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...]

San Diego Attractions List

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If San Diego, California isn't at the top of your vacation destination bucket list, it's time you learn more about what makes San Diego one of the most enjoyable cities to visit in the entire country. In addition to sunshine and warm temperatures, San Diego boasts world-class attractions in beautiful public spaces like Balboa Park. It's home to top-tier museums, lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation, and entertainment venues of all sorts and sizes. San Diego attractions are a big part of what makes the city such a fun place—There are so many things to do in San Diego, and with Smart Destinations, you can experience them all at discounted prices. A San Diego attractions pass features 46 popular San Diego attractions and tours with incredible offers like San Diego Zoo discount tickets and Knott's Berry Farm discount tickets. San Diego Attractions List LEGOLAND … [Read more...]

San Diego Tourism Discounts

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From Downtown San Diego to Coronado, southern California is a not only a beach bum’s paradise but also a tourist’s dream come true. With dozens of attractions, including the world-class San Diego Zoo, weather that is almost always sunny and warm, and stunning coastline views at every turn, San Diego boasts just about everything you could ask for in a vacation destination. However, beyond the surface, San Diego is also a place where art and culture thrives, where you can get the best taco you’ve ever had, and where sophistication meets SoCal hospitality. If you’re a sports fan, Petco Park is home of the San Diego Padres, where you can watch a game with palm trees in the background. If you’re an athletic adventure enthusiast, La Jolla and South Bay offer great spots for kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, or even bike riding along the coast. When you’re in San Diego, you want … [Read more...]

Top San Diego Winter Attractions

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If temperatures in the 60s and 70s sound good to you right now, think about taking a winter vacation to San Diego, where the sun is almost always shining. There’s no need to stay cooped up inside for winters in San Diego; in fact, you’ll want to get out as much as possible to take advantage of the many San Diego attractions that are best enjoyed in the winter. For the best deals, just grab a Go San Diego Card and gain admission to over 45 attractions at discounted prices. Plus, San Diego even offers some winter attractions that are free and open to the public! What more could you want from a winter getaway?   West Coast Whale Watching During the annual gray whale migration from the Bering Sea to the shores of Baja, California, an estimated 20,000 of these majestic creatures pass through the waters off the San Diego coastline. Since the migration takes place from December … [Read more...]

Top San Diego Holiday Attractions

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Heading to San Diego for the holiday season? The city is teeming with holiday cheer, bustling with a wintery charm unique to this warm weather haven. The city and its many attractions are getting into the holiday spirit – stringing lights on their palm trees and inviting the familiar sounds of timeless carols. With your Go San Diego Card, you can visit all the top attractions this holiday season for one low price – saving you up to 55% off combined admission prices! Or check out our special San Diego Holiday Attractions pass to save 29% on the San Diego Zoo, Fleet Science Center, Air and Space Museum and Natural History Museum! So where should you go to bask in the ultimate display of merriment and cheer? Knott’s Berry Merry Farm Knott’s Berry Farm converts into a wintery wonderland – otherwise known as Knott’s Merry Farm! Adorned in glittering lights and jam-packed … [Read more...]

Cheap US Summer Vacation Trips

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The summer is upon us, and with it comes the glimmer of wanderlust: the desire to get out there and travel. It must be something about the warm nights and long days that finds us all with the urge to get up and go. At Smart Destinations, we know that a vacation doesn’t have to mean emptying your savings account. And since worrying about your wallet can really put a damper on your summer vacation, I’ve put together some of the most exciting US summer vacation cheap trips to enjoy with your family. When you use discount attraction tickets at these destinations, you won’t have to worry about overspending.   Boston One of the best things about Boston as a travel destination is that its small size makes transportation easy, and you can see a lot in just one day. Discount attraction tickets on 53 attractions are available when you use the all-inclusive Go Boston … [Read more...]

Things to Do in San Diego Waters

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Anyone putting together a list of things to do in San Diego should take care to include attractions by San Diego's waters. With over 70 miles of coastline, it's easy to spend a day (or two!) exploring the waters with family and friends. Here's a look at San Diego's best beaches and attractions that get you closer to that pristine Pacific water: Beaches & Boardwalks Start your exploration of San Diego waters with a stop at the beach. A walk or bike ride along one of San Diego's many coastal paths and boardwalks will give you a good sense of San Diego beaches. The Oceanfront Boardwalk is one of San Diego's biggest, stretching three and a half miles along Mission and North Pacific Beaches. Besides its picturesque  views, the boardwalk offers up a number of shops, restaurants, and even a roller-coaster in Belmont Park. Belmont Park is also home to the Wave House, an all-in-one … [Read more...]

Best of San Diego Museum Month

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February is the month where the best of San Diego museums are offering half of admission - for everyone! This marks the 24th year of the San Diego Museum Council's popular month long museum extravaganza. Just visit any of the fourteen Macy's participating in the greater San Diego area for your free Museum Month Pass for half off admission to a whopping 42 San Diego museums and attractions. The passes are a great value - just one will cover half off admission for up to four guests! Museum Month passes are good throughout the rest of the month, which means you only have about a week left to take advantage of the deal before it's gone. San Diego's Museum Month passes draw tens of thousands of visitors to its museums each year -  take a look at our top three favorite museums so that you can start planning ahead to avoid lines and make the most out of your trip:   San Diego … [Read more...]

Plan a Hassle-Free Trip to SeaWorld San Diego

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Though the weather is almost always beautiful in San Diego (at least by the rest of the country’s standards), winter is still a less busy season for San Diego’s premier attractions, including SeaWorld San Diego. What this means for you, is that it’s the perfect time to take a hassle-free, inexpensive, fun-filled trip to San Diego—especially if you live close enough for a day or weekend trip. Even if you are visiting San Diego during the busy season, these tips will still be very useful! There are actually many ways to plan a relaxing and affordable trip to SeaWorld San Diego, the aquatic theme park largely recognized as one of Southern California’s most popular attractions. Here are some tips to make your trip the very best it can be! Visit the SeaWorld San Diego Website Before You Go A visitor map is helpful for park visitors, but what’s even more helpful is to go … [Read more...]

Being a Great Host in San Diego

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The holidays are a time for spending time with friends and loved ones. But the secret to great hosting lies not only in the food and décor, but also in your ability to help your guests have the best time possible. (And we all know that sometimes, there can be a little too much together time.) So what’s the best way to treat your guests to a unique experience without trying to keep them constantly entertained at home? With a Go San Diego Card, of course! The Go San Diego Card is a wonderful way to facilitate the exploration of this beautiful city. Whatever your friends or family members are into, this card has it covered. Looking to recommend something unique and educational? Send them to the San Diego Zoo, which houses some of the country’s only Giant Pandas, along with more than 800 other species on its expansive, world-famous grounds. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is an … [Read more...]