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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Smart Destinations Announces New San Francisco Explorer Pass!

San Francisco Explorer Pass

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 … [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 … [Read more...]

San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival 2014

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Planning your spring vacations? Consider including a few days in San Francisco to your itinerary; it’s a quirky, artsy, multi-cultural city that has just about a little bit of everything for the traveler looking to enjoy an insider experience that goes beyond hokey touristy stuff.  One of the biggest local events of the year is actually just around the corner – the annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, which is one of the finest celebrations of Japanese art and culture in this country. If you’re looking to use your customized Go Select San Francisco Pass to explore the city like the local, the Cherry Blossom Festival is the place to be this April. 2014 marks the 47th year of the Cherry Blossom Festival, a popular community event that draws visitors from all over to … [Read more...]

School Vacation Travel Tips

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School vacations present a wonderful opportunity for kids to let loose, adults to cash in on some much needed relaxation, and for the whole family to get the bonding time that’s so hard to squeeze in this time of year. Plus, after a long winter, we can all use a getaway, whether its to the sandy beaches of Oahu or to the Big Apple to visit the New York attractions you know and love. This year, plan a family vacation that’s fun, affordable, and hassle-free for everyone. While this may seem like a challenge, you’d be surprised how fun the process can be when you stick to some pretty easy guidelines and use convenient attraction passes. Try implementing these travel tips on your next vacation for smooth sailing all the way through. Know your budget. It’s important to … [Read more...]

San Francisco Tourism Discounts

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Whether you consider San Francisco a favorite vacation destination or your only images of The Golden Gate City are ones you gathered from re-runs of Full House, you’ll find that the city’s unique flare and eclectic mix of people and attractions will keep you captivated for the entire duration of your trip—however long that may be! Old cable cars, Victorian “Painted Ladies,” and historic Fisherman’s Wharf contribute to San Fran’s picturesque charm, while landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island will leave you in awe. Although San Francisco is becoming known for its rising cost of living, tourists needn’t be too concerned, as San Francisco tourism discounts are in abundance, and many events are free or offered at a low cost. For the most popular San … [Read more...]