March Madness Travel Tips

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When the NCAA March Madness tournament kicks off on March 18 and 19 at the UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio, you are going to want to have your bracket filled out and at the ready (possibly even laminated to prevent it from being ruined by spillage). Although we won’t know who is playing where until Selection Sunday on March 16, it’s a pretty safe bet that top teams like Wichita State, Duke, Florida, Villanova, Louisville, Virginia, Michigan and Arizona will all have high seeds and almost certainly advance to the second round – maybe even the third. Thankfully, we do know where those are going to be played. The second and third round games of the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament will be held on March 20 and 22 at the Amway Center in Florida and on March 21 and 23 at the Viejas Arena in San Diego. If you plan on trying to attend games at either one of those locations, consider … [Read more...]

NYC St. Patrick’s Day 2014

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What better way is there to start off the work week than by taking the day off and celebrating one of the most boisterous holidays on the American calendar in one of the rowdiest cities in the U.S.? The NYC St. Patrick’s Day 2014 Parade will be taking place on Monday the 17th and it is an event that you will want to be a part of if you are spending mid-March in the City that Never Sleeps. In addition to all the sights that are available to visit with the New York Attractions Pass, the No. 1 thing that you will want to see on St. Patrick’s Day is the parade itself. An annual tradition that ranks right up there will all of the various parades (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Puerto Rican Day) that make the city so great and so diverse, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is truly a sight to behold. The family-friendly parade will begin at 44th Street and make its way north on 5th Avenue all … [Read more...]

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Orlando

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While Orlando may not host their own professional football team, it’s none-the-less riddled with NFL enthusiasts, sports bars, and highly anticipated Super Bowl celebrations! If you’re in the Orlando area when the final showdown kicks off, get exploring and make the February 2nd face-off between the Seahawks and the Broncos one for the books!   Super Bowl Block Party: Head on down to the Wall Street Plaza for a FREE showing of XLVIII on their massive 16ft LED big screen. You’ll enjoy musical entertainment by What2Hot.com and Power 95.3, enjoy game-day fare, and take advantage of their generous drink specials. What’s more appropriate than watching the Super Bowl on a big screen, drinking a Coors Light, and chowing down on some wings? Wreckers Sports Bar: Located in the Gaylord Palms Resort, this classed-up sports bar overs one of the best screen displays for … [Read more...]

Hawaii Whale Watching Discounts and Tips

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This winter, tourists aren’t the only ones flocking to Hawaii to escape the cool temperatures of the north for warm, tropical weather of the Islands—the humpback whales are well on their way, too! Make sure to get in on the action with our Oahu Whale Watch Package, featuring three Oahu attractions that provide prime whale watching opportunities. Humpback whales migrate from the Gulf of Alaska to the warm, shallow waters encompassing the Hawaiian Islands every year during the winter months. Since that’s over 3,000 miles of travel, it’s quite apparent that the entire North Pacific humpback whale population has chosen Hawaii as its favorite destination. Chances are, once you experience Hawaii, you’ll understand why they keep coming back! You can catch the whales frolicking off the coast right from the island of Oahu, a destination many vacationers choose because of its world … [Read more...]

Best Places to Visit for Thanksgiving

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No matter where you are planning on spending the Thanksgiving holiday, the odds are it is going to be great. Some might say that Halloween is the first event that kicks off the holiday season, but nothing really started until Thanksgiving rolls around. Whether it’s the turkey, the football or whatever that special spice in the in pumpkin pie is every year, Thanksgiving is one of the best days on the calendar, bar none. If you are visiting a different city for your celebration, make it that much more special by taking advantage of some of the awesome attractions that are available to you. Heading to Gotham for T-Day? There are a plethora of New York Attractions that will expand on your Thanksgiving holiday the same way that gravy complements mashed potatoes. For a bird’s-eye view of the city, soar to the top of one of the most iconic structures in the U.S. - the Empire State … [Read more...]

Halloween Family Travel Tips

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Now that October is in full swing, the time to start thinking forward to what you and your family actually want to do on Halloween night is here. To help make that decision easier, there’s \a list of the best cities to go and grab tasty treats (or play good-natured tricks). This year’s list of the top 20 cities in the United States to go trick-or-treating features a number of cities that you can easily visit with Go Select Passes and Go City Cards from Smart Destinations. First on the list of the top places in the country for trick or treaters in search of the most candy on the safest streets is San Francisco. San Fran has walked away with the title for the third year in a row and Noe Valley — a residential, family-filled neighborhood in central San Francisco — was named the as the best local spot for Halloween, followed by Sea Cliff, Cow Hollow, Presidio Heights, and Glen … [Read more...]

Group Travel Money Saving Tips

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The prospect of having to travel with a large group of family or friends can be a scary one, but sometimes there’s just no other option. College or family reunions, special graduation ceremonies and holiday celebrations are all occasions that may require you to get out of your comfort zone and hit the road with a larger crew than normal. Luckily, there are plenty of Group Travel Deals that can make the process of organizing and partaking in a group trip much easier than it has been in the past. No matter if you are booking airline tickets, planning a hotel stay or simply trying to keep things as organized and streamlined as possible, here are a few Group Travel Money Saving Tips. No matter if they are for a hotel, cruise or seats on an airline, reservations are crucial and should be made as far in advance as possible. By booking reservations early, you’ll give yourself as … [Read more...]

Group Travel Ideas and Discounts

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Whether you are considering planning a group trip with family, friends or for a school function, odds are you want to maximize everyone’s experience but minimize how much it is going to cost. Although traveling with a group can make things a little pricey (and a lot more complicated) that doesn't necessarily have to be the case. Smart Destinations has come up with a number of great Group Travel deals that make the complex process of planning a trip for multiple people simple, streamlined and stress-free. If you are planning on traveling with a party of 15 or more people, then looking at the pre-selected and customizable Group Travel packages that Smart Destinations has for sale is definitely a wise move. For a stellar Group Travel experience, Go Select Passes and Go City Cards are definitely the way to go. Go Select Passes offer a huge number of choices for you and the members of … [Read more...]

Things to do for Family Reunions

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If you are thinking about getting the family together for a family reunion, but you aren’t sure where to go, that’s completely understandable. It can be complicated to schedule an event like a reunion whether your family is large or small but it’s certainly a worthwhile endeavor (once the planning is all over). First things first though - you have to plan where you are going. For families with East Coast roots, New York City is a strong option. Midwestern Americans might fancy getting the family together in Chicago. For West Coasters, a trip to sunny San Diego in Southern California could be a great place to gather with Grandma Sue, Grandpa Joe and Uncle Wally. The City that Never Sleeps certainly has a wealth of options if you do decide to go there for your family reunion. There are enough New York Attractions to keep all the members of your family busy whether they like … [Read more...]

Best Places to Visit in Fall in U.S.

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In case you haven’t heard, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back at Starbucks, and we all know what that means: It’s officially fall. With Labor Day behind us, we look forward to the crisp, cool fall days that lie ahead and all the seasonal activities that go along with them. There’s simply so much to love about fall! It’s the season to go apple picking, make pumpkin pie, see the foliage, have a harvest feast, put on your flannel shirt, and sip on your favorite fall brew. No matter where you are in the country, there’s something you can do in the fall that you can’t do any other time of year. Still, some cities are absolutely enchanting in the fall, and you’ve got ample autumn holidays and three-day weekends to explore them. My favorite places to visit in the fall are New England, San Francisco, and Chicago because of all of the fabulous fall … [Read more...]