Hawaii Holiday Attractions 2014

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Fortunate to be escaping winter and spending your holidays in Oahu? You picked a great time to visit one of the world’s most famous vacation destinations. While the weather is lousy in most of the rest of the country, it’s just about perfect in Hawaii. Of course, this tropical destination is never lacking for things to do. However, evoking the Christmas spirit is sometimes difficult when you’re soaking in the Hawaiian sunshine. We won’t cry you a river. Nevertheless, believe it or not, the island features many holiday events in December. Here are a few Oahu holiday attractions to get you in the spirit when you’re beached out. Visit Candy Cane Lane Take a stroll down this path festively decorated with Christmas lights. Along the way, enjoy holiday entertainment, visit with Santa … [Read more...]

Top US Cities to Visit for the Holidays 2014

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What is the top U.S. city for holiday attractions? This was a question posed to me by a long-time Smart Destinations customer. Easy, right? Not so fast. Without question, New York City is a magical place to be during the most wonderful time of the year. However, after doing some research and asking some of our tour partners, I discovered there are other cities that rank right up alongside the City That Never Sleeps in terms of top-notch U.S. holiday attractions. Here are a couple of other great places to be over the upcoming holidays – and the special events they're holding in 2014. Orlando Beautiful, warm weather and endless attractions... how could you go wrong? Spending the holidays in Florida isn't for everyone, and may even seem counterintuitive, particularly to those who prefer … [Read more...]

Give the Gift of Fun! Best Travel Gifts for 2014

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Sooo… how did your Black Friday and Cyber Monday go? Ready to throw in the towel? As much as we grumble about holiday shopping, the truth is that we do it because we want to show our loved ones how much we care. Next time you're circling the parking lot or trying to find the end of the line, ask yourself, Will the gifts I’m buying be valued and treasured? Or does it just feel like "more stuff?" If it feels like "stuff," maybe it's time to change it up. So many of us already have everything we need. Dad doesn't really want another tie, and Grandma doesn't need another gadget in the kitchen. Make this the year you give something truly unique instead. Give memories. Smart Destination’s Go City Cards offer all-inclusive access to the some of the most unforgettable attractions … [Read more...]

Smart Destinations’ Black Friday/Cyber Monday Travel Sale 2014

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This year, Smart Destinations’ Black Friday / Cyber Monday Travel Sale is bigger than ever! To celebrate Thanksgiving and the kickoff of the 2014 Holiday Shopping season, we’re offering great discounts on our top products and special deals. For a limited time, you can even save an additional 15% off select cards when you purchase before 12/1/14. Visit www.smartdestinations.com for more information. Looking to pick up some attraction passes for yourself? Check out an all-inclusive multi-attraction pass like the Go San Diego Card, which provides admission to all 45 included attractions for 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7 consecutive days. Visit top name attractions like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, LEGOLAND California, and many more! Make a nice midwinter vacation out of a trip to … [Read more...]

Thanks a Million Sweepstakes!

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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 … [Read more...]

Best US Cities for Summer Vacations

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With June quickly approaching and the temperatures warming across the States, there’s no denying that soon summer will be upon us. If you have school-aged children, the exact start-date of summer as you know it probably coincides with the last day of school (a beautiful and terrifying day). You may suddenly be wondering just what to do with your family this summer. It’s the season for family vacations, but where to? Our favorite destinations for the summer of 2014 offer the perfect combination of outdoor recreation, cultural attractions, high-quality entertainment, and even a bit of education. Sound expensive? Don’t worry; we also have US attraction discounts to keep your wallet as satisfied as you are. If you’re on the West Coast or have always wanted to go, San Diego and … [Read more...]

Cheap Vacation Ideas and Tips

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It’s that time of year where we all feel like we need a vacation. But sometimes, it can be hard to take the vacation you want on the budget you have. Luckily, the smart and savvy traveler has Smart Destinations to make that trip happen, no matter how much or how little you have to work with. Check out a few of our favorite tips for budget-friendly vacations! Let’s start with travel and transit costs. If you need to fly to your destination, use a site like Kayak to keep an eye on the best airline deals. Airlines usually update their pricing throughout the week, although Wednesday is the best day for sales. If you have a favorite airline, be sure to get on their e-mail list to hear about great deals first! Once you’re at your destination, explore your transit options carefully. … [Read more...]

US Summer Attraction Discounts

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If you’re a budget sightseer like I am, you’re probably looking for the best deals when it comes to travel—whether it’s local or long distance. Often times, travelers only pay attention to finding the best deals on accommodations and transportation, forgetting about the costs accrued through actually doing things and enjoying the adventure. This doesn’t have to be the case. It’s easy to get the best attraction discounts when you know where to look. No matter where you are in the country, city attractions passes will conveniently save you money on admission prices. Keep reading to discover my favorite attractions in the Northeast, Midwest, West Coast, and Florida. The Northeast As a New Englander, I know there’s no better time to enjoy the Northeast United States than … [Read more...]

Summer Vacations in the United States

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May is coming to a close and June is fast approaching, which for American kids means only one thing – summer vacation! The kids have been in school all year, and it’s been an especially tough winter, so everyone is itching to get their summer fun on. Where will you take your family this summer? Summer vacations come in all shapes and sizes. From a weekend trip to NYC, to a weeklong getaway in sunny Oahu, there’s any number of approaches to that perfect summer trip. Of course, savvy travelers know that planning the perfect vacation is about more than just deciding where to go and how long to stay. To make your dream summer vacation affordable (and be able to afford to take more than one!), be sure to pick up a money-saving Go City Card. If you’re looking to shake off those … [Read more...]

Summer Vacation Savings Tips

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If you spend as much time daydreaming about vacation plans as I do, chances are you’ve already hashed out a few ideas for the upcoming summer. If your work desktop features an image of aquamarine waters in Belize or the San Francisco Bay at sunset, you know what I mean. However, a lot more goes into planning a summer vacation than simply daydreaming – at some point you have to put the plan into action. This is easier said than done, of course. High prices during a crowded peak season and an overwhelming number of choices to make (where to stay, how to get there, what to see, where to eat) don’t make the planning any easier. Don’t let this deter you. Planning your summer vacation can actually be just as fun (if not more) than daydreaming about it. Just try not to stress and pay … [Read more...]