New York Attraction Tips

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In a city that never sleeps, sometimes the night takes you with it, and the next day all the sightseeing you were intending to do can be a challenge. We understand, and that’s why we’ve come up with a few activities and attractions in New York City that you can sit back and enjoy. Best of all, with a customizable New York Pass, you can create an itinerary with as few as two attractions for one low price and explore at your own pace. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and read on. Late night? Here are some New York attractions and activities for the weary: New York City is a great city for walking, but when you want to visit a number of sites, the blocks can feel miles long. So why not relax in a comfortable seat on a CitySights Bus tour? With your New York pass, you can take … [Read more...]

American Museum of Natural History

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Visit a place of wonders, great and small, a place where the past comes alive, a place where science shines – the American Museum of Natural History! This iconic New York attraction is one of the best places in the country for you and your family to explore the marvels of the planet, from pre-history all the way to the modern era. Some highlights of the permanent collection include the Hall of Human Diversity, the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, the Dinosaur Wing, and the Rose Center with its beautiful Hayden Planetarium. Of course, the American Museum of Natural History also runs a number of special exhibitions and shows that rotate throughout the year; here are a few of our favorites currently on display. “Spiders Alive!” – A Special Live Animal Exhibit July 4 – November … [Read more...]

New York Vacation Tips

New York Vacation Tips

Traveling to the Big Apple this summer? Whether you’re a first time visitor or a frequent flyer to NYC, it can be tough to sort through all the nitty gritty details. Here are a few of our favorite New York Vacation Tips to help you get through planning the perfect trip. From searching for hotel discounts to skipping the line at attractions and beyond, these tips are sure to come in handy. Don’t forget to pick up a New York Go Select Pass to save on all your attraction visits! Getting to NYC Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll need to book a flight to NYC. Unless you have some frequent flier miles stocked up, or an unshakeable loyalty to one particular airline, sites that compile most possible flight prices for your comparison are your best bet. Some of the most popular … [Read more...]

Empire State Building Ticket Discount

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People may argue about which New York City attraction most embodies the city’s culture and history, but everyone can agree that you can’t leave New York without seeing the Empire State Building. Most tourists want to do more than just see the 103-story skyscraper—they want to feel on top of the world as they gaze from 1,250 feet high over the enormous city from the building’s observatory. If you’re the adventurous type or a diehard sightseer, you’ll be next to join the ranks! While a trip to New York City can be expensive, Smart Destinations can offer you the best prices on top New York attractions, including the Empire State Building discount tickets, so you won’t have to break the bank to see the best of the Big Apple. Here are some tips for making the most of your visit … [Read more...]

Empire State Building Tourist Tips

Empire State Building Tourist Tips

It consistently appears at the top of the list of “must-see New York attractions.” Its image can be found in every postcard rack, stock photography database, and tourism brochure on New York City. It’s the Empire State Building, and you don’t want to miss it on your next trip to the Big Apple. So it’s not the tallest building in the world anymore, or even in the country (although at an impressive height of 1,454 ft – antenna included – it is still the 4th tallest building in America). The Empire State Building was constructed in 1931 to show the world the best of American industry, artistry, and civic pride. It’s often considered among the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, and is actually a National Historic Landmark. Although it functions today primarily as an … [Read more...]

New York City Tourism Discounts

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Did you know that New York City hosts nearly 47 million tourists each year? While the number seems striking, it starts to make sense when you take into account all of the City's many tourist magnets. People come from all over the country and the world to see plays on Broadway, re-create the experiences of their ancestors with a trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, have a people-watching picnic in Central Park and speed up the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building. New York attractions are so diverse and plentiful that it's no wonder they call NYC The City that Never Sleeps—who would have the time? While New York City is certainly a busy and popular destination, your New York vacation doesn't have to be stressful or chaotic. A New York attraction pass can make … [Read more...]

Holiday Travel Season is Around the Corner

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With Halloween taking place later this week and Thanksgiving set to arrive in just about a month, it’s certainly not too early to start thinking about the holidays. In order to help you celebrate the season in style in a new city, Smart Destinations has plenty of travel packages that you might want to look into. Even if you aren’t planning on taking a trip to one of the nine cities that Smart Destinations proudly offers service to, consider picking up a Go Select Pass or Go City Card for someone else as a gift. After all, it’s better to give than to receive and the holiday season is just around the corner! To travel to some of the top attractions in the U.S. this holiday season - or give someone else the opportunity to do so - there aren’t too many better options than Go City … [Read more...]

New York Attraction Closings for Government Shutdown

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As you are probably are aware of at this point, the powers that be in the United States Government have become embroiled in a disagreement that has resulted in many factions of the federal government being closed until further notice. While the shutdown will obviously be temporary, there are some affected areas in the interim and certain destinations and attractions which are no longer open to the public. Besides the symbolism of the government’s Twitter account being shutdown, there is perhaps no other greater symbolic closing than the Statue of Liberty being blocked. In addition to the Statue of Liberty being closed, Ellis Island and the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian are also shutdown. Even though the Statue of Liberty is closed down … [Read more...]

Iconic New York City Buildings

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One of the best parts about visiting the big city is seeing some of the Iconic New York City Buildings that make the skyline of the Big Apple so recognizable. Whether you realize it or not, you've probably seen a lot of the famous buildings that are sprinkled throughout the city in movies or television shows - a fun phenomenon that will make seeing them in person that much more enjoyable. Although they exist because of a terrible event, there are a few relatively new additions to the downtown New York City skyline that are definitely worth seeing. The first tower to be rebuilt at Ground Zero, 7 World Trade Center replaced the existing building of the same name that was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Nearby 4 World Trade Center was designed by architects Maki and Associates in … [Read more...]

Iconic New York Attractions

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Although it sounds like it could be a category on “Jeopardy!” there’s really nothing to question about the “Iconic New York” Attractions package from Smart Destinations. It’s pretty simple - Purchase the package and you will save 20% on five Iconic New York Attractions that no trip to the Big Apple should ever be without. The first place you will visit as part of your Iconic New York Attractions package is the Empire State Building. Possibly the most famous skyscraper in the world, the ESB’s observatory offers visitors a chance to see New York’s distinctive skyline from 1,050 feet in the sky. There is also a second observatory a little bit farther up at 1,250 feet that offers an even broader perspective on the big city. Noted for its distinctive broadcast tower and rich … [Read more...]