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...]

Orlando Holiday Lights

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A warm-weather winter may seem unconventional to some, but it is certainly not overrated. Image you and your family enjoying the holidays among palm trees and swimming pools, visiting the top attractions in sunny style – sans the heavy winter jacket! Orlando offers a bounty of mesmerizing holiday light displays to provide you with all the seasonal charm, without the seasonal weather. So where should you go to experience the optimal holiday lights? SeaWorld To see a real dazzling display this holiday, head over to SeaWorld Orlando! You’ll see soaring fountains, twinkling lights, and festive fireworks choreographed to the tune of some of your favorite holiday songs. The park offers a bevy of seasonal performances: O Wondrous Night – the story of Christmas told with over 30 carols, live animals, life size puppets, and incredible special effects! This new addition to … [Read more...]

NASCAR 2014 Florida Travel Tips

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Start your engines - NASCAR has announced a string of 2014 Sprint Cup events that will bring the legendary racing series back to the Sunshine State beginning in February. Although the races will be going down in Daytona, racing fans might want to head to nearby O-Town to check out some Orlando Attractions while they are in the area. As a new twist for the 2014 slate of NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Daytona International Speedway, fans should be glad to hear that there will now be an Air Titan track-drying system at every Sprint Cup race weekend. "This season has delivered plenty of drama and excitement, and we're anticipating even more for our fans in 2014 now that the Gen-6 car has competed at every track,” said NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O’Donnell. "Having the Air Titan at each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend allows us to meet a very important goal set … [Read more...]

Top 5 Orlando Holiday Attractions

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When you think of the holiday season, palm trees and beaches probably aren’t the first things to come to mind. However, wouldn’t it be nice to spend the holidays vacationing in a place where you don’t have to be constantly bundled up and never have to worry about shoveling snow or driving on icy roads? Orlando can offer you all that and a surplus of holiday attractions and events so you won’t miss out on any of the holiday cheer. If you’re looking for some seasonal Orlando attractions to include in your itinerary, start with here with our list of the most fun and festive holiday attractions.   Light-up UCF Every year, the University of Central Florida leads the way in holiday cheer with its presentation of Light Up UFC: “50 Days of Music, Lights, and Ice.” This attraction is our number one because it runs every night from November 15th through January … [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...]

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration

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Each year, the holiday season offers the opportunity to create another bout of memories to be cherished by you and your family for years to come. This year, celebrate the holidays in Orlando SeaWorld style during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration! With a splashing series of events taking place from November 23rd until December 31st, your visit to SeaWorld Orlando provides a wintery, watery wonderland! Enjoy the timeless sounds of Christmas Carols filling the air, enjoy stellar performances by a bevy of familiar characters, marvel at the dazzling Sea of Trees lighting up the water, and so much more! Each area of the park is bustling with celebration and spirit. Village Square: Riddled with towering, illuminated trees shining brightly, it’s impossible to miss the gorgeous Village Square display. Dotted with picturesque bakery and candy shops that grace the air with a sweet, … [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...]

Best Places for School Trips in Orlando

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Kids in the Orlando metro area are in luck when it comes to school field trips. There are plenty of outstanding Orlando Attractions that will make for great destinations to go for a day outside of the classroom. The Kennedy Space Center has to be near the top of any list of the best places to go on school trips in Orlando. Known as the “greatest space adventure on Earth,” the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex gives its guest the opportunity to walk under the largest rocket ever made (it’s supposed to be good luck), meet an actual NASA astronaut who has been in space (and made it back) and touch a rock from the moon. In addition to those special treats, admission to the Kennedy Space Center allows visitors to experience Space Shuttle Atlantis, a Shuttle Launch Experience, the Angry Birds Space Encounter and the center’s Twin IMAX 3-D Film Theaters. Guests of the Kennedy … [Read more...]

Orlando Gay Pride Month

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A highly anticipated time of the year for members and supporters of the LGBTQ community – Pride Month is kicking off in beautiful Orlando! Last year’s Come Out With Pride celebration was attended by more than 100,000 visitors, and even more are expected to turn out this year for the festivities to support the movement of increased solidarity and awareness. While the entire month hosts a bevy of Pride events, the official Come Out with Pride day is October 5th – making it the most action-packed weekend to provide the optimal Pride experience! The entire first week will feature a special Come Out With Pride beer garden at Lake Eola, where barricades allow for attendees to walk around the lake, enjoy the festival and entertainment with a cocktail in-hand! Here’s just a taste of the line-up:   Thursday, October 3rd Opening Ceremony: Pride Takes Center Stage! 6:30pm @ … [Read more...]