Cheap US Summer Vacation Trips


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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

San Diego Zoo Announces Name of Giant Panda Cub!

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If you’ve been following our updates on the newest giant panda cub at San Diego Zoo, this piece of news is for you! After much anticipation, the San Diego Zoo announced the name of their 15-week-old Giant Panda Cub this past Tuesday. During a public naming ceremony, the San Diego Zoo’s sixth panda cub was named Xiao Liwu—meaning “Little Gift.” We think this is a perfect name for such an adorable little miracle! (Xiao Liwu’s mother, Bai Yun, was nearly 21 years old when she delivered her newest cub, making her the oldest known giant panda to give birth). In accordance with Chinese tradition, the San Diego Zoo waits 100 days after a giant panda cub is born before officially naming it. Xiao Liwu was 107 days old when his name was bestowed upon him. If you missed the … [Read more...]

San Diego Boat Tours


If you’re planning a trip to San Diego, you probably know there’s a lot more to do than visit the zoo or lay on the beach. Like any major city, San Diego has a breadth of neighborhoods, history, and attractions that are well worth finding. But what if you don’t exactly know your way around? Or you think you’ve seen it all already, and are looking for someone to show you something new? Taking a guided tour around San Diego is your solution. Whether it be by car, boat, or even kayak, there’s no better way to see all of a city. San Diego Boat Tours After touring San Diego on land, your next move should be to explore the natural harbor by boat. Take a Flagship Cruise for a one-hour tour on the water; perfect for families, this quick tour is as informative as it is enjoyable, … [Read more...]

SeaWorld San Diego Now Part of Go San Diego Card

SeaWorld San Diego is now part of the Go San Diego Card program, joining more than 400 sights, parks, museums, attractions, and tours that accept Go City Cards and Go Select Passes as an entry ticket. These sightseeing passes allow customers to pay one low price and then get multiple admissions, saving money and time in the process. "As San Diego’s number one tourist attraction, we’ve welcomed over 130 million visitors since we opened in 1964,” said Marilyn Hannes, SeaWorld’s vice president of marketing. “We look forward to working with Smart Destinations to help us welcome the next 130 million.” SeaWorld will now be an included admission on 3, 5, and 7 day Go San Diego Cards. The Go San Diego card leverages Smart Destinations networked ticketing platform to put all of … [Read more...]

San Diego Restaurant Week is a great deal on dining while on vacation in Southern California.

1/17/10 - 1/22/10 A great deal on your trip to San Diego. Use the Go San Diego Card during the day and save on eating out during San Diego Restaurant Week. Enjoy cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in San Diego during Restaurant Week. Choose from over 180 of San Diego's best restaurants and enjoy a 3-course meal for $20, $30 or $40 per person. Need a holiday gift idea? Restaurant Week also offers Visa giftcards, perfect for your loved ones or yourself. Or pair a giftcard with a hotel stay and create a relaxing culinary getaway perfect for unwinding after the holiday season. For more information: … [Read more...]

San Diego Zoo’s Elephant Odyssey

The San Diego Zoo’s brand-new Elephant Odyssey exhibit is fun in mammoth proportions! Opening on May 23rd, 2009, this new exhibit takes people on a progression through the evolution of the Elephant. The new exhibit starts with a blast to the past and discover extinct animals from 12,000 years ago, then meet their relatives living today. Watch keepers caring for elephants, meet a camel, and have your picture taken beside life-size statues of extinct animals. Asian elephants, jaguars, lions, condors, sloths, pronghorn, tapirs, and more show off in this 7.5-acre exhibit packed with activities and close-up animal encounters! The San Diego Zoo is included in the cost of a Go San Diego Card. For the latest and on this exciting addition to one of the world's greatest zoos, see the … [Read more...]