Thanks a Million Sweepstakes!

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Exciting news for Smart Destinations fans out there! We’ve just begun a massive travel giveaway contest – the “Thanks a Million!” sweepstakes. As of this summer, Smart Destinations has helped two million travelers save on attraction costs across the country. To celebrate this milestone, we’re devoting an entire month to Go City Card and Explorer Pass giveaways! Prizes include one Grand Prize vacation for two and Card-a-Day giveaways all month. Visit our Facebook page today to enter – contest open until August 31, 2014. The Grand Prize of the “Thanks a Million” sweepstakes is a totally free trip for two to the winner’s choice of New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Oahu, Miami, or Orlando. You’ll get round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations for three nights, and two 3-Day Go City Cards to the destination of your choice. Winners will … [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 Cards. By saving you up to 55% on combined admission prices for top museums, tours, and attractions … [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...]

Popular Family Vacations in Fall

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Now that summer is finally over, it might seem like the time to take a vacation is in the rearview mirror, but it certainly doesn’t have to be. Before winter sets in and things get cold and frosty, consider packing up your family and taking a trip to one of the top destinations in the U.S. Thanks to Smart Destinations, there are plenty of fall family vacation options that you can enjoy during the last few months of 2013. For fun times in the Windy City, some folks might want to check out the Chicago Family FunPass. By offering you and your family access to four of the hottest attractions in Chi-Town in one package deal, the Chicago Family FunPass is a superior way to take advantage of some the best things (besides deep-dish pizza and gourmet hot dogs) that the Second City has to offer. Load the Chicago Family FunPass up on your smartphone and head over to the 50-acre Navy Pier on … [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...]

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...]

Destination Family Reunion Tips

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Although it seems like it might be easy to have a family reunion at someone’s home, many people do not have enough room to accommodate all their family members or do not live in an area that is easily accessible for people to travel to. One thing that some ambitious planners have been doing to help remedy situations like these is to have a Destination Family Reunion. It might not make sense for you to pack up Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Sue and Uncle Joe and head off to a travel destination, but if it does, here are some Destination Family Reunion Tips to help you get started. In order to save cash wherever your family decides to go, be it New York City, Boston, Miami, San Diego or somewhere else, consider finding a deal that will ensure all of your food, lodging and other needs are taken care of at a reasonable price. By finding yourself a deal that includes food and lodging … [Read more...]

Group Travel Discounts

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Some people enjoy backpacking through Europe by themselves or hiking along the Appalachian Trail alone, whereas some people would rather travel in the company of others. If you are of the latter variety, then some of the Group Travel deals offered by Smart Destinations are probably right up your alley. Smart Destinations makes it easy to arrange a Group Travel trip for parties of 15 or more with a variety of pre-selected or customizable packages that are almost certain to cover what you need. When it comes to Group Travel, Go Select Passes and Go City Cards are definitely the way to go. Go City Cards will save all the members of your party up to 55% on combined admission prices for top museums, tours, and attractions. By choosing the number of days that you will be traveling in order to ensure that it’s possible to get to every attraction your group wants to visit, Go City Cards … [Read more...]