Things to do in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is often billed as the “Creative Capital of the World” due to the fact that one in every six of its residents works in a creative industry. So what exactly are all these artists, actors, dancers, writers, filmmakers, and musicians doing here? Most would argue that this dense body of creative residents is largely due to a certain Los Angeles district known as Hollywood. This infamous district is situated in the west – northwest region of downtown Los Angeles, and is an active beacon for creative artists from all around the world. There are many things to do in Los Angeles, but a visit just isn’t complete without experiencing the glamour and prestige of all that Hollywood has to offer. Get in the action with a Los Angeles Attractions Pass, and see the many marvels of … [Read more...]

March Madness Things To Do on Vacation

We can all feel it in the air: spring is almost here! One of the best signs that spring is coming is March Madness, which gets everyone in the mood for the national basketball championships! The NCAA tournaments are a uniquely American tradition, sending millions of fans into a chaotic, adrenaline-infused frenzy. March Madness has even affected British Prime Minister David Cameron. What better way to welcome the prime minister than to take him to watch his first basketball game? President Obama took Cameron to watch the kickoff game of March Madness in Dayton, Ohio, and it was reported that the two politicians munched hot dogs while Obama gave Cameron some pointers. Perhaps no other city is quite as affected by March Madness as Los Angeles (at least as far as the west coast goes!) … [Read more...]

Best Summer Tourist Discounts

To experience everything a city has to offer, look no further than the Smart Destinations All-Inclusive Attraction Passes. Save up to 55% on combined admission prices for the top museums, tours, and attractions at some of the most beloved cities in the nation. When you visit a new city, you want to explore all its top-notch attractions, delve into its distinctive history, and experience all the attributes that truly make the city unique, but you may find yourself spending a lot more than you anticipated when you buy individual tickets. The Go City Card is the solution–it’s already saved millions of travelers time and money, and it can do the same for you!  First you select your destination city, and then you decide how many days of sightseeing you’d like to include. We can … [Read more...]

Things to Do on Vacation with Your Family!

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With school vacation weeks coming up around the country, it’s time to start planning your vacation. With the kids home from school, it’s the perfect time to gather up the whole family for a fun trip. If going far away isn’t feasible, day trips and weekend trips are another option. When it comes to things to do on vacation, we’ve got you covered. Check out these family-friendly options in some of our favorite destinations! Orlando Looking to Orlando for your school vacation destination? You’re not alone. Families flock to Orlando for winter vacations to escape the cold and relax under the palms. Of course, there are numerous things to do on vacation in Orlando, from the nation’s biggest theme parks to world-class museums. However, if you’re looking for something … [Read more...]

The Spectator’s Guide to the Long Beach Marathon

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The hours are ticking down to the 28th annual Long Beach International City Bank Marathon, which will take over the city on Sunday, October 7th. One of the most scenic and flat courses in America, the Long Beach Marathon draws tens of thousands of athletes and spectators each year. The course meanders through quaint seaside communities and urban landmarks, offering ocean views throughout 80% of the route. Although 23,000 athletes are expected to take part in the five events offered, only about 5,000 will be running the full marathon, making it a somewhat intimate event. Moreover, the certified marathon course is the perfect qualifier for other popular races, even the notorious Boston Marathon. As a spectator, you’ll appreciate Long Beach’s moderate Mediterranean climate and the … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Lobster Festival

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If you’re around LA this weekend, make sure to spend a day at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival, one of the best Southern California family attractions. In addition to delicious, inexpensive lobster imported from Maine, the festival features live musical performances and unique entertainment. The Festival, located on L.A.’s historic waterfront at Ports O’ Call in San Pedro, California, holds the Guinness World Record for Most Seafood Served at an Outdoor Event. Every year, 16 tons of Maine lobsters are flown in directly from the William Atwood Lobster Company in the Gulf of Maine. Meals: For $19, the meal comes with a 1.25-pound lobster, cole slaw, potatoes, sweet bread, lemon wedges and delicious buttery dipping sauce. If you’re a real lobster-lover, order the “2 On … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Welcomes Back the Sunset Strip Music Festival

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Since 2008, the Sunset Strip Business Association has been bringing top-name entertainment to L.A.'s famous Sunset Strip with its popular weekend music festival. Previous years have included performances from Motley Crue, Common, Neon Trees, and Kid Cudi - and those are just a few of the over 70 artists attracted to the festival each year. This year's performance officially kicks off on Thursday, August 16th and runs through Saturday, August 18th with headliners Marilyn Manson, The Offspring, Quiet Riot, and Steve Aoki. Festival-goers will also be invited to a tribute event honoring individuals who've impacted the music scene on the Sunset Strip. In past years those individuals have included Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash as well as metal legend Ozzy Osbourne - this year, it's all … [Read more...]

Shakespeare in the Park: Four Cities, Four Great Outdoor Performances

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Summer is the time to get outside and enjoy some of your city's favorite green spaces - we've talked about outdoor movies and free summer festivals, but it's about time we mention every literature junkie's favorite summer pastime. Shakespeare in the Park visits almost every major city during the summer months, and it's a great free nighttime event that can be enjoyed with family, old friends, or even your favorite English professor from college. See performances of such classics as Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, or Much Ado About Nothing for nothing more than the cost of a comfortable picnic blanket and some snacks for your friends. Best of all, these outdoor performances are easily paired with other attractions in the area - they're free, and the majority aren't longer … [Read more...]

L.A. International Surf Festival

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On a vacation without much planning, it’s easy to fall into a slump – sitting on a tour bus during the day, grabbing a quick bite of greasy fast food for lunch, and then crashing in your hotel room with a movie or an early night in bed. While days like this can be fun, they’re not the most active, and they put you at risk of draining your energy for the rest of the trip. What do you do? We suggest finding something local to get you going again; plenty of major cities have races, walks, and other outdoor activities which will inspire you to start moving. If you’re in the Los Angeles area this next week, that local event is the International Surf Festival in Torrance. Just a thirty minute drive away, the International Surf Festival, which takes place from July 31stto August 5th, … [Read more...]

Walt Disney World, LEGOLAND California, and Universal Studios Hollywood

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The largest, most-attended recreational complex in the world and home to some of the most iconic landmarks and imagery on the planet, Walt Disney World, is an American pastime.  Located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, approximately 21 miles southwest of Orlando, Florida, the resort covers an area of 47 square miles and includes four theme parks, two water parks, twenty three on-site themed resort hotels (excluding eight more that are on-site, but not owned by the Walt Disney Company), a campground, two spas and physical fitness centers, five golf courses, and other recreational venues and entertainment.         LEGOLAND California is one of San Diego’s premier attractions. As you might expect from a Southern California amusement park, this place … [Read more...]