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...]

School Trip Ideas and Deals

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Now that Labor Day is over and you’ve stowed all those white clothes away until next year, it’s time to start focusing on the fall. Football season is starting, baseball season is coming to a close and the kids are headed back to school sooner rather than later. Sometimes the transition from summer fun back to the real world can be a rocky one. Make it a little easier by seeing if your kids are going to be heading on any fun school trips early on in the year. If not, here are a few suggestions about places that offer School Trip Deals that are exciting as well as educational. Students in the Boston area will probably get a kick out of taking a Plymouth Plantation Tour. Massachusetts is full of historical cities and Plymouth certainly qualifies. One of the original places in the U.S. where industry flourished and free trade was encouraged, Plymouth offers visitors a chance to … [Read more...]

Fall Group Travel Discounts

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Are you looking to organize a back-to-school trip or early Fall getaway for a group of 15 or more? Check out the some the of the great Fall Group Travel Discounts that Smart Destinations currently has available. Save time and money at nine of the best cities in the United States by selecting from a wide assortment of customizable or pre-selected packages that are sure to fit the needs and the budget of most savvy travelers. Do a little research and you’ll see that Go Select Passes and Go City Cards are the smart choice to save on Group Travel this Fall. Go Select Passes allow you and the members of your party to build a travel package that can be as simple or as complex as you would like it to be. Designed to increase efficiency and decrease expenses, Go Select Passes allow your group 30 days to visit all the attractions you have selected. The passes can be loaded on smartphones … [Read more...]

Southern California Attraction Discounts

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Northern California can be a great place to visit. San Francisco is beautiful, Oakland has lots to do and if you go even farther up, Redwood country looms tall. That said, the North can’t really keep up with all the Southern California Attractions in the bottom of the state. California’s most famous park might be Disneyland, but Knotts Berry Farm was open for business long before the Magic Kingdom even existed. This historic park is chock full of rollercoasters, family-friendly rides, water rides and the world famous Timber Mountain Log Ride. (Warning - you may get wet!) The parks newest ride, Coast Rider, brings the ultimate family coaster experience to the next level. Riders will begin with a 52-foot ascent to the top of the rollercoaster before being swept down 1,339 feet of track filled with hairpin turns, twists and spins. The ride last two-and-a-half minutes and maxes out … [Read more...]

Cape Cod Attraction Discounts

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A close neighbor to the city of Boston, but a distant relative in its allure – Cape Cod is home to ample beaches and a well-known maritime character. As the easternmost portion of the state of Massachusetts the Cape provides a popular, relaxing getaway spot for Bostonians and visitors alike. One of the first places settled by the English in North America, Cape Cod has become a haven for fresh seafood, pristine beaches, and historic landmarks.  As part of your Go Boston Card, head southeast for the ultimate Cape Cod experience. Your Card includes discounted museum passes, cruises, sports rentals, and everything in-between at one low price! Attractions include: Sandwich Glass Museum - Located in the heart of Sandwich Village, this museum aims to explore the history of the town and its glass industry. Peruse the more than 6,000 glass pieces crafted throughout history by … [Read more...]

The Cloisters Museum in Spring

Spring has officially arrived, opening up all sorts of possibilities for outdoor activities in New York. With a New York Attractions Pass, you can see the best of New York: from the Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building to the Guggenheim Museum and Central Park. Many visitors make it a point to visit the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art, which houses more than two million works of art from all over the world. The Met Museum is housed in an iconic building on Fifth Avenue, and is a comprehensive collection of European, Asian, Near Eastern, African, Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, as well as art of Oceania, Australia, and the Americas. Yet as amazing as the Met is, it can also be somewhat overwhelming. Where do you start? Impressionists? Ancient Egypt? The European art alone could take you a week to appreciate. For those who are in the mood for a slightly more peaceful museum … [Read more...]

New York Things to Do in Spring

Spring in New York City is one of the most magical times to visit the Big Apple. Tulips are blooming, people are picnicking in Central Park, New Yorkers are dining al fresco and enjoying the city's incredible food scene, and people are strolling and biking along the river. Here are some of the best ways to fully enjoy a gorgeous spring in New York City: 1. Get on a bike! What better way to enjoy this massive city than on a bike? Better yet, take advantage of a guided tour and learn about the sites as you exercise. Bike and Roll offers some excellent bike tours, such as the Central Park and Greenway Tour. With a knowledgeable tour guide, you will ride along 843 acres of bike-friendly lanes that run almost the length of Manhattan. You will stop at such sites as Strawberry Fields, a two and a half acre section of the park in memoriam of the legendary John Lennon, named after his hit … [Read more...]

NYC Easter Parade History

If you are in New York on Easter Sunday (March 31, 2013), you will have the chance to see people decked out in Easter bonnets and dresses strolling along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets. The NYC Easter Parade and the Easter Bonnet Festival start at 10:00  in the morning and ends around 4:00 in the afternoon. The New York Easter Parade is not as organized as some other festivals and parades in the city, and is a decidedly more casual event. The area that runs along Fifth Avenue from 49th Street to 57th Street is closed to vehicles during the parade. People put on hats, bonnets and Easter dresses, pets are in full costume, and others just come to watch the action. The area around St. Patrick's Cathedral is the best place to get a good look at the parade. For anyone taking advantage of a New York Attractions Pass, stopping by the Easter Parade is an excellent way to spend a couple … [Read more...]