog Posts by Mariele Ventrice

Top Los Angeles Tourist Attractions

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Though Los Angeles remains an extremely popular tourist destination, it’s also gained the somewhat unwarranted reputation of being a bit too gimmicky or too commercial. While the Los Angeles landscape would not be complete without its share of glamour and glitz (it is the home of showbiz, after all!), the top Los Angeles tourist attractions merit a deeper look. Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the L.A. sprawl or a seasoned veteran of the City of Angels, make sure to check out these Los Angeles attractions, taking the opportunity to experience the culture, history, and innovation that make the metropolis so unique. Venice Beach & Boardwalk Venice Beach conjures iconic images of L.A.'s alternative beach bum scene, where skateboarders, body builders, and artists of various sorts hang out in a circus-like environment that couldn't be recreated anywhere else. At first, this … [Read more...]

2014 Boston Marathon Tourism

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In its 118th year, the Boston Marathon is back with more tenacity than ever before. On Monday, April 21st, the community of Boston will come together to prove their strength and rally behind the incredible 36,000 athletes who will give their all to make it to the finish of the 26.2-mile legendary Boston course. Whether you’re participating as a runner, a runner’s family member, a Bostonian, or a spectator from across the globe, you’re part of the strength, determination, community, and shared conviction that make the Marathon such an important event. For Spectators: The Quick Facts This year’s marathon is anticipated to draw more spectators than ever before—perhaps over one million. Many of the quintessential Marathon traditions remain unchanged, while new safety measures and alerts provide improved security and peace of mind.   The Course As always, runners will … [Read more...]

Top Chicago Tourist Attractions

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Chicago is a city known for a variety of characteristics: innovative architecture, deep cultural and musical roots, the headstrong pride of its inhabitants—of course—its numerous tourist attractions. The top Chicago attractions are as vast and varied as the city wherein they reside. This makes Chicago a fun and dynamic vacation destination for visitors because there’s always something new to do and something everyone in the family will enjoy. Moreover, you can see all the sites for one low price with a convenient Chicago attractions pass. Must-See Attractions for First-Time Visitors If you’re new to Chicago, there are certain attractions that lay the foundation for a spectacular trip. For starters, any tourist new to the city should get a view from above via the famous Willis Tower SkyDeck Chicago (atop the former Sears Tower). Not only is Willis Tower the tallest building … [Read more...]

Top Boston Tourist Attractions

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You know it’s springtime in New England when it’s barely 40 degrees Fahrenheit outside and yet everyone is happily dancing about in shorts and flip flops. We endure long winters here, and we waste no time with this in-between weather—Bostonians are an all or nothing type of people. Just as Boston’s people can be seen out and about celebrating the end of winter, outdoor Boston attractions also start to open up this time of year. You’ll frequently spot Boston Duck Tours full of camera-happy tourists and Red Sox fans making their way to Fenway Park. If you’re traveling to Boston, now is the time to do it! You’ll want to be here when spring breathes life back into the city after a long (but quaint) winter slumber. Wondering what Boston attractions are “must-sees” this time of year? Well, that depends on your interests. Luckily, a Boston attractions pass features free … [Read more...]

Miami Vacation Tips

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Spring has officially sprung, and before you know it you’re bound to become “afflicted” with the travel bug—if you haven’t already! Fortunately, this is one fever you’ll be glad you caught. This year, perhaps the bug will take you to Miami, Florida. Miami is one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations and is home to picture-perfect beaches like the ones you see on postcards. However, if you’re not the type to lie in the sand all day, or if you really want to see what Miami culture is all about, you won’t stop with the beaches. You’ll discover a myriad of diverse Miami attractions, spanning the realms of art, history, outdoor recreation, and scientific discovery. To make the most of your Miami vacation, follow these simple tips! Know Your Neighborhoods Like most big metropolises, Miami’s neighborhoods are as diverse as their residents. The first thing you … [Read more...]

Summer Happenings at the Boston Children’s Museum

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Recently, we gave you the lowdown on Spring happenings at the Boston Children’s Museum. However, the fun doesn’t stop when spring comes to an end: The Boston Children’s Museum also has a full line-up of summer programming to entertain and educate kids and their families through the summer months. When the days are too hot for outside activity, or you’re looking for some mind-stimulating fun for your little ones on school vacation, Boston Children’s Museum discount tickets will do the trick. Check out what’s happening at one of the most acclaimed Boston attractions this summer: Upcoming Exhibits Sneaker Museum Presents: Art for Your Feet May 3, 2014 – June 22, 2014 The Museum’s permanent collection of rare Air Jordan Kicks is the inspiration for this unique Gallery exhibit. While examining the heritage of sneaker culture through an up-close look at this collection, … [Read more...]

Spring Happenings at Boston Children’s Museum

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Now in its 101st year of inspiring discovery and wonder in Bostonians and visiting families, the Boston Children’s Museum welcomes spring with great enthusiasm. Starting in April, the Museum kicks off a whole calendar full of spring programming, including ongoing deals and one-time special events. The Children’s Museum is not only one of the most highly acclaimed Boston attractions—It was also the 2013 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Science. While the programming is always kid-centric, adults and families will also have a fun time learning and exploring with their kids in these comprehensive, hands-on exhibitions While Boston Children’s Museum tickets are available with many other Boston attractions at discounted rates with a Boston attractions pass, you can also take advantage of Target $1 admission every Friday night from 5 PM – 9PM. Two cool new … [Read more...]

How to Plan a Summer Vacation

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While a summer vacation may seem light years away—especially if you’re reading this from somewhere in the Northeast that’s still occasionally pummeled with snow—in just a few short months school will be wrapping up, the days will be long and sunny, and you’ll be wishing you started planning your summer vacation earlier! While planning ahead is a big part of preparing for an affordable and enjoyable summer vacation, it also gives you something to look forward to as you wait for winter to say its final adieu. A family summer vacation should be a relaxing, fun-filled time for bonding and re-energizing, but too often families find their vacations to be just as stressful, if not more so, than their daily routines. This can be due to lack of planning, chaotic itineraries, unhappy family members, and the number one cause: overspending. Whatever your budget, your summer vacation … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Hawaii 2014

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If you’re spending St. Patrick’s Day in Hawaii, it appears the luck of the Irish has already been bestowed upon you! And you’re about to get even luckier because if there’s one thing that Hawaiians do best, it’s show visitors a good time—especially when a holiday rolls around. The Irish down in Hawaii love St. Patrick’s Day, and there’s no better place to celebrate than among the breathtaking Hawaiian scenery and world-class Oahu attractions, complete with a tropical vibe and the friendly people of the island known as “The Gathering Place.”   The Parade The most popular St. Patrick’s Day even for visitors and locals of all ages is the Honolulu St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Friends of St. Patrick Society of Hawaii host this jovial parade which is in it’s 4th year, making it a true Hawaiian tradition. The 2014 parade starts at 12:00 noon on Monday, March … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Miami 2014

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While the Irish-American demographic isn’t ample in Miami, the city with the most residents born out side of the country it resides in can relate to the plight of Irish immigrants. More importantly, the people of Miami know how to party, and although the parades took place last weekend, the center of Southern Florida boasts an abundance of St. Patrick’s Day events. Before you throw on your requisite green t-shirt and totally Americanized St. Patty’s Day garb, check out the top Miami attractions and events this weekend. John Martin's St. Patrick's Day with the Irish You can celebrate with the Irish all weekend long at John Martin’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, located in Coral Gables. On Sunday, March 16th or Monday, March 17th treat yourself to an authentic and delicious Irish meal from John Martin’s special St. Patrick’s Day themed menu, featuring beer-battered fish and … [Read more...]