Summer in San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge

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The San Francisco Bay area’s attractions are plentiful and varied, but by far the most well-known attraction is the Golden Gate Bridge. Declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World, the art deco-style suspension bridge is known around the world as the symbol of San Francisco. On your trip to the City by the Bay make sure you get the best view of the awe-inspiring attraction by taking a voyage aboard the Golden Gate Bridge Cruise. Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge from the water is an incredible and unique experience. On this Red and White Fleet cruise, you’ll sail right under the 742-foot tall Bridge, providing ample opportunities for interesting photographs – the perfect souvenir! Not only does a San Francisco Bay cruise offer the best view of the Bridge, it also helps you avoid the crowds. With 10 million annual visitors, the Bridge is pretty packed – especially in the … [Read more...]

Cheap San Francisco Attractions Tickets

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San Francisco is known as one of the most enlightened and enthralling cities in the U.S., but it’s also known as one of the most expensive. That said, there are always ways to save money no matter where you go. Here are a few suggestions for things in the city that can help you save a buck – or two – and some ideas about places to get Go San Francisco Card Attractions Discount Tickets. Although other chains may come to mind on 7/11, fast-food restaurant Chick-fil-A is attempting to corner the holiday market on July eleventh by celebrating Cow Appreciation Day. On 7/11, customers who come to Bay Area Chick-fil-A restaurants while dressed up like a cow will be awarded a free meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. (For costume ideas, think black-and-white spots, cow bells and furry ears.) If you can’t get a full get-up together, throw on a partial outfit and receive a free … [Read more...]

San Francisco Cable Cars

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What are your top San Francisco must-sees? The beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, once the longest suspension bridge and among the most recognizable of its type across the globe. Lush Golden Gate Park, filled with everything from the peaceful Japanese Tea Garden to the one-of-a-kind California Academy of Sciences. The quirky, eclectic architecture and hilly streets of the Mission District. The hustle and bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf and the Marina District. But the one thing that just screams San Francisco? The world-famous San Francisco Cable Cars! Cable Cars were an early form of the modern light rail – a street-level mass transit system that pulled cars along designated routes using a wire rope system from above. After a few initial line installations in San Francisco in the 1870s, Cable Cars quickly became a convenient, cost-effective, and safe form of transportation all across the … [Read more...]

San Francisco 4th of July Fireworks 2014

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San Francisco really shines in the summer, and this 4th of July weekend is the perfect time to visit and see why everyone falls in love with the City by the Bay. From cruises and bike rides to bus tours and scavenger hunts, the time is right to explore this beautiful city. Come to California this July and check out a few festive 4th of July San Francisco attractions! Everyone’s favorite holiday attraction is the 4th of July Fireworks. For 2014, the San Francisco 4th of July Fireworks will be set off in two locations: from Marina Green and from Fisherman’s Wharf. You’ll be able to see both sets of fireworks from most central locations, and the synched performance is truly an impressive sight. We recommend taking public transit to the area, as surrounding streets will be closed to cars for several hours in advance of the fireworks. (Insider Tip: pick up a Muni Visitor Passport … [Read more...]

San Francisco Summer Discounts

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There are certainly ways to save cash no matter where you are visiting, even the City by the Bay. With the Go San Francisco Card Attractions Pass, you’ll save up to 55 percent on admission to 31 of the best attractions that the city has to offer. The pass, which starts at $57.99, allows you to customize your trip for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days and there’s even a week-long pass option. There are also other great San Francisco Summer Discounts that are available now that the weather has started to get hot. For a gratifying experience in the great outdoors, head to Golden GatePark any Saturday this summer for a free yoga session as part of the Purusha Seva Project. The meditative and rejuvenating sessions are held ever Saturday morning at 11 a.m. near the Big Rec Baseball Field which is across from the main entrance to the Botanical Garden. Children, dogs and, of course, yoga mats are all … [Read more...]

San Francisco Summer Events 2014

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Summer is the season for street festivals in San Francisco, which means that visitors to the Bay Area are in for a taste of the city’s charming eccentricities. In addition to the many cultural and “just for fun” celebrations that flow into the streets, San Francisco attractions play host to numerous outdoor activities and indoor exhibitions. Summer is a great time to visit because the weather is actually cooler than in many parts of the country—while still warm enough to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Northern California.   Notable Festivals Get your summer started this June on Saturday June 7th with the Union Street Festival, the first street fest of the season, in its 38th year. The free festival is one of the largest arts festivals in the country, and this year’s event features themed “worlds” (like “Technology” or “Crafts”) on every block. The … [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 in the summer. It’s for this reason that summer has always been my favorite season. The weather is … [Read more...]

San Francisco Vacation Tips

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San Francisco’s surreal beauty and picturesque charm will steal your heart from the moment you set eyes on it. Whether it’s the cable cars and the Victorian Painted Ladies or the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge half obscured by the rolling fog, there’s something about San Francisco attractions that tourists can’t get enough of. And as the second most densely populated major American city, we’re guessing the residents are quite enamored by the city as well! Before you leave, make sure you’ve packed the essential (yet often forgotten) items: a light jacket or sweatshirt for when the fog comes in, comfortable shoes for a very walkable city, and sunblock for rays that penetrate even the thickest layer of fog. To get the most of your San Francisco vacation, start your trip the right way by purchasing a  Go San Francisco Card attractions pass, designed to get tourists into … [Read more...]

Smart Destinations Announces New San Francisco Explorer Pass!

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Exciting news for Smart Destinations fans  – the debut of our brand new product, the San Francisco Explorer Pass! The San Francisco Explorer Pass joins the whole Smart Destinations family in San Francisco, providing travellers with another great way to explore San Fran to their hearts content. Along with the Go San Francisco Card and the San Francisco Go Select Pass, the San Francisco Explorer Pass offers top-notch attractions, convenience, and big savings. Just like the ever-popular New York Explorer Pass, the San Francisco Explorer Pass is modeled to allow customers to choose a certain number of attractions out of a wide selection of local highlights. In this case, travelers can choose four attractions out of twenty of the city’s best to visit over the course of a full thirty days. Included attractions appeal to a range of interests and travel styles, with options as diverse … [Read more...]

How to Plan a Summer Vacation

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While a summer vacation may seem light years away—especially if you’re reading this from somewhere in the Northeast that’s still occasionally pummeled with snow—in just a few short months school will be wrapping up, the days will be long and sunny, and you’ll be wishing you started planning your summer vacation earlier! While planning ahead is a big part of preparing for an affordable and enjoyable summer vacation, it also gives you something to look forward to as you wait for winter to say its final adieu. A family summer vacation should be a relaxing, fun-filled time for bonding and re-energizing, but too often families find their vacations to be just as stressful, if not more so, than their daily routines. This can be due to lack of planning, chaotic itineraries, unhappy family members, and the number one cause: overspending. Whatever your budget, your summer vacation … [Read more...]