San Francisco Vacation Tips

San Francisco Attractions

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!

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 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...]

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 San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood. Located along Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore, … [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 remember not to fantasize you have more in your vacation savings than you do or to underestimate your … [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 Francisco attractions, you can use a Go San Francisco Card or Go Select San Francisco Pass to obtain big … [Read more...]

Things to do on Valentine’s Day in San Francisco

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For people who will be spending Valentine’s Day in San Francisco with that special someone or while flying solo, there are tons of great options to help celebrate the holiday. In addition to all of the regular things to do in San Francisco, the mid-February holiday brings a lot of special events and attractions to the City by the Bay. Here’s a look at a few: For people who aren’t into lovey-dovey things to do in San Francisco on Valentine’s Day, the Pillow Fight at JustinHermanPlaza is definitely worth checking out. Running from 5:45 pm to 9:00 pm, the Pillow Fight will give participants the chance to (softly) knock the stuffing out of each other…but you have to bring your own pillow. Even though Valentine’s Day might seem like an odd choice for a massive pillow fight, event organizers have an explanation: “Be there or be on a date with your significant other, just don't … [Read more...]

San Francisco Winter Events

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With February averages around 60 degrees Fahrenheit; San Francisco offers a mild climate that serves as an oasis for visitors from all parts of the world! As a host to world-class museums, booming events, and a variety of entertainment options, San Francisco is the ultimate city to beat winter blues while still sporting your favorite sweater! So which type of San Francisco retreat is right for you and your travel companions?   The Getaway: If you’re looking to get some fresh air, relax, and enjoy the spoils of sipping on your favorite wine under the sun, the Wine Country Tour is the perfect plan for you! Conveniently departing from San Francisco, you’ll be transported to the gorgeous Napa Valley, Sonoma, and Northern California wine country to sample premium wines, learn the insider scoop on production techniques, and take in the sensational sights. The fall and winter … [Read more...]

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in San Francisco

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If you are going to be in San Francisco on Sunday, chances are you will run into far more Denver Broncos fans than are usually in town. These won’t necessarily be people from Colorado, but rather native San Franciscans who are rooting for the Broncos because the 49ers were denied their chance at playing in the Super Bowl by the Seattle Seahawks. No matter who you are rooting for, there are a ton of swell spots in San Fran to watch Super Bowl XLVIII and a multitude of San Francisco Attractions to check out as well. For a fun, family experience, head to the Taco Shop at Underdogs at 1824 Irving Street. A combination of a taqueria and sports bar, the Taco Shop will be serving up delicious specials and showing the game on 10 plasma TV's on Super Sunday. And don’t worry about eating your food and then feeling like you should leave at halftime. According to chef Nick Fasanella: “Here … [Read more...]

Top San Francisco Winter Attractions

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Almost all of the world-class San Francisco attractions for which the city is known are open year round. Although travel sites often tend to say that San Francisco winters are a bit chilly, those of us who are used to winters in the Northeast can handle light jacket weather in exchange for the charm and distinct character of San Francisco. Of course, San Francisco winter travel deals are also a plus! Airfare and hotel rates go way down in the winter months, so you can stick to your budget without missing out on any travel perks. Meanwhile, top San Francisco winter attractions are also available to you at a discounted rate when you use the Go San Francisco Card or Go Select San Francisco Pass. Here are some of our favorite San Francisco attractions to check out this winter:     Cruise the Bay That’s right, temperatures are mild enough in San Francisco winters that … [Read more...]