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 County Fair

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When a group of San Diego farmers formed an agricultural fair in 1880 to share ideas and compare produce, they never dreamed that over a hundred years later, more than one million people would be carrying on the tradition…with the addition of rides, games, musical performances, exhibitions, and special events.   Since 1946, the beloved San Diego County Fair has been held annually at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This year, the 24-day festival of fun begins on Friday, June 8th and runs through Wednesday, July 4th, closing only on Mondays (with the exception of July 2). The theme, a tradition introduced in 1990, is “Out of This World,” an exploration of outer space, the wonder of the universe, and the imaginative world of science fiction. You can expect visitors from other … [Read more...]

San Diego Safari Vacation Sweepstakes!

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Celebrating six years of partnership with the San Diego Zoo, Smart Destinations is excited to announce our San Diego Safari Sweepstakes contest, which will give one lucky winner the chance to explore San Diego, the Zoo, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park entirely free— and in style! If the winter blues have you down, there's no better way to lift your spirits than an all-inclusive 5-day, 4-night trip to San Diego, complete with airfare and accommodations at the Radisson Hotel San Diego-Rancho Bernardo. Of course, the winner will also receive FOUR 3-Day Go San Diego Cards from Smart Destinations, which includes admission to 49 of the area's top attractions! Finally, that one lucky winner and three guests will get a special VIP caravan safari experience at the San Diego Zoo Safari … [Read more...]

San Diego Zoo site of 4 millionth visit using Go Cards and Explorer Passes

For the 4 millionth time, someone made a visit to a top sight using a Go City Card (or Explorer Pass). These products let people take in the best tours, museums, and attractions. This particular visit was made at the San Diego Zoo using a Go San Diego Card. “Most people still stand in line and pay whatever price they are charging at the ticket windows when they go on vacation," said Cecilia Dahl, founder and President of Smart Destinations. "We're starting to change that. Having 4 million visits where people saved money and time as well is great forward progress.” To further accelerate the rate of change around how travelers visit museums, tours, and attractions, Smart Destinations recently launched the Custom Explorer Pass across most of its 14 destinations -- including San … [Read more...]

Ciao Bambino takes the Go San Diego Card for a Test Drive

Ciao Bambino, a site dedicated to helping families get the most out of their travel experiences, recently had a client try out the Go San Diego Card to see how it works first hand. The results of their experience with it are written up here. One thing they not surprisingly liked was the ability to see and do things in San Diego for less: "I love savings like this—literally money saved with practically zero work. It’s like finding cash under your pillow." Sounds good to me, too! Get all the details on the Go San Diego Card here, and a complete list of all participating museums, sights, and tours -- including SeaWorld San Diego, the San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND California, and a lot more. Don't miss out on these great San Diego Deals! … [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: http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/ … [Read more...]