National University Holiday Bowl in San Diego


Fans of the Arizona State Sun Devils or Texas Tech Red Raiders who plan on attending the National University Holiday Bowl in San Diego should be able to find plenty of other things to do in town besides taking in the game. There are tons of great San Diego Attractions to enjoy in one of America’s most enjoyable cities – the weather ain’t bad either! The Holiday Bowl will kick off at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Monday, Dec. 30 at 7:15 p.m. and it promises to be one of the better bowl games in a day that is packed full of them. The matchup between the Sun Devils (10-3) and the Red Raiders (7-5) is sure to be a competitive one and fans of both schools can expect to see a close contest. Arizona State is coming into the game after dropping a 38-14 decision to Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game, while Texas Tech enters the Holiday Bowl looking for a little redemption … [Read more...]

San Diego Holiday Travel Deals


The holiday season has officially arrived, and with it comes a flurry of holiday travel deals for all your dream destinations. If sunny San Diego seems like an ideal place to escape the snow and cold, you’re in luck! According to, some of the best travel deals are popping up in San Diego this year. Whether you’re on the prowl for discounted San Diego attractions, cheap hotel rooms, or air fare deals, we’ve got you covered! San Diego Hotels A quick look at will prove that discounted San Diego hotels during the holiday weeks are not so hard to find! For example, the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley (today’s “Daily Deal”) is currently offering rooms with two double beds from as little as $101.15/night. This luxury hotel with a beautiful outdoor pool, spa tub, and state-of-the-art exercise room also offers easy access to San Diego attractions. In fact, … [Read more...]

Top San Diego Holiday Attractions


Heading to San Diego for the holiday season? The city is teeming with holiday cheer, bustling with a wintery charm unique to this warm weather haven. The city and its many attractions are getting into the holiday spirit – stringing lights on their palm trees and inviting the familiar sounds of timeless carols. With your Go San Diego Card, you can visit all the top attractions this holiday season for one low price – saving you up to 55% off combined admission prices! Or check out our special San Diego Holiday Attractions pass to save 29% on the San Diego Zoo, Fleet Science Center, Air and Space Museum and Natural History Museum! So where should you go to bask in the ultimate display of merriment and cheer? Knott’s Berry Merry Farm Knott’s Berry Farm converts into a wintery wonderland – otherwise known as Knott’s Merry Farm! Adorned in glittering lights and jam-packed … [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...]

See the ISON Comet at the Fleet Science Center


If you want to see what could end up being the “Comet of the Century,” then there’s only one place to go. The Fleet Science Center will be hosting an early morning comet-viewing party on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 5:30 in the morning! Come for the coffee and stay to get a great look at Comet ISON with the Space Geek Team. Located at 1875 El Prado in San Diego’s gorgeous Balboa Park, the Fleet Science Center is always one of the top attractions to visit in “America’s Finest City,” but the approach of Comet ISON is just another reason to add to the list. Grab some grub at Galileo’s Café and watch Comet ISON as it streaks through the San Diego sky from 5:45 to 6:30 early on Tuesday morning. The Space Geek Team will be on hand to share their knowledge about the comet (and help you locate it in the sky) and, given that it isn’t 100 percent certain that the comet will … [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...]

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

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As always, November is flying by and before you know it you’ll be sitting down to a Thanksgiving feast with your family, friends, and loved ones. However, if you haven’t finalized your Thanksgiving travel plans yet, fear not! It’s not too late to plan an extra special holiday trip just about anywhere in the country. Whether Thanksgiving finds you bundled up in New York City, hunkered down in Chicago, or relaxing under the palms in sunny San Diego, we have the Thanksgiving travel tips that will make your mini-vacation that much better. Here are some tips for traveling in some of our most popular destinations: New York, Chicago, and San Diego. New York City Travel Tips NYC is a magnet for families and tourists during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Of course, this is because New York attractions go all out for the holidays. If possible, avoid traveling on the busiest … [Read more...]

San Diego December Nights

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As one of the most anticipated seasonal attractions, December Nights is the largest free community festival in San Diego  – attracting more than 350,000 visitors over two days! This year’s December Nights land on December 6th & 7th in beautiful Balboa Park, which is transformed into a festive, joyful wonderland! You’ll be surrounded by dazzling light displays as you enjoy the many activities and entertainment options. Some highlights include: Museums -To celebrate the spirit of the holiday season, participating Balboa Park museums open to the public free of charge from 5-9 on the December Nights! Museums include the Mingei International Museum, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, the Fleet Science Center, and so much more! House of Pacific Relations International Cottages - 32 countries will be selling traditional ethnic food and … [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...]