Top Ten U.S. Cities for Traveling

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The U.S. is a large mixing pot full of culture and vast amounts of excitement.  With so much ground to cover, it's difficult to pick one spot suitable for traveling to, so we've narrowed it down to the top ten.     Chicago Chicago is a bustling city filled with beautiful structures and rich attractions.  For fans of great architecture, you'll enjoy the Sears Tower (now called Willis Tower), which was formerly the tallest tower in the world, as well as the Chicago River, which is bordered with remarkable sky scrapers.  A sightseeing boat trip around the river is a great way to view the many historical structures the city has to offer.  Chicago is also known for being at the forefront of public art, for instance, a popular attraction has always been the Cloud … [Read more...]

Skywalk Observatory, Willis Tower, Empire State Building, and More!

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Planning a trip to a new city always poses the same problem: I want to see it all but I won’t have the time! Our advice? See it all at once. Here are the best bird’s eye views of five major cities: Boston First Tallest Buidling: John Hancock Tower Second Tallest: Prudential Tower Officially referred to as Hancock Place, Boston’s John Hancock Tower is located right near the main branch of the Boston Public Library. Unfortunately, its observation deck is currently closed, making the Prudential Tower’s Skywalk Observatory the spot to visit for a 360 degree view of the city. For a view of Boston’s famous Harbor and waterfront district, make a visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art for their floor-to-ceiling windows that suspend you right over the water. Chicago First … [Read more...]

Give the Gift of Attractions With Great Holiday Travel Deals

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The holiday season – and with it, the holiday shopping frenzy – is in full swing, and people are scrambling to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list. Luckily, we have a solution to your shopping woes that will keep you out of those long lines and will keep a smile on your loved one’s face long after the holiday season is over. Our new Give the Gift of Attractions holiday shopping is making it easier and more affordable to give the priceless gift of a memorable travel experience to anyone on your list. Smart Destinations shoppers have two ways to give these meaningful gifts to their friends and family: Create the Perfect Customized Gift for your Traveler Your first option is to create a customized Go Select Pass: you choose from some of the nation’s most popular … [Read more...]

10 Free Things to Do in Seattle

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Seattle is one of those cities where anything can happen...and probably will. Diversity, in some ways, epitomizes Seattle. Consider the busy, compact city paired with the gorgeous natural landscapes sprawling around it, the historic landmarks like Pioneer Square juxtaposed with contemporary sculpture parks, or the big-time corporations like Amazon and Microsoft beside quintessential mom and pop shops. If you can picture all that, you'll have just a glimpse of what this west coast city is all about. To get a real feel for Seattle, you'll have to do a lot while you're there. But before you start worrying about the consequences this could have on your bank account, rest assured that there are tons of free things to do in Seattle! After you check out Seattle's most popular attractions like … [Read more...]

Announcing the Go Guides Widget by Smart Destinations!

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Do you own a blog or travel related website? Are you looking for a new way to provide useful travel information to your visitors? Well, you’re in luck because the Smart Destinations development team has just launched the Go Guides widget! What is a Go Guides Widget? The Go Guides Widget is a snippet of code that you place on your website which creates a box filled with downloadable PDF guide books specific to one of our destinations. The guides are filled with useful information about the top attractions in the city of your choosing. You and your visitors can print them out or read them on your smart phones in order to use the guides as resources when exploring a city with your Go City Card or Go Select Passes in hand. You can see a working model here: Go Guides Widget by Smart … [Read more...]

The Lowdown on the Seattle Underground Tour

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We often think of Seattle as a city at the forefront of progress, home to the headquarters of big names like Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks. Some may know Seattle for its eco-friendly reputation or the world-famous national beauty that surrounds its skyscrapers. Still others may conjure images of popular contemporary attractions like the Space Needle or Olympic National Park. These are all accurate depictions of Seattle, Washington, but many forget about Seattle's unique history as a late 1800's pioneer town. When you think you've seen all there is of Seattle, think again. If you haven't been on Bill Speidel's Seattle Underground Tour, you're missing out on a big chunk of Seattle history buried right beneath your feet. What is the Seattle Underground Tour? Bill Speidel's Seattle … [Read more...]

5 Chocolate Tasting Tours in the United States

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Whether you're a local or a tourist, there's really no better way to experience a city than a chocolate tasting tour. When you combine sightseeing with decadent gourmet chocolate, you really just can't go wrong. As part of the current food tour phenomenon, chocolate tasting tours can be found all over the United States in major cities. From the mountains to the prairies, Americans appreciate their chocolate. Another great thing about these tours is that they're all done on foot, so you'll get a feel for the city you're in and walk off the excess chocolate calories. SEATTLE Chocolate Indulgence Tour by Savor Seattle This 2-hour walking tour in the beautiful city of Seattle includes over 15 chocolate tastings. You'll learn about Seattle's chocolate history and its 50+ chocolatiers, and … [Read more...]

Top 5 Fun Things to Do in Washington State

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Washington State has some of the most beautiful natural wonders in America; however, there is so much more to it than natural beauty. There are tons of museums, state parks, tours, outdoor activities, and wineries. Whatever your interests are, you can find something exciting that appeals to you. What follows are the top five fun things to do in Washington State. 1. Mount Rainier National Park Mount Rainier National Park has something for everyone. There are many hotels where you can stay within the park area. The top two choices are the historic Paradise Inn, where you can leave the hotel and immediately be within the meadows and trails of Mount Rainier, and the Alta Crystal Resort, which features a more traditional hotel feel with an outdoor pool. You can dine at Summit House, … [Read more...]

Best Seattle Hiking Trails for Beginners

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One of the most unique things about visiting Seattle is you're in a city surrounded by mountains, wilderness, and waterways. This means it’s easy to find a place to enjoy a short nature getaway when you don’t have time for a longer excursion. One of the best and most popular outdoor leisure activities in Seattle is hiking. After all, you don’t need much to enjoy a good hike: Just bring appropriate clothing, water, snacks, and a map. If you’re new to hiking, you probably don’t want to start out with a 4-day hiking and camping extravaganza. More likely, you’re looking for a relatively easy hike of a few miles that you can do in a daytrip. The following trails are some of the best places for Seattle hiking and are also suitable for beginners. Washington Park … [Read more...]

7 Unique Things to Do in Seattle for Free

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As a big city in the heart of rural Washington, Seattle has always been a little out-of-the-ordinary. Although downtown Seattle is certainly vibrant and sophisticated, you don’t have to go far to find yourself in the depths of natural beauty and outdoor adventure-land; including mountain ranges, waterways, national parks, and the only temperate rainforest in the continental U.S. In Seattle, you’ll see the most high-tech companies like Microsoft, Adobe, and Amazon thriving without impeding on the quality of life experienced by Seattle residents (and tourists!).  There are so many interesting things to do in Seattle—you’ll find art, culture, diversity, and nature intertwining to form the city that is the best of both worlds. So, while you’re traveling in Seattle, go beyond just … [Read more...]