Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

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With visions of falling leaves and Thanksgiving turkeys fading into the rearview, it’s certainly beginning to look a lot like…Grinchmas? Although it started on Thanksgiving, Grinchmas will kick off in earnest on Saturday, Dec. 7 and continue on through the rest of the month at the entertainment capital of Los Angeles, Universal Studios Hollywood. In addition to Saturday the 7th, Grinchmas will take place on 12/8, 12/14, 12/15, and then everyday from 12/20-12/31. On the days that the Grinch invades Universal Studios Hollywood, visitors can expect to celebrate the "Wholidays" by watching the Whos dance through Whoville while spreading holiday cheer and singing along with the Who-Carolers. Guests will also have the opportunity to take photos with the Grinch, his dog Max and pose for a shot beneath the 60-foot-tall Grinchmas tree in Universal Plaza. Universal Studios Hollywood will … [Read more...]

Top Los Angeles Holiday Attractions

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This holiday season, give your family a one-of-a-kind gift that won’t soon be forgotten: a vacation in Hollywood! What better time than the season of magic and joy to visit the city that’s got a magic of its own. And while Los Angeles isn’t known for its white Christmases, the city of move magic is no stranger to creating picturesque scenes that will make you think you’ve been picked up and placed in another part of the world. This means can get the winter wonderland experience if you’d like, without the cold and the hassle! Spice up your trip with top Los Angeles attractions, and use the Smart Destinations’ Los Angeles Holiday Attractions package to get the biggest bang for your buck. All four attractions on this pass, the Dolby Theater Tour, Madam Tussauds Hollywood, the Hollywood Movie Stars Home Tour and the Redline Tour of Hollywood, are conveniently located along … [Read more...]

Travel Gift Cyber Monday Sale

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It’s back! It’s that time of year that us savvy online shoppers anticipate most – Cyber Monday! With the holidays fast-approaching, it’s time to get in the spirit of giving while getting great deals! Whether your loved one is a globe-trotting aficionado or of the staycation variety, Smart Destinations offers attraction passes that provide dazzling new discoveries in some of America's most beloved cities - Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oahu, Orlando, and Miami! So which product is right for your loved one? The Package Deal: Is the person you’re gifting an art enthusiast? A history buff? An adrenaline junkie? With the SmartDestinations Go Select Packages, you can find a set of attractions that can appeal to the travel style of your loved one. Assembled to provide the optimum savings on choice attractions, the Go Select Packages can offer … [Read more...]

Top U.S. Cities for Holiday Attractions

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What type of getaway suits you and your family? With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us are excitedly planning our winter adventures. Smart Destinations offers all-inclusive attraction passes in 9 of America’s most beloved cities, with exclusive packages offering you discounts of up to 55% off! But where should you spend this special time of year? ‘White Christmas’: If you’re envisioning sweaters, scarves, hot chocolate, the steam of breath escaping you as you marvel at Christmas lights reflecting on patches of snow – it’s time to suit up in your peacoat and take to the North! New York City is a wonderland during the holiday season – proudly adorned with classic holiday light displays, bustling with activity as locals and visitors buzz past illuminated shopping window displays, and if you’re lucky - dusted over in fresh snowfall. With the New York … [Read more...]

Best Places to Visit for Thanksgiving

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No matter where you are planning on spending the Thanksgiving holiday, the odds are it is going to be great. Some might say that Halloween is the first event that kicks off the holiday season, but nothing really started until Thanksgiving rolls around. Whether it’s the turkey, the football or whatever that special spice in the in pumpkin pie is every year, Thanksgiving is one of the best days on the calendar, bar none. If you are visiting a different city for your celebration, make it that much more special by taking advantage of some of the awesome attractions that are available to you. Heading to Gotham for T-Day? There are a plethora of New York Attractions that will expand on your Thanksgiving holiday the same way that gravy complements mashed potatoes. For a bird’s-eye view of the city, soar to the top of one of the most iconic structures in the U.S. - the Empire State … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Holiday Lights

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With winter months averaging in the balmy 70-degree range, the holiday months in Los Angeles offer an alternative to the typical image of pine trees and snow-covered hills. But don’t underestimate the power of holiday cheer in cohesion with the power of the sun’s rays – Californians know how to celebrate the holidays in style! Imagine strings of lights hugging warmly around exotic palm trees, the sun setting as you stroll down the jovially-adorned Santa Monica Pier, and the delightfully illuminated houses rivaling the gleam of the Hollywood sign above – a Los Angeles holiday is one you will never forget! So where can you see the most vibrant L.A. holiday light displays? Rodeo Drive:  While you may have passed this famous shopping street on the Hollywood Movie Star Homes Tour, Rodeo Drive is worth revisiting once the sun goes down. Stroll past lavish shops with decadent … [Read more...]

How to Plan Holiday Travel

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The holidays are a time to relax, indulge a little, and enjoy time with family and friends. If you have the chance to do a little traveling or sightseeing, the holiday season is the opportune time. However, many families are unnecessarily afraid of planning holiday travel; you might think it’s too stressful, too expensive, or just too late to start your planning. Of course, you’d certainly be missing out! You can make your holiday travel plans with ease and confidence if you use our Go City Cards. Using a Go City Card allows you the convenience and excitement of all-inclusive access to the top attractions in destinations like Chicago, Boston, San Diego, and even Oahu! With access to all the popular attractions, and no need to choose which attractions you’ll visit ahead of time, Go City Cards offer the flexibility that the holidays require. There’s also something for everyone … [Read more...]

Family Vacation Planning Tips

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For some of us, the term ‘planning’ ignites our excitement for an upcoming adventure. For the rest of us, the idea of planning is a process to be resisted, or a process we see as a burden. Despite which category you fall into, we all know that planning a family vacation can often grow tedious – with dozens of internet tabs littering your display screen, tabs on various guidebooks, and illegible mock itineraries scribbled along as you begin to decipher and map out each of your destination attraction locations. As exhilarating as this process may be for some travelers, most of us can barely find the time to book our flights – let alone prepare all the activities prior to taking advantage of those vacation days. Here are some of our recommendations for planning a family vacation: Booking the hotel and airfare is the easy part, of travel planning – it’s building out your … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Vegan Cuisine

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Voted by PETA as one of the top three vegan-friendly cities, Los Angeles is home to a wide selection of amazing vegetarian chain and niche restaurants with sensational reviews. The vegan/vegetarian market in the LA area has seen immense growth in recent years, creating Stella’s Best vegan ice cream, opening a vegan restaurant at LAX, offering vegan hot dogs at Dodger Stadium, and generating new vegan restaurants regularly - meaning there always almost always something new to try! As one of the top recommended plant-based chain restaurants, Real Foods Daily sports locations in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Pasadena. It’s a convenient place to stop after a visit to Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, or a stop at the Hollywood Museum. Their menu hosts a variety of foods to suit any pallet. From the Kimchi Maki Roll to the Mediterranean Bowl, you’re biggest obstacle will be … [Read more...]

Chinese New Year in California

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When Chinese New Year begins on Friday, January 31, 2014, there’s only one place where you are going to want to be…well one state anyway. California is quite possibly the best place in the continental United States to celebrate Chinese New Year and with (at least) three great cities to visit - San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco – there is plenty to do for all ages. San Diego San Diego is famous for its inhabitants’ laid-back attitudes and near-perfect weather, but it also has a ton of great attraction offerings as well. To get the most out of your time in the city with your family or group, check out the San Diego Family Attractions package by Smart Destinations and save 34% on admission to the Natural History Museum, Fleet Science Center, Boomers and a Harbor Tour! San Diego is full of many educational attractions and museums. Also known as the Natural … [Read more...]