NYC Holiday Travel Deals

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Heading to NYC for the holidays? You’re not alone. The holiday season is one of the busiest times to visit New York City, and notoriously one of the most expensive. However, if you’re savvy about looking for NYC holiday travel deals, you need not spend a fortune on the vacation of a lifetime. Just take advantage of these tips and you’ll find yourself face to face with your favorite New York attractions during the season when the City That Never Sleeps truly shines. Accommodation It’s no secret that location is everything in NYC, but it can be hard to find affordable lodging close to the top New York attractions—especially as the days of December wind down. If you’ve got any hotel points racked up, now is certainly the time to use them. Otherwise, try scoping out online deals or look a little further outside the city limits. After all, people commute from New Jersey into … [Read more...]

NYC New Year’s Eve Attractions

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It’s been pretty well established that New York City is the place to be for New Year’s Eve festivities. It’s the location of the traditional ball drop in Times Square, and as the City that Never Sleeps, it only makes sense for the celebration to go on all night long. However, even if you’re not going all out for the new year, or if you’re celebrating with kids in tow, there are plenty of New York attractions to entertain every type of traveler. The Times Square New Year’s Eve If you’ve never experienced Times Square for New Years Eve, it’s certainly worth braving the crowds to be part of the excitement. You’ll want to get there as early as 4 PM and bundle up in warm winter clothes. At 6 PM, the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Years Eve Ball is raised and lit. From that point on, the evening is interspersed with musical performances and an hourly count down. An hour … [Read more...]

Top U.S. Cities for Holiday Attractions

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What type of getaway suits you and your family? With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us are excitedly planning our winter adventures. Smart Destinations offers all-inclusive attraction passes in 9 of America’s most beloved cities, with exclusive packages offering you discounts of up to 55% off! But where should you spend this special time of year? ‘White Christmas’: If you’re envisioning sweaters, scarves, hot chocolate, the steam of breath escaping you as you marvel at Christmas lights reflecting on patches of snow – it’s time to suit up in your peacoat and take to the North! New York City is a wonderland during the holiday season – proudly adorned with classic holiday light displays, bustling with activity as locals and visitors buzz past illuminated shopping window displays, and if you’re lucky - dusted over in fresh snowfall. With the New York … [Read more...]

How to See the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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As November flies by, every day brings us closer and closer to the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, America’s favorite holiday event and New York City’s crown jewel. Each day, we’re discovering new additions to the line-up. Most recently, Macy’s has announced the additions of Ariana Grande, Fall Out Boy, Florida Georgia Line, A&E’s Duck Dynasty, and Jimmy Fallon and the Roots—and that’s just the beginning! So, you know the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is going to be the event of a lifetime. Now you’re probably thinking, “Okay, but how do I get in on this festive affair?” There are many ways to view the Parade, whether you want to throw down the big bucks or stand on the sidelines for free. Whatever you do, you can still save on New York attractions with the New York Explorer Pass or the Go Select New York pass. Grandstand Tickets Technically, … [Read more...]

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013

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November is officially underway, and with Halloween behind us, it’s time to look forward to the upcoming holiday season. There’s no event in the United States more synonymous with the start of the holiday season than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In its 87th year, the parade returns to Manhattan’s Upper West Side on November 28th (Thanksgiving Day, of course) for a celebratory seasonal kick-off featuring giant balloon characters, elaborate floats, talented marching bands, celebrity appearances, and festive performances. If you have the chance to join the three million spectators that turn out for the parade each year, don’t miss the opportunity for this one-of-a-kind experience. After all, it’s one of the most iconic New York attractions you’ll ever witness! If a trip to NYC isn’t in your holiday plans, make sure to tune into the parade coverage on NBC with … [Read more...]