Top Oahu Winter Attractions

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It almost goes without saying that Hawaii is an ideal destination for your winter getaway. Still, we’ll say it: Hawaii is the perfect place to beat the winter blues. While the island of Oahu, home to the capital Honolulu and the world famous Wakiki resort area, captures the hearts and flyer-miles of visitors all year round, winter in Oahu is extra special for three reasons: you can whale watch, the surf’s up (WAY up), and it’s much warmer than it is anywhere else in the United States. The most incredible Oahu attractions are just a plane ride away. Make this the winter you see it all. Whale Watching Between the months of November and April, over 10,000 humpback whales migrate from Alaska to the warm Hawaiian waters for the winter. Peak season for whale watching is in February and March, so this is the perfect time of year to book your whale watching adventure. Whale watching … [Read more...]

Christmas in Hawaii

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If you’re lucky enough to be spending Christmas in Hawaii, you may be wondering just what there is to do during the holidays in the tropics. While Santa may have traded in his warm red suit for a more appropriate flowery Hawaii shirt, you can be certain that Hawaiians and their holiday visitors get in the spirit just like their friends in the contiguous United States. The most popular Hawaiian destination, both during the holidays and year round, is the island of Oahu, known as “The Gathering Place.” Oahu offers a diverse mix of outdoor recreation and water sports, beautiful scenery, fascinating history, and rich cultures. The famous Waikiki vacation spot is located on the South Shore, right by the state’s capital, Honolulu. Excited to say “Mele Kalikimaka” in Hawaii yet? Read on to see what Oahu attractions you and your family can enjoy.   Celebrate the … [Read more...]

Top Oahu Holiday Attractions

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Can you think of a more appealing setting for a winter getaway than the lush islands of Hawaii? Oahu invites you to explore, discover, and embrace the Polynesian paradise this holiday season! Enjoy the sensational sunny weather, a variety of holiday celebrations, and dozens of unique attractions. The island of Oahu is known as “The Gathering Place”, making it the perfect location for bringing friends and family together to create unforgettable holiday memories! Vans Triple Crown of Surfing North Shore Hawaii | Nov 12-Dec 20 Surf culture in Hawaii is deeply ingrained within its history and its present. The first known occurrences of surfing are connected to ancient Hawaii traditions, where the sea had a perceived persona, which could reflect emotions. This reverence for the ocean resulted in a desire to engage with it, worship it, and even perform rituals and dances to please the … [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...]

Travel Gift Black Friday Sale

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As a passionate traveler, I know that some of the most inspiring and memorable moments in my life were born from exploring a new place. Whether it comes from visiting a nearby museum, getting your adrenaline pumping on thrill rides, learning about the fascinating foundations on historical tours, or just taking in the culture and beauty of a far-away city – these new discoveries illuminate our minds and stand out in our memories.  This holiday season, give the gift that never stops giving. Film & TV Fanatics: While New York and Boston have plenty of TV and Movie Site Tours to offer, the true heart of the entertainment industry lies in the south of California – Los Angeles! With a booming film and television industry, any film and TV fanatic will be dazzled by the iconic sites that await! And with the Go Los Angeles Card, you can provide your loved one with access to all the top … [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...]

Holiday Travel Tips for Smart Savings

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If you’re lucky enough to be combining your holidays with some vacation time, make sure you travel smart. There are many ways to save money on holiday travel packages that are often overlooked in the holiday hustled and bustle. Whether you’re heading to Grandma’s house in New England or escaping the cold in Oahu, these holiday travel tips will help you to have an enjoyable, affordable holiday vacation. Accommodation Depending on your destination, the amount of money you can save on accommodations varies greatly. For instance, if Grandma’s house has an extra bedroom or two, you might be able to get away with free lodgings. However, when staying with family or friends is out of the question, there are other options that are much more affordable than the luxury resorts and hotels you’ll see advertised. Think about what you’re really willing to pay for—is it that important … [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...]

Triple Crown of Surfing Oahu

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Oahu is full of exciting events and things to do all year long, and 2013 is no different. One upcoming Oahu Attraction that many people are looking forward to and will be heading to the island to attend is the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the first event in the 2013 Triple Crown of Surfing. In addition to the Reef Hawaiian Pro, which runs from November 12 to 23 at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach, the 2013 Triple Crown of Surfing also includes an event at Sunset Beach (in Australia) from November 24 to December 6 and the Billabong Pipe Masters event from December 8 to December 20.  After the Pipe Masters, the final event of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour, the World Surfing Champion will be crowned. At this point, it looks like it will either be Mick Fanning or Kelly Slater, but, given the volatile nature of the sport, anything could happen during this year’s Triple Crown of … [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...]